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Jun 25, 2011 10:02 PM

Need a good date restaurant

I am looking for a restaurant/tapas bar/etc. with good food and a relaxed atmosphere. A place where you could take a date, and spend the evening talking without being hurried out.

I am open to different types of food. Ideally the place would be on the westside.

Your advice would be very appreciated!!

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  1. The Brentwood is a good date restaurant. Be sure to request a booth. The food is good, although, overpriced. Not fussy food and a pretty eclectic menu. You could sit all evening and just have cocktails,appetizers and dessert.

    2 Replies
    1. re: maudies5

      The Brentwood is particularly good if your date is unattractive as it is by far the darkest room in the City.

      1. re: BSW6490

        If that's the case, is there an eatery with a large enough window in the bathroom to crawl out of?

    2. night of the week might make a difference in terms of atmosphere or feeling pressured to vacate your seats.

      - West at Hotel Angeleno could be nice.
      - Primitivo on Abbot Kinney, but only if you can score a table on the patio because it gets deafeningly loud inside.
      - Hostaria del Piccolo in SM is getting good CH reviews but i don't know what the noise level is like.
      - The Misfit, but that's also new & i haven't been there yet.
      - Upper West? Bin 73? Wilshire?

      i know there have to be other great spots in West LA but i'm blanking...i think i've been out of the dating game AND living in the Marina for too long ;)

      Wilshire Restaurant
      2454 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404

      Hotel Angeleno
      170 N Church Ln, Los Angeles, CA 90049

      1025 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

      Upper West
      3321 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404

      Hostaria del Piccolo
      606 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401

      3 Replies
      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        unless West has changed their menu, there is no way it could come in at Brooke1223's budget. when i was there 2 years ago, most drinks were over $10 before tax and tip (i.e. about $13 after tax and tip).
        at a budget of $50/pp all in, can't see how West would work.

        Hosteria del Piccolo charges about $16 for a SMALL bowl of pasta. . . .

        1. re: westsidegal

          Did she mention a budget?

          Never mind, I see it.

          1. re: Phurstluv

            yeah, she didn't mention it until long after i posted those ideas :)

      2. please give us a clue about price level.

        to me, the lounge area at cafe del rey in the marina would do the trick.
        they offer a bar menu or you could order anything that you want from the regular menu.
        their food is better than good.
        good wine-by-the=glass list.
        they also have a full liquor license and capable bartenders.
        quiet enough to hear each other.
        pretty room with a fireplace.

        1. I like GHG's suggestion of Wilshire. Fraiche, Tasting Kitchen and Upstairs 2 also work well for dates.

          Upstairs 2
          2311 Cotner Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064

          Fraiche Santa Monica
          312 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403

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

          4 Replies
          1. re: New Trial

            ooh, Tasting Kitchen is a great idea!

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

            1. re: New Trial

              LOVE Tasting Kitchen, though on a busy Saturday, it can get loud, and I doubt they would want you taking the table all night, it is a bit small, esp if yours was an early reservation.

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

              1. re: Phurstluv

                I have taken dates there and have never been rushed or made to feel unwelcome if we lingered.

            2. The 3rd floor patio over looking the 3rd street promenade at Zengo.

              395 Santa Monica Place, Santa Monica, CA 90401