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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.

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    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

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      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

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          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

              1. I would like to keep everything to under $100. Ideally we could eat dinner and each have a glass of wine for that amount.

                Oh, and we are going out tonight at 5:30.

                I was dying to try Upstairs 2, but they are closed tonight. Some of the other restaurants are too expensive for the date, but I will definitely be trying them out soon.

                Upstairs 2
                2311 Cotner Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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                1. re: Brooke1223

                  Cafe Angelino
                  near Robertson & 3rd.

                  Get their pizze funghe (mushroom flatbread pizza), and a glass of pinot grigio.

                  Cafe Angelino
                  8735 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048

                2. You might want to consider Lukshon in Culver City in the Helms Bakery. It's lovely and you could get table outside which is covered I find so comfortable for a date night - replete with sparkly lights and at 5:30 you should have no problem getting in but call. The food is amazing and you can easily share several dishes - I recommend the duck popiah, the sausage stuffed squid, the chicken pops and a noodle dish. I think it'll meet your price point or just above it. Worth it if he is! Good luck! PS - you can always walk down to Father's Office after dinner for a drink and change of venue.

                  3239 Helms Ave, Culver City, CA 90034

                  1. Assuming it's not a first date, and you're doing well - Melisse. Get a booth, carte blanche, wine pairings (with some additional champs) and this will be a memorable date. I did this with an old girlfriend and we fell in love for the third time.

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                    1. re: foodiemahoodie

                      Um, under $100?? At Melisse?? Not likely......

                      1. re: foodiemahoodie

                        melisse would NOT fit Brooke's criterion of: "I would like to keep everything to under $100. Ideally we could eat dinner and each have a glass of wine for that amount."

                      2. I would go for Fig in the Fairmony Miramar Hotel off Wilshire and Ocean (or 2nd, I forget). They do a GREAT happy hour with everything half off from 5-6, it's all small plates, very cute around the pool, and I'll bet you could get in and out for WAY under your budget (providing that you go at happy hour). Oh, and the foods great!!

                        1. soooo, where did you end up, what'd you have and HOW'D IT GO?!