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Aug 7, 2008 09:40 AM

35th birthday dinner - where to go?

My husband wants to take me out for dinner to celebrate my 35th birthday, but has left the choosing of the restaurant up to me. Now I'm stumped for a high-end dining experience. Here is where we have already eaten:

Chaya Venice

Any suggestions? I'm completely open to types of cuisine. Urasawa isn't an option because we can't take out a loan to pay for it. Also, tasting menus don't work because I simply can't eat that much. My family is taking me to Craft, so that's scheduled for a little later.


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  1. Westside friendly suggestion would be Anisette. If you don't mind the Pasadena - Glendale area then the other recent board favorite, Palate.

    1. How about Joe's in Venice? You'll get a really nice meal in a nice setting with good service. I would put it on par with Josie, Lucques, and Grace.

      1. In addition to Sevorg's excellent recommendation of Anisette (picture perfect brasserie), how about La Cachette (Nouvelle French), Melisse (French), Ortolan (Modern French), Providence (Modern Seafood), Valentino (Alta Cucina Italian), Vincenti (Alta Cucina Italian) or Wilshire (Californian)?

        5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

        Melisse Restaurant
        1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

        La Cachette Bistro
        1733 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401

        8338 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048

        Wilshire Restaurant
        2454 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404

        Valentino (Santa Monica)
        3115 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

        Vincenti Restaurant
        11930 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

        1. Melisse. Just a hunch.

          1. Happy Birthday, Ami.

            We've had two very good meals at Fraiche. It's worth a try.

            6 Replies
            1. re: PlonkMan

              Thanks, Michael!

              We've been to Fraiche. Ideally, I'd like to try someplace new.

              Say hi to Ann for me.

                  1. re: PlonkMan

                    Not yet. Good? And what do the Francophiles think of Anisette?

                    1. re: LAmonkeygirl

                      Had two very good dinners at Wilshire. Had a decent steak frites at Anisette. If you try the latter, ask to be seated upstairs, which is less noisy.