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Best restaurant to celebrate after proposing

funkycold Mar 6, 2010 12:03 PM

Chowhounders, I'm looking for some advice on where to go after I propose to my girlfriend (assuming she says yes of course:-) Right now I am thinking of going to Saam at the Bazaar, Patina at Walt Disney Hall or The Dining Room at the Langham in Pasadena. I am looking for a unique, memorable experience with great food and a romantic atmosphere. Out of my choices, what do you think? Or should I be thinking of going some place else?

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  1. Hughlipton RE: ipsedixit Mar 6, 2010 01:44 PM

    Ahem Ipse!! However the Langham is a great choice even if it is only for the restaurant and bar. Take your banker with you because it is not inexpensive.

    1. Hughlipton RE: ipsedixit Mar 6, 2010 01:46 PM

      If you go for an early dinner so you still have a bit of light this place is not only fabulous but romantic but insist on getting a table on the first floor.

      Saddle Peak Lodge
      419 Cold Canyon Rd., Calabasas, CA 91302

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        wienermobile RE: Hughlipton Mar 6, 2010 03:08 PM

        My vote would also go for Saddle Peak Lodge. You can't beat the food and it's one of a kind atmosphere. A very special occasion restaurant.

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          Servorg RE: wienermobile Mar 6, 2010 05:05 PM

          As long as his (hopefully) finance is not freaked out by the wall mounted taxidermy on display it's an excellent choice.

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            mc michael RE: Servorg Mar 6, 2010 08:10 PM

            Great Freudain slip on 'finance.'

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              Servorg RE: mc michael Mar 7, 2010 04:39 AM

              After nearly 25 years of marriage I think I spelled it right... ;-D> (just kidding honey!)

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        Jwsel RE: funkycold Mar 6, 2010 03:03 PM

        I love the atmosphere at Melisse and think it would be fantastic for a romantic dinner. I think it is much more romantic than Patina. Saddle Peak Lodge also has a fabulous atmosphere.

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          ryamamoto RE: funkycold Mar 6, 2010 03:14 PM

          The Langham is a solid choice. They also have a great lounge area (not the bar) where you can have a quiet moment alone and have a nice drink after dinner. If you're staying the night, dinner at Mar Sel in the new Terranea resort in PV can't be beat, and the rooms are tdf!

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            mc michael RE: funkycold Mar 6, 2010 03:31 PM

            Patina is a little cold to me. Of Splichal's downtown spots, i like Zucca better for its ambience. The other picks sound swell. I like Drago Centro as well. If you tell them in advance, I think any of these spots could come up with a special dessert. One thing you might consider is which, if any, any of these spots will be around for years to come if you want to revisit on anniversaries. There's also a nice restaurant at The Montage in BH.

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              Hughlipton RE: mc michael Mar 6, 2010 03:40 PM

              One last thought would be a truly outstanding Chinese Restaurant especially if you know the owner. I proposed to my first wife at a Chinese restaurant and had the engagement ring courtesy of the owner baked into a fortune cookie. My then to be finace could not understand why the entire staff was standing around to watch her open a fortune cookie.

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              funkycold RE: funkycold Mar 6, 2010 05:01 PM

              Thank you for all the suggestions. To mc michael's point I thought of the Langham and Patina because while I think the restaurants may change, I think the buildings will be there for the rest of my lifetime. And I am thinking of Saam because we've been to Spain and love tapas but I dont think that restaurant will be there forever. I will look into Saddlepeak and Melisse.

              And I had to laugh at ipsedixit's post...thats definitely part of the evening's menu:-)

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                ipsedixit RE: funkycold Mar 6, 2010 07:37 PM

                Dunno why my original post was deleted. But I guess the point was made. :-)

                Enjoy wherever you end up, and Saddlepeak would indeed be a good option as well. But my vote still goes to Saam ...

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                  funkycold RE: ipsedixit Mar 8, 2010 09:39 AM

                  Do you think your reply was taken down because it was too "racy?" How silly.

                  Yes, point was made and it was funny.

                  Thanks for the suggestions.

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                    Hughlipton RE: funkycold Mar 8, 2010 04:30 PM

                    How silly people can be the recommendation was at best "slightly racy". I wouldn't even tag it with racy maybe innuendo. I think it may havwe been my fault. sorry Ipse

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                      ipsedixit RE: Hughlipton Mar 8, 2010 05:00 PM

                      I've always understood that the SLS had a great gym upstairs.

                      [Shrug with tongue firmly planted in cheek]

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                  Jwsel RE: funkycold Mar 8, 2010 10:30 AM

                  I'm confused. Are you planning on proposing at the restaurant or someplace else and then going to the restaurant? If the proposal is at a different location, then it may not be as important if the restaurant/building does not stay. Your girlfriend will most likely remember where you proposed, not where you ate after.

                  If you are planning on proposing at a restaurant, I would understand a hotel/famous landmark restaurant. The Langham is probably my first choice. I also would consider the Bel Air Hotel, which may no longer have great food, but has a wonderful romantic ambience. Cicada at the Oviatt Building downtown is old-time glamour and the building will not be going anywhere.

                  I've also heard good things about mar'sel at the Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes. It overlooks the ocean and, even if the restaurant closes, the ocean will always be there. I would try to recommend another restaurant with an ocean view, but most are pretty lousy when it comes to food.

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                    Servorg RE: Jwsel Mar 8, 2010 10:34 AM

                    The Bel Air is unfortunately closed for remodeling until sometime around the middle of 2011 (I wonder who is watching after the swans?)...

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                      mc michael RE: Jwsel Mar 8, 2010 10:38 AM

                      Hmmm, a proposal on the bridge at the Langham might work.

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                        funkycold RE: Jwsel Mar 9, 2010 03:01 PM

                        Yeah, Im proposing some place else and then celebrating by going to dinner. So you have a good point.

                        I have a place in mind though the bridge at the Langham is a great idea too.

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                      chewbacca RE: funkycold Mar 7, 2010 08:56 AM

                      Yamashiro! The view is terrific and that restaurant will still be here years to come. I know ALOT of people who have proposed at this place. Best wishes on your engagement.

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                        trolley RE: chewbacca Mar 9, 2010 07:24 PM

                        yamashiro may have a great view and the food is unforgettable, but in a bad way!

                        i love the langham at night b/c you can walk around the hotel near the bar and there's quite a few little sitting areas and you can also stroll outside which is really lovely.

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                        funkycold RE: funkycold Apr 6, 2010 03:59 PM

                        I did it! I proposed and she said yes!

                        We celebrated at Saam and it was fantastic. They found out about our engagement and gave us the royal treatment. Overall an absolutely memorable evening!

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                          mc michael RE: funkycold Apr 6, 2010 04:13 PM

                          Awwww! That's sweet. Congrats!
                          BTW, how was the food & drink?

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                            funkycold RE: mc michael Jun 28, 2010 04:10 PM

                            The food was amazing. I love the tapas at The Bazaar and the 25 course tasting was a real treat. I had the wine pairing which was fantastic. I'll never forget that evening.

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                            J.L. RE: funkycold Apr 6, 2010 04:30 PM

                            Congrats! Thanks for reporting back.

                            Now, where are you having the reception, and who's baking your wedding cake?

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                              funkycold RE: J.L. Jun 28, 2010 04:11 PM

                              Dont have a reception but I am leaning toward Hansen's doing our cake.

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                              ipsedixit RE: funkycold Apr 7, 2010 08:03 AM

                              What I really want to know is if you guys went up stairs after dinner ... y'know, just to work off dinner in SLS' plush "workout facility" ...

                              Congrats, of course!

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                                funkycold RE: ipsedixit Jun 28, 2010 04:11 PM


                                I'll leave it at that lest I get in trouble.

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                              Theo RE: funkycold Jul 3, 2010 05:08 PM

                              After I proposed we went to Geoffrey's in Malibu and we still go there annually to celebrate the anniversary of the proposal (9 years now...) Very good food and nice cool ocean breezes especially on a hot summer night.

                              Geoffrey's Malibu
                              27400 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

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                                badvlad RE: funkycold Jul 3, 2010 11:15 PM

                                Sir Winston's on the Queen Mary. The service is fantastic, they'll help make it a special occasion, then have a glass of champagne in the Observation Bar. Now that you are afianced it could just be a nice, romantic place.

                                Queen Mary
                                1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA 90802

                                Sir Winston's
                                1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA 90802

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