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Late night dinner date on Westside?

My girlfriend and I both work in a restaurant, and we haven't had the same day off in months. On a good night we can both drive straight from work and meet at a restaurant by 10:15 or so. We squeeze into Bandera once in a while before they close at 11 and that's usually fine. Other than that the only place nearby that feels like a date is Pacific Dining Car, and we're getting a little sick of it. Is there anything fun and at least a little bit romantic open 'til 11 or 12 on the Westside? We live in Brentwood, but I'm willing to drive as far as Koreatown or West Hollywood. I don't mind squeezing in a place at 10:00 if they really keep taking customers until 11, but it seems like most places that say they're open late don't have much problem closing 30 minutes early if they're not busy. Usually that leaves us as the "last guests" ten minutes after we open a $100 bottle of wine, and the entire staff is waiting for us to finish so they can go home. Price is not really an issue, we'd just like somewhere nice where we won't feel rushed. I searched older threads but most of what I found was too casual for a date. Thanks!

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  1. Try Berri's on Third. They are open till 4 AM.

    1. Well if you are willing to go to Koreatown then you have lots of options there like Hodori, Namsan and BCD Tofu House.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        We went to BCD Tofu House once but my girlfriend didn't look too happy eating tofu soup in a cocktail dress and heels. And no booze. We still go back, but not on date nights.

        1. re: la2tokyo

          I can see how your girl felt. BCD is like Korean Denny's to me.

      2. Gjelina and The Tasting Kitchen are both open late.
        Animal on the eastside.

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        Tasting Kitchen
        1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90291

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        1. re: citizenx

          Thanks! I had no idea that Gjelina was open that late. Tasting Kitchen doesn't list their hours on their website - it just says "6pm to close." About what time is that? Google maps says 11pm. They have a bar, so if the bar is kinda busy we won't have to feel bad being the only people in there at 11. I guess we can always call and see, and if they're closing early we can head over to Gjelina.

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          Tasting Kitchen
          1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90291

          1. re: la2tokyo

            Not sure exactly how late The Tasting Kitchen closes, but I had a 9:30 dinner there last year that finished after midnight, and we weren't the last to leave.

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            Tasting Kitchen
            1633 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90291

        2. How about Kate Manilini? They're open until midnight during the week. (Though I think they close earlier on Sunday & Monday. later on weekends.) There seems to be a number of late night diners there, and the food is pretty solid. Not romantic, though.

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          1. re: perk

            they are one of those places that closes early at times

            1. re: apple7blue

              If they were to close early, would it be more than 30 minutes early? We'll probably give it a shot one of these days. We drove by last night at 11 but they were closed, and we ended up eating at Red Medicine. Red Medicine was nice, but they only serve the (small) bar menu and we ate everything on it. The food was good, but we would have to eat the exact same thing every time we go, so I don't know how often that's going to happen. The guys there were really nice to us, so I wouldn't mind going back again for a drink and a snack.

              1. re: la2tokyo

                Well, I will also say sometimes they are open till like 3 am. They used to advertise, fairly recently 2 am everyday except 1 am on Sunday. They used to open really early too but now it says 8 am. I've been there and they were closed an hour early. I was really disappointed so I am not gonna forget that. On the other hand, business is business--I know they and many other restaurants are/were working out their service hours in response to a changing economy.

                You can tell when the staff wants you to go. I hate that though because if you want to close early then close early--don't post late hours and make me, the customer, feel like a jerk.

              2. re: apple7blue

                ok. good to know. i've had that happen as well at some places. they're supposed to be open, but you're the only person/people there and they REALLY want to go home.

            2. Some of the Izakaya places (Nanban-Kan has always been known as a "chef's after hours" spot) such as Raku on the corner of Olympic and Barrington are traditionally open late.

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              Raku Restaurant
              11678 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

              Nanban-Kan Restaurant
              11330 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

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              1. re: Servorg

                Aha that reminds me:
                Wakasan
                Hamakaze

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                Wakasan
                1929 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025

                Hamakaze
                13327 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066