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Looking for fun, tapas, wine, ambiance

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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. 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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    1. re: Emme

      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.

      1. re: yoginla

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

    2. 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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      1. re: lotta_cox

        unfortunately that's where they went...

        1. re: Emme

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

      2. 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...