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ROMANTIC Restaurants and places to eat in Southern California

This is a list of romantic restaurants in and around the Los Angeles Area. Most of the selected restaurants have city mountain or ocean views. All of the selected restaurant’s have a good selection to choose from on their menu’s. We will list those restaurants that specialize in one type of food (i.e. sea food, chinese etc) This Valentine’s Day, Birthday, Anniversary, or for any other special occasion, try a new RESTAURANT.


Beverly Hills, CA

II Cielo Restaurant

9018 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, CA

(310) 276-9990 /

Comments: This is one of the gems you don’t want to share with everyone, it’s a cozy hideaway with beautiful gardens and the best Italian food and wine to complete a special day or evening.

Lemon Moon Restaurant

12200 W. Olympic Blvd. Beverly Hills, CA

(310) 442-9191.


Burbank, CA

Castaway Restaurant

1250 East Harvard Rd., Burbank, CA 91501

(818) 848.6691

Comments: A beautiful city lights view with great food, they have a full menu with something for everyone.

Coronado, CA

Chez Loma – French Bristo

1132 Loma Ave, Coronado, CA 92118

(619) 435.0661 /

Comments: The restaurant is located in the Carez Hizar House, a Coronado Landmark. The menu is endless, they have a lunch, early dinner and dinner menu. The soups, salads and hot bread could make a meal. There is a fixed menu for Valentine’s Day. Visit the website or call for additional information.

Dana Point, CA

Luciana’s Restaurant

24312 Del Prado, Dana Point, CA

(949) 661-6500 /

Comments: The restaurant is located in a historic home in the town of Dana Point. A complete menu is available on the website. The meals run from $30 to $45 per person.

Ritz-Carlton-Laguna Niguel

1 Ritz Carlton Dr

Dana Point, CA 92629

(949) 240.2000

Del Mar, CA


1660 Coast Hwy., Del Mar, CA 92014

(858) 755.2002 /

Comments: So many great items to choose from you need to plan several visits to try them all, they make some change the menu about every fifteen days so go online to see the menu, make sure your favorite is still available. Must try items include the Roasted beef salad with vinaigrette, Shrimp and Lobster Po Boy, and the Greek chicken wraps. And for dessert you must try the Kimo’s Original Hula Pie .

Glendale, CA

Plata Food + Wine

933 Brand Blvd. Glendale, CA

(818) 662-9463

Comments: If you really need to impress a date or re-connect with a loved one this may be just what the Dr. ordered. In the middle of the Dealerships on Brand Blvd. is this great restaurant with one of the most romantic environments in the city. The food presentation is unique and entertaining.

Hollywood, CA

Lou Restaurant

724 N. Vine Ave., Hollywood, CA

(323) 962-6369

Comments: The restaurant is located on Melrose and Vine. For the date with a good sense of humor. The front door looks like a door to a drapery business and it’s next to a Laundromat. At this point your date will be thinking “why bdid I come with this ????. When you open the door, and once inside your date will stop trying to escape and have a time of her life. Inside is a wonderful wine bar.

Huntington Beach, CA

Duke’s Malibu

317 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, CA 92648

(714) 374.6446 /

Comments: Enjoy a great meal in a great city not to fancy but it’s relaxing and you can enjoy a romantic lunch or dinner without a long sleeve shirt tie. My favorite is the seared ahi salad, crispy coconut shrimp and the caramel roasted turkey stack.

Sandy’s Bar and Grill

315 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, CA 92648

(714) 374.7273

Comments: A great ocean view from across the street from the pier located in the heart of Huntington Beach. The menu includes lobster tacos, beer can chicken, steak and fries, pecan crust sea bass to beachside vegetarian dish. Oh don’t forget to try the Carnitas Quesadilla and the crab corn fritters.

Laguna Beach, CA

French 75 Restaurant

1464 S Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA

(949) 494-8444 /

Comments: Beautiful presentation of food and the taste is just as good. The restaurant offers daily special cooking demonstrations and more.

Las Brisas RestaurantRestaurant Review

361 Cliff Dr. (Coast Hwy.)

Laguna Beach, CA 92651

(949) 497-5434

Comments: Overlooking the crescent-shaped cove of Main Beach, Laguna Beach

landmark and a historic register building. The menu focuses on Mexican seafood specialties with California flair.

Long Beach, CA

Fuego Restaurant

Hotel Maya Double Tree by Hilton

700 Queensway Drive, Long Beach, California, 90802

(562) 435-7676 /

Comments: Great food and a view of the Long Beach Harbor and the Queen Mary

The Sky Room

40 S Locust Ave

Long Beach, CA 90802

(562) 983-2703

Comments: The restaurant is located on top of the historic Breakers Building. This art deco restaurant is the perfect place for a special occasion. The view of downtown L.A. is beautiful.

Los Angeles, CA

Café at the End of the Universe

2800 East Observatory Road, Los Angeles, CA

(213) 473-0800

Comments: A Wolfgang Puck restaurant. A panoramic view most days of Catalina Island.

Chanele Restaurant

3239 Glendale Blvd., Los Angeles, CA

(323) 666-7133

Comments: This is the perfect place for a first date, its romantic, trendy, and the low light and candles make it easy to focus your attention on your date. You don’t need a suit and tie restaurant to impress your first date.

Le Comptoir Restaurant

127 E. 9th St. Los Angeles, CA

(424) 571-3536.

Comments: take a seat at the large counter and prepare for a treat of your life, the chef and his staff will make you and your date feel like you’re the only two in the restaurant and they are cooking just for you. Definitely a place for a Cinderella date.

PATINA Restaurant

141 South Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 972.3331 /

Comments: The restaurant is located in the Walt Disney Concert Hall, in downtown L.A.


448 S Hill St

(Downtown) Los Angeles, CA 90013

(213) 802-1770 /

Comments: Great view of downtown L.A. and the Pershing Square. They have live music most days, live Jazz with Sunday Brunch. It takes two elevators to get to the top restaurant floor, like a good Disneyland ride that leads to Wonderland. The food and atmosphere is Great!

Takami Sushi and Roberta Restaurant

811 Wilshire Blvd, 21st Floor

Los Angeles, CA 90017

(213) 236-9600

Comments: Great Sushi and the view of Downtown Los Angeles is breath taking. The restaurant is on the 21st floor.

The Bazaar

465 S. La Cienega Blvd.; Los Angeles, CA

(310) 246-5555.

Comments: This restaurant is sometimes called the fun-house restaurant, maybe it’s because the décor is a Monty Python atmosphere. Don’t worry about the prices, it’s expensive but you get what you pay for.

Yamashiro Restaurant

1999 N Sycamore Ave

Los Angeles, CA (Hollywood area)

(323) 466-5125 /

Comments: Located behind the Gramman’s Chinese Theatre. The restaurants over looks the Hollywood area a beautiful view and definately a romantic place to take someone special.

Malibu, CA

Beau Rivage

26025 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, CA 90265

(310) 456.5733

Comments: This is a romantic spot to celebrate a special day. The view is beautiful and the food is great there is a fire-place for the chilly nights. You must try the fusilli con pesto (string beans with pine nuts), French onion soup, goat cheese salad, Italian sea bass, Linguine Vongole and everything else on the on the menu.

Duke’s Malibu Restaurant

21150 Pacific Coast Hwy.

Malibu, CA 90265

(310) 317.0777 /

Comments: Enjoy a great meal at the water in Malibu. My favorite is the seafood and the best time is at sunset, breathtaking view.

Geoffrey’s Malibu

27400 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA

(310) 457-1519

Comments: Great ocean view in Malibu, and the food is good large portions, the parking could be a challenge like all beach cities.

Paradise Cove

28128 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, California 90265

(310) 457.2503 /

Comments: A really cozy place located at the north end of Malibu beach. All the food is great my recommendation is the seafood, but they do cook up some good ribs and the clam chowder is the best to date (thick and creamy).

The Sage Room

28915 Pacific Coast Highway

Malibu, CA

(310) 457-0711

The Sunset Restaurant

6800 Westward Beach Road, Malibu, CA

(310) 457.5521 /

Comments: A great beachfront restaurant and a romantic out of the city get-away

Monterey Park, CA

Luminaria’s Restaurant

3500 Ramona Blvd., Monterey Park, CA 91754

Phone: (323) 268-4177 /

Comments: Great menu and a very nice view over looking the 10 fwy. towards Cal State L.A. and the San Gabriel Mountains. Live Entertainment, Sunday Brunch, and wedding facilities.

Newport Beach, CA

Back Bay Bistro

(Newport Dunes Resort)

NewPort Beach, CA

(949) 729.1144


Bayside Restaurant

900 Bayside Drive
, Newport Beach, CA 92660


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Comments: Some of the favorites are the Asian Style Tiger Prawn Ceviche, Oven Roasted Rack of Duck, 16 oz. Rib-Eye Steak, or you can order a selected three course meal with dessert for $47.50 per person. Check the website for current specials. Nice romantic spot that feature live music, Latin, Jazz, Rhythm and Blues and more.

Pelican Grill

22800 Pelican Hill Road South

New Port Beach, CA 92657

(949) 467.6800

Comments: View View View, see the ocean and golf course it’s breath taking. Thefood is great, steaks, seafood, oregano chicken and more.

Sol Cocina

251 Pacific Coast Hwy.

New Port Beach, CA 92660

(949) 675.9800


The Cannery

3010 Lafayette Rd.

Newport Beach, CA 92663

(949) 566.0060

Comments: You can choose from indoor dinning or outdoor. The menu has great selections.

Orange, CA

Orange Hill Restaurant

6410 E. Chapman Ave.

Orange, CA 92869

(714) 997.2910

Comments: Great place with a fantastic view

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Mar’sel Restaurant

(Terranea Resort)

100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

(310) 265-2701

Comments: A great menu for you to choose from, and the city view from the piano bar is breath taking.

San Bernardino, CA

Castaway-San Bernardino

670 Kendall Drive, San Bernardino, CA 92407

(909) 881.1502

Comments: The Castaway has breath taking views of the valley and mountains. It ‘s one of the area’s most romantic eating places. Reservations are strongly recommended.

San Diego, CA

Bertrand at Mister A’s

2550 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA92105

(619) 239.1377

Comments: The restaurant is located at the top floor. You will enjoy a panoramic. They also have an outdoor balcony that can be accessed by three sides of the building. Dinners range from $25.00 to $45. Bring a date an impress that special person.

Candelas Restaurant

416 3rd Avenue, San Diego, CA

(619) 702-4455


Island Prime

880 Harbor Island Dr.

San Diego, CA
 (Harbor Island)

(619) 298.6802

Comments: The restaurant has puts together special menu’s form week to week. Their dinners including dessert range from $40 to $55.00 per person. This restaurant is part of the Cohn Restaurant Group.

Prado Restaurant

1549 El Prado Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

(619) 557.9411

Comments: The beautiful restaurant surrounded by Spanish Colonial Architecture. A great place for taking after dinner walks.

Prime Rib

880 Harbor Island Dr.

San Diego, CA
(Harbor Island)

(619) 298-6802

The Grand Del Mar

200 Grand Del Mar Way

San Diego, CA 92130

(858) 314-1900

Comments: This outstanding restaurant is located at The Grand Del Mar Resort. The food is great but that’s just to be expected, the surprise is the beautiful garden and the roving musicians. All together this makes for a truly romantic evening.

The Melting Pot

901 5th Ave

San Diego - Gaslamp, CA 92101

Gaslamp District

(619) 234-5554

Comments: The restaurant is a romantic Gaslamp favorite. The dining experience is unique and the four-course fondue is an eating experience to remember.

Tom Ham’s Lighthouse

2150 Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

(619) 291.9110

Comments: Great view day or night over looking the San Diego Bay. The must try items are the bacon wrapped asparagus, New England Chowder, Cali Gold Salad, Chef’s Meatball App, Garlic Truffle French Fries, Grilled Yellowtail, and my favorite the Grilled Pork flat Iron Hoagie. This is a place you will go back just to try other items on the menu. Oh, before I forget the items listed are from the lunch menu, and they have a dinner menu too!

San Juan Capistrano, CA

Ciao Pasta

31661 Camino Capistrano

San Juan Capistrano, CA

(949) 496-5002

Comments: A nice cozy place for an afternoon lunch in the out door patio, under the large umbrellas, or inside the nicely decorated restaurant.

San Gabriel, CA


1823 S. San Gabriel Blvd., San Gabriel, CA

(626) 288-7265.

Comments: This is truly a don’t judge the book by the cover restaurant. It’s located on a badly lit corner. Babita’s is a small restaurant full of instant pleasure, from the food to the décor. You would never imagine table cloths and candle light on your table, but that’s what you get and event a private room. Recommend the barbacoa, the shrimp Topolobampo. This will be a date to remember and an eating experience.

Santa Monica, CA

Melisse (French Restaurant)

1104 Wilshire Blvd.

Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 395-0881

Comments: Not you everyday medium priced meal but you do get what you pay for. This is a place for serious dinning and if you have someone very very special this is the place to impress.

Vito Restaurant

2807 Ocean Park Blvd.

Santa Monica, CA 90405

(310) 450.4999

Comments: Vito has been serving great food at this location since 1980. At Vito you will experience great Italian cuisine, the ceasar salad is tossed in front of your table.

Sunset Beach, CA

Captain Jacks Prime Rib

16812 Pacific Ave

Sunset Beach, CA 90742

(562) 592.2514

Comments: Captain Jacks has been serving food in Sunset Beach for over forty years. They serve the best steaks, seafood, and all the trimmings. I recommend you try their crab legs or the 28oz center cut prime rib. Ask for a table by a window if you’re there before sunset and watch the people in their paddle-boats in the marina. Not super fancy come dressed as you are and enjoy.

Temecula, CA

Café Champagne

Thornton Winery

32575 Rancho California Road

Temecula, CA 92591

Comments: This restaurant is located a Hillside Vineyard with a beautiful view of the vineyards and the valley.

West Hollywood, CA

Café La boheme

8400 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, California

(323) 848-2360


8474 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA

(323) 655-6277

Comments: Another great romantic restaurant. Recommend the pancetta wrapped snapper, the house fresh bread and apple tarts are good too!

Venice, CA

Ado Ristorante

796 Main Street

Venice, CA 90291


Comments: Ado is located two streets from Venice beach. The lights are down low the candlelight sets the mood for a romantic dinner.


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