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Romantic special AMAZING food - Santa Monica

Hi - we are after an amazing food experience in Santa Monica, no expense spared, romantic, hip etc. (Two sleep deprived parents on a very rare kids free weekend) :)

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  1. Ocean view suite at Shutters with Room Service. Don't settle for anything other than full-on Ocean view suite.
    Plan B. is Capo.
    Enjoy your weekend. Have been in your shoes. Those weekends are truly restorative to mind, body and soul.

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    1. That would definitely be Melisse. Amazing is exactly it. (be sure to get the egg caviar ).

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      1. re: foodiemahoodie

        Another vote for Melisse. Best food I've had in L.A., sophisticated, quiet, special occassion type of place.

        1. re: PommeDeGuerre

          @foodiemahoodie and PommeDeGuerre,

          Melisse can be romantic. But hip? No.

          It's good, and I like Melisse, but if OP is looking for "hip" Melisse misses the mark. By alot.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            Depends on your definition of hip. It's a more sophisticated scene at Melisse than, say, The Penthouse. Penthouse is livelier, younger, more casual and that quasi-Philipe Starck-look is hipper'n Melisse. If your definition of hip requires all that - and a social/pick up scene - then The Penthouse is your place. Fellow diners at Melisse are more likely to be movers and shakers, Penthouse is filled with wannabes and assistants. Their bosses will be at Melisse. Is interesting hip? I'd factor that in.

            But the last few times I've been to Melisse (was just there this past weekend) - it had a surprisingly young, good-looking crowd. 10 years ago the place had a kind of "Republican" crowd - an older crowd. Not so much now.
            Actually a good mix. Movie stars, gurus,

            OP put hip last on the list. Amazing food experience (not gonna happen at The Penthouse - which is resigned to the world of the merely good.)

            1. re: foodiemahoodie

              haha I love your post. Very funny and very LA. :)

        2. Thanks all! I am looking for something really ' We are living it up in LA' type restaurant :) New and fresh. Doesn't have to be crazy expensive either just great food.

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            1. re: Camille82

              Gjelina not romantic but great food.

              1. re: wienermobile

                I think Gjelina can be romantic, either out on the patio or in the dimly lit interior. And it certainly says "we are living it up in LA." Capo is another thought.

                1. re: Thor123

                  Now if Westsidegal responded to THIS with her response to mine, that would make total sense to me..... Otherwise I remain confused.

                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                    since i've never been to Giorgio Baldi, i won't be responding to this.

                        1. re: westsidegal

                          Still dont understand the point???

                          1. re: Thor123

                            This portion of her response fits perfectly with what Giorgio Baldi is NOT:

                            "my personal opinion is that a "romantic" meal requires:
                            1) that you be able to physically touch your partner without knocking over wine glasses or getting your sleeve in the food. this normally means that 2 tops are out.

                            2) that you be able to have a "romantic" conversation with your partner without having the people at the next table overhear most of it.

                            3) that you have some sort of a pretty view"

                            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                              Got it. I may have been off on my rec. Have only been to E Baldi in BH, but had heard good things about Giorgio Baldi.

                              1. re: Thor123

                                Oh, it's delicious.... At least it was when I went when Giorgio was cooking. But basically you need to take out a loan to eat there, especially if you order any of the specials, which is a dissertation in itself.....

                                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                  When Giorgio was cooking, or when Sergio was cooking? :-)

                2. Tar and Roses looks great! Can you get dressed up there or is it really casual?

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                  1. re: Camille82

                    There are only a handful (if that) of restaurants in L.A. where you need/have to get dressed up to feel "comfortable" and this isn't one of them.

                    1. re: Camille82

                      I'd feel uncomfortable and overdressed in a suit at Tar & Roses.

                      1. re: Camille82

                        Great food, but loud, trendy & unromantic.