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Most Romantic Restaurants in Los Angeles

A List of Romantic Dining Establishments in LA

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Lights, camera, action! You've got the partner, now fuel the passion with lighting, aromatic food and music. Whether you're proposing marriage, enjoying Valentine's Day dinner or just enjoy keeping the love spark alive, you'll want to check out some of the most romantic restaurants in Los Angeles featured below. 

Cafe Bizou

In the category of 'casual but romantic,' this French San Fernando Valley eatery (with locations in Pasadena and Santa Monica), is perfect for a fun but low-key date or a nice rekindling. They offer a three-course prix fixe menu for $28.95. Nothing says decadence and romance like filet mignon and a homemade tiramisu to follow.

14016 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
(between Murietta and Costello)
818-788-3536

Cafe La Bohème

If you’re looking for some pageantry of operatic proportions, it doesn’t get more ambient and passionate than La Bohème with its luxe wine-red banquettes and ornate chandeliers. Its pastas, risottos and such are mainstays and great for vegetarians (as is the sesame crusted tofu steak). The food is generally described as European with Asian accents. On opening night they launched with trapeze artists. Fireworks all the way.

Find Cafe La Bohème on this map of West Hollywood North 

8400 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(between Orlando and Croft)
323-848-2360

The Foundation Room at the House of Blues (semi-private)

Although The Foundation Room is technically members-only (it occasionally opens its doors to the public on special events nights), it’s definitely worth mentioning as its decor makes it every globetrotting girl’s dream date spot. With oodles of tiny dark exotic nooks, lounging and eating areas, it’s the next best thing to a honeymoon, or the like, in Casablanca.

Find the House of Blues on this map of West Hollywood North 

8430 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(between Olive and N. Kings)
323-848-5100

Geoffrey’s

The soothing sounds and view of the water, the crisp white decor, the seared Chilean sea bass--all of this and then some make this a prime place to pop the question, or at least enjoy a sweet Valentine’s dinner together. Executive Chef Bijan Shokatfard turns up the heat with beautiful seafood paella consisting of the magic love potion of saffron rice, prawns, mussels, Manila clams, scallops, chorizo and chicken in a seafood broth.

27400 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265
(off Meadows Ct.)
310-457-1519

Il Cielo

A favorite Beverly Hills hideaway (it’s not in the main flats area of BH), Il Cielo is like a stunning little Italian casa in the middle of the city. The vibe is homey and intentionally so, as owner Pasquale Vericella modeled the place after a petite maisonette with European accents. Get in the romantic spirit and order the Antipasto Il Cielo for two which includes salami, prosciutto, bruschetta al pesto, grilled eggplant, roasted bell pepper, sliced tomatoes, mozzarella and olive oil.

Find Il Cielo on this map of Beverly Hills North

9018 Burton Way
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(between Wetherly and Almont)
310-276-9990

Il Sole

It’s a favorite spot with celebs but that doesn’t mean laymen can’t enjoy its charms as well. This cozy but often popular and lively boutique eatery specializes in authentic Italian cuisine. And quite a varied selection of pastas you will find here, from simple penne alla vodka to polppette alla Casalinga (translation: homemade meatballs with ground chicken, veal and italian sausage in pomodoro sauce and spaghetti with butter...just like mamma used to make).

Find Il Sole on this map of West Hollywood North

8741 W. Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(off Sherbourne)
310-657-11282

La Paella

It’s on San Vicente but it could well be in San Sebastian. The setting is cozy, channelling the vibe of a little Spanish casita--casual but romantic. Its namesake dish, paella, is also incidentally the perfect dish for two. Choose from seven different types (all served in the traditional manner, in the pan) including Arros Negre: cuttlefish, calamari, baby shrimp and mussels with rice and squid ink. Don’t forget to check out their extensive tapas menu for a variety of small dishes. It includes the classics: patatas bravas, championiones con chorizo and of course, my favorite, gambas al aijillo.

476 S. San Vicente Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(between Drexel and W. 5th)
323-951-0745

The Little Door

Get swept away into a candlelit auberge in the South of France. Or drive down to West Hollywood/Miracle Mile adjacent Third Street for the closest thing to the real deal in LA. You’ll hear plenty of francophones in this lovely French restaurant which features occasional Moroccan touches. The Little Door’s front area is ideal for romantic dining al fresco. But this cozy interior isn’t bad either. If you’re wild (and European) at heart, be sure to take advantage of their late night menu, active from 10:30 p.m. to closing time.

8164 W. Third St.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(between La Jolla and Kilkea)
323-951-1210

Michelangelo Ristorante

This place was a super-special jewel when it was a locals’ find in its old Silver Lake Boulevard location. It’s still a nice romantic neighborhood bet for great casual Italian bistro fare served up with warmth and personal attention to detail. Whatever you do, make sure to make room for their delicious authentically Italian desserts like spumoni (which not every LA Italian restaurant offers), ricotta cheesecake and of course mouth-watering cannoli.

2742 Rowena Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90039
(between Glendale and Rokeby)
323-660-4843

The Raymond

Quaint and romantic Old World charm abounds at this adorable restaurant rich in local history. Late proprietor Walter Raymond’s hotel was forced to close during the Great Depression but its caretaker’s cottage later had a second life as The Raymond restaurant. The dark and romantic outdoor patio, low ceilings indoors and tasty offerings like roasted foie gras and New Zealand rack of lab with rosemary merlot sauce make it an unforgettable date restaurant.

1250 S. Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105
(off Raymond Hill)
626-441-3136

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