Moderately-priced Dinner Challenge!
Here's the challenge: great food, fun, special, and yet moderately priced! We'll be a group of 6-7 and need a place that fits the bill. Can be any neighborhood in LA... Prefer not Chinese food, need some vegetarian selections, and... a place where we can hear ourselves would be most appreciated!
using your definitions - it sounds like you're just looking for a family restaurant:
don antonio's - pico
good earth - westwood and studio city
roll n' rye - culver city
johnnys pastrami - culver city
pann's (or dinah's) - inglewood/westchester
When I need something fun, special, and moderately priced, I go to Jitlada. That may not be what you're looking for, though.
Be sure to read up on what to order before you go!