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New Yorker in LA (Santa Monica) for Ten Days - Help!

eklyons Aug 4, 2010 05:32 PM

Hi, I am visiting LA (Santa Monica) for ten days. I live in Manhattan and enjoy lots of Italian, French, Spanish, Mexican and various other types of foods. In the city, I have always enjoyed La Esquina, Pastis, Locanda Verde, Bar Pitti, Burger Joint, Blue Ribbon, Cabrito, Raoul's, etc. I like LA but I have yet to enjoy a really great meal there. I am excited to change this now that I have the time for an extended stay. Please help me! :) Any thoughts you have for dinner, lunch, brunch and drinks would be fantastic and greatly appreciated. Thanks for your recommendations and ideas.

  1. Ciao Bob Aug 6, 2010 10:18 AM

    Try Gjelina and/or Tasting Kitchen on Abbott Kinney.
    Giorgio Baldi will remind you of home, by way of Italy; in Brentwood Vincenti or Toascana serve up some fine Northen Italian.
    Capo is very good, very LA/Med and very expensive.
    Melisse and Huckleberry on Wilshire desrve a look.
    While here you should check out Koreatown, San Gabriel Valley and Little Tokyo, ELA Mexican, heck, even little Saigon if time permits.

    Vincenti Restaurant
    11930 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

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

    Little Tokyo Restaurant
    150 E Bonita Ave, San Dimas, CA 91773

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      smfoodie Aug 5, 2010 11:36 AM

      As far as Santa Monica restaurants, here are my recommendations.
      Rustic Canyon
      Joe's (Venice)
      Gjelina (Venice)

      Jiraffe Restaurant
      502 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

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

      1. wienermobile Aug 4, 2010 06:07 PM


        435 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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          jackattack Aug 4, 2010 06:01 PM

          Dinner at the Getty Center on Saturday night!

          Getty Center
          1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90049

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            jaykayen Aug 4, 2010 05:51 PM

            This post should give you plenty of options.


            My personal faves are Father's Office, Anisette, Amandine, El Super Taco (the tortas are amazing,) and Nook. Seemingly, some of the Italian places especially near the Promenade are tourist traps, so I would check if they are CH-approved. I like Pizzicotto in Brentwood, and nearby is Osteria Latini. Copa d'Oro is not to be missed for drinks.

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

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            1. re: jaykayen
              eklyons Aug 4, 2010 06:04 PM

              Thanks for your reply. I will check on those spots you recommended. I am not sure if it is worth mentioning that I have been to Shutters' brunch and Chateau Marmont for drinks - both were fair to good. .

              Chateau Marmont
              8221 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

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