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Jul 5, 2011 04:40 PM

Late-Night Dining at 3rd Street Promenade

Where's the best mid-priced dining on 3rd Street Promenade after 10pm? Is there anyplace around there or within short walking distance that's still serving after 10pm, can accomodate a large group, AND that has great tasting foodie-pleasing food?
Thanks for you help!

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  1. I would suggest The Yard

    The Yard
    119 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401

    1. your request reminds me of my perennial request of being tall, thin, blonde, young, good-looking, and apparently deferential, all at the same time. . . . . . .

      a person can always hope. . . .

      meanwhile, i'd try to concentrate the search on bars that happen to serve good food. most real restaurants close the kitchen at 10 or so.

      if you have some flexibility on some of your requests, on FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS only, for parties that arrive a little after 9pm, La Cachette bistro will discount their food prices by 30%. the kitchen, irrc closes at 10, so you need to arrive ready to order. this deal is only available in their dining room, not the bar.

      what exactly is your idea about what the words "mid-priced" mean?

      1. Musha (depending on how big the group is). You can make reservations.

        424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

        7 Replies
        1. re: sushigirlie

          Is Musha a good place to eat by yourself? (Is there a bar?)

          424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

          1. re: Windy

            Yes and yes--though, if you go with others, you can share more dishes.

            1. re: New Trial

              Thanks--just what I was thinking.

              I have a night alone, and my mom isn't really the izakaya type. Will report back.

              1. re: New Trial

                irrc musha will not take reservations for the seats at the bar.
                also, the total number of seats at the bar is approximately 6, so the wait for a bar seat can be a while and there really isn't a comforable place to wait.
                the best strategy i've found for the bar seats at Musha is to get there as close to the open (6pm) as possible.
                that said, i've enjoyed eating solo at their bar many a time.

                424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                1. re: westsidegal

                  Thanks. My flight doesn't land until 6:30, so I wouldn't get there until at least 7, probably a little later (on a Thursday, if that matters). A short wait isn't a big deal.

                  Will start a separate thread as soon as I narrow down the rest of the itinerary a little better.

              2. re: Windy

                Yes. I eat at the bar fairly often after work. I've only had to wait once. Many dishes are light, and they're all pretty cheap, so you can order several items. I recommend that you order at least one dish that's torched in front of you and one dish that you grill on your own little grill, because those are two of the highlights of the Musha experience.

                1. re: sushigirlie

                  You should change your handle to sushigrill. Thanks for the recs.

            2. I also suggest the Yard.

              There's nothing on the Promenade itself that you would want to spend any time or money in, so either go to The Yard, or Renee's Courtyard, or something on the SM Place rooftop - which all stay open to 1AM.

              Renee's Courtyard Cafe
              522 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

              1. I believe that The Misfit (in the old Anisette space) serves late and the food is fine.

                Anisette Brasserie
                225 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401