Bodega is a massive wine bar at Broadway and Lincoln in Santa Monica with a good bottle list, a food menu that’s better than it needs to be, and an atmosphere far more lively than your average wine bar. Their weekday Happy Hour from 5pm - 7pm gets you $6 glasses of wine as well.
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Tumbi is a modern Indian restaurant right off The Promenade in Santa Monica and an unexpected bright spot in a rather bleak area for good food.
Bondi Harvest is a breakfast and lunch spot bringing Australian vibes to Santa Monica.
Esters Wine Shop & Bar
Esters in Santa Monica might be known as that place you drink at before eating at Cassia, but this wine bar very much stands on its own.
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In a city increasingly dominated by mega-restaurants from other cities, All Time is a Los Feliz cafe that feels like an LA original.
Faith & Flower
Faith & Flower is a Financial District restaurant where everything is over the top, but done right. Use it for pretty much anything, from date night to dinner with your boss. And whatever you do, get a cocktail or two.
Millie’s in Silverlake is the classic breakfast spot you go to when you need an escape from LA.
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Plant Food and Wine
For vegan fine dining, and one of the best patios around, Plant Food + Wine in Venice is the place.
For great, interesting wine, and excellent classic French food, Oriel in Chinatown is the place to be.
Sushi note is part sushi spot, part wine bar, and unlike any other place to eat raw fish in the city.
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