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West la Saturday night dinner

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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  1. 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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    1. re: nosh

      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.

      1. re: sgiord

        http://www.nookbistro.com/dinner-menu/

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

        1. re: nosh

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

        2. re: sgiord

          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...

          Melisse
          n/naka
          Valentino
          Tasting Kitchen
          Gjelina
          Michael's
          Sam's at the Beach
          Plan Check
          Stefan's at LA Farm
          Tar & Roses
          Whist
          3 Square
          Vincenzo
          Shunji
          Buffalo Club
          Wilshire
          Jiraffe
          Wolfgang Puck at the Bel Air
          Josie's
          Capo
          Maison Giraud
          The Hungry Cat
          Delfinis
          Catch
          Fraiche
          Fig
          La Botte
          Ado
          Chinois
          Sam's by the Beach (open Sunday)
          Vicente
          Rustic Canyon
          Il Grano
          Pecorino
          Monte Alban
          Mori Sushi (closed Sunday)
          Villetta
          Amici
          3 Square
          Father's Office
          Lago
          Kiriko

        1. re: ipsedixit

          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.

          1. re: maudies5

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

        2. 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).

          http://www.ilgrano.com/

                    1. re: PeterCC

                      Peter, you are seriously hilarious!

                      1. re: PeterCC

                        That's not permitted, right ?

                        1. re: kevin

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

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

                1. 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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                  1. re: J.L.

                    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.

                    1. re: kevin

                      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).

                      1. re: J.L.

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

                        1. re: J.L.

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

                          1. re: ipsedixit

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

                            1. re: kevin

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

                              1. re: ipsedixit

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

                                1. re: Servorg

                                  that reminds me. by do i miss westwood burgers.

                    2. The tiny but mighty Fundamental LA

                      1. 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.