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Canadians visiting Los Angeles. We want atmosphere, romantic setting, good food, good service. Cost is not important. We are staying in Beverly Hills. This is for dinner.

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  1. Ok, I'll try and help.

    Do you have any cuisine preferences or restrictions?
    In terms of atmosphere, do you want quiet-romantic, or more of a scene?
    Will you be looking only to stay in the BH area, or will you have a car and be able to travel further afield?

    Off the top of my head, and without knowing the answers you'll provide, I'd consider the following, although it is by no means a complete list:

    (in no particular order)

    Mozza
    Providence
    Ortolan
    Melisse
    Valentino
    Urasawa
    JAR
    Cut
    Sona
    Spago
    Craft

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    1. re: a213b

      I would also add Angelini Osteria, Lucques, Peninsula Hotel, Hotel Bel Aire, Shutters(Santa Monica) & Bistro Garden(Studio City).

      1. re: a213b

        more suggestions:

        Grace
        Bastide
        La Cachette
        Saddle Peak Lodge
        Josie [if you can get a table by the fireplace]

        you have a lot of options - it really would be helpful if we had more details about your preferences...at least cuisine preference, distance you're willing to travel, and whether or not the wine list is a consideration.

        1. re: a213b

          We have no cuisine preferences, we do love sea food but not important. We will have a car available to us. We want quiet romantic OR (big or) something spectacular for the memory bank. We have been to Spago We even met Wolfgang himself. One of our nights we will eat at the Bel-Air.
          Thanks for taking the time to help

          1. re: robs911

            Urasawa seems to be the LA benchmark right now.

            1. re: ns1

              Totally agree with ns1.

              robs911, do a search on the LA Board for "Urasawa" and you can read all about this legendary restaurant. Outstanding.

              Also consider Providence's Chef's Tasting Menu.

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              Providence
              5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

              Urasawa Restaurant
              218 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

              1. re: exilekiss

                Urasawa is WAY overrated - left unsatisified and hungry just last month

                Providence sounds like your best choice (seafood & romantic) but I thought it was overrated as well - uninspired (in it's defense it has been about 2 years since I had the tasting menu there) - in my opinion tasting menu not even close to Spagos

                Mozza - 8 for 8 in my book - each visit is better than the last

                Comme Ca - best steak tartare ever, great drinks and atmosphere

                1. re: radman123

                  If you look at the track record, however, your experience is clearly an outlier.

                  (not bashing your experience, just looking at the stats)

                  1. re: ns1

                    that is true -- trust me I want to LOVE these places (ramseys, Urasawa, Providence) but I leave anything but blown away -- while others live up to the hype (Mozza, Comme Ca) and exceed expectations in taste.

            2. re: robs911

              I would skip the restaurant at the Bel Air. Go for the garden, tea, or the bar. Otherwise it's bound to be disappointing.

          2. where in canada do you live? a cosmopolitan city? on the east coast or the west coast?
            that will allow us to try to think of places that you COULDN'T duplicate or surpass at home.

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            1. re: westsidegal

              We are from Ontario and visit Toronto often, a cosmopolitan city with wonderful restaurants. We also love waterfront.

              1. re: robs911

                i know you're asking for dinner, but if you like views, i'd suggest at least getting lunch at The Getty.

                i agree with Urasawa, Providence, Saddle Peak, Craft, Sona, etc.

                if you like waterfront views, i'd grab drinks at The Penthouse at the Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica. don't get food, just drinks at sunset time.

            2. Here is a very recent review for Craft, I would recommend reading some of the other reiviews on this blog (pictures and all), http://exilekiss.blogspot.com/2008/10...)