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jordrum Apr 19, 2008 03:41 PM

Hey hounders...this is my first post! Whee! I'm coming home from a trip out of town to surprise my wife on our anniversary on Monday. She works next to LACMA on Wilshire and I'm looking for a nice, romantic lunch place. Any recommendations? Walking distance would be perfect, but I know this area is tough (hence my post). Thanks!

  1. Chowpatty Apr 19, 2008 06:28 PM

    There's the Patina-owned restaurant at LACMA, which is ok food-wise but has a nice atmosphere. Otherwise I would recommend driving to Campanile or BLD or someplace along Third St...

    1. Emme Apr 19, 2008 07:27 PM

      if not Campanile, I'd say Ca' Brea.

      a bit of a drive too would be Cube on Vine which is good for sharing plates and wine.

      i forget the name of the place at 2nd and la brea which is more casual, but the patio is nice...

      amalfi for italian is also a nice choice.

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        poggibonzzi Apr 20, 2008 02:29 AM

        You might also consider Rita's Floral Shop on La Brea between Campanille and Ca' Brea. You can have very nice sandwiches and soups surrounded by lovely things in bloom. Have your waiter hand her a bouquet afterwards to delight her ;-)

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        1. re: poggibonzzi
          Chowpatty Apr 20, 2008 10:30 AM

          Rita Flora is no more -- It's replacement, Goat, is open for lunch I think, so you could still buy the flowers and eat at Goat.

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          jordrum Apr 20, 2008 09:32 AM

          Right on. Thanks guys. I think going to try Campanile. I've seen so many bad reviews, but I guess you gotta just go see for yourself, right?

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          1. re: jordrum
            Emme Apr 20, 2008 10:22 AM

            good news is i've had better experiences at brunch or lunch than dinner at campanile...

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              nosh Apr 21, 2008 03:55 PM

              Campanile can be beautiful in the sunlight. Some of the upstairs rooms to the sides are more private and maybe romantic, but the main room with the sunshine sparkling and the kitchen bustling can be pretty and fun.

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            bellabar Apr 20, 2008 09:59 AM

            Cafe Des Artiste in Hollywood... Also there is a sweet little yellow craftsman house that is wonderful called Off Vine.

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              carter Apr 20, 2008 11:08 AM

              Drive west on Wilshire to San Vicente, head north to 3rd Street and turn left for Orso on 3rd Street. Superb patio, very good food.

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