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Dec 12, 2008 10:33 AM

Romantic Dinner Near Griffith Park

I just moved to LA from Philadelphia and I really need your help. I am taking my girlfriend out for a Christmas dinner next Thursday and I really want it to be special because this is our first Christmas together due to our 2 year bi-coastal long distance relationship. She is a Christmas lights fanatic, so I thought that going to the Holiday Lights Festival at Griffith Park would be perfect. I thought about taking a picnic basket and potentially eating there (I don't know if they even allow this), but my girlfriend gets really cold easily, so I did not think this was a good idea. So this is where you guys come in ... Is there a nice restaurant close by that would be really romantic and I am looking to stay in the $200 for two price range i.e. 1-2 app, 2 entrees, maybe a dessert and a few drinks or maybe a bottle of wine. I live in WEHO, so I don't know if it would be better to drive back if there is a restaurant that better accomplishes my goal. In regards to cuisine, we eat out a lot so any reccomendations are welcome, except mexican ... She hates mexican. Thanks in advance, I am really trying to score points.

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  1. Well, I would recommend Palate Food + Wine for the food and price range. It's on Brand, fairly close to Los Feliz Blvd., so you'd be in good shape. I don't know what time the Lights Festival starts, but I know Palate starts their dinner service at 5:30. As for it being romantic, I guess it's in the eye of the beholder. It's not romantic, per se, (though they do have candles and candelabras aplenty) but my husband and I have had plenty of romantic dinners there.

    There's also Canele in Atwater Village. Great food, nice ambience, very cozy, fairly close to Griffith Park. But maybe not super-high on the romance meter. For me good food and drink + husband = romance, so I might not be the best judge of what's "romantic."

    I'm sure other hounds will weigh in. Have a great time!

    3219 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039

    Palate Food & Wine
    933 South Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91204

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    1. The above recs are good, but I'd be inclined to go back to weho for more romantic atmosphere. Somewhere like LIttle Door, Tasca or La Boheme

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      1. re: rednyellow's got to be Little Door.
        She'll love it.

      2. The picnic is definitely out -- Griffith Park is closed after dark and even if it wasn't it would definitely be too cold.

        Bear in mind that for the Lights Festival Crystal Springs Drive only runs one way from south to north, so if you drive you have to start from Los Feliz and you'll be let out near the LA Zoo, and if you walk you have to park at the Zoo and circle back.

        Both Canele and Palate are good recommendations, but just remember you'll have to double back down on the 5 to Los Feliz Blvd. to return to that general area.

        Here's a map:

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        1. re: maxzook

          Thanks for all of your help, I really appreciate it. I am making a reservation at Little Door since it is right down the street from my house and my roommate had her 1yr anniversary there and she said it would be perfect. Thanks again

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