Dining by candlelight? A nice touch. Dining by a roaring fire? Next-level glamour. We’ve sought out the city’s best restaurants—from the chichi patio at Spago to the funky château vibe of Eveleigh—where you’ll be assured a relaxing, romantic ambience as well as a great meal. (And may we remind you that absolutely everyone looks better by firelight.)
Visit this chandelier-hung space and cozy up next to the indoor or patio fireplace. Happy hour is the time to come: Share small plates of apple and brie flatbread ($8) and shrimp ceviche ($9) while waiting out the West Hollywood traffic.
8400 Santa Monica Blvd., W. Hollywood; 323-848-2360 or globaldiningca.com
Arguably the most glam fireplace in town is at the Tower Bar. The former apartment of gangster Bugsy Siegel is now a walnut-paneled spot overseen by the elegant maître d’, Dmitri Dmitrov. Come here for stiff highballs and unfussy Continental cuisine like chicken paillard ($28).
At the Sunset Tower, 8358 Sunset Blvd., W. Hollywood; 323-654-7100 or sunsettowerhotel.com
Sit in the courtyard and enjoy the roaring fire as you nosh on some of the city’s best farmers’-market-driven small plates. (We recommend the clams in sherry with crème fraîche fingerlings, $11.) Your only deliberation will be choosing among the 50-odd wines by the glass.
8700 W. Third St.; 310-859-9859 or aocwinebar.com
While most people immediately swarm the back bar here, since it’s near the swoon-inducing view looking down at the lights of L.A., smart money grabs a drink and a table at the front--by the little fireplace. Order a dozen oysters and the hand-cut tagliatelle with braised pork and beef ragu ($19).
8752 Sunset Blvd., W. Hollywood; 424-239-1630 or theeveleigh.com
Spago Beverly Hills
All these years later, the food and the see-and-be-seen factor are still among the city’s best. A recent renovation has made the showstopping minimalist fireplace the hot seat to nab on the patio, while you enjoy ricotta gnocchi with lamb sausage and almonds ($24).
176 N. Canon Dr., Beverly Hills; 310-385-0880 or wolfgangpuck.com
This Mexican restaurant’s patio tables are dotted around a large, whitewashed fireplace. Everything here is plant-based, like the rolled tacos filled with sweet potatoes, caramelized onions and cashew nacho cheese ($16). It’s so healthy, you’re justified in ordering a margarita.
8905 Melrose Ave., W. Hollywood; 323-978-2170 or graciasmadreweho.com