Valentine’s Day is almost here and if you haven’t made your romantic dinner reservations at The Little Door, Yamashiro or Lucques by now, you might be out of luck. But Cupid still smiles on the forgetful and the procrastinators because Los Angeles is abundant with romantic restaurants that will do just as nicely. While the ambiance and cuisine on Valentine’s Day set the stage for a romantic evening in a restaurant, it’s really the company that matters. Enjoy an unforgettable evening for two at any of these five romantic restaurants in Los Angeles
3626 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
The Cliff’s Edge is not just a culinary experience but a visual one as well. At this Silver Lake eatery, enjoy elegant and rustic plates amidst the winding branches of an ancient tree. You’ll feel like you’re dining in a lush forest on the patio for a unique experience and will enjoy the view from a cozy spot in the dining room. Signatures cocktails, an extensive wine list and a market fresh seasonal menu make this romantic restaurant even more inviting. It’s a truly charming setting, Valentine’s Day or not.
Tagine Beverly Hills
132 N. Robertson Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
If anyone knows a thing or two about romance, it would be Tagine’s co-owner Ryan Gosling (star of the most romantic movie ever: “The Notebook”). This cozy Moroccan Beverly Hills restaurant presents guests with plush banquettes, warm colors, soft light and crisp linen. The menu is luxurious, appealing and reasonably priced and the wine menu is inviting and easily paired, all of which make for a practically foolproof romantic evening.
8284 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
If your significant other is a vegetarian or vegan, Crossroads is the perfect destination. Serving upscale Mediterranean food dedicated to plant-based cuisine, you won’t find meats here. Comprised mostly of small dishes and gorgeous salads, everything on the menu is especially tasty, including the desserts. There’s a special three-course menu for Valentine’s Day because even vegetarian gals want romance too.
617 S. Olive St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014
For an old fashioned romantic evening, head to the Cicada in downtown. The 30-foot ceilings, nod to the 1920s and courteous service promise a night to remember, Valentine’s Day or not. You might even recognize the restaurant from some of Hollywood’s most popular films like “Pretty Woman,” “Wall Street” and “The Great Gatsby.” After your romantic dinner, head into the Cicada Club for the spectacular Maxwell Demille and his big band performance and dance the night away.
The Bazaar by José Andrés
465 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Beverly Hills, CA 90048
For a romantic evening that will expand your palate, dine at The Bazaar by José Andrés. Here, you’ll enjoy elegantly plated exotic fare paired with smoking handcrafted cocktails for a sensory overload, and that’s just on an ordinary night. The Bazaar promises an unforgettable evening of champagne, caviar and oyster specials as well as a champagne and bon bon tasting menu specifically designed for Valentine’s Day. Or make a reservation for the 16-course black truffle dinner series that promises to be spectacular.
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