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Most Romantic Birthday Dinner Spot?

My birthday is next week. My boyfriend is asking ME what I want to do (ack...I hate that, but I can't expect him to read my mind). I said "dinner in the most romantic spot in LA." I have lots of ideas about where that would be, but I thought it would be fun to get everyone else's opinion. I love rustic, I love high end, I love it all, but the unusual kinda places are the ones I like the most...................thoughts?

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  1. Chef's Tasting At Providence

    Dinner at Inn of the Seventh Ray

    COurtyard seats at Chez Mimi

    Afternoon picnic with a basket from the Little Next Door or wine and cheese from the Artisan Cheese Shop, at Will Roger's Park (not the beach, the house and yard) or take the basket to the Hollywood Bowl for dinner and a show.

    Wine tasting in Santa Ynez (not in LA) followed by dinner in Los Olivos

    Urasawa. Just Do It.

    A sexy picnic (with aforementioned basket) on your bed with the room decked out with candles and such. Finger foods and the like work best.

    Arrange (if you can) a private chocolate and wine flight at boule or Sona.

    1. Ortolan is very sexy.

      So is Whist at the Viceroy. Too bad L'Orangerie is gone.

      1. I've always thought Grace had the classiest decor, and great food and service to match the whole experience.

        If it's cozy confines you like, head to Lou on Vine.

        I'm a big advocate of shared plates, so Lou is obviously part of that, as well as AOC and Orris.

        1. I like dining on the patio at the Wilshire, and have a drink (before or after dinner) at the Penthouse in Santa Monica.

          1. Little Door really does it for me too. Then again, so does Cafe Stella in Silverlake and Pace in Topanga Canyon. For my birthday this year we went to Lucques, which I love, but have to admit, have never found to be cozy or sexy. (Amazing food, but more, comfortable than special) Ditto for last years b-day dinner at Hatfields.

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            1. re: rachaeln

              Think you meant Laurel Canyon and not Topanga with your Pace recommendation.

            2. How about Cicada? It's got extraordinary Art Deco ambience and very, very good -- if not quite great -- food. (You did say "most romantic," not "most foodiest.") Plus if your birthday happens to fall on a Sunday, they have 20's/30's dancing with a live jazz/blues singer and band; lots of smooth dancers in their Sunday finery gliding through the foxtrot. Add in drinks at the Biltmore.

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              1. re: jesstifer

                Well, it turned out that he took me to the new Nobu (RIP L'Orangerie). it was good, as always. I frequent the Malibu Nobu alot and always love the passion fruit sake and rock shrimp in Yuzu sauce. I went out on a limb and tried something new with the brick oven baked cauliflower; it was outstanding. I have to say, however, that I spent the whole night looking around the room and seeing Gerard Ferry walking around watching his wait staff with a keen eye and wondering how he feels about the new uber modern black and purple restaurant in his legendary space. I loved that magical bar.

              2. Rustic, high end & romantic?

                Definitely Inn of the Seventh Ray.

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                1. re: spacestationvegas

                  If price and a drive are no object, Saddle Peak Lodge can't be beat!

                  Great food, great menu, great atmosphere!!

                2. The Little Door, for sure! Request a table in the outside courtyard area - it's so pretty all lit up with little white lights. It feels like a secret hideaway. Some of the food is average (although there are some very nice French wines,) but the ambience makes up for it.

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                  1. re: trishyb

                    You already did your dinner, but I was about to suggest Brandywine on Ventura Blvd. in Woodland Hills. Nice little intimate spot.