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A friend wants to take his wife on a romantic dinner - break from the kids etc. - in the Downtown LA area. Recommendations?

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  1. I think Cafe Pinot is the most romantic restaurant in Downtown. R-23 and Blue Velvet are hipper and would be better places for an early relationship date (IMO), but for a married couple, I'd go with Cafe Pinot.

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    1. re: aching

      Cafe Pinot can be quite romantic, but only if you sit outside on the patio, which might be a tad too chilly nowadays, even with heat lamps.

      Might consider Thousand Cranes at the New Otani in Little Tokyo, which provides a lovely setting in their gardens for a Kaiseki meal.

      1. re: ipsedixit

        Ipse, how do you rate the food at Thousand Cranes? I'm interested in trying it but I keep putting it off in favor of other stuff. Worth it?

        1. re: hrhboo

          Tempura bar is very good, you can do it omakase style if you want.

          The other offerings are pretty pedestrian, avoid the sushi bar.

          The garden is really lovely.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            Tempura bar omakase sounds great, I'd do that in a heartbeat.

            Is there anywhere else you'd recommend for a kaiseki dinner?

            1. re: hrhboo

              How about Urasawa?

              But seriously, I'm not sure of any place that has a good kaiseki setting.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                I saw that one coming. Thanks!

    2. patina; also what about the japanese place at elevate lounge?

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      1. re: JE33

        In my opinion (and I know there are lots of different opinions on what comprises "romantic") Patina is a little too corporate/expense-accounty to be romantic and Takami is a little too hip and frenetic (at least on the weekend - I haven't tried it during the week). But they're definitely both nice in their own ways!

      2. I also like Cicada in downtown proper.

        If they come up to Larchmont, Girasole is cozy and charming.

        Not downtown at all, but I'll throw up Tagine, Tasca, and Chameau as other options with good ambience for romance... And of course, even farther from downtown, Il Cielo or The Little Door.

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        1. re: Emme

          water grill can be fun with the oyster bar. flavors from the main menu feels light after Cimarusti left.
          Cicada is a good choice. I'd head either to the sushi bar or tempura bar @ thousand cranes..the kaiseki has hit/miss days.

        2. Many thanks to all for these suggestions. Cafe Pinot is a favorite of mine as is R23.
          Will pass these on to them.