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5 Romantic Restaurants to Take Your Date to on Valentine's Day

By Kate Oczypok | February 9, 2018 | Food & Drink

These five restaurants are some of the most romantic places in the city. Whether Italian dinners below twinkly lights or eating atop the U.S. Bank Tower is your idea of a passionate evening, there are plenty of places sure to please your significant other this Valentine’s Day.

Michael’s

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This dimly lit Santa Monica restaurant is perfect for your Valentine’s Day dinner. As if the candlelit patio wasn’t romantic enough, menu items are full of aphrodisiacs like a savory foie gras and sweet whipped cheesecake with walnuts and sour cream curd. Their wine cellar list is extensive as well, with a $1,000 bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon perfect for celebrating all things love. 1147 3rd St., Santa Monica, 310-451-0843

71Above

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There’s nothing lovelier than a beautiful view and 71Above doesn’t disappoint. At almost 1,000 high in the U.S. Bank Tower, the restaurant is an ideal place for a cozy dinner come February 14th. Start your meal off with some oysters or dates with bacon and blue cheese and a cocktail from 71Above’s sleek bar. A succulent branzino, served with clams, fennel and picholine olives is a standout for dinner as is an amazing ribeye steak with pine nuts and tomato jam. 633 W. 5th St., 71st Floor, 213-712-2683

Perch

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Like 71Above, Perch is located high above LA. The rooftop lounge serving French small plates is the perfect amount of glamour for your special night. Cocktails have quirky French-inspired names and are great conversation starters, such as the “Midnight in Paris,” made with cognac, crème de pêche, lemon and orange juice, or the “Writer’s Block,” a mix of vodka, St. Germain and sparkling wine. Surf n’ turf skewers with grilled filet and shrimp served over arugula are a fun choice for dinner and desserts are served with optional wine pairings. 448 S. Hill St., 213-802-1770

XO on Beverly

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The newly opened restaurant from Chef Michael Hung is serving a playful love-themed Valentine’s Day pre-fixe menu. The meal takes diners on a trip through the stages of a relationship. Beginning with “first date” is a beet and goat cheese puff followed by “home run,” braised beef short ribs and broccolini. The meal ends with “pillow talk,” a vanilla pavlova with blood orange conserva, candied citrus and lemon chantilly. 7475 Beverly Blvd., 323-903-0016

Il Cielo

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This Beverly Hills eatery has been around for over 30 years. Everything about the restaurant is pure magic, with fireplaces indoors and a patio with twinkling lights outdoors. Serving traditional Italian fare, Il Cielo (which actually means sky in Italian) is the perfect place for a Lady and the Tramp style evening. They too are serving a Valentine’s Day menu with choices like homemade pappardelle with Maine lobster and white truffle sauce or pan roasted Chilean sea bass. Top off the meal with a heart-shaped flourless chocolate cake dripping with Belgian chocolate ganache. 9018 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, 310-276-9990

Maude

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Chef Curtis Stone has recently reopened Maude (named after his late grandmother) with a wine-centered theme. The menu is quarterly and revolves around wine Stone is most interested in. The restaurant is intimate, with only 24 available seats. Enjoy the locally-sourced produce such as the crunchy red bell peppers, savory mushrooms, and fresh asparagus incorporated into the menu. Previously, menu items have included dishes including fettuccine with mussels and pickled garlic, and a veal tenderloin with fava beans. 212 S. Beverly Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-859-3418

Petit Trois

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This playful French restaurant is a great place to spend Valentine’s Day. Its menu items include a fun take on a Big Mac, dubbed the “Big Mec,” a double cheeseburger. There’s also plenty of traditional French fare, including a fantastic celery root remoulade and garlicky burgundy escargots. The Paris Brest is a wonderful way to finish the meal. Don’t forget to order one of the restaurant’s seasonal cocktails. The “Winter Formal,” with cardamom-infused Grey Goose, pear, and lemon is always a winner. 718 N. Highland Ave., 323-468-8916

Bestia

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This trendy Italian restaurant is run by husband and wife team Ori Menashe and Genevieve Gergis—what’s more romantic than that? Start your meal with an incredible calamari alla plancha, served with charred oyster mushrooms, chili oil, pine nuts, balsamic and basil. Share one of the eatery’s delicious wood-fired pizzas and top everything off with one of pastry chef Gergis’s creations. The bar au chocolat is made with salted caramel, olive oil and salt and a cacao crust. 2121 7th Place, 213-514-5724