The food at Lulu’s at the Hammer Museum is simply prepared but in an upscale manner. Not sure if they might find the environs to be too casual (and driving in the Westwood area can be a bit difficult, if you are not familiar w/ it and if they are older).
I haven’t been myself, but Melisse x Citrin or Rustic Canyon might work (if Santa Monica is not too far).
Jar was a success and I think my recommendation and taking them to the huntington today helped earned some baby sitting services for my own anniversary next month.
The service first and foremost was reportedly great and they found some special wine they liked (sancerre) and located them well and pampered them. they liked the atmosphere which is sorta nordic steakhouse adjacent they are nordic. was quiet reportedly. Steak frites lobster bernaise hot fudge and caramel sundae. this is so unlike them to eat like that. also expensive for them like 200 for the meal but they didn’t mind a special occasion. i’m glad they lived it up. they are already talking about returning there that’s always a good sign.