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Valentines day suggestions? GF visiting from out of town

realbigfoodie Feb 1, 2011 02:47 PM

My girlfriend (from NYC) is visiting LA during the week of valentine's day and I want to show her a good time. We are both foodies, but since I moved here only a couple of months ago and I cook a lot, I don't know the restaurant scene as well as I should. I live in westwood, but driving is not a problem. Does anyone have any suggestions for good places to for valentines day in LA? To give you a taste of our food interests, we like sushi, new american, greek, pretty much anything but those are the best.

Thank you! I really appreciate your suggestions.

  1. OCAnn Feb 1, 2011 03:09 PM

    There are three very similar, very recent threads:

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/760668 :: Valentines Day dinner in LA

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/760204 :: What do people usually do for valentine's day?

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/757361 :: North Orange County Romantic/Fine Dining - Valentines Day Suggestions

    1. honkman Feb 1, 2011 03:34 PM

      There only a few days of the years when you should visit any restaurant otherwise you will get most of the times a underwhelming experience and Valentines day might be the best example. If you really have to go pick a restaurant which doesn't have a specific Valentines Day menu. Last year we visited LA during the Valentines Day time and went to Animal for Valentines Day which was a good decision.

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      1. re: honkman
        realbigfoodie Feb 1, 2011 04:09 PM

        Thanks for the suggestion, I know that V Day isn't the best time to go out for dinner but it's what we do. Any other good restaurants which don't have special menus?

        1. re: realbigfoodie
          honkman Feb 1, 2011 07:33 PM

          Laxy Ox Canteen, Rivera,

      2. goodhealthgourmet Feb 1, 2011 03:54 PM

        Valentine's Day is the worst night of the year for dining out, but if you must, i agree with honkman's suggestion to choose a place that serves their regular menu. are you looking for someplace with a distinctly romantic atmosphere? and what's your budget? also, what's the time frame for her visit? assuming she'll be here for a few nights you might be better off cooking her a nice romantic dinner on V-Day and saving the restaurant outing for Tuesday or Wednesday...

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        1. re: goodhealthgourmet
          realbigfoodie Feb 1, 2011 04:11 PM

          A romantic atmosphere would be a big plus. Budget-wise, I don't want to go too expensive but if I end up spending 100-150 total on the evening I won't be too upset. She is coming for a week or so, so yes I could cook for her but my place is pretty small. I do want to take her out so generally good suggestions (not just restaurants) for things to do on V day are greatly appreciated.

        2. wienermobile Feb 1, 2011 03:55 PM

          There is a special Valentines Day all meat menu at Fig in Santa Monica. It sounds great if the two of you are a carnivorous for each other. Check out the link below for an amazing menu:

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            mc michael Feb 1, 2011 08:06 PM

            I'd recommend Orris but it's not open on Monday. I'd still recommend you try it. For New American in your area, Palomino in Westwood is OK. For Valentines set menus, I'd suggest either Drago Centro or Roy's downtown.

            Drago Centro
            525 S. Flower St., Suite 120, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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              NAspy Feb 1, 2011 08:44 PM

              We've been to Joe's a couple times for VDay -- very LA, small, intimate, nice menu.

              1. J.L. Feb 2, 2011 12:46 AM

                If you're blessed with the gift of knowing how to cook at home, use it on Valentine's Day, of all days. Yours truly is doing exactly that.

                But if you still need recs, I suggest Bar Hayama on Sawtelle (close to Westwood)... Outdoor firepit, sushi, sake & good times. L.A. Chowhound wisdom: The best sushi days in L.A. (read: freshest fish) are Tuesdays through Fridays.

                Or perhaps Wakasan (home-style cooked Japanese cuisine with a bit of sashimi) on Westwood Blvd., just south of Santa Monica Blvd., will fit the bill. I suggest reservations even for McDonald's on Valentine's Day, so call up Wakasan first before you 2 saunter in without a rezzie. Bon chance.

                1929 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

                Bar Hayama
                11300 Nebraska Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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                1. re: J.L.
                  Servorg Feb 4, 2011 05:59 AM

                  I found Wakasan to be one of the least "romantic" restaurants (as smalll Japanese restaurants tend to be in most cases anyway) that I've ever been in. So if any sort of romantic ambiance is important to the OP I'd give Wakasan a miss for this dinner.

                  1. re: Servorg
                    J.L. Feb 4, 2011 10:52 PM

                    Just trying to be helpful with Wakasan, since OP says he lives in Westwood. The dining room is authentically Japanese, at least.

                    When I was dating Mrs. J.L., we even found California Pizza Kitchen to be romantic. Multiply that by the "absence makes the heart grow fonder" aspect of a long-distance relationship, and I think romance can be had dining in a Jack In The Box.

                    Just my 2 cents.

                    1929 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

                2. westsidegal Feb 2, 2011 10:15 PM

                  you didn't give us a budget,
                  but for a pretty sushi/japanese restaurant with good price/quality/quantity ratios, my go-to place is K-Zo restaurant in culver city.
                  be SURE to have a reservation.

                  9240 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

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                    realbigfoodie Feb 2, 2011 10:21 PM

                    So I was able to get reservations at two places that both look good (don't worry, I'm going to cancel one of them shortly - with lots of time before the big day): at Joe's Restaurant in Venice, and The Water Grill downtown. Which of the two do you think would be a better spot for valentine's day?

                    Water Grill
                    544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

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                    1. re: realbigfoodie
                      cls Feb 3, 2011 08:12 PM

                      Joe's - younger
                      Water Grill - older

                      Water Grill
                      544 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90071

                      1. re: cls
                        realbigfoodie Feb 3, 2011 10:54 PM

                        By younger/older, you mean in terms of clientele right?

                        1. re: realbigfoodie
                          mc michael Feb 4, 2011 05:35 AM

                          yes, Joe's is a little more casual.

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