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Oct 13, 2008 03:14 PM

One year anniversary dinner

My wife and I are celebrating our one year anniversary this saturday. We are 30 years old. Neither of us eat pork and we don't really like French food. We are open to any place on the Westside, Beverly Hills, Hollywood. I would prefer someplace romantic. No budget restrictions. Thanks very much.

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  1. There are so many choices the mind reels. PLaces I would choose for my anniversary include:
    Providence if you love seafood.
    Apple, I adored Ogden's work in Vegas and cannot wait to taste his food here.
    Urasawa if you love Japanese, but I will be jealous because I have not gone yet, although probably not romantic.
    Sur, in West Hollywood is very romantic but the food is more basic than anywhere else I have listed.
    I find Ortolan to be romantic and nommy. I have been there for 2 anniversaries.

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    1. re: lotta_cox

      I'll second the Ortolan rec... (lotta cox: what's a nommy?)
      Also, add Belvedere at The Peninsula to the list.

      1. re: banquisha

        Embarrassingly, "nom" is LOLcats speak for "yum", therefore, "nommy" = "yummy".

        I might even add the Tower Bar at Sunset Towers hotel. That is a very romantic spot to me, maybe because I got married in that room when the hotel was still the Argyle. But I love the food and the atmosphere.

    2. I like Hatfield's tasting menu and cozy atmosphere- just make sure you ask for a table inside. Everything is fresh and seasonal.


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      1. re: tokyoastrogirl

        We went to hatfield's for our 1 year anniv. as well.

        Love the lamb, love the croque.

      2. My SO and I are around the same age range and enjoyed AOC a lot, which allowed for trying a variety of food/wine and sharing which is always romantic!

        Would also suggest the tasting menu at Spago (ask for a table on the lovely patio).

        Our last outstanding special occasion meal was at Melisse which, while French, had quite a few menu options that were not French and you can pick your own dishes to construct a tasting menu.

        1. I think if I had no budget restrictions and didn't like French food I might go to Valentino and have the kitchen decide what to make (except pork, of course) and order an exquisite bottle of wine.

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          1. re: la tache burger

            Agree that Valentino would be a great choice. Also, because of the wonderful atmosphere and very good food, the garden at Michael's would be a good choice for a romantic dinner. Someone else recommended Ortolan, which I would fully endorse...except, it is definitely a French restaurant.

            1. re: la tache burger

              I, too, agree on Valentino. Great food, romantic, totally NOT a "scene" ... I think it might fit the bill perfectly.

              And if you do go, ask for Paul Sherman as your captain/waiter. He is SUPER knowledgeable about wine, and a genuine delight.

              1. re: la tache burger

                I recently celebrated my b-day at Valentino's and had a wonderful meal. It's a great place for a romantic evening such as your anniversary!

                One of the guests and I decided to share our food (getting 2 apps, & 2 entrees then split it). We told our waiter that was our plan. When the food came out they plated it for us like a tasting menu by putting half of each apps on one plate and the same for the entree. I was quite impressed with this presentation. It was much nicer than switching plates or sliding the food on to each others plates to share.

                I was also at Ortolan for my anniversary last month and had a wonderful meal there too. We had the degustation course which had both hits & misses. It was kind of sad to see how dead it was in there. There were only about 4 other tables filled. It was nothing like it was when they first opened. It still is a romantic place to go!

                1. re: BombayUpWithaTwist

                  yes, it was very sad to see how empty ortolan was on a saturday night!

              2. Hi djginsbe,

                I agree with the votes so far. Do a search on this board, and check out the Chef's Tasting Menus offered at Spago, Providence and Valentino.

                5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

                176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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