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Need to take my boyfriend out for his birthday -- can be super-expensive if the food is great. Would prefer to stay east of the 405. We go to places like Grace, Jar, Lucques, etc. all the time -- I want something different and special. Any ideas?

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    1. When are you going? Tonight? How about IL CIELO in Beverly Hills, or BRANDYWINE in Woodland Hills, or PROVIDENCE on Melrose.

      1. For something different and special from the usual suspects, how about the Restaurant at the Getty Center.

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        1. re: SauceSupreme

          Does the Restaurant at the Getty Ctr count as "east of the 405"?

          1. re: ipsedixit

            Well, you have to be east of the 405 to get into the parking lot.

        2. Second Il Cielo and Little Door for romance.

          Different and special-- feed each other with your hands at Dar Maghreb or Mouns of Tunis.

          Have you done the tasting menu at Bin 8945?

          Upstairs2 has a nice feel as well.

          Room service at the Four Seasons or Hotel Bel Air?

          Progression dinner... apps at Hungry Cat, dinner at Spago, dessert at Providence?

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          1. re: Emme

            Hi guys -- thank you for these suggestions! Not going until next week. I'm leaning toward Providence right now -- any thoughts re: Sona or Ortolan? We've been to Il Cielo, Little Door and the Getty Restaurant so those are out.

            1. re: alison1892

              I thought Sona was great. My BF and I went there and did the tasting paired with wine- it ranks amongst the better restaurants in our opinion and it is definitely a "special occasion" type of place, unless you can afford to drop $600 for a meal more often! The tasting was done in tandem- we were giving each other bites of what the other had. Loved it. That being said, Providence is our absolute favorite place to go for special occasion meals.