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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Date Night in Los Angeles

For you out there who are looking for a great date night in Los Angeles here are some ideas based on the type of night you (or the date you are trying to impress) might like. These work both for couples that have been dating forever as well as first-daters.

If you are a dancer:

Eat in Hermosa Beach at Mediterraneo and then head to any number of the bars on Hermosa Beach Pier. The restaurant is Spanish Tapas and the following are by far the best dishes to get:

  • Caprese
  • Tzatziki
  • Spanikopita
  • Bruschetta Napoletana
  • Baked Goat Cheese
  • Bistec

If you are a movie buff:

Eat an early dinner at Westside Tavern and then watch a movie upstairs in Westside Pavilion's Landmark Theater.

Everything at this restaurant is amazing but the must-haves are the Spit-Roasted Lemon & Mustard Chicken, the current Flatbread (they change it and every version has been amazing) and the Gioia Burrata & Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes.

The Landmark is a little expensive but you can reserve seats which makes it sooo nice. You don't want to make your date wait in a massive line do you?

If you are a sports fan:

Eat Dodger dogs and drink beer at a Dodger Game. Sit in the outfield bleachers and bring your glove. Catch a ball from Manny Ramirez for your date and you can be sure they will love you.

If you are a music lover:

Located in the Century City Mall, head to the Ummba Grill for great Brazilian food, music and dancing. When I went I did the Brazilian buffet so that I could try a little of everything but they also have a full menu available. It's all outdoors so you can really enjoy the California sunshine.

The following lists the events each week:

Wednesdays 7-9pm
Live Brazilian Music by Mario Amadeu

Fridays 6-9pm
Live Brazilian Music (post-Bossa Nova pop) with DJ Chris Brazil

Saturdays 6-10pm
Brazilian Lounge Music

Sundays 5-10pm
Brazilian music and dancers

Luckily, happy hours is 3-7pm so enjoy some cocktails while you listen to the tunes. And you don't need to make reservations just grab a table. The music is really nice and helps fill in awkward silences should they occur.

If you are an art lover:

Visit the Getty to peruse the art and eat a stellar meal at the Restaurant with a view of the Santa Monica Mountains. Menus change seasonally. Or just bring a picnic to enjoy on a bench overlooking the amazing view.

Restaurant Lunch Hours
Tuesday–Saturday: 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Restaurant Dinner Hours
Saturday: 5:00–9:00 p.m.

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