Quiet Dinner on the Westside
Going with friends to dinner on Friday night. Any ideas for a restaurant that is moderately priced and on the quiet side? Santa Monica, West L A , Venice or the Marina are all fine. Any type of food although great Italian would be fantastic.
Sam's by the Beach (Santa Monica Canyon) is a good choice too. (in Santa Monica Canyon, 30 yards from PCH.
Cafe Delfini's across the street is both solid Italian, reasonable and fairly quiet. It's pretty unassuming. Great warm seafood salad - which has now been copied around town.
Maison Giraud in the Palisades is quiet and fairly reasonable.
I have to say our last meal at Guido's about a month ago was solid, and the service (which has always been very professional) was excellent. They know how to cook pasta right (although they do tend to over dress it) and I like the fact that my seafood dishes are also cooked correctly. There is a tendency at places around town to put the shrimp or the fish in with the pasta too soon and overcook it. Not at Guido's.
If you want quiet and outstanding Italian at a reasonable price, the answer is definitely Caffe Carrera. One of the best kept secrets in LA.
Sure, it's a little bit east of where you're looking, but you won't find a crowd and will find truly great food. The soups are fantastic, his pastas amazing, and he does a white pizza with ricotta and prosciutto that's out of this freaking world. I cannot recommend it enough.
Some people don't like it because the owner isn't the world's most gregarious chap, but the service is fine. It's not like you have long waits or don't get your drink refilled or anything.
I wish more people would go there. The food is that good. Oh, and one other bonus, there are no parking issues. There's a lot right next to adjacent to a Starbucks where you can park for free.
Not sure if the price is right but I consider Hostaria del Picolo on Broadway and 6th in Santa Monica quite good (very typical upscale pizza joint for Milan, says my Milanese Italian teacher). They also have pastas, fish, steak, etc., lots of sides. I think you can have pizza and a salad or appetizer and possibly a glass of wine for around $25 (not sure to be honest), and it's a fun, casually trendy sort of place to go with friends. I wouldn't call it quiet but I've always been able to carry on a conversation there without a problem.
Sor Tino @908 S Barrington Ave In Brentwood, just above S.M.
Quiet, moderately priced, good service and good food that is authentic Italian; we enjoy the
Caprese, fish and pizzas. We don't eat meat, so can't comment. To me, Sor Tino is your
best bet for what you have indicated. Toscano is a great little restaurant, a little pricey, but
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Personally, every good Italian restaurant seems to be in Brentwood. I recommend Toscano and
also Vincenti Ristaurante. Go to Brentwood, definitely. Not too late to make a reservation now!