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Jan 22, 2010 09:57 PM

Dinner around 5 pm on the Westside --Need recomendations!

We will be entertaining an older couple from New Zealand at an odd time on Sunday. We live in the valley, but they want to meet us along with another couple around 4 p.m. in the West L.A. area. I'm stumped, we'll be in two cars, they're not big drinkers, definitely no Asian or Mexican food. Probably heavy Italian is out too. Chicken & fish are good or a broad menu.

I don't want to eat dinner at 4PM! Help, what do I do with them for an hour or so and then an early dinner. Possibly a short walk on Rodeo Drive and then...

I really would like something a bit upscale, however these are casually dressed people. DH thought maybe we should head for Santa Monica and go to the Lobster, not a bad idea, but the weather might preclude it.
I want to hear suggestions from you hounds on where to eat and what to do with them in the interim.
Thanks in advance!

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  1. I think Kate Mantellini's on Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills might be open and they have a wide enough menu that you can drink - or not, eat steak - or a light salad, etc. The food is generic enough and if you're already by Rodeo Drive (and it's not pouring out!) you will be nearby already.

    1. Il Pastaio would be my suggestion. The food is excellent, dress is casual, full bar, and lots of window shopping nearby, including Rodeo which is only 2 blocks away.
      Here is the menu:

      1. I think Westside Tavern might be perfect, but they don't take reservations.

        Westside Tavern
        10850 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

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        1. re: wienermobile

          At 4 PM on a Sunday I don't think there would be any problem walking in and sitting down. And I think this is a great suggestion based on the description of what the OP is looking for.

          1. re: Servorg

            Bar Bouchon on Canon is also open. No reservations, but that shouldn't be a problem.

            1. re: lizziee

              Good ideas, keep 'em coming. We love Westside Tavern, it might do the trick and never tried Il Pastaio, is it all pastas? I'm allergic to wheat, onions etc. Will I have something to order there?

              1. re: compucook

                Il Pastaio is not all pasta. They have beef, veal, chicken, excellent fish and salads.

                1. re: maudies5

                  Will they comfortably accommodate six people at a table. My recollection from outside is that it's not a large place. .I love round tables.

        2. How about Gjelina in Venice? Or Hal's? You could wander around on Abbott Kinney for a bit first, and you should be able to walk into either restaurant at 5pm without a problem.

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          1. re: cookie monster

            Looks great, however they aren't Venice type people. Think "buttoned up"! LOL I'm thinking a less ambitious menu might be a better choice.

          2. Wilshire might be a good choice. Happy Hour goes from 5-7 and dinner service starts at 530, so maybe you could have drinks from 5-530, and then enjoy dinner. I think the setting, if you can get the patio, along with the nice variety of food options, would fit the bill nicely.

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            1. re: Emme

              What about the Grill on the Alley? Right near Rodeo (at Dayton). Huge menu and they have some round table and excellent food. It can be a bit pricey but so good.

              1. re: handlertaper

                Great suggestion and it's quiet enough to have a real conversation. I know the OP said that they are casually dressed people. Grill should be fine, unless her guests are keen on wearing sweats or shorts. No jacket required, We had friends who were quite a bit older than us, who were so bright and interesting and had such great life experience and we loved going out with them. Their favorite restaurant was The Grill on the Alley.