One Saturday Night Meal Cool and Casual near Santa Monica
Any suggestions anywhere near the Pacific?
Your question is too broad, which is probably why no one has wanted to tackle it. Are you visiting the area? From where? What kind of restaurants do you like? When you say "cool", do you mean trendy, hip? What budget? How many people? What's the occasion?
Try Sonoma Wine Garden. Cool rooftop location with a lot of wines and some decent food. Great atmosphere.