From the first date to the anniversary, there’s no reason that you should ever stop trying to impress the person you take out for a romantic meal. While Los Angeles has no shortage of nice restaurants, they probably can’t all be described as romantic. That’s where we come in. Below, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most romantic restaurants in the city - and you have to try them out.
Address: 8164 W 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90048
Neighborhood: Beverly Grove
We always tend to think that it’s the location that determines the ambiance of different venues, but here at The Little Door, they believe the exact opposite. It’s not them who have created the romantic atmosphere, but rather the droves of couples out for a romantic date who’ve exuded that into the rest of the restaurant.
They offer farm to table dining here, which is a great way for them to promise that everything they place in front of you will be as fresh as possible. Each day, they receive shipments of produce from local farmers, and they use these to put together their dishes.
Whenever you stop by for your date, all of the meals that they feature on their menu will be designed to capture the flavors that are most popular and delicious in the current season. Be sure you don’t skip out on dessert while you’re there!
“Friday night birthday date and this place couldn't do it any better...The little lights hanging from the trees really made the atmosphere a whole lot nicer. The food was all spectacular.” - Yelp Review
Address: 11720 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
Neighborhood: Studio City
Do you want a restaurant that has been proven to be one of the most romantic places to take your partner for a date time and time again? Firefly is an exclusive restaurant in neighboring Studio City that has actually been voted the most romantic restaurant in the area a few times.
They offer super secluded alcoves for your and your partner to dine in - and each one comes with a fantastic view to match. You’ll really feel like you’re in your own little world here, which is exactly what makes it so romantic.
Order one of their beautifully presented signature cocktails to go along with your meal, and you’ll be in for one of the best dates of your lives. You need to make a reservation to dine here, so be sure to get your name in ASAP to treat your partner to this beautiful, exclusive date.
“This place is probably my favorite date night spot. Super intimate, the way they have the restaurant set up it's darker and mysterious but so romantic.” - Yelp Review
Address: 1712 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90041
Neighborhood: Eagle Rock
As a self-proclaimed bistro, you might wonder just what makes this restaurant particularly romantic. After all, here in America, bistros are usually places with lots of hustle and bustle and people talking over each other.
In France, however - which this restaurant tries to emulate - cafes and bistros are very similar in the calm and romantic ambiance that they offer up for people who stop in. They offer up a full menu of French cuisine here, and it’s absolutely delicious.
You can find vegetarian options if either you or your date prefer to stay away from meat, or you can always also just ask your server if one of the dishes can be altered for your diet. Pair your meals with some amazing wine to make it the perfect evening.
“Now this isn't a dinner that is going to be quick. Relax. Don't rush. Just sit back and enjoy your company. I adore this place and I don't see how I could ever go to another restaurant around here.” - Yelp Review
Address: 128 E 6th St., Los Angeles, CA 90014
Whether or not you're familiar with the French language, it is considered one of the most romantic languages on the planet, so you can’t really miss out on the opportunity to take your date to a French restaurant if you’re aiming for romance.
In French, “mignon” means “small” which is quite fitting for this super intimate wine bar located in the historical district of Los Angeles. Here, they are dedicated to making small batches of wine (as opposed to larger vats), and they feature all of these on the menu at the bar.
They also serve up a combination of seasonal small plate French cuisine and cheese and charcuterie plates for you to enjoy while you sip on your wine. Keep in mind, though, that they usually close down the kitchen fairly early in the night, so a dinner here will be an early evening one!
“It's a cute little wine bar, perfect for small gatherings. The ambience is very romantic, dim lighting, and good wine...It's a great first date spot, and also ideal for a GNO. I'll be back!” - Yelp Review
Address: 3626 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Neighborhood: Silver Lake
There’s fine dining...and then there’s fine dining in Los Angeles. If you’re hoping to find a place where you can take your partner for a particularly special date night this week, you absolutely cannot pass up on the opportunity to take them to Cliff’s Edge.
Established by Donna Hollister and Pierre Casanova in 2004, they created an experience that we can truly say is unique in the company of other Los Angeles restaurants. Their menu is self-described as being a combination of “rustic” and “elegant” and you’ll see exactly what they mean when you get a good look at it.
They love to work with fresh ingredients, which means that the menu itself is never static, but rather rotates throughout the seasons to highlight the dishes that use ingredients currently in season in the surrounding areas. Who knows? Maybe this will be your new “special occasion” date night spot.
“The restaurant is a hidden little gem in the city and the atmosphere is reminiscent of a tree house. The food is always fresh and it is a great place to grab a meal or a quick appetizer and cocktail.” - Yelp Review
Address: 7242 Rowena Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90039
Neighborhood: Silver Lake
While Paris is often the first thing that comes to mind when we think of romance, it’s important that we don’t forget the other popular romance language - Italian! If your date loves Italian food, you have to take them to Michelangelo’s Ristorante.
Named after one of the Renaissance greats, Michelangelo’s is the perfect place to bring your date, especially if you’re also both lovers of art. Here at Michelangelo’s they have three tenets to their mission: artistry, flavorful food, and a dedication to their heritage.
You probably don’t have the opportunity to fly your date all the way out to Italy for your next romantic night out - especially if you both have some pretty busy schedules - so this is the next best thing. Enjoy some beautiful food and drinks with a beautiful person this week.
“This restaurant is super cute and a great place for a date night. Very romantic. The service is excellent and the owner comes out and chats with you.” - Yelp Review
Address: 8700 W 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90048
Neighborhood: Beverly Grove
If you truly want to give your partner a romantic night out, well, nothing says romance quite like a restaurant that will pair the perfect wine with whichever meal you’ve decided to order so that you don’t even have to think about it.
Established just two years ago by business partners Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne, A.O.C. is a wine bar and restaurant that has put together two of the most aphrodisiac elements of a romantic evening into one great restaurant.
Suzanne and Caroline are some of the leading ladies of the restaurant world, so with Suzanne spearheading the menu for A.O.C. and Caroline curating the perfect wine list to go along with it, you can’t really go wrong here. To make things even better, the restaurant is set up so intimately that you may just forget there are other people around you!
“The interior is gorgeous. The main dining area had a lovely, warm fireplace going while the patio, which is completely covered and a comfortable temperature in winter, was incredible and the lighting was perfect for photos.” - Yelp Review
Sometimes the intention of romance is best expressed through a delicious meal where you can talk candidly and intimately with your partner. Let us know which of these restaurants wowed them for your date night in the comments below!