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Dimly lit, quiet restaurants, with half-circle booths

9volt Nov 21, 2007 06:50 PM

Hey everyone,

I have a date next week and am looking for a particular kind of restaurant. I'd like it to have dim lighting, be fairly quiet, but above all, I'd like it to have booths, and more importantly, half-circle booths.

Ideally, I'd like to stay within LA metro, and avoid the valley. The type of food served does not matter. Thanks all.

  1. Servorg Nov 21, 2007 06:55 PM

    I am pretty sure that Guido's on Santa Monica Blvd. just east of Bundy in West LA would meet your needs. Plus it's dark and pretty romantic.

    1. maxzook Nov 21, 2007 07:28 PM

      If you sit in the room with the counter and not the room with the bar, Musso & Frank's fits your description.

      Musso & Frank Grill
      6667 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

      1. ipsedixit Nov 21, 2007 07:33 PM

        Pacific Dining Car in downtown LA.


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        1. re: ipsedixit
          DanaB Nov 22, 2007 03:43 AM

          Yes, the PDC is the only place I can think of with booths that is quiet. The other place you might look at is Taix in Echo Park.

        2. hrhboo Nov 21, 2007 08:18 PM

          The Del would be perfect for this.

          1. r
            RicRios Nov 21, 2007 08:30 PM

            Mes Amis seems to fit the description:


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              cupcake Nov 21, 2007 09:03 PM

              Vito Italian restaurant on Ocean Park and 28th. The waiters even wear tuxedos. Perfect.

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                glutton Nov 22, 2007 07:32 AM

                The Dal Rae in Pico Rivera has exactly what you're looking for, with great food thrown in. of course, Pico Rivera is not exactly a famous destinations for dates, but I suppose there is some chance that it's convenient to you.

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                  Bite Me Nov 22, 2007 07:43 AM

                  This is very intriguing criteria! I also thought of Guido's --there's also one in Malibu. Or Peppone's in Brentwood. Have fun on your date!!!

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                    soccerandlost Nov 22, 2007 09:27 AM

                    It sounds like you're trying to find an old-school, rat-pack type place. I suggest Vito, Dan Tana's, Matteo's, or Guido's. For food, it would be in that order. But depending on when you go, Dan Tana's may be louder than you are looking for.

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                    1. re: soccerandlost
                      Debbie W Nov 22, 2007 10:11 AM

                      If it comes to choosing between Vito and Guido's, please choose Vito. Our last meal at Guido's was horrible - not that it ever was great, but at least it was ok in its class. Not so last time - serious problems with food and service, and this was within the last few months. Our meal at Vito within the same general time frame was much more acceptable.

                      1. re: Debbie W
                        soccerandlost Nov 22, 2007 10:15 AM

                        Agreed. Guido's definitely is last on my list food and service wise. I would probably go with Vito -- incidentally, they also make a great martini. I do love Dan Tana's as well, but I'm worried that may be just a bit more atmosphere than you're looking for, 9volt. Matteo's used to be right up there with Vito and Dan Tana's for me, but they changed their chef and it's been more hit-and-miss than it used to be. But it's still a landmark, especially if you are looking for a tribute to Sinatra.

                    2. burumun Nov 22, 2007 11:49 AM

                      Tokyo Table is pretty quiet and they have half-circle booths. I don't remember the lighting, but the booth I sat in had a canopy over with nice lighting. The food's pretty good and the price was very reasonable, especially for that row on La Cienega.

                      1. c
                        cls Nov 23, 2007 06:07 AM

                        Morton's (arnie's and downtown)

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                          9volt Nov 28, 2007 10:12 AM

                          We ended up going to Vito. We sat at a table in the corner (not a booth), which was fine. The booths seemed to be used by parties larger than 2 as I did not see any couples in them. Our bill came to $60.00 for two entrees (no appetizers, desserts, or drinks). I had an 8:00 reservation (which I made at 5:00 the same day). We got there about 7:45 and were seated within a couple minutes. All in all it was a good experience.

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