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Sep 21, 2011 11:08 AM

where to take foodie, last minute, westside

we need a place that can accommodate a medium-sized group (maybe around 10 people) tomorrow (Thursday night) or Friday night. there will be at least one out-of-town foodie (from Seattle) so looking for something "special" or "LA" on the westside.

casual, fun, GOOD FOOD, easy on the pocket, like <$20/entree.

Rustic Canyon and Gjelina won't have availability. What about Warszawa?

Warszawa Restaurant
1414 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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  1. Two suggestions. Upstairs 2 above the Wine House (buy a bottle from them and corkage is only $10 - or $15 if not from the Wine House) or the Blue Stove in the new Santa Monica Place Nordstrom's.

    Wine House
    2311 Cotner Ave, Los Angeles, CA

    Upstairs 2
    2311 Cotner Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064

    1. There's Nook Bistro in WLA, but under $20 per entree is going to be tight. And if I recall, there is a communal table available there for a group; dunno if it will accomodate 10 people, though.

      Nook Bistro
      11628 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 9, Los Angeles, CA 90025

      3 Replies
      1. re: silence9

        respectfully disagree with the suggestion of bringing a "foodie" to Nook,

        1. re: westsidegal

          Hi westsidegal... And I greatly respect your opinions on chow in Los Angeles (enjoy reading your 'thumbs-down' as much as your 'thumbs-up recommendations)... I suppose it is true, I don't know if Nook is really a foodie destination or not. I eat just about everything, so I may be too much of a generalist in the pie-hole and palate department. I like Nook, but I also know that you are not alone in finding it less than worthy...

          1. re: silence9

            nook's strengths are it's "comfort food" dishes.

            their other stuff, imho, is a no go.

            stick to nook's rendition of the old-style high-saturated-fat type dishes that my grandparents' generation adored. for me, they hold no appeal.

            had an absolutely embarrassing first date there.
            we went to Nook because my date's son had recommended it.
            we both ordered the fish.
            when the fish arrived, it's rotten-smell preceded it.
            after tasting it, both my date and i moved our respective portions around on our plates for the rest of the time, neither one of us ate another mouthful.
            since this was a first date, neither one of us was comfortable saying that the emperor had no clothes.

            at my age, the men i date typically are eating food that they construe to be "heart-healthy" which makes Nook less than ideal for my purposes.

      2. Rustic Canyon might surprise you. If you make a reservation for 6:00 PM you may succeed. We got lucky with a party of 10 on 2 days notice for an early Sunday reservation. This was just about 2 weeks ago. Open Table did not show availability. Calling the restaurant worked. Good luck. Everyone loved their food.

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        1. re: maudies5

          what is the noise level at Rustic Canyon?

          1. re: veee

            It can get loud after 8pm (small room with bad acoustics). But for their great food it is worth the noise.

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

        2. Fig.

          100 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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          1. re: wienermobile

            i LOVE LOVE LOVE the food at Fig.
            that said, unless they are running their "Fig at 5" special, i wouldn't call them <<easy on the pocket>>
            depends if you can get there at 5pm and if the special is running that day (for sure the special WON'T be running during restaurant week,)

            had dinner there tonight, as a matter of fact,