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Jan 7, 2013 01:48 PM

Valentine's Day--Downtown to SGV

Looking for alternatives for this evening of romance and occasional ripoffs. Suggestions?

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  1. if you didn't melt down your charge card in December...

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    1. re: Servorg

      That's an inspired choice. Thanks.

    2. If you really love your other half, you will spare them the agony of all the crowds on Valentine's Day and treat them before or after the actual day.

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      1. re: Ernie

        Gotta agree with Ernie here- we get two live Maine lobsters from Fish King in Glendale and a top-end bottle of Champagne and/or White Burgundy each year and stay in. Much preferable (and cheaper!) than forcing down an inflated menu of "Chef's Aphrodisiacs" whilst being hustled to speed up so the next seating can be crammed in...

        1. re: jdwdeville

          I get all that, but sometimes you have to make the extra effort. Given the loss of the Royce, have you got any suggestions?

          1. re: mc michael

            It's not downtown but one of the more romantic dinners we've had was at Bouchon in Bev Hills. After dinner there's plenty to stroll around and see- the Vosges chocolate store on the next block has a killer hot chocolate (and also Blue Bottle coffee) to keep you warm... maybe end up at Blvd at the Regent Bev Wilshire for a glass of Champagne?

            I'm wracking my brain for a downtown spot I'd consider romantic... Perch would qualify if you cleared out 50% of the people they shove in there. Kitchen Table I suppose is romantic in a sparse kind of way.

            1. re: mc michael

              Patina. Then walk down Grand Park towards city hall, with a stop at the fountains. It'll be a splurge, but Olalia is serious about his craft, despite being so young.

              1. re: mc michael

                I don't know if the Terrace will be open, even though Royce is going to be closed at that time. You have to think it will be open for hotel guests at the very least. Still very nice. I just like the vibe up at the hotel. Beautiful, serene. Hey, Mick...maybe get a room and do room service of a special meal you set up in advance?

                1. re: Servorg

                  Wow, you do want to melt my credit card, huh? But I agree the hotel has lovely ambience.