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Anniversary Dinner Near Pasadena

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Amribor Oct 2, 2013 12:09 PM

My anniversary is next Tuesday and I am looking for a romantic place near the Pasadena area. Both Malbec and Stoney Point have been recommended. I have never been to either. Any feedback about those two or any other suggestions greatly appreciated!

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    revets2 RE: Amribor Oct 2, 2013 02:25 PM

    If you can give an example of food or restaurants you and your wife prefer, it will be much easier to give a recommendation. Where did you end up last time you posted?

    1. ipsedixit RE: Amribor Oct 2, 2013 04:26 PM

      The Royce

      The Raymond

      Bashan

      Parkway Grill (but only if you must)

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        Amribor RE: ipsedixit Oct 2, 2013 05:48 PM

        Yes Parkway Grill while good not quite what I am looking for. The Royce is an interesting suggestion. Thanks!

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        Amribor RE: Amribor Oct 2, 2013 05:47 PM

        We ended up at the Raymond that year revets. Honestly we like all kinds of food. I'm looking for great ambiance and service and good food. I am leaning toward Malbec based on a friends raving recommendation but not sure.

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          Jack Flash RE: Amribor Oct 3, 2013 11:45 PM

          To me, Malbec isn't quite "special" enough for an anniversary (whereas the Raymond is). Yeah, Royce seems like more of a special occasion place, as does Vertical in Old Town. Alas, Noir food & wine no longer exists.

          Trattoria Neapolis is a gorgeous space, though I hear (have not personally been) that the food doesn't quite measure up.

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            revets2 RE: Amribor Oct 4, 2013 12:32 PM

            Agree with JackFlash on Malbec. Not quite special enough. Trattoria Neapolis is a nice space, but the food has really fallen short in my two visits there. Have not been to Royce, but it is assuredly special occasion.

            JF has a good call on Vertical.

            Haven't been to Claud & Co. yet, but all the feedback I get is very good about the food and service. Think this is German month. http://eateryonallen.com/food.html

            If you like sushi, Kimagure is a special omakase experience (sit at sushi bar only), but it can be for more adventurous eaters.

            Kind of surprised no one's mentioned Racion.
            http://racionrestaurant.com/

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              Jack Flash RE: revets2 Oct 5, 2013 01:41 PM

              Racion: Another place I have yet to visit, but want to.

              Have not tried Claud & Co., either, even though it's only a mile from my house. Only open a few days/week, but the frequently-changing menu has me intrigued.

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                ipsedixit RE: Jack Flash Oct 5, 2013 06:30 PM

                I like Racion. Quite a bit, in fact.

                But it is not a place that I find suitable for an anniversary.

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                  revets2 RE: ipsedixit Oct 5, 2013 06:33 PM

                  I probably like Racion less than you do, but think the atmosphere may be more anniversary-like than Malbec. Can't disagree with you, though. It wouldn't be where I'd take my spouse, but different strokes, right?

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                    ipsedixit RE: revets2 Oct 5, 2013 06:37 PM

                    I also don't consider Malbec "anniversary worthy" even though I like Malbec, and which is why I did not recommend it as well.

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                      revets2 RE: ipsedixit Oct 5, 2013 06:45 PM

                      This is a depressing post for Pasadena. On the one hand, there's some great things happening in the area, but I guess not at this level.

                      Had a great meal at Orsa & Winston in DTLA. Would be worth the drive from Monrovia.

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