I always receive great feedback when I ask these questions. Next week some family are coming to town from LAX Airport and we're planning a Monday 6:30 pm dinner meeting them in:
West LA, Santa Monica or near the 405, downtown is our last option
Any food options are a go, just this a casual/comfortable gathering, not a dive just not dress up either, say $20 a plate price range and delicious!
Bring on the suggestions ranging from:
American food, Mexican, Italian, Fish dishes