Great dates without breaking your budget

SOUTHLAND "We're talking upscale, Japanese-inspired food with sort of a global twist," says Mar Yvette, /*Citysearch*/ senior editor. "They've got everything from sushi rolls to sea bass skewers."

Yvette says /*Bond Street*/ opens at 6 p.m., so it is a great place to meet a date after work.

Nearby, you can make it a lunch date at the French café, /*Café Flore*/. Everything is well under $20, including the ravioli du jour, spinach salad and cheese sandwich with fries.

"They actually have an online special," says Yvette. "If you make your reservation online the day before, you get 20 percent off your bill. And no coupons necessary, so, you know, you can still be saving your money, but it's not going to be so obvious."

The /*Laugh Factory*/ is a good time for a good price.

"They have their comedy nights every night of the week for $20. You really can't beat that for the fun time that you're going to have," says Yvette. "And the cool thing about this is that they actually just opened a brand new Laugh Factory in Long Beach."

For an artsy date by the beach, nothing beats the /*Getty Villa*/ in Pacific Palisades, which offers free admission any day of the week.

"All you have to do is call ahead of time," says Yvette. "This is one of the most beautiful places in all of Southern California."

Rounding out the Citysearch Top 7 /*Budget Dates*/ are: Uptown Whittier, Runyon Canyon Park and the Pizza Cookery. In Orange County, check out Kimera. In the Inland Empire, you may want to bring your date to Joseph Filippi Winery and Vineyards. In Ventura County, try Anacapa Brewing Company.


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Bond St. Beverly Hills
9360 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hils, CA 90212
(310) 601-2255

Cafe Flore
214 S Robertson Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(424) 354-3405

Laugh Factory
8001 Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90046
(323) 656-1336

Getty Villa
17985 Pacific Coast Hwy
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
(310) 440-7300

Uptown Whittier
Greenleaf Blvd. and Hadley St.
Whittier, CA 90601

Runyon Canyon Park
Franklin and Fuller Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(323) 666-5046

The Pizza Cookery
6209 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
(818) 887-4770

Kimera Restaurant Lounge
19530 Jamboree Rd.
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 261-1222

Joseph Filippi Winery & Vineyards
12467 Base Line Rd.
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739
(909) 899-5755

Anacapa Brewing Company
472 E Main St.
Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 643-2337



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