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Casual Dinner San Fernando Valley

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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.
Thanks

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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.

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            Brandywine Restaurant
            22757 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364

            1. Topanga Pizza!
              http://www.yelp.com/biz/topanga-pizza...
              Been around for years.

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              Topanga Pizza
              22994 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364