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Anniversary Dinner Suggestions - Valley

ElleBeavero Jan 6, 2009 07:33 PM

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. Emme RE: ElleBeavero Jan 6, 2009 10:36 PM

    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...?

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      Jwsel RE: ElleBeavero Jan 7, 2009 08:33 AM

      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: http://www.vinowineroom.com/home.htm

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

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        foodie21 RE: ElleBeavero Jan 7, 2009 11:50 AM

        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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          Jwsel RE: foodie21 Jan 8, 2009 11:22 AM

          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.

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            archer RE: Jwsel Jan 8, 2009 08:25 PM

            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.

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              Jwsel RE: archer Jan 9, 2009 07:25 PM

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

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          schiffy RE: ElleBeavero Jan 7, 2009 12:27 PM

          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!

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            jillso RE: ElleBeavero Jan 7, 2009 03:22 PM

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

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              ElleBeavero RE: jillso Jan 7, 2009 06:57 PM

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

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              Chow Bella RE: ElleBeavero Jan 8, 2009 10:49 AM

              Try Risotto in Studio City. You should have no problem staying within your budget (including wine) and I challenge anyone to a nicer venue than their rear patio.

              1. rednyellow RE: ElleBeavero Jan 8, 2009 10:51 AM

                Check out Mistral in Sherman Oaks or Barsac on Lankershim.

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                  chuck RE: ElleBeavero Jan 8, 2009 04:04 PM

                  At the eastern end of your locations in Toluca Lake I would go to Prosecco on Riverside Drive.

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                    ElleBeavero RE: ElleBeavero Jan 9, 2010 09:13 PM

                    It's that time of year again! Although this time we are in West Valley. Any new suggestions? Wine is not that important, but good food is. Still around $100.

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                      LA Buckeye Fan RE: ElleBeavero Jan 10, 2010 07:29 AM

                      You didn't tell us where you went last year. How was it?

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                        Servorg RE: LA Buckeye Fan Jan 10, 2010 07:38 AM

                        Second the question. Finding out where the OP went last year and how they liked it can be of vital assistance in making a good recommendation this time around.

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                        Jwsel RE: ElleBeavero Jan 10, 2010 08:11 AM

                        For a little more than $100, you could do the three-course dinner at Arnie Morton's in Woodland Hills. They have a special which has salad, filet + choice of seafood + side, dessert for $109 (for two people). You can get a bottle of wine for an additional $39. Details are at this site: http://www.mortons.com/steak/menu.php...

                        Also, I've never been to the Roy's in Woodland Hills, but am a big fan of the downtown location. I have heard that Woodland Hills is not as good, but it can be done in your approximate price range. Entrees are generally in the $25-$30 range and appetizers generally are under $10. There also is a $35 per person, three-course prix fixe menu available.

                        Something else to check out is whether your anniversary falls during DineLA Restaurant Week, which runs from Jan. 24 through 29 and Jan 31 through Feb. 5. Roy's, Mortons, Ruth Chris's in Woodland Hills, Pinot Bistro in Sherman Oaks, Café Bizou in Sherman Oaks, and Ca Del Sole in Toluca Lake will be participating. I like the Roy's menu for $34 per person and the Ruth Chris menu for $44 per person. Bizou's and Ca Del Sole's dinner menus are very reasonable; three courses for $26.

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