There are literally hundreds of romantic restaurants around Los Angeles from glamorous dinner clubs to corner bistros and courtyard garden cafes. Somehow adding a spectacular view to the mix ups the romance factor a notch, so here are some restaurants whose romance depends, at least in part, on having an advantageous view of the city, the mountains, the ocean, or all of the above.
1999 N. Sycamore Avenue
Hollywood, CA 90068
Yamashiro is a Japanese restaurant with Cal-Asian cuisine offering a fine dining experience perched high above the Hollywood Walk of Fame. There are beautiful gardens and views from Hollywood to the Pacific Ocean. You can enjoy the view from most tables even if you're not right next to the window. Tables on the inner courtyard don't have the same view, but are situated in a romantic garden setting. If you're not a sushi fan, don't worry. There's steak and grilled fish on the menu too. Reservations Recommended.
811 Wilshire Blvd, 21st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
The sushi is exquisite, as is the view of Downtown Los Angeles from this open-air 21st floor restaurant. It's a great view at night, but get there by twilight to really appreciate the surroundings and the change in light. A full dinner at Takami may get you an escort into the sexy Elevate Lounge on the same floor.
40 S Locust Ave
Long Beach, CA 90802
Be Fred Astaire to her Ginger Rogers when you take her for dinner and dancing at the elegant Art Deco Sky Room on top of the historic Breakers building in Long Beach. From this height, you can see up and down the coast, and on a clear winter day, there is a stunning view of the LA basin with snow-capped mountains in the background. Reservations Recommended.
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049
The restaurant at the Getty Center in Brentwood has a beautiful view of the Santa Monica Mountains, perfect for a sunset dinner. Unfortunately, they're only open for dinner Friday and Saturday nights. You can get the daytime view over lunch Tuesday through Sunday. Reservations Recommended.
2800 East Observatory Road
Los Angeles, CA 90027
The cafeteria-style café at the Griffith Observatory is a Wolfgang Puck restaurant. It may have an industrial feel with exposed ceiling pipes and plastic tables and chairs, but you can't beat the panoramic view from the Hollywood Sign to Downtown LA and on a really clear day, all the way to Catalina Island. Grab some sandwiches for a picnic as a romantic end to a hike in Griffith Park, or a preview to a night of star-gazing through the Observatory's Zeiss telescope (and it won't break the bank).