My two sisters and nephew are converging from Boston and SF Sunday through Tuesday for UCSB's Orientation. My presence from LA has been "requested". Since I work Midnight to 8 during the week, I have chosen to meet them @ 8-ish Sunday night and will need to drive back to LA for work after dinner. I brought one of my sisters to a Spago tasting menu last year. as part of a thank you for taking care of our father in Boston during the last 3 years of his life and dealing with the family business. The downside is she expects all my restaurant recs to be like that. While parusing the california board nothing popped out. What I think I'm looking for is something akin to either AOC or Amuse Cafe. Which is to say something that is wonderful interesting charming and won't completly break the bank.
Thanks and take care.