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Aug 15, 2009 03:32 PM

good lunch in santa monica


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. 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. 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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        1. re: Emme

          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...

          1. re: Emme

            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.

            1. re: Phurstluv

              Some more places:

              Rustic Canyon ( I believe they do lunch)

              1. re: Phurstluv

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

                1. re: Servorg

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

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

                  1. re: Phurstluv

                    "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. How about Nook in nearby West LA?

            1. 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!