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5 Upscale Los Angeles Spots Certain to Impress Your Date

5 Upscale Los Angeles Spots Certain to Impress Your Date

CALIFORNIA, FOOD + WINE, UNITED STATES

Los Angeles is a town made for romantics — and not just ones on the silver screen!

Think about it: What’s more romantic than a drive through the canyons at night or wine by the beach as the sun sets? Yes, movies have captured the romance of LA through a soft lens, but luckily you can experience it for yourself. Just put on your best outfit and head out for a night on the town with someone you love. From fine dining Hollywood restaurants to fabulous city views, here are some of my favorite places for an evening meal in Los Angeles.

Whether it’s a first date or a 50th anniversary, there’s no better place to start your evening than one of LA’s most romantic restaurants. Here’s our picks for the ultimate fine-dining date night:

Providence | 5955 Melrose Avenue

Courtesy of Providence

According to Zagat, this is a contender for LA’s “best restaurant.” And it’s easy to see why. For 13 years, Chef Michael Cimarusti has been providing Angelinos with the most decadent seafood in town. From the briny and complex oysters on a half shelf to the Chef’s Tasting menu, where every course will have you and your date’s mouth water and wanting more.

Spago | 176 N Canon Drive

Courtesy of Spago

The LA dining scene is synonymous with Spago. For three decades, the who’s who of Hollywood have brought their loved ones here to show them what glamor is all about. While you may think shoulder pads and pizza when you hear its name, this classic restaurant recently got a complete contemporary overhaul. Wolfgang Puck is still at the helm with a menu of locally sourced fare, like Snake River Farms American “wagyu” rib eye steak.

Mélisse | 1104 Wilshire Boulevard

Courtesy of Mélisse

Over the last 12 years, this singular restaurant helmed by Chef Josiah Citrin has been in the Top 40 restaurants in the U.S. That’s some great cache to impress a date. The nondescript exterior of this Santa Monica eatery belies the chic and sophisticated interior of what Eater LA calls “a white tablecloth watershed against street food, strip mall dining, and the influx of casual upscale places that forego the pomp and turn up the music.” The menu consists of 4, 7, and 10 courses which involve haute items like foie gras, caviar, and truffle risotto.

La Boucherie | 900 Wilshire Boulevard

Courtesy of La Boucherie

What’s more romantic than dining with a view? If you and your partner grow tired of gazing into each other’s eyes over La Boucherie’s renown steaks that seemingly melt in your mouth or their famed charcuterie and cheese boards, you can gaze out onto the twinkling lights of downtown Los Angeles from 70 stories above the city.

Osteria Mozza | 6602 Melrose Avenue

Courtesy of Osteria Mozza

Nothing says romance more than Italy. And here, you can cozy up and feel like you’re on a trip to Tuscany. Nancy Silverton, while not from Italy, has finely honed “la dulce vita” at this popular spot. Smell the bread baking in the oven, watch the candles flicker against the warm wood and marble bar, and taste the vibrant sauces lovingly poured over handmade pasta.

Note: This is a guest post by Candace Schaffer; the views and opinions expressed are those of the author. Candice Schaffer works at Knightsbridge Park, a leading digital marketing firm for luxury real estate brands such as Madison Realty Capital, Algin Management, Brooklyn Point, 70 Charlton and The Greenwich Lane

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Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Her travels allow her the opportunity to pursue her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.

28 Comments

  1. Amy
    August 22, 2018 at 4:16 pm
    Reply

    Oh, that view from La Boucherie!! These all sound fantastic and upscale. LA is definitely a major player on the food scene. Would love to try the rib eye at Spago or the pasta at Osteria Mozza!

    • Carmen Edelson
      August 26, 2018 at 1:33 pm

      Both the rib eye and pasta are heavenly so leave room for both 😉

  2. Krystin
    August 22, 2018 at 4:28 pm
    Reply

    I’ve never heard of these places before but they should great! Thanks for putting this together!

    • Carmen Edelson
      August 26, 2018 at 1:32 pm

      I’m happy to share, Krystin!

  3. Joshua Schweigert
    August 22, 2018 at 6:05 pm
    Reply

    All of those places look incredible! I’ll have to remember these spots once I start dating again 😉

    • Carmen Edelson
      August 26, 2018 at 1:32 pm

      Yes, write them down!

  4. Michael Hodgson
    August 22, 2018 at 7:43 pm
    Reply

    Used to live in LA (well, Venice Beach) long ago, and my how things have changed. Always was a foodie scene, but seems a few chefs have upgraded the fare. Might have to find my way back there for a proper taste test. And gotta love that view from La Boucherie.

    • Carmen Edelson
      August 26, 2018 at 1:32 pm

      It’s certainly changed… and quickly too!

  5. Ruthie Ridley
    August 22, 2018 at 8:08 pm
    Reply

    I love your posts! They certainly help me dream of the finer things in life!

    • Carmen Edelson
      August 26, 2018 at 1:31 pm

      Aw, thank you so much!

  6. Melody Pittman
    August 22, 2018 at 10:50 pm
    Reply

    All five of your restaurants sound fantastic! I would expect nothing less from you. 😉 In all of my LA trips, I cannot believe that we never went to Spago. ;(

    • Carmen Edelson
      August 26, 2018 at 1:31 pm

      That’s okay, now you have a reason to return 😉

  7. Lara Dunning
    August 23, 2018 at 12:32 am
    Reply

    These all sound wonderful! Since I’m a steak lover I’d want to experience La Boucherie first!

    • Carmen Edelson
      August 26, 2018 at 1:31 pm

      That is certainly the place to go if you love steak!

  8. Renata
    August 23, 2018 at 5:27 am
    Reply

    These places look great – I would go straight to La Boucherie for the meal and for the view. The Mélisse certainly looks posh, but the portion on the picture sort of leaves me hungry 😉

    • Carmen Edelson
      August 26, 2018 at 1:30 pm

      That’s one plate out of several courses luckily!

  9. Anna Makridi
    August 23, 2018 at 7:54 am
    Reply

    Incredible places! Thanks for sharing!

    • Carmen Edelson
      August 26, 2018 at 1:30 pm

      You’re welcome, Anna! Happy to share these great spots.

  10. Rachel R Ritlop
    August 23, 2018 at 7:59 am
    Reply

    ahh these look amazing!! I can’t wait to get back to LA and try a few!

    • Carmen Edelson
      August 26, 2018 at 1:29 pm

      Thanks for reading, Rachel!

  11. Alex
    August 23, 2018 at 8:13 am
    Reply

    Omg these places look amazing!!!

    • Carmen Edelson
      August 26, 2018 at 1:29 pm

      I know, so many amazing places to choose from!

  12. Thena Franssen
    August 23, 2018 at 9:25 am
    Reply

    Great list. LA is on my bucket list to visit, and when I do, I’ll be prepared with some totally cool spots to check out!

    • Carmen Edelson
      August 26, 2018 at 1:28 pm

      Thanks, Thena! I’m glad to hear it.

  13. Jas
    August 24, 2018 at 12:57 am
    Reply

    I’ve been to LA countless times and can’t believe I’ve never heard of any of these! I mean… La Boucherie looks AMAZING!!! I’m such a sucker for dining with a view so definitely checking that out the next time I’m back!

    • Carmen Edelson
      August 26, 2018 at 1:28 pm

      I’m a sucker for a good view as well, Jas!

  14. Sarah Paul
    August 24, 2018 at 9:00 am
    Reply

    These are some cool looking spots! Thanks for sharing!

    • Carmen Edelson
      August 26, 2018 at 1:28 pm

      You’re very welcome, Sarah!

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