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good lunch in santa monica

littlebear Aug 15, 2009 03:32 PM


Does anyone have any suggestions for a nice place to go for a good lunch in Santa Monica?

Thanks, littlebear

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  1. Servorg RE: littlebear Aug 15, 2009 05:45 PM

    I have had very good lunches at places like 17th Street Cafe on Montana and the newish R + D Kitchen (from the same folks who own Houston's and Bandera - their Rubenseque sandwich is addictive) also on Montana Ave.

    1. Emme RE: littlebear Aug 15, 2009 08:45 PM

      Some good options at Babalu on Montana. On Montana, Cynthia's is worthy of consideration too.

      I've had good lunches at Anisette, though not everyone here concurs. The same can be said of Huckleberry.

      A little more casual, I like both Bread and Porridge and Snug Harbor.

      Also, Cora's down on Ocean.

      In case Venice is a choice, 3 Square.

      And not sure what "nice" means, but Monte Alban... yum.

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        bulavinaka RE: Emme Aug 15, 2009 09:09 PM

        2nd your 3 Square rec - great food and wine too. It's asses & elbows in that corner patio during lunch but the pretzel burger and schnitzel are worth it.

        Unfortunately, Monte Alban is temporarily out of commission due to a fire a few days ago...

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          Phurstluv RE: Emme Aug 15, 2009 09:09 PM

          Monte Alban's closed and will be for the forseeable future....

          There are a lot of options for a "nice" lunch. What is your budget?? Do you want a view?? Particular cuisine??

          Along the water is the Lobster, I Cugini, The Ivy at the shore, Boa has lunch. Or you could splurge at the Casa del Mar, or Shutters on the Beach. Or slum it with a slice at Joe's. All of these places have a "view".

          There are many, many, more places as you head east. Some parameters would go a long way in suggesting appropriate places.

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            Phurstluv RE: Phurstluv Aug 16, 2009 04:11 PM

            Some more places:

            Rustic Canyon ( I believe they do lunch)

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              Servorg RE: Phurstluv Aug 16, 2009 04:18 PM

              Wilshire does lunch M-F (no weekends) and I don't believe Jiraffe offers lunch at all (IIRC).

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                Phurstluv RE: Servorg Aug 16, 2009 04:31 PM

                Really?? Jiraffe used to, my husband & I used to go when they were first opened. Oh wait a minute lmgtfy.com......LOL!!!

                And OP didn't spec which day they were doing lunch.

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                  Servorg RE: Phurstluv Aug 16, 2009 06:57 PM

                  "And OP didn't spec which day they were doing lunch."

                  That's true. Just trying to keep both the OP and those who come to this thread later on from wasting a trip...and when it comes to Jiraffe it doesn't matter what day of the week they wanted to have lunch - since they don't serve it - Sunday through Saturday. I would say, "when it doubt Google it out" (or just let me suggest Googling it to you). ;-D>

        2. ipsedixit RE: littlebear Aug 16, 2009 12:28 AM

          How about Nook in nearby West LA?

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            fdb RE: littlebear Aug 16, 2009 01:17 AM

            My latest favorite lunch place is Fig in the Fairmont Hotel. Delicious salads!!! I especially love the Warm Quinoa Salad with Almond and Cherry. Yum!

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              doncorleone RE: littlebear Aug 16, 2009 09:43 PM

              3 Square is tops. Great value for the price, excellent baked bread...best tuna burger around.
              Also, check out Amelia's on Main Street. It's a tiny little spot that (IMHO) serves the best meatball sandwich in LA.
              Bay Cities serves a passable sub sandwich but doesn't hold a candle to similar places in SF or Chicago. It's also dirty, poorly run and ugly.

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                coffeebrownies RE: littlebear Aug 17, 2009 11:15 AM

                Also Riva--much has been posted about it on this board. Again, back to the day of the week issue--on Wednesdays, I hear Riva serves produce straight from the farmers market (although their produce seems fresh every day). But also on Wednesdays, it can be very difficult to park in the neighborhood (4th and Wilshire) because of the self-same farmers market.

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