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Jan 25, 2008 12:24 PM

Good Date Resturant Near Hollywood

I am going to see the 8pm showing of Wicked tonight at the Pantages theater near Hollywood and Vine. I am coming from the Beverly Hills area and I am looking for a good, fun, not ridiculously expensive restaurant. I would prefer to keep the cost below 80 dollars for dinner but still would like a nice date atmosphere. I am open as to what kind of food, but I would like to make a good impression on the first date. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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  1. Near the Pantages is Fabiolus Cafe on Sunset Blvd. Pretty reliable Italian food and a nice atmosphere, though it does get crowded for the pre-theater rush. If it was nicer outside, the patio can be charming. Not too expensive.

    Two doors down is The Bowery, which is more of a pub environment. It can get crowded, too, though. Here's the menu.

    Also in the area is Lucky Devils. It might be more casual than you're looking for foodwise (burgers/sandwiches/salads), but it does have a good, fun vibe and interesting decor. Plus, they have specials and wine/beer if you're interested.

    Prizzi's Piazza on Franklin also has pretty decent Italian dishes, though it can be a bit pricey for what you get. That said, it should still fit your budget and atmosphere request. Parking is a pain, so just valet.

    Out of the above, I'd say Prizzi's and Fabiolus have the more formal settings (though not stuffy) while The Bowery and Lucky Devils are more of the fun/casual environment.

    Have fun and enjoy the show!