Where to Dine with Your Valentine in Los Angeles

A photo collage of restaurants in Los Angeles that are perfect for Valentine's Day

The city of Los Angeles is full of great places for a romantic night out. From the fancy rooftop bars of downtown and Hollywood to the bustling beauty of Studio City, to the quiet suburban retreats of Pasadena — Angelenos are spoiled for choice. How do you know where to take your Valentine? 

Fortunately for you, we’ve put together a short list of restaurants we recommend you take your Valentine this Friday. (keep in mind this list is not comprehensive, but merely our picks; hopefully they inspire you to find the perfect place to dine with your significant other).

1. Perch (Downtown LA)

A view from the rooftop dining experience of Perch LA
A romantic dinner for two overlooking the beautiful expanse of downtown Los Angeles.

In the heart of downtown Los Angeles is the aptly named Perch, a French-inspired rooftop bistro. The views alone will put you in a whimsical, romantic mood, but the classic French dishes with a twist are sure to keep you coming back from more. Explore both levels of this eatery — the dining room with outdoor patio and the rooftop bar that only serves drinks. Whether you make Perch your primary dinner destination, or just pre/post-dinner drinks, the unobstructed views of Los Angeles will be nothing short of breathtaking.

Enjoy dinner or simply share a couple of drinks on this rooftop oasis.

2. Eveleigh (West Hollywood)

A lively scene of diners in the twilight of night
The patio seating at Eveleigh is pure magic.

Eveleigh chooses to let the food do the talking with great taste and selection. This establishment sources ingredients with sustainable and free-range origins, and offers multiple places for your food journey — an enchanting front garden, rustic reclaimed bar, or garden patio amidst the twinkle of La La Land. Their pre-fixe Valentine’s Day menu includes oysters in a pink champagne mignonette sauce, roasted eggplant dip, and a choice of pasta and main dishes, respectively. Last but not least, diners can indulge in flourless chocolate cake, chocolate-dipped strawberries, and champagne. 

A romantic dinner under the stars of Los Angeles.

3. Firefly (Studio City)

The intimate setting of Firefly makes for a very romantic atmosphere.

Firefly is likely the kind of restaurant people think of when they imagine an L.A. establishment. This place exudes class and intimacy, offering a sensational outdoor patio and a cozy indoor library lounge. An accommodating atmosphere pervades their Valentine’s Day offerings, which are available February 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th!  Highlights of the pre-fixe menu include the lobster bisque, pappardelle pasta, and mignardise (for two; an assortment of delectable treats for dessert).

A couple sits down for a pleasant meal in a cozy alcove of Firefly.

4. Bistro 45 (Pasadena)

The food at Bistro 45 is exquisite on every level.

Off the beaten path in Pasadena is Bistro 45, a sophisticated, yet comfortable approach to fine dining. The regal exterior is accompanied by a quaint, classy interior and a diverse menu to satisfy a variety of tastes. Bistro 45 is known for an abundant organic menu that includes classic French fare such as bouillabaisse and pan-roasted fish du jour as well as traditional steak and pork chop. You and your date are sure to appreciate the quiet, peaceful setting this restaurant has to offer — perfect for scintillating conversation and a glass of wine.

The exterior beauty of Bistro 45 matches the food excellence within.

5. St. Anne’s (North Hollywood Arts District)

The pork belly sushi at is a dish you won’t easily find elsewhere.

Located in the up-and-coming North Hollywood Arts District is a newcomer to the LA dining landscape: St. Anne’s Restaurant & Bar. This quaint spot offers American classics with Southern twists and a Latin spice. Their menu is punctuated by numerous shareable dishes, including bacon truffle mac & cheese, braised short rib & sun-dried tomato tortellini, and pork belly sushi to boot. Be sure to review the Sweetheart Special they have for Valentine’s Day, which includes 2 drunk in love cocktails, dessert, and live music, too. If you and your boo are in the mood for a more casual night out, St. Anne’s is the perfect place for you.

The classy, comfortable bar at St. Anne’s is the perfect place for a drink or two (or three or four).

6. Tam O’Shanter (Atwater Village)

A Scotch for every taste at Tam O’Shanter.

Tam O’Shanter brings a level of charm and comfort that might just tickle your fancy this Valentine’s Day. Located in the community of Atwater Village, this establishment exudes an attractive old-world atmosphere and has been serving British pub food in Los Angeles for nearly 100 years. Feast on fish & chips or chicken pot pie, and pair it with one of the many English beers or crafted cocktails available. They also offer 200 tasty scotches, on their Great Wall of Scotch. Select one to sip or expand your horizons with a sampler! If warmth and hospitality are your priorities this VDay, choose Tam O’Shanter for your dining adventure.

Those with Scottish ancestry might just find their family tartan among the extensive collection on the walls.

7. Santuari Restaurant (Toluca Lake)

The colorful interior design of Santuari is truly a sight to behold.

Santuari is one of the most visually stunning places on our list, living up to its billing as LA’s most Transporting Restaurant by Food & Wine. This restaurant provides a fresh take on California cuisine with Mediterranean accents. Combining rich colors with exquisite food, Santuari is a dining experience unlike any other! Similar to other restaurants on this list, Santuari is presenting an exclusive 4-course tasting menu for Valentine’s Day. Notable items include oysters on the half shell, lamb tartar, grilled swordfish, and beet red velvet cake.

Santuari is characterized by its elegance and relaxing atmosphere, among other things.

About Michael Bruer

Michael Bruer is a Los Angeles native, and serves as the Social Content Creator at JohnHart Real Estate. Michael received his Bachelor's Degree in English from Saint Mary's College, and has spent the last 10 years honing his skills in Copywriting, Social Media Management, and SEO best practices. He is an avid fan of basketball, soccer, and college football, and even performed on an improv team for the past couple of years with his wife!

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