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West la Saturday night dinner

sgiord Jun 3, 2013 08:41 PM

I'm new to West La (live not far from the Mormon Temple), and would like a recommendation for a Saturday night birthday dinner. Thank you for your help.

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    nosh RE: sgiord Jun 3, 2013 08:47 PM

    More info please -- When is it? (Time to make reservations or walk in?) How many people? Price range? Kids? etc.

    One of my favorites (a mile or so west, on Santa Monica Blvd. hidden in the back corner of a minimall on Barry, a block east of Barrington) is Nook Bistro. Very good food, generous servings, good service, at surprisingly moderate prices. Six can fit in their corner booth, and maybe a dozen or so if you took over the center communal table.

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      sgiord RE: nosh Jun 3, 2013 09:15 PM

      Not really a party just 4 of us looking for a good dinner. Not looking for the cheapest meal, but not the highest priced eats either.

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        nosh RE: sgiord Jun 3, 2013 09:58 PM


        Their mac'n'cheese is great to share as a starter. I really like the chicken paillard.

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          westsidegal RE: nosh Jun 3, 2013 10:57 PM

          imho, if you end up at nook, stick to the 50's comfort foods.
          do not get their seafood.

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          foodiemahoodie RE: sgiord Jun 3, 2013 10:55 PM

          That is simply too vague. What kind of food do you like? Contemporary? More traditional? Steak joint? Japanese? What is your budget?

          There are simply too many options to choose from. But here are a few...

          Tasting Kitchen
          Sam's at the Beach
          Plan Check
          Stefan's at LA Farm
          Tar & Roses
          3 Square
          Buffalo Club
          Wolfgang Puck at the Bel Air
          Maison Giraud
          The Hungry Cat
          La Botte
          Sam's by the Beach (open Sunday)
          Rustic Canyon
          Il Grano
          Monte Alban
          Mori Sushi (closed Sunday)
          3 Square
          Father's Office

      2. ipsedixit RE: sgiord Jun 3, 2013 10:08 PM

        Hinoki and The Bird, maybe?

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          maudies5 RE: ipsedixit Jun 3, 2013 10:11 PM

          Rave reviews from my very discerning son who works in Century City. Loves Hinoki and The Bird for lunch and the other night was there with a party of 8 for dinner. Everyone loved the food, service and ambiance.

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            ipsedixit RE: maudies5 Jun 3, 2013 10:14 PM

            My only problem with the place is that it's too far from me.

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          whiner RE: sgiord Jun 4, 2013 12:16 AM

          Unless you are up for spending major money at, for example, Mélisse (which is my favorite restaurant in town but noticeably better weekDAY nights as opposed to weekends), I would strongly urge Il Grano as it is quiet and relaxed yet elegant with perhaps my second-favorite food in the city (after Mélisse).


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            Dirtywextraolives RE: sgiord Jun 4, 2013 04:53 PM

            Freddy Smalls

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              PeterCC RE: Dirtywextraolives Jun 4, 2013 05:06 PM

              I see what you did there... :-)

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                Dirtywextraolives RE: PeterCC Jun 4, 2013 05:13 PM

                You're too quick for me....lol!

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                  kevin RE: PeterCC Jun 4, 2013 06:04 PM

                  what did she do there ?

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                    PeterCC RE: kevin Jun 4, 2013 06:58 PM

                    She posted the same list to two different threads:



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                      Ciao Bob RE: PeterCC Jun 4, 2013 07:30 PM

                      Peter, you are seriously hilarious!

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                        kevin RE: PeterCC Jun 4, 2013 07:40 PM

                        That's not permitted, right ?

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                          PeterCC RE: kevin Jun 4, 2013 07:41 PM

                          Now you're just pulling my leg, kevin, right? ;-)

                          (I just thought it was funny and pointed it out, that's all.)

                2. J.L. RE: sgiord Jun 4, 2013 05:26 PM

                  Wakasan, for a casual Japanese multi-course homestyle dining experience. You could walk to it if you live near the Mormon temple.

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                    kevin RE: J.L. Jun 4, 2013 06:05 PM

                    Near the mormon temple to there would be about a thirty minute walk.

                    by the way, does wakasan do a la carte these days ? for some reason, it never appears on my radar for izakaya style food.

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                      J.L. RE: kevin Jun 4, 2013 06:40 PM

                      Are you walking like a snail? 'Cuz it's 0.4 miles from the corner of Selby Ave. & Santa Monica Blvd. to Wakasan at 1929, Westwood Blvd. (!)

                      (BTW, that's a whole ONE MINUTE DRIVE, if you go by car).

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                        kevin RE: J.L. Jun 4, 2013 06:52 PM

                        That's me. I walk like a 20 minute mile. From Soleil, for instance, to Olympic and Westwood would definitely take me 30 minutes.

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                          ipsedixit RE: J.L. Jun 4, 2013 06:53 PM

                          And if you drive, just parking will take you longer than walking will.

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                            kevin RE: ipsedixit Jun 4, 2013 06:56 PM

                            That's true. You have a point there. Espeically on a weekend night.

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                              ipsedixit RE: kevin Jun 4, 2013 07:00 PM

                              And only if you're lucky enough to find parking spot within a 0.4 mile radius of the restaurant.

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                                Servorg RE: ipsedixit Jun 4, 2013 08:16 PM

                                There is a lot right next door. Sometimes it fills up but often you can get a spot there.

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                                  kevin RE: Servorg Jun 4, 2013 08:17 PM

                                  that reminds me. by do i miss westwood burgers.

                    2. wienermobile RE: sgiord Jun 4, 2013 08:19 PM

                      The tiny but mighty Fundamental LA

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                        sgiord RE: sgiord Jun 12, 2013 01:47 PM

                        Thank you all for your recommendations. Unfortunately, I could not get a table for the most highly recommended spots. The 5:30/10:00 times were available, but I passed on those. We ended up at Jar. I had high expectations, but we all were disappointed. A lobster-tomato soup was so peppery that we couldn't eat it. The deviled eggs (I couldn't find the crab) were vinegary. Scallops were rubbery and were served with a sauce (?) of just sliced capers. The pot roast was OK - it was pot roast. French fries and mashed potatoes were fine too. I would not return nor would I recommend the restaurant to others.

                        On the bright side, I now have a list of restaurants from you all that I can try another time.

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