Anniversary dinner in LA...where to go?
Coming down from Santa Barbara to LA in a couple of weeks for our 14th anniversary. That many years ago, we were married and dined at L'Orangerie. Sadly, it isn't an option for us, and we really aren't in La enough to have any idea where to go. Was thinking Providence or Hatfield's, but need the board's opinions and passions to weigh in on this! Many thanks in advance.
La Cachette could be a great option for you. The food is classic but not dated and the kitchen is consistent. The service has also been top notch on all of my visits. I consider it a hidden gem.
La Cachette Bistro
1733 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401
Providence is always a great choice. You might also consider Melisse and Ortolan; the former comes closest to the feel of L'Orangerie, the latter is owned by a Chef who used to be the chef there (Christophe Eme), albeit a few years after your visit. Both are excellent French restaurants. While I like Hatfield's a lot, and it has its romantic aspects (outside on the patio particularly), it is not on the same scale as the other three, either in size or scope.
1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401
8338 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048
I love Providence. Hatfield's is great, but Providence is more special for your anniversary. Definitely get a tasting menu at Providence.
Providence is terrific but I would also put in a vote for Ortolan - very wonderful although less popular on these boards, in my opinion it has a more romantic air about it and the champagne cart is a nice anniversary touch -- the tasting menu was exquisite as well.
Really can't go wrong either way! Enjoy...