Hi....Three of us are meeting in Santa Monica, and looking for great food adventures. We're staying at the Ambrose, but will have a car so can venture further out for good food. Our only commitment is to visit the old Getty on Saturday, so as the person in charge of food, I need some recommendations. I'm coming from San Francisco, and love places like Delfina and Lulu....so would like to find a similar atmosphere and price point for two dinners.
So far I have loked at JiRaffe, Melisse (made reservations for Saturday night, but then was blown away by the prices), Whist, Joe's, Border Grill and Ocean Avenue Seafood. We like a fun atmosphere, cocktails, good food and great people watching. We also like to drink wine with dinner, so don't want to have to drive on unfamiliar freeways after a meal. Can you give me some ideas for:
Dinner for Friday and Saturday night.
Lunch near the Getty.