san fernando valley
Any decent places for a nice dinner near Northridge? We always end up on Ventura Blvd.(which we love) but don't live near. Not a fan of big chains, and would like to have wine ,and good service.
Bistro Alessio on Reseda - Good Italian - http://bistroalessio.com/
Jasmine - Porter Ranch - Thai - http://www.jasminethaicuisinegroup.com/
The Odyssey - Off Rinaldi - Steak house - http://www.theodysseyrestaurant.com/o...
Angelo's - Devonshire St. - Italian - http://www.angeloschatsworth.com/
Musahi - Porter Ranch - Japanese - http://www.musashirestaurant.com/
I second francisd's recommendation for ANGELO'S. Delicious, fresh ingredients, and personable service. It's at Devonshire and Mason, near Carrow's and Casa de Carlos. It's more expensive than Alessio's, but worth the extra price.
In that same shopping corner, CAFE ORIENT is a nice casual restaurant.
Third Angelo's. We've been going here for years.
I can't tell if you're looking for fine dining, or just good food with wine and good service. There aren't many options for fine dining in the North/West valley. Some of our faves are:
Cafe Graikos (Porter Ranch) - Greek
Roy's (Woodland Hills) - Asian Fusion -- yes, it's a chain, but the food and service are always good
Morton's (Woodland Hills) - Steakhouse -- again a chain, but excellent, with a great wine list
Rincome (Granada Hills) - Thai -- casual place, but good food and service
I've also heard good things about L'Affaire Cafe (Cafe L'Affaire?) in Mission Hills for french food but I haven't tried it myself.
We did try Angelos. The owners were very nice, and staff as well. The food was very nice, and light . It did not have a fine dining feel, however. It felt more like a family kind of place that serves wine. What was disappointing was the poor quality bread served cold with a big ball of cold garlic butter......and the bright lighting, and it was cold in there!( maybe because it wasn't very crowded) I thought it was pricey considering the location and lack of ambiance.
Agree about the food at the Odyssey. Go for a drink and view..then head down to La Affair. Food is good, nothing mindblowing, but solid. Angelo's is good, but has a strip mall feel to it. I just realized, I have nothing to add. There really aren't many fine dining options in the SFV. Let this post serve as a cautionary tale. Now if you want to go downmarket a bit...much more to chose from. Good luck.
If you're looking for fine dining, you won't find much in the suburbs. You'll find good food, but in mom&pop type places in strip malls and the like. Or you can go to Roy's/Morton's/Flemings/Ruth's Chris, as I suggested earlier, but those are all chains.
You'll have to drive over the hill or to Ventura Blvd where all the action is to find higher-end fine dining places.