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Wine bar with good food

prainer Mar 9, 2011 01:44 PM

Looking for a restaurant or wine bar open on Sunday to take a friend visiting from out of town later this month ....casual atmosphere, good food and wine list...Italian, American or French...westside, west hollywood or bev hills but will consider beaches or hollywood...ideas?

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    yogachik RE: prainer Mar 9, 2011 03:44 PM

    Venice Wines has good food, but small menu. The place on Main Street (name always escapes me) behind Peets in SM (Edgmar Center) also has good food. Otheroom on Abbot Kinney has great wines and great prices by the bottle, and you can bring in food from 3 Square. Primitivo is another idea.

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      Juji RE: yogachik Mar 9, 2011 03:46 PM

      Think you might mean Salute which is a very good choice. Upper West could also be a good option.

      Upper West
      3321 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404

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        yogachik RE: Juji Mar 9, 2011 04:08 PM

        Yes, Salute! Thanks. Upper West is fantastic. Another idea would be Upstairs, at the Wine House on Cotner.

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      ns1 RE: prainer Mar 9, 2011 04:24 PM


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        cls RE: prainer Mar 9, 2011 04:53 PM


        8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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          CulverJack RE: prainer Mar 9, 2011 05:16 PM

          Vinoteque on Melrose is solid and has good prices on their wines, too. Food is OK, but wine is more the draw, probably.

          For better food, consider Gjelina, which is less wine bar and more restaurant. Reservations there may be tough for the evening at this point, but worth a try depending on your timing.

          Vinoteque on Melrose
          7469 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

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

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            will47 RE: prainer Mar 10, 2011 07:40 AM


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              CulverJack RE: will47 Mar 10, 2011 01:45 PM

              Lou is closed on Sundays. I thought Lou also but checked and no go. Great place, though!

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              carter RE: prainer Mar 10, 2011 04:23 PM

              Not in your territory, yet Barbrix in Silver Lake is very good, and quasi-Italian, yet with other cuisines represented.

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                whatsfordinner RE: carter Mar 10, 2011 05:14 PM

                Barbrix would be my choice.

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                  will47 RE: whatsfordinner Mar 11, 2011 12:44 PM

                  I haven't gone since a few months after it opened, but I remember it being incredibly loud, making it a very unpleasant place to go with friends - impossible to hear even over the table. Also, found the portions small for the prices, and the food not as good as somewhere like AOC...

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                Emily Winemonger RE: prainer Apr 14, 2011 04:22 PM

                Another vote for Gjelina. Also Obika Mozzarella Bar has a very good wine list.

                10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067

                1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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                  Phurstluv RE: Emily Winemonger Apr 15, 2011 04:54 PM

                  good to know re: Obika, I'd like to try them.

                  10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067

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                  samtron608 RE: prainer Apr 15, 2011 03:37 PM

                  bodega wine bar on sunset and vine?

                  1. goodhealthgourmet RE: prainer Apr 15, 2011 05:10 PM

                    if you're willing to head over this way by the beach, don't forget Primitivo. great atmosphere particularly if you can snag a table on the back patio...and you can go for a stroll and soak up the funky Abbot Kinney vibe.

                    1025 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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                      Phurstluv RE: goodhealthgourmet Apr 15, 2011 07:58 PM

                      Good rec, ghg. I love Primitivo.

                      1025 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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