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I'm trying to find a nice but not obvious date place, you know too fancy or pretentious, somewhere on the eastside (echopark/silverlake etc). Ideally it would be a cool more neighborhood type of establishment. As far as budget it's a bit open but for that one special girl I have my eye on I'd be willing to go up to 150 sans drinks, yikes that's a lot of money but ideally it would be a lot cheaper so less pressure/attitude. Asian Fusion or Italian would be great but whatever it is I want something, tasty, unique and different. As far as Italian I like La Bucca (spelling?) by Paramount Studios but want something a bit more fun. Also a cool low-key place to have drinks in that part of town is something I need to find. Nothing too hipster please. Just getting back into the dating game and know nothing about that side of town so any advice on spots would be helpful.

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  1. On the more expensive side, there's Cliff's Edge in Silver Lake. Nothing cutting edge in terms of food, but they have a really pretty patio that could be great for a date. Dusty's is also nearby and could be an option. Maybe more romantic that you're looking for if this is a first date, though. I would probably take her to Malo which is always fun. It has detractors on the board, but I like it if you order correctly (margaritas, chips with salsa flight, shrimp diablo). After, you could walk down to the 4100 for more drinks at the bar. None of these places are Asian fusion or Italian, though...

    1. Ca Dario in North Hollywood is a bit away from the area, but nice.

      What about Cliffside, or whatever?

      Gingergrass?

      Could you go to pasadena and maison akira?

      1. How about Canelé in Atwater Village?

        One drawback is they do not take reservations.

        Canelé
        3219 Glendale Blvd.
        Atwater Village
        (323) 666-7133.

        1. The Edendale Grill in Silverlake might work. It's got an outdoor patio that's really pretty at night, and there's a bar connected to the restaurant that is really nice. The food has been bad in the past, but was much improved the last time I went (a couple of months ago).

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          1. re: L.A.Hound

            Oh, and if you are willing to go to Eagle Rock, there's wine tasting at the Colorado Wine Shop on Friday nights that is pretty fun, and then you could go down the street for dinner at Cafe Beaujolais (great French food, no attitude at all, very nice staff).

          2. For Italian, how about Farfalla Trattoria in Los Feliz for dinner and then right next door there is a wine bar just next door by the same owners called Vinoteca Farfalla.
            www.farfallatrattoria.com
            www.vinotecatrattoria.com

            Otherwise, I second the rec for Malo/4100. I've done the combo before and it's a fun night.

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            1. re: bruinike

              I absolutely agree with the above. And don;t forget the Brazilian place next door owned by the same folks: http://www.tropicaliabraziliangrill.com/

            2. MightyRaul - I don't have a recommendation for dinner but I do have a recommendation for drinks - R BAR, the latest new bar, cool but not too cool & dimly lit located in Ktown.

              (213) 387-7227
              3331 W 8th St

              don't forget the secret password: "COBRA KAI" - so LA, but fun nevertheless for a 1st date, no?

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              1. re: flavasista

                Silverlake/Los Feliz Date Places

                highend:
                Blairs (high end/funky -- about $100-125 for dinner 2 with drinks & apps)
                vermont (slightly more sophisticated than Blairs, as highend)
                cliff's edge (very sexy, killer patio)
                dusty's (has detractors but we like, lights more down at dinner --romantic)
                Cafe Stella's (upscale french bistro -- drawback, seats near one another)

                mid
                Il Capriciio -- Italian, not my favorite, but in the heart of LF & pretty good
                Michelangelo's -- Italian
                Aroma - Italian, in a mini-mall -- food more impressive than the decor/come here when you're in a relationship & no longer trying to impress.
                Gingergrass -- trendy vietnamese

                IMHO edendale grill is a place you go to meet friends, gets really loud on weekends, plus the food is sorta average (but expensive) -- but it's a very cool venue.
                canele seems a bit too casual -- really neighborhoody. i'd go with blair's over this for a date.

                Have a good date!

                1. re: Silverlaker

                  second on CAFE STELLA. great date place. walk across the street after for ice cream at PAZZO GELATO.

                  last saturday night we went to grab some gelato and stayed for the italian movie under the stars at BULGARINI GELATO in altadena. it was a great scene, perfect and creative for a date.

                  also second FARFALLA or VINOTECA FARFALLA in LF. you can go across the street to alcove for a glass of wine or dessert at ALCOVE.

                  i'm not sure i would take a date to MAISON AKIRA. we really like it, but it's much more formal than LA BUCA.

                  1. re: revets2

                    revets2 -- tell me more about Bulgarini Gelato -- their website is under construction.... is it a real restaurant? where do you see the film? is the food good? etc...

                    1. re: Silverlaker

                      If I were being taken out on a date with someone new, I'd want to be taken to Cliff's Edge. As Silverlaker said, it's "very sexy" and has a "killer patio." It's not Italian per se, but they have some pasta dishes and salads with things like shaved fennel and possibly polenta... I'd nix Gingergrass from the list - great for everyday takeout but way loud and not 'special.' Cafe Stella is overrated IMHO. Just a gut feeling about CE.

                      1. re: Vikzen

                        Cliff's Edge food is not great for the price, thought the patio is nice.

                        1. re: Vikzen

                          GINGERGRASS could work well if it's on the same night SILVER LAKE WINE is doing something (monday, thursdays, sundays). have a little wine tasting, grab a bottle and go for food. i think sitting outside at GINGERGRASS would be great for a date, but no reservations which is a drawback, but put your name in before going for wine.

                        2. re: Silverlaker

                          silverlaker, BULGARINI GELATERIA is not a restaurant, it's a gelato bar. but for italian movie night they did make very good lasagna and veggie pasta for dinner for $8.95. leo used to manage and sommelier at TRE VENEZIE in pasadena.

                          the gelateria is in a dive mall next to a kragen auto parts and a rite aid. for years, nothing was going on up there and now with BULGARINI the parking lot is packed. they show the movie outdoors on a large screen and a good sound system under the stars. bring a chair (they had over 100, but ran out) and a blanket (it got a little cool in the evening). i can't wait to go this week!

                          oh...and it's the best gelato i've had in the states. go early, they were low towards the middle of the movie.

                          oh, and people brought their own wine and glasses. it's like a picnic.

                          enjoy!

                          1. re: revets2

                            revets2 -- thanks for the tip, we'll check it out (I love Italian cinema).

                            MightyRaul, this sounds like a really unique date, let us know what you decided to do!

                  2. I hope you dropped the dinner date idea - too much chit chat.

                    Go to a play or something cool downtown then drop by The Edison or 7 Grand and talk about what you just shared together.

                    Save the expensive dinner as a "thank you for sleeping with me" and not a "see how much I like you" thing.

                    PS - I think Cliff's Edge or Stella would impress the most but Cliff's Edge has an older more formal crowd.

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                    1. re: Hershey Bomar

                      Thanks for the college dating advice, really. Ahhh how do I say this...I don't have a problem with conversation and it's not like this is a first or blind/edate. Perhaps you can post your advice on the Dr Phil site or from your tude I think Lykes (spelling) might be interested in your dating thoughts.

                      1. re: MightyRaul

                        Seriously. So, where did you end up going for the date?

                        1. re: mollyomormon

                          Oppps sorrry for the lack of follow up (besides my little rant). Ended up going to Cliffs Edge. I thought the setting was very nice and being that we went a bit late we were able to stay at the table 'till closing time without any kind of pressure, or any inconvenience to the rest. I thought the food was good but nothing outstanding. Actually the app was pretty lack luster but the main stood out a bit so all in all it was fine/good as far as food goes. The setting was very nice and the fact that we shared a bottle of wine and chatted there instead of running off to a bar and dealing with the driving and noise was quite nice. I liked the place, would go back again and have rec. it to a couple of friends.
                          Thanks for the tip everyone!

                          1. re: MightyRaul

                            Yer welcome!

                            Seriously. So, where did you end up...

                            1. re: Hershey Bomar

                              check out the one right above your's. went to cliff's edge and i thought it was a pretty good call.