Going to a play this Saturday nite on the 6200 block of Santa Monica Blvd. I need a rec for casual dinner pre-show or dessert after. 4 of us are coming in 3 separate cars, so parking is definitely a consideration. Nothing spicy for me, but Mexican is doable. Italian, BBQ, Calif cuisine, etc are fine. Budget no more than $25 pp tops (including tax/tip) not including alcohol for dinner. It would be great if we didn't need a res as I'm not even sure if we'll get there early enough to have a nice, unrushed dinner.
Dessert could be anywhere nearby or on the Westside as we're all headed in that general direction afterwards going our separate ways. Showtime is at 8 pm....
Any thoughts or suggestions? I don't know the area at all.