My mother in-law (yes, she's a wonderful lady) will have a very special birthday in the spring and we want to take her to an extraordinary restaurant to celebrate. The three I've mentioned above are on my list, but I haven't been to Valentino in about six years, to Melisse in about two, or to Patina since it was on Melrose Ave.
Mom's pretty old-school and HATES anything "rustic," otherwise I'd have had Saddle Peak Lodge on this list too...
We're looking for something that could suitably be described as "World Class."
Any suggestions? Anyone want to offer up a recent experience from any of the three places above, or suggest something else?