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Jun 6, 2010 05:00 PM

Need help finding a place to celebrate my wife birthday

Hello everyone. I have 5 days left to figure out what I am doing for my wife on her birthday. I did the whole big party thing last year but this year will be smaller. It will be the 2 of us and 2 couples. We like to drink but don't like the loud music. We would like to go to a cool restaurant and then head over to a cool bar. Ifr we can do both at the same spot that would be awesome. I want to thank you for your time and help.

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  1. budget? neighborhoods? preferred cuisines (or anything you & the wife *don't* like)?

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      no budget as long as it's not $100 a plate. I live in La Canada and we are up for anything.

    2. Nic's Martini Lounge in Beverly Hills

      Nic's Restaurant and Martini Lounge
      453 North Canon Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

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      1. re: Burger Boy

        Down the street from that is Spago...and Bouchon, but Bouchon's not getting a whole lot of love on the Board due to inconsistencies.

      2. if santa monica is an option, go to somewhere down there like Via Veneto or Gjelina on Abbot Kinney, or AK, or Ji-Raffe or Anisette, or even Wilshire in west LA etc. then head over to Salute Wine Bar on Main. or if you prefer more casual, head to Musha on Wilshire in SaMo.

        does loud music include jazz? if not, you could go to somewhere in beverly hills like mako or il pastaio or bouchon bistro, etc., then head over to Honor Bar on S. Beverly for jazz (the place next door is also a cheaper more casual option that's connected to Honor Bar called South Beverly, and is related to Houston's as well). or for something else chill walk up to the nice outdoor bar at the Crescent Hotel.

        also jazz oriented is Vibrato Jazz and Grill in Bel Air.

        1725 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90501

        Via Veneto
        3009 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

        Salute Wine Bar
        2435 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405

        1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA

        1. The Dining Room at the Langham Hotel. Enjoy dinner and then celebrate the evening by spending a night at the hotel.

          1. You want to score points? I would make reservations (try to insist they keep you on the first floor) at the Saddlepeak Lodge. You almost forget that you are in Southern California. It's romantic, great food and a great bar. To quote from an old song. "Who could ask for anything more?"

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

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            1. re: Hughlipton

              Thank you to everyone. I knew I can count on all of you. This is why this board is the best.

              1. re: Hughlipton

                A second vote for Saddle Peak Lodge. Wonderful food in a one of a kind setting. A true meal to remember.

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