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South Bay restaurant for Anniversary dinner

Hi y'all,

I live in Torrance and would like a place to enjoy an Anniversary dinner for 4 in the South Bay -- my parents are treating my wife and I.

They do not care for Japanese food. I think I would prefer a steak/chop house or Italian. Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. My favorite restaurant in that area is Christine: www.restaurantchristine.com
    I believe it is supposed to be some kind of mediterranean-asian fusion, but I think there are a lot of things you might like on the menu. For instance, the filet mignon medallions are excellent, although it's definitely not a steak house. The menu is on the website, so check it out to see if it appeals to you. Happy anniversary!

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    1. re: Nicole

      Thanks for the post Nicole. The funny thing is that we went there on our actual anniversary date for a nice dinner for two. I had heard such amazing things about it but it just didn't "wow" us.

      1. re: srsport1

        I'm not sure if it's "wow," but we do like it a lot. The truth is, not many places in Southbay have the wow factor. The only restaurant that really wowed me was Avenue in Manhattan Beach, and it recently closed. So while it way not be "wow," I still think it is excellent for Southbay (as snobish as that sounds).

        I've got to recommend against Chez Melange, suggested below. The food was good, but nothing special. Not even close to wow. The decor was tacky and old. And the clientele themselves were quite old. Your parents might enjoy the atmosphere there, but my husband and I felt quite out of place.

        I've heard very good things about both La Sosta in Hermosa Beach and Coccole in Redondo, but I haven't been to either. But they meet your request for Italian. For steak and seafood, some people like Kincaid's in Redondo, and there is supposed to be a beautiful view, but I'm not really sure if it's a sufficiently foody place. Haven't been there either, since steakhouses and Italian aren't my favorites, personally.

    2. Chez Melange in Redondo was good. I've been there for dinner and lunch a couple of times.


      1. Perhaps the Depot (on Cabrillo near Torrance Blvd.) would work.

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        1. re: New Trial

          Chef Mike does a pretty good job at the Depot. BTW, he is a big time wine conniseur, and also does Santa Barbara wine tours and holds cooking classes.

        2. I used to enjoy eating at Aioli - 1261 Cabrillo Ave. in Torrance. Haven't been in awhile, though.

          1. Of all the places I have dined at in the Southbay during the last year.. I must say that this place really stands out. Coccole near the Redondo Beach Pier. Great Italian food in the slow food tradition, excellent wine service, you can pair or get these quartrino's (1/3 bottle ) of several to try. Small but quaint room and its a longer type dinner of a few hours. In my opinion this place truly is a gem in the Southbay. Happy Anniversary

            320 S Catalina Ave, Redondo Beach, CA

            1. The Restaurant at Trump National in Rancho PV would work. A little pricey and frou-frou, but food is good, nice location, and would work great for a special occasion.

              1. For steak/chop, top of my list are Houston's in El segundo and Bistrol 767 in the Palos Verdes area. For Houston's, their steaks are great, if your wife wants something lighter, tell her to get the thai mango steak salad, its fantastic. For Bistro 767, make sure you try the pork loin, its perfectly done. For an anniversary dinner, I would say Bistro will be your place because it has a great wine list and a nice cozy bar, its also not as loud and you don't ever feel rushed out (Houston's can get loud sometimes - but still a nice atmosphere regardless)

                1550-A Rosecrans Ave. Manhattan Beach (310) 643-7211
                Bistro 767
                767 Deep Valley Drive ยท Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274 Tel: 310.265.0914

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                1. re: akalil5

                  cafe pierre is really nice, great food.
                  on manhattan beach blvd.
                  not italian--think it's more cal-french
                  great wines too

                  1. re: stillframe

                    Ooh--gotta try this place too. Thanks.
                    I drive/walk by it all the times