Los Angeles’s 12 Most Romantic Restaurants

Bacari | Credit: Jakob Layman

Los Angeles is an easy city to fall in love with (except when it’s rush hour). What’s there not to love? Mild weather year-round, plenty to see and do outdoors, and easy access to the snow-capped mountains or sandy beaches. This also makes it a great city for dating because there is never a shortage of fun date ideas to impress your significant other.

If you’re looking for the next romantic restaurant to kick things up a notch and let your date know they’re really special — maybe it’s live music or maybe it’s an outdoor patio with twinkling lights — this list has you covered. These 12 restaurants include everything from relaxed eateries to French bistros that are sure to turn up the heat and set the mood for you and your date. Whether you’re on a first date or tenth, celebrating Valentine’s Day, or just another date night, here are some of the most romantic restaurants in Los Angeles to celebrate your love.

Hinoki & The Bird (Century City)

The culinary team at Hinoki & The Bird led by chef Brandon Kida has been creating innovative dishes since 2016. Hidden among a cluster of commercial skyscrapers, the sleek restaurant with natural wood interiors is a quaint spot that turns out signature dishes such as a lobster roll on a black charcoal bun, hinoki-scented black cod, and crispy chicken with a lemon aioli which is not to be missed. Reserve a table at Hinoki & The Bird if your idea of the perfect date is a low-profile restaurant in a garden-like setting.

Dining at the restaurant: The airy restaurant has covered patio seating, and indoor dining is also an option.

Takeout: Most of the main dishes are available for delivery.

AOC (West Hollywood) 

Helmed by chef Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne, AOC has become an LA institution known for seasonal small plates and a wine selection that’s organic, biodynamic, and sustainable. The French Mediterranean menu puts California’s freshest ingredients on display in a chic indoor and outdoor dining space with a European-inspired courtyard and plenty of communal seating if you’re in the mood to get chatty with your neighbor. And there’s no better way to get to know your date than to break bread together. The tapas-style plates means you’ll be sharing bites and gushing over dishes like the Spanish fried chicken and mushroom focaccia. Also, check out the second outpost that recently opened in Brentwood.

Dining at the restaurant: Both indoor and outdoor dining is available.

Takeout: Order takeout on OpenTable.

Cara (Silver Lake) 

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This former rundown motel turned restaurant is an urban oasis tucked away in Silver Lake that serves Mediterranean fare in an airy courtyard setting. The dreamy restaurant might remind you of Santorini, adorned with white lounge seating, flowy drapes, and a shallow pool in the center. It’s no wonder why most diners here are on a date. The seasonal menu highlights local produce and pairs well with the selection of organic, biodynamic wines. 

Dining at the restaurant: Diners have the option of sitting indoors or on the heated patio. While special requests are not guaranteed, kindly request a table in the courtyard for prime seating.

Takeout: Takeout is not currently available.

Bicyclette (West LA) 

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From the team behind Republique and Petty Cash Taqueria comes Bicyclette, a love letter to Paris. Situated on Pico Boulevard, Bicyclette is reminiscent of the bustling French bistros the City of Love is known for. Traditional French dishes such as a soft egg in the shell, steak tartare, and beef bourguignonne are on the menu here, but there’s also a four-course prix fixe menu for $75 every Sunday that showcases the best ingredients of the season. If you can’t whisk your date away to Paris, Bicyclette is the closest you’ll get to authentic French dining in LA, and nothing says romance more than classic French cuisine. 

Dining at the restaurant: Bicyclette only offers indoor seating at this time.

Takeout: Takeout is not currently available.

Osteria Mozza (Hollywood) 

An iconic LA restaurant owned by famed chef Nancy Silverton, Osteria Mozza is a dimly lit, white tablecloth establishment that’s a top choice for a proper date. It’s more formal compared to Pizzeria Mozza, its casual sibling restaurant next door. Popular dishes here include the grilled octopus, crispy duck confit, handmade pasta, and an impressive Italian wine list to match. 

Dining at the restaurant: Expect a romantic setting in a formal dining room.

Takeout: Order takeout on OpenTable. 

Via Veneto (Santa Monica) 

This elegant neighborhood gem is one of LA’s best kept secrets. Via Veneto is an Italian restaurant that oozes romance in a candlelit setting with stunning chandeliers to further set the mood. Classic pasta dishes such as cacio e pepe and a housemade bolognese are fan favorites, but definitely save room for one of the decadent desserts, like the tiramisu or chocolate lava cake.

Dining at the restaurant: A heated outdoor patio is available with blankets to keep you warm. Snuggle together for extra romance.

Takeout: Not in the mood to dine out? Call the restaurant or place an order online for takeout.

Mastro’s Steakhouse (Beverly Hills)

This classic steakhouse in the heart of Beverly Hills has world-class service to match. The multi-level restaurant offers live music and an upbeat atmosphere with a menu focused on USDA prime steak (although seafood is also offered). Don’t sleep on the hearty sides, such as lobster mac and cheese and creamed corn, and for something sweet after dinner, the famous butter cake is an absolute must. If you really want to impress your date for a special occasion or just because, you can’t go wrong at this upscale pick.

Dining at the restaurant: Opt for indoor dining or patio seating, but keep in mind there is a strict dress code here; details are listed on the website.

Takeout: Takeout and delivery are available via third-party apps.

​​Fia (Santa Monica) 

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The menu at Fia is a mashup of California farm-to-table and coastal Italian cuisine served in a beautiful rustic setting that’s a particular draw for dates. The spacious 300-seat restaurant offers several corners to cozy up in both indoors and out — but the romantic, string-lit outdoor garden is really why you’re here. For weekend brunch, there’s a prix-fixe brunch menu in the garden for $59 per person. 

Dining at the restaurant: Choose from several seating options including indoor and outdoor dining. Fia Steak is the newest concept inside Fia, an intimate 48-seat steakhouse featuring dishes such as A5 Wagyu Japanese tenderloin, chateaubriand barrel cut prime filet, and 30-day dry-aged prime porterhouse.

Takeout: Delivery is not available at this time.

Ysabel (West Hollywood) 

The open-air concept at Ysabel feels like you’re at a trendy European restaurant, except the restaurant is nestled along Fairfax Avenue. The California menu focuses on organic produce with dishes such as Brussels sprouts and mint, hand-cut rigatoni, and spicy tuna tartare on a crispy rice cake. Start the evening here with pre-dinner drinks on the Euro-inspired stairs and then end with an intimate dinner under a tree with twinkling lights.

Dining at the restaurant: Expect alfresco seating on a string-lit patio with plenty of booths and tables for two.

Takeout: Delivery is not available at this time.

Bacari (Silver Lake)

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With multiple locations across LA, Bacari Silver Lake might be the most iconic — laidback but full of charm. The newest addition to the family-owned restaurant group is best known for its cozy outdoor tree-lined patio (the former Cliff’s Edge space), where dates can dine under giant trees protruding from the patio. They’re the gorgeous focal point of the restaurant, accompanied by a Mediterranean-Italian menu with a generous selection of small plates meant to be shared. 

Dining at the restaurant: Reserve a table at the indoor lounge or in the main garden perfect for date night.

Takeout: Delivery is not available at this time.

Esperanza (Manhattan Beach)

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If you’re looking for a fun date spot in the South Bay, Esperanza is a solid choice. Aside from its close proximity to the ocean, this Mexican hot spot feels like you’re beachside dining in Cabo San Lucas. The Sonoran-inspired restaurant delivers an energetic vibe and bar scene (read: it’s not ideal for quiet conversations) and serves classic Mexican dishes with a twist. Choose from a list of margaritas or craft cocktails and pair it with an order of the guacamole trio.

Dining at the restaurant: The open-concept restaurant is located in the heart of downtown Manhattan Beach, just steps from the beach.

Takeout: Call the restaurant to place an order for takeout.

Wabi on Rose (Venice)

Wabi on Rose brings a vibrant atmosphere to quiet Rose Avenue. The chic Japanese restaurant serves creative sushi rolls — the Rick James with crispy halibut, spicy tuna, avocado, yellowtail, and lemon aioli and Moon roll with yellowtail, cucumber, shiso, and yuzu are favorites — grilled skewers, and signature Asian fusion plates such as the seared toro and miso cod. Hanging greenery and pink and blue hues are seen throughout the bold decor, both in the velvet banquettes and edible flowers used for plating. Wabi on Rose has a fun scene that’s a great date spot if you’re looking for a more lively atmosphere.

Dining at the restaurant: Indoor and outdoor seating is available with a DJ playing on weekends.

Takeout: Call the restaurant to order takeout.