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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.