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Dec 17, 2007 04:24 PM

Bastide or Lucques?

I'm going to do one of the two, so which one do you think is better? (i imagine both have some type of wine pairing meal?)

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  1. I love Lucques, but they're in different leagues. There's no question, I'd choose Bastide any time by any measure (except maybe cost).

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    1. re: Renault78law

      And as long as you have time for a round of 4 hours for dinner.

      1. re: Servorg

        i got all the time in the world haha....i figured the answer is bastide, but just wanted to check b/c a couple i know raved about lucques, which sounded great, but bastide sounds special

      2. re: Renault78law

        any other recs comparable to bastide? (similar atmosphere / food / wine) they're booked the night i want to go, so im going to have to go somewhere else

        1. re: Lau

          You might consider Ortolan (3rd near Sweetzer), Providence (Melrose near Wilcox) or Sona (La Cienega near Beverly), all of which have been the subject of numerous posts here.

          1. re: New Trial

            so all of them have reservations available (ortolan, providence, sona)...which do u guys think is best? and when i say best i mean food, being a good place to take a girl and wine list

            1. re: Lau

              I'm a girl and I'd choose the tasting menu at Providence.

              1. re: mollyomormon

                I second that. Both being a girl and choosing PRovidence.

      3. Ok between Ortolan, Providence and Sona. Hands down Sona! You get the complete package, what a great experience.

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          1. re: chefthisguy

            Sona is overrated. Lucques is a good choice for a date, not to mention the prices at Lucques are better AND you're getting far superior food. Remember kids - more $$ doesn't mean better food.

            1. re: The Sauce

              does lucques have a wine pairing option?

          2. re: Sam L.

            Providence for above and beyond the "complete package"!

          3. I vote for Ortolan.

            If you are looking for possibly the best "French" food in the city, Ortolan is the place. Fantastic dishes, impressive cooking, well-seasoned, great ingredients, etc.

            1. The reason I pick Ortolan over Providence is because of a small, small reason: as a date destination, it's easy to walk around before or after and stroll. There are lots to see on 3rd Street, especially earlier in the evening. Little Next Door is now open until 9:30pm so you can get your cafe fix also.

              That being said, if none of that matters, then yeah, Providence.

              1. Haven't been to Ortolan or Sona yet. So between Lucques and Providence: Lucques is fun casual homey great comforting quality food romantic; Providence more austere serious food fine-dining romantic. Lucques does not do a formal tasting menu or wine pairing. Providence does. Everything at Lucques will be simple, direct delicious. Much at Providence will be a bit intellectual, some genius, some off. For my money, unless the girl is a real foodie, for a date, Lucques hands down. (I went on first date with my now wife to Lucques)