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Birthday dinner with 5 friends Santa Monica/westside--my treat, not too noisy, moderate price

ThatPat | Feb 25, 201210:09 PM

Date is March 18 which is a Sunday night--gives me a bit of time to plan.

Small plates or izakaya--

There are 6 of us, all (ahem) 50+. Musha was great--been there several times. Upstairs 2 would be great I think (never been) but they are closed on Sunday nights. Orris was a favorite--sadly, they are now a spaghetti house(!!)

Robata-Ya--haven't been there in a while, but I like it. Am leaning toward it. Has anybody been there recently? Nanbankan is better -- but have been there too often recently. Never been to Bar Hayama but it doesn't look like they take reservations.

Thought of Blue Stove in Nordstrom--but they close at 8 on Sunday. I guess that would be okay if we start early. I've heard good things lately. Is this okay for a birthday? Just looked inside it when they opened.

Tar & Roses seems like fun but very noisy (if I can get in) unless we get there early. Anybody been? Rustic Canyon is around the corner from where I live but it is so noisy I never go there--do go to Huckleberry but get my food to go.

Wolf in Sheep's Clothing (Venice) sounds fabulous but will it be open in March? Gjelina is great and have been there several times but too crowded for my taste.

Thought of prix fixe menu at Koutoubia, actually--a place I've never been. The Moroccan decor would be fun. Somebody on CH raved about it, but there are some really weird negative reviews talking about the owner on Yelp FWIW.

Any ideas please? About $40/person for food is what I'm thinking since I'm treating. We're not big drinkers by the way. Thanks in advance.

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