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Apr 22, 2009 04:11 PM

Anniversary Dinner Near Venice / Redondo Beach

Anyone have any good suggestions? So far I've been considering Chinois or this new Gjdelina but am trying to think of a few others!


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  1. If it's not too far off, maybe one of the reversal wine dinners at Piccolo?

    or there's also AK, although I wasn't blown away by the food.

    1. i'd throw cafe del rey into the ring.
      much prettier, more comfortable, more romantic, restaurant imho.

      although, i'll concede the food a gjelina is absolutely superb, and chinois is also excellent.

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      1. re: westsidegal

        I love Chinois -- bold flavors, excellent service, always great. But Gjelina is very hot these days, their back patio is great on nice evenings, and I loved the pizza and some of the small plates there -- you'll probably spend less money. I think Cafe Del Rey has its place, for dinners close to LAX or sunny brunches when you can see the boats and the marina, but I liked their food better before they started offering sushi-type items.

        1. re: nosh

          funny, i like it better having the sushi-type items on the menu.
          that said, i don't like that they appear to have changed their recipe for the sashimi salad from when it was first introduced well over a decade ago.

      2. Eat at Joe's.

        AK, Cafe Del Rey and Chinois would all be great choices, too. If it is not too far, I would throw Josie in as well.

        2424 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

        Joe's Restaurant
        1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

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        1. I love Chinois, but it is not exactly romantic. If you do go to Chinois, do not order all your dishes at once. Order one dish at a time and share - much more leisurely. Also, I would strongly suggest Valentino. Right now they are featuring a Sicilian Food and Wine Experience. Next month will be the regional cuisine of Campagna. We were at Vin Bar Saturday night and had a wonderful time. This is the casual side of Valentino, but you can have the full menu. For an anniversary dinner though, I would do Valentino.

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          1. Another choice (and one we like a lot for quiet celebratory dinners) would be Josie's on Pico at 24th in SE Santa Monica.

            2424 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405