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$500 - Where to splurge?

Titiany | Mar 28, 201205:14 PM

My SO and I want to splurge on a really nice dinner, courtesy of an unexpected tax refund. We eat out often and like to try new places, but with our budget, our max is usually $100-$150. So being able to spend more is a very rare treat.

Now the question is where to go! Our total budget is $500 - including drinks, tax and tip.

In terms of cuisine, we eat everything. Location can be anywhere in the greater L.A. area. The SO doesn't like super-noisy restaurants where we need to shout, but otherwise, we don't have any constraints.

We're not necessarily looking for dressy (although dressy is fine) - just wonderful food and an enjoyable dining experience.

I've looked at some threads here, and it seems like Providence, Melisse, n/naka, Tasting Kitchen, Hatfield's, Rivera, Spago and The Royce are often recommended. The price range varies quite a bit, though. And some of the full tasting menus are still out of reach for us.

So I guess what I'm asking is, if you had $500, where would you go?

P.S. I'm new to Chowhound and this is my first post. Please let me know if I haven't provided some information or haven't asked properly. Thanks!

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