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Gourmet Eats - Not far from LAX

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Going to LA on business for a week ...I have never been to this part of California - Staying at the Westin LAX - Only have 1 (maybe 2) night(s) to go discover some good food as the rest is tied up w/ meetings and obligations...Criteria: Price is no problem. Ambiance - At least good, preferably exceptional (although I will be dining alone!), Genre - Any. I love just about anything that is good from gourmet to burgers.... Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated...Thanks in advance....

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  1. Petros and Izakaya by Katsuya in Manhattan Beach are both very good. I have heard that Open Sesame in Manhattan Village Mall has excellent Mediterranean food, but I've never been. Paul Martin's American Bistro in El Segundo is solid too. They have really good banana cream pie. Caffe Pinguini in Playa Del Rey is great for Italian, as is Antica Pizzeria in Marina Del Rey (though the ambiance is nothing special).

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    Open Sesame
    5215 E 2nd St, Long Beach, CA 90803

    Caffe Pinguini
    6935 Pacific Ave, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293

    Petros Restaurant
    451 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

    Paul Martin's American Bistro
    2361 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 180, El Segundo, CA 90245

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    1. re: Juji

      respectfully disagree with the caffe pinguini recommendation.
      although i like the place well enough, imho, it doesn't begin to qualify as 'gourmet eats' because i haven't found even one dish there that is truly exceptional.

    2. Cafe Del Rey is close by and very good.

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      Cafe Del Rey
      4451 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

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      1. re: New Trial

        second the recommendation of Cafe del Rey.

      2. Cafe Del Rey is the best choice..

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        Cafe Del Rey
        4451 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

        1. Don't know if you have a car, but some of the best restaurants in LA are in Venice and Santa Monica. Be sure to go to at least two of these, in order of must-go-to
          Gjelina
          Joe's
          Catch at Casa del Mar (view is unbeatable, too)
          Chaya Venice
          Musha
          The Wilshire (further cab ride)

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          Chaya Venice
          110 Navy Street, Venice, CA 90291

          Musha
          424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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

          1. Cafe del Rey in the Marina for sure. Don't know where you're from, but this week we have an Indian summer with temps in the high 80's so you'll have a real Southern Californian experience. This is my go to place to take the out-of- towners. Great place for excellent food, view of the marina and the sunset. Lively bar scene too if you're so inclined.