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Eclectic, romantic and reasonably priced on the westside?

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Looking to go this Friday the 12th...A friend had recommended Gjelina, but they are all booked up. I found a recommendation on here for Caffe Delfini, but I think i'm looking for something a little more eclectic. It needs to be reasonably priced ($16-26 entrées) as I'd like to have a reasonably chance of staying in the $80-100 range for a full dinner for 2.

Thank you so much in advance for any help!

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  1. The patio at Wilshire is very romantic, although the entrees are more in the $20-28 range. I also think the patio/fire pit at Bar Hayama is romantic and you'd be fine at that price point.

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    1. re: mollyomormon

      I second the Wilshire. If you stuck to the bar menu, I think you could eat very well and stay in your budget.
      Of course that means eating in the bar.

      http://wilshirerestaurant.com/pages/b...

    2. You might consider The Tasting Kitchen (also on Abbott Kinney) or either location of Fraiche.

      1. I highly recommend:

        Josie Restaurant
        2424 Pico Blvd.
        Santa Monica, CA 90405
        (310) 581-9888

        Josie is an incredibly talented and dedicated chef. A truly eclectic menu – from seafood to wild game to luscious desserts. She really loves to work her magic on game such elk, venison and wild boar. And, believe me, the magic shines through, bite after wonderful bite. Elegant, romantic vibe with soft lighting and the charm of dining in someone’s home. Outstanding service.

        Bon Appetit!

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        1. re: degustateur

          I agree that Josie's is as wonderful as you describe but I don't think it's within the OP's stated budget. I've never gotten out of there for less than $200 for two (including tax and tip).

          1. re: whatsfordinner

            I just got an e-mail that Josie is extending its Dine LA menu for an additional week, so that might be a way to make costs work.