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Restaurants near Torrance??? Help? Manhattan Beach?

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I'm picking up my brother in Torrance tomorrow night and would like to take him to a nice dinner. I have no idea where to go. He's from out of town and his favorite restaurant is GJELINA in Venice on Abbot Kinney. It looks like it's a half hour away. Are there any great restaurants any closer? In Manhattan Beach? Torrance?

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  1. MB Post comes to mind.

    1. second mb post.

      torihei if he likes japanese.

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      1. re: raizans

        +3 for Manhattan Beach Post. 40% of their tables are saved for walk-ins. Great food. Small plates like Gjelina (but even better). Make sure you try their Bacon Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits.

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

      2. Does he like to try different foods?
        Restaurant Christine
        www.restaurantchristine.com
        Eatalian
        www.eataliancafe.com
        Aliottas
        www.aliottas.com
        Tapa Meze
        www.tapameze.com
        Gina Lee’s Bistro
        (310) 375-4462
        211 Palos Verdes Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
        Cross Streets: Between Via Valencia and S Catalina Ave/Camino Del Campo

        1. If he likes Gjelina, then DrBruin is correct, MB Post would be your best bet--excellent, inventive, small plate cooking. I was there recently and enjoyed their cheddar and bacon biscuit with maple butter, scallops with shrimp dumplings in a dashi broth, veal short ribs with kimchee, Vietnamese style pork jowl and individual hot apple tart. Several other good restaurants in the area (e.g. Darren's, Izakaya Bincho, Petros or, in Torrance proper, Musha and Torihei) but that would be the one that offers food and ambience closest to what people seem to like about Gjelina. In fact, I like it better than Gjelina.

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          Musha
          1725 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90501

          Petros Restaurant
          451 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

          Darren's Restaurant and Bar
          1141 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

          Izakaya Bincho
          112 N International Boardwalk, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

          Torihei
          1757 W. Carson Street, Torrance, CA 90501

          Gjelina
          1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

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

          1. Japanese Italian fusion @Capricciosa located on Lomita and Crenshaw. It shares the same building as Tony Roma's which was the old Claim Jumpers at the same corner. The Pescatore was my favorite. Lots of calamari rings, fish, and shrimp on top of garlic pasta. The kids really loved the gelato.