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LA's Most Romantic Restaurants

Whether for an anniversary or a first date, these restaurants are sure to set the mood.

  • Mélisse
    • French
    • Santa Monica
    Food
    28
    Decor
    27
    Service
    27
    Cost
    $155

    What to Order: Chef Josiah Citrin always has something special up his sleeve for Valentine’s Day, and this year is no different. The eight-course menu features things like cured tai snapper with citrus fruits and jalapeño; rosemary-scented sunchoke soup with duck confit; chef Josiah Citrin’s signature lobster Bolognese with truffles (for $75 more); dry-aged New York steak with braised beef cheeks and broccoli; and two desserts. $165 per person.

    Insider Tip: If you want to stay out of the Valentine’s Day fray, celebrate a day early or a day after. The special menu will be available February 13-15.

  • Providence
    • Seafood
    • Hollywood
    Food
    28
    Decor
    26
    Service
    27
    Cost
    $142

    What to Order: Wow your date with chef Michael Cimarusti’s seven-course menu ($220 per person). Cross your fingers for anything with Santa Barbara uni and spot prawns, caviar cigars, beautiful sashimi, duck and most definitely foie gras. Get the wine pairings; it’s always worth it.

    Insider Tip: A stop at the swank bar for a cocktail or glass of bubbly is one of the best ways to start your night at the Melrose restaurant.

  • Michael's on Naples Ristorante
    • Italian
    • Long Beach
    Food
    28
    Decor
    26
    Service
    27
    Cost
    $66

    What to Order: A prix fixe menu awaits for $90 per person. Things kick off with oysters and champagne and then a choice of dishes includes winter citrus with robiola cheese, pancetta and little gem lettuces, or Maine lobster with poached fennel and micro greens; nettle pasta with Chianina beef and sofrito confit, or duck egg-stuffed pasta with cauliflower purée and breadcrumbs; seared scallops with uni and smoked beets, or olive oil-poached swordfish with creamy polenta and puttanesca sauce; and grilled New York steak with gnocchi and heirloom carrots, or roasted venison loin with farrotto and celery root. Dessert is included, wine pairings are not (they cost an extra $40 per person).

    Insider Tip: The dining room is lovely and intimate, but a table under the stars on the fireplace terrace oozes romance.

  • Lucques
    • Californian
    • West Hollywood
    Food
    27
    Decor
    26
    Service
    26
    Cost
    $65

    What to Order: The five-course menu starts with buckwheat blini topped with crème fraîche and caviar and ends with caramel-crusted walnut cake. In between, roasted asparagus with prosciutto and burrata; pan-roasted wild striped bass with blood oranges and beet purée; and a grilled veal chop with chanterelle cornbread stuffing. Tickets ($125) must be purchased in advance.

    Insider Tip: Sadly you can only sit by the fireplace near the entrance for cocktails, but at least barman Christiaan Rollich will have something special for the night. A romantic table on the patio is always lovely.

  • The Bazaar by José Andrés
    • Spanish
    • Beverly Grove
    Food
    27
    Decor
    28
    Service
    25
    Cost
    $87

    What to Order: Dine in the main dining room and peruse à la carte favorites like puffy “cheese steaks” with Wagyu beef and traditional Spanish tortilla, or reserve a spot at Saam for the special black truffle menu ($275 per person). The Patisserie will also have a special bonbon tasting menu accompanied by a bottle of champagne.

    Insider Tip: You’re at a hotel, make good use of it. Book dinner at any of the SLS restaurants and get a special rate on a room (use code SBEVAL online). There’s also a special deal with Tres — a tea for two and couples massage for $350 per couple. 

  • Cliff's Edge
    • New American
    • Silver Lake
    Food
    22
    Decor
    25
    Service
    22
    Cost
    $47

    What to Order: The hidden Silver Lake restaurant is still one of the best-kept secrets for romantic interludes on the patio (it’s pretty dark and sexy inside too). Chef Vartan Abgaryan has a set menu for $85 per person, which includes a glass of bubbly. You’ll see dishes such as spot prawns with kohlrabi and lemon; Gruyère tartine with apples, celery and grapes; scallops with ancient grains, pear, parsnips and garlic cream, or New York steak with charted leeks and black truffles; and Valrhona chocolate dessert with passion fruit, coffee and cream.

    Insider Tip: It’s no secret that the wonderful tiered garden patio is the place to be. Snuggle up among the colorful throw pillows along the banquette for the best seats in the house.

  • The Little Door
    • French
    • Santa Monica
    Food
    22
    Decor
    25
    Service
    22
    Cost
    E

    What to Order: Both the West Third Street original and the sprawling new Santa Monica spot are tops for candlelight and romance. A three-course menu includes dishes such as roasted carrot and fennel veloute with lobster; Dungeness crab and citrus salad; grilled filet mignon with bone marrow and cognac demi glace; grilled turbot with English pea and tarragon coulis; and heart-shaped red velvet cake with cream cheese filling, or rose petal ice cream and pistachio profiteroles. $175 per person, which includes the signature Love Potion cocktail or a glass of champagne.

    Insider Tip: There are several rooms and corners to choose from at the new location, which is directly across from the Brentwood Country Mart. Make sure to ask for a spot near one of the fireplaces.

  • Faith & Flower
    • New American
    • Downtown
    Food
    -
    Decor
    -
    Service
    -
    Cost
    E

    What to Order: With all the glitz and glam of the place, it’s a perfect spot for toasting your honey with champagne and oysters, plus a special prix fixe menu featuring dishes such as seared foie gras with roasted fennel and brioche; butter-poached lobster with creamed leeks and ruby grapefruit; mesquite-grilled beef tenderloin with carrots roasted in embers; and any of the gorgeous desserts. $85 per person.

    Insider Tip: The restaurant is near, well, everything in Downtown LA, but especially close to LA Live. Stay a night at the JW Marriott or Ace Hotel, where you can catch the sunset on the roof. See a show at Nokia Theatre a few blocks away (comedian Demitri Martin is performing on February 14). Go out for more cocktails. Do it up.

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