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Jan 8, 2007 09:47 PM

Fun, romantic, ambiance in Studio City/Encino

I'm looking for a nice place to celebrate the new house that my husband and I bought in Encino Hills. Food could be greek, italian, european, whatever... just looking for some nice ambiance, good food, and great wine. Anywhere from Studio City to Encino works... thanks!

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  1. Wine Bistro, Max, Panzenella should I go on? Email me if you need more. Petite Bistro is very casual. Bistro Gardens, Pinot are excellent

    1. Max for quality food with a very nice wine list and plausible yet not inexpensive prices.
      Mistral for lesser wines, better vibe, and higher prices.
      Boneyard Bistro for quality bistro menu, and a great red wines list, yet hardly a celebratory environment, meaning nice black walls, mirrors, and tables.
      If you prioritize your interests, food is Max or Boneyard, and wines would be the same, yet for vibe, you might opt for Mistral. Panzanella is tired, the Bistro Garden even more so, and Pinot Bistro is a Patina Group offering, so judge for yourself on that one.
      And let no one con you into Cafe Bizou.

      1. Max, definitely Max! Ditto on Panzella (drago group and overpriced)Wine Bistro and Bistro Garden- Yuck, and Paul's. I'm dragging my feet to use the pinot bistro gift certificate. i keep hoping it will get better...
        What about Roy's in Woodland Hills?

        1. Me, I like Il Tiramisu in Sherman Oaks. The STELLAR service adds to the romance, too.

          I have heard Brandywine in Woodland Hills is super nice...but a bit out of your mentioned area.

          For good Indian, Gangadin in Studio City is pretty tasty.

          Here's an idea. Go to Artisan Cheese Gallery in Studio City and ask Melody to put together a good cheese palte. Whilst there, get some good Nairn's crackers or bread (they have breadbar, but I like Nairn's) Also grab some chocolate truffles and maye a pate de foie gras.

          Go to Vendome liquor, also in Studio City, and ask them for a good bottle to match the cheese you got. Get a nice port for the truffles (dessert).

          Fix up a romantic picnic in your new house with candlelight and all the fun stuff. (or your old house)

          It wil cost less, and be just as romantic!

          1. That sounds good....but last night I ate at Tommy Rays, not romantic but the food was excellent. I had the talipia and my friend had the good. I am going back for sure.