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May 17, 2010 06:59 PM

Hillstones' Restaurants are solid, but looking for new suggestions on places to eat out solo

R+D, Houstons and Bandera I have felt are always good choices for single folks, whether partaking in convo with others or simply enjoying the atmosphere. Food is solid given the corporate qual control. Bars are also big so fairly easy to get a seat and bartenders are knowledgable. I tend to roam around the westside of town and favor more new american (hence my conondrum), but of course open to other areas/cuisine, alebeit not further than weho. Also enjoy Hals and James Beach (regularly) in Venice, so more of a chill vibe is always a plus. Just looking for some recs from folks that actually like dining out solo and intune to good food/atmosphere. thanks.

11704 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

James Beach
60 N Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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  1. I enjoy 26 Beach in Venice. Rutt's Hutt for Hawaiian food.

    26 Beach
    3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

    1. i eat solo at the bar at CAFE DEL REY all the time.
      they offer a very good bar menu AND will be happy to serve you any of the items on the regular menu if that's what you prefer.
      if you get there before 7, you can order your drink from the happy hour drink menu (some lower-cost wines and pretty decent mixed drinks) and save a little money. in any case, their normal wine-by-the-glass offerings are darn good.

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          1. I do this fairly often, and have several good options:
            Joe's (bar), Nook (communal table), Tavern (bar), Akasha (bar), Father's Office -(Culver city if it's a weekend night.), Ford's Filling Station, Beechwood, Gjelina (communcal table). Also, I would eat at Upper West alone, but I have only been once with company.

            Also, some other good, but not New American options:
            Lucques (great bartenders) Cal French
            Anissette - French (bar)
            Vincente - Italian (at the bar)

            Ford's Filling Station
            9531 Culver Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90232

            8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

            9543 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

            Father's Office Bar
            1618 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA

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

            Upper West
            3321 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404

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            1. re: ElissaInPlaya

              Thanks everyone for their suggestions. Culver city has a plethora of options, so Ill start there. Also, didn't think of Joes on abbott kinney, food is great there.