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Quiet Lounge in Santa Monica or Brentwood?

daxacer Apr 16, 2009 01:07 PM

Anyone know of a nice loungy type place that would be good for a first date (nice atmosphere but conducive to a conversation)? Preferably Santa Monica, Brentwood or West LA....


  1. Servorg Apr 16, 2009 01:14 PM

    It's really going to depend on what your per person price threshold is. Wilshire Restaurant on Wilshire Blvd. along the eastern edge of Santa Monica comes to mind (especially the patio) but the cost could be an issue for a first date.

    Wilshire Restaurant
    2454 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404

    1. mollyomormon Apr 16, 2009 01:16 PM

      Bandera could be good for this as long as you don't go on a night when they have a jazz trio (I believe thursday nights).

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      1. re: mollyomormon
        goodhealthgourmet Apr 16, 2009 02:01 PM

        i find Bandera to be noisy regardless of the music situation, it's the acoustics in there. i've been there on nights when the jazz trio isn't there and they had a guy playing the piano...which could theoretically be nice, but his playlist wasn't exactly soothing & romantic ;)

      2. cookie monster Apr 16, 2009 02:03 PM

        Lobby lounge at the Casa del Mar hotel?

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          nosh Apr 16, 2009 02:10 PM

          I like Nook, in the back corner of a minimall off Santa Monica Blvd. east of Barrington. The two-tops along the wall are close enough so you interact if neighbors are seated alongside. Great food, not too expensive. Great choice -- if my date saw the strengths of Nook, we'll get along.

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            Bria Silbert Apr 16, 2009 02:31 PM

            How about the Brentwood...in Brentwood?

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              Emme Apr 16, 2009 06:38 PM

              Brentwood is SO loud. the music is always on high. though it does feel like the place you take a mistress...

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                maudies5 Apr 16, 2009 10:33 PM

                I agree. Not only is the music too loud, but the simple fare is very pricey.

          2. Phurstluv Apr 16, 2009 07:35 PM

            Nobody's mentioned the Penthouse, in the Huntley Hotel on 2nd in SM, not for food, but drinks are good and the view is killer, especially if trying to impress. If they press you to book a table, you can always just order apps, not that expensive.

            Casa del mar has a pretty hotel lounge, again, not inexpensive, tho. I would also second Wilshire, nice patio.

            Also, Whist at the Viceroy on Ocean is gorgeous, and I believe you can get a table on the patio for just drinks.

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            1. re: Phurstluv
              maudies5 Apr 16, 2009 10:33 PM

              Good suggestions

              1. re: Phurstluv
                Emme Apr 16, 2009 11:07 PM

                i like the penthouse, but i don't think of it as quiet...

              2. burumun Apr 17, 2009 12:28 AM

                How about FIG at the Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica?
                Last time I went there it was pretty quiet (and hopefully it's still that way now)
                Food's great with local seasonal ingredients, drinks also made with fresh seasonal ingredients.


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                  ElissaInPlaya Apr 17, 2009 08:47 AM

                  Chloe or Copa d' Oro, are my top choioces for quiet lounge; both near second street in Santa Monica. Vincenti in Brentwood has a nice bar that is almost always quiet. The W hotel lobby bar tends to be quiet earlier, and the Palomar is a good choice too. I also like Wilshire, but it is really dark for a first date. Arsenal's patio is good earlier, if the weather is nice.

                  Arsenal Bar
                  12008 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

                  Vincenti Restaurant
                  11930 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049

                  1449 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401

                  Copa D'Oro
                  217 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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