Best quiet adult restaurant in Santa Monica for first date
Was thinking One Pico versus Ocean and Vine in the Loews(not many reviews) versus Oceanfront versus The Lobster (probably noisier). Haven't been to One Pico in a while. Is it good these days? Nothing too "sceney." Any other ideas welcome. The other person is a foodie who has recently moved from years of living in San Francisco so the food is very important. Capo would be too expensive, by the way IMO.
The ones you mentioned are less expensive than Capo but not by much. The food at Ocean & Vine is great but service is sometimes off; however, sitting by the firepits (inside or out) has its charms. Oceanfront has a new chef that the L.A. Times likes a lot but I have not yet been. One Pico is a solid but uninspiring choice. The Lobster is gorgeous but too crowded and noisy and I am not a fan of much of the food there. Have you considered Jiraffe or Josie?
You should try JiRaffe. Although it's more of a neighborhood joint, the food is outstanding. I love the foie gras, and they prepare great fish specials.
What about Josie? Gets a little busy, though.
One Pico I love as well. Maybe see how your night is going and head over for a drink after din?
When I lived in Santa Monica 8 years ago, I used to go to an Italian restaurant that was family-owned on Santa Monica Blvd. between 20th & 26th streets...I'm thinking it's kind of around 23rd street...does anyone know the name? I think it's still there, and it was a great place to have good food and hear yourself talk because it never really got that crowded. Food and wine was good quality...and while not one of the L.A. trendy places to go...a good first date place that's off the beaten path...
Ditto on Jiraffe--it meets all your criteria. And ditto on asking to sit upstairs--it's much quieter and more intimate. Josie is another good choice, but Jiraffe is a little less expensive, and a little less formal (might feel more comfortable for a first date). Neither place is "sceney." I am not a huge fan of Violet or Joe's, which others suggested.