URGENT- Boss is coming from out of town!
OK - SO the boss is coming to visit from Chicago in less than two weeks. He would like to take his group out for a nice dinner. We have to make the arrangements. We work in Thousand Oaks. There are six gals in the department, and our boss, but I digress.
We'd like to go to a great restaurant where we can watch the sunset and give him a bit of an LA vibe. We thought of The Lobster and Shutters on the Beach. Our last outing was to Moonshadows for lunch. We don't want to drive much further south.
Any suggestions? Thanks!
Do you have to watch the sunset? There are so many more options with truly excellent food (although I enjoy the Lobster, it is what it is) if you can veer from the sunset scenario.
Pop over the hill from Thousand Oaks on Crescent Heights and go to one of the following:
or even better, stay on your side of the hill, drive to Calabasas and have a meal outside while the sun sets behind the canyon at Saddle Peak Lodge. Probably my favorite restaurant in SoCal.
forget the sunset -go for the better food
Saddle Peak Lodge - haven't been, but I agree this might be a good idea if you want outdoorsy feel
Lobster is OK - you will come out feeling dissapointed
How about dinner at the Restaurant at the Getty? Amazing view and a good place to check out for an out-of-towner. Dinner only served on Fridays and Saturdays.
I believe you can have a great view AND great food, no need to drive inland when you want to do a beautiful coastal dinner and know that you're in LA and ONLY in LA.
Catch at Casa del Mar is always good, and is a beautiful room, views can't be beat.
One Pico at Shutters is also very good, also a beautiful room with beautiful views.
Moonshadows is inconsistent, but it's gorgeous.
The Lobster for the LA experience (it's not the best in town but guaranteed to blow him away.) It is further South than you're looking for.
Saddle Peak for a unique albeit much more subtle experience. They specialize in game and it's a gentleman's club feel, so make sure that's what you want.
Nobu Malibu for the celeb experience. It's not for the sushi snob (please don't anyone start) but it's tasty.
An idea: the Hideaway Cafe on Westward Beach in the Zuma area of Malibu. It satisfies the geographic requirement and the sunset ocean view requirement (being just north of Kanan off PCH, it's actually may be the closest restaurant to Thousand Oaks with an ocean view!) However, I've only had breakfast there (which was very good, and service / view was lovely), cannot personally attest to dinner. Maybe someone else can.
Strictly speaking food in Malibu, I'd say that Bui Sushi and Sage restaurant are the two best restaurants in Malibu (though neither have any view.)
My suggestion is to book a table near the front window at Yamashiros in Hollywood. The food is delicious, & you are looking out from a cliff perched perfectly above a dynamic panoramic- view of Los Angeles. I think the vibe & locale make it the quitessential L.A. Vibe place to take a gawking out-of-towner. It's sure to impress. Have fun!, JET