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asca2 Oct 19, 2012 03:28 PM

Hi all,

I am planning to propose to my girlfriend very soon. Unfortunately I have not had much luck finding a place to do it. I am looking for a small romantic and private outdoor area where I can do my proposal. The place could be anywhere around Los Angeles. I would love if it could be like a small garden or rooftop where I could set up one table and have dinner. Everything I find, it seems as though it is designed for a large party, like the Oviatt Rooftop or the Japanese Garden in Van Nuys. I would like to bring in food from the outside or have the place cater it, if it is possible. Unfortunately, most restaurants are always packed on Friday nights, which is the day of the week I would propose. I would really appreciate any advice you guys might have. Thank you in advance!

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  1. J.L. RE: asca2 Oct 19, 2012 03:52 PM

    By the swan pond, on the grounds of the restaurant at Hotel Bel Air. They're less busy on a weeknight. Aim for a night with full moon for added effect. Make sure you tell them of your intent of proposing when you make the reservation, and the staff there will really try to make it a great experience for you both.

    Good luck!

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      maudies5 RE: J.L. Oct 19, 2012 05:30 PM

      J.L. is exactly right. Also, make a reservation to spend the night. Go from your table to your room.
      Worked that way for my son and D.I.L.
      Good luck.

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        asca2 RE: J.L. Oct 19, 2012 05:33 PM

        wow tank you so much for the amazing tip! I called and they informed me that to rent the space around the lake would be very expensive, but if I dine at the restaurant, I could call the week of and they might be able to allow me to privately use the space for a few minutes. If I don't find anything concrete, I will definitely go with this idea. Again, thank you very much!

      2. Servorg RE: asca2 Oct 19, 2012 05:28 PM

        Look for a hotel with a suite with a view of the city lights, and a balcony big enough for room service dining set up for two, and then let nature take its course(s)...

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          asca2 RE: Servorg Oct 19, 2012 05:33 PM

          that is also a good idea! The only problem is that I want to hire a guitar player to play our song when I am about to propose and logistically it would be hard to do it in a room.

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          nosh RE: asca2 Oct 19, 2012 06:32 PM

          Doesn't your GF read Chowhound?!?

          If not, are you sure you are really compatible?

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            liu RE: nosh Oct 19, 2012 06:55 PM

            Hysterical, nosh!

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              J.L. RE: nosh Oct 19, 2012 07:44 PM

              Maybe she doesn't know her BF's handle is asca2...

            2. ipsedixit RE: asca2 Oct 19, 2012 08:33 PM

              Patio at Saddle Peak Lodge.

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                amydraughnbates RE: asca2 Oct 22, 2012 11:34 PM

                The Little Door in LA. Il Cielo in Beverly Hills. Both are sweet and romantic with patios.

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                  gordo26 RE: amydraughnbates Nov 22, 2012 12:30 PM

                  +1 for Il Cielo. Definitely very romantic.

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                  ns1 RE: asca2 Nov 20, 2012 06:44 PM

                  Dunno if you got this handled yet, but the Japanese Garden in Van Nuys is next to a sewage treatment plant.

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                    mc michael RE: ns1 Nov 25, 2012 10:11 AM

                    For better or for worse....

                  2. CharlesKochel RE: asca2 Nov 24, 2012 11:40 PM

                    Inn of the 7th Ray is Super Romanic and they might cater to your needs. Most eat outside, but the have an inside area, very private

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                      Thor123 RE: asca2 Nov 25, 2012 03:43 PM

                      I think Cafe La Boheme has private venues and a patio.

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