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Aug 27, 2010 02:57 PM

Unique LA/OC Restaurants/Sushi Places

So I know this is a bit broad... let me give you a little background as to what I am searching for :)

Im taking this boy out for his bday (which happens to be on a tuesday - wa wa waa). We've only been dating 2 months so nothing to extravagent, but something a little nicer than normal date status. That being said Im looking for a dinner place that is a little unique... e.g Bonaventure Brewing is cool because of the beer, patio, and ambience being in the middle of downtown LA (but we've both been there so not an option).... found a place called La Cave in costa mesa which seems cool because its underground, red lighting, swanky entertainment but its pretty pricey....So you can see im just looking for something a little different, one could say "special" :)

We're located in Long Beach, so anywhere within reasonable driving distance to either LA or OC on a Tuesday after work would be doable.

How does the sushi come into this? Well... he loves it and I dont haha - so I thought it would be nice to take him to something that would be for him. Im sure I can find some non-sushi food on a menu, right? But so if any of you also know of any unique (shark tanks? great ocean view? something with an x factor) that is a sushi place, I would also consider that as well.

Oh, price... I guess moderate? $40-$60 for two sounds reasonable? Preferably less if I could swing it lol :)


La Cave Restaurant
1695 Irvine Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92627

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  1. What about going to Don the Beachcomber in Seal/Sunset/Whatever Beach? No sushi, sadly, but lots of rum drinks... and if you go right after work (it's only two minutes south of the Orange Curtain on PCH) it'll be happy hour and the food is cheap and the rum plentiful.

    Don the Beachcomber
    16278 South Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92649

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    1. re: Das Ubergeek

      Not a bad option. I drive past this every day on my way to and from work so I think I may have over looked it lol. HH probably isnt the best bday event, but I will keep it in mind. Thanks! Any other good suggestions?

      1. re: Steftacular

        At your budget, most sushi restaurants will leave you pretty hungry. Maybe Izakaya like Haru Ulala or Honda Ya where they serve some sushi and various other Japanese dishes in a festive atmosphere.

        Haru Ulala
        368 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

        8420 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

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