Romantic Restaurants in Los Angeles

Romantic Dining in LA

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.

  • 01 of 08
    Yamashiro garden room
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    1999 N. Sycamore Avenue
    Hollywood, CA 90068
    Phone: (323) 466-5125

    www.yamashirorestaurant.com
    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.

  • 02 of 08
    Geoffrey's Malibu
    ••• Geoffrey's Malibu. Photo courtesy of Geoffrey's Malibu

    27400 Pacific Coast Highway
    Malibu, CA 90265
    Phone: (310) 457-1519

    www.geoffreysmalibu.com
    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.

  • 03 of 08
    Takami Sushi Restaurant in Downtown LA
    ••• Takami Sushi Restaurant in Downtown LA. Kayte Deioma

    811 Wilshire Blvd, 21st Floor
    Los Angeles, CA 90017
    Phone: (213) 236-9600

    www.takamisushi.com
    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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  • 04 of 08
    The Sky Room in Long Beach
    ••• The Sky Room in Long Beach. Courtesy of The Sky Room

    40 S Locust Ave
    Long Beach, CA 90802
    Phone: (562) 983-2703

    www.theskyroom.com
    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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  • 05 of 08
    The Restaurant at the Getty Center
    ••• The Restaurant at the Getty Center. Kayte Deioma

    1200 Getty Center Drive
    Los Angeles, CA 90049
    Phone: (310) 440-6810

    www.getty.edu/visit/center/eat.html​
    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

    2800 East Observatory Road
    Los Angeles, CA 90027
    Phone: (213) 473-0800

    www.griffithobservatory.org
    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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    Malibu Beach Inn, Malibu, CA
    ••• Malibu Beach Inn, Malibu, CA. Kayte Deioma

    22878 Pacific Coast Highway
    Malibu, CA 90265
    Phone: (310) 651-7777​

    www.malibubeachinn.com
    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.

  • 08 of 08
    Perch Restaurant and Bar in Downtown LA
    ••• Perch Restaurant and Bar in Downtown LA. Kayte Deioma

    448 S Hill St
    Los Angeles, CA 90013
    (213) 802-1770
    perchla.com 
    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.