The best romantic restaurants in Los Angeles

Get charmed and seduced with fireplaces, al fresco patios, ocean views and splurgeworthy meals at the best romantic restaurants in Los Angeles.

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    Best romantic restaurants in Los Angeles: One Pico

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    Best romantic restaurants in Los Angeles: One Pico

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    Best romantic restaurants in Los Angeles: Lucques

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    Best romantic restaurants: Lucques

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    Best romantic restaurants in Los Angeles: Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air

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    Best romantic restaurants in Los Angeles: Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel Air

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    Best romantic restaurants in Los Angeles: Nobu Malibu

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    Best romantic restaurant in Los Angeles: Cliff's Edge

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    Best romantic restaurants in Los Angeles: Inn of the Seventh Ray

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    Best romantic restaurants: Inn of the Seventh Ray

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    Best romantic restaurants in Los Angeles: Elf Cafe

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    Best romantic restaurants in Los Angeles: Taylor's Steakhouse

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Best romantic restaurants in Los Angeles: One Pico


Whether you're looking to wine and dine beachside, cozy up on a first date or splurge to celebrate a special occasion, we've got you covered with a round-up of the city's eateries that seduce and charm. Check out our guide to the best romantic restaurants in Los Angeles.

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Inn of the Seventh Ray

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Forget the Topanga stereotypes of burning sage and healing crystals (OK, they sell those here too). Off Old Topanga Road and past horse stables, enter a bucolic, wooded city escape: A multi-tiered outdoor dining space draped in lights, lilac and oak trees—and, yes, the wafting scent of incense that hits you on your way in. But a revamped menu from chef Bradley Miller, by way of Patina, hopes to make the restaurant a fine dining destination. (Already, there's a serious wine list and a menu with sightings of "smoked," "foam" and local farms.) Sit on the somewhat aging patio—otherwise, what's the point?—and take in the serene, creekside surroundings under heat lamps and twinkling stars. Start with a fermented elixir (after all, you're still in Topanga) and follow with a slow-poached local egg with potato-truffle foam and then, charcoal-grilled grass-fed beef or miso-braised short ribs with housemade kimchi. Nostalgic Angelenos will be happy to know that it's still veg, vegan and gluten-free–friendly and has been romancing diners for more than 35 years.

  1. Topanga Canyon
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Gordon Ramsay

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Steps from the infamous Whiskey a Go Go and Viper Room, the London West Hollywood sits tucked away from the bustle of the Strip. Past the sleek, marble lobby, another kind of production awaits—one of romance and fine dining with the name Gordon Ramsay. Mornings and afternoons see diners (unsurprisingly, mostly English) filling up before seeing the town, while evenings are a more formal affair of a votive-filled, dim room and familiar plates gussied up just enough to impress. Gnocchi is made miniature under leaves of Brussels sprouts and ricotta salata, while steak tartare is served alongside thick-cut fries and horseradish. And the view. Perch on a rounded booth and look out at the twinkling skyline over shared plates of around-the-world fare from England (the Beef Wellington would make any Brit proud) and beyond (composed Asian plates dominate the menu).

  1. London West Hollywood, 1020 N San Vicente Blvd, at Holloway Drive
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One Pico

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Escape to Nantucket at this beachside destination seducing lovers and landlubbers alike. Grab front row seats steps from the sand overlooking the Pacific. If that's not enough to impress your sunset-discriminating friend, cozy up to the roaring fire over surf and turf plates like wild snapper with housemade cous cous and lobster fettuccini to 24-day aged rib-eye ($44) and Sunday night prime rib dinner ($38/person, $46/person with wine) served table side. The quiet dining room jazzes up, literally, come nightfall with live piano Sundays to Tuesdays and Supa Lowery Bros. on trumpet and drums Thursdays to Saturdays in the hotel's Living Room lounge, perfect for graduating on to cocktails and more fireside canoodling.

  1. Santa Monica
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The Bazaar by José Andrés

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Sexy, playful, experimental, fun. The Bazaar at the SLS hotel is the kind of place where you seal the deal (and how you want your night to end) with salt air margaritas and caviar cones. There are five different dining rooms, each with a different menu and ambience, but the Rojo y Blanca, oozing with a not-so-coy je ne sais quoi, is where couples should head. Dine dangerously in the more masculine, matador-themed banquettes—a nod to chef José Andrés' Spanish roots, hence the Iberian-style small plates on the menu—or opt for rustic, tan leather chairs as you contemplate traditional and modern tapas. Go avante-garde with bites like eel and chicharron Japanese tacos, Philly cheesesteak sandwiches—the inverted serving features air bread flanked with strips of Wagyu beef—and steamed buns from uni to oxtail. Staids need not apply.

  1. West Hollywood
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Lucques

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Long heralded as, and still, one of the top restaurants in the city, Melrose Avenue's Lucques continues to draw both foodies and the fashionable set who come to worship at Suzanne Goin's Cal-Med staple. Exposed brick and wood beam ceilings set the stage for a fireplace and outdoor patio dining space that's just casual enough—the Sunday Suppers at Lucques is a weekly family-style, multi-course meal that started it all—to suggest lazing at someone's homey California digs. The menu takes cues from the season with local farmers market ingredients highlighted on the plate (and in your cocktail glass)—the bar menu features a separate selection of eats and seasonal concoctions, another experience and reason to visit. Indulge by flickering candle light over a bottle—the well-curated wine selection features worlds both Old and New—and don't skimp on desserts, you won't want to pass up housemade donuts, ice creams and hot chocolate with marshmallows.

  1. West Hollywood
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Taylor's Steak House

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What's sexier than steaks over stiff drinks in a dimly lit room of red leather booths? Under $30 prime rib and rib-eye dinners served by old-school waiters at a 50-plus-year-old steakhouse. The Koreatown fixture may not look like much at an unlikely location, but, once inside, curved tufted seating, dark wooden panels and low lighting give way to irreplicable charm—what date nights are made of. Traditionalists order a classic wedge salad or French onion soup and work up to au jus and horseradish-adorned prime-rib plate or the super retro Monday night special, Steak Diane, at Eisenhower-era prices. What to drink? An Old Fashioned, naturally.

  1. Koreatown
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Nobu Malibu

  • Price band: 3/4

While ocean views are a dime a dozen in LA, Nobu's rivals any we've seen, with waves crashing down below, some sandy footsteps away from the Malibu pier. And while the dramatic oceanscape, complete with beach house–like patio, is an obvious draw that seems all-looks-and-no-substance, the eatery doesn't give it all away at once—there's food chops to back its good-looks reputation. Sushi whiz Nobu Matsuhisa's food is still as good as ever, and with a new address of sleek, minimalist style, the destination is more relevant now than before. Sit on the patio or take a seat at the sushi counter and let the chef guide you through Peruvian-inflected tiradito, uni mini tacos and sashimi so fresh, you can taste the Pacific. (Take note: Every night of the week is packed; reservations are a must.)

  1. Malibu
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