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I need a Resturaunt suggestion in greater L.A.area

Ok, heres the setup:

Girlfriends 24th birthday dinner. just us 2
She wants to go somewhere she can wear a dress. not formal, but still "upscale", and definately not stuffy. some kind of atmosphere,as she put it "not just tables and chairs".
I'm not a fan of chinese("asion fusion" is ok) or mexican. anything else is good. we both like meat.
My budget is up to $150, and neither of us really drink much.
I dont mind a drive, so anywhere in the greater L.A. area is ok.
Any input welcome
Thanks,
Shawn

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  1. Celadon on 3rd St. just west of Fairfax has really good Asian fusion food, a creative drinks list if you do decide to have one to mark the occasion and a really beautiful room. The service is good without being at all snooty.

    http://www.celadongalerie.com/

    1. Was at Hatfield's on Saturday and had a fantastic meal. Dunno what you would qualify as "atmosphere"...

      Oddly enough, it was my 24th birthday. I picked the place, she picked up the tab =D

      1. Thanks, you made it easy for us - $150 without drinks. Here are a few atmospheric places that my honey enjoys:

        1. Bistro Garden (12950 Ventura Blvd.) - it's like sitting in an indoor garden - good Cal-French - one of the best chocolate souffles

        2. Fogo De Chao (133 N. La Cienega Blvd.) - Brazilian steakhouse, where they keep serving and serving and serving until you cry "Uncle."

        3. Lawrey's (100 N. La Cienega Blvd.) - wonderful prime rib served from a cart - salad made tableside - overall great atmosphere

        4. Mastro's Steakhouse (246 N. Canon Dr.) - Maybe more scene than atmoshphere, especially upstairs - but you won't find a better steak

        5. Papadakis Taverna (301 W. Sixth Street in San Pedro) - How about a Greek floor show with all the Greek classics - it's a fun time

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        1. re: omakase

          Without blowing the bank, what about ChoSun Galbi?

          1. re: ns1

            to add to the suggestion above, it will easily be under $100 for two people.

            however, probably not the best place to go when dressed up. hehe!

          2. re: omakase

            Papadakis is a great choice. Wonderful lamb, a party place, safe area--but don't be surprised, as two ladies alone, if you receive friendly (though unembarrassing) attention from the wait/entertainment staff!

          3. 150 without drinks can get you pretty far food-wise.

            How about Saddle Peak Lodge? www.saddlepeaklodge.com Just be warned that this place will probably strain your budget.

            Or maybe something a bit closer like Grace? www.gracerestaurant.com

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            1. re: ipsedixit

              I think Saddle Peak may be ideal since it has some of the most unique and memorable decor in L.A., and is certainly a great place if you like meat. And I don't think $150 without drinks would be budget-straining... though you'd be straining to come in under $100.

            2. Table 8- Table8la.com- has a more trendy atmosphere- my boyfriend and I went there for our anniversary- it's dark with enough lighting to read the menus- food is seasonal with decent sized portions and a lot of meat on the menu- I would call it California style cuisine.

              I saw a plug for Hatfields already- I love that place- it has a more elegant atmosphere, I would say. Food also leans more towards meat with some great seafood options. Desserts are wonderful.

              Neither Table 8 or Hatfields are stuffy or will break the bank if you aren't drinking. (Which is too bad because Hatfields makes a great French 95)

              There are very few places in LA that are going to throw you out for not dressing up but these are both places that are more upscale and probably deserve the effort of a little dolling up.

              If you want to add a nice after-dinner stroll by the beach, you might want to try Jiraffe in Santa Monica.