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I am arranging a dinner for 8 in the vicinity of Woodland Hills. Although some of the party are locals they seem only to suggest chain "eateries"...yuck!! Any suggestions for a great fun dinner. Any cuisine but japanese/korean and we have one fish eating vegetarian among us.

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  1. Try Zano's (Italian) on Ventura between Canoga and Topanga

    1. Hummus Bar & Grill on Ventura in Tarzana. Lots of fun; wonderful food for everyone's taste (excellent kabobs, etc. for meat eaters, delicious bottomless small salads & usually a very tasty fish special). And very reasonable.

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      1. re: archer

        That's what I was about to recommend. Perfect for a fun dinner.

        1. re: archer

          VERY reasonable, very friendly, very good food in very large quantities -- all in all a terrific place for a casual dinner with friends. Good idea to make a reservation.

        2. Monty's Steak House. Not inexpensive but for the valley worth the trip. Deep fried pickles anyone?

          1. If you have the budget, try Brandywine. Fabulous old-fashioned French.

            Brandywine Restaurant
            22757 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

            1. Topanga Pizza!
              Been around for years.

              Topanga Pizza
              22994 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

              1. Don't be fooled by the multiple locations of these spots:

                If your vegetarian friend can deal with a limited seafood/fish menu, (salmon salad only?), Versailles Cuban is the place that I crave now that I've moved away. We hit this place everytime we visit LA.

                Jerry's Famous Deli is a proper Jewish deli. Yum. Could really use a matzo ball soup and a reuben right now. Never been disappointed with anything here.

                And again, if you consider "roy's" a chain. It's not the best meal I've had but it's fun, casual, and located in the SFV. If you haven't figured it out yet, SFV is not exactly the food mecca of SoCal.

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                1. re: hc489

                  Jerry's is nothing near a proper Jewish Deli. Brent's is the most proper Jewish deli in the SFV and has great service to boot. If you are talking reubens try the black pastrami reuben at Brents and then tell me what you think.

                  1. re: SIMIHOUND

                    "Jerry's is nothing near a proper Jewish Deli."

                    Jerry's is nothing near a restaurant...

                    1. re: Servorg

                      Run to Brent's Deli.... Runaway from Jerry's!

                      Brent's Deli
                      19565 Parthenia St, Northridge, CA 91324

                    2. re: SIMIHOUND

                      I had the black pastrami by itself as a sandwich last week. Very lean and enough meat to take home to make two more sandwiches.

                  2. That's right, run to Brent's. The portions are large and the food, who knew? there is a Brent's in Northridge and another in Westlake Village. The store in Westlake also has a bar. I think it's anything from malteds to martinis.