We fly into LA for a 3 week vacation and have 4 nights to begin with withour a car. We would like to stay at one of the beaches but would like a hotel from which we could walk out at night to restaurants nearby. Which of the beach areas is best for a large selection of restaurants. We like Chinese, Steak, French, Italian and are quite happy to walk 20 - 30 minutes to a good restaurant. Also any recommendations for hotels/restaurants would be helpful.