The Whisper doesn't seem like it's going to be good. It's at The Grove, the interior looks like those hotel restaurants that serve overdone steaks, and also did we mention it's at The Grove. But against all odds, The Whisper actually has not-awful food and drinks, and feels like a comfortable neighborhood date spot rather than a stuffy mall restaurant.
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Noree Thai is a great casual Thai restaurant in Beverly Grove, from the same people as Luv2Eat.
Walking into Mainland Poke for the first time is like being high at the Apple Store. You’re overstimulated and super into it.
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Saddle Peak Lodge
Saddle Peak is a massive, lodge-themed restaurant up in the Santa Monica mountains and a meat-lovers paradise worthy of the trip.
R+D Kitchen in Santa Monica is perpetually crowded, but the burgers and lively crowd are worth the guaranteed 45 minute wait for dinner.
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Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar & Grill
It's less about the sushi at Blue Ribbon at the Grove, and more about the fried chicken.
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