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Amazing Destination Restaurant for Anniversary Dinner?

My husband and I are coming up on the 5th anniversary of our first date and wanted to go somewhere special to celebrate. Though we live in LA, we were thinking it would be fun to go somewhere not in LA but within driving distance - maybe Central Coast, but we're open to other ideas. Cost is not really an issue, but amazing food is a must - and if the service and ambiance were great, that would be a plus! Does anybody have any recommendations? TIA!

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  1. I think your question is too open-ended. Maybe list a couple of locations so it can be narrowed down a bit. I'm thinking Santa Barbara would be a great place and not too far from LA. Think about changing your title to one or two specific locations and ask for suggestions from there.

    1. The Ballard Inn in the greater Solvang area would fit the need. Spectacular food and a lovely place to stay.

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      The Ballard Inn & Restaurant
      2436 Baseline Ave, Solvang, CA 93463

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      1. re: Bruce in SLO

        Thanks, Bruce, this is exactly the kind of place we had in mind - off-the-beaten track, but great food. Have you also been to Root 246, and if so, which restaurant do you prefer?

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        Root 246
        420 Alisal Road, Solvang, CA 93463

        1. re: aching

          Studio @ the Montage in Laguna Beach is amazing! :)

      2. Sycamore Mineral Springs in Avila Beach (just south of San Luis Obispo) is a fun place. The restaurant is great. If you choose to stay, each room has its own private jacuzzi that you fill with hot mineral water after you arrive. The spa is also excellent. Perfect for a winter getaway!

        1. Stay at the Inn of the Spanish Gardens or Simpson House in Santa Barbara and have dinner at Julienne.

          1. The Stonehouse at the San Yisdro Ranch.

            http://www.sanysidroranch.com/dine1.cfm

            Happy Anniversary.

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            Stonehouse Restaurant
            107 Sacramento St, Nevada City, CA 95959