Cool/romantic dinner and hotel combo in LA?
I am looking to take my wife to LA for a 'romantic' (nice hotel and great food, not cheesey, no flowers required!) Monday night. We recently moved from New York to San Diego and dont know the LA dining scene at all. I had wanted to take her to Ink (she isa huge top chef fan) but I can't get a reservation. Does anyone have any suggestions on a hotel and restaurant pairing? It could be a restaurant in a hotel (not usually my preference) or within a 15 min cab ride. She is a pescatarian so no steak houses or offal specialists I'm afraid. Dinner can be super relaxed to relatively classy, just not overly formal and stuffy, or filled with 'expense account diners' please. We can stay in any area of LA and dont really want to spend more than $300 on the room and less than $100 per head on dinner. All cuisines considered.
Since you were looking for an "ink' experience, might I recommend Red Medicine? If you call ahead with your food/budget restrictions they can even put together a tasting menu that would undoubtedly outshine what you might have had at ink (my first time there, we presented a budget of $150pp with wine pairing and the result was one of the best meals I've ever had in Los Angeles!). After that, the newly opened Hotel Wilshire is just a little bit east and, according to their website, has a grand opening special for approx. $200 a night.
Lots of good suggestions here. But if you really want to go to Ink....why not send them an e-mai, or call, and tell them why you'd like to go? I've been there...and found the staff to be very nice. I'm guessing they might go the extra mile if they knew it was a special event.....
Thanks for all of the suggestions! Have any of you been to the Royce at the Langham lately? The latest reviews on Yelp are pretty brutal....
I have sent a begging email to Ink, so we'll see if they have a space open up. It's the night before Valentine's night so I'm guessing they will be really busy.
I'll work through your recommendations and see which look best.....
My wife & I dined at the Royce in April of last year. It was certainly a positive experience, but it was not the best food I'd ever had. It was not even the best food I'd ever had in that room (we had eaten there the year before, when it was still The Dining Room and Michael Voltaggio was at the helm). Nevertheless, I have no complaints about what we had, and felt that we got good value for our money in terms of the food, the service and the overall experience. The hotel is also quite nice, and certainly makes for a great romantic overnight.
For what it's worth, I would be wary of trusting Yelp reviews on a place like The Royce (or just about anywhere else you'd be considering). That doesn't mean they're wrong, though.
Hey, just wanted to say thanks for your advice. After sending a begging email to Ink they called to say that they actually had three tables available! So persistence paid off this time.
We will still check out all of the other suggestions for our next visit , in May. Thanks everyone...
A few ideas...
The Santa Monica Fairmont and Fig Restaurant or Melisse or Rustic Canyon just down the street.
The Montage Beverly Hills and Scarpetta or Spago across the street.
The W Hollywood and Providence or either Mozza 10 minute drive away.
Shade Hotel Manhattan Beach and Manhattan Beach Post around the corner.
Rustic Canyon Wine Bar
1119 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
6602 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038
5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038
176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401
6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
100 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Manhattan Beach Post
1142 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266