LA's Best Date Restaurants 2018

By Taylor Wade
Writer for Ambiance Matchmaking

Los Angeles is a culinary wonderland boasting restaurants from almost any country in the world. It's hard to encounter another metropolis with so much delicious diversity. Choosing from one of LA's hundreds of restaurants for your date night can be an overwhelming task. The good news is that the Ambiance Matchmaking team has done the groundwork for you.


BEVERLY HILLS


SPAGO

Located in the heart of Beverly Hills along Canon Drive, Spago is the flagship restaurant of the Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group. Renovated in 2012 by Waldo’s Designs, the sleek and simple design of the restaurant enhances the iconic, market-driven menus and exceptional level of service for which the restaurant is best known. For lunch and dinner guests can choose from a seasonal a la carte menu, or explore the best of the west with the chefs’ multi-course California Tasting Menu.

Address: 176 North Canon Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210
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MASTRO'S STEAKHOUSE

Consistently hailed by diners and critics alike as "masterful" (Los Angeles Daily News), "high end" ( Los Angeles Times), one of the "top 10 steakhouse in the U.S." (Gayot) and "the preferred steakhouse of celebs and locals" (944), Mastro`s Restaurants, LLC is a collection of sophisticated, classic steakhouses and sumptuous fish houses.

Address: 246 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
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208 RODEO

Set atop the stairs on Via Rodeo’s cobblestone street next door to Tiffany’s & Co., 208 Rodeo Restaurant has been serving luxury and bistro fare in a unique, romantic setting for over twenty-five years. Exuding Rodeo Drive elegance, the restaurant’s flagstone patio overlooks the historic Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Serving California cuisine with pan-Asian and Italian influences, the eatery presents dishes that are prepared with local seasonal ingredients.

Address: 208 N Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
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VIA ALLORO

Renowned chefs/restaurateurs, brother’s Giacomino and Tanino Drago own eight restaurants collectively, all very successful including Tanino in Westwood and Il Pastaio in Beverly Hills. Now they are collaborating on their newest venture with a fresh new look and feel. Via Alloro offers original and authentic italian food, specializing in sicilian dishes. Be sure to sit at one of their two fountain-adorned patios which makes you feel as if you were right in Italy.

Address: 301 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
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AVEC NOUS

Avec Nous is a contemporary take on the classic French bistro; a hip St. Tropez vibe that delivers a fresh culinary experience to Beverly Hills. With inspiration emanating from the Mediterranean coast, Spanish and Italian touches compliment this Riviera feel. European spices accompany locally sourced seasonal ingredients to offer a refined yet inviting dining experience. Our passion is defined by our name: Avec Nous - dine with us, drink with us, celebrate with us.

Address: 9291 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
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THE PALM

Relocated from the illustrious 40-year-old West Hollywood location in 2014, The Palm Beverly Hills is a beautiful intersection of art, luxurious interior touches and spectacular food. Prime aged steaks, jumbo whole lobster flown in fresh from Nova Scotia, delicious Italian classics – all complemented by fresh salads and side dishes. Get things started with a relaxing cocktail, or enjoy perfectly paired wine selections.

Address: 267 N Canon Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
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HOLLYWOOD


CHEEBO

Cheebo proudly serves homemade dishes using the best products possible: locally grown organic leaves and herbs; sustainably grown fish; meat and poultry free of hormones or antibiotics; and grass fed beef.

Address: 7533 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046
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KATANA ROBATA

Katana is an exclusive and stylish upscale restaurant and bar with locations in Los Angeles, Dubai, and Chicago. They serve imaginative Japanese cuisine in a romantic candlelight setting. In addition to its alluring dining room and sushi bar, each restaurant features a unique patio scene. Their LA flagship has an elevated terrace overlooking the famous Sunset Strip.

Katana fuses modern sushi and authentic “robatayak.” Similar to the local fisherman in the ancient seaside village of Wakayama, their robata skewers are grilled over bincho charcoals, infusing the meats, seafood and vegetables with rich smokiness. Their fish is freshly caught and prepared in an array of signature rolls, sashimi and nigiri. They also have a full bar with sake and exotic cocktails, like the Yuzu Margarita.

Address: 8439 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069, USA
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SANTA MONICA


RUSTIC CANYON

Rustic Canyon grew from a series of dinners that founder Josh Loeb held inside his family’s beautiful tree house of a home nestled in Rustic Canyon, an intimate neighborhood carved into the mountains of Santa Monica. Every month lovers of quality food and wine gathered around a long, candlelit table to share the joy of a meal created with thought and passion. New friends were made, stories were told and favorite wines were discovered. Rustic Canyon is an extension of this. It’s a neighborhood restaurant where friends near and far can come together and celebrate the best things in life: great food, great wine, and great people.

Address: 1119 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401
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WATER GRILL

For over 25 years, the Water Grill has sated the palates of seafood lovers. From their debut, these iconic restaurants from the Kings Seafood Company have satisfied the desire for world-class fish eateries in the West. Hailed as “the best seafood in Southern California” by the internationally known Zagat Guide and USA Today, the Water Grill has consistently offered dazzling “First of Season” seafood preparations of superior quality and freshness. 

Santa Monica Address: 1401 Ocean Ave 90401
Los Angeles Address: 544 S. Grand Ave 90071
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MICHAEL'S

Michael’s offers a bright, spacious, and open dining experience with 3,500 square feet of space and a gorgeous garden. Their dinner menu features dishes such as squid, duck, and smoked trout roe, or enjoy their happy hour with bar bites and classic cocktails, from 5:30-7pm.

Address: 1147 3rd St, Santa Monica, CA 90403
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MALIBU


MOONSHADOWS

Moonshadows is perfect for a casual brunch, romantic sunset dinner, or drinks at their lounge. Our favorite part is the sundeck located right on Malibu beach. It has an eclectic menu offering seafood and signature dishes with Asian fusion, Italian and American influences. Its Blue Lounge Bar, located on their tiki-themed patio, was voted top 10 Travel Channel beach bars of the world and #11 on CNN top bar/lounge in the world.

Address: 20356 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265, USA
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DOWNTOWN


BESTIA

This acclaimed husband and wife team have done an excellent job in creating this trendy Italian restaurant located in the Arts District. You can’t go wrong with pizza and wine for your date night, and Bestia’s has some of the best. “The alla’nduja pizza (spicy pork sausage) and the cavatelli are among Bestia’s most famous dishes and are still the standard-bearers for great pizza and pasta in Los Angeles. And no matter how full you probably (definitely) will be by the end of a meal here, finishing with the chocolate budino tart is essential.” – The Infatuation

Address: 2121 E 7th Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90021, USA
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