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Oct 21, 2011 08:02 PM

romantic spot for an anniversary dinner- anywhere in bay area

my first anniversary is approaching and im looking for a romantic place to take my SO.

money is a little tight for us so im looking for a place that will be around $100 for both of us. she will most likely have a glass of wine, while ill be having water since i dislike drinking anything else with a meal. we will also probably share a dessert.

she is a picky eater. preferably nothing asian/hispanic/mediterranean/etc. no seafood. she likes italian, maybe french.

im in santa clara and wouldn't mind driving 60-90mins, so anywhere from SF down to Monterrey/Carmel would be ok.


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    1. Chez Papa Bistrot is one suggestion & is easily accessible from the South. It can get loud but it is such a charming restaurant in an equally charming neighborhood. Good food, not too expensive & friendly service. One of my favorite items there is the "Anson Mills semoule, roasted chanterelle mushrooms, truffle oil, cypress hills goat cheese" creamy, comfy & tasty.

      Chez Papa
      1401 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94107

      1. now that i think about it, id probably prefer not to go to the city unless it is someplace extraordinary. im really thinking about someplace down in santa cruz or monterrey/carmel.

        4 Replies
        1. re: flyinhyphy

          You should post on the California board for recs in Santa Cruz/Monterey.

          1. re: ceekskat

            thanks. ill keep this thread open though in case something good comes up in the south bay.

          2. re: flyinhyphy

            Monterrey is on the Mexican Board.

          3. Tiny place in Los Gatos, must have reservations. Feels very chic and intimate. Chef will visit the table.

            Neighborhood place, for a tony neighborhood. Walk lovely downtown Saratoga after dinner with twinkling white lights on all the trees. Visit the wine tasting rooms in town.

            1. Located in downtown Los Gatos this is neither French or Italian but the menu will please your wife and it fits your budget with exceptional food. The wine list is all CA and what's really nice is that you can have ANY wine by the glass @ 25% of the bottles cost. You can stroll the surrounding neighborhoods, Santa Cruz Avenue, or Old Town afterwards. It's a cozy, intimate space so reservations are highly recommended. C'est tre's romantique!