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Feb 7, 2011 11:36 AM

French themed date night

Planning a romantic French Night Out. Planning around Gigi (the play) at UCLA.
Looking for pre-theater dinner and post dessert or drinks with
French themes. Coming from South Bay so ok with anything from Culver City to SaMo and inland to 3rd/melrose/etc.

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  1. Perhaps Le Saint Amour in Culver City?

    Le Saint Amour
    9725 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

    1. budget? without knowing that, my first thoughts are Melisse and Bastide.

      Melisse Restaurant
      1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

      Bastide Restaurant
      8475 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, CA 90069

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        Probably less than that. Thinking about $100 before drinks/ wine.

        1. re: goodetime

          i thought that might be the case, that's why i asked :) it sucks that La Cachette & Chez Mimi are both closed!

          okay, in light of the budget, Le Saint Amour would definitely work. there's also Lilly's on Abbot Kinney.

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

          Le Saint Amour
          9725 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            did the OP say that this was a request for tonight?
            La Cachette Bistro on ocean in santa monica is only closed on mondays.
            open all other nights.
            1733 Ocean Ave
            Santa Monica, CA 90401
            (310) 434-9509

            1. re: westsidegal

              i meant Anisette, not La Cachette! thanks for the catch :)

              do you think the menu at La Cachette is French enough for the OP's plan? it's a bit too eclectic/multinational, no?

              La Cachette
              Little Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067

              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                i think the menu is french enough to work, but the problem is that dinner service starts at 6pm. can't imagine that OP would be able to eat and get to the theater for an 8pm curtain.

                  1. re: perk

                    If you look up a couple of posts goodhealth was making the point that, for the sake of this outing, it's too bad that both Anisette (he mistakenly wrote La Cachette) and Chez Mimi have shut their doors.

                1. re: westsidegal

                  Thanks for the suggestions. Keep them coming. The Date Night is not until 2/26. I know French dining is usually at a slower pace, but showtime is 8:00.

                2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  Lilly's is a great idea for the OP, went there last week and it was perfect spot.

              2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                i believe that dinner service at melisse starts at 5:45 on saturdays.
                the curtain time for the play at UCLA is 8pm.

              3. Soleil, in Westwood (corner of Westwood & Wilkins).
                Ratata, also in Westwood.

                1386 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

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                1. re: J.L.


                  The proprietors are very French. And very nice. But the food? Not something I could recommend with a clear conscience.

                  Lilly's on Abott Kinney in Venice.

                  Anisette would have been perfect, but unfortunately, they are closed. (but someone else is opening there - not sure when that's going to happen, but if you walk into that place - it's like walking into Paris. Very nicely done! Complete with a LONG zinc bar.

                  1. re: foodiemahoodie

                    My meals at Ratata have been solid. Not stellar, but certainly French and decent, in keeping with OP's criteria.

                2. Perhaps Bouchon in Beverly Hills? Mixed reviews here but I have had good meals there and think it would suit your needs.

                  Bouchon Bistro
                  235 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

                    1. re: wienermobile

                      dinner at cafe pierre in manhattan beach starts at 5:30pm.
                      curtain for the theater at UCLA ( with the attendant parking problem) is 8pm.