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Santa Monica Birthday Dinner for 2

Hi everyone,

I'd like to try a new place for dinner on my boyfriend's birthday next Monday. He's a pescatarian, so fish is good, but we're not going to a steak house. Ambience (especially lighting) is important, price isn't too much of a concern. We like southern food (because it's where he's from), french, american, mexican, sushi, tapas, anything adventurous. Extra points for places with a 30s/40s vibe like Angels and Copa 'd Oro.

Some places i'm considering:

JiRaffe
Musha
Melisse

But I have a feeling you guys can tell me something better :)

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  1. How about Capo? Great ambience, fireplace.
    Here is the link

    http://www.caporestaurant.com/

    1. How about the new Villetta? While we haven't been yet it looks really interesting.

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      Villetta
      246 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402

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        1. re: Local

          Knowing that it's owned by LGO, I can't imagine the food is anything great.

          1. re: joshekg

            yeh, though one would hope that maybe they could eventually get something right...oh well.

      1. Turns out Capo and Melisse are both closed on Mondays. Forgot that it can be a difficult day to be fabulous.

        Villetta is a definite maybe. Italian isn't usually the man's first choice, but i like the look and location, so it's consideration.

        I ate at Misfit for lunch on opening day. The food was delicious, the staff was friendly and it's a gorgeous space. This might work, too.

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        Villetta
        246 26th St, Santa Monica, CA 90402

        1. Much as I like Musha, ambience is not its strong suit--conviviality, on the other hand....JiRaffe would work nicely and they have, in addition to the regular menu, a nice bistro menu that changes every Monday. Have you looked at Buffalo Club, Whist or Wilshire?

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          Jiraffe Restaurant
          502 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

          Whist Restaurant
          1819 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401

          Wilshire Restaurant
          2454 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404

          Musha
          424 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

          Buffalo Club
          1520 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404

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          1. re: New Trial

            What I like most about these suggestions is they all have outdoor seating! Weather (or heatlamp) permitting, that would lovely.

            Whist--I prefer going here for brunch.

            Wilshire--hadn't considered, I've only been here late night after it turns into a club. I will check this out

            Buffalo Club--I've been so ridiculously curious about for quite some time. I'm sure it's beautiful. But for this particular event I wish someone could assure me the food will be great and the service not so rude.

            1. re: madelaine

              Although not up to the peak he was cooking at Champagne, Patrick Healy remains a very talented chef and, while I do not go often, I have always had very good meals there (more lunches than dinners). The notorious attitude at Buffalo Club (more the front than the servers even then) has long since faded.

              One caveat on Wilshire: the chef left recently so I am not sure who is heading the kitchen now.

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              Buffalo Club
              1520 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404

          2. Madelaine,
            Just went to JiRaffe for a birthday this past Monday. We had a terrific relaxing meal. Each of us ordered the Prix Fixe (38 dollars) Bistro Menu that is only available on Mondays. http://www.jirafferestaurant.com/news.... There is usually a fish and meat entree choice and you can still order off the regular menu that is Californian French. The Bistro Menu changes every week depending on what Chef Lunetta wants to cook. The waiter brought out a plate with Happy Birthday written on in chocolate with the dessert. The service was professional and the restaurant seems very intimate in relation to most restaurants today. I love Musha but it is a very different restaurant . It's a izakya that is more casual. The price point for Melisse is much higher than Jiraffe.

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            Jiraffe Restaurant
            502 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

            Musha
            1725 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90501