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brwencino Dec 24, 2012 12:42 PM

Going to be in Culver City this weekend and need a place for dinner for 4. Someplace nice--not burgers & pizza. Can be in adjacent area too.

  1. cant talk...eating Feb 23, 2013 03:51 PM

    Agree on Waterloo & City - some of the best food and drink I've had in the past year. Like the rec of Joe's too - was there two nights ago and I remember why I love it (not a drive from CC actually). Really inventive, meticulously-done dishes, and just a "nice" place (not exactly fancy, but upmarket and professional). Waterloo/City is a big, loud gastropub, so pretty different atmosphere. But you can't go wrong with either.

    I'm with westsidegal on Akasha - hit or miss, but if you want to stay very local, probably a good bet.

    Brunello is ok - sort of casual maybe for what you're after (and nothing you can't get in any city anywhere.) Muddy Leek sounds cool too! (haven't been)

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      bulavinaka Feb 22, 2013 09:49 AM

      Went to Metro Cafe after a few months' absence. The place is still small, but Sasa has invested in some sound abatement measures over time that has made the dining area more comfortable. And while Metro has always had a great bottled beer lineup, Sasa's also put in a few beer taps, and good ones they are. The first one's name I can't remember - I think it was a beer from the Baltic region - but the other two are Allagash White Ale and North Coast Brewing Pranqster Golden Ale - a couple of great brews that go well with so many foods. At six bucks a pint, it's a good deal. The menu appears to be the same, but that's fine with me. The food was great as usual, and Sasa is always a great host.

      1. Emme Feb 21, 2013 10:20 PM

        second Lukshon, Waterloo & City and K-Zo, though K-Zo I find my experience depends upon where I'm seated.

        Also to consider
        Brunello Trattoria
        Akasha
        Polentoni - casual Italian but i've had two good meals here

        in Venice
        Gjelina
        Tasting Kitchen
        Joe's

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          bruinike Feb 21, 2013 11:04 PM

          Second the vote for AKASHA & K-ZO.

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            Baron Feb 22, 2013 08:38 AM

            No to Polentoni! I had the absolute worse dinner there. The terrible food and awful unprofessional service. You were lucky. The beer can chicken at A-Frame was really good. Crispy skin, juicy meat.

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              Emme Feb 22, 2013 11:19 PM

              wow that stinks to read...

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                Baron Feb 23, 2013 06:59 AM

                RE: Polentino::I usually dont complain. But the server didn't know the first thing about anything. Long, long wait for my chicken picatta which came out paper thin and burnt to a crisp. Really Bad. And the place was not comfortable. Go to Hoboken in West wood for inexpensive and some wonderful dishes.

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              westsidegal Feb 22, 2013 09:31 AM

              re: akasha

              i've been there three times.
              the first time, it was awful.
              the second time, the food was really great.
              the third time, the food was on the poor side of fair as was the service.

              in my experience, consistency is not their forte.

            3. westsidegal Feb 21, 2013 09:55 PM

              lukshon is always my first choice for food.
              for sushi, definitely a cut above most neighborhood sushi bars, K-Zo.

              for margaritas and/or a good assortment of tequilas Kay 'n Daves (but not for food)

              1. adelly Feb 21, 2013 07:21 PM

                I live in the area and like the food at Waterloo, Meet and K-zo

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                  New Trial Dec 24, 2012 05:09 PM

                  Waterloo & City (although you can get a burger and pizza there if desired, the menu is much more extensive). There is also the new Muddy Leek (East of the Helms Bakery on Washington, where Sublime and Batch briefly were) but I have not tried it yet.

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                    CharlesKochel Feb 17, 2013 05:37 PM

                    The Muddy Leek is Fabulous! Everything is scratch, local and much attention given on the customer experience. It won't be a secret long and the "arts district" will continue to improve with more additions such as the Muddy Leek.

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                      CharlesKochel Feb 22, 2013 08:37 AM

                      I've been working in Culver this week. Tried most all mentioned. Lukshon is always good and paying much attention to detail. But I'm still going with Muddy Leek, as the ambiance is relaxed and fun while the food is the main feature.

                  2. wienermobile Dec 24, 2012 12:59 PM

                    I am a fan of Lukshon and their Dandan noodles. Also really like the food at
                    A-Frame but boy is it loud in there ( I know... that's what the patio is for).
                    http://www.lukshon.com
                    http://aframela.com/new/

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