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Jul 7, 2009 02:31 AM

New restaurants in West LA?

Haven't been to West LA in a good while. Can someone clue me in--what restaurants have opened there in the last six months or so?

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  1. One that comes immediately to mind is Suzanne Goin's Tavern in Brentwood in the old Hamburger Hamlet space.

    11648 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

    1. Also Westside Tavern in the Westfield Mall.

      1. Riva in Santa Monica - great food, atmosphere, service and late night (after 10pm) fun.
        Sea Breeze in Brentwood - a worthy conversion from a sandwich shop to a seafood stop.

        1. Annisette, Bazaar, Animal

          1. In last 6 mos:

            Anisette is really good - Santa Monica

            Westside Tavern on Pico - westside pavillion - great cocktails and good food.

            Tavern is new in brentwood - got mixed reviews. Haven't been yet but nice drink menu

            I don't recall but been to Bar Hayama but that may be 1 year...I can't recall when it opened..maybe longer than year but it's good too..

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            1. re: travelingmansoul

              I know my sense of the passage of time is off (ala Albert Enstein and it appearing to be speeding up as I get older) but Anisette must have opened more than 6 months ago?

              We did have dinner at Westside Tavern the other night. Really reminds me of Houston's in terms of look. We both had the roasted chicken cobb salad. I loved mine but my wife complained that she didn't like the "deconstructed" construction (she is an order and don't change a damn thing lover if ever there was one however).

              We split the sticky toffee cake after. Man, that is one "huge" dessert. And that's coming from someone who never met a dessert he couldn't lick (g). Also the after dinner coffee is strong and they have huge cups. The size of the cup does bring the "cooling off" problem to the fore.

              Finally my wife thinks the "dish towel" napkins are way too declasse for her taste. I didn't mind them at all since larger, more absorbent napkins are usually a necessity for me.when we dine out. ;-D>

              1. re: Servorg

                m7 problem is that i couldn't step foot in the place because it literally smelled to be like a pet store. the menu sounds great though.

                1. re: kevin

                  I did recall that you had written that, Kevin. And I was looking (sniffing) to see if I could detect anything like that. On the way in I caught a smell of buttered popcorn from the theaters and the bleu cheese that the restaurant uses on the Cobb Salad is damn pungent. But inside, while walking to be seated and waiting for our food I really didn't notice anything that could be construed as an odor like you're describing.