ASIA DE CUBA
$$$ - Asian Fusion
8440 Sunset Blvd. (in the Mondrian Hotel), West Hollywood
If you want to take your date’s breath away with the most gorgeous view of
Los Angeles, then you want to go to Asia de Cuba. It doesn’t matter if you
sit inside or out, every seat is front row here.
The indoor seating is completely decorated in crisp, clean white while the outdoor
area allows you to dine among the enormously oversized terra cotta pots planted
with ficus trees. The innovative menu features Asian fusion delicacies and the
full bar boasts some creative original concoctions.
For more information, call (323) 848-6000 or visit www.mondrianhotel.com.
SADDLE PEAK LODGE
$$$ - American
419 Cold Canyon Road, Calabasas
The Valentine’s Day four-course tasting menu is a must-try for food lovers
and romantics alike. Sample the most delectable oysters, foie gras, seafood and
the unique choices of game the Lodge offers.
The dining room hosts a rustic edge in its décor with wood lining every
corner and the requisite mounted deer heads. The lulling sounds of a babbling
brook accompany you as you dine in this authentic hunting lodge.
For more information, call (818) 222-3888 or visit www.saddlepeaklodge.com.
THE LITTLE DOOR
$$$ - Mediterranean
8164 W. Third Street, Los Angeles
Quite possibly the most romantic restaurant in Los Angeles is the quaint and unassuming
Little Door. Two simple wooden doors sit promptly at the entrance of the house-turned-restaurant
and open up to an inviting and intimate setting sprinkled with flickering candles.
A romantic courtyard houses the coveted patio tables, perfect for dining al fresco
on a warm winter evening. The low lights and indulgent delicacies will put any
couple in the mood for love.
For more information, call (323) 951-1210 or visit www.thelittledoor.com.
$$ - California American
6263 Leland Way, Hollywood
A romantic little house located, um, off Vine in Hollywood, is the home to an
old-fashioned and charming little restaurant. The home, built in 1908, is of the
arts and crafts style and now, as a restaurant, offers the comforts of home in
a beautifully decorated and secluded setting.
Sit outside and dine with nature under an enormous tree or stay inside with the
warm fire blazing in the dining room. The hearty menu offers everything from pecan-breaded
chicken to broiled lamb chops to blackened jumbo shrimp and is sure to please
any palate. The cuisine is served comfort home-style in unstinting portions with
For more information, call (323) 962-1900 or visit www.offvine.com.
$$ - Sushi
2025 Pacific Avenue, Venice
Just a block away from the famous Venice Canals is the Canal Club. Offering eclectic
and inventive sushi creations of Latin, Asian and American descent, the Canal
Club is an adventure every time you go.
The interior of the restaurant features work by numerous Venetian artists and
includes fish shaped tables, a lit sunset marble wall and a private second floor
dining room inspired by the Venice pier.
For Valentine’s Day you can enjoy a special entrée/sushi meal prepared
just for the special occasion.
For more information, call (310) 823-3878 or visit www.jamesbeach.com.
$$ - New American
11720 Ventura Blvd., Studio City
It may be a challenge finding this well-hidden jewel of the Valley, but it’s
worth a try. The tall ivory building has no sign but can be recognized by the
street valet attendants.
New American cuisine is featured on a small but interesting menu. Pass through
the front library-style bar and you will enter a cozy dining area that sits under
a covered patio and offers its guests a central fireplace and a multitude of atmosphere-inducing
A must-try menu item would have to be the fried olive appetizer served with a
For more information, call (818) 762-1833 or visit www.fireflystudiocity.com.
$ - French Bistro
3200 W. Sunset Boulevard, Silver Lake
This cozy French Bistro tucked away in the laid-back Silver Lake area serves enticing
European fare in a casual and romantic atmosphere. The dining room features large,
comfy lounge chairs and banquets for intimate dining.
The tall windows and strategically placed décor create a large airy space
while maintaining the romantic atmosphere. With the large portions and small prices,
Dusty’s is the perfect place to impress a date while on a budget.
For more information, call (323) 906-1018 or visit www.dustysbistro.com.
$ - Organic
2327 Main Street, Santa Monica
Sip your java and enjoy unique organic cuisine indoor by the roaring fireplace
or outside on the intimate seating under warm heating lamps. Just moments away
from the beach and smack in the middle of the Santa Monica shopping district,
you won’t need to make any additional plans for the evening.
The tempting menu of salads, soups and sandwiches will make you forget that it’s
all good for you! But, save room for dessert. The homemade cakes, pies and tortes
will leave you begging for more.
For more information, call (310) 314-7040 or visit www.urthcafe.com.
THE BUNGALOW CLUB
$ - Mediterranean
7174 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles
Arabian nights take over this finely appointed establishment from the candle-lined
dining room to the curtained cabanas on the patio. If you’re lucky enough
to nab a coveted bungalow you are in for an intimate and romantic evening.
Even if you’re not so lucky, don’t worry, the candle-lit tables on the
patio are inclined to invoke romance and the plush seating in the dark dining
room is equally alluring. A fresh spin on classic Mediterranean fare is sure to
leave you satisfied and the elaborate menu will ensure you never need eat the
same thing twice.
For more information, call (323) 964-9494 or visit www.thebungalowclub.com.
Food: Special Features Dining [Romantic L.A. Dining]
Romantic L.A. Dining
By Amy Dunn
Article posted on 2/6/2006
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