Anniversary/Bday/Reunion Romantic Dinner.... where haven't I been? Help!
My birthday is also our 9 year anniversary PLUS he's coming home from a 6 week gig out of town. I want it to be very romantic and have that whole ambiance and not too loud/crowded/sceney, however I am also a (surprise) food snob and want great food and to try a new place. A tasting menu, maybe. No sushi. Willing to drive up to 2 hours away... Are there amazing romantic restaurants in the OC I should consider?
Here's the kind of places that would be great but I've been:
Giorgio Baldi (too cramped)
La Botte (love)
Red Medicine (not romantic enough)
Gordon Ramsay (so pretty)
Cut (not a fan)
Tar and Roses (love)
Piccolo in Venice
Bestia (didn't love may need to retry)
Sotto (not romantic enough)
Asia De Cuba (love the patio for romance)
Places that seem too silly: Il Cielo, Ivy, One Pico, Little Door ???
Should I be considering: Wolfgang Puck at the Bel Air? Ink. ? Maison Akira? Montage Laguna Beach?
Not interested in: Providence, Steakhouses
Have a reservation for Saddle Peak Lodge but am concerned about the deer heads on the wall and the likelihood of rabbit or venison on the tasting menu which I don't eat....
Feel like I am overlooking something, and my silly google searches for romantic LA restaurants aren't very helpful.
WP at Hotel Bel Air is your huckleberry.
Saddle Peak Lodge is non-game-eater friendly as well (though true food snobs eat game - Hehehe).
Little Door is a not silly choice.
Consider also the Restaurant at the Getty Center.
I bemoan the loss of L'Orangerie, Ortolan and Bastide (a la Ludo Lefebvre's era), cuz they would have been a great fit.
Classic line and performance by Val Kilmer as Doc Holiday.
Almost on par with "Can I move? Im better when I move"
"Who are those guys?" and
"You keep on thinking Butch, thats what your good at"
Best thing about both flicks is the great food they feature. Ofter overlooked.
Hungry Cat Santa Monica (or not, since you rule out Providence)
The Little Door and Saddle Peak Lodge are lovely spaces that definitely fill your romance request. If you have a lot of food restrictions, you should probably just order a la carte instead of a tasting menu - btw the elk at SPL is the best!
While ink. has very interesting food, I would not call it romantic at all - the restaurant is painted black, sparse, and what I'd call industrial.
Upstairs dining room at Fig & Olive? FIG Restaurant inside the Fairmont Hotel in SM? Rustic Canyon in SM? The 22-mini course tasting menu in the Saam private dining room inside Jose Andres' The Bazaar (seats 40 and is completely isolated from the noise outside in The Bazaar)? Maison Akira is nice and bistro like, traditional French with a Japanese twist. Wolfgang Puck's WP24 for high end Chinese on the 24th floor of the Ritz Carlton in downtown LA (wonderful views and elegant dining room)?
If you don't like steak, you should avoid Saddle Peak Lodge as beef, lamb, venison, rabbit are all on the menu, and yes, you will be staring at dear heads and such hanging from the walls (unless you ask for an outdoor table).