Top Date Nights for the dineL.A. 10th Anniversary

Set the mood and impress your date at these romantic restaurants

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Celebrating its 10th summer anniversary from July 13-27, dineL.A. is the perfect occasion to head out on the town for an idyllic dinner date with that special someone. It might be your first time discovering a restaurant during a romantic meal, or it could be an ideal time to revisit a favorite destination. There are plenty of dreamy dining rooms and charming patios to enjoy an excellent menu across wide-ranging cuisines and price ranges. Read on to find out our picks for the ultimate date night, with enough poetic ambiance to set just the right mood.

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Providence



Providence is a well-regarded, fine dining establishment which focuses on sustainably sourced seafood and has more than earned its reputation. Touting creatively whimsical applications, Chef Michael Cimarusti makes top notch ingredients shine at the center of each course within the confines of a warm, elegant dining room backlit with golden hues. A series of fun amuse bouches sets the tone of your dinner, the main course of which offers a Grade A5 Wagyu option - should you desire to indulge. ($100 Exclusive Series dinner, $150 with wine pairing)

Jean-Georges Beverly Hills



What better time to experience the brand new Jean-Georges inside the impeccable Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills than during dineL.A.? Promising to be a hot ticket, the long-awaited, Michelin-starred New York City import features classically bold, French flavors on the plate - not the least of which is caviar to start. Whether you choose fresh caught scallops, comforting black bass pot-au-feu or the hearty lamb chops, it’s all finished off with a warm chocolate cake finale - a decidedly indulgent end to a meal best enjoyed in the beautifully minimalist Jean-Georges dining room. ($130 Exclusive Series dinner)

Inko Nito



Does your dream girl/guy have a flair for the unconventional? Korean beef cheek, fish and veggies get the grilled robatayaki treatment at this super chic Japanese eatery. Yes, their signature Yellowtail collar with brown butter ponzu and lemon is on the dineL.A. menu, and don't miss the chirashi, or corn on the cob with smoked chili butter either. Charred coconut softserve with Pocky and Japanese granola for dessert to share? Get your own (its included).  ($39 dinner) 

Redbird



Redbird lends an inevitably one-of-a-kind dineL.A. experience in no small part due to Chef Neal Fraser’s talents in the kitchen. While the front lounge and bar offer a comforting place to sit, its patio is enveloped by cathedral walls backlit with dramatic hues. Unique offerings such as littleneck clams and quail followed by a reinterpreted beef and broccoli dish or heritage pork shoulder will keep you and your date’s buds tantalized as your fellow courtyard dining compatriots hum with excitement. Pastry Chef Kasra Ajdari’s dessert offerings here are not to be underestimated, as they are always beautifully elaborate creations with multiple components that, when combined, make for a harmonious finale. ($49 dinner)

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Saddle Peak Lodge



This hideaway in the Malibu Hills is a purveyor of comfort, conveyed in its taxidermied trophies and fish and game paraphernalia that fills the dining room, as well as the savory notes in its soothing cuisine. Indulge with their 48-hour rib steak, lighten up with their Faroe Island salmon, or keep in theme and go all out with their wild game trio (with supplement). Saddle Peak Lodge is the perfect place to getaway from the city life without going all that far at all. ($49 dinner)

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The Little Door



There’s no shortage of charm at The Little Door, a quaint little French spot hidden amid the hustle and bustle of 3rd Street. The tree-lined, dimly lit patio will provide just the right atmosphere for romance, with familiar favorites for appetizers followed by invigorated French cuisine enhanced by Mediterranean ingredients serving as the center of your night. Molten cake, coconut cheesecake and creme brulee top the night on a sweet note. ($49 dinner)

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The Strand House



The Strand House is a fine dining gem, an often overlooked restaurant that holds its own against all that Los Angeles has to offer. Of course, its location right along the coast provides the perfect setting for that romantic date, making it one of Manhattan Beach’s premier dining destinations. Furnish each course, whether the pozole, New York strip, branzino or housemade bucatini all’amatriciana, with an optional wine pairing to be sure you’re setting the right tone. ($25 lunch / $49 dinner)

Valentino



Piero Selvaggio’s Valentino is a Santa Monica fine dining institution that has been a bastion of Sicilian cuisine throughout Los Angeles while evoking pure luxury through its rich hued elegance. Boasting one of the most extensive wine lists in the city, Valentino is the perfect place to pair a glass with the exceptionally wide variety of choices for the dineL.A. antipasto and entrée courses. Choice of shrimp stuffed calamari, smoked quail, duck ragu lasagna, seafood risotto and even Iberico pork “secreto” all await you and your date at this 45-year-old favorite. ($49 dinner)

WP24 by Wolfgang Puck



Few things compare to dining with 360-degree views from the 24th floor of a skyscraper. Add to that the history, reputation and refined cuisine of Wolfgang Puck, and you’ve got a winner. The Cal-Asian inspired menu combines fresh and bold flavors with the posh, upscale setting of WP24’s sophisticated dining room with subdued grey hues and fascinating light fixtures. Your romantic dineL.A. dinner starts with roasted beef bone marrow or "hot & sour" sweet corn dumplings, then select from main courses like twice-cooked pork belly, pan roasted sea bass, or Thai seafood curry. Dessert is a choice of Peaches & Cream or Vietnamese Coffee Tart. ($49 dinner)