February 14 is right around the corner, which means it’s time to dust off your commitment vows or pull out all the creative stops to impress a new love interest in your world. While there are plenty of top restaurant patios, rooftop bars and sexy spots with a view in the city, this is the new face of romantic dining, along with a few O.G.’s in the mix for good measure. And be sure to keep an eye out for special Valentine’s Day menu items because we all know that date night can get pricy. Without further ado, here are the most romantic restaurants in Los Angeles.
The 22 Most Romantic Restaurants in Los Angeles
1. Mother Wolf
Evan Funke is an LA pasta-pizza God and his new Hollywood Old World Roman-inspired place is one of the most romantic rooms in town. Sure, you can go to his other famous spot on Abbott Kinney (Felix) but this one is four times the size with plenty of blush-hued banquettes for snuggling over delicate squash blossoms with ricotta or a spicy rigatoni with oxtail ragu. Don’t miss the mortadella di bologna stuffed in folded pizza dough with pistachio and lemon along with a couple of negroni cocktails.
1545 Wilcox Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028; motherwolfla.com
The sexy-romance vibes begin the minute you walk down the dark, twig-lined tunnel-like entry way to this new Mexican hideaway by chef Wes Avila on the ground floor of the Tommie Hollywood hotel. It feels like you’re in a jungle setting with lush foliage and plenty of private nooks that are dimly lit. The Volcan Tequila and Illegal Mescal cocktails will get you in the mood for ceviche tostadas, mole verde mushrooms or whole branzino with fresh salsas hand-made tortillas.
6516 Selma Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028; kateenla.com
3. Grandmaster Recorders
How about three romantic options in one venue? Brought to you by the owners of E.P./L.P., start your night with cocktails in the first-floor Studio 71 bar-lounge area with a DJ then move over to dinner in the open chic warehouse-style main restaurant for Petrossian caviar cannolis and crispy potato scallops with whipped cod row or the special Valentine’s Day “Chefs Menu for Lovers.” End the evening with a nightcap on the roof patio where the cocktails are flowing and the playlist spans Neil Young to Cool and the Gang, plus the anecdotal history and memorabilia of this former recording studio, where everyone from David Bowie to Gwen Stefani and Kanye West recorded, will give you all the feels.
1518 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028; grandmasterrecorders.com
4. L’antica Pizzeria Da Michele
You can’t go wrong with a hidden Hollywood patio that is the sister restaurant of the famous Naples pizzeria in Eat Pray Love (the one that made Julia Roberts gain weight, as if!). The space has been updated with a secret garden where you can sip cocktails and order the fantastic thin-crust pizza and pasta Nerano from the main menu. That’s amore!
1534 N McCadden Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90028; damicheleusa.com
5. Caldo Verde
James-Beard Award-winning chefs Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne’s (of AOC fame) can be found most nights on the ground floor of the Kelly Wearstler designed Proper DTLA Hotel. The room mixes warm tones, vintage finds and an array European-inspired tiles with modern touches. Share a steaming bowl of Caldo Verde aka spicy fish stew and pretend like you are in Portugal for a night. After dinner, the Cara Cara rooftop awaits for cocktails, firepits and a city view.
1100 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90015; properhotel.com
6. De La Nonna
Behind the funky white-walled Arts District exterior, lies a charming garden and tree-lined area with Motown music wafting out from an indoor walk-up pizza ordering counter. The pies here are oblong squares and made with fluffy focaccia with perfectly crispy edges, but don’t miss an order the eggplant caponata which is caramelized (almost like a banana). It’s fun date food in any case and do try the tequila-mezcal cocktails or house-made fennel lemon citrus limoncello.
710 E 4th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90013; delanonna.com
7. Lady Byrd Café
This beloved all-day Echo Park casual spot has flipped the patio into a space with greenhouse-style pods where you can dine by candlelit in the evening. If you are an early bird (that was too easy), do try the lemon poppyseed pancakes for breakfast, or spicy pulled pork sandwich for lunch. At night, they break out the wine and cocktails and the pastas are very temping.
2100 Echo Park Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90026; ladybyrdcafe.com
If a dimly lit pub atmosphere is more your style, you’ll want to book this Sunset Blvd. newcomer in the former historic Coach & Horses space. The small red leather two-top side booths are just waiting for you and your date and the intimate back room is perfect for splitting a whole Cornish game hen or a brioche-bun burger and a bottle of bubbles or a vodka Vesper martini with a gin infused fig leaf.
7617 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046; horsesla.com
This long-awaited restaurant at the mid-city Academy Museum with chef Raphael Francois (Tesse) at the helm, screams special occasion. The old Hollywood vibe features plenty of red booths to sink into with your love and nostalgic art with a historical movie theme is covering the back walls. Order the Tomahawk steak for two, a tableside Caesar, and cheese plate along with and ‘the world’s best martini’ by star-tender Julian Cox. If you come for lunch, go upstairs to the museum and accept your ‘fantasy’ Oscar on stage in a simulated experience as part of the date. It’s a win-win.
6067 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036; academymuseum.org/en/visit/fannys
This Spanish newcomer in Beverly Hills now has two patio options—one in the front where you can people watch on Canon Drive or in the back for a little more privacy with your pan of paella and bite-sized pork croquettes. If you do dine in a cozy indoor booth, you will catch roving performances from singers to musicians when you’re not staring into each other’s eyes.
453 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210; tatelrestaurants.com
11. Bicyclette Bistro
The French slay when it comes to romance so a visit to this cozy bistro by Walter and Margarita Manzke (of Republique fame) on Pico, is the perfect spot. All the dishes are perfectly executed (and sound like aphrodisiacs), especially the soft egg in the shell with caviar, steak tartare, Kumamoto oysters, escargot en croute and caramelized onion tarte tatin. They are about to open a more formal upstairs space with a private dining room, right after Valentine’s Day, but you can always start planning for next year.
9575 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035; bicyclettela.com
With several separate convivial dining rooms giving off a roaring 20s celebratory vibe (think: vibrant gold-hued wallpaper, softened by billowing cloth draped ceilings), you’ll feel like you’re on a decadent vacation where more is more. This is also a good option on Melrose Avenue for excellent coastal Mediterranean dishes by beloved chef Michael Fiorelli. This includes a mini-loaf of toasted sourdough bread, a signature Bolognese or a whole salt-encrusted Branzino.
9010 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069; olivetta.la
13. Lulu At The Hammer
When legendary Chez Panisse founder Alice Waters opens her first LA restaurant with longtime collaborator David Tanis, it’s a big deal, but opening inside a courtyard patio at the Hammer Museum in Westwood presents an epic date opportunity. You can sit at the open-air bar or amid the alfresco tables of fresh produce and fruits that will likely show up in your garden lettuces salad or house daiquiri cocktail, and you can walk it off while you view the exhibits after that long lunch.
10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024; hammer.ucla.edu/restaurant
Let’s start with the entryway and dozens of long stem roses hanging from the ceiling—and this is not just for Valentine’s Day but a signature design feature. Try to book the back patio where you will dive into sharable plates of Indonesian snacks ranging from Curry Puffs with garam masala to a spread of gado gado with tempeh, peanut satay and cassava crackers washed down with natural wines and Asian lagers. For dessert, a shaved ice with berry granita and coconut tofu cream hits the spot.
2104 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405; cobis.la
Another must with great regionally-inspired Italian fare, Chef Avner Levi’s (Bestia) pasta pop-up has put down roots with a cozy patio space and an open chef kitchen with bar seating in the blossoming West Adams area. Coupled with a great wine list, sharable chicken liver crostino with aged balsamic, sweet corn carbonara with pancetta, crème fraîche and white truffle or the signature beet spaghetti with ricotta are a few indulgent options.
4921 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016; centopasta.com
For a westside French bistro scene filled with gorgeous de Gourney wallpaper (and a sidewalk parklet option in front), where you will sip on Armagnac, chartreuse and cognac infused with white or black truffles, head to Main Street in Santa Monica. And nothing says romance like blinis with golden osetra caviar and smoked sturgeon rillette. Share a chocolate soufflé at the end of the meal and add a kir royale pour deux (that’s for two) with a half-bottle of Gaston Chiquet Cru Champagne and crème de cassis to seal the deal.
2732 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405; pasjoli.com
17. Sugar Palm Ocean Avenue
The Viceroy in Santa Monica has a new indoor-outdoor main dining venue with a wrap-around bar but you’ll want to sit out by the firepits or book a private cabana. No one will judge if you feed each other crudo, prawns, octopus or any of the veggie-friendly dishes and don’t miss the best deconstructed creamy cheesecake or the festive mai tai in a tall glass.
1819 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401; viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/santa-monica/dining-nightlife
18. Catch Restaurant
If you crave an unobstructed ocean view sunset while you feast on fresh seafood by new executive chef Gemma Gray (who hails from Spain), Hotel Casa del Mar in Santa Monica is a great spot for a sunset toast with your besotted over crispy skin branzino, grilled octopus or fruits de mer ceviche for two.
8715 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069; hotelcasadelmar.com/dining/catch
19. Wolfgang Puck At Hotel Bel-air
This is the quintessential OG romantic spot. From the floating swans in the pond as you walk the bucolic grounds to an enchanting patio restaurant with a marble fireplace in view and food by Wolfgang Puck, plus a bar you can tuck into after for a nightcap or view an art exhibit—currently Warhol—or check into a historic bungalow room. This spot has it all and there is always something new to discover.
701 Stone Canyon Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90077; dorchestercollection.com
20. The Green Room
For the best view of the San Fernando Valley, this longtime favorite hilltop spot, Castaways near the Burbank golf course has a new Green Room speakeasy-bar that is just as inviting as the spacious patio with a fireplace. And, you can nibble on a massive charcuterie spread or try the surf & turf oysters along with chocolate-covered strawberries, Champagne or fun cocktails from a fountain.
1250 E Harvard Rd, Burbank, CA 91501; tgrburbank.com
21. The Maybourne
Sometimes variety is the spice of life and romance. The beauty of this modern-Mediterranean central Beverly Hills hotel is you can dine on The Terrace patio overlooking the Beverly Cannon Park and fountain, have a more casual bite at the Café right next door, and a nightcap in the new chic lobby bar or head upstairs for an international flare in the Cigar and Whiskey Bar, if that’s your thing.
225 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210; maybournebeverlyhills.com
With only eight bar seats, this new sushi haven is a perfect spot for a couples or Galentine’s Day take-over and it’s hidden inside the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows by the beach. But, if you do come on a date, order the shareable bluefin tuna platter with a melt-in-your-mouth selection of nigiri from red snapper to Selva shrimp, and a carafe of primo sake or a cocktail made with yuzu.
101 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401; fairmont-miramar.com/dine/soko-sushi
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