Please help me choose a restaurant gift card in Santa Monica
I could send money, but I'm thinking I want to force him to "treat" himself and his girlfriend. They live in Santa Monica, can drive, but prefer not to. (I know....but it seems feasible in their neighborhood. He lives near 7th and Montana.) They are into food, but probably nothing too esoteric, expensive or fancy. My brother is becoming quite the cook lately, and sends me pictures of what he makes! Some of the options on Opentable that look good online are
Hostaria Del Piccolo
I found this thread.
I will see if any of those offer gift cards.
and Tar and Roses do!
Tar and Roses
R&D has one via the Hillstone web site.
Didn't show up under places with gift card on opentable. Glad I checked!
Depends on how much you want to spend and/or if you plan to cover an entire meal.
I have no comment on Tar&Roses as I've not yet been. Even so I'd bet it trumps Upper west and R&D.
Melisse is great, fancy and very expensive. Cost aside, it is one of the very best places in L.A.. Chinois is IMO not as good, but good and more vibey, while being a tad less expensive. I really like Jiraffe. It is very solid and a yet a tad less tah Chinois. If they opted for prix fixe night (Mon?) they can get a very nice meal for around $40 each plus,plus. Hostaria Piccolo has some good stuff but it is more casual and not really a "treat" night if you ask me.
I see and agree with the reasoning of not wanting to drive: You want to celebrate -- both of you. You might want cocktails or champagne or a bottle of wine. So you want a place within walking distance.
Not only reasonable, but commendable.
I spent the better part of two decades working as a criminal defense attorney. Not many know more about body weight and number of drinks and time periods to stay under .08% bac. But the first change in my behavior? I don't drive even with alcohol on my breath, even if I'm well under. It just isn't worth it. The hassle for an arrest is huge, and for a conviction is immense.
Isn't R & D in that area near 7th and Montana? What about the coastal Hungry Cat?
You can't reserve Uber in advance. I frequently use it and think it's a great service. Download app. When you want to order car, app will guide you. My husband sometimes uses it downtown and wait is about 8 minutes. I use it from Brentwood and car is here within about 5 minutes. UberX is most reasonable. Fixed prices to and from LAX. I think it's a fantastic service. I recently had surgery and was unable to drive. Uber was a lifesaver. If you know someone who uses the service ask for a code and you will get $10.00 off of first ride and your referral will get a $10.00 credit. As soon as your ride is confirmed, a name of the driver with photo and license and make of car will appear on your phone.
As they don't want to drive and live at 7th and Montana, consider R+D Kitchen at 14th and Montana or Rustic Canyon at 12th and Wilshire. Both have good food, although Rustic Canyon is far more creative and accepts reservations. I think of R+D as a good bar with good casual food.Rustic Canyon would be a very nice gift and is walking distance for them.
Locando Portofino might be perfect!
I am curious about purchasing through "Treatful", and ending up on Opentable! Ahhh!
Found Stefan's LA Farm...
I could not find gift certificate's for Father's Office; did you? I can't remember why, and I've never been (maybe that's why), but I seem to remember being a little annoyed by that place. Do they not take reservations or something? I don't think it was just the ketchup issue.
From their website; I understand, sort of, but from out of town, I just haven't been able to make it happen;
"We do not accept reservations. For private party information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 310 736 2224.
We do not provide table service. All orders must be placed at the bar including take out orders.
Please be aware of our menu policy. We do not permit any substitutions or modifications to any of our menu items."
I'm very close to a person who lives 2 blocks from your friend on Montana.
There is no question, when dining out, Locando Portofino is our preference above all others in the area. It has a neighborhood vibe, wonderful service, great food and an intimate ambience. Rustic Canyon is okay and the noise level sometimes can be an issue for some…The walk to Rustic Canyon is further for them.
I tink this depends in part on your budget, whether a walk spot is essential, and how far they might walk.
Father's Office would fit if one wanted to go low-middle on budget and walk no farther than five blocks. But it is a glorified burger bar. Crowded, noisy, nor ressie, no service, and god help you if you like ketchup. Places like Melisse, Jiraffe, Chinois are toatlly different, and much finer dining.
Fwiw there are cabs all over in Samo will arrive quickly when called. Places like Tar & Roses, Jiraffe, Melisse are actually walkable from 7th & Montana if one likes to walk. All are probably just under a mile. Otherwise it's painless to spring $6 for a cab.