If you’re not a jazz aficionado you may still fall in love with Vibrato--a live jazz venue and restaurant tucked away in Beverly Glen. If you or your sweetie are into jazz, even better. Vibrato may be located in a shopping complex (like so many LA eateries) but make no mistake, it attracts some revered musicians. The food is classic American (braised short ribs, mac and cheese) with some Italian offerings (veal chop parmigiana and vegetable rigatoni).
2930 N. Beverly Glen Circle
Los Angeles, CA 90077
(off Beverly Glen)
The decor is chic, trendy and dark in this West Side hotel restaurant. Usually trendy doesn’t necessarily connote romantic but Whist--fashioned by well-known designer Kelly Wearstler--is the exception. Everyone looks great in this lighting and in these surroundings--perfect for a first date, especially in the poolside cabanas. Executive Chef Tony DiSalvo whips up classic Mediterranean cuisine with unique flavored accents--from New York strip with parmesan-truffle twice-baked potato to Porcini mushroom soup with chestnuts, speck, apple and sage.
1819 Ocean Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(between Vicente Terrace and Pico)
Yamashiro's Pan-Pacific cuisine can be a bit heavy at times, depending on what you order. But the views are spectacular wherever you sit--be it overlooking the LA cityscape or the Japanese courtyard. The former makes it a prime tourist spot but even lifelong Angelinos can appreciate Yamashiro. Its Pagoda Bar is also a great place to get a drink if you haven’t got time for dinner.
1999 N. Sycamore Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90068