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Birthday dinner help (Saturday night)

xoxohh May 24, 2013 05:29 PM

So the birthday falls on a Saturday night late June this year. Typically, I don't like upscale restaurants on Saturdays, but I can't change my birthday. Where would you send me for a lovely night, without all the craziness?

  1. wienermobile May 24, 2013 05:40 PM

    Call Providence and see if they are having their anniversary June special 5 course chef's dinner. Last year it was $70 per person for an amazing meal. #1 on J. Gold's 2013 101 restaurants list.

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    1. re: wienermobile
      New Trial May 25, 2013 12:59 PM

      Providence is indeed doing an anniversary special; I believe it is $80 this year--still a great deal. Other options for the OP not yet mentioned: Buffalo Club, Culina, Hinoki and the Bird, n/naka, and Vincenti.

      1. re: New Trial
        xoxohh May 25, 2013 01:05 PM

        Some great ideas here, thanks.

        1. re: New Trial
          Dirtywextraolives May 26, 2013 09:19 AM

          I mentioned n/naka

          1. re: New Trial
            latindancer May 26, 2013 10:00 AM

            I would highly recommend Culina based on private dining experiences I've had in the restaurant and a few nights ago the home-delivered dinner I ordered.
            The roasted beet salad and the Bianca pizza were some of the best I've had in awhile even though it was delivered.
            The wine menu is extensive and the food, in my opinion, along with the ambience is first rate.
            Definitely worthy of a special birthday dinner.

        2. Servorg May 24, 2013 05:41 PM

          Now is the time for Saddle Peak Lodge http://www.saddlepeaklodge.com/

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          1. re: Servorg
            wienermobile May 24, 2013 05:42 PM

            Love that elk....

            1. re: Servorg
              xoxohh May 24, 2013 05:52 PM

              Ordinarily, I jump at Saddlepeak, but my last visit a couple years ago, the service was meh, and our food was way too salty for our tastes.

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              BSW6490 May 24, 2013 06:38 PM

              Sotto. What part of town?

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              1. re: BSW6490
                xoxohh May 25, 2013 09:43 AM

                Sotto, I do like, but was hoping for something more upscale. Any part of town would be fine.

                1. re: xoxohh
                  Servorg May 25, 2013 09:56 AM

                  One of the newer SBE restaurants, Mercato di Vetro has gotten some good reviews, depending on who you trust. While I don't pay a lot of credence to Yelp you can see the photos here and maybe get an idea of the food: http://www.yelp.com/biz/mercato-di-vetro-west-hollywood and a brief positive mention here on CH http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/891066

              2. ipsedixit May 24, 2013 06:42 PM

                Sea Harbour.

                No like Chinese? Then go to Melisse.

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                1. re: ipsedixit
                  xoxohh May 24, 2013 07:03 PM

                  Melisse is a good idea!

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                  whiner May 25, 2013 09:58 AM

                  Il Grano, Melisse

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                    Dirtywextraolives May 25, 2013 12:56 PM

                    Nobu, Malibu

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                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives
                      Thor123 May 28, 2013 11:14 AM

                      Sirena has unfortunately become very eratic. I enjoyed Mercato, but it is very busy on a Saturday and will be very loud (if you get in). How about the new AOC?

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