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Need recommendations in/near Thousand Oaks

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I'm traveling to LA frequently on business for the next few weeks (from Durham, NC). I'm staying in Westlake Village and working in Thousand Oaks. Any recommendations for dinner places? I'm looking for places that would be no more than a 15 minute drive, that have really good food (places you look forward to eating, especially Asian, Mexican, South American... ie, things I don't find in NC), and where dining alone would be fun. Good take-out would also work. Price is not really an issue.

What say you?

Thanks!

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  1. We recently moved to Thousand Oaks (of which Westlake is part of) and have been trying the local eateries.

    There is definitely a plethora of restaurants in the area, unfortunately, not a lot of really good ones.

    I'll give you some recs and I'm sure others will chime in with theirs. We don't do Japanese or Chinese, so can't help you there.

    Fun Type places:

    Fin's Seafood at 982 So. Westlake Blvd. Nice atmospehre, haven't been for a while but call and see if they still have a jazz group playing.

    P6 - Agoura Hills (2809 Agoura Rd). - Never been, very modern hip type place, may be worth checking out - 5 minute drive from Westlake. Mixed reviews here when it opened, nothing recently.

    Bandit's BBQ - 589 Moorpark Ave. - 5 Min from Westlake in the opposite direction of P6. Lively bar, okay food, nice friendly atmposphere.

    Coming from the east coast I don't know your exposure to Mexican food. If you like it or want to try it, Lupe's Mexican Restaurant at 1710 Thousand Oaks Blvd. is pretty good, cheap, and quite authentic (not Americanized).

    For a fancy (not especially for a single diner) go to Boccassio's at 32123 Lindero Canyon. It's on the lake and a very good place to boot.

    Mandevilla's at 951 Westlake Blvd. has been recommended a few times but we haven't been there. If you check it out post a report.

    Lastly, if you have a group for just wine & Cheese, go to BellaVino at 3709 Thousand Oaks Blvd. The food (especially the appetizers) is good but I feel overpriced. Cheese and wine will set you back too but it's a fun thing to do with others.

    Good luck. Report back and enjoy your stay.

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    1. re: LesThePress

      Three's another place that my husband was taken to a few years ago called 2025 an American Bistro (or something close to that). DH loved it! very creative and delicious he said. Also there is Leila's in Oak Park which is part of Agoura.

      1. re: compumom

        I think the 2087 American Bistro closed.

        1. re: Alice

          Yes 2087 is closed.

          I wouldn't bother with Lupe's. Typical velvet-painting of a bullfight Mexican place with typical Mex-American food. Nothing special except for the help, which is great.

          Definitely try Galletto's for the brazilian fare. Two doors down is the aforementioned Tuscany Il Restorante, quite a lovely white tablecloth place that does a good job with pastas and Italian classics.

          My favorite cheap place is Sharky's Mexican Grill - meals under $10 with a great salsa bar. It is not real Mex, but Cal Mex with fish tacos etc, all organic though and quite tasty. Corner of Westlake and Thousand Oaks Blvd.

          A cheap and tasty burrito and taco place is Manny's, with locations in TO and Westlake. Burritos about $5.

          For a quick pastry, stop in at Gelson's market in Westlake - they have a beautiful selection, or the charming Chocolatine on TO Blvd near Kinkos - a French woman who makes a light lunch every day and candies and a few pastries.

          Cafe Provencal, near the Civic Arts Plaza, does a good job with rich French food. A charming space, too. They are two doors down from a bakery that sells traditional Mexican pan dulces.

          In the same plaza, Los Agaves does a workmanlike job with mid-priced Mexican food, though it is nothing to write home about, and most certainly do not go when the terrible mariachis will afflict you (weekend nights and brunches).

          A good place when you can't decide what to eat is Agoura Deli, on Kanan Road. They have one of those 300-item kind of menus. Their chicken soup is said to be delish. I like their falafel.

          Another good falafel place is Pita the Great on the corner of Kanan & Lindero Canyon (in the plaza across the street from the aforementioned wonderful Lailas). Only order the falafel, not the meat items. It's about $4.50. Do not go to the Falafel grill on Kanan - bad news, at least for falafel, and that is what they are named after. So.

          1. re: snackish

            2087 was no loss. They served their straight-up martinis with icebergs floating in them.

      2. re: LesThePress

        I agree on Boccassio's - more "fnacy" than Lakeside Terrace.
        There is also Lakeside Terrace which, along with Boccassio's is on Westlake Lake. Pizza, Seafood, pasta, etc.
        Le Cafe next to Westlake Inn is very good for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

      3. If you are willing to travel about 10 minutes east, to Woodland Hills,
        1) Gorikee, a "garlic fusion" restaurant, is at the corner of Ventura and Topanga Cyn in the Ralph's shopping center just off the 101. http://www.gorikee.com/
        2) Just north of Gorikee on Topanga Cyn is Roy's for hawaiian fusion http://www.roysrestaurant.com/docs/in...
        3) and Yang Chow is also on Topanga Cyn for decent chinese http://www.yangchow.com/

        Good luck!

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        1. re: Eve

          the gorikee link doesn't work.

        2. There are quite a few new hip restaurants popping up in near Thousand Oaks. These aren't really asian or mexican though . . .
          I think these are the names, I've never been but maybe if you do a search, you'll be able to find more info?
          P6 Lounge
          Buddha's Lounge or Buddha's Belly (I get that one confused with one in LA)
          The Melting Pot
          Alessio's also opened and has neat decor and I believe a band or something.
          These are mostly in Westlake Village which is right next to Thousand Oaks.
          Wood Ranch in Agoura has great tri-tip.

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          1. re: Alice

            There is also a very good italian restaurant called Tuscany Il Ristorante that has nice pastas.

          2. I have family in Thousand Oaks so I've been there tons of times and in my opinion, Westlake and T.O. have awful, awful restaurants. I've been to Tuscany, Rustico, Lupe's, you name it I've probably been there. Really disappointing town for restaurants.

            By far the best and funnest restaurant for me is Cho Cho San on TO Boulevard. Very good Japanese-fusion sushi/tempura. Other than that I would say save your money and appetite for another town.

            1. Very surprised I did not see a nod for Bellavino Wine Bar, but that gets mine. www.bellavinowinebar.com
              Located right next door to Alessio's on TO Boulevard, dont be misled by "wine bar". It is mostly small plates but the food is outstanding. Braised short ribs, beef filet, pork chop...just a few of the dishes I have had there that were amazing. A few weeks back we started at Bellavino for apps and wine, then went next door to Alessio for dinner. I personally thought the food was better at Bellavino but they are both great.
              Great cheese selection as well at Bellavino.

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              1. re: MunkeeCIAO

                Is the Alessio mentioned any relation to Alessio's in Northridge?

                1. re: WildSwede

                  Yes, there's also one in Woodland Hills on Platt & Victory. The Northridge location is much better than WH, never been to the one in TO.

                  1. re: markn

                    Thanks! I have only been to the Northridge one and I love it!