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Dinner on La Cienega - help!

hi friends,

im looking for a restaurant for dinner this thursday evening. my boyfriend and i are seeing a show at the largo on la cienega and i am in charge of picking where we eat beforehand!

id like to spend no more than $75 for the two of us, so nothing too fancy. we probably won't be drinking anything fancy - he might get a beer but i don't drink so thats not too important.

i was thinking maybe mezze - which i liked but didnt love - or eveleigh? the closer to la cienega the better. we basically eat anything but i was thinking tapas or small plates could be fun to share.

any ideas? thanks in advance!

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  1. Comme Ca is quite good (French bistro-style food) and is on Melrose, or there's BLD on Beverly (a good staple, American Continental), or The Little Next Door (Italian, romantic, but might be close to your $75 limit) on 3rd really close to La Cienega. If you want to go cheap but delicious, I love All About The Bread on Melrose and La Brea (deli style subs), and then you'll have $ leftover for Magnolia cupcakes (on 3rd and Orlando)...I don't know if you can get in but Pizzeria Mozza (Mario Batali and Nancy Silverton's restaurant) is great and will be under $75.00.

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    Pizzeria Mozza
    6602 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

    BLD Restaurant
    7450 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

    1. Yabu for Japanese small plates. They have little patio in the back and are walkable to Largo.
      521 North La Cienega Boulevard.

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      Yabu Restaurant
      521 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048

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      1. re: sueshungry

        I also was going to suggest Yabu. They have a little bit of everything. If you like soba, they have a pretty good one there.

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        Yabu Restaurant
        521 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048

      2. Tasca on Third has tapas and so does Cobras and Matadors. Real Food Daily-vegan food but nice is right next door to Largo. Also check out Chaya Brasserie (great bar menu) and Izykaya by Katsu-ya.

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        Tasca Restaurant
        8108 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

        Cobras and Matadors
        7615 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

        Chaya Brasserie
        8741 Alden Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90048

        1. Bastide or Son of a Gun are the best in that area.

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          Bastide Restaurant
          8475 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, CA 90069

          Son of a Gun
          8370 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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          1. re: Porthos

            But good luck getting a reservation this late, or staying in your budget.

            I second the bar at Chaya Brasserie.

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            Chaya Brasserie
            8741 Alden Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90048

            1. re: Phurstluv

              But good luck getting a reservation this late, or staying in your budget.
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              Ooops. Sorry. Thought it said $75pp. Defintely can't do Bastide at $75 for two. Maaaaaybe Son of a Gun if you're light eaters.

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              Bastide Restaurant
              8475 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, CA 90069

              Son of a Gun
              8370 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

            2. re: Porthos

              Actually, getting any reservation at Bastide will prove a problem--lots of room but no service as it closed (again) last month, this time for keeps. Of the walkable choices in the area Chaya and Son of a Gun are my favorites but additional options to those mentioned by others include Chili Addiction, Fig & Olive (La Cienega near Melrose Place--might strain your budget if you are not careful) and Taste.

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              Taste
              8454 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

              Chili Addiction
              408 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

              1. re: Porthos

                Isn't Bastide closed now?

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                Bastide Restaurant
                8475 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, CA 90069

                1. re: Porthos

                  Think Bastide closed.....

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                  Bastide Restaurant
                  8475 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, CA 90069

                  1. re: perk

                    With thhis 3rd "Bastide closed" post on this thread I feel safe to add the "Closed" sign to the place link...

                    1. re: Servorg

                      Its like Rain Man here. Closed. Definitely Closed.

                2. Le Petit Bistro on La Cienega just north of Melrose, you can park at Largo, walk up and back. Joans on Third

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                  Le Petit Cafe
                  2842 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404

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                  1. re: paprkutr

                    La Petit Bistro is a good choice.
                    Also, the new La Seine at 14 N. La Cienega, with cooking by Alex Resnik, just north of Wilshire, but it would necessitate moving the car a bit.