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.
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.
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?