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Hi everyone,

I'm organizing an end of the semester dinner for my graduate school class this Saturday. I had originally want to do it at FIG in Santa Monica to take advantage of the half priced menu between 5 and 6. However, I called to make a reservation only to discover that they have a full restaurant buy out Saturday night. Anyone have any suggestions for something comparable, Santa Monica or West LA preferred with a $20-30 a person price range? Thanks

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  1. all the other comparable restaurants cost a lot more money.
    in my experience (westside only) even fig-at-five, would easily end up costing more than $20-$30/pp out the door.

    given your budget, i'd consider C & O Cucina in venice or Shamshiri Grill on westwood blvd.

    another idea: on venice blvd where it meets abbot kinney, Tlapazola. Just know, though, that if you go at prime time, even with a reservation, at Tlapazola you will be waiting.

    how many people?

    1. How about R+D? Not sure how big your party is, or if R+D would be too loud.

      1. There are lots of happy hour specials going on at Santa Monica places, but don't know if they do happy hour specials on Saturdays.

        Edit: check into Pourtal wine bar, they appear to have a hh special from 12-4. Not sure why, but I have a nagging feeling they are no longer there, but I could be thinking of someplace else.

        1. Neither take reservations, but how about either Father's Office (Culver City site has more space) or Versailles?

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          1. re: djquinnc

            I would love to be there when a whole class of graduate students ask for ketchup ...

            1. re: djquinnc

              the parking problem at versailles on a saturday night: horrific.

              1. re: westsidegal

                the food at versailles on any night: horrific.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  gotta agree with you on that too ipse, but, to be fair, our opinion is not universally shared across the board.

                  1. re: westsidegal

                    .... our opinion is not universally shared across the board
                    ____________________________________

                    But that should never stop any of us from expressing it.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      completely agree with you both in theory and in practice.

              1. re: wienermobile

                Thanks. This was actually my next thought.