I’m playing tour guide to 2 Japanese friends who have a one-night layover in L.A. next month. They would like to try a vibrant, modern restaurant serving American/California cuisine, preferably with nice decor, for dinner. I’d like to keep it on the Westside because their hotel is there, and rush-hour drive can be a turnoff. As one of my friends has dental issues which prevent hard chewing, steakhouses are out. I was thinking Hotel Bel Air, Petrossian (though it’s not necessarily American), Republique, or Redbird (though probably will nix it cuz it’s a tad far). Anything in Santa Monica?
Thanks in advance!