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chocopinotmushroom Sep 12, 2012 05:47 PM

need a good place to eat with about 8 gourmet girlfriends. Nice but not OTT. Ideas? Thinking of Guido's because it's the only one I know but would love other suggestions.

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    chocopinotmushroom RE: chocopinotmushroom Sep 12, 2012 07:07 PM

    BTW, I searched the site and didn't find anything too current. I've eaten twice at Guido's - friendly service, nice seating at the bar, outside in front (tables under the trees) and in the restaurant. Yummy burrata salad and lobster ravioli. Desserts not my favorite (I'm not a fan of sweet) but if you are try the lemon cake.

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      Betcom RE: chocopinotmushroom Sep 12, 2012 07:40 PM

      How about Marmalade Cafe in the Calabasas Commons. Casual but not fast food...Perhaps a bit pedestrian for gourmet friends. Ample parking, and with reservations, can accomodate a group of 8 easily.

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      carter RE: chocopinotmushroom Sep 13, 2012 05:45 AM

      Riviera in the center with Babies R Us. Good food, nice atmosphere, active happy hour crowd with noise served on the side. But for the dining experience, there are seating areas not near the bar. I prefer the one on the left around the corner from the front door.
      Cutting edge food it is not. Good food it is.

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        chocopinotmushroom RE: carter Sep 13, 2012 03:17 PM

        Thanks Betcom and carter. Looks like we'll try Riviera and let you know what we liked.

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        Wildsvleis RE: chocopinotmushroom Sep 15, 2012 11:45 AM

        Saddle Peak Lodge (www.saddlepeaklodge.com) is a nice option also if you don't mind the short drive.

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          chocopinotmushroom RE: Wildsvleis Sep 15, 2012 12:04 PM

          I like Saddle Peak a lot though a little more $$ and a little far for this outing,

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          chocopinotmushroom RE: chocopinotmushroom Oct 5, 2012 11:08 AM

          So we went to Riviera Restaurant & Lounge, 23683 Calabasas Road, Calabasas, 818-224-2163. Service was unobtrusive and efficient. I ordered the same dishes I've ordered at Guido's both because I like them and for a comparison, heirloom tomato & burrata salad then lobster ravioli. No comparison. At Riviera tomatoes had a mealy texture and not much flavor whereas they tasted Farmers' market at Guido's. Also burrata much gooier and tastier at Guido's. Lobster ravioli tasted as though they were prebought in a packet at Riviera and sauce only OK. Finished the whole plate (even though it was too much for me) as I couldn't stop eating at Guido's. Dessert had pluses and minuses at both places. Different atmosphere, very friendly service at both (Guido's server was not wine knowledgeable). However I know which one I'll be going back to. Guido's Address: 23536 Calabasas Road, Calabasas, CA 91302
          Phone: (818) 222-6969

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