Westside Tavern has taken the spot as my favorite casual restaurant in town. Everything on the menu is delicious, the ambiance is great, and the staff is always friendly (I'm always greeted with a ""welcome back"" by the hostesses - nice touch). With no reservations accepted, there's always a 30-60 min wait, but the bar is gigantic and a nice place to have drinks/apps. Now I bring everyone here, and have never had something on the menu all didn't love! The creamy polenta with gorgonzola side dish is ridiculous - you won't need the extra food, but get it anyways. Try the fried string beans for an appetizer, any of the flatbreads, or the daily soup, which is always surprisingly hearty and fresh. And the donuts for dessert are amazing (I think better than Rustic Canyon's)
BTW, this is not a mall restaurant in any size, shape or form...except for the bonus of free parking. And you just can't beat the date-night convenience of the high-end Landmark theater upstairs.