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Jul 22, 2013 05:54 AM

dinner for group and mom

I'm spending one night in LA soon. I will be taking daughter (age 22) and 5 of her friends out. I'm looking for fun, not insanely expensive (<$100/pp) place where 53 year old mom and dad can have a great time with the kids and also not look ridiculous. (We get along great with daughter, BTW.) We live in Miami, so nothing I could get over here (eg Bazaar). Ideally Beverly Hills/West Hollywood/Midcity area, though willing to go further. I'm totally open to Mexican, "California Cuisine" (whatever that means) and any Asian. Would also love sushi, but suspect my price point would be hard to hit there. Thanks for input, hounds!

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  1. Try Sotto. Outstanding Italian great vibe and service.

    1. Gjelina. It's worth the trip to Venice, Some of the best California cuisine you'll fine and well under your budget. Get a reservation,

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      1. re: wienermobile

        +1 for Gjelina. Something for everyone.

          1. re: A5 KOBE

            I thought Gjelina was crowded, service was marginal and no bar. Other than that it was great.

            1. re: Thor123

              thor is right.
              (although i LOVE LOVE LOVE the food at gjelina).

              not only is there no bar, there really isn't a place to stand as you wait for your table.
              the only way to avoid this is to go EARLY.
              be aware, that between lunch and 5:30 they only serve from an abbreviated menu of charcuterie and pizza.

                1. re: wienermobile

                  yes, they do take reservations.
                  that said, even if you have a reservation at prime time, you may well still have to hold up the wall as you wait for your table.

              1. re: Thor123

                Agree with Thor. Gjelina is crowded, service is terrible and beer and wine only. Despite all of that, I just love that place.)

        1. <$100/pp is is easily doable. Here are some of my favorites, from the ocean eastward:

          * FIG (a la carte, "FIG at Five" 50% off promo between 5 PM and 6 PM)
          * Tar and Roses (a la carte, or various large-format family meals from $38/pp and up)
          * Red Medicine (a la carte, or $65/pp for six course menu tasting)
          * Hatfield's (a la carte, or $63/pp or $53/pp, for seasonal or vegetarian four course prix fixe, respectively)

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          1. re: PeterCC

            one piece of logistic info about the "fig at five" promo:
            you have to have YOUR ORDER in by 6, you can't expect to arrive at the restaurant at 6 and still benefit from the promo.

            also, i believe that they only validate parking for 2 hours now, so, you may want to consider other parking arrangements if you plan to linger.

            1. re: westsidegal

              Thanks for the parking tip. Very helpful!

          2. Gjelina and Red Medicine are so loud you will not hear one another talk.

            Fig at The Fairmont - delicious small plates and entrees.
            Sit by the pool

            Taverna Tony in Malibu - great Mediterranean food and fun atmosphere

            The Ivy - my daughter is 23 and she adores this restaurant. Everything is consistent. Great seafood and traditional dishes as well as a few California and Mexican entrees.The patio is lovely. I prefer their restaurant on Robertson near Beverly Hills to the Santa Monica location.

            26 Beach in The Marina - large menu and very tasty.
            Only if you can get a table on the patio as the girls will be bored inside.

            Bottega Louie is fun for this age (food is okay, not amazing) but it's downtown

            Enjoy your visit!

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            1. re: flowergirl

              respectfully disagree with the Bottega Louie recommendation.

              1. re: westsidegal

                feels odd to complain about the noise in some restaurants and not at bottega louie.

                1. re: linus

                  my dissatisfaction with bottega louie goes far beyond the noise issue.

                  1. re: westsidegal

                    oh, i'm with you, the food (at dinner) was lousy. but it is extremely loud.

              2. House of Blues on sunset can be fun; certainly in your price range.


                Chosun Galbi does korean bbq in an upscale kind of setting and you can get a private room or long table there. A bit east from Hollywood, but ez down Olympic.

                Gilbert's El Indio on Pico in Santa Monica is also a lot of fun. I love the food. Cash only.