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

RachelMC Mar 29, 2011 09:20 AM

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. Servorg RE: RachelMC Mar 29, 2011 10:07 AM

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

    822 Washington Blvd., Venice, CA 90292

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      Phurstluv RE: Servorg Mar 29, 2011 10:37 AM

      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.

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        RachelMC RE: Servorg Mar 30, 2011 10:09 AM

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

      2. westsidegal RE: RachelMC Mar 29, 2011 06:59 PM

        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
          RachelMC RE: westsidegal Mar 30, 2011 10:10 AM

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

        2. burumun RE: RachelMC Apr 2, 2011 02:15 AM

          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: http://bit.ly/fbRFqu

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

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            yogachik RE: RachelMC Apr 2, 2011 08:51 AM

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

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              citizenx RE: RachelMC Apr 2, 2011 09:07 AM

              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
                bulavinaka RE: citizenx Apr 2, 2011 09:42 AM

                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

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