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Santa Monica for one night-need the perfect restaurant. Foodie from NY

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hi, I was hoping to get a suggestion for dinner in Santa Monica area, staying at Sheraton delfina, would love a restaurant with a great scene and Californian cousine. I'm 28, price can be anything just not rediculous
Any suggestion will be appreciated

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  1. Spago springs to mind. In Santa Monica proper Michael's on 3rd St. or Wilshire or Jiraffe or Josie's or Rustic Canyon are all viable candidates. If you want to drop over to Venice then Gjelina or the Tasting Kitchen would be likely suspects on Abbot Kinney.

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    Rustic Canyon Wine Bar
    1119 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

    Spago
    176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

    Josie
    2424 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

    Jiraffe Restaurant
    502 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

    Wilshire Restaurant
    2454 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404

    Michael's Restaurant
    1147 3rd St., Santa Monica, CA 90403

    Tasting Kitchen
    1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90291

    Gjelina
    1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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    1. re: Servorg

      +1 for Rustic Canyon. Just great farm fresh California cuisine.
      http://www.rusticcanyonwinebar.com/

      1. re: Servorg

        Gjelina is the best option IMHO.
        There are good suggesions on this thread in Santa Monica itself but none are quite as good as Gjelina for giving you a quick feel of LA's best food and nightlife right now.

        Capo would be my Santa Monica "proper" choice but it is a bit "rediculous."

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        Gjelina
        1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

        1. re: Servorg

          No one is mentioning Sam's by the Beach - has Sam lost is touch?

        2. Whist at the Viceroy, sit on the patio.

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            1. However, Gjelina is not in Santa Monica - it's right next door to Venice which is hipper and less touristy than SanMo.

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              Gjelina
              1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

              1. FIG. (Go early enough, and enjoy 50% off the entire bill.)

                A French-cuisine trained Mexican chef doing farmers market sourced cuisine. It doesn't get more "Cali" than this place. Just look at the wicker chairs. And o, they have lengua on the menu.