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Oct 12, 2011 05:25 PM

Business Dinner -$50 pp without wine-West LA

I need a place for a business dinner for 6 on the westside. About $50 per person before wine. Thanks!

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  1. Rustic Canyon would be my first choice. Go early and request a booth.

    1. Houstons fits the bill.
      they offer free corkage if you bring your own wine.
      price is right.
      quality is more than adequate for most business dinners.

      i normally go to the one in Manhattan Beach, i'm just assuming that the one in Century City has ambiance that is at least as good as the Manhattan Beach location.

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      1. re: westsidegal

        After 20 years Houston's Century City location has closed as of October 7, They did not renew their lease.

        1. re: wienermobile

          I'll bet we went there at least 200 times (probably more) over a stretch of 4 or 5 years when our son was little...and another piece of our history gets zapped from the landscape...

          1. re: Servorg

            All other locations of Houston's and Hillstone (Santa Monica) are still open and are staying open. Century City Mall wanted to increase their rent too much for them to stay.

            1. re: wienermobile

              maybe the Santa Monica location would work for shel517?

          2. re: wienermobile

            is their other restaurant, GULFSTREAM, still open?
            i'd imagine that the margins at Gulfstream are higher than those at Houston's.
            unfortunately for shel517, when last i went to Gulfstream, the bill, before wine, came out to be greater than $50/pp.
            maybe if shel517 can bring his own wine to Gulfstream, the total bill will work out to be within his budget?

            10250 Santa Monica Blvd 656, Los Angeles, CA

            1. re: westsidegal

              Yes, Gulfstream Century City is still open and is not closing.

              10250 Santa Monica Blvd Ste 656, Los Angeles, CA 90067

        2. Fig in Santa Monica might be a good choice. I love Rustic Canyon and it's great food but it can get loud in there and might not work for a business meeting unless you go early.

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

          100 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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          1. re: wienermobile

            Fig is on my regular rotation.
            i love, love, love the place
            still, would not consider it for a business dinner within the op's budget.

          2. Il Grano. Quiet so you can actually hear the conversation. $50 will get you an entree and appetizer....

            Il Grano Restaurant
            11359 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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            1. re: gordo26

              when last i went to il grano, total bill came out about $125/pp BEFORE tip;
              this included one glass of wine each.

            2. Not a whole lot of info to go by:

              Very private or more of a celebration ? ;
              Type/Style of establishment - Cutting edge or more traditional ? ;
              Cuisines to avoid ? ; ect., ect., ect. ; However:

              Pastina - Italian - WLA - Upscale for business but not stuffy high-end-ish $$$$.

              Doable within your price limitations off their regular menu or the 4 course Prix Fixe for $24.95:


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              1. re: JBC

                I like Pastina, but its a bit sedate even for a business dinner. Also think you can do better than Hustons or Gulfstream. Agree with JBC that more info would be helpful. That said, Il Moro would be a good choice. Food is outstanding, not too loud and should be in budget.

                Il Moro Restaurant
                11400 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064

                10250 Santa Monica Blvd 656, Los Angeles, CA

                1. re: BSW6490

                  last time i went to il moro it was just for dessert and cappuccino.
                  the tab including tip and tax was around $20/pp.

                  il moro could well end up costing more than $50/pp for food if folks order 3 courses each and cappuccinos.

                  don't know how flexible shel517 can be in terms of budget.