special occasion SF Valley
have been lurking and see almost no recommendations for restaurants in western SF Valley, or points west... I need something for a special occasion, romantic or classy, where you can actually have a conversation... way too many places these days have become so frenetic that you can't stay for more than an hour (which is what the restaurateurs love)... we love to dine leisurely... appreciate the visual/surroundings and service as much or more than the food itself... (live music would be a plus)... help would be appreciated
How far west you want? Max, Il Tiramisu, or Cafe Bizou in Sherman Oaks, Brandywine in Woodland Hills... there aren't as many fancy places in the western valley proper, but head up the canyon to Saddle Peak...
Ruth Chris's in Woodland Hills: great steaks, great service, and nice atmosphere...you will not be rushed
Fins Creekside in Calabasas: food is okay, but atmosphere and service are pretty good
Never been to Max or Saddlepeak, but chowhound has some great reviews for them.
Saddle Peak is romantic.
Inn Of the Seventh Ray on Topanga Canyon in Malibu, but within 10 or 15 minutes of the west SFV is both romantic and classy, and also is easy for conversation and a liesurely meal.