The Most Romantic Restaurants in Southern California

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Though it’s almost Valentine’s Day, you can quickly get in the mood for love year round at our picks for the most romantic restaurants in Southern California.

1 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, of course) that you'll ever be likely to have. A dinner 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 (949) 715-6420

2 Il Cielo

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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 Angel thanks to its twinkly-lit garden, sumptuous Italian fare and stunning skyline. It's no wonder so many wedding proposals take place here: in one way or another, you'll definitely be ready to say "I do" after a dining experience at Il Cielo.
9018 Burton Way, Los Angeles (310) 276-9990

3 The Little Door

The Little Door
If you're in the mood for romance, head to the Little Door on West 3rd. Street and request to sit in its tucked away secret garden. The colorful, romantic courtyard is the perfect spot to celebrate your amore 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 uber-private, uber-romantic atmosphere.
8164 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles (323) 951-1210

4 Lucques

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Suzanne Goin's Melrose eatery is a staple for those who want an intimate, romantic evening. The setting itself is magic thanks to exposed brick and wood beam ceilings as well as a roaring fireplace and outdoor patio dining space. Enjoy Goin's menu of seasonal California fare used from the freshest of farmer's market ingredients while sipping on a delightful cocktail or carefully curated bottle of wine from Caroline Styne's master list while the glow of candlelight reflects warmly on your dinner date.
8474 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles (323) 655-6277

5 Wolfgang Puck at the Hotel Bel-Air

Though it's only located in Bel-Air, dining at Wolfgang Puck's retreat at the Hotel Bel-Air feels like you've completely escaped L.A. In fact, you might feel like you and your date are the only people in the room once you arrive at the eatery, which provides a tree-lined, wooded reprieve from the rest of the world as designed by David Rockwell. Expect to share Mediterranean-influenced dishes (Lady and the Tramp style if you must) like agnolotti and Puck's must-have Cantonese-style duck. Afterwards, grab a classic cocktail in the ambient bar area while listening to the dulcet tones of a pianist to cap your romantic evening.
Hotel Bel-Air, 701 Stone Canyon Road, Los Angeles (310) 472-1211*
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