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Need restaurant suggestions for Hollywood area near Santa Monica and Gower theater area

WendyE Dec 10, 2012 04:01 PM

For a party of 6 or 7 near Santa Monica and Gower. Includes folks in their 50's and 60's (parents and grandparents going to see family member in a play). We're hip, but not too hip. I looked at the Bowery but they don't take reservations. Magnolia didn't get such great reviews on Yelp. Didn't seem to be much on Santa Monica Blvd. at all. Any help greatly appreciated! Thanks!

  1. SauceSupreme Dec 12, 2012 10:41 PM

    In the W Hotel, there's Wood & Vine as well as Delphine.

    I'd be curious about Bosc, the restaurant in the old Lou space.

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    1. re: SauceSupreme
      soniabegonia Dec 13, 2012 07:08 PM

      Bosc is an excellent suggestion. Small menu, though, so OP should study it before deciding on it.

      1. re: soniabegonia
        WendyE Dec 13, 2012 07:49 PM

        Yes, Bosc! I think we have a winner. Checked the menu which sounded great and not too small at all (similar to Bow & Truss) and the yelp reviews and it consistently gets 4-5 stars. Those who criticize seem to be mourning the change of ownership. Thank you so much for all the suggestions!

        1. re: WendyE
          carter Dec 13, 2012 08:58 PM

          Be prepared for a fair amount of communal dining. Wine selections all over the map, so that is the good thing, and the food is still good, although without D.J.Olsen, maybe not as good as it used to be. But the vibe is fine enough, yet the parking can be problematical, but if you are going early (pre-theatre) it should be ok.

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      Bruce Kerr Dec 11, 2012 11:45 AM

      OFF VINE is our favorite

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      1. re: Bruce Kerr
        jesstifer Dec 11, 2012 02:28 PM

        Off Vine is probably the most grandparent-friendly. Very nice atmosphere for a family dinner. Marouch, likewise. I don't recommend Balcones del Peru for pre-theatre dining as service can be slow.

        1. re: jesstifer
          WendyE Dec 11, 2012 02:38 PM

          Hmmmm. This same group had a great time at Bow & Truss in North Hollywood before the theater (for the same family member's show). I think some of these are a little TOO grandparent friendly. Anything like Bow & Truss or the Federal you could recommend?

      2. soniabegonia Dec 10, 2012 08:34 PM

        Los Balcones del Peru

        None of the above are mind-blowing cuisine, but are solid, comfortable & reasonably priced. Also not horribly loud (Delancey probably is the loudest of the above, but you can still have a conversation).

        I'm sure someone will steer you to Hungry Cat but I find it exceedingly boring.

        1. katydid13 Dec 10, 2012 07:48 PM

          If you are open to Lebanese, Marouch is great. It's at Santa Monica & Edgemont, though, so depending on the hour you'll encounter some traffic around the 101 on/off ramps. It's closed on Mondays.

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            carter Dec 10, 2012 05:29 PM

            Maybe Ammo at 1155 Highland Avenue between Melrose & Santa Monica Blvd.
            Hip enough, yet not a tragedy in the making!
            Should be fine for your needs.

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            1. re: carter
              perk Dec 11, 2012 03:51 PM

              Agree with Ammo. Good food. Nice atmosphere.

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