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Jan 20, 2012 12:37 PM

Goup of 8-10, Santa Monica-ish, cheap-ish?

Need a place for dinner tomorrow night with a group of 8 or so people. We're starting out in Santa Monica, although it could be any place between there and mid-city. I'm looking for someplace that is not expensive, fun but not deafeningly loud. (And takes reservations - not willing to risk it on Saturday night!)

Here's the story: We are a small amateur klezmer band, will be playing at a retirement home in Santa Monica tomorrow at 6, want to eat afterwards. We usually eat together at a deli, but might be willing to branch out!

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  1. how about the Polish restaurant WARZAWA on lincoln blvd?
    1414 Lincoln Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90401-2733
    (310) 393-8831

    sort of fits the theme. . . .

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    1. re: westsidegal

      +1 for Warsawa. Love their Pierogi.

      Warszawa Restaurant
      1414 Lincoln Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

      1. re: westsidegal

        I actually really want to go to Warsawa! - but for this occasion I think it's a little too formal, and just a tiny bit too expensive.

        1. re: arb

          You might take a look at this newish Mediterranean place I posted about just a little while back called Z Garden: We are still trying to get there so it would be a bit of "blind faith" without risking the bank.

          Z Garden
          2350 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90405

          1. re: Servorg

            Wow, good one, Sevorg! Up to 27 reviews on Yelp, 4.5 average. That might hit the spot!

      2. If you like Mexican, Tlapazola Grill on Gateway at Brrington is very good and has alcohol too.

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        1. re: BSW6490

          Another vote for Tlapazola. Also, you could get a tatami room @ Musha on Wilshire, if Japanese small plates appeal to your group.

          1. re: archer

            A caveat for Tlapazola (and Musha) might be price since Warszawa was beyond the budget comfort level for the group.

            1. re: Servorg

              I've actually found both restaurants less $ than Warszawa, but it probably depends on how one orders (particularly @ Musha). My average bill @ Musha is never more than $30 (which includes plenty of sake). Not much more @ Tlapazola (entree under $20+1 margarita+ 1 coffee). But it's a good idea for OP to check on-line menus and see if either are w/in budget.

              1. re: archer

                I don't know. The website menu for Warszawa lists their mains as all being around $16 to $17 dollars. Except for their duckling at $21 and their beef filet at $24 I think their prices are either lower than Tlapazola or comparable.

              2. re: Servorg

                my average bill at musha is never less than $30/pp.
                warzawa, in my experience, is less expencsive.

                1. re: westsidegal

                  I was at Warszawa a long time ago & recall it being more, but I suspect the difference may be the price of drinks/wine, rather than the food, which probably is comparable in cost.

                  1. re: archer

                    i rarely order much, if any, alcohol at a restaurant because it so easily can double the cost of the meal. this might/probably explains why our experiences differ.