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Dec 29, 2012 12:04 PM

Restaurant somewhat near Geffen Playhouse in Westwood for Sunday Night

We need this for tmrw night. Have a 4:30 PM performance and want to dine later but driving from there to dinner is not a problem - even less so if going back towards Santa Monica. Altho, this is an opportunity for us to dine east of the 405. TIA

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  1. Tavern on San Vicente in Brentwood is a good option. Or, if you want more casual, Milo & Olive on Wilshire near 26th.

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    1. re: New Trial

      Tavern is west of the 405. :-)

      (Per the OP: "Altho, this is an opportunity for us to dine east of the 405.")

      1. re: ipsedixit

        Yes it is (but not very); however, the sentence before the one you quoted stated: "but driving from there to dinner is not a problem - even less so if going back towards Santa Monica." Like Horace Greeley, my advice was to "Go West."

    2. Tanino would be my first choice in Westwood. Good, solid Italian food and the chef/owner is one of the Drago Brothers. Lovely ambiance, as well.

      1. If you haven't been, Nook Bistro is a very solid, great value little gem hidden in the back of the minimall on the S/E corner of Santa Monica Blvd. at Barry, a block east of Barrington. They have been doing a special Sunday night dinner:

        I second Tanino, in the former Alice's Restaurant space on the west side of Westwood Blvd, a truly beautiful building.

        If you want something less expensive but civilized, my go-to recommendation in Westwood Village is Thai House, on the west side of Gayley across from Whole Foods. Tables with tablecloths, carpeting, real glassware, good service, and no more expensive than the dingy Thai places. Be sure to order the mee krob.

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        1. re: nosh

          respectfully disagree with the recommendation of nook.

        2. Perhaps Westside Tavern? It's a straight shot down Westwood Blvd., and is east of the 405.

          1. Upstairs 2, Plan Check, 2117, Tavern

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            1. re: john gonzales

              I would never choose Upstairs 2; I have eaten lots of restaurant meals in many places and they served the worst one I have ever had. It was a Thanksgiving dinner reserved well in advance but they clearly had no idea what to do. Suffice to say, astonishing as this sounds, we were served other tables' leftovers, as they had run out of food but wouldn't admit it or resolve the problem. How they thought we would not notice being served a turkey carcass I have no idea. Needless to say, no server would come near us, although we were friendly, so there was no more water, no more bread.... How they could act like that with people in their 90's in the party amazes me.

              Had we not had a couple of older people with us (let me not discuss the seating), the restaurant would have heard from me. As it was, I tried to make the best of things for the family members while someone else dealt with the restaurant. Whoever was manager at that time lucked out. I am still angry at the treatment we received.