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is it too early for valentine day suggestions??

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Hi I know I'm probably getting a little ahead of myself but just curious what u guys have to offer? maybe past memorable...and horrible experiences?? Im looking more for romance and ambiance with good food thats reasonably priced....I've been to Asia De Cuba and Masimmo in beverly hills

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  1. S.O. and I went to Charthouse in Malibu last year. Had a little table next to the window that overlooked the ocean. Can't get more romantic than that. The food is nothing to write home about but, their warm chocolate lava cake for dessert is! Make reservations in advance and order the lava cake when you order the rest of the meal. :)KQ

    1. ok thanks lava cake starting to make my mouth water. its a little far though, weeknight and all. wanted to stay in the grove or hollywood area.

      1. We never go out on Valentine's Day -- paying highway-robbery prices for warmed-over prix-fixe menus and curt service is not my thing. We make a fire in the fireplace and a "nest" outside it and I buy ingredients from the farmers' market and cook finger foods.

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        1. re: Das Ubergeek

          I HIGHLY AGREE. I can tell you from years of being in the restaurant business. BAD IDEA TO GO OUT ON V-DAY. You will undoubtedly have the worst service, wait long, and have to fend for yourself against the million other people who decide to go out that day.

          Go out some other night of the week if you do go out. Grace is nice and romantic if you sit in the back room.

        2. If you're going to go out, try to find a place relatively close to home or work (depending on where you're coming from) so the afternoon commute doesn't kill your mood. We try for places no more than 10-15 miles away, and we know our surface streets just in case.

          We're in OC nowadays, but when we were crazy enough to drive however far, my most memorable Valentine's was at La Fondue Bourguignonne in Sherman Oaks. It was a one-time thing, but we enjoyed it very much.

          1. I have a reservation at Providence for V-Day ---- I typically hate going out to dinner on V-Day, but thought this place would be special. Should I go there another night instead? They are offering a $120 6-course prix fixe for V-Day.

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            1. re: Obessed

              In general, if the question is "should I go to a restaurant another day than V-Day," the answer is an emphatic yes. Even the best of restaurants will be overrun on V-Day.

              Providence would be on my list of "might possibly not suck on Singles' Awareness Day", though.

              1. re: Das Ubergeek

                Thanks Das! I haven't tried Providence yet; this is #1 on my "2007 restaurant's to try" list, but I think I'll save it for another night...like maybe a Monday when they don't have a corkage fee (according to their website).

            2. When we lived closer in to LA we used to go to La Boheme on Santa Monica Blvd. in West LA (nr. La Cienega).

              The food is good, not exceptional, but the prices are fair and we found it quite romantic (we sat upstairs).

              I don't believe they have a web site but check the place out. Regular menu on VD day and the service has always been good and friendly.

              I suggest you make reservations (where ever you go) as soon as possible.

              Cafe La Boheme
              8400 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA 90069
              (323) 848-2360

              1. V-Day is a major ripoff. Fixed menus starting at around $100pp for the more popular places. Long waits and quick turns. You will need to make a credit card deposit with most requiring at least 48 hours notice to cancel. Can get tricky if you are making multiple reservations.

                If you must go out, you cannot go wrong with Il Cielo in BH but you may be too late for a good time slot. Also nice and romantic is Geoffrey's in Malibu. I dont think they required a deposit but I believe they had a fixed menu.