Special Birthday Dinner
I hit the big six-o about a month from now, and I'd like to take myself and a couple of BFFs out for a really special meal. I'm looking for a place that combines good food with a bit of a "scene" -- fairly hip, but not too loud because we want to hear ourselves chat. Has to be open on a Sunday night. Any & all suggestions welcome. FWIW, some places I'm considering are:
Nix on Sotto (love the food but too loud) and Plan Check (love the food but too casual).
New AOC location on the patio would be another good choice (I don't think Melisse would fit any definition of hip that I'm familiar with).
It will depend on when in the evening you go, but Red Medicine, which I wouldn't hesitate to recommend on food alone, can get quite loud.
I am a big fan of Craft. Wonderful food & service plus everyone at the table can hear each other
Edit. Sorry Craft is closed on Sundays
If you don't mind the drive you might want to consider Saddle Peak Lodge
I'm wondering how others feel about Nikita, to which I've never been, but understand it's got an awesome ocean view and is a great place for drinks, right next to Nobu Malibu. I'm particularly interested, because my SO and an old friend want to go there next month to celebrate their collective October b'days (and are planning on a very early dinner so that we can be there for sunset).