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Jan 6, 2009 07:33 PM

Anniversary Dinner Suggestions - Valley

Hubby and I are celebrating #8 in a few weeks...and have a babysitter for the kiddies. So where's a nice restaurant in the valley to have dinner - Calabasas to Studio City. Probably about $100 total, including a few glasses of wine. No sushi though.

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  1. Ca del Sole can probably meet your budget.

    I fear Max might be too expensive with wine.

    Maybe something simple like Boneyard Bistro or Il Tiramisu...?

    1. There is a wine bar/tapas restaurant in Encino called Vino that received some positive mentions here when it first opened. From the menu and wine list, it looks like it would fit your price range:

      I believe between 5 and 7 pm, many of their items are half-off for happy hour.

      1. My favorite celebration restaurant in the Valley is Pinot Bistro on Ventura Blvd. in Studio City. I also really like Max. I also had a nice dinner at Il Tiramisu in Sherman Oaks which is a romantic Italian restaurant. One last suggestion is Spark Woodfire Grill on Ventura Blvd. in Studio City.

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        1. re: foodie21

          I just don't see Pinot Bistro, Max, Panzanella or Mistral meeting the budget. $100 for two people, including wine, is pretty hard to do at any restaurant where entrees are in the mid-$20s or more. You have to figure that each glass of wine is going to be $7-$15 at those places, so three glasses is between 20%-50% of the dinner budget. (And that is assuming that tax and tip are not part of the OP's budget.)

          Cafe Bizou might be feasible given the price limits. So would La Frite in Sherman Oaks, though there is some debate about the quality of their food.

          1. re: Jwsel

            Mistral is the most expensive of all these & I agree that it would be nearly impossible to eat there for $100. Pinot Bistro though is a good idea if you bring your own wine (I believe they still have a no corkage policy) & Max (my personal choice for this occasion; the most interesting menu & best food I think) is a little more moderate (most entrees in low 20s). If you can celebrate on a Mon or Tues night, Max is offering a 50% wine special on Mon & no corkage on Tues, which should keep you w/in your budget.

            1. re: archer

              The OP said that the dinner is on a Saturday night.

        2. Ok... very nice food and amazingly still very reasonable is Cafe Bizou. You will definately need a reservation here. But if you're willing to spend a little more,

          For a celebration:

          Sherman Oaks:

          Bistro Provence - Burbank

          Fin's - Calabasas

          Happy Anniversary!

          1. What night of the week? Might be a great weekday prix-fixe out there nearby.....

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            1. re: jillso

              It's going to be a Saturday night out. But we are definitely open to great tasting menus that are around on the weekend.