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Where to take my gf for bday / romantic dinner?

winston Sep 14, 2009 09:10 AM

Looking for some great ideas on where to take my g.f. this weekend. Looking for something good food and good ambience. Sushi be the prime choice but im open to suggestions. And of course I d like to be able to pay the bill without requiring a loan modification to the pay the bill.

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  1. ipsedixit RE: winston Sep 14, 2009 09:43 AM

    Good sushi joints and romantic, in my book, go together like Spam and ice cream ... in other words, not very well.

    If you're willing to consider non-sushi options, I would highly recommend Saddle Peak Lodge, Ortolan, or Melisse.

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      wienermobile RE: ipsedixit Sep 14, 2009 10:15 AM

      I second Saddle Peak Lodge.

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        Obessed RE: wienermobile Sep 14, 2009 11:07 AM

        I think Ortolan is one of the most romantic dinners I've had in this city.

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          ozhead RE: wienermobile Sep 15, 2009 04:37 PM

          Third to SPL -- very romantic, great service, great food. Of course, you have to be able to gaze soulfully into the gf's eyes while avoiding gazing into the eyes of the cape buffalo.

          In the same (very) general vicinity, and even more romantic -- particularly on a nice warm evening -- is the Inn of the Seventh Ray in Topanga. The food is not as good as the food at the Saddle Peak Lodge, but (1) romance quotient is higher, and (2) no cape buffalo.

      2. Ciao Bob RE: winston Sep 14, 2009 10:13 AM

        What part of this massive city?

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          annapurna7 RE: winston Sep 14, 2009 11:18 AM

          Inn of the Seventh Ray in Topanga is pretty romantic IMO.

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            westsidegal RE: annapurna7 Sep 14, 2009 02:11 PM

            inn of the seventh ray is one of the most beautiful restaurants around.
            unfortunately their food is, at best, so so
            their service is downright awful

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              famdoc RE: westsidegal Oct 13, 2009 12:06 PM


              Our recent experience at Inn of the Seventh Ray (what's with the name of this joint? too new agey for me) was very different than yours. We were offered our choice of outdoor or indoor seating. Both indoor and outdoor seating areas are attractive and quiet (save for that Windham Hill-style new age music). Food was fresh, local and well-prepared. We particularly enjoyed the heirloom tomato soup and the wild alaskan halibut (I suppose Alaska is not exactly 'local'). Wine list is extensive but well-organized, fairly priced ( a number of Cali whites and reds priced at $50 or less a bottle). Wine manager is very enthusiastic and helpful. We found service to be quite good. Water and wine glasses were filled regularly and courses served and cleared without delay or rush. For two, our check, with tip, was $140...money we felt well-spent.

              Inn of the Seventh Ray
              128 Old Topanga Canyon Rd, Topanga, CA 90290

          2. westsidegal RE: winston Sep 14, 2009 02:14 PM

            reasonably priced very good french food, good service, in a very pretty restaurant,
            lilly's on abbot kinney in venice

            Lilly's French Cafe & Bar

            1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd
            Venice, CA 90291-3386
            (310) 314-0004

            obviously not sushi
            can't think of one sushi bar that i'd consider to be romantic. . .

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              Ciao Bob RE: westsidegal Sep 14, 2009 02:58 PM

              Hamasaku is mildly romantic and has good food.
              Outside at Koi is romantic but I think the food stinks.
              Yatai (Sunset) is romantic, inexpensive and has good food. Not sushi per se, but Tatakis, carpaccios, Spicy Tuna/Crispy rice.

            2. tablefor1 RE: winston Sep 14, 2009 09:25 PM

              K-ZO in culver city is intimate, unlikely to break the bank and quite good.
              the menu is fusion-y, but you can stick with sushi. be sure to try oyster on half shell with uni and caviar!

              whatever you do, avoid gonpachi on la cienega.

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                westsidegal RE: tablefor1 Sep 15, 2009 01:57 PM

                k-zo is my to-go place for sushi.
                pretty restaurant
                very good sushi
                good price/quality and price/quantity ratios given the deor, the type of food, and the location.

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                Psiweaver RE: winston Sep 14, 2009 09:44 PM

                I would suggest The Little Door on West 3rd can be very romantic. I also like Cobra's and Matador's for the same reason. It really depends on what you really love, if she's a fish fiend and amazing food is romantic then i would suggest providence.

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                  westsidegal RE: Psiweaver Sep 15, 2009 01:59 PM

                  altough, i, too, love providence, the op stated that he'd
                  "like to be able to pay the bill without requiring a loan modification to the pay the bill"

                  to me, that would take providence out of the running.

                2. orythedog RE: winston Sep 15, 2009 02:02 PM

                  Vibrato Grill Jazz...etc. 2930 Beverly Glen Circle
                  Bel Air, CA 90077

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                    aylowe RE: winston Sep 16, 2009 12:26 AM

                    Cliff's Edge in Silver Lake.

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