9 SoCal Restaurants Named as America’s Most Romantic


Valentine’s Day is almost here! To some, that means love, romance and affection. To others, it means stress: where is an appropriate spot to take the love of your life for a dinner that really says “I do love you?”

That’s where OpenTable comes in. The online dining reservation service site has curated its list of the 100 most romantic restaurants in America, factoring in the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 20,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.  All restaurants with a minimum “overall” score and number of qualifying reviews were included for consideration. Qualifying restaurants were then scored and sorted according to the percentage of reviews for which “romantic” was selected as a special feature.  

Of the list,  OpenTable Chief Dining Officer Caroline Potter said, “Food is inextricably – and deliciously – tied to love and romance. This year’s honorees represent the perfect places for diners to savor their love, whether it’s marking a moment in time or creating a new shared memory over fine fare in an intimate and special setting.”

We’re happy to report that nine Southern California eateries made the cut (as well as one lone star in LA proper—congrats to The Little Door). Check out this list if you need inspiration, for this year…or next. Which of these SoCal eateries is your favorite? We can’t pick just one, though we will say that we’ve had exceptional experiences at Addison, Mar’sel, The Litle Door and The Hobbit.

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Addison Restaurant – San Diego, California

Coco Palm – Pomona, California

The Hobbit – Orange, California

Jillian’s – Palm Desert, California

Le Vallauris – Palm Springs, California

The Little Door – Los Angeles, California

Mar’sel at Terranea Resort – Rancho Palos Verdes, California

Saddle Peak Lodge – Calabasas, California

Sir Winston’s Aboard the Queen Mary – Long Beach, California