Anniversary dinner rec in downtown LA?
The wife and I are thinking of spending a couple of nights in downtown LA for our anniversary during a coming weekend. Does anyone have any ideas for "nice" places downtown for an anniversary where you can get dinner for under $50 per person (not including wine)?
I don't need recommendations too far out of downtown, since I live in LA and this is just a little "getaway" in town.
You could probably get away with 50/person at the Water Grill (no wine or dessert).
Zucca and Cafe Pinot would also work with your budget.
Also consider Noe at the Omni, which has a splendid setting overlooking the rest of LA and City Hall.
So many options! Here are just a few, and I'm sure others will also recommend fabulous places. Note, though, that you can get away for under $50 per person, just don't go prixe fixe, but order an entree and still have dessert.
- Beautiful interior, great service, very memorable menu.
- Penelope salad is a favorite; desserts are a hit.
- Really good salmon (and I think, seafood in general). Red meats are good. Love their appetizers, and desserts (Ian, pastry chef, is experimental).
Noe at the Omni Hotel
- Superb service and pretty interior. Mimosa salad is signature. Chef is somewhat experimental, but dishes come out well.
- Seafood. Enough said. (oh, and Koa Duncan, pastry chef, is quite experimental, too).
Checkers in the Hilton
- Quiet, not too many people - but the perfect place for a lovely evening; surprisingly large portions, great salads and sweets. Neighboring bar.
try Noe: but try to avoid having dinner there on a Saturday night, as MOCA's Night Visions and the plaza's Grand Performances series will make the place really, really, really noisy...)
although the wine list is nice, I wouldn't recommend Patina at all
Ditto on the Water Grill rec. It's on the pricey side, but I think you can stay within $100 for 2 (no alcohol, not including tax & tip) eating there. We usually split an appetizer, each get our own entrees, and split a dessert. Anyway, you can check our the menu at www.watergrill.com and see for yourself if you can order what you want and stay within your budget.
If you do pick Water Grill, & I agree it's worth it, I hope you'll try the delicious chowder. I notice it is $11 at lunch time & $14 at dinner. Maybe lunch would be a way to stay within budget. I don't know whether they are open for lunch on the weekend, though. Have a great anniversary & please report back!