So the boyfriend is turning thirty in a couple weeks and I'm looking to take him out to a fantastic dinner to celebrate. I was originally thinking of Sotto but reservations are filled until late hours. We've already been to ink, Picca, bouchon, and Jar, and the baazar so those wont work either. I want to take him some place new but great food is a must! I'm also thinking FIG but I'm not sure if i can swing it for my budget.
price range: dinner for two w/ a couple of drinks~$100-$130 (tax and tip incl.)
location: really flexible... anywhere on the westside, melrose, pasadena, eastside (atwater, silverlake, etc)
cuisine type: almost anything - (limitations: he's a carnivore and i'm a pescatarian, so it has to have a good mix of both meat and seafood dishes)
ambience: not too loud so you can hold a conversation but fun, romantic would also be great
his favorite restaurants right now: ink, craft, ludobites
any all recommendations welcomed (chain restaurants need not apply)