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Vegetarian in a pretty setting?

1newyorkguy Jan 22, 2010 12:46 AM

I'm thinking something along the lines of The Inn of the 7th Ray..but with better, cheaper food. Or least just another really pretty place where I can bring someone to just enjoy the surroundings in..and possibly choke down a mediocre appetizer :)

  1. 1newyorkguy Jan 25, 2010 10:35 AM

    I guess we are in need of prettier restaurants.

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      cls Jan 25, 2010 10:41 AM

      Or you need to narrow it down a bit.

    2. mollyomormon Jan 25, 2010 10:51 AM

      Does it have to be exclusively vegetarian or can it offer good vegetarian options among other dishes?

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      1. re: mollyomormon
        1newyorkguy Jan 25, 2010 10:13 PM

        It can just offer solid vegetarian options.

      2. westsidegal Jan 25, 2010 11:06 AM

        i can think of nice/pretty omnivore-type restaurants that offer a couple of vegetarian appetizers, but:
        1) they are not any cheaper than inn of the seventh ray
        and/or
        2) they would not take too kindly to your taking up a table for a long time and just ordering an appetizer or two.

        what time of day?
        what day of the week?

        sitting on the balcony at the ritz in marina del rey overlooking the boats is very nice.
        you can order a vegetarian appetizer and sit for hours and they won't mind
        but the prices, especially if you consider that you will need to pay an inordinate amount for parking, are high.

        1. yinyangdi Jan 25, 2010 02:42 PM

          In the "better, cheaper food" category:

          Shojin
          Los Angeles, (213) 617-0305, 333 S. Alameda St. Suite 310, 90012
          http://www.theshojin.com/

          Tender Greens
          WeHo, (310) 358-1919, 8759 Santa Monica Blvd, 90069
          Culver City, (310) 842-8300, 9523 Culver Blvd, 90232
          http://www.tendergreensfood.com/

          Akasha
          Culver City, (310) 845-1700, 9543 Culver Blvd., 90232
          http://www.akasharestaurant.com/

          Inaka Natural Foods Restaurant
          Los Angeles, (323) 936-9353, 131 S La Brea Ave., 90036

          M Cafe de Chaya
          Los Angeles, (323) 525-0588, 7119 Melrose Ave., 90036
          Culver City, (310) 838-4300, 9343 Culver Blvd., 90232
          www.mcafedechaya.com

          Real Food Daily
          Los Angeles (310) 289-9910, 414 N. La Cienega Blvd, 90048
          Santa Monica (310) 451-7544, 514 Santa Monica Blvd., 90401
          http://www.realfood.com/

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            will47 Jan 25, 2010 08:02 PM

            I don't think any of these qualify in the "pretty setting" category, and some of them are downright ugly (Shojin is in a mall!). Inn of the 7th Ray is one of a kind (in both good and bad ways... which there are more of depends on your point of view, I guess). And a lot of what you're paying for there *is* the setting (though I've never had the luck to go there in good weather while it's light out).

            I haven't been to Inaka for a long time, but I remember it not being good. Heck, hard to compare the two, but it wasn't even as good as IOT7R, which doesn't rank that high on my list. Also, for what it was, it was way overpriced.

            1. re: will47
              yinyangdi Jan 26, 2010 12:34 PM

              i didn't say my recommendations were "pretty," I said that they were in the " 'better, cheaper food' category"

              I agree with you in that IOT7R was overpriced and the food was, to be kind, not good, at all.

              And, as for Shojin, yes, it is inside a MALL :::gasp!:::, but the interior has clean lines and is pleasing to my eyes. For me, I'd rather eat good food in a MALL rather than "choke down a mediocre appetizer in a pretty setting"

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                will47 Jan 26, 2010 12:51 PM

                But the OP was pretty clear about not *just* wanting better, cheaper food (which can obviously be found pretty easily), but rather, better, cheaper food IN a beautiful setting.

            2. re: yinyangdi
              1newyorkguy Jan 25, 2010 10:14 PM

              I've been to most of these places--not pretty.

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                maudies5 Jan 25, 2010 10:36 PM

                Lucques and Tavern both have wonderful vegetarian dishes, as appetizers and entrees. Also, they are very pretty restaurants.
                Take a look at the menus.
                www.lucques.com
                www.tavernla.com

                1. re: maudies5
                  1newyorkguy Jan 25, 2010 11:27 PM

                  Thanks..I actually worked in Lucques' kitchen one day.

                  I guess I should have made it more obvious that I'm looking for natural beauty.

                  1. re: 1newyorkguy
                    mollyomormon Jan 26, 2010 08:35 AM

                    I think the back patio at Wilshire is very pretty, but the appetizer menu isn't terribly veggie friendly. They do have a veggie/vegan entree and many vegetarian sides, though. I would also imagine the pumpkin ravioli app can be made without pancetta.

                    http://www.wilshirerestaurant.com/pag...

            3. LA Buckeye Fan Jan 26, 2010 09:58 AM

              A bit farther a field...but Le Chene in Santa Clarita is a pretty outdoor setting with good french food. They have a number of vegetarian appetizers, but not too many entrees. A nice evening out in the countryside.

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                AAQjr Jan 26, 2010 10:20 AM

                I7R is about as pretty as it gets in LA, vegetarian or not. How about packing some take out from a favorite restaurant and head out to Will Rodgers state park for a picnic? That way you can control the food and scenery better.

                1. maxzook Jan 26, 2010 12:45 PM

                  The first restaurant that came to mind when I saw your threader header was the Ranch House. Although it hasn't been exclusively vegetarian for years, they still have vegetarian appetizers and entrees. And the setting is wonderful -- all the tables are outside or in a glassed-in interior area.

                  I've never been to the Inn Of The Seventh Ray so I can't speak to whether it's any cheaper, but it's very reasonable by L. A. standards.

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                  Ranch House
                  500 W Lomita Ave, Ojai, CA 93023

                  1. nomnomnoms Jan 26, 2010 03:14 PM

                    a bit of a drive, but 118 Degrees in Costa Mesa is a vegan restaurant in the hip-tastic SoBeCa district.

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