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Upscale Vegetarian?

Hey Chowhounds,

I need your help. I've recently taken to an ovo-lacto-vegetarian diet (purely for ascetic reasons and only temporary) and am looking for a restaurant to take my girlfriend out to. Our schedules usually don't match up so when she told me she didn't have to work this Friday I jumped at the opportunity to wine and dine her.

Any location is fine but Westside is preferred. I currently work and live in the Santa Monica/WLA area. I'd like to try something new so off-the-beaten-path suggestions are welcome, but something along the lines of Lucques/Grace/Josie would be awesome.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Take the time and drive up to Topanga. Go to:
    Inn of the Seventh Ray for sure
    www.innoftheseventhray.com
    Check out the Vegan duck??!!

    Here's a website to look at.
    http://www.vegparadise.com/restaurant...

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    1. re: Kitchen Queen

      This is an awesome website! Thanks so much!

      1. re: Kitchen Queen

        It's definitely more upscale, but the food is just OK at the Inn of the Seventh Ray. The bread's pretty terrible (it's more like a badly-made granola bar than a badly-made loaf of bread).

        If you can make it to the Valley, Madeleine Bistro in Tarzana, a few miles west of the 405, is upscale vegan cuisine, and it's very good -- I posted a review not long ago.

        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          I'll second your opinion of Inn of the Seventh Ray. It's great for the surroundings, and the occasional celeb sighting is fun for out of towners, but certainly don't go for the food.

        1. re: JudiAU

          Is Grace's menu online current?

        2. I was wondering that, myself. What's there doesn't look too encouraging viz. meatless cuisine...

          1. I ended up making a reservation at La Cachette - any insight into their vegetarian/vegan dishes? I hear good things about this place so I'm excited!

            Thanks to everyone's suggestions, as well.

            1. Inn of the Seventh Ray has really deteriorated of late.

              Try the Vegetarian Tasting menu at Melisse.

              http://www.melisse.com/tasting.html

              I never realized that La Cachette had vegetarian dishes per se (except for maybe the salads?), much less the fact that they offer vegan dishes. That being said, everything that I have had at La Cachette has ranged from very good to excellent.