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Dinner in Santa Monica tonight! HELP!

Going to Circ de Soliel tonight and need some suggestions on where to eat. There are 5 of us, 2 adults and 3 young adults (17-21). Not to pricey but good. Any and all suggestions are welcome, I don't know the area well so need some help.

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  1. Not sure what your definition of "pricey" might be, but we really like the Huckleberry Cafe.
    http://www.huckleberrycafe.com/
    They are located @ 10th & Wilshire, about 5 minutes from the parking area for Cirque.
    If you go, don't miss the salted caramel for dessert...outstanding!

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    1. re: MahiMahiFish

      Looks good but we want more of a dinner place. Maybe a total of $40 pp with tax. I was looking at maybe Chez Jay? Anyone been there lately.

      1. re: rantsnravesnreviews

        Will you have your tickets with you when you dine ?

        La Cachette Bistro - Has 15% off with proof of ticket - If your reasonable in ordering, then your budget could be Averaged ==> $25 per entree, $11 soup or salad = $36 - 15% +Tax & Tip = $39.72 p/p. If you meant the $40 didn't include Tip, then you could obviously expand you ordering....

        http://www.lacachettebistro.com/

        1. re: rantsnravesnreviews

          Never been to Chez Jay, but it's very close to Cirque & parking.
          For excellent seafood, we like BP Oysterette.
          http://blueplatesantamonica.com/bpo/h...

          1. re: MahiMahiFish

            Just a warning, BP does not take reservations.

          2. re: rantsnravesnreviews

            I really like Chez Jay. It's a great throwback to old LA. Just be forewarned that it's quite divey and that the food is not exactly cheap. See the pricing below:
            http://www.chezjays.com/dinner.htm

            the Musha rec is an excellent one and is definitely within your pricepoint.

                1. re: Ciao Bob

                  i had some nostalgia for this place and suggested it to friend's recently . . . .and made the mistake of eating there instead of just getting cocktails. ugh! expensive and their "steak" is awful. there was dried garlic/onion on the top (mmmm crunchy). the potatoes were a gloppy tasteless mess and the mixed veggies were straight from the old folks home.

                  divey fun place - but just stick to cocktails!!!

            1. If you like Japanese, Musha on Wilshire and 5th is a good option. They are a Japanese small plates menu with both cooked dishes (including a tasty fried chicken) as well as sashimi and spicy tuna kind of dishes. Reasonably priced. They take reservations.

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              Musha
              424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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              1. re: Senor Popusa

                what time is the show? musha doesn't open until 6pm.

              2. Went to Wilshire a few weeks back--they have a prix fixe dinner for only $39 (IIRC), where you choose an appetizer, entree & dessert from their regular menu. A fabulous deal iMO.

                1. I think Fritto Misto is a solid choice - not too pricey and you don't have to worry about the young adults not being too adventurous with pasta dishes. Chez Jay is good - my last trip there I had a tough steak, but the clam chowder is always good and the beef medallions in mushroom sauce have always been great.

                  1. someone posted this link earlier: http://www.santamonica.com/cirqueoffers/

                    Lots of nearby restaurants are offering discounts on the day you see Cirque by just showing your tickets.