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Jul 26, 2005 11:33 AM

Westwood restaurants..

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Does anyone have any recommendations for dinner in Westwood? Preferabely somwhere reasonably priced (under $25 per person) would be great. Also, if you have any specific dishes that you suggest, that would be a big help as well.

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  1. t
    the delicious life

    if you're looking specifically in westwood village, i would say perhaps tanino (italian). the other "nicer" restaurants (eurochow, palomino, tengu, napa valley grille etc.) in westwood village are *eh*

    if you can venture down westwood bouelvard, try shamshiri grill. i love it!


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    1. re: the delicious life

      I concur with the Tanino rec if you're limited to Westwood Village.

      That said, Tengu, Palmoino and Napa Valley Grille are all just *eh*. Eurochow is the most egregious waste of real-estate I've seen in a long time.

      I personally go for the Dinner of Champions: kimchi burrito at Jose Bernstein's, and then across the street to Diddy Riese for a huge $1 ice cream sandwich.

      1. re: Das Ubergeek

        South of Wilshire for restaurants are far better bets than the Village - either side of the street down to SM Blvd are Italian, Greek, French, Persian, Indonesian and now 3 Indian restaurants.

        We're off to Shamshiri tonight for my favorite Tues. special, lamb shank with dilled fava beans (can't remember the Persian name but its plate licking its so good - however you can't make it down to the plate on one sitting because the portions are so huge).

        1. re: Zoe

          Baghali polo (lima bean rice with dill weed) ba maheecheh (with lamb shank). :)

          Yum. :) Shamshiri Grill is my favorite too, besides Raffi's in Glendale.

        2. re: Das Ubergeek
          the delicious life

          KIMCHI BURRITO?!?!?

          please elaborate - LOL!

          1. re: the delicious life

            At Jose Bernstein's on Broxton (open until 3 AM on weekends) you can get a kimchi burrito -- exactly what it sounds like, a tortilla, beans, white rice, kimchi and (optional) bulgogi.

            Best post-drinking food ever.

        3. re: the delicious life

          i whole-heartedly concur with shamshiri grill.
          the food is very good, and the quantity/quality/price ratios are EXCELLENT.
          it also helps that they have a section of their menu devoted to vegetarian offerings so that there is plenty to chose from if your party that includes vegetarians and meat-eaters.

        4. If you don't mind a casual place, (open until 10 P.M.) Damon and Pythias, (see link to their web site) has just had some really good reviews on this board, (


          1. I like Pomodoro's (not the chain). It's on WEstwood boulevard next to another Italian place, Sprazzo's. I prefer Pomodoro. Excellent small pizze, risotto, the pasta dishes are quite good. The ossobuco is decent, a little rich - (I like a lot of gremolata in mine) and it has a lovely ambience. Averages about $20 a head including tax and tip.

            Down the street, Shahrzad is my fave Iranian. Don't know how many in your party - I'd suggest ordering the kashk-e bademjan appetizer, a shirazi salad (everybody shares these) and then a fesenjan and a polo, my fave is the estamboli polo, but the zereshk and albaloo polos are very good (I think there's also a shirin polo). Also, ask for onions and butter with the house bread straight from the tandur.
            For dessert consider the faloodieh or persian ice cream.

            1393 WESTWOOD BLVD
            LOS ANGELES

            1422 WESTWOOD BLVD
            LOS ANGELES

            1. Skip Eurochow and Palomino altogether.

              Cheap and good dinners:
              Saks Teriyaki on Glendon
              Noodle Planet on Westwood
              Lamonica's New York Pizza on Gayley
              Mongols BBQ next to Lamonica's

              Medium price range:
              Moustache Cafe on Glendon
              Tanino on Westwood
              Napa Valley Grille on Glendon

              Nine Thirty at the W Hotel
              Tengu Sushi on Lindbrook

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              1. re: JL

                On the contrary, I'd choose Palomino over Tengu anyday. It's different food, but quality is nothing in comparison. Besides, Palomino has an extensive happy hour before and after dinner, and a great deal for the first seating -- $20 for a prixe fixe of 3 dishes.

              2. I've tried most of the Persian restaurants in Westwood and the standout for me without a doubt is OAHAM GRILL. It's located in a strip mall on Santa Monica at the corner of Sepulveda where the Coffee Bean is. They give you a wonderful complimentary humus with pita to start. I always wind up with the Cornish Hen which is absolutly delicious! Entrees come with rice and salad all for under $15 dollars. The owners are very friendly and it's quick take out too.