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Jan 22, 2010 12:46 AM

Vegetarian in a pretty setting?

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 :)

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  1. I guess we are in need of prettier restaurants.

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    1. re: 1newyorkguy

      Or you need to narrow it down a bit.

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

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      1. re: mollyomormon

        It can just offer solid vegetarian options.

      2. 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
        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. In the "better, cheaper food" category:

          Los Angeles, (213) 617-0305, 333 S. Alameda St. Suite 310, 90012

          Tender Greens
          WeHo, (310) 358-1919, 8759 Santa Monica Blvd, 90069
          Culver City, (310) 842-8300, 9523 Culver Blvd, 90232

          Culver City, (310) 845-1700, 9543 Culver Blvd., 90232

          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

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

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          1. re: yinyangdi

            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

              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"

              1. re: yinyangdi

                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

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

              1. re: 1newyorkguy

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

                1. re: maudies5

                  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

                    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.


            3. 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.