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Romantic Italian Restaurants on the West Side?

It's partly an atmosphere recommendation. The food is not as good as Angelini which I admitted- but its still delicious.

Apr 11, 2014
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Romantic Italian Restaurants on the West Side?

So West Side is a little vague- like full out Santa Monica/Venice/Culver?

not west hollywood?

If you want the former, I'd suggest
-Ado in Venice (which had a michelin star when LA was getting them)
-Capo in Venice which can totally fit your budget if you don't order anything with truffles. Also had a michelin star.

IMHO Piccolo Venice isn't as tasty as it expensive. I've had two meals there that were good, but not as good as other Italian restaurants in LA, and not worth the price.

As delicious as Georgio Baldi was when I went for a special occasion, I didn't like the service or atmosphere. I was treated like someone who should come and go quickly, and we were crammed into this tiny little restaurant.

Now if west hollywood is an option- RivaBella has such a beautiful dining room, it's very romantic. It's on the Sunset Strip but on the west side of it. The restaurant is a foodie/corporate mashup- a cooperation between a big restaurant company (forgot its name) and the owner of Angelini. It might be a little bit cooperate, but it's delicious! The lemon tagliolini is a wonderful dish.

If mid-city is west enough, Angelini Osteria is my fav restaurant in LA. The atmosphere isn't super romantic because its very small and cozy. Wine and beer only. However I always feel super romantic when I am there because I love the food so damn much, it makes me so happy. To me, great food is romantic. We go for Valentines Day.

But it's always romantic to be near the beach, especially for out of towners, so the Venice ones may hit the
bill. There are a lot of beautiful places to have a drink before or after dinner near the ocean. The rooftop bar at the Shangri La Hotel is great, or if you make a reservation hotel erwin in Venice has great sunset ocean views at its roof bar.

Apr 11, 2014
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Your best meal of 2013?

how much does that run?

Dec 31, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

SUSHI in DTLA tonight NYE no reservation.

Not sure exactly what time we can get downtown (partner getting off work/taking metro from westside) and Sushi Gen is fully booked. Was originally gonna wait it out at Sugar Fish, then thought maybe I should try somewhere new. Alas, can't reserve and its a busy night! Thoughts???

Dec 31, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Angelina's Pizzeria - Authentic Neapolitan pizza in Dana Point

Where is Angelina's? Is it new?

I love Milo & Olive's pizza. Settebello (Pasadena/MDR) is good authentic Neapolitan but silly atmo. Stella Rosa in Santa Monica same.

Dec 31, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

First date

Wow! That's awesome. But hope it doesn't mean they might close, I like that place a lot.

Nov 30, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

If can't get into French Laundry for 50th bday where should we eat in Los Angeles?

My vote is Melisse. I've had the best meals in Los Angeles there. Also it has two Michelin stars. I've heard very mixed things about Providence and so haven't gone.

Also a tip on the french laundry- if you book a hotel in Yountville they can sometimes get you the reservation. My stepmother got a reservation this way and it wasn't 2 months ahead....

Sep 09, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Boiling Crab Westwood

YUM!

Sep 09, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Anniversary/Bday/Reunion Romantic Dinner.... where haven't I been? Help!

Hey Everyone !

Just wanted to follow up- We went to the Wolfgang Puck at Bel Air. I really wanted ambiance and romance above all else. It was pretty romantic! I loved just touring around the hotel (I had never been) and checking out the swans, the fireplace in the lobby, the gardens, and having a fancy drink at the gorgeous bar before dinner. The bar automatically put the drinks on the restaurant bill and seated us when they were ready.

The setting was romantic, and the waiter right away checked what kind of occasion we were celebrating. The server brought us samples of different wines just to pick which we would order by the glass! (Almost never happens, always blows my socks off when it does). We ordered the "4 course" tasting menu with one modification (no lamb). I use quotes because you also get an amuse and dessert, so it's more like a 5 course. Plus a great bread basket. We had caviar, a fish crudo, lobster ravioli, Were told we'd be brought beef instead of lamb, either the short rib or the new york steak. By a lucky twist of fate with got BOTH! A bank error in our favor, as they say in monopoly. The server also gifted us a glass of his favorite red to share with the short rib course. It as the perfect amount of wine for us, very sweet. The dessert courses also had one plate reading "Happy Birthday" and one plate reading "Happy Anniversary", and then the full plate of cookies after dessert was a big hit. Not the best meal I've had in LA, but definitely worthy of the occasion and super romantic. Not at all wasted $$$$.

Thanks chows!!!

ps. Totally going to Saddle Lodge sometime. And many of your other suggestions....

Sep 03, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Yer Favorite Culver City restaurants

I tried to like it but they couldn't provide rare meat....Fogo is a chain, but a delicious one...no point in going to Libra.

Aug 17, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Anniversary/Bday/Reunion Romantic Dinner.... where haven't I been? Help!

I will definitely hit up Saddle Peak someday, it's on my to-eat List. I'm just not sure its right for this particular occasion.

Aug 17, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Anniversary/Bday/Reunion Romantic Dinner.... where haven't I been? Help!

What a recommendation!!! I will have to go there next time I'm in SB...

My update is that I have two reservations - one for Wolfgang at Bel Air and one at Capo.... and I'm leaning towards WP right now. Thanks for all your help!!! I'm noting all these suggestions for other nights out.

Aug 17, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Anniversary/Bday/Reunion Romantic Dinner.... where haven't I been? Help!

Interesting! But I'm traveling to Santa Barbara for two weddings in Sep, Oct. And the lodging there is SO SO SO expensive!

Aug 17, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Anniversary/Bday/Reunion Romantic Dinner.... where haven't I been? Help!

I didn't like Fig & Olive either when I went... it fell into "scene over food" for me.

Aug 17, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

"Cronuts" in LA?

The one I had at DK was FIVE DOLLARS. It was yummy, but not revolutionizing my world... more donutty than croissanty.... five dollars for a donut? I won't be rushing back...

Aug 17, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Anniversary/Bday/Reunion Romantic Dinner.... where haven't I been? Help!

awesome! great ideas...

Aug 14, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Anniversary/Bday/Reunion Romantic Dinner.... where haven't I been? Help!

very interesting!! we do love us some Getty

Aug 14, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Anniversary/Bday/Reunion Romantic Dinner.... where haven't I been? Help!

thanks! Interested in Bel Air, but thinking that might be $400 plus with tip and booze? I wonder if that's nice to do to my bf! :P

Aug 14, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Anniversary/Bday/Reunion Romantic Dinner.... where haven't I been? Help!

Thanks!!
Angelini is my fav restuarant period, but I wanted somewhere new. I will investigate the other suggestions! :) (Been to Vincenti, don't think I can get into Trois Mec )

Aug 13, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Anniversary/Bday/Reunion Romantic Dinner.... where haven't I been? Help!

Huckleberry a good thing, right?

I know, I know about the game. I eat foie though!

Aug 13, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Anniversary/Bday/Reunion Romantic Dinner.... where haven't I been? Help!

My birthday is also our 9 year anniversary PLUS he's coming home from a 6 week gig out of town. I want it to be very romantic and have that whole ambiance and not too loud/crowded/sceney, however I am also a (surprise) food snob and want great food and to try a new place. A tasting menu, maybe. No sushi. Willing to drive up to 2 hours away... Are there amazing romantic restaurants in the OC I should consider?

Here's the kind of places that would be great but I've been:

Melisse
Spago
Bazaar
Giorgio Baldi (too cramped)
Riva Bella
Madeo (love)
La Botte (love)
Valentino (love)
Red Medicine (not romantic enough)
Gordon Ramsay (so pretty)
Cut (not a fan)
Tar and Roses (love)
Drago Centro
MB Post
Scarpetta
Littlefork
Piccolo in Venice
Bestia (didn't love may need to retry)
Sotto (not romantic enough)
Craft (meh)
Asia De Cuba (love the patio for romance)

Places that seem too silly: Il Cielo, Ivy, One Pico, Little Door ???

Should I be considering: Wolfgang Puck at the Bel Air? Ink. ? Maison Akira? Montage Laguna Beach?

Not interested in: Providence, Steakhouses

Have a reservation for Saddle Peak Lodge but am concerned about the deer heads on the wall and the likelihood of rabbit or venison on the tasting menu which I don't eat....

Feel like I am overlooking something, and my silly google searches for romantic LA restaurants aren't very helpful.

Thanks chows!!!

Aug 13, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area
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Valencia, Oh, Valencia. Where are thy chows?

I went there! It's not a paella destination per se, so I didn't think to try it there. I was also going to two different paella places, so this was my non-paella night. The food was excellent! Service too. I also wondered why it wasn't busy, but I did hear about it here on chow, so at least the word is out somewhere to foodies. I'm glad we both got the message :)

Jul 19, 2013
sarahbeths in Spain/Portugal

DineLA Summer 2013 (7/15-26)

LIttlefork was good, not amazing, but solid. I had a pork belly ap which was very generous in size, and tasted good. For the main I had a garlicky monkfish on potato puree with spinach. It was an exact replica of the dish that used to be a signature at the now closed Fraiche in Culver. It wasn't as good as Fraiche's, but it was still good. The peach shortcake dessert was very good, though not that sweet, and too small! :) The service was excellent and atmosphere nice.

Jul 19, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

DineLA Summer 2013 (7/15-26)

When I ate at Piccolo (Venice) I brought a bottle of Barolo from home. The corkage was reasonable and even better, the waiter treated us like GOLD because he was so impressed that I drank Barolo! Seriously, I was being cheap by bringing wine but inversely got the white glove treatment :) Little did he know that it was a super value at $20! (Essenze that occasionally pops up at K&L, they mention in their newsletter when it comes up and it then it sells out that day usually). I'm going to test this trick in other restaurants.

Jul 17, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

DineLA Summer 2013 (7/15-26)

This post is bad ass! I already had my Dine La picks lined up (rivabella and Littlefork), but you're giving me food for thought for next time. Thanks!

Jul 17, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Looking for Old School Italian in LA

Definitely Cantelini's Salerno in Playa Del Rey. It is exactly what you are looking for!

Jul 11, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Hound approved happy hours 2013

I don't like their food that much, either, but the super cheap tacos and quesdillas during happy hour are fine to satiate hunger while getting drinks. Their attempt at real meals are not good or worth their normal prices. Westsidegal, I'll have to give their margs another try! Maybe I had bad luck the time I tried them. Happy to try again :)

Jun 15, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Hound approved happy hours 2013

I'd love to get more recs as well!

I'm always looking for a truly great deal where I can fill up on a whole meal plus good drinks.

Here's some I like:
Backstage in culver city. The food is cheap and plentiful, though its all bad for you. The mac and cheese is killer here!

Culver Hotel:Fish tacos were really good and good price on Happy Hour. The atmosphere is very elegant, nice touch.

Enterprise Fish Co in Santa Monica- dollar oysters, fish tacos, big cheap beers, poke, satays, and more. And the hours are more extended than most HH (all night sunday)

Kay and Dave's in Culver City (can you tell where I live?) - not healthy at all but very cheap tacos, mexican pizza, quesadilla etc. It gets super crowded though and the margaritas are weak, stick to beer or wine.

Fig at five is bomb. Really nice food. It's not the same as "happy hour" because you sit at a table, you tip on the real price, etc.

St.Felix- (one in hollywood, one in west hollywood)

Ones on my list I haven't gotten to yet:

Il Moro (free buffet with buying one drink or more)

Gyu-Kaku

Cinco LA (playa vista)

Coast at Shutters on the Beach (1.50 fish tacos, lots of food under $5)

Jun 14, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

Westside Burgers-Counter, Hole in the Wall, Father's Office Tavern, What Else?

I second 26 Beach! The Kobe burger is fantastic. And it's a place that has something for everyone, you can get a burger while your heath nut friends eat fancy salad...

I also enjoy "Good Stuff" on olympic in west la. They have veggie/bison/turkey/beef options, and its def on the cheaper end of the scale. Great sweet potato fries.

I don't like the father's office burger either!

Noticed some differing opinons on Rush Street- I've been twice because I live so close and need late night options sometimes with food and liquor. Both times I REALLY enjoyed my burger and sweet potato fries, however when you add in their drinks, its an overpriced meal.

Smash Burger in the culver center isn't mindblowing, but another low cost, convenient option. It's like a wannabe Counter, but cheaper and no wait.

Jun 14, 2013
sarahbeths in Los Angeles Area

6 Night Bologna Report! Including Italian Days Food Tour

:) thanks NCW

Jun 12, 2013
sarahbeths in Italy