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Going to a concert this coming Wednesday, the 24th, at UCLA's Royce Hall, looking for someplace to eat beforehand in the Westwood area near UCLA. We'll probably need to eat around 5:30/6:00, getting to the hall before 8:00.

Something where I can get in and out in less than 2 hours, and preferably nothing too expensive, although I might go as high at $40 per person if it's worth it.

Please - some real chow-worthy rec's! No chains or cookie-cutter garbage, please.

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  1. if it were me, i'd probably hit shamshiri grill for persian food.
    then i'd drive up to the village and get parking on campus.
    they are on my regular rotation.
    they offer, what imho, is one of the best price/quality/quantity deals in town
    good food (but not earth shattering)
    tremendous number of menu items
    reasonable ambiance (granite-topped tables, cloth napkins, etc).
    open continuously between lunch and dinner.

    1712 Westwood Boulevard
    Los Angeles, CA 90024
    (310) 474-1410

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    shamshiri
    1712 Westwood Blvd, Westwood, CA 90024

    1. Westside Tavern
      http://www.westsidetavernla.com/

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      Westside Tavern
      10850 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

      1. Wilshire Blvd heading west towards the 405 is currently virtually gridlocked every evening, given the road work on the 405/Sepulveda--it can be 15 minutes to go 3 blocks. So something like Shamshiri, which is on Westwood Blvd, or something in Westwood Village might save you some tension.

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        Wilshire Restaurant
        2454 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404

        Shamshiri Restaurant
        19249 Roscoe Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324

        1. what about Wakasan? Anybody tried it?

          This Times article seemed to like it:

          http://articles.latimes.com/2009/sep/...

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          Wakasan
          1929 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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          1. re: georgempavlov

            I went to Wakasan a few months ago with a friend and tried their "omakase" deal. We both thought the food was meh (meh-diocre?). Even for the amount of food and the price it wasn't much of a bargain. For both of us it was a "one and done" deal.

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            Wakasan
            1929 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

            1. re: georgempavlov

              Wakasan is a jewel, in my opinion. I eat there regularly.

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              Wakasan
              1929 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

              1. re: J.L.

                do I need a reservation for Wakasan?

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                Wakasan
                1929 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

                1. re: georgempavlov

                  it is preferable that you do as wakasan can get quite busy.

            2. Alcazar Express. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/683784

              1. Sprazzo is a nice Italian restaurant on Westwood Blvd, south of Wilshire. The pastas are quite good, and they have a number of different gnocchi specials. It should fit your price point.

                I believe they have an arrangement where you can park at the Borders' bookstore across the street.

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                Sprazzo Cucina Italiana
                1389 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

                1. The Nook?

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                  1. re: toonoble

                    although the nook receives much love on this board, i've had pretty poor experiences there.
                    the last time, the starters were meh and the seafood course was out and out poor-on-the-border-of-vile.

                    probably it's strong suits are mac and cheese and the like, it certainly wasn't the fish/

                  2. There's Pastina for reasonably priced Italian.

                    1. I think we're going to go with Wakasan.

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                      Wakasan
                      1929 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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                      1. re: georgempavlov

                        Enjoy! BUT make sure they're open around 5:30PM first!