For the perfect date on Valentine’s Day, you need more than just some great food and wine! The atmosphere of the restaurant needs to induce the right mood. Thankfully, there are a number of wonderful restaurants in Los Angeles with ambiance more romantic than a candlelit dinner. Here are the five restaurants in Los Angeles with the best ambiance for your perfect date!

1. Cliff’s Edge

Tucked away on Sunset Blvd in Silver Lake, Cliff’s Edge back patio is the right blend of casual and romance. The tree-lined, two-level outdoor space transports you to an island getaway on one of LA’s beautiful evenings. Start with some aphrodisiac oysters before moving on to the seasonal dinner menu.

Address: 3626 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

2. Esterel

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Esterel is a hidden gem inside the Sofitel hotel in Beverly Hills. The outdoor dining space is wrapped in lush greenery and flowers, while the white tablecloth and colorful accents give it the sophistication of Beverly Hills.

Address: 8555 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90048

3. Firefly

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Cozy up in the curtained cabanas at Firefly for a date night in Studio City. The fireplaces and the white canopies lend the restaurant the feel of an exotic desert resort. Reserve a cabana seating early on for the best date experience coupled with the restaurant’s new American cuisine.

Address: 11720 Ventura Blvd. Studio City, CA

4. The Inn of the Seventh Ray

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Hidden in Topanga Canyon, Inn of the Seventh Ray is a popular wedding destination. It’s easy to see why, with the outdoor dining area surrounded by a lush garden and waterfalls. In addition to the tranquil, romantic atmosphere, Inn of the Seventh Ray also serves New American cooking made with organic ingredients from local farms, wild-caught fish, and other sustainable options.

Address: 128 Old Topanga Canyon Road, Topanga, California 90290

5. The Little Door

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This West Hollywood Brasserie at The Little Door transports you to another world with its serene courtyard and exquisite French-Moroccan fare. The lush Garden Patio and the bamboo-lined Winter Garden are the perfect settings for a romantic candlelit dinner while pretending you’re in the Mediterranean.

Address: 8164 West 3rd Street, LA CA 90048


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