Dinner recommendation near Westin in Pasadena
I'm looking for a restaurant near the Westin in Pasadena. We have tentative plans to eat at Ruth's Chris, which is nearby, but I need a backup - just in case we can't get seated.
Dinner for 2 people, tonight. Not too loud - so we can have conversation. Within walking distance of Westin would be a huge plus. Our schedule is rather unpredictable, so it would be great if it wouldn't be too difficult to be seated promptly at the restaurant. Not looking for a mindblowing experience...just something solid and tasty. No more than $100/person. All types of cuisine welcome.
If you're interested in seafood at all I'd recommend McCormick & Schmick's, which is adjacent to the hotel. It's a chain, but the fish is fresh and nicely prepared, and the bar is top-notch as far as I'm concerned. Just been there once, as it's a bit steep for us, but well within your range. Sound level very civilized, nice rooms, all conducive to conversation. We are saving our dimes and nickels to go back sometime.
I should add that the bar would not be a bad place to sit, either - very comfortable chairs and tables. Nobody hollering at the TV screen when we were there having a pre-prandial cocktail.