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Moderate dinner (non-ethnic) in/near Palms?

I need to take my out-of-towner friend to dinner somewhere in the vicinity of Palms and Sepulveda (probably within a 15 min drive is okay). She loves meat and generally does not like ethnic food (she likes Italian and American best). She doesn't like divey places, but I don't want it to be too expensive ($20/entree would be okay). Unfortunately, most of the places I know in that area are ethnic and don't have a nice atmosphere. Any suggestions on where to take her?

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  1. We have had good meals at Brunello's in Culver City. Comfortable, casual and fair prices.

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    Brunello Trattoria
    6001 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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    1. re: Servorg

      Thanks for all the suggestions, everyone! I'm leaning toward Brunello's. Could a party of 3 easily get seated there on a Thursday night without a reservation, or is a reservation needed?

      1. re: Nicole

        Probably don't need one, but why not make one just to cover the possibility they would be busy? As my wife tells me all the time, "Make one. They're free."

      1. re: mollyomormon

        Nook would be my rec too. Solid American fare, entrees are generous and most (except for the ribeye or shortribs, which are about $25) top out at $20. Hidden in the back corner of the minimall on Santa Monica Blvd. at Barry, a block east of Barrington.

      2. -Giovanni's (Italian) on Venice Blvd-neighborhood Italian
        -Novecento Pasta & Grill (Italian) Main Street Culver City
        -Meet French Bistro (Culver Blvd., Culver City) Prix Fix 3 courses for $29.50 (and they have meat as well as seafood and chicken).

        1. why not downtown culver city? fraiche, akasha, ford's filling station would all fit the bill.

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          1. re: nachosaurus

            Le Saint Amore, if you're going to Culver City. Well, I guess it's ethnic, but delicious.

            1. re: Phurstluv

              Thanks again, everyone! Now I am leaning toward Le Saint Amore. I made a tentative reservation there, but I'll ask my friend what she prefers.

          2. Westside Tavern or Ford's Filling Station

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            1. re: ElissaInPlaya

              i didn't even think of westside tavern - but it's really close to palms and soooooooooooooo good! i've never had anything sub-excellent and the cocktails are devine.