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May 27, 2009 09:40 PM

First Date Suggestions

Hey everyone,

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.


Thank you.

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  1. 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.

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    1. re: Emme

      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.

      BLD Restaurant
      7450 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

      Angeli Caffe
      7274 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046

      7605 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

      1. re: DianaTakesABite

        yes, angeli cafe on melrose is wonderful. terroni, beware. i've had really high bills there because our server recommends a certain glass of wine and it's very expensive and they fail to mention that.

    2. Tasca

      Tasca Restaurant
      8108 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

      1. Cafe Angelino

        Intimate, great Italian food, and won't break the bank.

        On 3rd, near the corner of Robertson (by Cedars-Sinai)


        1. it's a bit cliche for a first date but it gets that rep for a reason....Jones on Santa Monica

          7205 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

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          1. re: hdalsy

            I went here when I was single. Never on a date. Bit of a meat market, at least 'back in the day.'