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Looking for beautiful, sexy place to celebrate 20 yr anniversary w/ friends & family

I'm looking for a beautiful and sexy restaurant to celebrate our 20 year wedding anniversary (11/22) with family and friends. We think a tasting menu might work best as it adds to the conversation and entertainment for the night. The food and service MUST be consistently wonderful and we want to keep it around $50/ person. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. What part of town? What neighborhood?

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    1. re: yogachik

      We don't have a preference, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Marina Del Rey, Torrance, West L.A., Palos Verdes, Palisades....just somewhere "Special".

    2. for beautiful and sexy, nothing beats the Bel-Air Hotel, in my opinion. You might consider lunch or brunch. Dinner would be more than $50.

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      1. Maybe define "special" and "sexy". Are you thinking big windows overlooking the Pacific, or a cozy neighborhood inn, opulent hotel, etc.

        $50 isn't going to get you much more than the tasting menu and tap water after you consider tax and tip, so I might expect to pay more like $100 pp all told for what you're looking for.

        But just brainstorming about places I've felt like people were paying attention to us - like, the staff were taking their jobs seriously - where the food was at least tasty and beautifully done start to finish, and where I walked away for under $150 for two, I'm thinking of places like Joe's (Venice - maybe the patio?), Josie's (e. Sta. Monica), Hatfield's and Ortolan (Beverly Blvd./3rd St. corridor), Cube (Melrose - back room), Wilson (Culver City). (Don't know the South Bay at all, but others may chime in.)

        One of the problems is that you'll have to tack on a lot more for wine/drinks. Even at Cube, where we had about a dozen people around the table doing a tasting menu and wine, it was close to $100 pp. Anyway, not all of the above have tasting menus, but maybe these would be good places to start. Happy anniversary!

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        1. re: cant talk...eating

          I reserved the back room at Cube and customized a tasting menu with the chef and I think it was around $40 pp. It was last year and they didn't have a liquor license so everyone brought wine and there was no corkage fee. The policy may have changed since then but it would be worth looking into.

          1. re: Obessed

            Thanks for the information. I checked out their website and unfortunately the policy has changed..The reservation of our private room includes either:
            -an 8 course chef’s tasting menu at $75 per person
            or
            -a 6 course chef’s tasting at $60 per person. But Thanks for the suggestion just the same.

          2. re: cant talk...eating

            Thank you for your suggestions, this gives me something more to think about. I will look at the websites online (we live up north now, but most of our friends and family reside in southern california, hence me looking on line)

          3. First thing that came to my mind is the courtyard at Pane E Vino on Beverly Blvd. It is really nice and on a beautiful night you can just relax out there, and it should be in your budget or a just a little over.

            Now, if you want to go and have some fun, I would go to Bottega Louie down on Seventh and Grand. Only drawback it is noisy. However, you can have a great time with their menu small prices for nice portions --7or 8 dollars for portabello french fries or fresh burrata with grilled cherry tomatoes. The portions are decent size and if you order a lot you will have so much food. Full bar and bakery, great service, and free sparkling water.

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            1. re: paprkutr

              Thank you for the information. The food at Pane E Vino looks delish! and Bottega Louie is beautiful. I'll definitely be checking these two places out.

            2. The Little Door? Especially that 'patio' table. $50pp without drinks, though.

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              1. re: torta basilica

                With entrees around $38-$40, it would be near impossible to get out at $50pp, in my experience.