I'm a foodie and relative newbie to the LA Westside (moved to Marina Del Rey from Chicago 3 mos. ago). I have a fellow foodie friend coming into town for a last minute visit tomorrow-Thurs. night, and we'll want to go out for a fun dinner.
My friend happens to be a vegitarian as well, but we don't normally limit ourselves to vegi restaurants b/c my BF and I are both avid omnivores. :) Since we'll only have one night for dinner together, I'd trying to figure out a place that's got:
(1) excellent, creative cuisine, probably Californian, eclectic or Mediterranean;
(2) offers at least a couple non-meat options for my friend, emphasis on organic would be fabulous; and,
(3)located on the Westside (preferably Venice or Santa Monica) with a fun atmosphere on a weeknight.
Right now, I'm considering: (I haven't been to any of these before)
Josie's (pros: food, intimate; cons: no scene, off-the-beaten-path location)
Ocean & Vine (pros: beach, view, firepits; cons: price, corporate hotel setting?)
Chloe in Playa del Rey (pros: food, intimate; cons: neighborhood, too sedate?)
Beechwood (pros: more of a "scene", location; cons: sketchy mixed reviews on the web)
Any thoughts on my current line up? Or any other ideas? The reason I didn't include Axe is cuz my BF and I just had dinner there a week ago. I know about Juliano's Raw, which BF and I might normally be open to trying if not for some bad reviews that I've seen.
The ideal situation would be a hip, small plates/wine bar type place like A.O.C., but I'm not up for the trek to Hollywood and would like to show here more of a Westside experience. Have tried Primitivo, which seems to be the only real small plates/wine bar offering in my area, and while it does offer a fun vibe, the food we had was sub-par at best.
Appreciate your help! :)