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Mar 14, 2013 07:20 PM

TONIGHT -- Solo dining recommendation in Santa Monica (near Loews)?

Starting the weekend solo, looking for a spot with great food but single diner-friendly

Don't mind eating at the bar (quite enjoy it, actually) -- but not anywhere too sceney please!


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  1. Depends- how big is tonight's bankroll?
    On the top end of the price spectrum I'd eat at the bar at Capo... have a nice half bottle of wine...

    Or on the lower end, Chez Jay, and have a beer and a shot with dinner.

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    1. re: jdwdeville

      Capo looks good.. not sure I have it in me though!
      Beer & a shot may totally tip me over (wimpy with jet lag right now)

      Hmm... wish Capo looked less good!

      1. re: saregama

        There's also a "Jamaican" chicken place near you that is seriously passable, though not at all Jamaican...

        Chez Jay actually has some pretty good food.

        Also good and close is Stella Rosa Pizzeria/ M st Kitchen.

        1. re: saregama

          Capo is very good. Wist at the Viceroy is also good and pretty close.

      2. Check out Rustic Canyon.

        Comfortable cal cuisine and a nice wine by the glass selection. You will eat well there. There is a bar.

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        1. re: Porthos

          Yes to all you said, but, RC is nowhere near Loews where it seems our jet-lagged OP is staying... that neighborhood is sadly lacking in middle-of-the-road-priced culinary greatness, hence my rec of Capo and Chez Jay...

          1. re: jdwdeville

            Short cab ride? :)

            Probably too late anyways.

        2. Capo. Not cheap, but it's a classy place, the food is very strong (never, ever bad). and you might meet someone interesting at the bar.

          (At Bruce's old place - West Beach - I met a girl at the bar and in 3 weeks we were engaged.)

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          1. re: foodiemahoodie

            I agree with Capo.

            For breakfast, Cora's Coffee Shop.

          2. If I was staying at the Loews Santa Monica, I would go to Tar & Roses and eat at the bar, and just hang out and people watch for a bit.

            If I wanted something totally casual, I'd go to either Fritto Misto or Umami Burger. My only hesitation with Fritto Misto is that it's a bit hard to enjoy as a solo diner/

            1. Ocean Avenue Seafood. I was there a while ago and had started the night off during happy hour. I was in bivalve and crustacean heaven. I can't recall the deals but I do remember that I found a happy medium (satiety-satisfaction-fiscal responsibility).