I am being treated to a b-day dinner and get to pick the restaurant. Looking for quiet, and not-too-frenetic with farm-to-table food preferred. Solid but not obsequious service--I want to be able to enjoy my dinner and the company and relax. FWIW, I am not a big drinker. Romantic ambiance would be nice but nothing too forced or saccharine.
I've been to Craft before and I enjoyed it immensely, so I may want to go back, but I want to consider other options to before making a final decision.
I am wondering about places by the beach in Santa Monica--never been to any of them so I don't know the food. Also--is Capo overrated? What about beach side in Malibu (I know--everyone will suggest Geoffrey's--which very well might work.) Inn of the Seventh Ray could work too though I prefer beach to inland.