We came here with clients who were in town. We had a large group and sat in the upstairs area. We pretty much had everything on the menu, cheese plate, bacon wrapped dates, duck, lamb, trout, scallops, fingerling potatoes, sweet potatoes and all the desserts. The panna cotta with orange granita was not good, but all the other dishes were fantastic. Warning they open at 6, which I thought was late for a restaurant. Great wine list, good looking crowd, slightly $$$ We'll be back!
This is one of the few BYOBs in LA. It's very small and a little cramped (the bathroom is basically in the kitchen!). The menu is great and so is the service. We ended up getting too much food, even though it's a "small plates" restaurant. We got bacon wrapped prawns, sweet potato fries, crab cakes, flat bread...all very good. We made a reservation but still had to wait a bit for our table.
The shack is a fun little place in Playa that is an order at the bar kind of place. I've been several times. I got the Shack Burger the first time which is a beef patty AND a sausage. A little too much food for me. They have another burger that has BBQ sauce on it that is pretty tasty. There is always an interesting crowd here and if your group is loud, you'll fit right in! Parking is a little tough in this area.
We went here for a business lunch. The food was great, so was the service. We felt like we weren't in LA anymore. Really good bread and lemonade. We sat outside in a nice shaded area. The place is really close to the beach in Playa, so you could take a walk after if you wanted to. It's a pretty nice restaurant though. Parking is a little tricky.
I have a friend that refuses to eat here because of the name...so I took another friend. It was great! Maybe not authentic, but good chips and salsa. I got the fish tacos and they were very tasty. We were hungover so we didn't get any margaritas but they looked good too. The inside decor is pretty rad, very rock n roll. We sat outside on a little picnic bench type thing in the sun. Very relaxing...and then you can go shop the mall!
I went here and of course had to have an omelette! The inside decor is pretty cute and homey feeling. There is a patio in the back with large umbrellas at the tables. There is always a huge line at this place, so when we saw the line we got nervous, but we got seated right away! They also have very yummy diner-esque coffee. Large portions.
This is a fun place to stop in for lunch. They have seating out front on Main and a little patio in the back. I always get the chicken with pesto panini. The service is great. I believe that it is family owned and they've always been so nice. The place has a very European feel to it.
This is a fun little place on Main Street. The inside is very chotchky with lots of lights, but it is a good local spot. We had some good clam chowder and calamari. There are always some local characters sitting at the bar. You can also get little tiny plastic colored mermaids in your drink!
I've been a couple times and we've had fun waitresses.
If we go out on Main Street, we usually stop by Bravo (or Love's as my friend calls it, the red awning outside is slightly deceiving). It kind of feels like a New York pizzeria when you're inside. Bravo has many other menu items other than pizza, full dinners even! They also have a little patio area if you don't want to eat inside (it sometimes gets a little cramped). There aren't too many options for slice toppings, but you can usually find something you want.
I had heard about this place from friends and then I saw it on Entourage...so I came all the way from the Westside to try it out. Parking was VERY difficult. It's in a tiny strip mall with limited and congested parking. I had the Everything bagel and it was a little weird because I think it had cornmeal on it. I would try Bagel Broker again though, maybe just a different bagel flavor. I'm always trying to find a good bagel place in LA, I like Bagel Nosh on Wilshire in Santa Monica.