Love Is in the Air at L.A.'s 10 Most Romantic Restaurants

Whether looking to celebrate a special romantic anniversary or to mark the start of a brand-new romance, there are plenty of restaurants in Los Angeles that are sure to spark that loving feeling. From the second you enter the front door to those last lingering moments, these are the 10 best romantic restaurants in the City of Angels, places where time stands still as you and your darling sip, sup and canoodle to your heart's content. There are traditional classics like Yamashiro, Il Cielo and the Inn of the Seventh Ray, places that have witnessed plenty of proposals over the many years they have been a part of the Southern California dining scene, as well as newer favorites like Culina in the Four Seasons Hotel and Nobu Malibu. Each restaurant presents a truly wonderful setting that is perfectly suited to having private moments; and each also offers up world-class dishes that practically cry out for sharing with the one you love. Don't forget the champagne!

Inn of the Seventh Ray
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At the Inn of the Seventh Ray, lovers find waterfalls and sycamore trees in a taken-over-by-nature setting that easily leads to romantic feelings. That's especially true if you sit out in the slightly wild garden, where a welcoming fireplace...  Read More

Cavatina Restaurant at Sunset Marquis Hotel
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Nestled inside the Sunset Marquis Hotel, Cavatina Restaurant is a beautifully situated eatery, tucked in amongst the greenery with a pretty patio that's perfectly suited for a romantic tryst far from prying eyes. It certainly helps that the...  Read More

Fairfax District
The Little Door
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Ready for a lover's tryst in a special place? Then head to The Little Door – which actually has a little door at its entrance on Third Street – and you'll find a winning combination of intimate ambiance and sensually delicious fare. Choose...  Read More

La Boheme
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Absolutely baroque in its opulence, the huge dining room at La Boheme in West Hollywood is ornamented with massive chandeliers, dining balconies for romantic privacy and a lush garden space complete with a fireplace surrounded with beautiful...  Read More

Culina at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills


Culina at the Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills is a delicious Italian eatery with a lovely garden that is a perfect place to enjoy a romantic dinner, complete with cozy booths designed for snuggling. There are comfortable booths inside...  Read More

Luigi al Teatro
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Luigi al Teatro has a romantic vibe the moment you approach, for this beautiful Italian restaurant makes its home in an old building (once a power station, a temple and a theater) with a wonderful Spanish adobe facade studded with stained glass...  Read More



Located inside the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Wolfgang Puck's CUT has been at the top of the culinary hierarchy in Los Angeles since it opened in 2007. The strikingly modern interior, designed by famed architect Richard Meier, welcomes guests to an...  Read More

Yamashiro Hollywood
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Yamashiro Hollywood is one of the most iconic restaurants in all of Los Angeles, simply by virtue of its fantastic location and decor. Set above Hollywood Boulevard in a gorgeous pagoda with stunning views of the whole city below, Yamashiro also...  Read More

Nobu Malibu
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Los Angeles is where it all began for Nobu Matsuhisa, the acknowledged king of Japanese cuisine, who now has high-end eateries all over the world. His first restaurant, Matsuhisa, is a tiny place on La Cienega Boulevard; Nobu Los Angeles is...  Read More



Il Cielo owners Pasquale and Pattie Vericella have given Angelenos one of the most swooningly romantic restaurants in Southern California ever since they opened the doors of this Beverly Hills restaurant back in 1986. Combining classic Italian...  Read More


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