Best 1st date restaurant?
Can anyone suggest a nice restaurant to take a girl (we're both 30 years old) on a first date? Details would be much appreciated (address, why you suggest it, etc). Of course, nothing makes people more euphoric than delicious food! I guess ambiance makes a difference here too, although I'm not sure if this is the place for that discussion.
Looking for a place relatively close to the downtown LA area.
Thanks so much everyone.
My girlfriend and I had our first date at Gale's Italian Restaurant in Pasadena and we both loved it. Besides the great food, we both felt the service was not notch. It's a small cozy place too, but it can get loud. It's off and away from the crowded Old Town area - easy parking - decent wine list.
All info can be found here: http://www.galesrestaurant.com/
What price range are you looking for and what types of places do you like? I think the key to the sucess of the date is putting her in an environment that she'll enjoy and be comfortable in.
A note on Gale's -- I really enjoy Gale's and visit often - it's got excellent food and is a good date spot, but can be on the loud/cramped side and if you get seated in the back room, I think it's quite ugly/non-descript - but quieter. Small bistro-ish feel.
I just had a nice dinner at Cliff's Edge. It's in Silverlake on Sunset. Sit outside on the patio -- it's very romantic and the food is good - not knock your socks off amazing - but very passable. It's the romance of the courtyard that will be impressive. (Request the 2nd level patio.) Kind of a low-key hipster crowd.
Another Pasadena favorite -(only open Monday-Friday) is Bistro 561 - the cooking school restaurant. Cozy room (warm tones), excellent food - although, sometimes I get nervous for the servers (they try really hard!). It's more of a 'refined dining' atmosphere, but not terribly so.
I just went to Cliff's Edge on Sunset and would recommend it for a first date. Be sure to request a table located outside. There is an old tree with a tree top so large, it serves as a canopy over the entire patio area...very cute for a first date. Food is good but not great but it makes up for it in ambience.