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dinner by beach/sunset

OK, so Nobu Malibu booked solid....any other good ideas? Sometimes Dukes can be fun, we like the lobster, maybe something in santa monica? also there's that spot by point dume/zuma called the sunset...anyone been there?

really gotten a lot of good tips from you hounds recently - thank you.

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    1. If, notwithstanding high price point, spectactular setting and ambience and uber-trendy atmosphere are desirable (and probably way better food than Duke's) sounds good you can consider Nikita (shares parking lot with Nobu). Use the search to find my recent posting about Nikita.
      Edit: Here's the link: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/920533

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      1. re: Wayno

        thanks for the tips guys never been to nikita or geoffreys.

      2. Dined at Sunset this summer. Food was dreadful. Avoid.

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        1. re: maudies5

          thanks maudie
          too bad about that, looked like a nice location.

          is shudders restaurant or anywhere else in santa monica something to consider?

            1. re: JAB

              went there a few months ago - loved it. want to try something different, but same kind of sunset experience....my wife is more into the atmosphere/romance - but a 3 lb spiny lobster is romantic too if you ask me!

            2. re: jessejames

              "is shudders restaurant...something to consider?"

              This is either one of the funnier puns or a great typo...

              1. re: Servorg

                i guess not then!

                and i guess a typo and a pun!

                1. re: jessejames

                  There are plenty of hounds who like Shutter's for what it is. I am usually not a big fan of "hotel" restaurant food, but there are exceptions to that out there. Is Shutter's one of them? Not by my way of thinking but it's solid.

          1. Following up on our above exchange about Nikita, if you are willing to go early - because, with the time change, if you want a "sunset experience," you'll have to be there by 5 - it is hard to get an on-the-beach/water meal in a beautiful venue (with Nobu unavailable) that would surpass Nikita (notwithstanding the flaws discussed in my prior post). For a more removed view of the sunset, you also can consider the Penthouse at the Huntley or restaurant at the Casa del Mar (Catch?). But, those are not the equal of the Nikita venue. Gladstones, of course, has a prime location as well, but the food is beyond horrendous and it's much more downmarket - so I'm just mentioning it because Nikita's oceanside location is its equal in terms of geography, but light years beyond it in terms of food.

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            1. re: Wayno

              thanks wayno -- clearly i gotta also book well ahead to try nobu again, maybe in the spring...those are all terrific suggestions that are appreciated.

              1. re: jessejames

                If you have an AMEX, try the concierge service.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    It's worked for me every time.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      Thanks - we are a go. Looking forward to nobu.

                      1. re: jessejames

                        Impressive.
                        I know ipse has suggested this before - but I am a Costco Amex man - not gold, not platinum - do I have this service as well? Or just the giant coke and gummy pizza at Costco service?

                        1. re: Ciao Bob

                          Not sure We have platinum. Will use concierge more

                          1. re: jessejames

                            Please report back on Nobu. Did you get there in time for sunset now DST is over?

                            Maybe more downscale than you want, but the Chart House is usually solid with a great location and view. And Moonshadows has gone through a lot of ups and downs with opinions of their food over the years but also is closer in than Geoffrey's and has unobstructed views right on the water.

                            1. re: nosh

                              Bad luck. Baby sitter sick. Shit happens. Will go and report.

                              1. re: jessejames

                                Baby sitter sick

                                _______

                                Time to buzz the concierge again.

                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                  That would be so platinum.
                                  But will reset this w Amex. Good call

                                  1. re: ipsedixit

                                    <<<Baby sitter sick

                                    _______

                                    Time to buzz the concierge again.>>>

                                    It's worked for me every time...

                                    1. re: J.L.

                                      Contraception works as well.

                                      (Just don't buzz the concierge for that)

                                      1. re: ipsedixit

                                        Abstinence for you? Jesting...I love my little fresser but she's too young for most restaurants. I think it's cool that the Offalo went to littlefork oyster happy hour with his girl.

                  2. Ate at Nikita next to Nobu last night and it was very good. Mushroom pizza was outsanding. Nikita crab rolls were good and the chicken was tasty. Service was good and the setting fantastic.