Toluca Lake Area / 25th Birthday Dinner for Slick Chick
Along with our birthday girl will be her 22 year old sister, her 50 year old mother and me (I'm the youngest 83 year old you'll ever see!). Looking for an upscale funloving restaurant with magnificent food, service and ambience. One in which you want to be dressed up a bit while still being a food heaven for today's crowd. Only last week, I took them for her mother's birthday. We went to Spark Woodfire Grille in Studio City, and it was fantastic! Something like that with liquor service and any traditional ethnic cuisine. (They are Colombian, so they enjoy spicy flavors.) HELP!
Maybe give a look to Ca De Sole; they have a beautiful patio if you are into that sort of thing.
Bistro Provence is almost certainly the best French restaurant in Burbank, hidden in a non-descript supermarket mall on Pass just north of the 134. Lucas Trattoria (which I have not tried) is an Italian spot at the south end of the same mall. Both are owned by the same people as Third and Olive which is mentioned upthread.
I have not tried Lucas yet, but if its anywhere near as good as Bistro Provence or 3rd&O it's well worth a try.
345 N Pass Ave, Burbank, CA 91505
267 N Pass Ave, Burbank, CA 91505
For the quality of the food and its lovely setting, I second the D'Caché rec but with two strong qualifiers:
* I've had great, attentive service at D'Caché ... and on an earlier occasion I've also had service (at lunch) that was so bad that after 2 1/2 hours I had to leave to go back to work and have my co-worker bring me my entrée in a doggy bag (it was wonderful, but still ...);
* If you go for dinner, expect the live music to be loud enough to drown out conversation.
I've always been intrigued by the Riverside Cafe but haven't been. It's on Riverside Drive in Toluca Lake.
All good suggestions. I like Bistro Provence as well. It's excellent. But if I may suggest -
Prosecco a Trattoria
10144 Riverside Dr
Toluca Lake, CA 91602
I've gone here multiple times and always had excellent food and service. And they prefer no shorts/jeans/etc.