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Outdoor seating at Mother Tongue in Hollywood.
Patio seating at Mother Tongue.
Wonho Frank Lee

17 Foolproof First Date Restaurants in Los Angeles

Whether you want fine dining or casual activities, we’ve got you covered

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Patio seating at Mother Tongue.
| Wonho Frank Lee

One of the few good things about dating in a city like Los Angeles is having so many choices of what to do on a first date. Whether you want all-out romance in a beautiful setting or a more casual date with a side of activities, LA’s got it.

LA’s date-planning options run the gamut of tastes, styles, and activities: some have incredible views, others have driving ranges. To help decide what to do (and eat) while getting to know someone for the first time, below is a handy list of some of the best first date restaurants in Los Angeles.

Added: Dudley Market, Gran Blanco, Voodoo Vin, Tail o’ the Pup, Topgolf, Mother Tongue, Agnes, Mandolin Taverna, Capri Club

Removed: Everson Royce, Olivetta, Swift Cafe, Gardena Bowl, Pizzeria Antica da Michele

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The Sunset Restaurant

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It’s hard to beat the views at the aptly named Sunset Restaurant in Malibu. The year-round dining destination does require a bit of a trek for anyone living in LA proper, but what better way to cap off a date of hiking or walking on the beach than with a glass of wine, a plate of seafood or pasta, and jealousy-inducing Instagram shots of the sun going down. Tagging one’s date is optional.

A charming sunset over a plate of spaghetti.
Sunset Restaurant
Sunset Restaurant

Dudley Market

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Share plates of super-fresh crudo and ceviche steps away from the beach at this buzzy seafood restaurant, newly helmed by Mexico-born chef Diego Hernandez. Order a bottle of skin-contact wine and snag a seat at the marble bar for dinner and a show of chefs expertly slicing fish in the kitchen, or sit outside for choice Venice Beach people-watching (an instant conversation starter if things start off a little slow).

Dudley Market
Peeking inside Dudley Market.

Gran Blanco

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You’ll be surrounded by beautiful people at this lounge-y Venice bar and restaurant from the team behind Great White. Shared plates of urfa bieber-spiced shishito peppers and charred eggplant with whipped feta, as well as fun cocktails like a rosemary and lemon-infused martini and a tequila-spiked espresso martini, lend a hand to the place’s vibes.

Mirabelle Wine Bar

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Nestled in Valley Village is the cozy neighborhood Mirabelle Wine Bar, which feels like a fine French hideaway lit perfectly by warm light. Friendly bartenders will take the time to help with ordering the best beer or wine, while the food menu offers shareable plates like charred Alaskan octopus, burrata and charred baby leeks, or a solid cheese and charcuterie board. The outdoor dining is a fairly recent add, and it’s a special one.

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Mirabelle wine bar
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Mírame

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With shareable taco plates, stellar cocktails, and a vibrant indoor-outdoor vibe, Mírame has a versatile menu for picking at plates while getting to know someone in Beverly Hills. While a lot of the restaurants in this part of town are overtly pricey or fancy, Mírame has a casual, rustic feel that feels romantic any night of the week.

Indoor outdoor seating at Mirame Beverly Hills.
Mirame
Rich Marchewka

For a no-pressure ambience not far from the beach, it’s hard to beat Sosta in Hermosa. The charming Italian cucina seems perfectly built for handmade pasta, glasses of red wine, and sunset conversation that spills into a warm evening dinner. At dusk, there’s nothing but candles to light the interior, lending that “falling in love” glow (even if you’re not).

A charming Italian restaurant with wooden table and candle in the middle.
Sosta
Sosta

Topgolf

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When trying to recreate Daniel and Ali’s iconic Golf N’ Stuff date from the original Karate Kid, the El Segundo outpost of Texas-based Topgolf is the pick. The multi-level sports complex has three floors of driving ranges outfitted with a variety of games that utilize microchipped golf balls to automatically keep score. As for the food, the wings, nachos, burgers, and expectedly nothing special, but the goal here is to hide a competitive streak.

Driving bays at Topgolf El Segundo.
Driving bays at Topgolf.
Matthew Kang

Chef John Fraser’s seasonal menu is one of the best in West Hollywood, and the dining room and stunning patio have all the right elements for an intimate dinner. Book a reservation quickly ahead of that special night, though, as tables go quickly. Just be forewarned that this won’t be a cheap date (Fraser’s mastery of flavors comes with a price), so this is for dates to impress.

A pasta dish at Ardor in West Hollywood, California
Pasta at Ardor
Cathy Chaplin

Tail o' the Pup

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Nothing says “romance” like a snappy hot dog topped with mustard and grilled onions. But in all seriousness, West Hollywood’s refurbished Tail o’ the Pup — with its throwback stand shaped like an actual hot dog and menu of dogs, loaded fries, burgers, soft serve, and more — is perfect for a casual day date. There’s even beer and wine, should the date linger past corn dog o’clock and into the early evening. (Note: the place closes at 8 p.m.)

A close up shot of a hot dog stand ready to serve customers, with hanging menu.
Tail o’ the Pup’s throwback stand.
Wonho Frank Lee

Portuguese Bend

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Sure, there are plenty of dining options at Portuguese Bend, but there’s more to do at Long Beach’s first distillery and prohibition-style bar. Options include a tasting room or a platform from which you can watch the spirit-making process. Order a well-made cocktail using one of the distillery’s crafted spirits, and let the conversation flow.

Portuguese Bend distillery in Long Beach, California
Portuguese Bend
Wonho Frank Lee

Mother Tongue Restaurant

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With its curved leather booths, dramatic chandeliers, and patio with panoramic views, Michael Mina’s La Brea restaurant is a stone-cold stunner. The eclectic but upscale menu caters to those with specific dietary needs, including keto, anti-inflammatory, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan — just in case the date’s a picky eater. Chances are they’ll find something they like from selections like hand-cut steak tartare, seven-vegetable couscous, and Jidori chicken “tikka masala.”

Interior of Mother Tongue restaurant in Hollywood.
Mother Tongue’s dining room.
Wonho Frank Lee

Voodoo Vin

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Pretend you know more about natural wine than you actually do at this Virgil Village wine bar and restaurant. Owners Natalie and Michael Hekmat feature a list of eight to 10 mostly Old World wines by the glass nightly, while chef Travis Hayden’s gorgeously presented housemade charcuterie, ‘nduja-fortified Bolognese, and buttermilk ice cream will distract from any awkward wine swirling.

A selection of small plates containing mortadella, anchovies, snap peas, charcuterie, and more.
Charcuterie and small plates at Voodoo Vin.
Liz Barclay

LA Cha Cha Chá

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Walk one flight up into Mexico City import Cha Cha Chá, where the eastern view of Downtown is spectacular. Pair the view of the skyline with snacks like carnitas tacos, bluefin tuna tostadas, and beet-dressed shrimp ceviche. Pro tip: If one’s date happens to mention that they’re gluten-free (not unheard of in Los Angeles), there’s plenty to eat and drink at this Arts District stunner.

Outdoor patio at Cha Cha Chá in Downtown Los Angeles
Cha Cha Chá
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Mandolin Taverna

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Not a member of a private club? No problem. Located on the ground level of Soho House’s Soho Warehouse in the Arts District, Miami transplant Mandolin Taverna serves coastal Greek and Turkish fare — and club membership isn’t required to share mezze like baked feta, grilled octopus, and grilled prawns on the breezy patio.

A side look into a dark dining room of a new restaurant with wicker furniture.
Mandolin Tavern at Soho House.
Mandolin

Capri Club

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Aperitivo hour really is the best time for a first date; it’s low pressure, and there’s no commitment to an entire evening. Eagle Rock’s Capri Club caters to that exact need, with its menu of spritzes, classic cocktails, and bar bites like tuna-stuffed peppers. Slide into a red leather banquette in the wood-paneled bar, order a few drinks and snacks, and see where the night goes.

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Seating at Capri Club.
Capri Club

Agnes Restaurant and Cheesery

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Make googly eyes over the beautifully presented cheese and charcuterie boards, tinned fish plates, and “snackadoos” like marinated olives at this popular Pasadena eatery and market. Ambitious first-daters can even sign up for a cheese class. Bonus: if the date doesn’t go well, pop into the “cheesery” to choose from a gorgeous selection of cheese and accoutrements to eat any feelings at home.

BLVD MRKT

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There may not be a better rambling first date than walking around BLVD MRKT’s shipping container restaurants, having conversation while ordering Nola Cajun and Creole’s gumbo, Vcho’s pupusas, La Crosta’s wood-fired pizza, or Los Taquero Mucho’s tacos. Try Cafe Santo’s coffee or Alchemy Craft’s watermelon sugar-rimmed Mexican lollipop cider while telling life stories at one of the cozy communal tables.

BLVD MRKT food hall in Montebello, California
BLVD MRKT
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The Sunset Restaurant

A charming sunset over a plate of spaghetti.
Sunset Restaurant
Sunset Restaurant

It’s hard to beat the views at the aptly named Sunset Restaurant in Malibu. The year-round dining destination does require a bit of a trek for anyone living in LA proper, but what better way to cap off a date of hiking or walking on the beach than with a glass of wine, a plate of seafood or pasta, and jealousy-inducing Instagram shots of the sun going down. Tagging one’s date is optional.

A charming sunset over a plate of spaghetti.
Sunset Restaurant
Sunset Restaurant

Dudley Market

Dudley Market
Peeking inside Dudley Market.

Share plates of super-fresh crudo and ceviche steps away from the beach at this buzzy seafood restaurant, newly helmed by Mexico-born chef Diego Hernandez. Order a bottle of skin-contact wine and snag a seat at the marble bar for dinner and a show of chefs expertly slicing fish in the kitchen, or sit outside for choice Venice Beach people-watching (an instant conversation starter if things start off a little slow).

Dudley Market
Peeking inside Dudley Market.

Gran Blanco

You’ll be surrounded by beautiful people at this lounge-y Venice bar and restaurant from the team behind Great White. Shared plates of urfa bieber-spiced shishito peppers and charred eggplant with whipped feta, as well as fun cocktails like a rosemary and lemon-infused martini and a tequila-spiked espresso martini, lend a hand to the place’s vibes.

Mirabelle Wine Bar

Mirabelle
Mirabelle wine bar
Mirabelle Official

Nestled in Valley Village is the cozy neighborhood Mirabelle Wine Bar, which feels like a fine French hideaway lit perfectly by warm light. Friendly bartenders will take the time to help with ordering the best beer or wine, while the food menu offers shareable plates like charred Alaskan octopus, burrata and charred baby leeks, or a solid cheese and charcuterie board. The outdoor dining is a fairly recent add, and it’s a special one.

Mirabelle
Mirabelle wine bar
Mirabelle Official

Mírame

Indoor outdoor seating at Mirame Beverly Hills.
Mirame
Rich Marchewka

With shareable taco plates, stellar cocktails, and a vibrant indoor-outdoor vibe, Mírame has a versatile menu for picking at plates while getting to know someone in Beverly Hills. While a lot of the restaurants in this part of town are overtly pricey or fancy, Mírame has a casual, rustic feel that feels romantic any night of the week.

Indoor outdoor seating at Mirame Beverly Hills.
Mirame
Rich Marchewka

Sosta

A charming Italian restaurant with wooden table and candle in the middle.
Sosta
Sosta

For a no-pressure ambience not far from the beach, it’s hard to beat Sosta in Hermosa. The charming Italian cucina seems perfectly built for handmade pasta, glasses of red wine, and sunset conversation that spills into a warm evening dinner. At dusk, there’s nothing but candles to light the interior, lending that “falling in love” glow (even if you’re not).

A charming Italian restaurant with wooden table and candle in the middle.
Sosta
Sosta

Topgolf

Driving bays at Topgolf El Segundo.
Driving bays at Topgolf.
Matthew Kang

When trying to recreate Daniel and Ali’s iconic Golf N’ Stuff date from the original Karate Kid, the El Segundo outpost of Texas-based Topgolf is the pick. The multi-level sports complex has three floors of driving ranges outfitted with a variety of games that utilize microchipped golf balls to automatically keep score. As for the food, the wings, nachos, burgers, and expectedly nothing special, but the goal here is to hide a competitive streak.

Driving bays at Topgolf El Segundo.
Driving bays at Topgolf.
Matthew Kang

Ardor

A pasta dish at Ardor in West Hollywood, California
Pasta at Ardor
Cathy Chaplin

Chef John Fraser’s seasonal menu is one of the best in West Hollywood, and the dining room and stunning patio have all the right elements for an intimate dinner. Book a reservation quickly ahead of that special night, though, as tables go quickly. Just be forewarned that this won’t be a cheap date (Fraser’s mastery of flavors comes with a price), so this is for dates to impress.

A pasta dish at Ardor in West Hollywood, California
Pasta at Ardor
Cathy Chaplin

Tail o' the Pup

A close up shot of a hot dog stand ready to serve customers, with hanging menu.
Tail o’ the Pup’s throwback stand.
Wonho Frank Lee

Nothing says “romance” like a snappy hot dog topped with mustard and grilled onions. But in all seriousness, West Hollywood’s refurbished Tail o’ the Pup — with its throwback stand shaped like an actual hot dog and menu of dogs, loaded fries, burgers, soft serve, and more — is perfect for a casual day date. There’s even beer and wine, should the date linger past corn dog o’clock and into the early evening. (Note: the place closes at 8 p.m.)

A close up shot of a hot dog stand ready to serve customers, with hanging menu.
Tail o’ the Pup’s throwback stand.
Wonho Frank Lee

Portuguese Bend

Portuguese Bend distillery in Long Beach, California
Portuguese Bend
Wonho Frank Lee

Sure, there are plenty of dining options at Portuguese Bend, but there’s more to do at Long Beach’s first distillery and prohibition-style bar. Options include a tasting room or a platform from which you can watch the spirit-making process. Order a well-made cocktail using one of the distillery’s crafted spirits, and let the conversation flow.

Portuguese Bend distillery in Long Beach, California
Portuguese Bend
Wonho Frank Lee

Mother Tongue Restaurant

Interior of Mother Tongue restaurant in Hollywood.
Mother Tongue’s dining room.
Wonho Frank Lee

With its curved leather booths, dramatic chandeliers, and patio with panoramic views, Michael Mina’s La Brea restaurant is a stone-cold stunner. The eclectic but upscale menu caters to those with specific dietary needs, including keto, anti-inflammatory, gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan — just in case the date’s a picky eater. Chances are they’ll find something they like from selections like hand-cut steak tartare, seven-vegetable couscous, and Jidori chicken “tikka masala.”

Interior of Mother Tongue restaurant in Hollywood.
Mother Tongue’s dining room.
Wonho Frank Lee

Voodoo Vin

A selection of small plates containing mortadella, anchovies, snap peas, charcuterie, and more.
Charcuterie and small plates at Voodoo Vin.
Liz Barclay

Pretend you know more about natural wine than you actually do at this Virgil Village wine bar and restaurant. Owners Natalie and Michael Hekmat feature a list of eight to 10 mostly Old World wines by the glass nightly, while chef Travis Hayden’s gorgeously presented housemade charcuterie, ‘nduja-fortified Bolognese, and buttermilk ice cream will distract from any awkward wine swirling.

A selection of small plates containing mortadella, anchovies, snap peas, charcuterie, and more.
Charcuterie and small plates at Voodoo Vin.
Liz Barclay

LA Cha Cha Chá

Outdoor patio at Cha Cha Chá in Downtown Los Angeles
Cha Cha Chá
Wonho Frank Lee

Walk one flight up into Mexico City import Cha Cha Chá, where the eastern view of Downtown is spectacular. Pair the view of the skyline with snacks like carnitas tacos, bluefin tuna tostadas, and beet-dressed shrimp ceviche. Pro tip: If one’s date happens to mention that they’re gluten-free (not unheard of in Los Angeles), there’s plenty to eat and drink at this Arts District stunner.