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ISO romantic restaurant in Pasadena area

My fifth anniversary is coming up soon and I need to find a romantic restaurant in the Pasadena area. You guys did me a great service with the BLD suggestion that came from several people recently. I hope someone can recommend a romantic restaurant, not too noisy, great food, price is not a limiting factor. Although if someone can recommend a hidden gem, we'd be open to a more casual place, especially if it offered a really unique and fun experience. (We're considering a tour of taco trucks if we can't come up with anything more exciting!) Thanks in advance.

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BLD Restaurant
7450 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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    1. re: wilafur

      If price is not a limiting factor, I would go to the Langham. Haven't been since it was the Ritz, but it's a gorgeous property.

      Hey Wil - since I'm no longer a Pasadenan, is Maison Akira still any good? How about Bistro 45? Those were all popular when we lived there back 8 years ago.

      1. re: Phurstluv

        Maison Akira has slipped precipitously in recent years.

        I've never found Bistro 45 all that great to begin with.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          We had a wonderful dinner at M.A. back 9 years ago or so, and my MiL always asks about it when she comes out, so I was getting a confirmation.

          Never went to Bistro 45, but for some reason, everyone on Zagat thought it was the bomb 10 years ago. I know it's still there, just wonderin'.

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          Bistro 45
          45 S Mentor Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106

      2. re: wilafur

        I like Madeleine's. Nothing cutting edge about it, but has nice ambience, good food and drink.

      3. We just had our anniversary dinner at the Dining Room at the Langham. If price is not a concern, go there.

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        1. re: Jack Flash

          Now I've been validated. Thanks, Jack!!

        2. The Raymond, or the Dining Room at the Langham if price is not a consideration.

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            I did not consider the Raymond to be All That , back when we went, again, about 9-10 years back when we lived there.

            Food was fine but romantic? I don't know, felt more like I was in someone's old craftsman's home that had not been cleaned thoroughly in a while..........

            1. re: Phurstluv

              Sit out on the patio during a nice July evening and it is a very nice setting for a meal.

              Maybe not on par with dining on the River Seine but for Pasadena, it's about as good as it gets in that price range.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                Yes, the patio would probably have been the better call. Oh well, live and learn.

          2. Shiro in South Pas has lovely food but probably not as romantic as the Raymond.

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            Shiro Restaurant
            1505 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA 91030

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            1. re: NAspy

              That's putting it mildly. The surroundings at Shiro at spartan, at best. Great food nonetheless.

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              Shiro Restaurant
              1505 Mission St, South Pasadena, CA 91030

            2. I think Parkway Grill would be a nice choice

              http://www.theparkwaygrill.com/

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              Parkway Grill
              510 South Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena, CA 91105