I am going to dinner with two girl friends on Friday night, which is a semi regular ritual. We are in our mid 30's to mid 40's, not looking for mates (at least while sober), love good food and good wine as well as a place where we can linger and be occasionally a bit too loud without disturbing the peace. We also don't want a TOO crazy scene. A little scene is fine.
I was thinking JiRaffe in Santa Monica, but then wondered about the place next door, which has changed so many times I can't remember what it is now -- Whist, perhaps?
Places we have enjoyed previously include Ca'Brea, Violet (though we did get a shushing from an adjacent table), World Cafe and La Vecchia. Less successful choices have been Bizou Cafe in the Water Garden (too staid), and a sushi place on S.M. Boulevard (bleh fish and atmosphere), may have been U-Zen Sushi?
Any and all suggestions (no sushi this time though) would be welcome.