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:
Giorgio Baldi (too cramped)
La Botte (love)
Red Medicine (not romantic enough)
Gordon Ramsay (so pretty)
Cut (not a fan)
Tar and Roses (love)
Piccolo in Venice
Bestia (didn't love may need to retry)
Sotto (not romantic enough)
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.