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

saregama Mar 14, 2013 07:20 PM

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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    bruinike Mar 17, 2013 07:52 AM

    Blue Plate Oysterette, Bar Pintxo, Tar & Roses, Fig, Barnyard

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    1. re: bruinike
      Dirtywextraolives Mar 17, 2013 09:42 AM

      How is Barnyard?

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      Dirtywextraolives Mar 15, 2013 11:28 AM

      Realize you're done with last nights dinner, but my suggestions would have been:

      Tar & Roses
      Hostario del Piccolo
      Sonoma Wine Garden

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        condementia Mar 15, 2013 08:19 AM

        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).

        1. ipsedixit Mar 15, 2013 07:51 AM

          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/

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            foodiemahoodie Mar 14, 2013 10:34 PM

            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
              latindancer Mar 15, 2013 07:44 AM

              I agree with Capo.

              For breakfast, Cora's Coffee Shop.

            2. Porthos Mar 14, 2013 09:24 PM

              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
                jdwdeville Mar 14, 2013 10:09 PM

                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
                  Porthos Mar 14, 2013 10:11 PM

                  Short cab ride? :)

                  Probably too late anyways.

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                jdwdeville Mar 14, 2013 07:51 PM

                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
                  saregama Mar 14, 2013 08:12 PM

                  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
                    jdwdeville Mar 14, 2013 10:12 PM

                    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
                      Thor123 Mar 15, 2013 09:19 AM

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

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