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recs for sat nite dinner between sm & brentwood?

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recs for sat nite dinner between sm & brentwood?

1_healthnut | Jun 1, 2007 10:23 AM

hi all

have friends coming up from s.d. tomorrow night, and i need to settle on a place for dinner.

some details to consider...

i'd rather not bother with anything too unique, special or super-pricey [i.e. abode, josie, valentino] because he'll eat anything you put in front of him, and the only thing she ever orders is a salad with grilled tuna on it. they're not exactly culinary adventurers, and certainly not food snobs.

however, i'd still like a relatively classy, upscale vibe, decent food, maybe a nice lounge or bar scene for a cocktail.

one caveat:

age range is mid 30's to early 40's & not into the hipster scene too much...so definitely avoiding places like 'penthouse' @ huntley hotel, etc.

they're staying @ casa del mar and i live in brentwood, so anything between san vicente/wilshire & the ocean would be ideal.

i've been routinely disappointed by the sub-par food & abominable service @ the s.m. outpost of 'sushi roku,'

i've only been to the original 'boa' location on sunset, never the westside one.

'houston's' is usually a safe bet/standby, but i've never been to the one @ the promenade.

i love 'a votre sante' & 'nagao' by the brentwood country mart, but there's zero vibe @ either place.

'chaya venice' was an old favorite of mine, but i haven't been there for several years. is the food still good? and is it still deafeningly noisy?

most of the reviews of the brentwood katu-ya have said that the food is mediocre and the service is horrendous.

so...what to do?

any thoughts/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

thanks!

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