HOME > Chowhound > Los Angeles Area >

Affordable places we can dress up at?

Vexir Mar 11, 2011 02:25 PM

The girl I'm dating wants to dress up classy for tonight, but I can't find a place to take her that isn't $100+ per person. I'm a college student so $50 or less for dinner would be ideal - keep in mind we split dishes often though. I have tickets to Groundlings after dinner (which we will be going to dressed up, heh) so something in the West Hollywood area would work, or Downtown as well because we're coming from USC.

Are there any restaurants where we wouldn't be out of place being dressed up but still keep it affordable? ($10-15 per entree would be ideal, maybe a little more if the portions are huge though.)

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. l
    Layne Murphy RE: Vexir Mar 11, 2011 03:07 PM

    If you're coming from downtown the old school Frere Taix is fun and in your price range and you won't feel dorky being dressed up there. They have a great winelist and while the food isn't haute gourmet, it's pretty good.

    1. n
      ns1 RE: Vexir Mar 11, 2011 03:09 PM

      Riviera in DTLA? Easily doable if you're splitting plates.

      1. ocshooter RE: Vexir Mar 11, 2011 03:14 PM

        Roy's downtown has a prix fixe menu that I have always enjoyed.


        Roy's Restaurant
        800 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90017

        1. v
          Vexir RE: Vexir Mar 11, 2011 03:40 PM

          I actually decided to go here. Thanks for the replies though! I'm sure someone will find this useful.


          8 Replies
          1. re: Vexir
            Servorg RE: Vexir Mar 11, 2011 03:47 PM

            Are you still planning to get "dressed up" for Lala's?

            1. re: Servorg
              Vexir RE: Servorg Mar 11, 2011 05:01 PM

              Yep. I don't think it would be wierd. We'd just look like we came from a classy event.

              1. re: Vexir
                Servorg RE: Vexir Mar 12, 2011 10:33 AM

                "We'd just look like we came from a classy event."

                I think if the board contributors had known that plan would work for you it would have made recommending places a whole lot easier...

                1. re: Servorg
                  apple7blue RE: Servorg Mar 12, 2011 10:51 AM

                  Yeah heh you can do Del Taco like that

                  1. re: apple7blue
                    wienermobile RE: apple7blue Mar 12, 2011 10:59 AM

                    I've seen many at Tommy's on Rampart in Tuxes and formal wear.

                    1. re: wienermobile
                      Servorg RE: wienermobile Mar 12, 2011 11:10 AM

                      I would need an "8 ply head to toe body napkin" if I was eating at Tommy's in a tux...

                      1. re: Servorg
                        wienermobile RE: Servorg Mar 12, 2011 11:16 AM


            2. re: Vexir
              chuck RE: Vexir Mar 12, 2011 08:28 PM

              I have gone to In and Out in Hollywood in a tux on oscar night.

            3. f
              foodiemahoodie RE: Vexir Mar 12, 2011 12:10 AM

              Bouchon in B .H. has a 45 dollar 3 course menu. (I'm assuming you meant 50 per person). And it fits your dress up requirments.

              1. hrhboo RE: Vexir Mar 12, 2011 09:00 AM

                If you find yourself in a similar position in the future, http://www.angelicaffe.com/menu/

                1. a
                  apple7blue RE: Vexir Mar 12, 2011 10:04 AM

                  Trojans rule! Heh . . . I love going to LA Market at LA Live. You wouldn't be amiss dressed up or dressed down. It's close to campus. Though I checked its within the price range you say because I never order "mains". I guess like people suggested--prix fixe is where you should follow. I just try to make do with the menus with my student budget--but I guess that isn't cool if you are taking your girlfriend out. I figure you can go dressed up anywhere so I'd go to M Cafe or Mozza if you are at Groundlings. Meson G was perfect but they closed.

                  LA Market
                  900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

                  Show Hidden Posts