HOME > Chowhound > Los Angeles Area >

Intimate, hidden, westside restaurant with creative cuisine

larkin Feb 10, 2007 05:23 PM

Looking for a restaurant that is probably new, but not necessarily so.
Would love it to be conducive to good conversation and to feel like it could be anywhere.
Definitely want it not to have a decisively los angeles feel to it.
A brilliant wine list and creative cuisine, any kind really would be grand.
Candle light and a feel of secrets being revealed would also be great.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Emme RE: larkin Feb 10, 2007 06:14 PM

    Little Door is hidden and intimate; food is good, though I'm not sure I'd call it "creative."

    1. chica RE: larkin Feb 10, 2007 07:49 PM

      Bistro K is a quaint French restaurant - a tiny place perfect for intimate conversations. Prices are very reasonable. Plus, no corkage fee. The French cuisine is very creative. Take a look for yourself:

      1 Reply
      1. re: chica
        Cicely RE: chica Feb 13, 2007 02:56 PM

        hmm, the original post sounds kind of like a personals ad. Anyway, love Bistro K and think it fits the bill in terms of being intimate (small) and creative (exotically spiced French fare), but because of the space it can be quite loud, and you're usually jammed up against another table. Also unless they've gotten their license there's no wine list, hence the lack of a corkage fee.

      2. ipsedixit RE: larkin Feb 10, 2007 08:01 PM

        How about Il Cielo in Beverly Hills?

        Extensive wine list? Check.
        Candle light and intimate? How about the secluded patio with lights strewn throughout? Check.
        Creative food? Not necessarily cutting-edge, but pretty solid Italian fare. Check.

        Good luck finding a suitable place and enjoy wherever you end up.

        Il Cielo
        9018 Burton Way
        Beverly Hills, CA 90211
        (310) 276-9990

        1. b
          Bite Me RE: larkin Feb 11, 2007 08:16 AM

          <<a feel of secrets being revealed would also be great.>>

          I have no idea what that means, but I like it.
          Westside places that come to mind: Wilshire (new-ish), Georgio di Baldi (Santa Monica near the beach - not new-great food), and Peppone's (Brentwood - not new - not sure how the food is these days but you can have great romantic conversation in any one of the booths). Eager to hear where you end up...and what gets revealed.

          1. s
            sebastianxx RE: larkin Feb 11, 2007 08:25 AM

            The buffalo club, not sure how creative, but in my experience great wines, always well-executed (great steaks and mac and cheese!) and definitely hidden, tucked into an industrial strip along olympic blvd... It is pricey, though and some feel it is inconsistent. maybe a cocktail in the beautiful courtyard and then play it by ear?

            1 Reply
            1. re: sebastianxx
              kevin RE: sebastianxx Feb 11, 2007 11:47 AM

              do they still serve their famed buffalo wings and lobster pot pie? with corn chowder

            2. s
              sebastianxx RE: larkin Feb 13, 2007 09:35 AM

              I love the lobster pot pie! Haven't been there since December, but they had it then. I've never tried the wings, surprisingly. Usually in a martini mood when I go there, so...

              1. l
                LicketySplit RE: larkin Feb 13, 2007 03:21 PM

                Piccolo in Venice Beach, perhaps? Superb food, off-the-beaten path location. I'm not qualified to comment on the wine list, but our other 'hounds might chime in.


                You could always adjourn to one of the nearby Abbot-Kinney establishments after dinner for the spilling of secrets. I prefer to keep gut-spilling and pasta-twirling separate, myself. It's bad for the digestion.

                1 Reply
                1. re: LicketySplit
                  bulavinaka RE: LicketySplit Feb 17, 2007 09:58 PM

                  You should be writing script for Godfather IV! ;> How's about Axe on Abbot Kinney?

                2. s
                  snibbo RE: larkin Feb 13, 2007 03:33 PM

                  What about Nook in West LA? Delicious, creative cuisine; good wine list and very LA atmosphere.

                  1. SauceSupreme RE: larkin Feb 17, 2007 10:10 PM

                    My answer would be Joe's on Abbott Kinney. Not new by any stretch of the imagination, but serves very good food and has an awesome winelist.

                    Here's a PDF link to their dinner menu:

                    Show Hidden Posts