First Date in Woodland Hills area
I guess it depends what kind of first date you are talking about. Are you meeting this person for the first or second time and wanting to get to know them more? Or, are you dating someone you have known for a while and want to impress that person and go the extra step?
For the former: [moderately priced, not too stuffy, decent noise level so you can get to know each other]
Gorikee's if the other person likes garlic
Amaranta for Mexican, and you can wonder around the mall afterwards
Katsu-ya for sushi in Encino [although it is a bit louder than I would like]
Little Brother's for good sushi and quiet atmosphere
La Frite on Ventura for French food is a semi-romantic patio
For the latter:
Ruth's Chris for steak lover and high end
Amaranta would work, and you can make an excuse to do something afterwards if the meal goes well
Sol Y Luna on Ventura in Tarzana has good Mexican food and is way better than the new Mexican at the Topanga Mall - it sucks. http://www.solylunarestaurant.com/
Roys has great food but is noisy - Also, Panzanella on Ventura in Encino - upscale Italian that is comfortable and delicious. http://www.panzanellaristorante.com/
I like Adagio on Ventura Blvd. just West of Fallbrook Ave.
It's not knock your socks off food, but it is decent and at a decent price. It's a small restaurant with a great cozy atmosphere. They have a very good table side Cesar salad and I love their Oso Bucco.
The owner is very friendly and attentive (he is always watching over to see that everything is going smoothly). Parking on Ventura Blvd. can be tough depending on what time but there is some additional parking in the rear.
If you go there you will have a nice quiet enjoyable dinner (they have a full bar and moderately nice wine selection) without breaking the bank.
22841 Ventura Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91364
Hey Paul, my husband proposed to me over a romantic dinner at Le Sanglier on Ventura Blvd. in Tarzana. It was dimly lit, private & romantic. The food was exquisite. I remember we ordered the duck al' Orange, the escargot & the bucket of oysters in a bucket steamed with white wine. For dessert, their Apple tart tatine was as buttery & delicious as the one I make. Woodland Hills is my neighborhood, too, & there is very little in the way of good food around here. It is important that the atmosphere be great for a first date. I,ve never tried it, but there is a resteraunt across the road from the Woodland Hills Library that has a back garden-patio that looks like it might be lovely. The food is just okay, but the ambience at Inn of the 7th Ray up the Road in Topanga has a romantic & exemplary nature & natural ambience.I haven't been to the newer Italien Restaurant in the brick building next to where Stanleys used to be (NOT Maria's!!), but it used to be romantic with fairly good food. There are other places I could recommend for good food, but not romantic in the mind-set of a first date. Good luck!! -JET
Food Type? Ambaince? Price Range?
Expensive and good, Brandywine.
Cheap and Delicious
Woodalnds Pure in Chatsworth
Good Aemrican Food: kate mantilini
Close, but pricey with lots of interesting game:
Saddle Peak Lodge
Old Fashioned health Food
Follow Your HEart in Canoga Park
Romantic patio with new wave health food
Inn of the Seventh Ray on Topanga Canyon in the Canyon
This is in a mall?! Fancy and good in the Westfield Topanga on Topanga:
Bistro ka Japanese
Asian Fusion verry high end
A classic Greasy Spoon
Bobby's Coffee Shop (probably not for dinner)