Anniversary dinner in the South Bay
Coming up on my 6th wedding anniversary, and I'd like to take the wife somewhere we haven't been before. We usually don't like spending a huge amount of money for dinner, and we don't really drink, so I'd like to try and keep it around $100 for the total bill.
Can anyone make a suggestion on something nice in the South Bay (or even up to Santa Monica)? In the past we've been to places like Kincaids and Matisse or La Rive Gauche in Palos Verdes.
The wife usually prefers french or italian... I'll hold out for more ethnic fare for my birthday in a couple months.
My boss was suggesting The Little Door.
For a lovely view, delicious seafood, and great staff try Admiral Risty's in P.V. It is old school with all the sides included. They have awesome Cioppino, love the Halibut when in season, a baked potato with all the fixins. The bread is delicious too. Get a reservation at the corner table I think they call it the Library and go at sunset.
I wonder if you can help me recall a name of a place I went to in PV a long time ago, maybe like 1992. I recall very little about it other than that it was a French restaurant, somewhat large, dimly lit, and it was kinda set apart from other buildings in the area if I am right. The food was superb and I swear there must have been a busboy per table in that place. The moment something would run out he would rush over and replentish whatever it was. If a speck of food fell on the tablecloth, they would be using a table sweeper instantly. Can't believe I forgot the name.
I like Cafe Pierre in Manhattan Beach for French/Italian food. I think you can get away with $100 without wine. I like their steak au poivre and their wild boar ragu parpadelle pasta.
If you like Greek/Mediterranean food, I like Petros in Manhattan Beach as well.
451 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
317 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Right next to Admiral's place in PV is Saluzzi. It's an Italian place with an incredible ocean view. Prices are between 20-35 or so for dinner. The food is good but not bind blowing. I think that the combination of good food, an AWESOME view, plus the fact that its an Italian makes the place a good pick.
I would second the suggestion to skip the Admiral Risty. PV people (my in-laws) love it but the food is certainly average and over-priced. I will concede that the view is great though. How about Aimee's in Redondo Beach? It's French...I've been there twice and loved it both times.
800 S Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277
You need to consider Catalina 320 in Redondo. New chef cooking upscale California Cuisine. Much better than Admiral Risty ever was, let alone now. Small, elegant in a simple way, with West side quality food. Depending on your date, they have a special 5 course wine and food dinner on Oct 1 for $75 pp.I'll be there. Usual cost is about $50 pp for 3 courses.
Another choice is Darren's in MB. Slightly pricier, and I don't get the warm "we try harder" feeling there.
The best value and quality restaurant that is in your geographic range and is a hybrid of French and Italian is Fraiche. About $45 pp and a bargain for the quality. Their original service problems have long been solved. Don't miss their pastas as an appetizer. They are the best $12-15 pastas in LA .
Try Frascati's in the PV Mall. The chef-owner Enrico Glaudo is there usually dinnertime and takes charge always. It's pretty good italian fare with decent prices.