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

Chelseaboi May 17, 2010 06:59 PM

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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    ElissaInPlaya May 18, 2010 11:26 AM

    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
      Chelseaboi May 18, 2010 07:06 PM

      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.

    2. Servorg May 18, 2010 07:12 AM

      Craftbar would be a good place to checkout.


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        degustateur May 17, 2010 11:27 PM

        My “A” List – Animal, A.O.C., Anisette, Le Saint Amour

        1. westsidegal May 17, 2010 11:04 PM

          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. re: westsidegal
            Burger Boy May 17, 2010 11:52 PM

            That is a nice bar.

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            Burger Boy May 17, 2010 08:20 PM

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

            26 Beach
            3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

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