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Feb 27, 2008 05:49 PM

Romantic birthday dinner

My fiancee wants to take me somewhere really special. He suggested the restaurant on top of the Bonaventure Hotel for the view. Anybody know anything about it? Any other suggestions for romance AND good food? Thanks!

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  1. What's your budget & ideal geographic area? Any particular type of cuisine preferred?

    1. i've found cafe del rey to be romantic.
      the view of the boats in the marina is lovely.
      they have a live pianist (not sure if he's there every night, so check)
      after dinner you could retire to a sofa in front of the fireplace in the lounge and/ or take a stroll around the boat docks.

      food is good enough.
      prices are very reasonable.

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      1. re: westsidegal

        Cafe del rey IS great. Lisa, good question. I'm in Los Feliz so we'd probably like to be around here somewhere. (downtown is close, also we're doing this mid week) Price-wise, maybe 150-ish including a wine apiece? I like the Water Grill and haven't been there for a long time, but I do like the idea of a view. As far as food, I'm pretty open.

        Has anybody heard of a restaurant on Sunset and Vine with a view?


        1. re: TNgal

          many, many years ago there used to be a restaurant called "simply blues" at the top of the tower at the south east corner of sunset and vine. was great. it is where my wife and i got engaged in 1976. alas - the tower is currently under reconstruction. we would love to see another restaurant up there.

          as for views (not the food, per se) both yamashiro in hollywood and castaways in burbank are quite spectacular.

          did, once, go to the top of the bonaventure for drinks. while the rotating stuff is interesting, the service was so lousy that we never went back.

      2. downtown you might try blue velvet. don't do the bonaventure, it is stuck in 1984.

        1. Went to the top of the Bonaventure restaurant (the name always escapes me) a long time ago, had seared ahi. It was bad. Haven't been back.
          How about Takami? I haven't tried it, but it does have a view.

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          1. re: slacker

            It's called L.A. Prime and it's a steakhouse (as the name implies). As a steak place it's not at all bad. If you aren't in the mood for steak go elsewhere.

            1. re: Servorg

              yes, I know it's a steak house. I was taken there mostly to check it out. I don't eat steak.

          2. Water Grill is probably the standout restaurant downtown, with superb seafood, great desserts, and ultra-professional service. But romantic? It is just a bit too corporate, business, expense-accountish to be really romantic. Cicada is perhaps the most elaborately decorated room in town, but I sure don't hear much about the food. Cafe Pinot can be pretty, but is at its best in the daytime, not really at night when the surrounding offices aren't lit. I wonder what is going on at the New Otani Hotel these days -- I'm thinking it isn't even called the New Otani anymore. Thinking of hotel restaurants, who is cooking and how is the food at Checkers these days? My goodness, with the demise of the restaurant on top of the Transamerica Building that once offered a helicopter ride onto the roof, perhaps the best combination of good food, fine service, and maybe a bit of a romantic vibe in the area is Roy's!