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Looking for dinner near--Studio City this Friday

After a day at Universal Studios, we were hoping to have a really good dinner. What's the best place nearby? We love most cuisines, but I love to try something a little unusual. Looking at Mantee, but not sure. Any suggestions closer than Hollywood? Prices are flexible if the food is really memorable.

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Mantee
10962 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

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  1. I just had a very nice dinner at Raphael's in Studio City, close to Universal Studios. The food is considered "World Cuisine." I was well taken care of by the husband/wife owners and their friendly staff. I ordered French Onion Soup, Tuna Tartare, Shrimp Lupia, and a RibEye Steak with a side of Fries. Prices ranged from a low of $8.50 for the soup to a high of $37.00 for the steak. They have a full bar, as well.

    Raphael
    11616 Ventura Blvd.
    Studio City 91604

    1. Is there a reason for specifying Studio City? There are restaurants closer than that. Ca' del Sole is just a couple of blocks north of the entrance for Italian, for instance.

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      1. re: Akitist

        Second Ca del Sol. Great patio....good food....very nice service.

      2. If you are interested in Latin American tapas then you are close to D'cache

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        D'cache
        10717 Riverside Dr, North Hollywood, CA 91602

        1. Malbec Argentine Grill in Toluca Lake is nearby, and at 8:00 they have live music on Fridays.

          www.malbeccuisine.com

          1. My "go-to's" in this area:

            1) Loteria Grill, Laurel Canyon and Ventura Blvd.
            2) Boneyard Bistro BBQ, beer and bourbon on Ventura east of Woodman.

            This will post the address of the other Loteria Grill. Valley one is good.

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            Loteria Grill
            6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

            Boneyard Bistro
            13539 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

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            1. re: fishyak

              Loteria Grill is excellent. Interesting menu, everything well prepared. Boneyard Bistro is distressingly mediocre and way overpriced. I would never recommend it to anyone.

              1. re: fishyak

                I agree with fishyak and farmertomato....Loteria Grill is excellent, especially those who wish to escape from the typical red sauce/melted cheese-type Americanized "Mexican" food we're all used to.

                Love the shrimp tacos, the shrimp are so fresh, plump and flavorful...all their dishes are well prepared, with interesting tastes, sauces (mole is done pretty darn well here) are found throughout the menu. Also, each of the four times I've been there, the service is good too.