Westside/Bay Cities Recommendations Needed.
Lived in Marina Del Rey for 2.5 years between 2006 and 2008. Am spending a week in November in Santa Monica and was hoping to hear of any good/great additions to the Westside dining scene since the end of 2008. We have a car and have a budget of up to $150 per person. Interested to hear of anything from hole in the wall to fine dining. Happy to drive a ways for an outstanding experience. As we are going to be there over Thanksgiving, any lunch/dinner recs also gratefully received.
Gjelia in Venice. Make reservations early.
and Rustic Canyon both in Santa Monica. Great food at all three.
For lunch Mendocino Farms in the Marina has some of the best sandwiches in the city.
Rustic Canyon Wine Bar
1119 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
100 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
4724 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Huckleberry on Wilshire in Santa Monica has great bread and other baked goods/desserts. The food served in-house is very good but the noise/crowd level can be stifling.
A-Frame and Waterloo and City on Washington in west Culver City/Mar Vista are gastropubs across the street from each other. both have nice beer & wine choices as well as cocktails. While W & C excels at charcuterie and has a more upscale feel, A-Frame has an abbreviated inventive menu and is far more casual.
Picca on Pico in the West LA/Fairfax area is Peruvian-inspired small plates backed by a nice cocktail list. Ricardo Zarate of Mo Chica finally has a place to show his stuff.
Steingarten is also on Pico east of the Westside Pavilion. Great beer and sausage experience. Wurstkuche is in the process of constructing a new location on Lincoln in Venice. I don't know if they will be open by the time you get here, but keep an eye out for them as well.
800 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013
1014 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Waterloo and City
12517 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90066
12565 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066
10543 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064
9575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035
If you really want a hole in wall try Gilberts in SM (on Pico) - (the Fernandos burrito is die for) or La Cabana in Venice (on Rose & Lincoln) for the Puchugas d;Angel or the seafood enchiladas (also, the margaritas there are really good). La Cabana has an outdoor patio that is very nice for eating out. Funky, but great. My friend from SF loved La Cabana - there's nothing like our Mexican anywhere else.