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foodiefavorite Feb 3, 2012 03:50 PM

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.

Any ideas?
Thanks
Rich

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    chuck Feb 3, 2012 04:26 PM

    My wife and I spent the night on the Queen Mary a few weeks ago. We had a nice dinner at Sir WInston's on the ship. It is weel within your budget requirements.

    1. wienermobile Feb 3, 2012 04:38 PM

      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.

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      Rustic Canyon Wine Bar
      1119 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

      Pizzeria Mozza
      6602 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038

      Providence
      5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

      Spago
      176 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

      Melisse Restaurant
      1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90401

      Osteria Mozza
      6602 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

      Scarpetta
      225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

      Fig
      100 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

      Manhattan Beach Post
      1142 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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        rickym13 Feb 3, 2012 05:02 PM

        pasadena langham and the royce?
        biltmore and water grill?

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        yogachik Feb 3, 2012 05:06 PM

        Casa del Mar and Catch Restaurant.
        Fairmont Miramar and Fig
        Shutters on the Beach and Capo
        Viceroy and Capo
        Georgian or Shade Hotel and Fig

        Be sure to go to The Yard in Santa Monica, where a Top Chef is at the helm.

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          wienermobile Feb 3, 2012 05:10 PM

          Top Chef CJ has left the Yard.

        2. perk Feb 3, 2012 05:10 PM

          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.....

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            foodiefavorite Feb 3, 2012 05:41 PM

            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.....

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              Jack Flash Feb 3, 2012 08:54 PM

              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.

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              foodiefavorite Feb 4, 2012 06:13 AM

              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...

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                perk Feb 4, 2012 01:36 PM

                I had a feeling that would work. I'm glad they responded. Enjoy! It's a fun place.....

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              Robert Thornton Feb 3, 2012 08:11 PM

              I also vote Fairmont Miramar and Fig. You can get ocean views, nice hotel, spa so you guys can do a steam room together, Fig has great food, nice walks around the hotel. That's my choice for a romantic getaway with my wife.

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                FranklinJefferson Feb 4, 2012 10:57 AM

                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.

                1. The Chowhound Team Feb 6, 2012 04:08 PM

                  Just a friendly reminder, folks. Chowhound is a food discussion forum, lodging is out of scope for our discussions

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                    foodiefavorite Feb 14, 2012 06:51 AM

                    Hi

                    Dined at Ink last night - a fantastic meal and my wife loved it. If you are going there you should definitely try the carrot dish and the poutine....but everything was really good.

                    Rich

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                      Ciao Bob Feb 14, 2012 02:13 PM

                      Awesome!
                      So glad you enjoyed and especially nice to see how your persistence paid off....thanks for reporting back. Give Red Medicine a shot next visit.

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                        perk Feb 14, 2012 02:22 PM

                        Thanks for reporting back. Glad it all worked out!

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