From California fusion to Italian fine-dining and freshly-caught seafood to ten-course tasting menus, Santa Monica is a renowned dining destination — meaning no shortage of options for a memorable romantic meal. Take your pick from intimately-lit interiors, creative sharing dishes and cozy tables for two at this round-up of restaurants that simply ooze romance.

BOA Steakhouse

Trendy yet relaxed, BOA Steakhouse is one of the top spots in Santa Monica for classic steakhouse fare with a contemporary twist. Feast on meaty delights, King Crab and fine wines in its dimly-lit dining room.

 

 

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Capo

Craving upscale Italian? Capo is known for its ‘wow’ factor food, while its rustic, yet elegant, dining room that’s complete with candles and log-burning fireplace makes it ideal for a special occasion.

 

 

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Forma

Treat each other to delicious Italian dining at Forma. Named after its star ingredient – formaggio (cheese) – the menu features pastas served dalla forma, which means dishes are finished in large cheese wheels before being served.

 

 

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Hillstone

Occupying two levels of a local architect-designed building, Hillstone is a sleek setting for a romantic meal. Admire the artworks displayed in the dining room as you tuck into its diverse menu.

 

 

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Manchego

Authentic tapas, fine Spanish wines and an intimate atmosphere make Manchego a fantastic spot for a dinner date. Feast on Brussel sprouts, chorizo pamplona and other treats packed with flavor.

 

 

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The Misfit Bar + Restaurant

Running daily from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., and voted one of the best Westside happy hours by several Los Angeles publications, you could linger at The Misfit all afternoon. The food is fantastic here too, so why not enjoy each other longer and stay on for dinner?!

 

 

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Tar & Roses

A star on Santa Monica’s dining scene, the laidback Tar & Roses is renowned for its farm-to-table fare. Cozy up by its wood burning oven and share small plates of Oxtail Dumpling, Crab Cake and more.

 

 

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Terrazza

Amalfi Coast meets Southern California shoreline at Terrazza, located inside Hotel Casa del Mar, where sweeping 180-degree views of the Pacific are served alongside a unique selection of Italian-inspired small plates.

 

 

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Upper West

Upper West is a local’s favorite and is perfect for a date night out. With a great ambiance and movies projecting on the wall, it’s sure to impress that special someone. Order either Ethan’s Mac & Cheese (Irish white cheddar, mozzarella and Asiago) or the marinated flat iron steak.

 

 

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