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Sunday dinner with 70yo and 17yo between Santa Barbara and LA

My husband and I are foodies from Boston. We're taking our 17-year-old daughter to visit UC Santa Barbara next weekend and on the way back to LA, we'd like to take my 70-year-old uncle out for a nice dinner. He lives in Winnetka. Looking for a good restaurant, not too fancy, somewhere around the 101 where it meets the 405. Budget is less of an issue that food quality. Thoughts??

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  1. Ombra seemed perfect but it's closed on Sundays! Too bad. What about Spark Woodfire Grill or Firenze Osteria? Anybody have a preference? Other ideas like this would be welcome too!

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    1. re: sadieeats

      The restaurant at the Getty is one suggestion

      1. re: maudies5

        Great suggestion but The Getty is only open for dinner on Saturday nights.

    2. Inn of the 7th Ray is off Topanga Canyon, thus not too far from Winnetka.. very unique...mos def very different from anything that you'd find on the East Coast

      1. Brandywine might work. Classic French. Charming. I think it's technically Woodland Hills.

        1. You will be very close to Brent's Deli in Northridge (right near the Winnetka area) one of the best delis in LA. Make sure to try their famous Black Pastrami Rueben with your matzoh ball soup.
          http://www.brentsdeli.com/

          19565 Parthenia Street
          Northridge CA 9132

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          1. re: wienermobile

            Not to far away is Roy's in Woodland Hills for fresh sea food. Very good upscale fusion chain originally from Hawaii.
            http://www.roysrestaurant.com/locatio...

            6363 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
            Woodland Hills, CA 91367

            Also right next door to Roy's is Flemings Steak house with their PRIME RIB DINNER available on Sundays.
            http://www.flemingssteakhouse.com/loc...

            6373 Topanga Canyon Boulevard, Woodland Hills

            1. re: wienermobile

              If you're going to Brent's - the Westlake Village location would prolly make more sense. Not exactly a mecca for food, but Westlake Village has a lot of pretty good restaurants. The Grill on the Alley is very good (American bistro - not the height in creativity, but great quality, execution and service.)

              Halfway in between SB and LA is Ventura and Oxnard - unfortunately a bit of a wasteland for foodies. The 20 minutes to Westlake Village is worth the drive. Some solid places in Thousand Oaks too.

            2. I say take PCH south, not the 101 to the 405 - if not just for the many restaurant choices but for the beautiful views on the drive.

              Stop at The Sunset in Point Dume for good food and a gorgeous setting. If you're a real foodie, your choice in Malibu is probably Nobu.

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              1. re: yogachik

                Thanks...the Sunset looks like a great option for another time!! Unfortunately, I don't think my uncle will will want to travel almost an hour!

                1. re: sadieeats

                  What do you mean "travel an hour"? Taking PCH is actually quicker than the 101 to the 405 because of the heavy traffic on those freeways at basically all hours (thanks to the construction). What is your destination in LA?

                  At worst, it's a 20 minute detour over Kanan to get to PCH.

                  1. re: yogachik

                    Thanks for the heads-up about the traffic and construction!! My earlier comment was related to how far my uncle would have to drive from Winnetka. Per GoogleMaps, it is over 50 minutes.

                    1. re: yogachik

                      must disagree, because of personal experience, about the time it takes to detour over Kanan to PCH.
                      many times, in my experience, it took longer than 20 minutes.

                  2. re: yogachik

                    I'd also say take PCH south for the same reasons - but Savory has much better food.