Where To Eat In LA: 15 Dinner Date Ideas
Collected by Kelly Dawson
Whether you're looking to impress a crush or a long-time love, here are 15 delicious spots for a dinner date in Los Angeles. Conversation cues not included.
1168 S Barrington Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90049, USA
Leckerbissenmitvergnugen. That’s a word you’ll see when you take a seat at Brentwood’s Cafe Rockenwagner, a German restaurant punctuated with California style. It doesn't matter if your eyes narrow at its length or if your tongue stutters over its...
8715 Beverly Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90048, USA
There are plenty of hideaways in Los Angeles, and even more hideaways with star-studded tales. You can eat your way through the city’s 500-square-miles and collect such anecdotes that would seem to span as long. But Dominick’s is different. Yes,...
6805 S Vista Del Mar Ln, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293, USA
Blame it on family dinners, Thanksgiving feasts, or simple curiosity, but there’s always an intimacy in sharing plates of food. Whether you’re passing a full dish to a neighbor or scooping from one close to your own, the motions make a meal feel...
111 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211, USA
There’s a dining catch-22 about Los Angeles: The more you’re surrounded by health-conscious eats, the more you tend to use words like “indulge” and “cheat” to describe the foods you do crave. Thankfully, Scratch Bar is a solution to this problem....
237 S Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91210, USA
As one of the nearly two-dozen restaurants under the direction of Michael Mina, Bourbon Steak Los Angeles is yet another instance of this alliterative chef’s talent for maximizing comfort in an upscale setting. Adjacent to the Americana at Brand...
401 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, USA
As if the location of Pitfire Artisan Pizza wasn’t enough of a summertime setting, its seasonal menu capitalizes on everyone’s favorite time of year. Located in downtown Manhattan Beach, where brightly colored bathing suits are the norm, the...
422 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254, USA
The Rockefeller's industrial style may be reminiscent of a certain East Coast locale synonymous with its name, but its menu is particularly at home in an L.A. beach town. At the Hermosa Beach post, its N.Y.C. look is filled with casual guests who...
514 N Pacific Coast Hwy, Redondo Beach, CA 90277, USA
Hudson House is a neighborhood bar versatile enough for an outing with your best friend or a setting for a dinner date. It doesn’t have the esoteric quality of a dive bar, or the see-and-be-seen feeling of an upscale joint. It’s somewhere in...
119 Culver Blvd, Playa Del Rey, CA 90293, USA
Overlooking the ocean in Playa del Rey, Playa Provisions is a new restaurant that’s so inviting it instantly feels like a familiar getaway. How? Three day-to-night spaces, each with its own menu, make up the property – meaning that you can spend a...
8752 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069, USA
Tucked away on Sunset Boulevard, where places like the Chateau Marmont and the Whisky A Go Go are neighbors, the Eveleigh restaurant can feel like – and get away with – being the family home on frat row. First built as an orchard house in 1923,...
2861 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026, USA
You’ll notice something when you walk into Silver Lake’s Wood Handcrafted Pizza. The chairs that circle the tables are a dark slate, and the white walls further illuminate a space where sun-filled windows are plentiful. It’s not until the menu, a...
142 Pacific Coast Hwy, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254, USA
Overlooking a corner of PCH since 2008, Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach is a live music venue that brings a little edge to its surrounding sunny community. A stylish interior of exposed brick walls, concert posters, and dark booths are a background...
1541 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA
Steps from the iconic Santa Monica Pier sign, the exclusive 41 Ocean Club embodies that distinct L.A. irony: even in the midst of a highly trafficked area, this place is a calm hideaway. And since it’s a members-only spot, with about 600 members...
1131 Manhattan Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, USA
There’s a certain expectation that comes with a South Bay restaurant. It’s usually casual, certainly, since the area is so close to the Pacific, while the food is commonly thought to be light and simple. This expectation isn’t met behind the glass...
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