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Aug 29, 2007 08:38 PM

Girlfriend's Birthday - Hollywood Area

Hey all, it's my girlfriends birthday next and I'm trying to figure out where to go for dinner.

I would like to go out in the Hollywood area (she lives there) but I'd like to find a restaurant similar to the Westside spots like Joe's or Lily's or Violet. Any ideas? Also would like to get advice for possible romantic and excellent quality Sushi spots for this occassion perhaps.


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  1. Il Cielo and Little Door certainly romantic

    Angeli Caffe

    Bin 8945

    Pane e Vino

    La Terza




    I like Cube to share plates as well as Lou on Vine, but not as fancy

    If you want romantic, like eat with your hands, Dar Maghreb or Moun of Tunis

    Sushi's tougher for "romantic" per se, and I'm not a fan of the sushi at Koi or Katana... I like Ike, Hirozen, and R-23 downtown

      1. If you can go to Santa Monica, Chez Mimi is tres romantique!

        I second Angeli Caffe..not super romantic, but sorta, and with great food.

        Musha can be romantic, if one makes it so..Santa Monica, again.

        AOC is good for small plates to share.

        Gonpachi has a sushi bar and a breathtaking interior.

        1. I would try Off Vine -- it's nice and romantic and, I would say, the most reminiscent of Joe's or Lily's.

          Off Vine
          6263 Leland Way, Los Angeles, CA 90028

          1. I agree that The Little Door, Pane e Vino, Il Cielo, and Off Vine are probably closest to what you are looking for in terms of ambience.

            I think it's hard to find a sushi place that is both romantic and excellent quality (most seem like such party atmospheres), so I think your best bet in this category and area is to splurge and take her to Sushi Roku.

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            1. re: LisaStitch

              Thanks for the replies!

              A friend also recommended Angelini Osteria on Beverly and Firefly in Studio City.

              Thoughts on Firefly?

              1. re: LisaStitch

                please please don't take her to sushi roku. the ambience is awful for romance. it's loud and scene-y, and the food so isn't worth what's charged.

                splurge? take her to urasawa if she's a sushi buff and wants an *experience* not to be forgotten.

                1. re: LisaStitch

                  Sushi Roku is icky. It is not on the level of Gen, Ike, Iki, Urasawa or sassabune

                  If you can swing Urasawa, go for it. Romantic in that is is small, exclusive and very good.

                  1. re: Diana

                    Urasawa is $250 per person (or is it higher now?). Sounds like a great place to take her if you plan on proposing. Not so sure about a regular birthday. :)

                    1. re: LisaStitch

                      depends upon how much he has to spend, how long they've been together and such. I agree, though it is a steep price!

                      But remember, ALL birthdays are special!

                      1. re: LisaStitch

                        275 pp now, and worth every bit.

                        i wouldn't propose there, but that's just me... "would you wear my ring... of squid?"

                        and *no* birthday is *regular*