The 18 Most Romantic Restaurants in LA

From stunning views to intimate spaces, these spots are sure to impress.

Bacari outdoor dining space
Photo by Jakob Layman, courtesy of Bacari

Los Angeles couldn’t be a more beautiful city to fall in love. From beachside bungalows to rooftop views of the city skyline, there are endless romantic dining options. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or even a first date, we’ve rounded up a list of long-time favorites and trendy newcomers to celebrate your love life. Here are 18 of the most romantic restaurants across LA:

Downtown LA
A neon green sign in the shape of a lime draws diners to this expansive, 11,600-square foot rooftop oasis that acts as a sister restaurant to the popular Mexico City terrazza by the same name. Mexico City-born and longtime LA transplant Alejandro Guzman (Sqirl, Eggslut) helms a menu of classic Mexican dishes and well-guarded family recipes, drawing from California sensibilities along the way and resulting in shareable dishes like grilled huachinango with charred lettuce, and a NY strip steak with charred tomato, spring onion, and cactus that’s drizzled with a red wine salsa. With cozy booth seating and fanned palms that act as barriers between tables, it’s easy to feel like you’ve been treated to a private dining experience at an all-inclusive Baja resort.
How to book: via Opentable.

Photo by Jakob Layman, courtesy of Bacari

Silver Lake
This beloved neighborhood gem with several locations throughout Los Angeles expanded to the eastside, taking over the former Cliff’s Edge space in Silver Lake. Reminiscent of an old Tuscan farmhouse, the dreamy patio space adorned with string lights and two fire pits is built around an enormous Ficus tree. Mediterranean cicchetti-style dishes are meant to be shared and include dishes like Oaxacan pasta with handmade Oaxacan cream, glazed pork belly, and lamb-stuffed eggplant. But what will keep you lingering is the late night bar program, available daily until 2 am, with standouts like a Mad Mango Sour with mezcal, jalapeno pepper, juiced carrot, lemon, mango, egg white, and black salt.
How to book: via OpenTable, at least one week in advance.

Photo courtesy of The Victorian

Santa Monica
This well-known event venue that’s housed in a historic landmark rebranded during COVID, debuting a gorgeous new interior, plus a new chef and menus that draw on Mediterranean flavors. With thick wood communal tables, velvet seating, and hanging plants, the interior feels like bringing chef service to your home (if your home is a historic Victorian mansion), while the exterior features an open-air patio with a canopy of trees and moody purple strip lights that cast a romantic glow across the property. The food is similarly breathtaking—the yellowtail sashimi that’s drizzled in mustard soy and chili oil is a must order, as is the shellfish platter, or go for the Beach Club Burger if you’re craving something heartier.
How to book: via their website.

loaded baked potato pasta
Photo by Stefan Merriweather, courtesy of Agnes

Pasadena
Located on a quaint, tree-lined street in Old Town Pasadena, a romantic destination in itself with its brick alleyways and historic buildings, Agnes was transformed from the Pasadena Fire Department’s former horse stable into a spacious restaurant with a secluded, plant-filled patio (complete with ceiling fans to keep that San Gabriel Valley heat at bay), and a stunning dining room that’s centered around an open hearth. Helmed by Vanessa and Thomas Tilaka Kalb, the attached takeaway market has convenient grab-and-go sandwiches, salads, cheeses, and wines for a romantic picnic in the nearby Angeles Mountains, or you could opt to dine-in and enjoy wide-ranging plates like loaded baked potato dumplings, a gnocchi-inspired dish that heaps bacon lardons, cheddar, roasted broccoli salsa, and crispy shoestring potatoes on tender potato dumplings, all served on one-of-a-kind floral plates that look like they’ve been plucked straight from a grandmother’s fine china cabinet.
How to book: via Tock.

Eagle Rock
First opened by Wendy Leon after immigrating from Hong Kong to Lima, Peru, over 40 years ago, Chifa debuted its new Eagle Rock outpost earlier this year, serving a mix of Peruvian, Cantonese, and Taiwanese-influenced dishes. Wendy Leon still helms the menu, with the help of her children Humberto Leon and Ricardina Leon, as well as Ricardina’s husband, John Liu, who modernized the menu and turned the restaurant itself into a luxurious, jade-hued palace. Enjoy dishes like Peruvian tiradito with fresh Japanese sea bream that’s chilled in a spicy orange and lime sauce with garlic, and topped with salsa criolla, sweet potato, and toasted Peruvian corn, in a setting that feels like you’ve stepped into a chic modern art museum, with luscious velvet seating, gold accents, and trippy teal and black wallpaper, plus heart-shaped windows that overlook Eagle Rock Blvd. The restaurant has a rotating dessert menu that features one-of-a-kind delicacies from local bakeries and pastry chefs, and to add to the artsy vibes, has begun displaying gorgeous, hand-built sculptures by artists from around the world.
How to book: via Tock.

Yamashiro Hollywood

Hollywood Hills
Yamashiro translates to “mountain place” in Japanese, which acts as a literal description of this historic hilltop mansion that was first built in 1914 and meant to be a replica of a palace located in the “Yamashiro” province mountains near Kyoto, Japan. Enjoy expansive, sparkling views of the city as you munch on globally-inspired dishes like sushi pizza, roasted bone marrow bruschetta, and a variety of specialty rolls. Before or after dinner, take a hand-held stroll in their spacious garden courtyard and watch the koi fish swim, some of which are over 60 years old.
How to book: via Resy.

Photo courtesy of Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills
Sweeping views of the city can be seen from every corner of The Rooftop by JG—it’s al fresco dining at its finest. Make a reservation just before sunset so you can see the views during both day and night. In addition to panoramic views, you can expect elevated dishes including a lobster burger, french fries and caviar, and a Wagyu beef tenderloin. The shaded trellis makes every seat in the house a prime spot so the only thing that will be hot is presumably your date. If you’re feeling super romantic you can always book a hotel room at the adjoining Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills to cap off your night.
How to book: via OpenTable.

Photo by iki.works, courtesy of Tree of Life

Fairfax
For a more casual date night, reserve a table on the outdoor patio of this new neighborhood spot off of Melrose Avenue. The Turkish owners wanted to bring the flavors of the Mediterranean to the city with a menu filled with grilled seafood, light salads, and lots of seasonal vegetable dishes (read: vegetarians will love this place). Start with a mezze plate and choose from a variety of flavorful dishes including a beet hummus, muhammara (a roasted red bell pepper dip), and mutabel (an eggplant dip), but the charcoal-grilled chicken skewers or fried zucchini with tzatziki are also worthwhile options. Don’t forget to make a wish at the tree on the back patio.
How to book: via OpenTable

Beverly Hills
Blink an eye and you might just miss Il Cielo off of Burton Way, but the romantic Italian restaurant has been around since 1986. Twinkling lights and ivy vines drape the walls, making it feel like you’ve just stepped into a fairytale. The cozy, country-style house features different rooms, including an outdoor garden with a skylight to dine under the stars. Forget you’re in LA for a few hours as you enjoy classic Italian fare like spaghetti and meatballs, chicken milanese, and grilled branzino that will remind you of a hillside restaurant in Italy.
How to book: via OpenTable.

barbrix
Photo courtesy of Barbrix

Silver Lake
Start your evening at Barbrix off with a glass of wine at the bar, paired with a cheese and charcuterie plate that’s accompanied by a homemade jam and other trimmings. Then, request a table outside underneath the twinkling lights and work your way down the European-influenced menu, beginning with the tapas-style appetizers like the burrata, kampachi crudo, and lamb ricotta meatballs. Expect daily changes since Barbrix’s menu is an ode to fresh farmers market finds.
How to book: via Resy

Ardor
Photo courtesy of Ardor

West Hollywood
Ardor’s lush green interiors and jungle vibes are an indication of what you can expect to find on the vegetable-forward menu, thoughtfully crafted by chef John Fraser. The menu is Fraser’s love letter to vegetables, although that’s not all you’ll find here. Order the milk bread and Pacific tuna tartare crudo to start, and then work your way to the copious vegetable options like the tandoor carrots or cauliflower cacio e pepe that is so flavorful you’ll actually want to finish your vegetables. For heartier plates, the Greek orata fish imported from Greece, filet mignon or Alaskan king crab tagliatelle are all great options. Pair your meal with a drink from the inventive, produce-heavy cocktail menu.
How to book: via OpenTable.

Santa Monica
Few chefs in LA can boast earning two Michelin stars back to back and a restaurant that has kept its doors open for 20 years. Chef Josiah Citrin has made his mark in LA, and after more than two decades since opening fine dining establishment Melisse, he knew it was time to revamp the concept to keep up with LA’s evolving food scene. He turned Melisse into a smaller, intimate tasting experience and used the remaining space to open up Citrin—the eponymous younger and sexier sister restaurant and bar. Currently, reservations are for the outdoor garden only and you can choose between a prix fixe menu or order a la carte. But don’t fret, iconic dishes from Melisse, like the lobster bolognese have made their way onto the Citrin menu. For a more casual date, grab a seat at the bar and enjoy an extensive happy hour menu which includes food and drinks and runs on Wednesday and Thursday from 6-7:30 pm and Friday–Sunday from 5:30–7 pm.
How to book: via Resy.

Verse
Photo by Wonho Frank Lee, courtesy of Verse

Toluca Lake
In a city filled with creatives, it’s no surprise that we’d have a restaurant concept that merges food and music together into a dual sensory experience. The eclectic menu led by Chef Oscar Torres includes a range of surf and turf dishes including oysters, salmon, sea bream, tomahawk steak, and a duck bolognese, all of which are backed with music by nine-time Grammy Award-winning mixer Manny Marroquin, providing the soundtrack to your evening through a state-of-the-art acoustic system.
How to book: via OpenTable.

Santa Monica
This spacious, 300-seat restaurant features an indoor dining room, as well as a separate lounge area that’s perfect for pre- or post-dinner drinks, but the most coveted seats are in the garden patio where a fireplace and string lights set the scene for a romantic night out. Sit amongst kumquat, pine, and ficus trees while you linger over the California-meets-Amalfi Coast seasonal menu, which features a selection of raw dishes like yellowtail soaking in leche de tigre, table-side Italian chopped salad, housemade cavatelli, grilled corn with shaved black truffle, and char-grilled lamb chops.
How to book: via OpenTable

Atrium
Photo by Jakob Layman, courtesy of Atrium

Loz Feliz
Tucked away in an alley on Vermont Avenue, Atrium’s brick-walled dining room with high, wood-beamed ceilings, a skylight, and a big olive tree in the center, adds new flavor to a neighborhood otherwise lacking upscale dining options. The menu is eclectic with dishes like charred cabbage, Tokyo turnips, a vegetable tagine, and grilled duck breast, but don’t skip over the dark chocolate tart on the dessert menu either. There’s an appealing U-shaped bar at the heart of the restaurant, but the plush booths are where you’ll want to cozy up to your date.
How to book: via OpenTable

castaway dining area
Photo courtesy of Castaway

Burbank
Perched atop a hill in Burbank, Castaway provides stunning views of the city that make it well worth the drive. The lively, 12,500-square-foot, multi-level restaurant uses seasonal ingredients with meat as the central focus, offering special cuts like Mishima Wagyu as well as a build-it-yourself charcuterie board. The restaurant reopened in 2018 after a major makeover, and the new design offers a jaw-dropping spectacle from every corner, giving couples a one-of-a-kind experience no matter where they sit.
How to book: via OpenTable

nic's on beverly
Photo courtesy of Nic's on Beverly

West Hollywood
Catering to a city that’s often considered the epicenter of plant-based eating, the menu at Nic’s on Beverly is a nod to the city’s iconic dishes and melting pot of cultures, all with a plant-based twist. Look out for items like the avocado crispy rice, the Chinois on Beverly salad (paying tribute to the Chinese chicken salad), the tempura maitake mushrooms, and of course, an Impossible burger.
How to book: via OpenTable

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Leila Najafi is a freelance food and travel writer in LA so on any given day she’s either stuffing her face or getting lost in a foreign country. Follow her adventures on Instagram @LeilasList.

Danielle Dorsey is the Los Angeles Editor at Thrillist.