re: Bonnie D
I renew my statement that RFD serve food meant for people with delicate palates -- and that's not a compliment.
I'll throw in Madeleine Bistro in Tarzana -- though some misfires, there's a lot of good stuff on the menu. And if you're more about the setting than the food, the Inn of the Seventh Ray is one of the more romantic settings in LA.
M Cafe de Chaya is excellent. They do serve raw fish as it's a macrobiotic restaurant, not a vegan one. But my vegan visitor loved it.
M Cafe de Chaya
7119 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90046
Theres a Vegan Glory on Beverly close to the beverly center.
Ive had a few things there, its pretty good.
8393 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Newsroom on Robertson is good, but I don't know if I'd say "nice."
If you want "nice," try Inn of the Seventh Ray.
If you'd like a tasting menu, both Grace and La Cachette will do vegan tasting menus upon advanced request.
If you want some Americanized Chinese food, Mao's Kitchen in Venice or Hollywood have vegan dishes.
If you're up for Ethiopian, try Rahel.
More casual, HealthyCA on Lankershim.
In Westwood, there is also the obvious option of Native Foods.
Cru in Silverlake is nice. It's a raw/vegan restaurant, and even though I am neither a raw foods eater or vegan, I really enjoyed it. It's BYOB, so no corkage for wine (at least that's how it was 6 months ago). The food was excellent and the atmosphere is cozy. Here are some pics and a review: