While SIXTY is an avid supporter of making your loved one feel, well, loved every day of the year, Valentine’s Day is a good opportunity to make them feel extra special. Gifts are great, but there’s nothing quite like the shared experience of an unforgettable meal. Herewith, we’ve selected some of our favorite romantic hot spots in Los Angeles to book a table at for February 14. But hurry. Reservations are filling up fast!
Elegant as all get out, Redbird occupies the rectory of what was once St. Vibiana’s Cathedral. The space is gorgeous, and the food is to die for. Chef Neal Fraser and Amy Knoll Fraser have been celebrated for Redbird’s unforgettable take on Modern American cuisine, and sommelier Ben Teig has created one of the best wine lists in Los Angeles, if not the States.
114 E 2nd St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
For a less expected, off-the-beaten path kind of Valentine’s Day, head to Oriel, where the floors are painted a shade of pink truly befitting the occasion. The Chinatown wine bar serves up French (read: romantic) bistro classics like haricot verts, escargots, potato gratin, and, yes, croque monsieur or madame, whichever you prefer. Weather permitting, there is a very lovely patio for alfresco winter dining.
1135 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
There are few things more romantic than the sound of ocean, so why not make a trip of it and head towards the beach to Nobu Malibu. While we love the original Beverly Hills location for a good ol’ fashioned power meal, their Malibu outpost feels welcomely removed from the hullabaloo. As for your order, don’t skip their rock shrimp tempura or the black cod.
22706 CA-1, Malibu, CA 90265
Outside, Michael’s in Santa Monica offers one of the prettiest outdoor dining experiences in town. The courtyard is wall-to-wall green, and peppered with the kind of lighting that’ll make you look good on even your worst day. For Valentine’s Day, the restaurant will be offering a special four-course dinner of inventive dishes like Peruvian beans with black sesame and Asian pear, and hanger steak with fennel and aged sherry.
1147 3rd St, Santa Monica, CA 90403
For a taste of old-school Los Angeles fine dining, look no further than Café Pinot. The restaurant, run by the famed Patina Group, shares a garden with L.A.’s Central Library, whose limestone walls serve as a handsome backdrop to an outdoor meal. French fare rules here, and on Valentine’s Day they’ll be offering a special prix-fixe menu, featuring dishes like marinated bay scallops, brown butter poached asparagus, and beef tenderloin.
700 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90071
Little Dom’s, located on a charming corner in Los Feliz, is the sibling restaurant to the cherished (and now-shuttered) Dominick’s in West Hollywood. The gap Dominick’s left has been more than filled by Little Dom’s. The neighborhood restaurant holds its own as a white tablecloth joint with a hip clientele and buttery lighting. The food? We’re getting to it. Chef Brandon Boudet’s menu is all about Italian-American fare made with California market ingredients.
2128 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Header photo courtesy of Redbird