Romantic Restaurants in Los Angeles

Romantic Dining in LA

Carbon Beach Club Restaurant at Malibu Beach Inn
Courtesy of Malibu Beach Inn

There are literally hundreds of romantic restaurants around Los Angeles from glamorous dinner clubs to corner bistros and courtyard garden cafes. Somehow adding a spectacular view to the mix ups the romance factor a notch, so here are some restaurants whose romance depends, at least in part, on having an advantageous view of the city, the mountains, the ocean, or all of the above.

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    Yamashiro Restaurant
    Courtesy of Yamashiro Restaurant / Eric Lothrop

    Yamashiro is a Japanese restaurant with Cal-Asian cuisine offering a fine dining experience perched high above the Hollywood Walk of Fame. There are beautiful gardens and views from Hollywood to the Pacific Ocean. You can enjoy the view from most tables even if you're not right next to the window. Tables on the inner courtyard don't have the same view, but are situated in a romantic garden setting. If you're not a sushi fan, don't worry. There's steak and grilled fish on the menu too. Reservations Recommended.

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    Geoffrey's Malibu
    Courtesy of Geoffrey's Malibu

    This classic establishment nestled on a lush Malibu hillside has peerless views of the Pacific coastline. It was voted one of LA's best proposal spots on Citysearch. Good for celebrity sighting too. Reservations Required.

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    Takami Sushi and Robata Restaurant
    Courtesy of Takami Sushi and Robata Restaurant

    The sushi is exquisite, as is the view of Downtown Los Angeles from this open-air 21st-floor restaurant. It's a great view at night, but get there by twilight to really appreciate the surroundings and the change in light. A full dinner at Takami may get you an escort into the sexy Elevate Lounge on the same floor.

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    The Sky Room in Long Beach
    The Sky Room in Long Beach. Courtesy of The Sky Room

    Be Fred Astaire to her Ginger Rogers when you take her for dinner and dancing at the elegant Art Deco Sky Room on top of the historic Breakers building in Long Beach. From this height, you can see up and down the coast, and on a clear winter day, there is a stunning view of the LA basin with snow-capped mountains in the background. Reservations Recommended.

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    Getty Center
    Courtesy of Getty Center

    The restaurant at the Getty Center in Brentwood has a beautiful view of the Santa Monica Mountains, perfect for a sunset dinner. Unfortunately, they're only open for dinner Friday and Saturday nights. You can get the daytime view over lunch Tuesday through Sunday. Reservations Recommended.

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    Cafe at the Edge of the Universe at Griffith Observatory
    Cafe at the Edge of the Universe at Griffith Observatory. Kayte Deioma

    The cafeteria-style café at the Griffith Observatory is a Wolfgang Puck restaurant. It may have an industrial feel with exposed ceiling pipes and plastic tables and chairs, but you can't beat the panoramic view from the Hollywood Sign to Downtown LA and on a really clear day, all the way to Catalina Island. Grab some sandwiches for a picnic as a romantic end to a hike in Griffith Park, or a preview to a night of star-gazing through the Observatory's Zeiss telescope (and it won't break the bank).

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    Carbon Beach Club Restaurant at Malibu Beach Inn
    Courtesy of Malibu Beach Inn

    The restaurant at Malibu Beach Inn is small, but you can't get a much more romantic setting with this view of the Malibu Pier, and the food is excellent. It's a splurge, but totally worth it. Make a night of it in their ocean-front rooms with the waves crashing under your balcony.

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    Perch, Los Angeles
    Courtesy of Perch

    Perch LA rooftop bistro in Downtown LA is a French-inspired 15th floor balcony restaurant and bar with great views of the skyscrapers. There is indoor dining, but outdoors on the balcony is the place to be.