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Need place for double date with couples on two different budgets

Any suggestions on a good place for a double date? One couple has a lot of dough and the other doesn't. What suggestions do you all have for a modestly priced place with decent food, not too loud, where you aren't pushed out quickly. For instance, budget-wise a place like A-Frame would be good, but it gets too crowded and you don't feel comfortable having a leisurely meal. On the higher end of the budget, a place like Gjelina would be okay (but we want to try a different place). Westside is preferable though we could travel a bit.

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A-Frame
12565 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066

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  1. Fraiche, Lukshon, Tasting Kitchen, Upstairs 2 or Waterloo & City

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    Fraiche
    9411 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

    Upstairs 2
    2311 Cotner Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064

    Fraiche Santa Monica
    312 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403

    Waterloo and City
    12517 W Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90066

    Lukshon
    3239 Helms Ave, Culver City, CA 90034

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

    1. Manhattan Beach Post. Creative wonderful food. Small plates. Loved heir MOROCCAN BBQ LAMB BELLY, creamy semolina, cardamom carrots ,
      http://eatmbpost.com/

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      Manhattan Beach Post
      1142 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

      1. Lilly's French Cafe
        1031 ABBOT KINNEY BLVD, VENICE CA 90291 - 310.314.0004

        imho, the food is as good as that served at fraiche( admittedly, i'm not much of a fan of fraiche given their prices), but much less costly.
        their food is good AND their portion sizes are generous.

        meets all of your criteria AND offers a pretty environment too
        they offer some very inexpensive, drinkable, house wines to boot.

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        Lilly's French Cafe & Bar
        1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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        1. re: westsidegal

          Lilly's is a really good recommendation.

        2. Park's BBQ.

          I have never, ever felt rushed while eating there.

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          Park's BBQ
          955 S. Vermont Ave, Suite G, Los Angeles, CA 90006

          1. What a great question! Nanbankan or Musha are moderately priced.

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            Musha
            1725 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90501

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            1. re: whatsfordinner

              i LOVE the food at Musha, but, imho it gets
              << too crowded and you don't feel comfortable having a leisurely meal>>

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              Musha
              424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401