With Valentine’s Day around the corner, romance is on the mind, and one can never go wrong with a romantic dinner. In Los Angeles, we are blessed with an abundance of diverse and delicious restaurant choices to suit our every whim. If you’re looking for an ocean view, a downtown skyline, or an intimate candlelit corner, you’ll find it here.
The Little Door, West Hollywood
There is a reason The Little Door finds itself on so many “most romantic restaurant” lists. It doesn’t look like much from the sidewalk, but upon entering those doors you are transported to another world. The space is intimate with flickering low lighting, lush greenery everywhere, a flowing tiled fountain, and soothing music. There are several dining spaces all with their own unique allure. The Blue Room has a warm crackling hearth in the corner and luxurious rich colors that create an exceptionally romantic experience. The cuisine is flavorful mediterranean and the desserts are delectable! Perfect for a date night with your love.
Nobu Malibu, Malibu
What is more romantic than dining al fresco with the ocean waves breaking just steps away? The views at Nobu Malibu are stunning no matter where you sit, and if you happen to be dining on the patio, the waves wash up under the restaurant – you feel like you are dining ON the water. A sublime experience. The cuisine is exactly what you’ve come to expect from Nobu Matsuhisa – an exquisitely elegant take on traditional Japanese food along with some Malibu favorites. A superb choice for a romantic beachside meal.
71 Above, Downtown
If you’re looking for spectacularly breathtaking views, 71Above is the place to be. Depending on where you sit, you’ll have views from Malibu to Laguna Hills or the Los Angeles basin to surrounding mountain ranges. As is stated on its website, “71Above is the highest restaurant west of the Mississippi”. Magnificent! You have the choice of a number of different dining experiences ranging from their lively bar and main dining room to the more intimate and serene semi-private dining area or Chef’s tables, which offer a view of the open kitchen. The modern American cuisine by Chef Vartan Abgaryan is elevated and flawless. 71Above is a grand and opulent romantic evening.
Firefly, Studio city
You’ll find a gorgeous and intimate patio space in Firefly. The building is covered in ivy so you’ll have to really look to find it, but once you do you’ll know it’s a hidden treasure. It has two bar areas – one is designed to look like a library and has a cool haunted mansion vibe. But the place to be is really in one of the cabanas on the patio. You’ll dine under the stars in candlelight and the ambiance is wildly romantic. The cuisine is modern american and the most popular entrees are the Tuna Tartare and the Ricotta Gnocchi. Absolutely divine!
If you’re looking for something a little more laid back, Perch offers delightful views of Bunker Hill, Pershing Square, and the Los Angeles skyline from underneath the stars on its two enchanting terrace patios. At this time of year, the Pershing Square Ice Skating Rink is open and you have a fun view of the wintery wonderland. While the menu is not extensive, what they do serve is classic french inspired cuisine with a playful twist. Known for it’s lively cocktail scene, if you are interested in a more intimate experience, dine on the 16th floor and you’ll be granted a 360* view while you’re surrounded by cozy fire pits and great music.
If you’re planning on dining at any of these wonderful restaurants on February 14, be sure to call ahead. Many have special menus and celebrations planned for the holiday. Mangia!