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Late-Night Dining at 3rd Street Promenade

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SugarFrosted Jul 5, 2011 04:40 PM

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. Servorg RE: SugarFrosted Jul 5, 2011 04:52 PM

    I would suggest The Yard

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    The Yard
    119 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401

    1. westsidegal RE: SugarFrosted Jul 5, 2011 09:10 PM

      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?

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        sushigirlie RE: SugarFrosted Jul 5, 2011 09:20 PM

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

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        Musha
        424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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          Windy RE: sushigirlie Jul 6, 2011 05:37 PM

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

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          Musha
          424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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            New Trial RE: Windy Jul 6, 2011 07:12 PM

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

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              Windy RE: New Trial Jul 6, 2011 07:31 PM

              Thanks--just what I was thinking.

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

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                westsidegal RE: New Trial Jul 6, 2011 07:57 PM

                windy,
                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.

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                Musha
                424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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                  Windy RE: westsidegal Jul 6, 2011 07:59 PM

                  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.

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                sushigirlie RE: Windy Jul 6, 2011 07:45 PM

                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.

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                  Windy RE: sushigirlie Jul 6, 2011 08:00 PM

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

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              yogachik RE: SugarFrosted Jul 5, 2011 09:28 PM

              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.

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

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                New Trial RE: SugarFrosted Jul 6, 2011 12:37 AM

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

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

                1. ocshooter RE: SugarFrosted Jul 6, 2011 09:23 AM

                  On the 4th I tried Trastevere for the 1st time, and it was better than acceptable. I doubt the foodies will be impressed, but it will take a large group, it is open to 11 on Sun-Thurs and midnight Fri and Sat. Pizzas are in the $15 range, and entrees are in the mid 20s.

                  Sushi Roku and the Robata Bar are also right there. Last time I went to Roku, the sushi failed to impress, but the smaller plates were decent or better, and I did really enjoy the duck. If you are willing to spend the $, it will give a nice selection of foodie friendly fare. Next door is the Robata Bar, also open late. You can get sushi from Roku and skewers from the regular menu, so that is another option.

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                  Sushi Roku - Santa Monica
                  1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                  Trastevere
                  1360 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                  Robata Bar
                  1401 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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                    Robert Thornton RE: SugarFrosted Jul 6, 2011 05:56 PM

                    I think Ocean Ave Seafood is open until 11 on weekends. Sushi Roku is open until at least 11.

                    But yeah, the Yard is probably what you're looking for, good food and open after midnight.

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                    Sushi Roku
                    33 Miller Alley at One Colorado, Pasadena, CA 91103

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