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Jun 6, 2014 07:50 AM

Fun anniversary dinner for less sophisticated foodies

I've been through every anniversary dinner thread so please don't link them below unless you think that I missed something important. If you're annoyed that someone is starting another "anniversary dinner recommended" thread, then just ignore me.

I want to go out to dinner tomorrow night to celebrate my 6th wedding anniversary. I waited to long to get a reservation cause I have no idea what to choose.

I'm intimidated by all these tasting menu places because even though I'm a bit of a foodie, I'm more of one in the sense that I love food, not the type with a super refined palate.

But. We would love to go to a really nice restaurant as long as it's fun and the food is delish, and I'm not afraid to dress up.

I guess I'm not even really sure what I'm asking. Can anyone help me decide where to desperately try to book tomorrow evening for my anniversary?
Hatfields is one I keep coming across but I see a lot of recommendations without much info.

Oh and Los Angeles/ Orange County areas are fine, I'm kind of in the middle.

Thanks in advance and I promise to report back in exchange for anything you throw at me.

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  1. What is your budget. Is there a type of food you like or don't like. and how far do you want to drive?

    Some of my favorites for special occasions include rustic Saddle Peak Lodge in Malibu Canyon, Nobu Malibu, any of the Mozza's and Providence.

    Happy Anniversary!

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    1. re: wienermobile

      I like all kinda of food, husband is only slightly pickier but adventurous.
      Budget is 75-80pp, but we always go over.
      I'm intrigue by SPL and I think that's about the longest drive we could handle.

      1. re: iheartcooking

        The Food and setting at Saddle Peak are wonderful. Best Game meats in LA. The Elk is incredible (also a Wild Game Trio – the chef’s sampling of three different game meats) They do offer a tasting menu for $105 per person.

        1. re: cls

          Thanks. We tried animal for an anniversary a few years back (also a chowhound Rec) so I know you're on the right track. Thanks everyone.

          1. re: iheartcooking

            If you liked Animal you might like their sister seafood restaurant Son of A Gun. Very Casual and Not that romantic but wonderful food.

        2. I think one of the first things to consider for an anniversary dinner is you want a pleasant atmosphere where you can hear each other. This disqualifies a lot of the hot places in LA, including the Mozzas, Bestia, Hinoki and the Bird, and others.

          Here are some suggestions (in no particular order):

          1. Michael's in Santa Monica. Beautiful place, good food, amazing patio. This isn't foodie heaven but everything is quite good.

          2. Nobu Malibu. I saw this was suggested above, but if you like raw fish, it's very elegant and everything is very good. And the views are something else.

          3. Melisse. If you guys like French food, this is probably my top pick. Nothing here is that "challenging" to eat, it's just sophisticated French food, which tends to be creamy, buttery, and rich.

          4. Angelini Osteria. Still my favorite Italian place in LA, much more intimate and relaxing as compared with the new, bustling places.

          5. Cut in Beverly Hills. Always easy to forget this one, but if money isn't a concern, this place is great. It's a steakhouse, but there are money dishes here. The $20/ounce steak is particularly memorable, but so are a lot of their appetizers--the steak sashimi salad, pork belly, and some of the vegetable dishes are really excellent. Plus you get to go to the Beverly Wilshire.

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          1. re: Haeldaur

            These are fine suggestions. The only issue is availability at this date. Good luck.
            Lucques is nice too, but what's the availability? Hello, open table.

            1. re: Haeldaur

              Wow super helpful! Time to call around and try a little kindness and charm and see if it works!

              1. re: Haeldaur

                If you wish to talk with your loved one, forget about CUT. You will certainly need to shout above the music/din.

                Reading the op, I think Michael's patio is spot on! Beautiful and romantic setting. Very good food with a menu that's very accessible and should appeal to most palates.

              2. Call n/naka and make a reservation.

                Like now.

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                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      The AmEx concierges can help with last-minute reservations, if you have access to them...

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        Out of curiousity, how do you pronounce "n/naka"? I've always wondered!

                      2. To those who have been, would MB Post fit the OP's criteria?

                        I've not been myself (obviously), but it seems to get recommended a lot here. Geographically, it would fit your criteria.

                        Went to Superba Snack Bar for the first time last night and loved it, but I think it might be too casual (and perhaps noisy) for an anniversary?

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                        1. re: ilysla

                          The problem with MB Post is this late you would probably have to sit at a communal table. Other wise it would be great.

                          Ilysia try the new Superba Food & Bread on Lincoln. You will really like it but they don't take reservations. The Sunday night Fried Chicken special is wonderful.

                          1. re: wienermobile

                            Is the fried chicken the same one they serve at the snack bar? We had it last night, and it was DELICIOUS. But btw that and that fried rabbit at Flores, I'm all tapped for fried meat this month! ;) ::snort::

                            1. re: ilysla

                              No it's different more traditional. Only $20 for full dinner