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Need place in El Segundo/Manhattan Beach for Birthday Dinner- not too $$

natsuye Jan 6, 2010 12:18 PM

Looking for a fun place to have good food/drinks for a 29th bday- low key dinner. Not too much $$. Any suggestions? thanks!

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  1. westsidegal RE: natsuye Jan 6, 2010 12:24 PM

    you will need to define what you mean by 'not too much $$."
    also, are you open to any kind of ethnic food?

    this area is not known for it's bargain eats.

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      natsuye RE: westsidegal Jan 6, 2010 12:54 PM

      Not looking for bargain places- the usual we go to Mucho's, LA Food show, Houston's, Flemings, Fonz's, Tin Roof, Salt Creek, Petro's, etc... looking for something new and fun and good

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        westsidegal RE: natsuye Jan 6, 2010 04:40 PM

        imho, you've already been to all the good ones.
        my favorite in the area is petros, of which you are already aware.

    2. Dommy RE: natsuye Jan 6, 2010 02:20 PM

      I love the Farm Stand in Downtown El Segundo for these types of things, they have something for everyone there...



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        westsidegal RE: Dommy Jan 6, 2010 04:42 PM

        respectfully disagree re: the farm stand.
        to me, it offers meh, low-common-denominator, food.
        its' the place that lots of friends chose for the parties they gave to celebrate their kids' graduation from high school.

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        New Trial RE: natsuye Jan 6, 2010 11:41 PM

        Paul Martin's American Bistro is pretty good and reasonable. Large place with a full bar and lots of wine by the glass. I have seen several large parties in that age range at dinners there.

        1. Foodandwine RE: natsuye Jan 7, 2010 04:00 AM

          Cafe Pierre in Manhattan Beach has had a recent food make over. From the places that you mention below, this is a cut above food wise..


          1. JEN10 RE: natsuye Jan 7, 2010 07:38 AM

            Are you willing to go to Redondo? One of my favorite places to eat is Izakaya Bincho. It is a small place with GREAT food on the Redondo pier. Depends on how many of you will be going though. The food is very reasonable, they have great beer, sakai, and Japanese vodka.

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              mollyomormon RE: JEN10 Jan 7, 2010 12:34 PM

              I agree that this is a great place if the group is on the smallish side. Would definitely meet OP's requirements of being fun, low key and affordable.

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                noahbites RE: mollyomormon Jan 7, 2010 05:28 PM

                I've definitely seen them re-arrange the restaurant for bigger groups. I was actually there last night and had a really nice dinner for two, with a pitcher of beer and their "cold sake sampler" and the whole bill wound up being just a drip over $60. Though looking back, they must have been a little nice to us on the bill, since it was pretty empty last night.

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              Nicole RE: natsuye Jan 7, 2010 05:13 PM

              My current favorite in the area is Tin Roof Bistro, which you already mentioned. Based on your description, I would recommend Rock N Fish. We actually just ate at Cafe Pierre last night, and I don't think I'd recommend it for what you are looking for. Atmosphere isn't as fun, prices are higher. The food was solid, with a couple of interesting menu items (definitely better than before the "make over"), but it wasn't amazing, at that price point I'd rather drive a bit and have a meal I'll really love.

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                jackattack RE: natsuye Jan 7, 2010 05:46 PM

                How about Back Home In Lahaina? Then over to Glacier for ice cream/ cake.

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                  arobin2you RE: natsuye Jan 8, 2010 04:05 PM

                  Second City Bistro

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