Hotel restaurants can be a romantic cliché thanks to the easy accessibility to a bed, but Tres by José Andrés (at the SLS on La Cienega) is an unexpected departure from the generic hotel dining atmosphere.
While Shibumi may be known for its Japanese Kappo fare (a cuisine that’s hard to find in LA), it also deserves attention for being one seriously sexy restaurant.The server interrupting with plates full of elevated California comfort food.If romance for you means Michelin-star-caliber food, truffles, and a 10-course tasting menu, your best LA bet is Mélisse.It’s one of the few refreshingly refined restaurants in town where a suit (and even a tie! If you’re at Mélisse, you may as well go all out and indulge with one of the wine-paired tasting menus. Nonetheless, you've got to give the owners credit for running one of LA's OG romantic date-night destinations.
Sure, it’s slightly snobby (and very expensive), but that’s part of the fun. You can't discount the fact that not even time has been able to diminish its twinkly allure -- every table hugs a natural, cascading creek bed, while the gazebo table looks out over the rest of the crowd (request it in advance).If you haven’t been on a date here, it’s time to emerge from your cave. Vegans get major love over at Crossroads Kitchen, whose culinary team magically transforms plant-based ingredients into elevated Mediterranean dishes.