Toppers Restaurant/Bar, Santa Monica
Its located on the 18th floor of the Huntley Radisson Hotel, has an amazing view of Santa Monica and the beach/ocean which can be only appreciated in the daytime. Live music at times. A very pleasant atmosphere whether in the day at lunch or dinner at night. Valet parking is available.Price range $$$
Favorite Dish: Well you have a varied choice between freshly baked pizzas with your choice of toppings, hot salsa with avocado dips and tortilla chips, Mexican food, California cuisine, amazing margharitas, beer by the pitcher and cocktails. You will love it.
It has a great view, since it sits atop of the Radisson Huntley, just blocks away from the Promenade. They have a live singer every once in awhile. Just a local guy (or girl) who would come in with their guitar and play some good tunes. The prices are VERY reasonable. About US$8/person, if that. They also have GREAT Happy Hour! The food during Happy Hour here (which is free, by the way) puts Acapulco's to shame...by FAR! This is the ultimate respectable, yet reasonably-priced (dare I say cheap?) place to be seen.
Favorite Dish: The margaritas!!! :) Everything is great, whether you're getting enchiladas or a tostada!