We stopped by for a late weekday dinner and were pleasantly surprised for a restaurant in a mall store (Nordstroms) - we thought the service was really attentive, and the ambience of the restaurant is set up so that there is a section in the back that is sectioned off so it felt very private. Seems like a lot of the new restaurants in Santa Monica Place are set up to be loud, and we really appreciated the ability to have a conversation in a quiet restaurant as it was not too busy.
Foodwise, all of the tapas we got were well-executed. We got the scallop risotto, clams fideo, cauliflower gratin, and the polenta/parmesan salad. All tapas are between $5-$12. The best though was the apple cobbler/cinnamon ice cream which was recently added to their menu.
We actually went to Bite Bar & Bakery a few nights earlier for dinner. We thought Blue Stove stacked up well with Bite Bar - different small plates, different ambience - we'd go back.
Blue Stove at Nordstrom Thousand Oaks
346 W. Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Bite Bar & Bakery
3221 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405