One of the most special dining experiences I've had was at The Ranch House in Ojai, just an hour from LA. This upscale Californian restaurant is so unique. It's in a garden setting, with half the restaurant looking out at a rose garden and winding walking paths, while the other is amongst a bamboo forest with small rivers of water flowing through, and terraced tables into the hillside covered in trees. The food is delicious, and is usually a pre-fixed menu. It's pricey, but worth it for a special occasion. I had the ahi and loved it. Their dirty martinis were also superb.