East Meets West: 27-year LA Resident Needs Help w/ Westside Restaurants for a Date!
Preface: I know my Eastside eateries (Silver Lake/Los Feliz, Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Pasadena, San Gabriel Valley and definitely nothing further west than West Hollywood).
Problem: Date is a recent transplant of Santa Monica and has tried all restaurants I know are good/have been to for a celebratory dinner (Gjelnia, Tasting Kitchen, Primitivo). Need opinions!
Notes: I'm open to any and all foods, but my date is exploring new horizons, developing a palate and a soon-to-be culinary student highly repulsed by scallops and a lover of tomatoes and sweets.
Thanks in advance!
very far west, in venice, i'd suggest you go to Lily's French Cafe.
very pretty environment
lovely french food
if you end up ever having a date for sunday brunch on this side of town, my rec would be the $35 prix fix three course made-to-order brunch served at cafe del rey in marina del rey. the price includes bubbly, or mimosas.
second the idea of Bazaar, Wilshire, Musha....
perhaps persian at Shamshiri.
have him come your way for JItlada Thai
or meet for something way casual at Monte Alban
Ortolan would be one other choice :)
11927 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
19249 Roscoe Blvd, Northridge, CA 91324
Musha, if that's not taking the east meets west thing a little too literally. It's a little busy / loud - suggest making reservations. I think there's a small private room next to the big private room, but not sure what the minimum purchase to reserve it is.
424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
9543 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
i LOVE LOVE LOVE the food at musha,
and i know that many on this board will disagree with me
but those cramped little tables and uncomfortable wooden chairs don't spell fun-on-a-date to me unless i'm going to musha before or after some other activity.
this is not, imho, a great place to converse.
especially after i've driven a great distance.
I agree with the others - meet somewhere in between! Either of the Mozzas, Craft, and Fraiche are all great suggestions. Also, there are so many options in the 3rd & Beverly area - AOC and Grace are my two favorites, but also you really can't beat The Little Door for a date, in my opinion.
8022 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048
The Little Door
8164 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048
Lots of options in Culver City, if that's west enough for you (Akasha, Fraiche, et al.)
Also along Wilshire in Santa Monica (Rustic Canyon, Wilshire, Drago, Fig)
Or on Montana (R+D, Stefan's)
And also a little inland, you might try Craft in Century City, or Orris on Sawtelle.
Orris, IMHO is a dreadful choice as a date restaurant. Food is good, However, given that they don;t take reservations, you could end up in a cramped little table squeezed next to strangers or at the counter. I had an awful experience with my family when they were about to open for dinner. . It was opening time (5 or 6 in the evening). We were near the front of the line waiting for the door to open on a Sunday night. They welcomed in all of the 2-tops and told our party of 6 that we would have to wait until they all finished their meal.We left and never returned. That was 3 years ago!
Lots of wonderful food in the area, including the ramen next door at Chabuya. Big thumbs down to Orris. Good food; bad attitude. Lousy seating
2002 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025
i forgot about the attitude problem until you reminded me.
yes, lots of attitude served with that food.
not to mention, when they brought my change, they rounded the bill UP
when i pointed this out, the server was completely unapologetic. acted like he was entitled to round up.
imho, the food wasn't good enough to offset the difficulty in getting seated, the bad attitude, etc.
their proximity to other good, reasonable, welcoming, restaurants that also serve good food, makes it all the easier to walk away.
Meet in the middle!!! I suggest Osteria Mozza, lots of pasta (skip the secondis), order the Budino.
East & West - Finally they meet (... as the Bollywood music plays and dancers flit about...)
It's even better than the ad where they describe how Reese's peanut butter cups were serendipitously invented.