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Apr 24, 2011 07:29 AM

Looking for Solo Dining Options near Bel Air area

I am visiting LA area museums in July and looking for dining options that are convivial for the solo diner on a Friday night. I'm staying near the Getty and would prefer something cab-able. Perhaps in the Bel-Air or Rodeo Dr. area. I've never been to LA and am only in town for two nights. Does anyone have suggestions? I would probably be most comfortable dining in a bar area (at bar or high top table). A place with an outstanding wine list would be great. I am not picky with food, but I do like places where I have the option of ordering small plates or from the full menu. Thank you for any suggestions-- I'm looking forward to eating and drinking in LA!

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  1. You would probably be better off going to the Brentwood area along San Vicente and dining someplace such as Tavern or Toscana. Easy cab ride from where you will be and a nice area with lots of folks walking around and stores to both shop and "window shop" in (if they are closed).

    11648 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90049

    Toscana Restaurant
    11633 San Vicente Blvd Ste 100, Los Angeles, CA 90049

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    1. re: Servorg

      The full dinner menu is served at Tavern's Bar as well as the Bar Menu. We like to mix and match. Sometimes an appetizer from the Bar Menu and an entree from the full menu. Nice crowd, nice ambiance, delicious food and excellent wine list. You can even call and make a reservation for one in the bar area, very comfortable seating and great people watching. That would be my recommendation.

    2. There are no restaurants in Bel Air.

      Brentwood is where you'll want to go.
      The Brentwood has a great bar for dining, and you'll meet all the regulars who eat there.
      Tavern is another great place, the bar has great burgers (all ground there, a pork burger, a chicken burger and a hamburger, all fantastic), and then there's also
      Toscana Bar (next to Toscana Restaurant).
      Other ideas in Brentwood would be Villetta, which opens soon, and has a big gorgeous lounge and a further cab ride would take you to R+D on Montana, all locals, all eating at the bar.

      1. It's a little further, but worth it. Sitting at the bar (actually there are two--the one where you can watch them make the pizza is the best) at Pizzeria Mozza would be fun and very tasty. It's best to
        go during non-peak hours, if you can. I don't think you can make reservations for the bar, and it tends to get crowded. But Tavern and Tosca are also terrific choices.

        Pizzeria Mozza
        641 N. Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

        1. You could also head to Westwood—Palomino or Napa Valley Grille are both fine and across from each other.
          Beverly Hills is do-able too. I haven't been in months but Nic's Martini Lounge has a great bar with a decent selection of wine and food plus the literally cool VodBox with an excellent selection of vodka. And you get to wear a fake fur hat and coat.

          1. You didn't mention lunch but a great place for a noon bite is the restaurant at the Hammer Museum - great ambiance, delicious food, warm service and some great art to see as well.

            Armand Hammer Museum
            10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA