There are hundreds of romantic restaurants around Los Angeles (LA) 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.
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.
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.
Takami Sushi and Robata Restaurant
The sushi is exquisite, as is the view of Downtown LA 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.
The Restaurant at the 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.
Café at the End of the Universe
The cafeteria-style café at the Griffith Observatory is a Wolfgang Puck restaurant. It may have an industrial feel with exposed ceiling pipes, plastic tables, and chairs, but you can't beat the panoramic view from the Hollywood Sign to Downtown LA. On a really clear day, you can see 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).
Carbon Beach Club Restaurant at 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.
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.