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Special Occasion - where?

BIM Apr 25, 2007 05:27 PM

My wife's 50th birthday. So - somewhere really nice, reliable. We're on the Westside but anywhere in the general area (from the ocean to downtown, say.) We like Melisse but have been there enough - something of that ilk would be good. Stately and romantic beats wild and hip. A lovely setting and fantastic chow. Price not an object.

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  1. wilafur RE: BIM Apr 25, 2007 05:28 PM

    capo. fantastic burrata salad, great fire grilled meats and a killer wine list.

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      lizziee RE: BIM Apr 25, 2007 05:31 PM

      providence - tasting menu
      spago on the patio - tasting menu

      1. tony michaels RE: BIM Apr 25, 2007 05:35 PM

        Josie on Pico might be a good selection. Understated, elegant decor and creative, very fresh ingreidents. There have been a lot of excellent reviews of Providence, Hatfields and Grace. If you would like to do something with much more unusual food then one of the Asian fusion places like Celadon in West Hollywood and finally there is the reliable Spago or their hot new steakhouse within the Spago family, Cut - also in Beverly Hills.

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          zoomchic RE: BIM Apr 25, 2007 05:52 PM

          Michaels is an option, I second Josie (ask for a booth). Abode has had some positive feedback. I haven't been, but I've heard La Botte is romantic and $$.

          1. ipsedixit RE: BIM Apr 25, 2007 08:15 PM


            Saddle Peak Lodge

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              brandygirl RE: ipsedixit Apr 25, 2007 09:32 PM

              I second ipsedixit's ideas: Valentino or Saddle Peak Lodge.

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                LANative RE: brandygirl Apr 25, 2007 10:32 PM

                Ditto! Saddlepeak is one of my favorite restaurants, and it has outstanding service (they bring my gimlet to the table in its own mini-shaker, & serve it up there; it's those little details that add up to a lot). Have only been to the Valentino in Vegas, but I'm sure the LA one is as good or better...

            2. SauceSupreme RE: BIM Apr 25, 2007 10:39 PM

              When I think of stately and romantic, I think of two places: either Grace in the Mid-City or Michael's in Santa Monica. Fantastic setting (especially if weather permits dining on the patio at Michael's) to go along with great food (the food at Grace is a lot better than Michael's, but both are great).

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                New Trial RE: BIM Apr 26, 2007 01:24 AM

                La Cachette might be another good option for what you have in mind.

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