Hi Chowhounds - I need your expertise!
A foodie friend of mine is coming into town from New York and asked me to pick a dinner place in Santa Monica. What I'm looking for is a Little Door or Opus somewhere in SM, but it's proving hard to find.
Here's what's already been nixed off the list (if you disagree, please let me know):
**Jiraffe (I find it unimpressive and too loud)
**Musha (he doesn't want Japanese)
**Nook (not atmospheric enough)
**The Penthouse at Huntley Hotel (bad food)
**Rustic Canyon (too many bad reviews)
**Any chain restaurant
Any help is appreciated!