From SF, visiting family/friends over Labor Day and staying at the Woodland Hills Marriott. I could use lots of help.
1) I'd like to take my suburban friends somewhere cool in the Valley for dinner that they don't know about. Last time, Firefly in Studio City fit the bill. Anything similar, closer?
2) For my mom, I'm really just looking for something other than Promenade Mall or Calabasas Commons, where she goes all the time. Her preference is generally straightforward American/Italian cuisine but it's not a hard and fast rule. We have gone to Piacere on Ventura and enjoyed the patio, but the last few times I haven't been thrilled with the food. Other ideas Preferred range probably from Agoura to Encino.
3) A place near the hotel we can get a drink after we finish with friends and family. Friendly bartender a plus.
Thanks in advance.