As home to Hollywood smiles, breathtaking sunsets and landscapes that leave you speechless, there’s no surprise that this city’s endless beauty spills over into every aspect of life, including the eateries. Whether you’re out to impress a date or have a penchant for lingering in a gorgeous setting while you nosh on delicious eats, any one of these romantic restaurants will leave you more than satisfied.
From historic hilltop spots and sleek rooftop havens to storied venues that ooze charm, below you’ll find a list of eateries in L.A. that are as much a feast for the palate as they are for the eyes.
The stunning ambiance of Redbird makes it an ideal choice for any romantic occasion — think date nights, anniversaries, birthdays and any kind of celebration (or whenever you’re feeling indulgent). There’s a reason why this upscale, Modern American restaurant located in a historic cathedral is a go-to wedding venue, with its classic arched ceilings, sun-lit rooms, impeccable interior design and lush garden area.
The breathtaking setting is reason enough to visit, but the menu really takes Redbird over the edge. Chef Neal Fraser places seasonality at the center, spotlighting the bounty of California’s fresh and native ingredients. We’re big fans of their brunch offering, with highlights including the brioche doughnut (said to be one of the chef’s favorites), cinnamon crunch french toast, short rib hash and basque baked eggs. But truly you can’t go wrong visiting any time of day.
📍 114 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
2. Mother Wolf
This newcomer has quickly become the Dorsia of L.A., with reservations that are nearly impossible to come by. However, if you’re patient and love planning in advance you might get the chance to take a seat in one of the plush red leather banquettes where you can bask in the warm ambient light and spot A-List celebrities while dining on comforting Italian fare by Chef Evan Funke.
📍 Location: 1545 Wilcox Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
Perched atop the Pendry Hotel in West Hollywood, Merois is the dreamy eatery helmed by famed chef Wolfgang Puck. Its soft draped canopies with a subtle sheen make the light from the chandeliers dance across the room, illuminating the carefully curated details. The floor-to-ceiling windows blur the lines between the indoors and outdoors, making you feel like you’re dining in a tasteful wedding tent. The sweeping views of Sunset Boulevard and raw sushi menu paired with the stunning interiors make it an easy romantic restaurant choice for a date.
📍 Location: 8430 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA
4. 71 Above
Head up to the 71st floor of the landmark US Bank Tower building and opt for the Edge Table. Once you step into 71 Above absolutely everything is elevated, which means you’ll be floating amongst the clouds with unparalleled views of the twinkling DTLA skyline, an elite tasting menu and impeccable service.
📍 Location: 633 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA
While Elephante’s idyllic views of swaying palms and crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean are an obvious draw, the most beautiful thing about this Santa Monica hotspot is that you’d never expect what you’ll find behind its unassuming entrance. It’s virtually impossible not to be enchanted by the setting, service and food here, making it the perfect place for an intimate date or special occasion with your S/O.
📍 Location: 1332 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA
6. Bacari Silver Lake
If a glowing treehouse setting says “romantic” to you then Bacari in Silver Lake is a no-brainer. At the heart of the beloved space, you have a gorgeous tree with strings of fairy lights lighting up the pathways around it and the delicious causal plates on offer. It also has varied seating levels, making each table feel private—perfect for playful chats and cheeky kisses.
📍 Location: 3626 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Yamashiro means “mountain palace” in Japanese and it lives up to its name entirely. This jaw-dropping restaurant was built in 1914 and was initially meant to house an impressive collection of Asian treasures, yet it has turned into a treasure itself. It’s located 250 feet above Hollywood Boulevard, covered in ornate Oriental detailing and has romantic garden settings that will transport you straight to Kyoto. Adding to the incredible views, you can also find a menu that caters to just about any mood.
📍 Location: 1999 N. Sycamore Ave Hollywood, CA
This incredibly intimate bistro oozes romance. Tucked away beneath the Metro overpass is this former auto repair shop bathed in a pink neon glow with incredible wines paired with French cuisine. Expect cheesy onion soup, beef tartare and other decadent dishes served with beautiful sides in an industrial (but cozy) ambience.
📍 Location: 1135 N Alameda, Los Angeles, CA, 90012
9. The 1917
Head to this historic winery in Downtown L.A. and soak up history as you sip on some of the finest grapes in the region at The 1917 Wine Bar & Bistro. This beautiful sun-soaked patio is perfect for a daytime date or an evening tasting focused on handcrafted wines from around California paired with shareable plates amongst the barrels.
📍 Location: 737 Lamar St, Los Angeles, CA 90031
This fabulous open-air restaurant and cocktail bar will transport you to the heart of Latin America with its deco-tropical design and delectable menu that fuses Spanish, Latin American and Caribbean flavors. Infectious Spanish music fills the space as you sip on a delicious hand-crafted Mezcal cocktail. Standouts from the menu include the wonderfully creamy whipped beans, the tangy celery salad, the smoky charred octopus and the garlicky clam toast. Don’t forget to finish off the night with their perfectly fluffy churros. The whole experience will make you forget you’re smack dab in the middle of the Fashion District in Downtown Los Angeles.
📍 Location: 612 E 11th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015