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Nov 12, 2008 12:53 PM

ISO - special birthday dinner, similar to CUT but less $$$$$

For my boyfriend's 30th, I'd like to take him to somewhere similar in special-ness to CUT but less pricey. Still willing to spend lots of money, just maybe less than $130 for a great steak. If suggesting steakhouses, not Mastro's or STK. Anywhere from Santa Monica to the Palisdaes and Hollywood to the the north to downtown and as far south as 10 fway.

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  1. BOA (SM location) or BLT Steak...I would do BOA, you can also ride (read: makeout on) the ferris wheel before or after...

    Boa Steakhouse
    101 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

    Blt Steak
    8720 West Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

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    1. re: luhkee

      Huge second for BLT...I think their food is great. You make a good point with regard to Boa in Santa Monica, however. Strolling that neighborhood before or after diner is always a pleasure.

    2. how about Spago?or Craft? personally i think either of those would be more "special" than BOA, particularly for a celebration - every time i've been to either location, the attitude from the FOH hasn't exactly been warm & welcoming.

      i can't vouch for BLT Steak in LA, but i love their NYC restaurants, and we've celebrated several occasions there.

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        I second Craft... my husband took me there recently for my birthday and we had an excellent meal!

      2. Wolfgangs has great steaks! And have you seen the fancy toilets there? (no kidding)

        1. Jar and even Dan Tana's has a nice steak if you aren't looking for a steakhouse, per se. I also like Arnie Morton's on La Cienega's restaurant row.

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          1. re: Servorg

            I second Jar. It's one of my favorite special occasion places.

          2. Is Spago's more or less expensive than Hatfield's and Lucques, which were 2 that I was leaning towards before I thought about Spago's? Spago's online dinner menu doesn't include prices. Also, if anyone has had the 7-course tasting menu at Spago's and/or Hatfield's, can you please share your experience? Also how much is Hatfield's 7-course tasting menu? Hatfield's website doesn't post the price.

            Thanks everyone for your help!