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Grace, Wilshire, The Cellar, etc. Romantic dinner in LA

mh4e Jul 1, 2008 11:20 AM

I'm looking for a romantic restaurant with great food to take my boyfriend. I'm trying to decide between Grace, Wilshire, The Cellar, Hatfield's, Paperfish, or Palate Food & Wine. I know it's a lot of places to list but I could really use your help!! If you had any other suggestions I would love to hear them too! Thank you!!

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    mishybelle Jul 2, 2008 04:19 PM

    Grace would be my pick. Great food and ambience. Plus, instead of getting dessert there, you can take a romantic stroll over to Milk Bakery and indulge in childhood sweets like ice cream sandwiches.

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      TracyS Jul 1, 2008 01:04 PM

      I'd say Grace or Hatfield's which are both very solid for food and ambience. Wilshire has a younger vibe, but the food is just alright IMO.

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        yogachik Jul 1, 2008 02:13 PM

        TracyS, have you been there recently? New chef.

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          samtron608 Jul 1, 2008 04:45 PM

          can anyone tell me about Wilshire? website? address?

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            Phurstluv Jul 1, 2008 05:03 PM

            Wilshire Blvd at 25th in Santa Monica. Haven't been back to it since the new chef, but heard bbq nights are more casual. If you really want romantic, I would go to Ortolan on 3rd in mid city. Phenomenal food, you'll probably have the place to yourselves, and all I can say is white leather & crystal chandeliers everywhere - sexy!!

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              carter Jul 1, 2008 06:15 PM

              Wilshirerestaurant.com for the web info.
              As to white leather & crystal - ymmv! Ortolan is wonderful food, though!!!
              Wilshire is a good combo of both, especially on the patio. Make sure Matt Straus, sommelier, takes care of your wine needs. One of the best in LA County.

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                josephnl Jul 2, 2008 04:24 PM

                Second the nomination of Ortolan. It's very elegant, quiet, refined, and has wonderful food.

                A second choice for me would be Sona. Surprised that no one has recommended it. It's great...also quiet, refined with excellent food and service, but with a more contemporary feel than Ortolan.

            2. re: yogachik
              TracyS Jul 2, 2008 10:13 AM

              Yes I went very recently, and a member of my party was very good friends with Andrew Kirschner. The food was fine, don't get me wrong, but not remarkable. Wilshire would not be a special occasion pick for me, but I do like it for dinner on a warm night on the patio and drinks in their front lounge area.

          2. OCAnn Jul 1, 2008 11:31 AM

            The Cellar has a great romantic, cavernous, old-school feel, where most (not all) of the men still wear coats/jackets. Great wine list, but just okay food. If you do go, get the Grand Marnier souffle; very delicious!

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              mh4e Jul 1, 2008 11:43 AM

              Thank you, I'll probably skip The Cellar then, I definitely want great food!

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              yogachik Jul 1, 2008 11:30 AM

              Definitely Wilshire - on the patio. Most romantic spot in town, with fantastic food.

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                mh4e Jul 1, 2008 11:43 AM

                Thank you, I was actually leaning towards the Wilshire because of the patio, good to know the food is good too!

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                  mh4e Jul 1, 2008 12:21 PM

                  Can anyone give me any suggestions on what their best dishes are?

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