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.
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.
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.
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/