My family's going to take my parents out for dinner for their 30th wedding anniversary on December 26th. Since only one of us has recently moved to LA, we badly need suggestions. We're staying in Woodland Hills with my brother who will be working that day so we won't be able to head out until rush hour. Although I know there are some great places in Santa Monica, I've been told it'll take an hour to get there. We're trying to keep it down to half an hour's drive.
I think the most important thing to my parents is a really pretty environment where they can take lots of pictures(they are really picture happy). Something like a resort or a hotel where there are a lot of public spaces would be perfect - especially ones that are known for weddings since those tend to be bright and picturesque. My parents won't care that much if the food isn't wonderful. I think for this occasion, the ambiance and picture taking aspect will be more important.
Thanks for any help!