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Help! Gifting an Anniversary Dinner to my Parents

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Hello from LA! This weekend is my parent's 29th anniversary and although I wish I could celebrate with them in person, I thought treating them to a night out would be the next best thing. Whenever I'm home I try to take them to a great restaurant, such as Morimoto, Amada, and Distrito.

After a little reading, I was considering a giftcard for Osteria. My parents are definitely adventurous eaters, but I'd prefer something more comfortable and familiar for this meal. (plus I'm saving Zahav for my next trip home :D). So the big questions are:

What's the best restaurant for a great anniversary meal for 2?

and of equal importance:

What's the proper $$ amount of a giftcard to cover apps, entrees, a shared dessert and 2 glasses of vino plus tax. Oh, and I suppose a place that has giftcards would be a must.

Thanks guys! I can't wait to hear your suggestions!

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  1. What a wonderful gift! You might be able to make arrangements with the restaurant, once the reservation is made, to just have the cost of the dinner put onto YOUR credit card. Then you won't have to second-guess how much to put onto a gift card. Phone and find out if they'll do this for you.

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    1. re: CindyJ

      I'd recommend this as well, if Osteria (which is a fine pick) will do it for you. I know Vetri does it. It's a lot easier than:

      1. Trying to figure out how much to make the GC for.
      2. Having your parents inevitably either spend more than the GC, or spend less and feel like they have to go back to the restaurant.

      1. re: Buckethead

        Excellent, thanks to you both, that's a really great suggestion! And I'm pleased everyone seems to think Osteria is a good choice!

        Thanks all, I really appreciate it!!

    2. I also think Osteria is a great suggestion. To give you an idea of price, when my husband and I were there a couple weeks ago, we got 3 apps (salumi plate, a salad and the veal tartar), 2 entrees (one meat, one pasta), 2 desserts, 2 glasses of wine each and espresso each, and spent a little under $200.

      I don't know if BYOBs are off the table, but for our anniversary, we did the tasting menu at Bibou. You could send them a nice bottle of wine and send them there. It's a fantastic meal in a lovely, warm, friendly atmosphere.

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      1. re: Hungryin theBurbs

        Bibou is great but they only have two tables for two available this weekend: Friday night at 5 and Sunday night at 9.

      2. Alright, reservation is set! For the record, Osteria was very willing to accommodate the request!

        Thanks again!