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Mar 19, 2009 10:58 AM

Off the beaten path, romantic birthday suggestions?

I'm looking for a restaurant that is off the beaten path (for me) for my wife's 29th birthday. We live in Beverly Hills but are willing to drive. Ideally it would be something romantic, not too expensive (Providence, Spago, Mastro's is too much) and would be more interesting than the usual Westside spots. Can be any type of cuisine but she does not eat meat, only seafood. As an example, I'm considering going to Babita.

Any help is appreciated!

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  1. Babita's food is really good. Romantic? I wouldn't call it that.

    How about Saddle Peak Lodge? It's way off the beaten path. It's oddly romantic in a log cabin hunting lodge way. It's not cheap, but not uber spendy, either

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    1. re: Professor Salt

      OP's wife doesn't eat meat... Romantic as it is, not sure a former hunting lodge with all the trophy heads on the wall and a game heavy menu would necessarily do the trick.

      1. re: FranklinJefferson

        Whoops. Neglected to read that part. Yeah, SPL is a meatatrian place.

        1. re: FranklinJefferson

          Well SPL is indeed a meatarian place, but on the other hand they also most definitely have seafood, like a nice line-caught salmon, rainbow trout, seabass, etc.

          They have a couple of vegetarian entrees also. Had a delicious agnolotti last time!
          So if the OP does not have to go with tasting menu (and also does not have an aversion to trophy heads on the wall :P ), SPL should definitely still be in the running.

          (my review here: )

      2. Off the top of my head, Firefly in Studio City, SUR on Robertson, Locanda Veneta on 3rd near Cedars-Sinai, or my personal favorite, Bashan in Glendale/Montrose. Not the billowing curtains/enormous floral bouquets romantic but more understated, and food that was better than the tasting menu at Providence for 1/2 the cost...

        1. How about Inn of the Seventh Ray? Super romantic!

          1. What about Madeline Bistro in Tarzana? It's romantic, vegan -- don't worry the dishes please even the meat eater -- and moderately priced.

            Despite it's location on Ventura Blvd it's easily and often overlooked, so to me this is "off the beaten path."

            Madeleine Bistro
            18621 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana, CA 91356

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            1. re: ReelMike84

              I too have been looking for a romantic place that would please an organic-foods-eater and Inn of the 7th ray is def. a hit. (Beautiful....) On this board, Akasha in Culver City and Grace were recommended. Outside of this board, also recommended were Chez Mimi, Brandywine, Hotel BelAir's restaurant , the Raymond House in Pasadena, even Malibu's Charthouse at sunset. For food, Melisse (but ouch dollar-wise). I personally also like Campanile and Lucques. My favorite vegetarian friend adores Madeleine's , as ReelMike recommended. Good luck!!!

            2. i think il piccolino on robertson is cozy and romantic. also, little door and chez mimi in santa monica