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Nov 9, 2007 03:43 PM

Casual Dress B-day Dinner

My boyfriend's birthday is coming up and he wants something low-key. I was thinking of taking him to a nice dinner, nothing fancy though. Someplace quiet where we can relax with a good bottle of wine. Thanks.

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  1. What general location is good for you? Any type of cuisine you both like? Any pp budget in mind?

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    1. re: Servorg

      I live in Pasadena and he is in Orange County so I'm pretty open to those areas, as well as Hollywood/WeHo. He likes sushi and seafood, but is pretty open to anything. I'd like to get in somewhere around $100 for the both of us. Thanks!

      1. re: peach48

        $100 with a bottle of wine might be a little ambitious, but depending on your appetites and some careful picking of the wine it may be doable. This place is French / Moroccan food and is not only inventive in its food, quite delicious but it's also quiet and casual.

    2. I'm thinking somewhere in between Pasadena and Orange County. If your boyfriend loves seafood, then by all means, stick to that. Here are a few suggestions:
      1. Admiral Risty - 31250 Palos Verdes Drive - classic seafood simply prepared
      2. Buggy Whip - 7420 La Tiijera Blvd. - Very old school. Surf and turf. I go strictly for the giant stone crab claws. If you love them as much as I do, call first to make sure they have them.
      3. Enterprise Fish Company - 174 Kinney Street in Santa Monica - mesquite grilled seafood
      4. Gulfstream - 10250 Santa Monica Blvd. (Century City Shopping Mall) - I love this place. Good seafood, not great, but very good. Part of the Houston's family. Very professional service in a nice atmosphere.
      5. Kincaid's - 500 Fisherman's Wharf on the Redondo Beach Pier - surf and turf - great ocean view - would make a nice birthday gift.

      1. sushi for 100 bucks is super super difficult, unless you restrain yourself... you might try sushi ike in hollywood though.

        you might also consider going to vibrato jazz and grill up at the top of beverly glen and mulholland for dinner and jazz. (not really between pasadena and orange county per se, but it's an evening all in one)

        you could share plates at Lou, a great wine place

        you might if you order carefully be able to work at Enoteca Drago (but bring your own wine)

        in pasadena, whynot hit up Bodega Wine bar

        tapas at cobras and matadors or at minibar on cahuenga or at tasca

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        1. re: Emme

          Cafe Bella Roma spqr on Robertson. Right off the 10 freeway, so easy for both of you. Great seafood pasta and Branzino. Search it on Chowhound and see the raves. Bring your own wine!

        2. BASHAN
          in Glendale is a great low key spot that has wonderful food and service.