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I have $400. Where to go?

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I won $400 and I promised My girlfriend that I would take her out for a nice dinner. I have no problem spending all $400 on this dinner. Westside is preferred as we live in Santa Monica.

We have been to:
Jiraffe
Josie
The Lobster
Ocean Ave Seafood
Spago

I was thinking:
Providence
Valentino
Melisse
Maestro's

No preference on cusine but she doesn't eat beef or pork.
What do you all think???

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    capo - great flame grilled meats and wine selection

    1. Valentino. Not Maestro's, while I have had wonderful exeriences there, it is a steakhouse. I have not been, but I am thinking many Chowhounds will be pressing for Providence. When Valentino's is on, it is exceptional.

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      1. This is a great question because it basically means, here's a great chance for a meal you wouldn't normally spend that kind of cash on, like a free bonus. I think there are three real contenders for that: Ortolan on 3rd which is one of the best restaurants in LA, IMHO, Providence which might actually be the best restaurant in LA, and Giorgio Baldi on West Channel. All of those places are pricy (esp. with wine) but worthwhile. Along with those, you could got Angelini Osetria or Cut the steak house.

        1. Maestro's... do you mean Mastro's? If so, it is a fantastic steakhouse, the best steak I've ever had, and I highly recommend it. But aside from steak, I think (you might want to call to check because I'm not positive) they only have a couple of fish dishes, so she might not like it. It is really a steak lover's place.

          Valentino is great but a little stuffy, if you care about that sort of thing. If you are into wine, you should go here - they have the most amazing and extensive wine list I've ever seen.

          What about sushi, like Sushi Roku, or The Hump?

          You might also want to research Scarboni Lobster and Steak House on Wilshire & 3rd. I can't speak personally about it, but I am dying to try it.

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          1. re: LisaStitch

            You might check the query I posted on Saturday about Scarboni; it garned overwhelmingly negative responses.

            1. I'd have to say Providence....with Melisse is a backup.
              Providence has a superb tasting menu, and since your girlfriend doesn't eat beef or pork.....I'm assuming a variety of seafood would be to her liking.
              Melisse also has a lovely tasting menu, but I find their wine prices to be ridiculously high.