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Dinner with Parents/Boyfriend...Help!

My parents want to take my boyfriend and I out to dinner on Thursday...We are trying to figure out where to go. My parents live around the Brentwood/Santa Monica area and my boyfriend and I are around Burton/Robertson area, so we can go in either direction...I just want to pick somewhere with great food and ambience that will make us all feel comfortable!!! Do you have any good suggestions??
Here are a few of our thoughts, feel free to suggest some more!:
Joe's
Comme Ca
Vicenti
Angelini Osteria
La Terza
AOC

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  1. Comme Ca is kinda loud.

    I like Angeli Caffe
    Spago
    Grace
    AOC is good
    Joe's is Good
    Chez Mimi in Santa Monica is nice
    Wilshire is good

    What is your budget? Any food no-nos?

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    1. re: Diana

      Not really a budget, but nothing too fancy. My dad doesn't eat sushi..but other than that, anything! Thanks for the great suggestions!

      1. re: Diana

        I probably wouldn't head out to AOC w/ my parents. It's more fun to people watch than eat there.

      2. I would add Lucques and Josie to your list. Both would be great for a dinner with parents.

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        1. re: mollyomormon

          I second these recommendations and also think Joe's is a great option.

        2. It sounds like hotel dining will fit the bill - have you considered The Peninsula, Four Seasons, or Hotel Bel-Air?

          Screaming in a busy restaurant just to maintain conversation is not my idea of a good time. Hotels are a bit more sedate.

            1. re: NYCnowLA

              Jar or Luques or Grace are all great, but depends on your definition of too fancy.

            2. Whist at the Viceroy is my suggestion.

              1. The answer is....Madeo. Trust me.

                1. I took my parents to a lovely dinner at Jar last time they visited. The service and food were wonderful (without being stuffy.) Jar can be a little loud if the dining room is full. You may want to request one of the tables located in the corners or back by the bar area if this your parents prefer a more quiet dining experience. Angelini Osteria has great food, but it's really tiny inside. The tables are super close together and it's also a little loud. Another place that my parents have enjoyed when they have visited is Napa Valley Grille in Westwood. The food is solid, with some standouts, and a fantastic wine list, of course.

                  1. josie, joe's or grace

                    1. I've done a couple parent meals at Pane e Vino, and now with this gorgeous summery weather, the patio is stellar!

                      1. Hatfield's?

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                        Hatfield's
                        6703 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

                        1. Thanks for all of the suggestions! I think that we are going to end up going to Angelini Osteria..it is one of my dad's favorites. We will try these other places next time!