There are many unique things to do in Beverly Hills, including great choice when it comes to finding a romantic restaurant. Just about every international cuisine is represented in the city, with a particularly large number of traditional American steakhouses, excellent Italian and Japanese restaurants.
Do not be confused by the name – although there is pasta on the menu, Spago (by Wolfgang Puck) is definitely far removed from your regular spaghetti house. This Michelin-starred restaurant is located on Canon Drive, where is offers a sleek and under-stated backdrop to an iconic culinary experience. Fine-dining is the name of the game and the menus are seasonal, showcasing whatever is locally available on the day. You are welcome to choose individual dishes from the a la carte menu at lunch and dinner, but to really spoil someone special you should book the Chef’s multi-course California Tasting Menu. You can choose your favorite wines from a broad selection of international varietals, most of which are available by the glass.
Spago, 176 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, Phone: 310-385-0880
2. The Grill on the Alley
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Fashioned on the legendary grill restaurants of the 30’s and 40’s, The Grill on the Alley welcomes guests to a white-tablecloth interior embellished with lots of polished wood and photo-covered walls. The Grill is located just a few minutes from Wilshire Blvd, where it serves lunch, dinner and Happy Hour patrons. Expect to find all your favorite steakhouse treats on the extensive menu including a good selection of appetizers, soups and salads, followed by burgers, sandwiches, seafood, steaks and sides. You can get the evening off to a great start by sampling one of their signature cocktails. Like many other Beverly Hills eateries the prices are steep but if you visit during Happy Hour you can grab a budget-beater.
The Grill on the Alley, 9560 Dayton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, Phone: 310-276-0615
3. Tempura Endo
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Offering the best of Kyoto-style Japanese cuisine, Tempura Endo offers a wonderful combination of excellent food and a serene and relaxing atmosphere. Here you will be able to savor some of the finest tempura outside of Japan, made from the freshest locally-sourced seafood and vegetables. The restaurant has their very own secret-recipe dipping sauce and white wine is added to their classic tempura batter for a sublime taste and fragrance. For a wonderful Kyoto-style experience you can settle in to enjoy the omakase menu (Chef’s choice menu) which includes a soup, salad, a variety of seafood and vegetable tempuras, a rice dish and a dessert. There is also a comprehensive a la carte menu.
Tempura Endo, 9777 S. Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, Phone: 310-274-2201
4. The Palm
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In days gone by Fred Astaire is said to have tap-danced on the bar at the Palm and today the restaurant still attracts a faithful following of Hollywood celebrities. The restaurants’ sleek and modern white-tablecloth décor is ideally suited for a date night and you will find caricatures of many famous celebrities adorning the walls. There is an extensive menu of American steakhouse and Italian dishes to choose from including their signature USDA prime-aged steaks, Nova Scotia lobsters and Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes. The friendly wait staff will be happy to assist you with the perfect wine selection or a house-made cocktail.
The Palm, 267 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, Phone: 310-550-8811
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5. Il Cielo
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For over thirty years Il Cielo has been a Beverly Hills landmark which has a solid reputation for offering a romantic fine-dining venue suitable for lunch or dinner. Although the Italian-inspired food is based on authentic and traditional Tuscan cooking, Il Cielo raises the bench-mark and offers guest a unique Italian dining experience surrounded by beautiful gardens and elegant and inviting interiors. The menu features all your Italian favorites including a selection of antipasti followed by masterful risottos and pastas before you even reach the mains. These include beautifully prepared and plated salmon, sea bass, lobster, chicken, lamb and beef. At lunch and on special holidays like Easter there is a fixed-price menu as well as the a la carte options.
Il Cielo, 9018 Burton Way Beverly Hills, CA 90211, Phone: 310-276-9990
6. Amarone Kitchen and Wine
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Bringing the tastes and aromas of a genuine Italian kitchen to Sunset Boulevard, Amarone Kitchen and Wine is the ideal choice for a romantic night out. The elegant white-tablecloth interior and mood lighting set the scene for an authentic Italian dining and wining experience. The restaurant is family owned and operated and uses only the finest quality ingredients (organic is possible) to ensure you enjoy a memorable in the Italian tradition, where everything is freshly made by hand on the premises, including all their pastas and sauces. You can start with a simple fresh salad, Prosciutto or Carpaccio (beef and fish available) appetizer, followed by either mouth-watering pasta or a meat entrée, accompanied by your choice from the wine list.
Amarone Kitchen and Wine, 8868 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069, Phone: 310-652-2233
7. Carlito’s Gardel Restaurant
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Offering a warm Argentinean welcome, Carlito’s Gardel Argentine Steakhouse in Beverley Grove offers the perfect combination of great food, wine and ambiance. For more than twenty years the restaurant has been building a sterling reputation for offering visitors some of the best Argentinean cuisine in the country, using fresh local ingredients and prime all-natural grass-fed Black Angus beef. The menu features a long list of deliciously exotic appetizers and tempting Argentinean specialty steaks, poultry and pastas. Wine connoisseurs will enjoy browsing the extensive list of Argentinean, Italian and French wines and everyone should try and leave some space for one of their home-made dessert delicacies.
Carlito’s Gardel, 7963 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046, Phone: 323-655-0891
8. Craft LA
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A sleek modern interior with intimate dining booths and tables introduce you to Craft LA on Constellation Boulevard, where a whole new dining experience awaits you. A meal savored at Craft is like dining at home with a master chef in attendance to bring delicious morsels of perfectly prepared seasonal goodness to your table. After starting your experience with an appetizer from the menu, each couple chooses a selection of their favorite vegetables and sides, together with a couple of fish, meat or poultry dishes for the table. All the dishes are delivered to your table and you can assemble your very own personalized dinner. A good variety of cocktails, beers and wines are available to round-off your meal.
Craft LA, 10100 Constellation Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067, Phone: 310-279-4180
Impress your date by booking a table at Michelin-starred CUT, the flag-ship dining venue at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The atmosphere is vibrant, the décor chic and elegant and the best tables are on the upper level, where you have a brilliant view of the busy exhibition kitchen. Here Chef Wolfgang Puck works his magic, turning classic American steakhouse favorites into unforgettable contemporary works of art. A few of his famous signature dishes include Pan-roasted Maine Lobster with Truffle Sabayon, Whole roast Prime Porterhouse (to share) and Bone-Marrow Flan. CUT Lounge offers an intimate setting for pre-dinner cocktails or post-dinner night-caps.
CUT, Beverly Wilshire Hotel, 9500 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, Phone: 310-276-8500
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10. Jean-Georges Beverly Hills
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Nestled against the elegant backdrop of the Waldorf Astoria, Jean-Georges Beverley Hills is an elegant and light-filled venue which is open daily for a romantic breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. Chef Jean-Georges brings with him years of experience and a collection of wonderful recipes designed to titillate your taste buds with his unique take on Beverly Hills flavor combinations. You will find a very wide selection of both healthy and decadent treats on the breakfast menu, while at lunch and dinner you can choose from the Raw Bar, Caviar Creations, salads and soups for starters, before moving on to more serious dishes from the pizza oven or wood-burning grill.
Jean-Georges Beverly Hills, Waldorf Astoria Hotel, 9850 Wilshire Blvd, Beverley Hills, CA 90210, Phone: 310-860-6566
11. La Gondola Kosher Restaurant
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It is not always easy to find a kosher restaurant which caters to gourmands, but that is exactly what you will find at La Gondola Kosher Restaurant, right on Wilshire Boulevard in the heart of Beverly Hills. The interior of the restaurant is under-stated elegance at its best and the dining room offers a very friendly and relaxing ambiance. On the menu you will find a gourmet take on traditional kosher dishes from all over the world, as well as an excellent selection of good wines to enjoy alongside your meal. The menu is extensive and there is something to please every palate including several choices for vegetarians.
La Gondola Kosher Restaurant, 9025 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211, Phone: 310-247-1239
12. Locanda Veneta
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Deep red walls, intimate tables and mood lighting set the scene for a romantic lunch or dinner at Locanda Veneta on 3rd Street. As the name suggests, the cuisine is pure Italian and you can expect to be taken on a wonderful tour of Venetian cuisine without leaving your seat. Chef Andre used freshly sourced local ingredients whenever possible and there are always delicious soups and fresh salads on the menu. Delicately flavored appetizers are followed by a mouth-watering list of home-made pastas as well as a good selection of meat and fish entrees. Smaller appetites might like to order their fixed-price Soup and Salad or Appetizer and Pasta specials.
Locanda Veneta, 8638 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048, Phone: 310-274-1893
13. Mastro’s Steakhouse
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An impressive modern interior featuring stone pillars, dark-painted walls and lots of mirrors set the scene for a wonderful night out at Mastro’s Steakhouse on North Canon Drive. The menu includes all your favorite American Steakhouse classics, along with some innovative and delicious surprises, compliments of Chef Walter Mayen. You can take the edge off your hunger with one of their delicious appetizers from the Raw Bar or dive straight into one of their signature main courses which include a large selection of perfectly grilled steaks and chops as well as plenty of fish and seafood choices. Do remember to leave some space for dessert – their Hot Butter Cake is rumored to be amazing.
Mastro’s Steakhouse, 246 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, Phone: 310-888-8782
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Make a great impression by booking a table at Matsuhisa for your next special date night. Matsuhisa is the flagship restaurant of celebrity Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, whose famous Japanese fusion cuisine will simply blow you away. The long menu is daunting and you will see many specialties that you have never heard of, as you make your way along a journey of culinary discovery. On hand to help you decide is a friendly crew of serving staff who know exactly what to recommend. If you really cannot decide the best option is to leave your fate in the Chef’s hands and order an Omakase (Chef’s choice dinner).
Matsuhisa, 129 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211, Phone: 310-659-9639
A modern and elegant interior welcome you to Maude, the brainchild of Australian celebrity Chef Curtis Stone. Inspired by the wonderful fresh produce and wines from the Sonoma valley, Maude offers guests quarterly seasonal menus based on the cuisines and wines of distinct wine-making regions all around the world. The set-menu (with or without wine-pairing) dinners consist of ten courses and there are only twenty-four seats available, so you are advised to book well in advance. If you prefer not to do the wine-pairing menu you can select a bottle of wine from an extensive list, or order by the glass.
Maude, 212 S Beverly Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90212, Phone: 310-859-3418
16. Nowaza Bar
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Definitely the place to go for a special occasion if you both love all things sushi and sashimi, Nowaza Bar is rumored to offer the best sushi experience outside of Japan. The omakase sushi meal (Chef’s Choice set meal) changes according to what Chef Fujita finds at the LA fish market each day. Dinner is by reservation only and there are no choices and no substitutions, so you need to be comfortable with leaving all the choices to your chef. If you particularly dislike a particular menu item you are free to sit it out (some guests balk at the suggestion of live octopus, for example). This is an experience no visitor to Beverly Hills should miss.
Nowaza Bar, 212 North Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, Phone: 310-424-216-6158
Located on Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Pace Restaurant is the brainchild of chef/owner Sandy Gendel who, together with his team, offer guests the friendly and relaxed atmosphere and refined Italian food which perfectly set the scene for a romantic dinner. The interior of the restaurant is warm and interesting, featuring artworks by local community artists and spontaneous wall-art here and there. You can choose from an extensive menu of fresher-than-fresh authentic Italian dishes which are carefully prepared with locally sourced organic produce. The pastas and sauces are house-made daily and the ciabatta-crusted pizzas are both innovative and delicious. In addition you can feast on a good selection of entrees and desserts.
Pace, 2100 Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90046, Phone: 323-654-8583
18. South Beverly Grill
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The South Beverly Grill invites you to come and sample their warm hospitality and fresh modern approach to classic American cuisine. Expect a sleek and modern interior with intimate booths and tables, interesting lighting and a relaxed atmosphere. A selection of brilliant cocktails could be the perfect introduction to your evening while you make your selection from an extensive and delicious-sounding menu. For starters you can choose one of their fresh and flavorful appetizers or perhaps try their signature sushi rolls. Mains include burgers, steaks, ribs and fresh fish entrees, served with a variety of sides. There is a good selection of international wines by the glass or bottle.
South Beverly Grill, 122 South Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, Phone: 310-550-0242
19. Sushi Sasabune
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Chef Nobi Kasuhara rises before dawn each day so that he will have his choice of the finest fish available at the Los Angeles Fish Market, in order to bring you the most amazing sushi when you visit Sushi Sasabune. The restaurant is light and bright and offers a relaxed atmosphere for a truly memorable sushi meal. The menu changes daily because the chef only serves the freshest seasonal varieties and there are definitely no Westernized sushi variations to be seen. You are welcome to order off the a la carte menu, but for a real treat you should definitely try the omakase (Chef’s set menu) which is said to be outstanding.
Sushi Sasabune, 9162 W Olympic Blvd, Beverley Hills, CA 90212, Phone: 310-859-3878
20. The Belvedere
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There are few more romantic places to dine in Beverly Hills than the amazing Terrace at the Belvedere Restaurant in the Peninsula Hotel. Seated on the Terrace you will be surrounded by lush gardens, French fountains and a flickering outdoor fireplace. The menu features fresh seasonal Mediterranean cuisine made from locally sourced produce and sustainably sourced seafood. A small sample of their appetizer menu includes Salt Cod Croquettes, Fresh Oysters and traditional Shrimp and Grits. There are always some pasta and risotto choices (including gluten-free pasta) and their innovative entrees include a wide selection of fresh fish, poultry and all-natural US Beef creations.
The Belvedere, 9882 S. Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, Phone: 310-551-2888
21. The Little Door
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As you enter The Little Door you will feel as though you have been transported to the heart of the Mediterranean. You will find yourself in a beautiful flower-filled outdoor courtyard where colorful azure chairs and cushions, together with a fountain and Koi pond set the scene for a night of romance. Indoors the elegant and romantic theme continues through various dining areas including the Winter Garden, Piano Room and Blue Room. The Mediterranean-inspired menu is based on locally sourced seasonal produce which is innovatively prepared and served with finesse. There are many beautiful dishes suitable for vegetarians but meat and fish lovers are also well catered for.
The Little Door, 8164 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048, Phone: 323-951-1210
22. Yazawa Japanese BBQ
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If you feel like trying something a little different for your next romantic night out you could consider a Japanese BBQ experience at Yazawa. The restaurant has a very unassuming exterior but once you enter you will find yourself in a sleek and modern space with plenty of atmosphere. The restaurant is almost totally dedicated to showcasing their amazing Wagyu beef (which is flown in from Tokyo daily) and the best way to experience the myriad ways it can be served is to order the omakase (Chef’s Choice Set Menu) which comes with varying numbers of courses and prices. The omakase always includes a few appetizers before at least five different Wagyu cuts are brought to the table. This one is strictly for carnivores.
Yazawa Japanese BBQ, 9669 Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, Phone: 310-275-2914
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