Splurge spots • Reader picks
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Winner

Log Haven • Regardless of the season, this rustic restaurant up Mill Creek Canyon is hard to top, from the "cabin in the woods" setting to the cozy fireplace to Chef Dave Jones' comforting — and well-executed — menu. Professional service and an approachable wine list — compiled by Ian Campbell, one of the state's most knowledgeable wine experts — are a bonus. And did we mention it's also super romantic? If you're saving up for an important night out, Log Haven, as readers attest, offers the entire package.

First runner-up

New Yorker • Sometimes you just gotta go old school, and The New Yorker is the place to do it with its basement location, retro atmosphere — think deep-seated banquettes and stained glass — and great steaks.

Second runner-up

Takashi • (See Editors' Choice.)