If you have not tried Bistro 31 at the Art Institute in Santa Monica I advise going as soon as you have a free Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday evening.
The culinary students cook and serve the food and it is a pleasant experience. Most of the dishes are very good. Try to sit near the glass enclosed kitchen for a fun show. The prices are very low for the Westside. They are only open Mon, Tues and Wed for lunch and dinner. The address is 2900 31st Street (off of Ocean Park) and the phone # is 310 314-6057. I have enjoyed several lunches and dinners there. The ingredients are very fresh and it is wonderful to watch how hard these students try. You never know where they may end up cooking! They take reservations and the hours and days change each season.