Romantic in the SGV/Arcadia/Pasadena etc
I rarely go out to eat so I am clueless as to where to go for a romantic dinner for two in this area. I am willing to drive a couple miles to get to a good place though. Here's what I am looking for:
1. Romantic area
2. Good food
3. Reasonable cost (under 100$ non alcoholic)
I went to Madeleine's before. It was nice but to be honest I don't remember 95% of it (bad memory :))
So far the places that I have searched on here about this are Bistro 45, Bistro K, Raymond, Maison Akira, Celestino, and a few others that I don't remember.
Let me know what you think! A little commentary on the food taste and cost would be greatly appreciated!
How about the Dining Room at the Langham? If you order judiciously you could do it within your budget.
Another option might be Parkway Grill.
I would pass on Bistro K ... ever since Laurent left it's been nothing but a travesty. Maison Akira has seen better days - it's sort of like a washed-up Hollywood starlet. The Raymond is ok, but is probably in the same price range as The Dining Room @ the Langham and all else being equal I would go to the Langham.
Celestino and Bistro 45 just don't scream special, nor romantic.
In addition to Ipse's suggestions (Parkway = agree; Langham = agree, though I've never been, it's an easy call), I would add Vertical Wine Bistro (definitely romantic if you get one of the booths), and maybe Derek's. I haven't been to the Raymond for dinner; it might qualify.
Both in Old Pasadena ...
Tre Venezie is pricey, but you can probably manage within your budget. It's very much a special occasion place and the setting is definitely cozy & romantic.
Cafe Santorini is another spot that comes to mind.
70 W Union St, Pasadena, CA 91103
Trattoria Tre Venezie
119 W Green St, Pasadena, CA 91105
Thanks for the responses guys! Langham was one of the ones I was thinking about but I forgot the name. Is there anything special that I should ask about for the Langham's Dining Room such as a special seating or a secret code that gets me a free meal? :)
I'm going to pass on Madeleine's. It's a great place but want to try another place.
Keep em coming or just agree/disagree.
Not sure if you want outside but, I've had very good results - for the romantic atmosphere and delicious meals at both Smitty's on Lake - love the patio or at Saladang 363 S Fair Oaks Ave (626) 793-8123 At Saladang, on the patio and against the wall not in the center. Have been trying to get to : FIREFLY BISTRO 1009 El Centro street South Pas.
(626) 441-2443. I think these little gems would satisfy all three of your requirements and maybe more! kq :)