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Good (new?) Restaurants in Studio City/Sherman Oaks/Encino?

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I am looking for a good/nice restaurant in the Sherman Oaks area- Studio City or Encino would work too. I live in the area so I feel like I know everything but if someone has tried something new or even a smaller less known place, I would love to know about it. It's for a birthday with family and friends so nothing too loud or anything.

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  1. Best new restaurant in the area is Black Market in Studio City, formerly Wine Bistro, but you must get there before 6pm, or you will NEVER hear anything your friends will have to say in the course of dining. But the food is good, the service is good, and the decor is pleasantly of the moment.
    Other than that, nothing is really new, maybe re-hashed, but that is about it.
    And your request did not seem to scream "re-hash".

    1. I've always wanted to go to Mistral but can never get in when I have the opportunity or occasion to dine there. It's been there for about 20 years. 13422 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks

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      1. re: Kate is always hungry

        Be careful what you wish for. It's a noisy, narrow place with crowded aisles. Bathrooms are off the kitchen. Food is good but you can't really enjoy it under those conditions.

        1. re: mucho gordo

          Thanks for the info. How's the French onion soup, if they have it?

          1. re: Kate is always hungry

            They have it but I didn't. I chose the escargot.

      2. I second Black Market. Really exceptional place. Terrific food and even better cocktails.

        If you haven't tried Raphael on Ventura yet, you should. Not new, but the best restaurant in the Valley as far as I'm concerned.

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        1. re: Helper Monkey

          Second Raphael.

        2. I really love The Village in Studio City. Good small plates and yummy cocktails. Really a fun vibe. Quite nice for the Valley.

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          1. re: PD Girl

            There's something about the crowd that fills that place on a weekend that has me avoiding it all costs. It's like a cheesy 40 something singles meet. It's every cliche about the Valley in one overpacked space.

          2. Highly recommend Ombra; it's on Cahuenga on the eastern edge of Studio City (near Universal). Excellent pastas (best I've had in the Valley), delicious salads (particularly recommend the octopus).

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            1. re: archer

              Agree with Ombra....

              1. re: archer

                I had an above average dinner at Ombra, but wasn't blown away. The room, service and wine list were terrific. However the food we had was good but not great.