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Romantic Restaurant near UCLA?

My husband and I finally got it together to get a babysitter and enjoy a show at Royce Hall and then dinner. We live on the east side and aren't up on what's been happening food-wise on the west side.

Any suggestions from the experts on chowhound? Cozy, romantic atmosphere is a big priority and quality food and wine. Price is not an issue since it's our big night out.

love to hear any ideas........

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    1. what time? if you're talking 10pm that changes things...

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        1. re: lepurdy

          W Hotel maybe? This will not be easy...I would say make it 1015 and just go to Lucques or Kumo

          1. re: JE33

            I don't recommend W Hotel, too loud/crowded (a bunch of college kids clubbing and drinking)

            If you need someplace /really/ close to UCLA the only places are Napa Valley Grille, Tanino's, or maybe Palomino (The other 2 are better IMO) - not sure what time they're open til.

            If you have more time, you should head out to the Bel Air Hotel, but I think they close at 10 ... The Penthouse at the huntley hotel is open later, and they have great view and good food.

            --burumun
            http://gourmetpigs.blogspot.com

            1. re: burumun

              Thanks for all the suggestions. I was thinking of the Bel Air so I'll call and see what time they close. I just checked out The Penthouse on-line, very swanky, that could be a possibility, especially if the food is good.

              1. re: lepurdy

                it just hit me that you should go to craft...five minutes from westwood, and you could probably get in at 10

                1. re: JE33

                  Have we officially written off Eurochow? they have the table for 2 on a private balcony, but I think the food has gone downhill recently. can anyone confirm?

                  1. re: ragazza

                    Eurochow in Westwood Village has been closed for quite sometime IIRC.

                    1. re: Servorg

                      not surprising-has anything gone in its place yet?

                  2. re: JE33

                    oh yeah, chef colicchio's joint. I heard some so-so reviews. Maybe they've worked on some things.

                2. re: burumun

                  Penthouse is nice and great views, but it depends on your definition of "romantic". It's loud and good people watching, trendy. Good food, but I wouldnt' choose it if I were in the mood for romance.

                  And - how can I put it delicately? How old are you? We're in our 50's and while we enjoyed the Penthouse, we felt a little out of place. It was great for drinks in the early evening, but as the night went on it filled up with younger people trying to make the scene; hearing deal-making going on in the booth on one side, and pick-ups on the other side was fun, but I wouldn't call it romantic.

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            1. check how late the bel-air hotel serves dinner.

              1. Tanino is lovely - great food, beautiful, intimate, romantic atmosphere. The dining room is cozy and not loud. The chef always comes round to see how we liked our meal. I think you'd really like it.

                Napa Valley is nice, too but has more of a corporate feel. Palomino strikes me as being a little too bar-scene for romance.