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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

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  1. 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...

    1. Riviera Wine Bar in Calabasas in the center across from the Commons is nicer than most in the west Valley.
      Saddle Peak, per Emme, is the best, at 419 Cold Canyon Road, 818.222.3888
      More info here:
      www.saddlepeaklodge.com

      1. 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.

        1. 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.

          1. For another choice, try Kate Mantilini's in Warner Center, on Owensmouth. Very pretty (used to be a Huston's) with nice menu choices.

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            1. re: Golem

              Have to disagree... Kate Mantilini is not worth the prices for the quality of food. It is convenient only in trying to please larger groups with bland palates. If forced there, stick w/ egg white omelettes, pot pie, or mac'n'cheese.

              1. re: Golem

                By all means AVOID Kate Mantilini. It is neither romantic nor classy, the food and drinks suck and it is extremely overpriced.