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Quiet restaurant on Westside

handlertaper Jul 8, 2010 09:38 PM

Looking for a nice QUIETish restaurant between Santa Monica and Beverly Hills for group of 4 women to celebrate a 60th birthday. Not Melisse please or the Belvedere. Was thinking perhaps Josie but would love to come up with a place that we have never been! Is Fraiche quiet or what about Tavern in Brentwood??? Thanks.

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    jpie RE: handlertaper Jul 8, 2010 09:41 PM

    2 places to think about but I am not sure about how quiet because I am normally there for lunch: Nook and St. Amour


    We also loved Akasha in Culver CIty: www.akasharestaurant.com/

    9543 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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      mdpilam RE: jpie Jul 8, 2010 11:56 PM

      I don't think I'd classify Nook as quiet (atleast for dinner). Not that it is noisy, but seating is close, especially at the communal table.

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        Nicole RE: jpie Jul 9, 2010 10:09 PM

        Nook and Le Saint Amour are both on the noisy side for dinner. But I'm no help, no viable alternatives come to mind. The first thought that came to mind immediately was Josie, but I see that the OP is looking for other suggestions.

        Le Saint Amour
        9725 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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        yogachik RE: handlertaper Jul 8, 2010 09:43 PM

        Tavern is very quiet - in the atrium. Another idea would be The Wilshire. Both are perfect restaurants. Great food, great atmosphere, great service.

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          handlertaper RE: yogachik Jul 8, 2010 10:32 PM

          I was thinking about Wilshire but was a bit concerned about the noise level. I really do like it there though. Tavern may be worth a try! Thanks so much.

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            Servorg RE: handlertaper Jul 9, 2010 08:22 AM

            La Dolce Vita http://www.ladolcevitabeverlyhills.co... (old school Italian) in Beverly Hills is quiet. I recall Vito's on Ocean Park Blvd. in Santa Monica as on the quiet side as well.

            Vitos Italian Restaurant
            2807 Ocean Park Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

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              handlertaper RE: Servorg Jul 9, 2010 06:21 PM

              Hmm. La Dolce Vita is another good suggestion and so quiet!

              Dolce Vita
              22741 Lambert St, Lake Forest, CA 92630

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          paprkutr RE: handlertaper Jul 8, 2010 09:59 PM

          A little further east is pane vino on beverly blvd on the patio.

          1. Phurstluv RE: handlertaper Jul 9, 2010 07:19 PM

            Whist at the Viceroy, on Ocean. Get a table on the patio. It's blissful.

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              citizenx RE: handlertaper Jul 9, 2010 10:52 PM

              Upstairs2 is quiet but hit and miss for food.
              Fraiche is not very quiet.
              You can ask for a private room surrounding the patio at Wilshire. That could be nice.

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                maudies5 RE: citizenx Jul 10, 2010 11:17 PM

                Madeo is quiet and the food is marvelous.
                Tavern is quiet in the atrium, food is great, but somewhat limited menu. I love both restaurants and either one is a great choice.

                Madeo Restaurant
                8897 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

              2. dotrat RE: handlertaper Jul 11, 2010 12:19 PM

                I think Josie suits all of your needs best. I've eaten at all of the suggested places & just don't think they compare in terms of the food & quiet atmosphere. I'd ask for a table in the back by the fireplace on a gloomy day like today.

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                  handlertaper RE: dotrat Jul 11, 2010 01:25 PM

                  I love Madeo-looking for something a bit lower key (for my mom and her friends). Josie is great and would be a good fit but she tends to go there quite often. She is now thinking about WHIST...Anyone been there???

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                    yogachik RE: handlertaper Jul 11, 2010 02:33 PM

                    Whist is very good, and eating outside is great. The menu, though, is limited (small), and expensive. My favorite restaurant in that area is Catch at Casa del Mar. Great view and fantastic food - beautiful and quiet room.

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                      Phurstluv RE: handlertaper Jul 11, 2010 02:37 PM

                      I love Whist at the Viceroy. The setting is beautiful, and the food was delicious, generous portions, wonderful wine list. The patio is just great.

                      I wouldn't consider it any more expensive than Catch @ Casa del Mar.

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                        handlertaper RE: Phurstluv Jul 11, 2010 02:50 PM

                        Wondering about the restaurant at the Century Plaza, can't remember what it is called?

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                          Servorg RE: handlertaper Jul 11, 2010 02:54 PM

                          Is it still called Breeze? We went once or twice a long time ago. If they haven't changed things it is the epitome of lackluster hotel food. But they may have improved?

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                            Phurstluv RE: handlertaper Jul 11, 2010 03:30 PM

                            If you're thinking of Craft, they are very good. Not at the Plaza, but on Constellation.

                            I wouldn't consider them "quiet", but don't know how they are @ lunchtime.

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                              handlertaper RE: Phurstluv Jul 11, 2010 06:32 PM

                              Serorg, you are right-I was asking about Breeze. Just curious....

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                                Servorg RE: handlertaper Jul 11, 2010 07:23 PM

                                You can tell how long ago this was because we went a couple of times after movies at the old ABC Entertainment Complex and you could walk over under the street. No waiting for a table - that's for sure. It's not something I should be at all proud of that we actually went a second time after the first forgettable meal. But I'm sure we didn't want to wait for a table across the street at Houstons (or some such lame excuse).

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                                  Bria Silbert RE: Servorg Jul 11, 2010 07:43 PM

                                  What about FIG in Santa Monica?

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                                    mollyomormon RE: Servorg Jul 11, 2010 07:52 PM

                                    Agreed. Breeze is not good and is expensive.

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                                      handlertaper RE: mollyomormon Jul 11, 2010 09:40 PM

                                      I like Fig. Nice suggestion-Will stay away from Breeze then!

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                              yogachik RE: Phurstluv Jul 12, 2010 07:36 AM

                              Whist is much more expensive than Catch. Catch completely redid their menu, with many, many, options - ranging from $14 - $34. Whist has only a few entrees, and a few starters, period.

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                          NAspy RE: handlertaper Jul 12, 2010 08:00 AM

                          Wilshire is noisy inside; the outdoor patio is really beautiful and quintessential "new" LA. Ortolan may be too far east for you, but it is very quiet, albeit pricey.

                          Fraiche isn't loud, but it's very active.

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                            handlertaper RE: NAspy Jul 12, 2010 04:24 PM

                            Ortolan is a good suggestion. Thanks.

                          2. wilafur RE: handlertaper Jul 12, 2010 05:02 PM

                            valentino is VERY quiet.

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                              handlertaper RE: wilafur Jul 12, 2010 06:07 PM

                              Love VALENTINO which is most definitely quiet. My mom and dad have been going there from the time it opened so looking for something else for her get together. Great suggestion though.

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                                maudies5 RE: wilafur Jul 12, 2010 09:07 PM

                                Valentino is only open for lunch on Friday, in the event you are considering lunch.

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