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good places for "Meet & Greet" dates -- Brentwood/Westwood/WLA/Santa Monica

I'm doing a lot of online dating and meeting my dates at Starbucks for the obligatory "meet and greet" first date is getting kind of old. I'm looking for two main types of places in WLA that are comfortable places for a casual date that can last as little as 30-45-60 minutes, but if things go well, can last a long time :

-- Coffee/Tea and or Dessert places (besides Literati and Coral Tree Cafe in Brentwood)
-- Drinks, appetizers, small plates, wine bar, lounge that has food or happy hour (not Palamino in Westwood!) -- it can be attached to a full-on restaurant but doesn't NEED to be an actual restaurant

The areas that I am looking for include:

Brentwood (especially near 405/Sunset as this is close to home), Westwood, Century City, Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Venice, Culver City, Marina del Rey

Thank you -- whomever suggests a place where I meet my future husband is invited to the wedding! :-)

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  1. Wilshire is a good option. When you enter you are in a nice bar area that has tables surrounding. You can meet there and have a drink, and they serve both a bar menu and food from the restaurant there. They also had a $15 special dinner, at least on weekdays -- I'm not certain that is still going on. If things go great, you can progress to dinner in the restaurant.

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    1. re: nosh

      I will check into that $15 special dinner, sounds like a great deal, thanks!

    2. How about Urth Caffe in Santa Monica? The outdoor area is quaint and the Spanish latte is pretty yummy. Not cheap, though.

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      Urth Caffe
      2327 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

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      1. re: Juji

        Juji--thanks, great idea! You've done me much good with BOTH of your replies to each of my recent questions!

      2. I would go w/ Huckleberry Cafe

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        1. re: andytseng

          Love their food but the atmosphere (loud, long lines for everything, squished in like sardines--no room for private conversation) would, I think, make it a difficult/awkward place for a first date.

          HOWEVER -- I am really glad you mentioned them anyway...it makes me realize that going to Rustic Canyon across the street for a glass of wine at the bar, or for dessert, would be very nice!

          Thanks!

        2. Amandine

          Cafe Luxxe / Brentwood country mart

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          1. re: AAQjr

            Of course, I forgot that Cafe Luxxe has another location there---I've been by this one but never been in. Thank you.

            Doesn't hurt that it's right next to Sweet Rose Creamery either :-)

            And if the date went REALLY well, Villeta is just across the street!

            I always forget about Amandine. I've had some great baked goods there, a not-that-great cuppa tea (I'm a big tea drinker) and some not-that-great food. I think it may have some of the same issues as Huckleberry in terms of atmosphere. Of course, that doesn't stop me from wanting their croissants!

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            Sweet Rose Creamery
            225 26th St #51, Los Angeles, CA 90049

            1. re: sablouwho

              You are right about Amandine's croissants -- best in town, and only $1.95 takeout. While their omelettes and sandwiches are nothing special to me, their quiche and french toast are both excellent -- the foods to get there.

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