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My friend's birthday is tomorrow and I need a great restaurant for tomorrow night! Along the lines of: Gjelina,Fig,or INK !HELP!

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    1. re: wienermobile

      skip tar and roses, too much of a rip off of another restaurant-serrvice is lacking and food is ok. LOVE mb post

      1. re: Thor123

        I just returned from a wonderful dinner at Toscana. Wonderful food, service and ambiance, Is it the trendiest restaurant? No. Is consistently excellent? Yes. No attitude. Always good for star gazing. Comfortable restaurant with excellent food and a terrific menu. Something for everyone. It is expensive but not a rip-off. There is a reason that Toscana has been the most successful restaurant in Brentwood for 30 years..

      2. Stella Rossa (SM)
        Freddy Smalls (WLA)
        and I'm going to second Tar & Roses.(SM)

        And it's sorta new, but Huckleberry's new Thursday Night Fambam/Dinner is ridiculously tasty (and affordable) for $30/pp, 3.5 courses, $5/corkage. It's right along the lines of FIG/Gjelina (F2T Cal-American), but far less sufferable than Gjelina, and far more affordable than FIG.

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        1. re: TonyC

          Huckleberry is serving dinner? That place is so cramped, I can't even imagine squeezing in there to enjoy a birthday dinner.....

          Not sure if you could get in to some of the newer places like T&R unless you don't mind a table after nine p.m.

          My favorite is Tasting Kitchen in Venice. Gets loud, but cocktails & food are sublime.

          1. re: Dirtywextraolives

            Huck's dinners are prix fixe only, and has wine service. From what I've seen in the last 2 weeks, they haven't been busy at all.

            For anything up to 4-top, it's a very pleasant experience, without the crazy stare-downs you get during brunch/lunch. T&R will be louder and hectic at say, 8pm tonight.

            Today's menu is BBQ brisket, slaw, corn bread, pudding, and ice cream from Sweet Rose: http://www.huckleberrycafe.com/thursd...

          2. re: TonyC

            from what i've heard, the Huckleberry Thursday night dinners offer no menu choices.
            if this is true, that means that if the birthday boy/girl doesn't like the one entree that is being served, too bad for them.

            last time i was there, stella rossa did not take reservations which means that your wait for a table could be over an hour.

            the set-up of either one of these options would, imho NOT be along the lines of gjelina, fig, et.al, restaurants where you can make a reservation and which offer menu choices. to me, it is not very celebratory to be standing waiting for a table or to be offered only one set meal.
            YMMV

          3. Another vote for Tar and Roses.

            Also Joes Bar in Venice
            http://joesrestaurant.com/

            If going before sunset, Catch at Casa Del Mar for good food and spectaacular view...
            http://www.hotelcasadelmar.com/restau...