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HELP. Romantic, reasonable price dinner in Glendale, Toluca Lake, Pasadena, Echo Park Los Feliz area!

NickiDee Oct 27, 2008 01:03 PM

I'm in need of suggestions for a romantic dinner in the Los Felix, Echo Park, Glendale, Pasadena, Montrose, or surrounding area. Moderate pricing. Candlelight or ambience are bonuses. Love good food and good service. Thank You for ANY help!

  1. burumun Oct 27, 2008 02:03 PM

    can u clarify "moderate" first? :P
    Is $50 pp moderate?


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    1. re: burumun
      NickiDee Oct 27, 2008 03:09 PM

      30-40 per person including a drink

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      AquaW Oct 27, 2008 02:45 PM

      The three that pops into my mind are Palate Food + Wine, Bashan and maybe Vertical Wine Bar.


      1. lotta_cox Oct 27, 2008 04:24 PM

        Try Bacaro Wine bar which is a romantic little hole in the wall, or Dusty's in Silverlake.

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          andytseng Oct 27, 2008 05:48 PM

          I've recently discovered Elements Kitchen.

          i don't know if "romantic" would be the best word to describe it, but it is certainly a great date place.

          Elements Kitchen
          107 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena, CA 91105

          1. ipsedixit Oct 27, 2008 07:42 PM

            The Raymond


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              Fru Oct 27, 2008 09:03 PM

              There is no way The Raymond http://www.theraymond.com/menus/dinner.cfm or Bashan http://www.bashanrestaurant.com/menu.php will be in the $30-$40/per person range. Entrees alone are in the high $20-$30/per person range alone. I just went with my husband to Parkway Grill and while still a bit more than $30-40 per, tried really hard to spend a $100 gift certificate. We managed plus tip to spend $125 by sharing an appetizer (tiger shrimp corn dogs), salad (caesar), each having an entree (him, chicken breast with wild mushrooms, me, Lake Superior Whitefish, sharing dessert (awsome lemon curd on meringue with raspberry puree and pistachio ice cream) and a Tom Collins for me. Don't get me wrong. I like Bashan and The Raymond but I just don't think you can do it. Another reasonable suggestion which doesn't get a lot of CH love is Cafe Bizou http://www.cafebizou.com/. You will definitely be in the right price range for a romantic evening. I have spent many a celebratory evening there. I'm looking forward to trying Cliff's Edge myself and would suggest it as well.

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                Local Oct 28, 2008 11:13 PM

                gotta agree...unless you want to restrict your menu choices and can settle for one glass of wine you'll be hard put to make it out of the Raymond for 100. I suppose if you don't need wine, maybe...and even by the glass, it's at least 12 dollars....nothing says romance like "gee, don't select anything over 20 bucks and whoa, .. no desserts tonite, hon." ...kinda the equivalent to pulling out a coupon on the first date or getting a toaster for Christmas.

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              Laphroaig Oct 27, 2008 07:53 PM

              Cliff's Edge - Sit outside, upstairs, 2nd tier, corner or end table and try and have a reservation before 7:30. Yes, it is Silver Lake but if you are willing to go to Echo Park or Los Feliz then it should be no problem. It is a hidden romantic dining experience. Favorites: Mussels (they do have fennel), Beet & Goat Cheese Salad, Beef Filet, Boar Rigatoni, Whatever the "special" fish is and I personally love the Beef Carpaccio appetizer. Stay long and drink lots of wine ..try The Prisoner..

              3626 Sunset Blvd
              Los Angeles, CA 90026
              (323) 666-6116

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                NickiDee Oct 28, 2008 09:04 AM

                Thank you all. We actually ended up at three drunken goats and had a fantastic time. Great service, not crowded so we had some quiet, good food and wine. And the desserts---Amazing! Cant wait to try some of the other suggestions though

                1. Kate is always hungry Oct 28, 2008 10:42 PM

                  Has anyone eaten at the Riverside Cafe? It's on Riverside Drive in Toluca Lake. I've driven past but never had the opportunity to eat there.

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