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My parents have offered to watch the kids -- are there any great date night restaurants on the west side (santa monica, westwood, etc.)?

That's it. Thanks!

Apr 14, 2010
skuwamoto in Los Angeles Area

My parents have offered to watch the kids -- are there any great date night restaurants on the west side (santa monica, westwood, etc.)?

Nope, not tasso. Or at least I'm 100% sure that the menu didn't print it as "tasso" because I know that ingredient, and I distinctly remember having to ask the server to explain what "teso" was to make sure that we weren't going to be eating something we'd rather not eat! :-)

Apr 05, 2010
skuwamoto in Los Angeles Area

My parents have offered to watch the kids -- are there any great date night restaurants on the west side (santa monica, westwood, etc.)?

Thanks, everyone! We had a great time at TTK. We had a great time strolling through the neighborhood and then had a lovely dinner.

We split an appetizer (grilled calamari with avocado and fresno chiles) which was great. Split a pasta which was to die for (tagliatelle with hedgehog mushrooms and some sort of cured pork belly -- I think it was called teso, but I'm having trouble googling that ingredient) and two entrees, which were good, but not as memorable as the starters (cod with chorizo, smashed fingerlings and a saffron aioli, and hangar steak with turnips + balsamic reduction. Now that I am typing those ingredients, I am not sure why I ordered that steak, but it seemed like a good idea at the time).

As for why we thought TTK was more up our alley than Wilshire.. I dunno. Perhaps we were duped by the marketing. Between everyone raving about how beautiful the Wilshire's patio was, and how TTK printed their menus with their funky distressed typewriter font, we had the feeling that Wilshire was going for more "fancy urban hip" and that TTK was going for more "edgy I don't care if you like what we're doing, but we like what we're doing."

Without being regulars in the SoCal dining scene, we just had no idea, but we had the sense from how they presented themselves that perhaps TTK would be more willing to experiment at the cost of perhaps turning us off.

Next time we visit, we'd love to try Wilshire, Gjelina, or any other places that people recommend. Thanks everyone for all your help!

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Wilshire Restaurant
2454 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Gjelina
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA

Apr 04, 2010
skuwamoto in Los Angeles Area

My parents have offered to watch the kids -- are there any great date night restaurants on the west side (santa monica, westwood, etc.)?

Thanks, everyone! We booked a table at The Tasting Kitchen. I know I said "date", but it seemed a bit more our speed than Wilshire (which also seems great... we'll see if we made the right choice!)

There are definitely times when we visit my parents and are not in the mood to drive as far, so we'll keep Saddle Peak Lodge in our back pocket for the next visit.

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Saddle Peak Lodge
419 Cold Canyon Rd., Calabasas, CA 91302

Wilshire Restaurant
2454 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Mar 31, 2010
skuwamoto in Los Angeles Area

My parents have offered to watch the kids -- are there any great date night restaurants on the west side (santa monica, westwood, etc.)?

Thanks for the rec's so far! Curious that Wilshire had three votes + a few for Gjelina but no other ideas. Is Wilshire just the "go-to" place in that area for this kind of thing, or are there others?

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Wilshire Restaurant
2454 Wilshire Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Gjelina
1429 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, USA

Mar 31, 2010
skuwamoto in Los Angeles Area

My parents have offered to watch the kids -- are there any great date night restaurants on the west side (santa monica, westwood, etc.)?

Hi there. We're visiting my parents in Thousand Oaks this week, and they have graciously offered to watch our kids so that my wife and I can have a nice dinner out. The trouble is, we don't know the area very well and TO is pretty desolate when it comes to restaurants.

If you had a single night where you and your wife could relax, have great food, and enjoy the atmosphere, where would you go? We are looking for places that are nice but not stuffy, and would prefer newish, interesting food rather than, say, French classics.

I know that's a pretty vague description but we are open to anything and desperate for suggestions. Because of location, we are looking for places in Santa Monica, Westwood, or points North / West of there.

Thanks!

-Sho

Mar 31, 2010
skuwamoto in Los Angeles Area

Leaving a Massive Tip

We have two small kids who can sometimes leave a mess (and don't end up ordering a lot of food, so the total bill is lower than a typical table of 4!!) so we often tip more than 20% to compensate.

Jul 02, 2009
skuwamoto in Features