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New restaurants in Santa Monica or South Bay

auberie Jan 13, 2011 01:54 PM

We're looking to go out to a restaurant that's reasonably priced that we all haven't been to. Anyone been to any new restaurants lately, or have a favorite one? Otherwise we'll be at Tin Roof Bistro in Manhattan Beach or 26 Beach Cafe. Cafe Pierre looks great, and Petro's is wonderful but pricey for dinner. We'd love a new adventure & there's got to be another place. Any ideas? Thanks in advance. No Mexican or Chinese please.

26 Beach
3100 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

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

Tin Roof Bistro
3500 Sepulveda Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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  1. Servorg RE: auberie Jan 13, 2011 01:56 PM

    Have you been to Waterloo & City? How about A-Frame?

    Waterloo and City
    12517 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90066

    12565 Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066, USA

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      Densible RE: Servorg Jan 13, 2011 06:53 PM

      Chef Melba's Bistro on Hermosa Ave in HB. Call for a reservation-it's a small room.

      Chef Melba's Bistro
      1501 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

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        mstinawu RE: Densible Jan 22, 2011 09:35 AM

        It's not exactly new is it? Great seafood though.

      2. re: Servorg
        yogachik RE: Servorg Jan 14, 2011 11:12 AM

        A-Frame for sure. It's an adventure, the food is fantastic, it's fun and very different. Jonathan Gold reviewed it yesterday, so it might be crowded so get there early. They don't take reservations.

        12565 Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066, USA

      3. Phurstluv RE: auberie Jan 14, 2011 05:28 PM

        Have you tried Hudson House in Redondo Beach? Not extremely new, but newish.

        1. hrhboo RE: auberie Jan 22, 2011 12:54 PM

          Madame Chou Chou on Main Street is delightful.

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            Petey McNichols RE: auberie Feb 16, 2011 07:11 PM

            I'm a little late to the post but I like the spots in the new Santa Monica Place. Ozumo's is just ok but I did like the others. I also rec. A-Frame as a spot to hit as well as Waterloo & City. Lukshon is Sang Yoon's new spot.

            In the South Bay, I don't think I can say it enough but there's a brand new spot in Redondo Beach called The Standing Room that's pretty cool. Great food from a very unassuming spot. Sophie's Place is new although I don't know if I'd call it great, its ok but probably worth a pop in to decide for yourself.

            12565 Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066, USA

            3239 Helms Ave, Culver City, CA 90034

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              raizans RE: Petey McNichols Feb 26, 2011 02:25 PM

              i checked out the standing room just now. it's a solid local spot, but the details need a bit more work. a nice young guy in his mid 20s or so runs it out of a tiny kitchen in the catalina liquor shop. roy choi is an obvious influence, so it might be worth a look even if you have to drive more than ten minutes.

            2. westsidegal RE: auberie Feb 16, 2011 08:01 PM

              only had one meal there, but Eatatian in Gardena served us some really good chow.
              caveat: no booze there, not even byob w/ corkage.

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                Petey McNichols RE: westsidegal Feb 18, 2011 09:12 PM

                Eatalian is ok, not as good as everyone made it out to be. IMO it was a little bland. I liked that everything that could be made in house, was but mediocre fresh made food is still mediocre. Weird thing is that the owner is always apologizing to me about the food and service.

                Eatalian Cafe
                15500 S. Broadway St., Gardena, CA 90248

              2. westsidegal RE: auberie Feb 16, 2011 08:05 PM

                had terrific food during restaiurant week in santa monca at:

                Hostaria Del Piccolo

                606 broadway
                (310) 393-6633

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                  hrhboo RE: westsidegal Feb 20, 2011 02:18 PM

                  I've eaten at Hostaria Del Piccolo 3 times now and really don't get this place at all. While I appreciate the variety of options and quality of ingredients, the pizza dough is completely flavorless. It doesn't matter how good the toppings are when the dough is such a letdown. I find the pasta dishes boring and flavorless as well, again a case of decent sauces but woefully undersalted pasta briging down the dish. I really wanted to love it because I'm such a fan of Piccolo in Venice, but after 3 tries I'm giving up.

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                  Bruce Kerr RE: auberie Feb 26, 2011 03:06 PM

                  Sauce on Hampton (Hampton @ Rose, Venice) is our favorite in the area. Wonderful, unique but simple food, the best ingredients, and very reasonable prices.

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