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Westlake Village area -- for a great dinner?

Rob Mar 14, 2006 12:42 PM

Where would you go for a very good dinner in the Westlake Village greater area? Any type of food is fine. Thanks!

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    TomSwift RE: Rob Mar 14, 2006 01:32 PM

    Tuscany for excellent Italian food. On Westlake Blvd.

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      LesThePress RE: TomSwift Mar 14, 2006 03:48 PM

      A really great place and not super expensive for the selection and quality:

      Mandevilla Restaurant
      951 S Westlake Blvd, Westlake Village, CA 91361
      (805) 497-8482


      Try it, you won't be disappointed!

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        TomSwift RE: LesThePress Mar 14, 2006 03:59 PM

        Thanks for the tip. I've never heard of it - what kind of food?

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          LesThePress RE: TomSwift Mar 15, 2006 12:31 PM


          It's says it's continental but they have a very good size menu and every time we go we try something new and have never been disappointed.

          Someone mentioned they like Gallettos better than Mandlevilla, well, Gallettos is good, but it's about twice the price and not nearly as comfortable atmposphere. I like the wine list much better at Mandelvilla's. The people are friendlier too.

          Check them out for yourself and report back.

          See the link below to thier menu.

          Link: http://www.mandevillarestaurant.com/

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      foodseeker RE: Rob Mar 14, 2006 01:49 PM

      Pookie's Westlake Thai is wonderful! It is in the Watercourt office park close to Westlake Blvd. I believe it is off Hampshire.

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        sel RE: foodseeker Mar 14, 2006 02:12 PM

        "Pookies Thai" is an oasis in a culinary wasteland! Be specific as to how you like your food prepared, if you like it full Thai-flavored, where approiate very spicy, let Pookie know. Her not on the menu, beef noodle soup ordered very, very spicy is one of my favorite versions of this dish. Ask Pookie if the mangos are good, if they are the mango and sticky rice is great!

        Thai Westlake Cuisine
        "Pookies That"
        860 Hampshire Rd. Suite Z
        Watercourt Plaza (downstairs from free parking lot)
        Westlake Village, CA 91361
        805 381 0094

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        Cecilbee RE: Rob Mar 14, 2006 01:54 PM

        The Landing Grill and Sushi Bar
        32123 W. Lindero Canyon Rd.

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          koan04 RE: Rob Mar 14, 2006 04:46 PM

          Sorry, I know WV area very well and the culinary scene there is ATROCIOUS. I've looked around. Rustico sucks, Tuscany is mediocre and overpriced, forget about the promenade, Kohinoor has the worst tandoori dishes I've ever had, Cafe Provencal is a joke, Cho Cho San went down the toilet after Nat left, etc etc.

          I know I might be coming off like a snob but Westlake just sucks for food. My 2 cents.

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            lmn RE: Rob Mar 14, 2006 05:20 PM

            For a nice dinner, what do you Conejo Hounds think of Leila's in Oak Park or Marcello's on Hillcrest?

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              the donut RE: Rob Mar 14, 2006 08:00 PM

              I like Cafe 14 in Agoura, just a couple of exists down the 101 (Reyes Adobe). It's a cute little bistro and always has several good specials.

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                Jess RE: the donut Mar 15, 2006 01:37 AM

                I second Cafe 14. The food is excellent and very surprising given the area.

                I've never been to Pookies, but my father and several friends swear by it. They insist it's as good as Krua Thai, which I think has the best thai food in LA.

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                  sel RE: Jess Mar 15, 2006 10:12 AM

                  As much as I love Pookies, it has a much smaller and what I would call 'less bold' menu than Krua Thai which is one of my favorite Thai restaurants. Krua Thai does dishes that are wonderful such as Papaya Salad with Salted Blue-Crabs, Fish with 4-Flavors, their special Pad Thai Krua Thai, fresh fruit smoothies and so much more!

                  Pookies has good apps. and salads, beef-noodle soup which is not on the menu ordered extra spicy as I've already mentioned, some other tasty entrees and good sweets. No innards or raw crab dishes at Pookies! Pookie is a sincere and warm hostess, that's rare anywhere in the whole area covered by this board and beyond, she serves some good food in an area that doesn't have much that is reasonably priced and if I were still in the area a lot I'd eat there a couple of times a week!

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                Westlake Jake RE: Rob Mar 15, 2006 12:46 AM

                Westlake Village's good restaurants tend to be Italian or sushi.

                Bauducco's on Agoura west of Westlake Blvd. has great pizza and the pasta are very good. It's kinda pricey for a place that you order/pay at the counter but they have wine and beer to make up for it.

                Kaminari (near Bauducco's) and Takahashi (Westlake and TO) are both very fine sushi restaurants. Awesome uni at both.

                P6 (also near Bauducco's) is a trendy bar/restaurant for the hipsters and is quite popular. I've only been for drinks and appetizers but I've hear mixed things about the food and service.

                Johnny P's on Westlake near Hampshire has pretty good BBQ and burgers. I'm still evaluating them though.

                Galletto's has Italian-Brazilian faire and is very good IMHO, better than Mandevilla's. They have a cheese ravioli in pink sauce which is awesome. Steaks are good too.

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                  scotton999 RE: Rob Dec 29, 2006 05:00 AM

                  zin's is a pretty new restaurant at the landing which we enjoy. it is great to sit outside and enjoy the sunset and some drinks.

                  some folks have mentioned the great pita in previous posts. it is under new ownership and has authentic greek food run by a nice couple. the salads are great and meat dishes are popular. there is a big wait at lunch time for carry out.

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                    mellycooks RE: Rob Dec 30, 2006 04:02 AM

                    I really can't reccomend Cafe Provincial enough for a memorable and wonderful dinner. It's not quite in Westlake, a bit north on T.O. Boulevard in Thousand Oaks, right next to the monstrosity known as The Lakes. The chef/owner is french, the atmosphere unbelievable given the strip-mall exterior, and the food is of higher quality and deeper soul than just about anything I've had in that area. A nice touch is that the ceiling is covered in great swoops of silk parachutes from U.S troops landing in France in WWII. Very intimate and romantic.

                    1. SauceSupreme RE: Rob Dec 30, 2006 06:15 AM

                      I haven't been, but my friends in Oak Park rave about Layla's on the corner of Kanan and Lindero.

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                        HollywoodLocal RE: Rob May 20, 2008 04:01 AM

                        If you like chinese drive over to Chen's in Thousand Oaks on Arboles and the 23. My family and I have been eating there for over 20 years and it's simply amazing...

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                          Mary Squid RE: Rob Jun 4, 2008 12:38 PM

                          (While neither of these places are in Westlake,they are worth your 10 minute drive.)
                          I have 2 places that aren't fancy or pricey,but serve exceptional food-the first is Mandarin Express.located in the same mall as the IHOP in Agoura Hills- http://www.mandarinexpressagourahills... Their walls are plastered with local celebrities photos,for good reason-they are clients coming up from the Malibu area.They also have an extensive vegetarian selection.
                          The 2nd is Santa Fe Cafe,at the end of Las Virgenes Road in Calabasas.I am not a vegetarian,but always order the black bean tacos anyways-they are a family favorite and have been for the 15 years we have lived here.

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                            chow_now RE: Rob Jun 4, 2008 01:30 PM

                            If you're in the mood for Chinese, don't forget Lakeview Gardens on Lakeview Canyon Road in the County Line Shopping Center. Polite, gracious owners and good Chinese food. It's clean and a cozy, elegant place inside.

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