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The Most Romantic Restaurants in Los Angeles

When it comes to its restaurant scene, Los Angeles is really on its A-game. The city has everything from phenomenal street food, to fancier restaurants, to everything in between—and enough date-worthy spots to make every night a special occasion. But where are the smartest, savviest diners eating out? Welcome to the Tastemaker 19. We’ve pulled data from thousands of restaurants to find the top spots among OpenTable's most expert, seasoned diners. You’ll find everything from neighborhood gems to classic fine dining, buzzy sushi spots to white-tableclothed steakhouses—all vetted by the types of tastemakers who know the best spots around the city. Impress your date and score a table; we wish we could join you.

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13 Restaurants
Updated January 14, 2020
Restaurants:Musso & Frank Grill, Lawry's The Prime Rib - Beverly Hills, Perch LA
Price Range:$$$ - $$$
Cuisines:Steakhouse, Prime Rib, French American
Neighborhoods:Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Downtown
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Musso & Frank Grill

$$$$
Steakhouse
Hollywood
4.8
8311 reviews
The Musso and Frank Grill is in Hollywood and provides an authentic Old Hollywood dining experience that diners might have found around the turn of the 20th century. The ambiance will swoop any date off their feet, and their commitment to tradition means couples can depend on a consistent experience every time. Start with one of the delicious appetizers like littleneck clams or shrimp cocktail and then try out one of their amazingly cooked steaks, like the filet mignon or the bone-in ribeye with one of the chef's special sauces.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Lawry's The Prime Rib - Beverly Hills

$$$$
Prime Rib
Beverly Hills
4.7
15005 reviews
There’s a reason why Lawry’s has ended up on countless “10 Best” lists and been serving happy couples since 1938. They're an exquisitely designed restaurant with dark wood floors, elegant windows and white tablecloths that set the stage for a truly romantic meal. They age their signature roasted prime ribs of beef for 21 days, rock-salt roast them to perfection and then carve them to order tableside from shining silver carts. They serve a famous Spinning Bowl Salad, whipped cream horseradish, mashed potatoes, and Yorkshire pudding, among other well-known menu items.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Perch LA

$$$$
French American
Downtown
4.6
9668 reviews
Perch is a French-inspired rooftop bistro that features unobstructed views of Downtown Los Angeles - the kind of place where love is in the air. This is a wonderful place for a date because it feels like floating along the skyline during dinner. There are a variety of dining options, including two fireplaces, a lounge, and seating both inside and outside. The decor is ornate and beautiful with no detail spared. As for food, the menu consists of delicious French plates meant for sharing, like the filet mignon, the pan roasted salmon, mussels and the fromage and charcuterie plate.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?


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Geoffrey's Restaurant

$$$$
Californian
Malibu
4.6
7697 reviews
This Malibu restaurant is famous for the magnificent views of the Pacific coastline - and what is more romantic than staring out at the sea over dinner? Inside there are waterfalls and foliage that create an amazing Mediterranean ambiance. Couples can dine inside or outside by the fireplace. The menu features international Californian cuisine like lobster wontons, ahi tuna tartar, golden beet salad with herbed goat cheese, and a watermelon salad. For main dishes, try the famous seafood paella or go for the filet mignon.

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Ca Del Sole

$$$$
Italian
Toluca Lake
4.7
3375 reviews
Ca Del Sole provides the perfect blend of an old country inn and a rustic Northern Italian menu at their Toluca Lake location. It feels like dining in the old country, and the kitchen serves up the most perfect dishes one can imagine, showcasing all of the traditional flavors of Italy. Start with some of the antipasti dishes, like bruschetta, eggplant parmigiana, or polenta, paired with a bottle of wine off their extensive list. They have fantastic pasta dishes like Venetian-style spaghetti, as well as second courses like Colorado lamb chops and dry aged steaks. Share a few plates with a sweetheart for a lovely night out.

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Via Veneto

$$$$
Italian
Santa Monica
4.7
969 reviews
Via Veneto is a romantic, candle-lit bistro and the perfect atmosphere for a lovely date in Santa Monica. The menu features authentic Italian dishes that showcase the traditional flavors of Italy with fresh ingredients and produce. The space is gorgeous with high ceilings and a beautiful stone floor, creating the warmth and intimacy that makes for a great date. Sample some of the amazing antipasti choices like the fresh Dungeness crab, prime beef meatballs, or the roast veal before moving onto starters like the gnocchi blu, cacio e pepe, or the classic Bolognese.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Spago - Beverly Hills

$$$$
Contemporary American
Beverly Hills
4.5
5526 reviews
Located in the heart of Beverly Hills along Canon Drive, Spago is the flagship restaurant of famous chef Wolfgang Puck. This place set the standard for cuisine, service, and style and is still thought of as the ultimate in fine dining. Here, the menu has been completely reinvented to showcase a new farm-to-table philosophy - and any date will be impressed with the food of a world-class chef. The dinner menu features items like the heirloom tomato soup, endive salad, handmade agnolotti, Italian summer truffles, crispy scaled black bass, and an A-5 Japanese Wagyu steak. If someone really wants to splurge, go for the full California Tasting Menu—it's a treat anyone's date will not soon forget.

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CUT by Wolfgang Puck at Beverly Wilshire

$$$$
Steakhouse
Beverly Hills
4.7
2405 reviews
CUT by Wolfgang Puck at the Beverly Wilshire is the original location of the restaurant, which consistently ranks as one of the most sought-after steakhouses in the U.S. They offer a bit of a twist on the classic steak restaurant, with dishes like bone marrow flan, lobster and crab Louis cocktail, and cuts of beef from all over the world. This is a sleek and modern environment for couples who want an ambiance and food that will dazzle even the most seasoned foodies.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Craft Los Angeles

$$$$
American
Century City
4.6
3978 reviews
Craft is the Los Angeles outpost of Tom Colicchio’s New York City restaurant and they have the same sexy vibe and haute cuisine as the original. Couples will feel extra connected dining in the gorgeous, award-wining architectural design under the warm glow of filament bulbs. The menu features a variety of salads, mains like the diver scallops and flat-iron steak, and a wide array of side vegetables prepared in exquisite sauces and flavors.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Catch LA

$$$$
Seafood
West Hollywood
4.6
8584 reviews
This delicious seafood restaurant perches on a street corner in West Hollywood, offering spectacular views of Downtown L.A. and the Hollywood Hills! Catch blends great seafood with sushi in a fantastic atmosphere with a retractable rooftop open-air dining room. They are definitely a unique date space to enjoy because of both their gorgeous setting and the fresh seafood. Order oysters or shrimp off the raw bar and try one of their signature cold dishes like the truffle sashimi or the tartare trio. The sushi rolls are fantastic and so are the hot dishes, like Wagyu short rib tacos and lobster rolls.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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Nobu Los Angeles

$$$$
Cocktail Bar
West Hollywood
4.5
2843 reviews
Nobu is possibly the most well-known name in Japanese food these days. This restaurant opened in 2008 and has been holding court in the sushi world of Los Angeles ever since. They are a sleek, sexy space—perfect for a date because you can slip into a table and be served by one of the world's greatest chefs. Order a fancy cocktail from the rotating menu of specials and then peruse the list of Nobu classics. Start with a cold dish like a sashimi salad and move on to a lengthy list of sushi rolls, sashimi, nigiri, soups, and noodles—it's hard to be disappointed with anything on the menu.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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The Palm Beverly Hills

$$$$
Steakhouse
Beverly Hills
4.4
1611 reviews
The multi-level Palm Los Angeles opened in a historic toy factory in downtown’s South Park. This might not scream romance at first but once anyone takes a seat here it's easy to see why it is a favorite date spot in the city. This chain has a solid reputation for being one of the best steakhouses in the country and this outpost holds up to the name. They are a large restaurant but every table still manages to feel like an intimate dining experience. Try the prime beef, jumbo lobsters, or authentic Italian fare, like the veal marsala and linguine and clam sauce.

At the moment, there's no online availability within 2.5 hours of your request. Do you have another time in mind?

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The Tower Bar

$$$$
Californian
West Hollywood
4.7
1581 reviews
The Tower Bar is a cozy rendezvous inspired by early Hollywood - possibly the most romantic era in American history. Diners can enjoy the intimate atmosphere inside the restaurant or poolside dining with gorgeous, sweeping views of the city. What makes this so romantic is the cocktail bar to start and then moving to a cozy table to order some small plates to share. Entrees include classics like chicken paillard, chicken pot pie, rack of lamb, or a market fish that comes with two sides. This is a lovely date spot that will make any couple feel like they've stepped back in the 1920s for an evening.

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