I am new to L.A. and have had the hardest time finding good restaurants (is there anything to eat in this town besides California Pizza Kitchen?). I am taking my boyfriend out to dinner tomorrow night for his birthday and need a semi-reasonably priced restaurant with good food and lots of ambience. I'm looking to spend around $100 for two, either downtown or in the Santa Monica/Westwood/Brentwood area. Does anyone know of a restaurant that has great food (Italian? Sushi? anything but French), is kind of funky and is "special" enough to go for a birthday dinner?
I will be forever grateful for your suggestions. :)