Plan Check is one of our go-to first date spots, and their latest location is right on Ocean Ave in Santa Monica. That alone isn’t cause for alert, but the fact that it has a seafood-leaning menu different from any other location is. Dynamite crab dip? Hamachi crudo? Fresh oysters? All present. But not to worry, that burger still is too.
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FIG is an all-around solid restaurant but that Happy Hour of theirs is the best on the Westside.
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This divey Little Tokyo staple serves solid Asian fusion bar food and recently became known as a craft beer haven as well.
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.
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With Little Prince, Main St. in Santa Monica finally has a cool, neighborhoody spot for brunch and dinner.
Margo’s is an all-day restaurant on Montana Ave. in Santa Monica that does a low-key brunch with $18 bottomless mimosas.
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