Just in time for Valentine’s Day, check out our picks for the top 5 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.
Montage Laguna Beach 30801 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach (949) 715-6420
2 Addison at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar
The Fairmont Grand Del Mar's tony eatery Addison offers up a 5-star spoonful of romantic ambiance any time of year, but in particular, it's a no-brainer for Valentine's Day. This year, the restaurant, which is helmed by Chef William Bradley, is offering a romantic, nine-course dinner for Valentine’s Day including Kumamoto Oysters with green apple and horseradish, followed by succulent items like Black Olive Tortellini with octopus, preserved lemon and smoked peppers, and Cucumber Sorbet with yuzu consommé and Thai basil. It's a meal beyond compare.
Fairmont Grand Del Mar 5200 Grand Del Mar Way, San Diego (858) 314-1900
3 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 W 3rd St, Los Angeles (323) 951-1210
4 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 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, Beverly Hills, CA 90211 (310) 276-9990
5 Inn of the Seventh Ray
You're going to fall in love (if you haven't already) at the Inn of the Seventh Ray. Nestled creekside in the Santa Monica Mountains, expect to dine at a candelit table with the soft splash of a nearby waterfall to keep you company. In addition to the extremely romantic ambiance, Executive Chef Bradley Miller offers up a menu of organically grown ingredients from local farms, hormone-free meats and free range poultry. For that extra homegrown touch, you'll also find organic wines that use grapes from local wineries.
128 Old Topanga Canyon Rd, Topanga (310) 455-1311