Friends in town? Here’s where to take them for good food and a great time.

Three things always happen when your friends come to visit: you eat too much, you drink too much, and you spend too much money on stupid things. Being a good host and keeping everyone happy is also trickier than it should be. Having a cheap friend, a pushy friend, and a picky-eater friend all in one place can cause some serious rifts.

But don’t worry, because we know how to please everyone at the same time when it comes to food. Below is a list of fun restaurants that all serve good food at reasonable price points. So you can focus on the important things, like passive aggressively suggesting that they stay in a hotel next time.


Summer House Santa Monica

Summer House is ideal for entertaining people who are trying to keep things on the healthier side, but the very best thing about this place is that it works for almost anyone. There are plenty of solid fish and vegetable dishes here, and an entire section of the menu is dedicated to gluten-free options. Plus, there’s a pastry case with excellent baked goods – most of which, thankfully, have tons of gluten.