Los Angeles is well known for its trendy hot spots where the rich and famous go to let their hair down and party all night long, but where do you go when you’re looking for something more intimate, the perfect place to have a quiet and romantic Valentine’s dinner for two? While Los Angeles may be famous for its nightlife, there are still plenty of great spots where you can enjoy sumptuous food and a secluded atmosphere that’s perfectly suited to put you (and your date) in an amorous mood. They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but the truth is the same goes for women as well, and these spots are sure to do the trick.
Located at 8164 West 3rd Street, The Little Door offers quiet, secluded dining in four separate areas. The largest of the four is the Patio, which retains its romance via the lush foliage and soft, flickering light of candelabras, or opt for a more private outdoor dining experience in the Mediterranean-inspired Winter Garden. The Blue Room boasts a fireplace and cozy rustic décor, while the smallest of the four, the Piano Room, offers sumptuous dark wood and a private atmosphere. In addition to the menu replete with expertly rendered organic and local fare, chef Nicholas T. Peter is also offering a four-course set menu with complimentary amuse bouche and champagne. Call for reservations, 323-951-1210.
If your date is a bit of a foodie and tends to be culinarily hard to impress, the name ‘Wolfgang Puck’ should certainly do the trick. Opened in 2010, WP24 is located on the 24th floor of the Ritz-Carlton and is Puck’s love letter to his time spent in the Far East. Enjoy sophisticated, modern takes on Chinese cuisine while sitting in a sophisticated, modern dining room that boasts both an intimate atmosphere and absolutely killer views of the Los Angeles skyline. Call for reservations, 213-743-8824.
You won’t find much ado at Ado, except maybe about the delicious menu offerings. A tiny and secluded Italian spot located at 796 Main Street in Venice, each floor of this restaurant seats only about twenty to thirty plus it boasts flickering candlelight and a balcony to boot. Lovers who also love meat will salivate over the fish, beef, duck, rabbit, and goat on the menu, although vegetarians will be limited to a dish or two. Call for reservations, 310-399-9010.
The atmosphere of Café la Boheme at 8400 Santa Monica Boulevard is both sumptuous and romantic, and the food fits that bill as well. Executive chef Christine Banta mixes her classical French background with her Japanese/American heritage to offer a delicious and beautifully presented menu that has something for virtually everyone. The Valentine’s-appropriate red and crystal chandelier-appointed dining room is a perfect place to have a romantic evening, or sit by the outdoor fireplace on the patio. Call for reservations, 323-848-2360.
Vegetarians rejoice! Pace, located at 2100 Laurel Canyon Boulevard, offers fresh meat-free options in addition to their other carnivore-friendly fare, and all the food is organic as well as nitrate and hormone free. Settle down to dine in the quiet and softly-lit dining room (the restaurant is named for the Italian word for “peace”) or pick up one of their picnic packs and dine al fresco in the location of your choice. Make reservations at 323-654-8583.