Romantic, tasty (but not trendy) restaurant recommendations for Los Angeles, along the lines of Off Vine or Anisette?
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!
6263 Leland Way, Los Angeles, CA 90028
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.
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
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
8475 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, CA 90069
8474 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90069