Excellent food and Cozy atmosphere I'm not a huge chain restaurant person but I've always liked PF Changs. Lost of great menu choices, even for a girl like me who enjoys a good steak. This location is also a lot cozier and more quaint than a lot of other LA restaurants. Somehow they manage to keep the place from sounding like a train station. You can actually just sit and enjoy a nice Chinese meal with someone and speak to him/her. Staff is friendly and efficient. I've never had a problem here. Love the food!
Xino is a relatively new restaurant in the new Santa Monica Place. The food is very good with a diverse selection of typical Chinese food options from appetizers to entrées. However, the best part of the experience is the outdoor seating especially the cabanas. From what I'm told on certain nights a DJ will start playing on the outdoor patio at around 10pm. I haven't personally experienced it, but I bet this makes the outdoor bar scene even better at Xino. Would definitely go again.
PF Changs is a chain of Chinese American Fusion restaurants with exceptional food and great ambience. the place is always packed, which means service can be very shoddy. My favorites are the Chang's Spicy Chicken, Lemon Pepper Shrimp and their Fried Rice.