updated 08/06/2008 AT 9:40 AM ET
•originally published 08/06/2008 AT 2:40 PM ET
Tuesday evening was a night on the town for Julia Roberts – that town being Venice, Calif., near her home.
The star, 40 and fabulous-looking, caught up with some girlfriends for a dinner at Hal’s Bar & Grill, in the trendy canal section of the beach city.
Roberts was all smiles as she arrived – relatively unnoticed – and settled into a front corner table that ended up accommodating five other women.
In all, the dinner party lasted two hours. Roberts appeared eager to catch up with everyone there and her distinctive laugh could be frequently heard.
And, ever the gracious star, she even let the paparazzi take a few shots of her before she hopped into her hybrid car, waved goodbye to her friends and drove away.