The center of the nation’s film and television industry, Los Angeles is a sprawling city in Southern California with a wealth of attractions and things to see and do on a date. The city is also home to a wealth of excellent restaurants for all kinds of dining from casual coffee shops to fine dining establishments that are perfect for celebrating special love.
© South End
Sandwiched in an unassuming strip mall off Abbot Kinney’s eastern terminus, South End is a casual Italian restaurant that serves traditional and authentic Italian cuisine. Boasting sleek interiors with contemporary décor, the family-friendly eatery serves a creative menu of Roman-style pizza with delicious toppings and local ingredients and seasonal products, and a succinct list of Italian wines served with top notch hospitality from the owner and chef de cuisine, Mario Vollera. Signature plates include the District 11 pizza blanketed in fresh mozzarella and topped with crushed Roma tomatoes, smoked bacon, pork salciccia, and artisanal pepperoni. A vibrant wine list features interesting, and exotics vinos from the snug wine bar accompanies the cuisine. South End is open for dinner, seven nights a week.
2805 Abbot Kinney Boulevard B, Venice, CA 90291, Phone: 424-228-4736
Located in the birthplace of the Golden Age of Hollywood, Columbia Square, Paley. is a stylish mid-century-modern restaurant that serves seasonal New American fare and handcrafted cocktails in a relaxed setting. Owned and operated by global hospitality group Plan Do See, Paley. honors the artistic and innovative era that was shaped by William S. Paley, CEO of CBS. Set on Sunset Boulevard in the former CBS Studios, the iconic Hollywood restaurant serves a dynamic menu of innovative cuisine with a modern twist created with seasonal and local ingredients such as Seared Scallops, Quinoa-Stuffed Pepper, Day Dry-Aged Prime Ribeye, and Berkshire Pork Chops. Paley. is open for lunch weekdays and dinner every day with brunch service on the weekends.
6115 Sunset Blvd #100, Los Angeles, CA 90028, Phone: 323-544-9430
© Simpang Asia
Simpang Asia is a no-frills eatery and store that specializes in traditional Indonesian cuisine and street foods. Located in the Culver City neighborhood, Simpang Asia serves authentic Indonesian food in a casual dining atmosphere and offers in-house dining, takeout services, and online ordering for added convenience. The menu features meat and vegetarian options and street food dishes like Pempek, a fried fish cake with egg noodles and a spicy palm sugar vinaigrette dressing; sweet rice rolls with shredded coconut chicken known as Lemper, and Siomay Bandung of Indonesian steamed mixed shrimp and chicken dumplings in peanut sauce. An array of vegetarian options such as the vegetarian ramens or the kwetiaw goreng are also available, and Simpang Asia can cater offsite events such as private parties and corporate luncheons. Simpang Asia is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
10433 National Blvd #2, Los Angeles, CA 90034, Phone: 310-815-9075
Although it is located in Little Tokyo, the enclave of Japanese immigrants in LA, Daikokuya looks more like a classic diner than a noodle shop. But, the word is out and those who know how to recognize a really wonderful bowl of ramen will gladly wait in line outdoors and do not care that the place is tiny and no-frills, as long as they can get their steaming bowl of tonkatsu soup with noodles, kurobuta pork, scallions, bean sprouts, and soft-boiled eggs. The menu is large and has all the other traditional Japanese dishes such as gyoza dumplings, sushi, teriyaki, and poke bowls, but most people just come for the ramen. They offer Japanese beers, hot and cold sake, and assortment of soft drinks.
327 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, Phone: 213-626-1680
5.Sari Sari Store
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Located in Downtown LA’s Grand Central Market on Broadway, Sari Sari Store is a Filipino concept from James Beard Nominated Chef Margarita Manzke and husband-cum-business partner Walter Manzke that provides authentic Indonesian cuisine and unusual Filipino rice bowls for breakfast and lunch. Translating to ‘whatever’ in the Tagalog language, sari sari is used to describe small stores that sell everything from candy to skewers, which is how the owners saw the restaurant and store. The menu focuses on savory rice bowls known as ‘silog’ and sweet treats, along with a selection of beverages, including beer, coffee, and tea. Sari Sari Store is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
317 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013, Phone: 323-320-4020
© Primo's Donuts
Primo's Donuts is a longtime, family-run donut shop that serves a variety of sweet and savory donuts, homemade muffins, freshly baked scones, and turnovers., along with beverages such as fresh brewed coffee and sodas. Established in 1956, Primo's Donuts shop is situated in Sawtelle, West LA and has been making delicious donuts ever since, with a wide selection of flavors, ranging from Cinnamon Roll Fancy Donuts, Lemon Filled Fancy Donuts and Old-Fashioned Buttermilk Fancy Donuts to Cinnamon Sugar Cake Donuts, Chocolate Coconut Cake Donuts, and Blueberry Cake Donuts. The café also serves home-baked goods like croissants, baked cinnamon rolls, almond tarts, bacon crunches, and Canela twists. Primo's Donuts is open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week.
2918 Sawtelle Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064, Phone: 310-478-6930
© The Bellwether
The Bellwether is an upscale, neighborhood spot in Studio City that specializes in modern New American fare and handcrafted cocktails served in a sleek and stylish environment. Owned by Executive Chef Ted Hopson and Ann-Marie Verdi, the debut restaurant and bar serves a seasonal, shareable and market-inspired menu of creative dishes prepared with locally sourced and seasonal California ingredients and produce. The mouthwatering cuisine – think crispy pork rillettes and potato rosti with creamy ham-hock gravy and hamachi crudo with avocado, pickled baby vegetables, and lightly puffed quinoa – is paired with an excellent bar menu listing on-tap selections, including wine, beer, and cocktails. The 3,200-square-foot, open-plan dining room features butcher-block tabletops and crimson leather banquettes and an outdoor patio for alfresco dining. The Bellwether is open for dinner, seven nights a week and brunch on the weekend.
13251 Ventura Blvd A, Studio City, CA 91604, Phone: 818-285-8184
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© Checker Hall
Checker Hall is a lively Highland Park neighborhood hangout housed within a restored historic Masonic lodge, serving up high-quality bar food and cocktails throughout the evening and late-night hours. The vibrant restaurant and bar specializes in internationally-influenced fare, including entree options such as Mediterranean-style chicken with couscous and tahini, brown butter daurade fish, and classic falafel platters. Shareable plates range from hummus, babaganoush, and spanakopita to Middle Eastern-style skewers and meatballs. A selection of specialty cocktails is complemented by regional draft beers and fine international wines. Live music performances are showcased on Wednesday nights, while DJ sets are presented each Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening.
104 N Ave 56, 2nd Floor, Highland Park, CA 90042, Phone: 323-509-7416
© 40 Love
40 Love is a hip new Los Angeles hangout, opened in 2018 by the H.Wood Group. The lively venue has become one of the city's premiere sports bar destinations, offering more than 25 flat screen televisions for diners to watch weekly games on. Its design takes cues from American country clubs, offering giant plush booths, intimate dark wood design elements, and seamless transitions between indoor and outdoor dining spaces. Diners can choose from delicious shareable appetizers like squash hummus with salsa verde or buffalo-style cauliflower, accompanied by an excellent selection of craft beers and handcrafted house cocktails. Main course selections include creative options like wagyu hot dogs with Maui sweet onions or plant-based Beyond Meat Italian-style sausages on brioche buns.
829 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069, Phone: 310-855-7221
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10.The Joint Eatery
© The Joint Eatery
The Joint Eatery is a gourmet café and seafood market offering premium seafood, and specialty coffee and tea. Owned and operated by former Boba Truck founder Liwei Liao, the Sherman Oaks eatery boasts 4,000 square foot of space with comfy bistro seating, open kitchens, and a full patio. Marrying fresh seafood with specialty coffee in a unique dining concept, The Joint Eatery café serves hand-crafted drinks brewed from specialty coffee beans and premium tea leaves from around the world, along with fresh-baked pastries, and hearty breakfast sandwiches. The adjoining seafood market offers fresh fish, shellfish, and live crustaceans sourced from local fish markets every morning, as well as seasonal delicacies and exotic imports from around the world. The Joint Eatery is open from morning until evening, seven days a week.
13718 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423, Phone: 818-510-0626
11.Golden Bull Restaurant
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The Golden Bull is a historic Santa Monica steakhouse off PCH that has been serving classic steakhouse fare with an old-school vibe for more nearly 70 years. Set close to the beach in Santa Monica, the newly revamped restaurant features dark red walls and wood-paneled finishes, cozy seating, and a warm, friendly and intimate atmosphere that preserves the history and character of the original restaurant. An elegant lounge house the polished original bar, cozy booths and a fireplace, and an outdoor patio for alfresco dining. The dinner menu boasts classic dishes such as shrimp cocktail, Caesar salad New York strip and bone-in ribeye steaks and lamb chops, while the bar program offers signature martinis and old-fashioned tipple like Brown Derbys and Palomas. The Golden Bull is open for dinner, seven nights a week and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
170 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402, Phone: 310-230-0402
Elephante is a hip rooftop bar and restaurant that serves comfortable fare and handcrafted cocktails in a relaxed, laid-back setting. Located above Flower Child in the heart of downtown Santa Monica, the latest venture from seasoned designer and restaurateur Nicholas Mathers takes guests on a European journey to the Southern Mediterranean with natural wood and stone finishes and custom-designed furniture. Inspired by light coastal Italian, the menu boasts an eclectic selection of pasta, pizza, and small plates, accompanied by a collection of natural wines, fun, approachable cocktails, and imported spirits from one of the three bars on the property. Tranquil afternoons can turn into decadent dinners and late nights with the innovative cocktail program and vibrant night scene. Elephante is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
1332 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401, Phone: 424-320-2384
13.Craft Los Angeles
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Craft Los Angeles is an award-winning restaurant in Century City owned by renowned chef Tom Colicchio who presents farm-to-table New American fare in a sleek and elegant setting. Designed by an award-winning architecture firm, Craft Los Angeles boasts 10,000 square feet of space with 300 seats and features a stunning dining veranda overlooking a four-acre park. The acclaimed eatery presents a pioneering approach to dining using natural seasonal ingredients that are simply prepared and served family-style. Signature dishes include Texas quail, duck breast, fresh vegetables and salads, and handmade pasta, accompanied by a variety of craft beers, cider, handcrafted cocktails and fine wines from around the world.
10100 Constellation Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067, Phone: 310-279-4180
Located in the heart of Los Angeles in a classic stone-colored brick building that was initially erected in 1929 by Charlie Chaplin, République is a contemporary restaurant that builds on its rich, storied past, presenting guests with an elegant gastronomic environment imbued with history and grandeur. Owned by Chef Walter Manzke and Chef Margarita Manzke, the restaurant is named after the bustling Métro station in the center of Paris and features a formal dining room in the rear and a casual bistro and bar in the front. Both dining rooms serve daily changing French-inspired menu bursting with a Californian mix of Mediterranean, American, and Asian flavors with wood-fired proteins, freshly prepared salads, handmade pasta mixed with seafood or filled with earthy sauces. République is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
624 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036, Phone: 310-362-6115
Baroo is a hip, small eatery in an unassuming strip mall on Santa Monica Boulevard that serves locally sourced Korean classics with a modern twist. Named for the bowl that Buddhist monks use for their meals, the 16-seater Baroo presents a concept of a free-style experimental kitchen that produces a seasonal and locally inspired menu of dishes created with local, sustainable, and organic ingredients such as fermented toppings over simple rice and pasta bowls. Signature dishes include fermented-pineapple kimchi fried rice, ragu pasta with faux-oxtail, bibim salad, and a pickle platter with red onions, watermelon. Baroo is open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Saturday.
5706 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038, Phone: 323-645-7041
Set on La Cienega Boulevard, Nobu Los Angeles is a global restaurant founded by world-renowned chef, Nobu Matsuhisa, that serves outstanding Japanese fusion cuisine and handcrafted libations. Embodying the clientele that walks through its doors, Nobu Los Angeles is sleek, stylish and sophisticated with a stunning palette of textures and colors that create a mesmerizing backdrop for LA's gliteratti who come to savor exceptional Peruvian-accented Japanese fare. Signatures dishes and plates include monkfish pate with caviar and lobster ceviche, Kaba ribeye steak, Wagyu gyoza, and an array of mouthwateringly fresh sushi and sashimi. The elegant bar serves a selection of sake, imported spirits, handcrafted cocktails, craft beers, and fine wines from around the world. Nobu Los Angeles is open for dinner only, seven nights a week.
903 La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90069, Phone: 310-657-5711
17.Carlitos Gardel Argentine Steakhouse
© Carlitos Gardel Argentine Steakhouse
Carlitos Gardel Argentine Steakhouse is a family-owned and operated restaurant that serves authentic Argentine cuisine and an impressive wine list in a stylish setting. Located in the Beverly Grove district of Melrose Avenue, the restaurant was established in 1996 and has been honoring the art and tradition of Argentine hospitality and the best of their culture and cuisine for more than 20 years. The restaurant presents an extensive menu of age-old family recipes that include USDA Certified Prime cuts of grass-fed Black Angus beef, fresh seafood, chicken, and a variety of vegetarian options. A multiple award-winning wine program is housed in the largest cellar of Argentine wines on the West Coast and features an extensive list of vintage Argentine, Italian, and French labels. Carlitos Gardel Argentine Steakhouse is open for dinner seven days a week and lunch on Fridays.
7963 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046, Phone: 323-655-0891
© Bottega Louie
Bottega Louie is an Italian restaurant, gourmet market, and French patisserie/café located on the ground floor of the Brockman Building on Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles. Renowned for its inviting open kitchen where diners can watch the chefs at work, Bottega Louie offers a creative menu of authentic Italian fare ranging from freshly prepared salads, small plates and wood-fired pizza to house-made pasta, fresh seafood, and prime meat dishes. The eatery also runs a gourmet market where patrons can buy local and imported foods, including dry pasta, pasta sauces, preserves, confections, and chocolates. The French patisserie/café section of the eatery serves a mouthwatering array of freshly baked pastries and sweet treats, along with coffee, tea, and other beverages.
700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017, Phone: 213-802-1470
Gwen is a European-style, chef-driven butcher shop and a restaurant that serves meat-centric tasting and a la carte menus in an industrial-style setting. Diners can choose from a three-, five, or 10-course tasting menu, which are served in the main dining room, or an a la carte menu that is served at the bar. The refined full-service restaurant focuses on fire-based cooking techniques with house-made charcuterie, and prime and rare breed meats being at the center of each plate. A lovely patio is perfect for lite bites or pre-dinner cocktails and being just a stone’s throw from The Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, the restaurant’s pre-theatre menu is a popular choice. Gwen is open for lunch Monday through Friday and dinner, seven nights a week.
6600 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, Phone: 323-946-7500
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Renowned as the city's most beloved Italian institution, Angelini Osteria is a classic Italian eatery that has been serving loyal patrons for more than ten years. Owned by Gino Angelini who brings the tastes of his home region of Emilia-Romagna to the tables, Angelini Osteria serves a menu that is packed with traditional Italian fare and delicious signature dishes such his signature lasagna Verde, veal chop Milanese and wood-fired Dover sole. Other delectable plates include salt-crusted and whole roasted branzino, and the Saturday-only porchetta stuffed with garlic and herbs. Add to that, charming professional waiters and a timeless Italian ambiance, and you have an Italian dining experience like no other.
7313 Beverly Blvd., Fairfax, Phone: 323-297-0070
Located inside the former rectory building of Vibiana, one of the city’s most historic architectural gems Redbird is a contemporary restaurant that serves Modern American cuisine in a stylish, elegant setting. Chef Neal Fraser and Amy Knoll Fraser’s flagship downtown, Los Angeles restaurant, serves a menu that highlights the multi-cultural influences of Los Angeles with seasonal plates ranging from light appetizers to hearty entrées accompanied by a well-balanced, bespoke cocktail menu. The dynamic cathedral-turned-restaurant pays homage to the cathedral next door with modern décor and a relaxed, comfortable ambiance in which Fraser’s warm and welcoming hospitality works its wonders. Redbird is open for dinner seven days a week and brunch on the weekends.
114 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, Phone: 213-788-1191
© chi SPACCA
Nestled between Osteria Mozza and Mozza2Go on Melrose Avenue, chi SPACCA is an award-winning meat-centric restaurant that serves meaty, upscale Italian fare in a cozy Tuscan atmosphere. Owned and operated by Joe Bastianich and Nancy Silverton and helmed by meat-mad chef Chad Colby, chi SPACCA is the spot to go for mouthwatering steaks, prime ribs, and other exceptional meat dishes prepared in an inspirational way. Signature dishes include the 42-ounce sizzling cliff of meat known as the bistecca Fiorentina served with potatoes, fries and house-made sauce, and the testa frittata omelet oozing with chunks of prawns, thinly sliced headcheese, hot chiles, and vegetables. chi SPACCA is open for dinner only, seven nights a week.
6610 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038, Phone: 323-297-1133
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Sushi Gen is a simple sushi bar on Second Street in Little Tokyo that is renowned for its exceptional traditional Japanese cuisine. Locals line up outside the spot for a table or a place at the sushi bar to enjoy plates of freshly prepared sushi, sashimi, seafood salad, miso soup, steamed clams and sea cucumber, along with a variety of sake, and other libations. The main draw at this cult spot for LA's sushi aficionados is the sashimi lunch special, which heaves with fresh oysters, sea urchin, fatty tuna, fresh halibut, and scallops. Sushi Gen is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Friday, and dinner only on Saturdays.
422 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, Phone: 213-617-0552
© Tam O'Shanter
Tam O'Shanter is a traditional Scottish pub housed in a Tudor-style building on Los Felix Boulevard that serves casual pub fare and classic libations. One of Los Angeles' oldest restaurants, the restaurant was established in 1922 and has been delighting diners with hearty pub fare and a touch of Scottish flair ever since. Located on the corner of Boyce Avenue in Atwater Village, the friendly, inviting pub is renowned for its convivial atmosphere and delicious fare which gives the nod to the British pub scene with traditional fish and chips served with mushy peas in a bucket lined with newsprint parchment paper, perfectly cooked prime ribs, and melt-in-your-mouth Yorkshire pudding and gravy. An array of libations includes several craft beers and ales on tap and by the bottle, casual wines, imported spirits, and classic cocktails. The Tam O'Shanter is open or lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
2980 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039, Phone: 323-664-0228
© Osteria Mozza
Osteria Mozza is part of a trio of restaurants (Osteria Mozza, Pizzeria Mozza, and Chi Spacca) created by Nancy Silverton, Joe Bastianich, and Mario Batali that have taken the LA dining scene by storm. The grandest of the three, Osteria Mozza, offers a variety of dining experiences from sipping Amaro at the amaro bar, tasting creamy buffalo mozzarella at the mozzarella bar, or indulging in mouthwatering pasta and intensely flavored meat dishes in the main restaurant. Exceptional small plates range from spongy Buffalo with lemon bagna cauda and umami-rich bottarga to stuffed burrata with a leek vinaigrette and breadcrumbs, while antipasti dishes include grilled octopus dressed in lemon, celery, and potatoes. Desserts are to die for…don’t miss the seasonal gelati and Grandma’s torta Della Nonna. A comprehensive wine list offers fine wines to pair with the outstanding cuisine.
6602 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90038, Phone: 323-297-0100
25 Best Places to Visit in Los Angeles on a Date
- South End, Photo: South End
- Paley, Photo: Paley.
- Simpang Asia, Photo: Simpang Asia
- Daikokuya, Photo: Daikokuya
- Sari Sari Store, Photo: Sari Sari Store
- Primo's Donuts, Photo: Primo's Donuts
- The Bellwether, Photo: The Bellwether
- Checker Hall, Photo: Checker Hall
- 40 Love, Photo: 40 Love
- The Joint Eatery, Photo: The Joint Eatery
- Golden Bull Restaurant, Photo: Golden Bull Restaurant
- Elephante, Photo: Elephante
- Craft Los Angeles, Photo: Craft Los Angeles
- Republique, Photo: République
- Baroo, Photo: Baroo
- Nobu, Photo: Nobu
- Carlitos Gardel Argentine Steakhouse, Photo: Carlitos Gardel Argentine Steakhouse
- Bottega Louie, Photo: Bottega Louie
- Gwen, Photo: Gwen
- Angelini Osteria, Photo: Courtesy of Photocreo Bednarek - Fotolia.com
- Redbird, Photo: Redbird
- chi SPACCA , Photo: chi SPACCA
- Sushi Gen, Photo: Courtesy of Rido - Fotolia.com
- Tam O'Shanter, Photo: Tam O'Shanter
- Osteria Mozza, Photo: Osteria Mozza
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Located in the heart of Los Angeles’ Arts District, Guerrilla Tacos is a bright, modern taqueria that takes tacos to new heights. Owned by Chef Wes Avila, who moved from serving tacos out of food trucks and carts to establishing the first-ever brick and mortar location of Guerrilla Tacos, the market-fueled eatery serves unique takes on tacos with fillings like duck breast, sea urchin, wild boar, and a bounty of fresh produce. The 2,400 square-foot space features vibrant, eclectic décor, comfy booths, a full-service bar, and graffiti and artworks on the walls that pay homage to the late Jonathan Gold. A sun-drenched patio offers alfresco-style dining where diners can tuck into delicious burritos, tacos, tortas, and tostadas in a relaxed, laid-back ambiance. Guerrilla Tacos is open for lunch Tuesday through Sunday and dinner Tuesday through Saturday.
2000 E 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021, Phone: 213-375-3300
6th & La Brea Brewery & Restaurant
Located in an artistic and creative neighborhood in the heart of Los Angeles, 6th & La Brea Brewery & Restaurant is a friendly gathering spot that provides a contemporary beer experience with award-winning craft brews, California-driven cocktails, spirits, and wines and artisan cuisine. The 4,800 square foot brewhouse boasts mid-century modern design elements, and a beautiful seven-barrel brewing system that produces 14 rotating taps in a range of styles from English, German, and Belgian styles to American styles like west coast IPAs. Chef Jihee Kim delivers elevated brewpub fare with a vegan-friendly twist, which guests can enjoy in bright, airy indoor/outdoor spaces, as well as a hidden 25-seat lounge with its bar. 6th & La Brea Brewery & Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
600 S. La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036, Phone: 323-998-8565