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Valentines Day - Bertrand at Mr. A's or Marine Room

I'm coming down from LA and planning a Valentines Day dinner for my girlfriend (she lives in Mission Valley). My price point is about $150 per person so I cant afford Addison. I've read some good things about Bertrand at Mr. A's and the Marine Room. I'm looking for something with a romantic/fine dining setting. My girlfriend isnt picky or a foodie, so any type of cuisine is fine. Obviously I'd like a suggestion with great food, but I'm willing to give up a bit of the quality of food for ambiance.

I've also read a few good reviews of Mistral and A.R. Valentien (although its a bit out of the way)

Since I'm not from the area its a bit difficult to choose a location based on online photos only. Any suggestions are appreciated.

Jan 21, 2013
setesami in San Diego

Best Romantic/Fine Dining Ambiance in Napa

I tried searching for the specifics I'm looking for and figured I'd start a thread for some assistance.

I'm going to be in Napa for the weekend of December 14-16 with my girlfriend and I'd like to take her to a special dinner on Saturday night. A couple concerns I had was it appears some restaurants are closed for the winter and I assume a lot of others require reservations far in advance.

I'm a big meat eater and concerned with the quality of food, obviously, but for her its more about ambiance and the setting. I'd like it to be more of an upscale dinner and setting. We'll be getting dressed up so something fairly formal is preferred. Price isnt really an issue. So any suggestions on great tasting menus or any other advice would be appreciated.

Thanks.

1st NYC trip, fine dining chosen, now looking for best pizza, hot dog, deli etc...

Thanks for the responses so far. They have been really helpful. I'll be in NYC Thursday - Tuesday so I'll try to get as much in during the weekday days as possible in order to avoid unnecessary lines.

I had a feeling you'd all say Serendipity isnt good. The friend who recommended it to my girlfriend has terrible taste. She always tells people to go to the worst places when giving advice on LA, I knew her suggestions on NYC would probably be even worse.

Apr 26, 2011
setesami in Manhattan

1st NYC trip, fine dining chosen, now looking for best pizza, hot dog, deli etc...

Oh ok thats not too bad. I routinely wait 30-45 minutes for pizza here at a local place. It's completely worth it though.
I'm not exactly sure when I'll be going, it all depends on what we planed for that day.
I'm asuming most of these places are open fairly late. I was thinking about hitting the hot dog/pizza places after the theatre or after a night out (probably not past 2am)

Apr 26, 2011
setesami in Manhattan

1st NYC trip, fine dining chosen, now looking for best pizza, hot dog, deli etc...

I'm from LA. We've got amazing Mexican food here but I think thats where it probably ends in comparison to NYC.
I've been going through some of the links Kathryn posted and there are a lot of good reviews of Russ & Daughters I think I'll have to try that for sure. Same with Katz, I'm a big fan of Pastrami
Generally, how long is the wait at Artichoke?

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Russ & Daughters
179 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

Apr 26, 2011
setesami in Manhattan

1st NYC trip, fine dining chosen, now looking for best pizza, hot dog, deli etc...

Yeah I'm from California and yes I'm looking for the uniquely New York places.

Yes, leaving the Times Square area is perfectly fine with me. I figured I'd have to do a bit of traveling for some great places, I just wanted to give a general idea of the area I'm near.

Chinese: I dont have a specific preference but Sichuan would probably be my least favorite. I'm a big fan of dumplings so anywhere with great dumplings would be nice.

Pizza: I'd prefer by the pie since by the slice can sometimes be sitting around and not be as fresh. I also prefer coal oven to gas. The style doesnt really matter I love all types of pizza.

Delis: I really didnt put much thought into it, but somewhere with great Matzo ball soup would be awesome.

I'll take a look at all the links you posted as well. Thanks for all the information.

Apr 26, 2011
setesami in Manhattan

1st NYC trip, fine dining chosen, now looking for best pizza, hot dog, deli etc...

I'm making my first trip to NYC in May. I've already made my fine dining/average restaurant choices and now I need some suggestions on the best hole in the wall, chinese, hot dogs, pizza and delis to try. Obviously I'd like to stay away from the tourist traps, but if they have the best food then I wouldnt mind going. I just want to make sure to have the best of the best in my area if possible.
I'm staying about a block from Times Square.

On another topic, my girlfriend is making me go to some place called Serendipity (hot chocolate place I think) just wondering if its any good.

Apr 26, 2011
setesami in Manhattan

LA couple's first visit to NYC, fine dining suggestions.

ok thanks. I also edited my original post, I've underestimated the extreme difference in price from LA to NYC. As you mentioned, I also saw most of the nicer restaurants offer prix fixe menus. Jean Georges and La Bernardin look pretty good.

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Jean Georges
1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

Apr 12, 2011
setesami in Manhattan

LA couple's first visit to NYC, fine dining suggestions.

Yeah I can see where the confusion is. I meant $50 per plate before tax, not including any appetizers, desserts, or wine. I was thinking in the range of $100-$140 a person including everything (not including tip).
I'll also check out the link you posted.

Apr 12, 2011
setesami in Manhattan

LA couple's first visit to NYC, fine dining suggestions.

I'll be in NYC May 5 - May 10. I've been briefly looking at restaurants online and its a bit overwhelming.

Let me start by saying I'm staying in the Times Square area (about two blocks away) I dont mind traveling for something exceptional if needed. I'm looking for something with great ambiance and obviously good food. I'd like some fine dining suggestions as well as anything else you may think would suit me. Dress code etc wont bother me, I almost would prefer a few suggestions where a jacket is required. Also, price isnt really a huge factor but I'd like to keep it around $50 plate, if some place is worth an extra cost i dont mind. I just want to make this trip as exceptional as possible.

We dont really have a preference on the type of food, Italian, French, American, Steakhouse etc are all fine.

In my brief internet searches on Village Vines I've looked at Le Cirque, Kittichai and Delmonico's those look pretty nice but since there is so many different places in NYC I figure I'd ask for a little help.

Any recommendations are greatly appreciated.

** Edit: When I say $50 a plate I meant pre tax, not including appetizers, drinks etc. I would like to spend roughly $100 - $140 per person, not including tip. After a little more research and a couple comments I realize I've clearly underestimated the difference in NYC and LA prices.

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Kittichai
60 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

Le Cirque
151 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10022

Apr 12, 2011
setesami in Manhattan

Melisse, Valentino, Cafe La Boheme, Gordon Ramsay, Cicada or something else?

Hi all, I'm looking for a fine dining restaurant for a special occasion and heard these places are pretty good. Its going to be just me and my girlfriend dining. Price really isnt a concern and I'd like something where dressing up is preferred.
We're not very picky on the type of cuisine, French, Italian, Asian, American etc are all good to me.
Which of these restaurants have the best atmosphere/food? Any other recommendations?

Thanks in advance.

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Cafe La Boheme
8400 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

Feb 14, 2011
setesami in Los Angeles Area

North Orange County Romantic/Fine Dining - Valentines Day Suggestions

thanks for the replies. I agree about napa rose being overrated. I went to check it our last week and it didnt do much for me.

Jan 10, 2011
setesami in Los Angeles Area

North Orange County Romantic/Fine Dining - Valentines Day Suggestions

wow, didnt even see that thanks.

Jan 04, 2011
setesami in Los Angeles Area

North Orange County Romantic/Fine Dining - Valentines Day Suggestions

I recently moved to the North Orange County area and dont know of many romantic or fine dining retaurants in the area. I read a few reviews online and was thinking about taking my girlfriend to Napa Rose, but I'm not sure if there is a lot of Disneyland traffic there and if its overrated. I also heard The Anaheim White house is good? I've never really heard of any other restaurants in the area.

Price isnt really an issue. Food is obviously important, but ambiance is my biggest concern.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

Jan 04, 2011
setesami in Los Angeles Area

Auberge Du Soleil, Redd or Martini House? Or your own suggestions.

Sounds good, thanks for the input. Is Auberge somewhere where a jacket is preferred?

Auberge Du Soleil, Redd or Martini House? Or your own suggestions.

Hello, I am planning my first trip to wine country with my girlfriend for November. I know it may be a bit early to start looking for places to eat etc but I just wanted to get as much info as possible in case I decide on a place where reservations are needed far in advance.
I've heard some pretty good things about, Auberge Du Soleil, Redd and Martini House. I'm looking for a place with a romantic ambiance. My price range is anywhere from $150 a person and below. So I'm sure I should be able to find something pretty good.

Also, any suggestions on wineries would be appreciated if you know of something good. We're not wine connoisseurs by any means so we're not too high maintenence on going to the vineyard with the best tasting wine. We are looknig for for the best looking winery with decent wine. If the best winery has the best view as well than even better. I've heard good things about Cakebread and Hess?

Thanks for any help.

sona, melisse or ortolan?

Although I haven't been to Melisse or Ortolan yet (will be going soon) I have always had great experiences at Sona.

Jun 25, 2008
setesami in Los Angeles Area

New to L.A. restaurant scene looking for great food but ambiance is my main concern.

Thanks for all the advise guys. I appreciate it.

I've liked what I've seen from The Penthouse, Catch at Casa Del Mar, Michael's, Cafe La Boheme and Ortolan.

Keep 'em coming if there are any other suggestions.

Jun 25, 2008
setesami in Los Angeles Area

New to L.A. restaurant scene looking for great food but ambiance is my main concern.

I have recently been trying new restaurants every couple weeks or so and I find a lot of reviews are based mainly on quality of food, which is not surprising. At this time I am looking for the restaurant with the best ambiance.

I'm not really into crowds or "celebrity hot spots" unless they are actually nice places to eat as well. I prefer restaurants with a clean chic look. Price is not a concern.

Some places I've been so far:

Sona - loved it, my favorite so far
The Little Door - pretty good, but the ambiance was a bit too cluttered
Yamashiro - overrated, view wasn't all it was made out to be
Il Cielo - didnt think it was as romantic as a lot of online reveiws make it out to be.
Ritz Carlton dining room, Pasadena - not bad
Providence - not a big fan, also was a bit overrated.

Some places I was planning on visiting soon:

Melisse
La Cachette
Patina
The Restaurant in Hotel Bel-Air

Any other places I should try and visit? Any opinions on my upcoming choices?

thanks

Jun 24, 2008
setesami in Los Angeles Area