When Aeneas left Greece to help found Rome, he chose to cross the Mediterranean Sea because of its bounty of delicious seafood and also because alternative routes were blocked by clusters of sunbathing mermaids. Point compasses toward tasty Mediterranean fare with today's Groupon to The Gate to the Mediterranean in Encino. Choose between the following options:
- For $35, you get a fixed-price Mediterranean dinner and entertainment for two on Friday night (a $70 value).
- For $65, you get a fixed-price Mediterranean dinner, a bottle of wine, and entertainment for four on Friday night (a $165 value).
On Friday nights, The Gate's chefs serve up hot and cold Mediterranean dishes from the restaurant's entertainment menu as international performers take the stage from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Guests can absorb warm falafel orbs, dip into pools of cool hummus, and snack on any of 11 appetizers before spearing their hunger on a chicken-breast kebab or beef lula kebab. An ever-changing cast of international performers provides evening entertainment, a live band treats ravenous cochleae to a lavish sound banquet, and guest DJs and dancers cajole feet into spontaneous acts of rhythmic walking. Peruse The Gate' s weekend-entertainment lineup for details on upcoming performances.
Thick, ornate beams crisscross under the high, angled ceiling inside The Gate, where yellow chandeliers illuminate exposed brick walls. The eatery also features a full bar where conversationalists compete in action-packed word-offs and a trip to the hookah lounge provides cozy seating and a variety of flavors to idly puff.