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HastaLaPasta Jun 29, 2010 06:05 PM

Hi All,

My SO wants to take me out for my birthday not too far from the Studio City or Sherman Oaks areas, and has asked me to choose. Hopefully somewhere romantic w/good food, not too noisy and out of consideration for her budget, I'd hope to keep the cost somewhere around $75 for the two of us - we don't drink so alcohol won't be part of the tab. Probably French, Italian or American would be best - we both love sushi but I'm not sure that fits our target budget and I don't really think of most sushi places as very romantic.

I think I've narrowed it down to Ca Del Sole or Pinot Bistro. Other places I was considering included Sparks Woodfire Grill but not sure the ambiance there is that great, or Paul's Cafe in Sherman Oaks but haven't been there in so long I just don't know if its a good choice. Any other suggestions, or picks between Ca Del Sole and Pinot Bistro?

Thanks in advance for any help.

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Ca Del Sole
4100 Cahuenga Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91602

Pinot Bistro
12969 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

  1. Bob Brooks Jun 29, 2010 06:53 PM

    I could be wrong but I think Paul's Cafe is long gone. Pinot Bistro would be a great choice. Lovely ambience and the price is right. Especially if you get there early enough for their 3 course meals for $35.00, which really are a bargain.

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    Pinot Bistro
    12969 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

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      carter Jun 29, 2010 06:58 PM

      Rather Ca Del Sole of your two mentioned options - P/Bistro has just gotten too expensive for really ho-hum food.
      Now for more ho-hum food, in a more enjoyable setting, Rive Gauche in sherman oaks on Ventura at Hazeltine might work.
      Firefly could also work, yet depending on the time of your dinner, the noise factor is more than a potential issue. Nearby, La Loggia might also work.

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      Rive Gauche Cafe
      14106 Ventura Blvd Ste 200, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

      Ca Del Sole
      4100 Cahuenga Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91602

      La Loggia Restaurant
      11814 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

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        lrhr Jun 30, 2010 09:39 AM

        Not traditionally romantic in the candles and flowers sort of fashion, what about Marrakesh? It doesn't get top love for moroccan from chow-ers (but the others are out of your area), but low couches, low light and eating with your fingers might be just the thing. Watching SO dance with the belly dancer might not be. Also, to help with the budget they are on restaurant.com.

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          foodnmusic Jun 30, 2010 10:25 AM

          What about Mistral in Sherman Oaks? It's French, The food is significantly better than Pinot or Ca Del Sole and it is romantic. The only question is price point which would be close depending on what you order.

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          Ca Del Sole
          4100 Cahuenga Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91602

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            archer Jun 30, 2010 12:43 PM

            Highly recommend Ca Del Sole which has wonderful food, well-prepared w/ very fresh ingredients. Patio is lovely this time of year and price is reasonable, particularly for the value of the food. I' ve had a few special occasion meals there & never been disappointed w/ either food or service. Mistral is very pricey (most entrees around 30; steaks over 40). You would have to order very carefully to stay even close to your budget which doesn't sound like much fun to me.

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            Ca Del Sole
            4100 Cahuenga Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91602

            1. re: archer
              Hypnotic23 Jun 30, 2010 01:45 PM

              Give "Il Tiramisu" a try, very nice spot! Plus once a month they have a romantic wine tasting meal, around $50-60 they call their recession deal, wonderful wine with each course they serve you. Peter the owner is a great host.

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                foodnmusic Jun 30, 2010 01:52 PM

                I don't disagree on price at Mistral but every meal I have had at Ca Del Sole has been completely ordinary. Not bad, just kinda fine. The patio is lovely, however. For "Valley Italian" I prefer La Pergola or La Loggia as mentioned earlier.
                All of this said, the patio on a nice night at Ca Del Sole might be just what they are looking for.

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                Ca Del Sole
                4100 Cahuenga Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91602

                La Loggia Restaurant
                11814 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604

                La Pergola
                15005 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

              2. re: foodnmusic
                Hughlipton Jul 3, 2010 04:48 PM

                My wife and I split a sald, split a full order of steak tartare and split a chocolate doffle and i may have two glasses of wine and we con't get out with tax and tip for under a $100. Mistral is sort of pushing the poster's budget. I might suggest Oliva on Van Nuys at Moorpark and ask for a table in the back room next to a window. My cousin from Chicago thought the food was every bit as good as she had ever had in Chicago. Her only concern was that I was willing to sit next to a window.

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                HastaLaPasta Jul 3, 2010 11:37 AM

                Hi all, thanks to everyone who responded with their suggestions. We ended up going to Ca Del Sole after all.

                I ended up having their soup of the day to start, which was a chicken soup with huge pieces of chicken, potato cubes and a leafy lettuce-like vegetable which I don't know the name of but is typical in some Italian soups. Very flavorful and surprisingly filling due to there being a substantial amount of chicken.

                For my main, I had Torro Roso, seared ahi tuna on a bed of steamed spinach, with sauteed red onions, red peppers and capers. This was excellently prepared and again very flavorful, and the amount of tuna was again surprisingly large, about twice as much as I was expecting. The onions and red peppers complimented one-another and the tuna terrificly. Very satisfying.

                My SO had a tuna tartar to start. Looked excellent, I just tried a very small bite on the provided toast and it was quite good.

                Finally my SO had a whole mediterranean white fish for her main course, which came with some steamed spinach and some potato cubes. The waiter deboned the fish at the table and the bite I tried was quite good. The fish was huge and more than she could eat but she certainly enjoyed it.

                The restaurant was not all that crowded, but we had decided to dine early to beat the Friday night crowd. Our waiter was excellent, very attentive, kept coming by to refill drinks and make sure everything was ok, and patiently answered all the questions we had about the menu.

                And though we didn't plan it that way, the bill before tip came in right at my hoped for price at $74. After tip and valet parking, we ended up spending around $100 total for an excellent and enjoyable meal.

                It had been quite some time since I'd dined at Ca Del Sole (probably 10 years or so) , but it was better than I remembered. An enthusiastic two-thumbs up!

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                Ca Del Sole
                4100 Cahuenga Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91602

                Ca Del Sole
                4100 Cahuenga Blvd, Toluca Lake, CA 91602

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                  archer Jul 3, 2010 03:25 PM

                  Thanks for reporting back. So glad you enjoyed your meal! The whole white fish was a special the last time I was there as well & I too thought it was delicious (& a huge portion-- left-overs made for a great lunch the next day.)

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