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looking for a fancy-ish place to take family out to dinner

beamo | May 24, 200507:09 PM

Hey guys, I've been a lurker on this board, but this is my first post.

My parents and siblings are rolling into town, staying in Santa monica and want to go out to two to three nice dinner meals while they're here. They want one in Santa Monica and are willing to venture out for the other ones, (maybe West Hollywood) and I'm looking for ideas.

I know this may be too vague, so I'll try to specify a little more: I don't mind if the restaurants are pricey, but I'm looking for quality and authentic, good Cali vibes over pretension (i.e. Chez Jay's over Eurochow). Good views are also a plus (on that note, is the Lobster in Santa Monica any good? Also, Zagat's was raving about Nobu Malibu, is all that praise warranted?). Also, my parents are big Mexican food afficionados, but of the Tex- Mex variety, so it'd be nice to take them to something different and special to LA. Are there any nice upscale Oaxacan place to be found? (Even recommendations for really cheap, divey places to take them to lunch would be appreciated).

Hopefully this is enough to go on. I really appreciate everyone on this board and their recommendations, you've definitely made my recent immigration to LA more enjoyable.

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