• 1314 7th St
    Santa Monica, CA 90401
    5.0 étoiles

    Be still my heart - from the gorgeous staff to the incredible food, this place delivers.  We had the chicken wings, pea tendril salad, the steak and the pig's tail.   Everything was presented beautifully and each dish was unique and perfectly prepared.  A few of our neighbors had gorgeous seafood platters that I can't wait to try next time.  
    This is a sophisticated and fun crowd - much needed in Santa Monica.

  • 2.0 étoiles

    This place is beautiful and if you are taking a vegan in a date, then this is the ultimate spot.  But if you are like me and love all food, then this place disappoints.  The menu is overly ambitious.   A vegan menu should have regular dishes that happen to be vegan (for instance, pasta Pomodoro or grilled veggie tacos), but everything on the menu felt far reaching.  The fries were limp.  The Thai bowls were just giant bowls of grain with a few vegetables tossed in - kind of like some last minute leftovers you might throw together.  
    I am sad to say that I truly prefer Veggie Grill to this place.  
    To be fair, the juices and smoothies looked great.  Service was fantastic and the place is really pretty.

  • 1705 Ocean Ave
    Santa Monica, CA 90401
    3.0 étoiles

    The shop is beautiful.  And the deli and dessert cases are beautifully styled.  Plates of gorgeous vegetables, pastas and salads look like they are on a movie set for a Hamptons market.   We eagerly anticipated our food only to be disappointed with simply mediocre cuisine.   It's almost like the food is prepared by food stylists - not chefs.  We had a squash side dish that was undercooked and a side of potato sticks.  The potato sticks were over-seasoned.   We also had a bowl of soup which was fine, but not memorable.   I left hungry and grabbed a small bag of five cookies, and they too were fine, but for $9.50, I really expect a little wow with my dessert.   I will certainly give it another shot, and hopefully it was just an off day -

  • 1314 7th St
    Santa Monica, CA 90401
    5.0 étoiles

    We walked up and we were struck by this super cool, retro looking bar.  The crowd was sophisticated and relaxed.   We had wine at the bar and a few small plates.  This place has all the elements of a grown up bar without the usual humdrum feel of Santa Monica.  The cheese plate was beautiful, and the lavender almonds were a standout.  The couple next to us were sharing a grilled cheese that looked divine.

  • 66 Mint St
    San Francisco, CA 94103
    5.0 étoiles

    Love this spot.  The coffee is amazing and lovingly prepared.  And the big surprise is that the food is great, too!   If Starbucks is the Marriot, Blue Bottle is the Four Seasons....

  • 1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd
    Venice, CA 90291
    3.0 étoiles

    This is the prettiest restaurant.   I think that there is no setting more perfect for a first date.   But this is where it gets a little complicated.   I don't think slurping up raw zucchini noodles makes for the best date spot.  The menu is clearly a labor of love.   Each dish uses ingredients in an art form.   From the cheese platter to the grilled millet, each dish is lovingly prepared with the most unique and beautiful ingredients.   But as a "mainstream" eater, I can appreciate the care and creativity of each dish, but there isn't anything on the menu that made me fall off my chair.   I had dinner with two wonderful girlfriends, and for two hours we were lovingly catered to.   The wine was perfect, and we couldn't ask for a more incredible setting.   I will say that dessert was truly the star of the evening.    We had the banana split and a chlorella cake and both were fantastic.   I would say that if you want to impress a vegan or raw foodie, make Plant your first choice.   If you are looking to have a romantic evening with a lactose intolerant or GF fanatic, this is a perfect option.  But if you are looking for great food, hot food, filling food, you may want to skip this one....

  • 11661 San Vicente Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90049
    5.0 étoiles
    22/06/2015 Avis mis à jour

    So it's been a year of working out at OTF, and unlike most relationships, this one is still as exciting and new as the first date!    Because of the ever-changing workouts, I am constantly being challenged and introduced to new exercises and skills.   The staff is amazing, always smiling and extremely helpful.    So don't be fearful, go get your orange on....it will be the best thing you can do for your mind and your body.

    5.0 étoiles
    30/05/2014 Avis précédent
    Brentwood is where a Lululemon bag is the new Birkin.    So in a city that is totally fitness… En savoir plus
  • 1518 Montana Ave
    Santa Monica, CA 90403
    4.0 étoiles

    If you are dairy-free, gluten-free, grain-free or just plain healthy, this is the place for a really great meal.   Their wraps made with nori or lettuce are amazing - so full of flavor.   We love the salmon, the pastrami and the turkey.   The owner is really friendly.   The prices are a wee bit high, but the quality is excellent.

  • 507 Wilshire Blvd
    Santa Monica, CA 90401
    5.0 étoiles

    This dinner was perfect from start to finish.   The restaurant has a really elegant but casual feel.   We started with a great bottle of Pinot noir recommended by our server.   She was really knowledgeable and not pushy at all.   We had the carrots, octopus, steak, farro and the branzino.   This was just really well prepared food (really, really well prepared) presented beautifully.    The octopus and the carrots were real standouts to me.   We had millet pudding for dessert - it was a light and perfect end to dinner.    The crowd was young, old - not too loud.  This is so welcome in Santa Monica.   Aestus is casual enough for a great Wednesday night dinner but elegant enough to impress your girlfriend's parents.

  • $$$ Sushi
    145 Duane St
    New York, NY 10013
    5.0 étoiles

    We wandered into this little sushi spot hoping for some warm tea and some decent sushi.   And we got so much more.   We had four rolls and each one was spectacular.   Service was exceptional.

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  • Yelpeur/euse depuis

    juillet 2009

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    Miami in the winter, shoes (cliche, I know), art, books, photos, food -- I don't discriminate.

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    Miami Beach

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    Brooklyn -- but Miami really

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    I cater to the needs of those that depend on me.

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    Because you are curious to see how a bored housewife views the world.

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    Cutting For Stone

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    U2 -- like 40 years ago

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    Pint of Ben and Jerry's Chubby Hubby

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    I love Houewives of OC -- makes me feel better about myself.

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    Cuisinart home ice cream maker - hours of fun.

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    Besides my stunning hubby?   Hmmm....