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Aug 13, 2007 01:57 PM

Reasonably priced special occasion restaurant?

I'm looking for a nice restaurant, that I can have a nice dinner with my SO for my birthday that won't break the bank. It doesn't have to be super fancy gourmet, just good food, nice atmosphere, decent service, not too loud, and where we won't spend say....over $50/person including wine. Last year we went to Maestros and although it was very nice and delicious, we don't have a ton of money to spend. Is this the $64,000 question?

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    1. re: jkao1817

      Preferably somewhere on the westside of town.

    2. Nook would fit the bill, or Upstairs 2 at the Wine House. Both are reasonably priced and have wonderful food. . .

      1. I'd vote for Orris. It should be doable depending on what you order.

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        1. re: mollyomormon

          Second Orris. It's definitely doable on your budget. The problem is everything is so, so good it's hard to limit yourself!

        2. Orris and Upstairs 2 are both tapas places....hmmm not sure that's what we're looking for.

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          1. re: jessisthebest11

            I wouldn't call either of them tapas places, more like small-plates focused menus. Violet is great too. They have small and larger plates.

          2. Il Pastaio on Canon Drive in Beverly Hills has fantastic Italian food at reasonable prices.
            App, pasta, and wine should cost ~$50 or $60/person.
            It's not loud, but it's not quiet either. Tables are kind of close to each other. But it all seems to work well.

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            1. re: stollingrone007

              I like Il Pastaio as well.

              Pane e Vino might be nice on the back patio, and would get you in and out for that price range.

              I kno small plates weren't necessarily what you wanted, but I really like Cube as well as Lou on Vine.

              Magnolia and Bowery would also fit in your budgetary constraints.