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.
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.