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!
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.
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.
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