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Mar 29, 2011 09:20 AM

Can you recommend good restaurant for a 40th Bday on Westside?

We're looking for a venue that has an outdoor area, opens at 5pm, and serves good appetizers or small plates for not too much money. I'm open to types of food...

Any advice is appreciated!


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  1. Beechwood on Washington seems like it would be a good fit.

    822 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

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    1. re: Servorg

      If you do Beechwood, make sure to snag the patio, the dining room has a strange vibe.

      Wilshire has their happy hour starting at 5 pm Mon - Sat, with small plates on their hh menu, and one of the prettier patios in SaMo.

      1. re: Servorg

        Thanks! Will look into these, it's for a friend...

      2. what is your definition of 'not too much money?"

        there are a number of places that have a happy hour menu at 5pm, but whether your guests would want to limit themselves to ordering happy hour specials when the regular stuff can also be ordered at 5 pm is the question. . .

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        1. re: westsidegal

          Yeah, I guess happy hour prices somewhere...I'm researching for a friend. Thanks!!

        2. La Cachette Bistro has French-Mediterranean tapas, not too much money and they do a deal if you're doing a party. Not sure what time they open but 5pm seems pretty standard. Here's a review of their tapas:

          How many ppl are you looking to fit into the outdoor area?

          1. Arsenal
            Chaya Venice (no outside, but great place for a celebration)
            Bar Pintxo

            1. Primitivo
              31ten -nice covered and uncovered lounges.
              Fig -Not sure if the happy hour is valid on the patio though.

              1025 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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              1. re: citizenx

                Primitivo has covered patio areas but they are also adjacent to a somewhat whimsical garden - most of the diners end up in these areas as opposed to the inside dining area. With LA weather finally warming up, it's a nice casual place to take in small plates and wine.

                Lilly's is next door and has a very nice patio as well - similar view to garden as Primitivo. Their menu is primarily French, and I think the majority of dishes would work as either small plates or for sharing. They don't open for dinner until 6PM though...

                A-Frame in Mar Vista/Del Rey/Culver city (take your pick) opens at 5PM, has outdoor seating (grab the table by the fire pit). The innovative menu is Roy Choi-approved, as are the drinks. I always like their beer and wine choices.

                1025 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

                Lilly's French Cafe & Bar
                1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

                12565 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066