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Romantic, tasty (but not trendy) restaurant recommendations for Los Angeles, along the lines of Off Vine or Anisette?

brooklyn_bites Aug 10, 2010 09:15 AM

It's my parents 35-year wedding anniversary, and I'd like to take them out to dinner.
I live in Brooklyn and am not in the know about the Los Angeles restaurant scene. They love Anisette and Off Vine, and enjoyed the food and decor at Bouchon but found it too snotty.

They love New American food, seafood and French food... Any recommendations on a beautiful setting -- though not too pretentious and definitely not trendy -- that they might enjoy?

Thanks for any recommendations!

Off Vine
6263 Leland Way, Los Angeles, CA 90028

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    yogachik Aug 11, 2010 08:43 AM

    The Wilshire. Sit on the patio.

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      New Trial Aug 10, 2010 11:52 PM

      Take a look at Lucques, Providence and Bastide. Josie, mentioned by other posters, is also a great choice.

      5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

      2424 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405

      Bastide Restaurant
      8475 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, CA 90069

      8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

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      1. re: New Trial
        Emme Aug 11, 2010 01:34 AM

        in addition to these, you might also look at Wilshire on the edge of Santa Monica.

        also, the patio at Pane e Vino can be quite lovely.

        one other thought - Campanile.

        1. re: New Trial
          andytseng Aug 11, 2010 09:32 AM

          I love Lucques, and I feel like it fits what you're looking for. Works out if it's on a Sunday also.

          8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069

        2. westsidegal Aug 10, 2010 01:18 PM

          i'd go for Lilly's French Cafe in venice on abbot kinney.
          specifically ask for a table overlooking the amazing garden.

          Lilly's French Cafe & Bar
          1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

          1. WildSwede Aug 10, 2010 11:41 AM

            I always liked Mirabelle Restaurant on Sunset. Not snooty, nice interior, great food and service. I love their raw oysters! Congrats to the parents!

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              whatsfordinner Aug 10, 2010 11:38 AM

              Josie's in Santa Monica: New American, pretty and elegant, not pretentious, great service, great food and quiet enough for conversation.

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              1. re: whatsfordinner
                Nicole Aug 10, 2010 11:58 AM

                Ditto on Josie. Nice setting, good food, not pretentious or trendy.

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                  glutton Aug 11, 2010 03:38 AM

                  I would definitely recommend Josie -- it's elegant without being stuffy and it's got wonderful food. If they can go on a Wed night, they can get Josie's farmers market menu, which is a wonderfully executed, seasonal menu.

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                noahbites Aug 10, 2010 09:53 AM

                The decor is not as inspiring as some other places around town, but I've really been enjoying the food at Rustic Canyon Wine Bar lately. Atmosphere is nice though -- and not at all snooty in my experience.

                Rustic Canyon Wine Bar
                1119 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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                1. re: noahbites
                  brooklyn_bites Aug 10, 2010 11:05 AM

                  These all look great, thank you all so much!

                  1. re: noahbites
                    hnsbmg Aug 11, 2010 12:02 AM

                    I second Rustic Canyon. I went in to try their acclaimed burger (which was good and -- get this -- you could actually *dictate to the kitchen* what you wanted in condiments) but found other items much more to my liking, many small plates of lovely grub, including a decent cheese selection. There were nice wines by the glass, a delicious port for the cheese, and the service was friendly and competent. The night we were there, all age groups appeared in the interesting mix of people.

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                    schrutefarms Aug 10, 2010 09:19 AM

                    You might want to give Vinoteque a looksie-they have a great patio, perfect for summertime.

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                      lil mikey Aug 10, 2010 09:42 AM

                      Another great patio is at Cafe des Artistes. They might also like the French food.

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