Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, which means many are scrambling to make last-minute reservations at romantic locales. The good news is that you’ll be in the mood for love year-round when you dine at any of our top 5 picks for the most romantic restaurants in Los Angeles and Orange County.
1 Il Cielo
Literally translated, Il Cielo means "the sky" in Italian, which is what you'll be looking at during an evening meal at this Beverly Hills hotspot. For more than 25 years, Il Cielo has consistently been named one of the most romantic destinations in the City of Angels. Wedding proposals are common occurrences here thanks to its twinkly-lit garden, sumptuous Italian fare and stunning skyline. In one way or another, you'll definitely be ready to say "I do" here.
9018 Burton Way, Los Angeles, CA 90211 (310) 276-9990
2 La Sosta Enoteca
La Sosta Enoteca is a hidden gem in Hermosa Beach, tucked neatly into a corner of Manhattan Ave. Its location only adds to its allure. A night, it is dark and wood-paneled with only candles to shine light on your dinner guest. Its atmosphere -- coupled with its Venetian fare and fantastic, ever-changing wine list, make this one of the best spots for romance in LA.
2700 Manhattan Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 (310) 318-1556
3 Studio at the Montage Laguna Beach
Studio, the tony, oceanfront eatery at the Montage Laguna Beach, has one of the most epic views in Orange County, not to mention some of the finest French fare with modern California influences that you'll be likely to have. A dinner here at this gorgeous eatery, which is perched on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, is an event. Order a bottle of Screaming Eagle from its 2,500 bottle wine list, and treat it as such.
30801 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 (949) 715-6420
4 The Little Door
If you're in the mood for romance, head to the Little Door and request to sit in its secret garden. The colorful, romantic courtyard is the perfect spot to celebrate your amour under twinkling lights that mimic the LA skyline above you. Order a bottle of Bordeaux from the eatery's extensive wine list and fall under the spell of its secret garden atmosphere.
8164 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (323) 951-1210
When one thinks romance and Venice, it is the Italian city that comes to mind. But surprisingly, a romantic evening in the SoCal city of Venice can be just as blissful. Cue the tiny, Venetian restaurant of Piccolo, which serves up some of the finest, most authentic Italian fare in the city in an elegant, oceanfront setting. Trust us, THIS is amore.
5 Dudley Ave, Venice, CA 90291 (310) 314-3222