west hollywood area for atmosphere for out of towners?
I'd say Pizzeria Mozza if you want really good food. Rainbow Bar and Grill has decent food so less pleasing to you--but it's got the West Hollywood vibe.
Rainbow Bar & Grill
9015 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Go there. Your out of towners will love the raucous atmosphere and the amazing assortment of movie-biz insiders who populate the place. The drinks are strong and the food ain't bad, either.
Should you really want a little "flava" you can go across the street after dinner to the Chinese restaurant ("Formosa," I seem to recall) for Mai-Tais.
7205 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046