First Date Suggestions
So I'm going out on a first date. We've gone out before, but this is the first "formal date." I'm looking for suggestions for places from Hollywood to BH that aren't too expensive, but still pretty decent. Something along the lines of Cobras & Matadors, Cube (considering), Buddha's Belly (I know people around here hate it, but I like it)...something in the $70 final bill range.
I'm assuming you mean $ 70 to include tax, tip and drinks. The following are places that I've gone on dates that have fallen into that price range that I enjoyed:
My go-to date place is Magnolia at Sunset and Vine -good food, good ambiance and reasonably priced
Boho has great ambiance and is very reasonably priced. I went on a date there last week
Velvet Margarita - the $15 soup/salad and entree combo can't be beat and you can spend your money on margaritas. No reservations but they have a bar area
Lola's for dinner and martinis. The martinis are about 10 bucks a pop but you only need a couple and the food is reasonably priced as well.
El Compadre has good reasonably priced mexican food. They do not take reservations but its fun to hang out in the bar area and watch the mariachi band.
Brunello in Culver City - good italian food and very reasonably priced and you can actually hear your date speak
The Courtyard - Spanish tapas with a lovely outdoor patio
Tinto - also Spanish tapas
My suggestion will be Vivoli Trattoria. Cute little italian place with fabulous food that reasonably priced. the wait staff and manager all speak italian and are very friendly. It can get a bit crowded there but it's a very lively mood.
7994 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90046
Another suggestion: Kyu-Kaku in on La Cienega for japanese BBQ. its a great way to have fun, eat well, and it won't break the bank either.
Don't know if that 70 bucks includes wine, tax, tip, etc.
I love the patio at Pane e Vino, but depending upon what that $70 means, it may or may not work.
In Beverly Hills, the newly opened Villa Blanca on Brighton.
Porta Via on Canon has a nice covered front indoor/outdoor patio.
Not everyone here loves it, but I think Il Pastaio has its charm.
For more fun, less romantic, also consider Mako in BH.
Cheaper, but also fun, might be 25 degrees in Hollywood.
I love Angeli Caffe on Melrose - amazing lasagna and the complimentary pizza bread is to die for.
Might also consider Terroni on Beverly - fun atmosphere, but they don't take reservations.
BLD (across the street on Beverly) is also fairly reasonable, though I do prefer it for brunch than for dinner.
7450 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
7274 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046
7605 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036