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5 yr anniversary! Perfect dining experience?

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We're celebrating our 5 yr anniversary this Saturday and I need suggestions!
We spent our wedding night at the Ritz MDR so I thought perhaps Jerne. Also, considering Valentino's which I've always wanted to try and Saddle Peak. Price no object, but NO molecular dining experience. Just simple, excellent ingredients, well prepared food in a intimate setting. Westside preferred, but will drive.

I know that is asking a lot!

Thank you.

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  1. Saddle Peak Lodge. Ask for the 2-top in the main dining room, right in front of the fireplace. Be sure they know it's your anniversary. Ms. Dr. Oz and I have been anniversary-ing there for years, and it's always a treat. Try the elk tenderloin, which is the best filet mignon you will ever have.

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    1. re: ozhead

      I agree with Saddle Peak Lodge. When I go there it is a little bit like taking a trip back in time, in a good way. The elk is one of the great dishes in LA.

    2. I really like Valentino's, don't think you can go wrong there. I would also suggest Melisse. I had one of the best meals of my life there (it was also one of the most expensive meals too, but we kind of went overboard on the truffles).

      1. Congrats. My wife and I went to Jerne for a special occastion a few years ago and it was terrible (food and service). While a good deal of time has passed since our visit, I would hesitate to recommend it to my worst enemy. Of the places you propose, I would lean Saddle Peak.

        1. We wound up taking a spin downtown to Drago Centro. The restaurant was beautiful and service excellent. Since the tasting menu is not available on weekends, we decided to do our own and share dishes. Presentation of the food was nice and the food itself was pretty good. Disappointed in the lobster pasta. Skimpy on the lobster and it was very chewy. Lamb osso bucco was good. Nothing we ordered was exceptional. Was glad to see Amarone by the glass. The party next to use ordered the porterhouse for 2 carved at the table. That looked amazing. Would like to return to try the tasting menu.