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Mid-priced dinner in West LA for group

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We're looking for a dinner place to celebrate a 30th birthday that is FUN, high energy for a group of 6 people 25-30 year old. We want to go somewhere has good drinks, and entrees are not priced more than 20 dollars a person. Half of us are vegetarians, and the other half eat meat. We would like to go this Saturday.

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    1. re: J.L.

      Does Metro have a full bar? I didn't know that. I always assumed it was just wine and beer.

      1. re: Servorg

        you are correct servorg,
        they do not have a full bar.
        they do not really have a bar at all.

      2. re: J.L.

        basically, there is one entree at metro for all the vegetarians in the group.

      3. The Tavern at the Westside Pavilion on Pico in Westwood has been getting rave reviews.

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        1. re: Baron

          Great suggestion. Nice looking, comfortable restaurant with good food, fair prices and excellent drinks/bar.

          1. re: Baron

            have you seen the actual menu?
            every single dish described in the siv review, even the salads, contained dead animal.
            half of veggieyummy's group is vegetarian.

            1. re: westsidegal

              But all the salads can be done without the fleshy bits...

              1. re: Servorg

                ...and they have at least one entree that is veggie (the ravioli) plus at least two veggie sandwiches and their vegetable side dishes are really interesting for making up a tasting menu of veggie bites...

                ADD: Even their appetizer list has some excellent vegetarian options - and their desserts are also terrific. Seems like a clear winner for the purposes of the OP.

                http://www.westsidetavernla.com/

                1. re: Servorg

                  thanks for adding the link.
                  it does look like, in addtion to the appetizers, they have one salad, two sandwiches, and one entree for the vegetarians.
                  also, truly it DOES look like a FUN place, which i probably most important here, and the prices seem to fit the budget.

                  1. re: westsidegal

                    Don't overlook their side dishes as another legitimate vegetarian option. They are pretty darn creative in terms of ingredients and strong on the veggie offerings.

                  2. re: Servorg

                    Their sweet corn and mozzarella flatbread (which is vegetarian) was great. They also have great drinks.

            2. do you need/want a place with a full bar or is it enough that they just serve wine/beer?

              maybe i'm too old to know exactly what FUN is, but the places that come to mind are
              C&O cucina
              antica pizzaria
              mao's kitchen in venice (doesn't take reservations)

              none of these, i believe has a full liquor license (beer and wine only for c&o and antica, mao's kitchen allows you to bring your own liquor with NO corkage).

              1. how about Akasha in culver city. they have some interesting cocktails and a veggie-friendly menu. it's also a pretty fun place. i didn't think the food was great - but not bad. and culver city is pretty fun.

                or don antonio's on pico - basic calmex / party vibe / good drinks / nothing over $20 - and there are some fun bars across the street for post-dinner party.

                antica pizzeria is not fun or high energy - but has good food.

                1. Thanks. We wanted to do less than 20 dollars an entree but not cheesy or cheap. So, we are going to Candela Taco Bar and Lounge.