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Romantic Birthday Dinner

Quesera Jul 19, 2006 12:25 AM

My birthday is next week, and I have to figure out where I should have my boyfriend take me. Pathetic, I know, but he needs nudging. I also spent $$ on his bday dinner, and who knows about gifts, so this is the focus of the occasion. Last year I steered him toward Chaya Brasserie, my classic favorite restaurant, aside from sushi places. Where to this year? Definitely want a nice atmosphere, not a sceney place, good food, good wine, not too pricey, not too moderate either. ;) West Hollywood/ Hollywood/ Beverly Hills area. Thoughts? I have 2 weeks to solidify, and so I'm brainstorming now.

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    Hunter RE: Quesera Jul 19, 2006 12:30 AM

    Have him take you to Michael's in Santa Monica and reserve a table outside on the patio.

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      Francesca RE: Quesera Jul 19, 2006 02:08 AM

      I keep recommending it b/c I loved it for a recent birthday dinner: French 75 Bistro in Burbank. New, fresh, beautiful festive decor. Food excellent enough. Great free birthday dessert.

      It's a well rounded experience, you won't be disappointed.

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        MEalcentric RE: Francesca Jul 19, 2006 02:09 AM

        French 75 is a great choice. Probably the best french fries I can recall having in a long time. Classy interior and not too expensive. But it may be outside of the area requested by the OP.

        Has anyone been to the "Bubbly Hour" where carafes of wine are the price of a glass and there are free appetizers? If so, how is it?


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        skwasha RE: Quesera Jul 19, 2006 03:06 AM

        Sticking to the WeHo, H'wood, BH area... I'd rec. any of the following:

        Little Door

        If those are too $$$, then maybe...

        La Buca
        Hungry Cat (?)

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          ipsedixit RE: skwasha Jul 19, 2006 09:19 PM

          Hungry Cat is many things, but unfortunately romantic is not one of them ...

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            skwasha RE: ipsedixit Jul 20, 2006 12:22 AM

            Yah - hence the question mark... It can be *kind of* romantic on the patio. ;)

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          Nicole RE: Quesera Jul 19, 2006 08:18 PM

          AOC is a great choice in that area. If you want a quieter, more romantic, less scene-y environment ask to me seated upstairs.

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            Mrs Fang RE: Nicole Jul 19, 2006 11:39 PM

            I guess I don't associate AOC with romantic. It's always bustling and even the upstairs can get noisy. Besides it's a more interesting place to be with a larger group: more tastes of different things.

            Well, I'm on the team that prefers Lucques, anyway.

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            Diana RE: Quesera Jul 19, 2006 08:27 PM

            If you're willing to go all the way to Topanga Canyon, I'd reccomend the Inn of The Seventh Ray. SOooooooo beautiful, and such great food.

            1. wilafur RE: Quesera Jul 19, 2006 09:36 PM

              the tasting menu with wine pairings at spago.

              1. Kitchen Queen RE: Quesera Jul 20, 2006 01:44 AM

                Other options if you're willing to venture: Pasadena - Two places I love for food and ambience is Saladang Song - there's two, next door to eachother. Make sure you choose the one w/the patio and sit on the patio, corner table -Thai and very good! The other is Smitty's on S. Lake. Again, choose the patio. Amazing food, and the patio is small and intimate. If you're into seafood, I like Lobster at the S.M. Pier. Mixed reviews w/ hounders here. I've always had a great experience. Another place that comes to mind though in MDR, is Cafe Del Rey - always take a window table when eating at the beach or along the seashore. HAPPY B.D. :) KQ

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                  Quesera RE: Quesera Jul 22, 2006 01:07 AM

                  Ok, still narrowing it down, will probably end up giving him a list...with Lucques (which is walking distance) and the Little Door at the top, with the old stand by chaya too. Was also considering Table 8 (where I've been) and Chameau (where I havent been) but also wanted to know what are people's thoughts on Chateau Marmont?

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