Whether you’re looking for a ten course tasting menu, or just a cozy spot to wind down over a pitcher of sangria, Santa Monica restaurants can help you do date night right. Next time you’re in the city, book a reservation for you and your boo at a romantic restaurant in Santa Monica.
Romantic Restaurants in Santa Monica
Tar & Roses
Muted lighting, trendy brick and leather interior fixtures, and wood-fired small plates add up to make Tar & Roses a Santa Monica date night “must.” Share the oxtail dumplings and the persimmon salad, to start. Tar & Roses: 602 Santa Monica Blvd.; 310-587-0700
This two-Michelin star, modern French restaurant on Wilshire Boulevard is one of the most romantic restaurants in Santa Monica, and one of the best fine dining experiences on the West Coast. For the ultimate date night, book their “ten” menu—ten artistic, well-curated courses. It’s $185 per person, but so worth it. Mélisse: 1104 Wilshire Blvd.; 310-395-0881.
Inventive, upscale and approachable, Michael’s Restaurant put Santa Monica on the fine-dining map in 1979—it truly is truly the birthplace of “California Cuisine.” Everything—from the broccoli with sunchoke, dates, and soft-fried egg to the pork collar with black olive honey and pomegranate—is cooked to perfection, and the beautifully lit leafy patio feels both intimate and lively. Michael’s Restaurant: 1147 3rd St.; 310-451-0843
With black and white wicker bistro chairs, crisp cotton tablecloths, and a large wooden bar, you’ll feel the warmth as soon as you walk into Capo. Specializing in modern Italian fare, this romantic restaurant in Santa Monica serves fresh, house-made pastas nightly. Capo: 1810 Ocean Ave.; 310-394-5550
Warm and quaint, this petite wine bar and tapas restaurant on Main Street is one of Santa Monica’s best date night options. Plan it right and it can be shockingly affordable too: happy hours see $6 wines and $8 appetizers. Pair a meat and cheese plate with a pitcher of their delightful white sangria! Manchego: 2518 Main St.; 310- 450-3900