Below I asked for choices between Orris, Nook and Beacon. Orris sounds terrific but probably too long to wait (if we can even get in) Sat. at 7 (later than I thought). Beacon does NOT get raves on this board, as I searched further--sounds a bit pedestrian. I did a search on this page.
We need something near the 405 in West L.A. or Santa Monica. Nook also sounds somehow unexciting. Pastina gets great reviews but wanted something other than Italian. I did go to Violet once and liked it but found the portions a bit small.
So...other ideas include 310, going back to Violet, or Il Grano. How much out the door at 310, and isn't Violet. I'm leaning toward the latter, which I've only been to once and was very impressed by the $55 prix fixe. Has the service improved there? It was kinda weird when I was there last--they lost our reservation even tho' we called several times, etc.
I actually emailed Orris from their website and asked them how long the wait might be and if there was any chance of a reservation. Curious to see what they'd say. I will definitely go--it sounds so great--but probably during the week and early.
Thanks again folks!