I recently moved to the OC from Texas and haven't explored LA restaurants at all. For my 30th birthday, several of my fellow Texas foodies want to do a girls dinner in LA. Any recs? Last time they were here, they were horribly disappointed by the OC's limited options, so I want to really take them for some great food in LA.
We have booked a hotel in Santa Monica, so restaurants in that area are preferred. Price doesn't matter, but food quality and a fun atmosphere are a must. Favorite foods are Cuban and Japanese, but am open to anything besides a steak house.
Thanks in advance for your recommendations.