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Apr 8, 2010 10:53 AM

Upscale Vegetarian-Friendly in Santa Monica Area

I'm looking for an upscale, vegetarian-friendly restaurant in the Santa Monica area to take a client to. Any kind of cuisine will do. Surrounding, immediate areas to Santa Monica will also do if that expands the range of places available to me. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

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  1. Cafe Montana - Has many non-meat dishes:

    Cafe Montana
    1534 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403

    1. Mélisse, Josie, or Jiraffe would probably be common responses, and I don't think you'd be unhappy at any of those. I've been to Mélisse and Jiraffe but never Josie. Mélisse will do a vegetarian or vegan tasting menu, and Jiraffe has been reasonably accommodating of vegan (and thus certainly vegetarian) diners.

      If it's not too far, I cannot recommend Sona highly enough - I went there recently, and we had one vegan tasting menu and one omnivorous one, and both were excellent (though I would have preferred one more savory course rather than 2 dessert courses).

      Akasha (in Culver City) might qualify, for something a little less high-end.

      401 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048

      Jiraffe Restaurant
      502 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

      9543 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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      1. re: will47

        was thinking Akasha too, but not sure how upscale is desired...

        i agree that any of the above high end places would be fine... i'd also throw in a vote for Wilshire. and in venice, Gjelina!

        Wilshire Restaurant
        2454 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404

        9543 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

        1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA

        1. re: will47

          i have been to Melisse with vegetarians and vegans alike and they were extremely accomodating and everything is delicious! service is impeccable a la ritz style service, as well.

        2. Fraiche has a lot of vegetarian offerings.