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Looking for fun, tapas, wine, ambiance

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yoginla Mar 31, 2009 04:56 PM

My best friend and I are looking to go out and enjoy the L.A. dining scene...something we rarely get a chance to do these days. We are two 40 something year olds who are looking for a great place to unwind, have a few glasses of wine, and tapas with a great sexy atmosphere. Preferred location: Miracle Mile/3rd Street/Beverly, Silverlake/Los Feliz, or Santa Monica.

Any and all suggestions are appreciated!

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  1. Emme RE: yoginla Mar 31, 2009 11:22 PM

    Are you looking specifically for Spanish tapas or small plates?
    Bazaar has two tapas places - the Rojo room for traditional tapas and the Blanca room for more modern tapas.
    Cobras and Matadors

    For small plates, I'd say either AOC Wine Bar or Tasca.

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      yoginla RE: Emme Apr 1, 2009 12:39 PM

      Thanks for your response Emme. We ended up going to Tasca but unfortunately I wasn't impressed. The ambiance was just so-so, the service was lackluster, the food was average BUT the wine was pretty decent.

      After reading all the positive reviews I was pretty disappointed. I guess what I'm looking for is a place to take friends, a date, out of town guests etc. that's a little more interesting w/ great food, great service, interesting and authentic decor and ambiance (not like the Penthouse in SM -- that was another disappointment -- it felt very contrived).

      I don't mind quirky or off the beaten path, in fact I like finding little treasures in LA. Unfortunately, Tasca didn't quite cut it for me. It was just a little neighborhood wine bar with really nothing special to offer. I had a great time w/ my friend but we both left wanting something a little more. Just thought I'd leave my honest review.

      Thanks for your help. I'll try Bazaar or C&M next time.

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        grubtrotters RE: yoginla Apr 2, 2009 08:56 AM

        Definitely try The Bazaar next time. It will impress, especially the first time you go:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/605717

    2. lotta_cox RE: yoginla Apr 1, 2009 02:13 PM

      Less sceney than the places rec'd above is Tasca. More relaxing, smaller. But v good food, great service. I love Tasca.

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        Emme RE: lotta_cox Apr 1, 2009 09:42 PM

        unfortunately that's where they went...

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          lotta_cox RE: Emme Apr 2, 2009 06:52 AM

          too bad they didn't like it. I love Tasca.

      2. SilverlakeGirl RE: yoginla Apr 1, 2009 05:57 PM

        No Spanish, but Mexican. I'm anxious to try the "Varios" at the newly opend Rivera.

        Supposedly the Varios are the way to go and the cocktail menu is uniformly raved about [in a good way]. :)

        Here's the dinner menu:

        http://www.riverarestaurant.com/index...

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