Most Romantic Restaurants in LA: Dine Like a Movie Star!

Most Romantic Restaurants in LA: Dine Like a Movie Star!

by George Mouratidis
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Searching for the most romantic restaurants in LA? Los Angeles will always be linked to the glitz of show biz, but did you know this movie-making mecca has one of America’s most diverse foodie scenes?

Most romantic restaurants in LA

Couples in search of a unique and intimate dining experience won’t have to look far on a trip to La-La-Land. Here are a few of the top-rated romantic restaurants in the City of Angels.

71Above

71Above is a chic restaurant located on the 71st floor of the US Bank Tower. At a height of over 1,000 feet, it’s pretty hard to beat the 360° views offered at this upscale eatery. Whether you visit for lunch or dinner, you’ll be treated to the best views of LA and the surrounding mountain scenery. Although the views may take center stage, the food here is far from second rate.

Focusing on modern American dining, a few signature dishes include roasted chicken with carrots and mustard greens, pan-seared scallops with lemon horseradish, and a grilled ribeye with broccolini, onion, and miso paste. By the way, couples that want extra intimacy can reserve a private table with a view of Dodger Stadium.

Sir Winston’s

Sir Winston’s is a seaside restaurant housed in the famous Queen Mary cruise ship. Couples interested in cruising back in time will undoubtedly love the history associated with this Scottish ship. Plus, the harborside views at Sir Winston’s ideal for a romantic getaway.

Considering Sir Winston’s is on a boat at Long Beach, it kind-of makes sense their specialty here is seafood, right? A few of the most talked-about dishes at Sir Winston’s include jumbo stuffed shrimp, seafood pie, and salmon with sundried tomatoes and capers. Please keep in mind Sir Winston’s is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Rustic Canyon

Rustic Canyon is a small Santa Monica restaurant that takes great pride offering guests fresh, local produce in an inviting atmosphere. Since Rustic Canyon is located near the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market, chefs often take inspiration from whatever’s in season; this means it’s impossible to predict what you’ll see on the menu.

A few former Rustic Canyon dishes that have attracted a lot of buzz include chicken with honey and castelfranco, prime ribeye with chili butter, and mussels with pozole verde and hominy.

Lawry’s the Prime Rib

Lawry’s the Prime Rib has been serving up steaks to hungry customers since 1938…so, yeah, it’s earned quite the reputation in LA. Known internationally for its seasoned salt, Lawry’s is an icon of Beverly Hills dining. Those looking for an elegant atmosphere, tableside service, and succulent steaks need look no further than Lawry’s.

The most popular dish here is the roasted prime rib of beef, but other fantastic cuts include the prime New York strip and the filet mignon with garlic confit. Warning: you bring vegetarian dates to Lawry’s at your own peril.

Redbird

Redbird is a modern American restaurant housed in an old Vibiana rectory. Head chef Neal Fraser and his wife Amy Knoll Fraser took great care to respect the history of this location while also livening up dining ambiance with bright, minimalist furniture.

Many of the options on Redbird’s menu are very cosmopolitan and well suited for snacking, tasting, and sharing. Adventurous foodies will feel right at home in this charming restaurant. Staple menu items include pig face & belly with cotechino, lamb belly with a sesame pancake, and BBQ tofu.

Fig and Olive

Fig and Olive is all about transporting guests to the French Rivera…and who could blame them? Of course, Melrose Place is pretty impressive, but the south of France just has um, you know, “je ne sais quoi.” In addition to the bright interior, lively live music, and copious greenery, Fig and Olive delights with an authentic Mediterranean menu. Popular dishes at Fig and Olive include rosemary shrimp fettuccine, a lemon chicken sandwich, and salmon with asparagus, fennel, and basil olive oil.

Perch

Perch is a famous rooftop restaurant that draws inspiration from traditional French bistros. Perched atop Pershing Square Building, Perch has both indoor and outdoor seating as well as a fireplace, lounge, and even a fire pit.

On the menu, you’ll find all the French exceptional dining standards like boeuf bordelaise, steak frites, and bouillabaisse. There are, however, few interesting original plates like rabbit ravioli. Those in the mood for a classic French meal with a stunning view of Downtown LA can’t go wrong with Perch.

Cliff’s Edge

Cliff’s Edge is literally on a cliff’s edge (go figure). Yes, guests who choose to dine at this restaurant sit outside surrounded by may lovely trees. Befitting this restaurant’s unique outdoor ambiance, there are plenty of vegetarian-friendly options and salads on the menu.

A few highly reviewed plates at Cliff’s Edge include charred broccolini with Calabrian chili, potatoes with Fresno pepper aioli, and squid ink fettuccine. For a really romantic experience, visit Cliff’s Edge at night when all the twinkling lights are turned on.

Il Cielo

Il Cielo is one of LA’s most famous upscale Italian restaurants located in Beverly Hills. Despite its high-end status, Il Cielo’s design evokes the warm simplicity of an Italian cottage along the rolling Tuscan countryside.

The menu at Il Cielo is full of Italian favorites and fresh renditions on old classics. Some of the house specialties include orange chicken with pine nuts, pappardelle with wild boar, and prime filet mignon with spinach and mashed potatoes.

Maccheroni Republic

Maccheroni Republic is all about the carbs. Located a short walk from Pershing Square, this easy-to-miss osteria is an excellent option for pasta-loving lovers on a spaghetti-string budget. Just because Maccheroni Republic is affordable, however, doesn’t mean it skimps on the quality.

All of the hearty pasta dishes on Maccheroni Republic’s menu are made in house with great attention to detail. A few of Maccheroni Republic’s classic dishes include Venetian spaghetti with hand-cut Angus and sausage ragout, egg pasta with lamb ragù, and spaghettini with tomatoes, spinach, and lentils. Just so you know, Maccheroni Republic does have a BYO wine policy.

Nobu Malibu

Nobu Malibu is a sleek beachside restaurant specializing in Japanese cuisine. Located not too far from the Malibu Pier, celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s restaurant boasts magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean on its outdoor patio. Although mostly drawing inspiration from traditional Japanese cuisine, Nobu Malibu’s chefs work hard to fuse a diverse array of Asian flavors with seasonal ingredients, especially fresh seafood.

A few examples of this fusion include sweet & sour lobster, black cod with miso, and shrimp & lobster in a spicy lemon sauce. Oh yeah, don’t forget to look over Nobu Malibu’s extensive sushi list before placing your order.

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