Whether you’re on the market, off the market, or somewhere in-between, Valentine’s Day is a good reminder that you always need to keep a few great date night restaurant destinations in your back pocket. Luckily, LA’s ever-expanding restaurant scene means there is no shortage of great, new spots to take a special someone to. We’ve put together a lineup of our top 5 restaurants that are sure to set the mood.
Preux & Proper
840 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014
There’s something romantic about the South. Why not spend an evening bonding over some of the best New Orleans cuisines around? With a full a la carte menu to choose from, at Preux & Proper, you can enjoy a seafood boil, some southern soul food, an assortment of house-made charcuterie, or a variety of desserts from Pate A Choux beignets to seasonal fruit cobbler. There is also a variety of specialty cocktails, mocktails and frozen daiquiris available.
Price: A la carte, with specials available
Happy Hour is from 5–7 PM daily, available in our first-floor barroom only—$8 Select Beer & House Wine, $9 Frozen Daiquiris & Select Cocktails, $12 Barroom Favorites
222 South Hope St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Otium is a contemporary restaurant with its own culture. Breaking away from the traditional restaurant atmosphere. Otium is designed to be a social restaurant with an open kitchen merging indoor and outdoor spaces. With so many menu options, you will never run out of choices. With that being said, you will find something you will love.
Customer favorites include Rigatoni with Basil and Pistachio and Rotisserie-Style Chicken with a Savory and Spicy Aji Sauce.
Price: Approx. $100 a person
Michael’s Santa Monica
1147 3rd Street, Santa Monica 90403
Michaels is one of the most romantic restaurants on the Westside that has hosted a handful of weddings and parties. The classic restaurant has been around since 1979 but tastes like 2020. There are a variety of choices, from salads to pasta, as well as an award-winning wine list.
Customer favorites include Yellowtail Aguachile, Black Truffle Risotto, and Dry-Aged Prime Rib.
Price: Small dishes $6-$19; large dishes $20-$40; desserts $11-$13
Dinner Mon.-Sat., 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
2442 Hyperion Ave, Los Angeles 90027
Located in Silver Lake, Barbrix is a cozy hideaway specializing in Mediterranean-inspired small plates. Their menu changes daily, an ode to freshness and quality farmer’s market finds.
House specialties change seasonally but have featured such items in the past as Ahi Tuna Carpaccio, Moroccan-Spiced New Zealand Lamb Chops, and Bouillabaisse.
Price: A la carte menu
11941 Ventura Blvd, Studio City, CA 91604
When it comes to a quality date night, Asanebo is always a good choice. The location space is very cool and hip. They have a full a la carte that is incredible. Whether you order from the menu or opt for one of the three omakase menus. “A”, “B”, and “C”, range from expensive to extravagant, but they’re all worthwhile meals.
Price: Approx. $18 per person