Before Vanessa Minnillo met up with Nick Lachey for a fancy pants dinner last night -- she got a pre-game meal with ... wait for it ... another man!! *dan dan dah!*
TMZ cameras caught 'Nessa leaving El Torito in Beverly Hills early last night, with Minnillo driving herself and a handsome, square-jawed buddy away from the restaurant in her sleek BMW. Just a short time later, Minnillo was then spotted at Koi with her actual boyfriend. Nick was the perfect gentleman on their dinner date, opening his girl's door for her and holding her hand as they walked into the sushi joint.
After making a very public entrance, they tried to sneak out by leaving through a side door, and hopping into their SUV -- no valet for these two!