It’s easy to forget that before we were parents, we were people that went out on dates with each other. Thankfully, there is no shortage of romantic destinations in Los Angeles to serve as the setting for a wonderful date night experience! We’ve compiled a list of 12 of the best, most memorable, only-in-L.A. date night Ideas.
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9400 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
Treat your special someone to an evening of music and old-world glamour at the Culver Hotel. The hotel was originally built in 1924 and was once owned by John Wayne. The iconic six-story, uniquely shaped flatiron building is distinctive and is just as well known for its history as its current offerings. Enjoy live jazz performed each evening after 7:30 pm while you enjoy some light appetizers or a three-course dinner. And, if you can arrange for the kids to stay with grandparents, you can treat yourselves to an overnight stay!
633 W. 5th St. 71st Floor, Los Angeles, CA
An evening at 71Above will be hard to top. Literally. This restaurant and skylounge is 950 feet above ground level, making it the highest restaurant west of the Mississippi. Couples will be treated to stunning 360-degree views of our city as well as modern American cuisine. A three-course dinner menu is offered, though guests eating in the bar area may select a la carte items from the regular menu. Be sure to check the website for reservation and dress code information.
5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036
Strolling through the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is a great date experience. You can virtually travel around the world by exploring the more than 120,000 objects from around the globe, dating back to ancient times all the way to the present. You’ll find Asian art, Latin American art, Islamic art, European art, and modern art. After you’re done at the museum, get a drink and a bite to eat on Ray’s and Stark Bar’s beautiful outdoor patio. Read more about the museum in our Guide to LACMA.
Electric Dusk Drive-In
2930 Fletcher Dr. And San Fernando Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90065
Take the idea of a movie date to a whole new level with Electric Dusk Drive-In. You’ll enjoy year-round outdoor movies each Saturday at 6:00 pm. Enjoy “great movies, great food, and great times.” The “Snack Shack” offers a variety of food (hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, and snacks like candy and popcorn). Outside food is permitted, but no alcohol or smoking is allowed on the premises. Ticket information is available online. Movie viewing will start back up in Fall, so be sure to check the website for the latest information.
Hornblower Dining Cruise
13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Take a dinner date to a whole new level with a Hornblower Dining Cruise. Escape the traffic and your usual surroundings as you sit back and relax and enjoy good food, fine views, and each other. Hornblower offers different cruise options such as a 2-hour brunch cruise and a 2.5-hour dinner cruise. Check the website for information on scheduling and fees.
The Griffith Observatory
2800 E. Observatory Rd., Los Angeles, CA 90027
If you’ve only been to the Griffith Observatory with kids in tow, it’s a different experience when you’re there on a date. As you explore the Observatory’s exhibits, you’ll be engaged, curious, and in awe. Somehow, within the vastness of space, things worked out for you and your partner to find each other! Admission to the Observatory is free, but if you opt to see one of the shows offered in the Planetarium, there is a slight fee. On clear days, you’ll be treated to incredible views of our city (including the Hollywood Sign). You can also dine at the on-site cafe or treat yourselves to dinner at one of the nearby restaurants in Los Feliz.
The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA 90802
You don’t have to go far to spend time on what was once a world-class, luxury ocean liner. Head to Long Beach and visit The Queen Mary, which now serves as a major tourist attraction, floating hotel, and event venue. Couples will find a variety of dining options including a Sunday Champagne Brunch, Sir Winston’s Restaurant and Lounge, Malibu Wines, and more.
Sunset Ranch Hollywood Stables
3400 N. Beachwood Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90068
Though Sunset Ranch is conveniently located between Universal Studios and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, you and your special someone may feel as if you’re really quite far from home. Even the most inexperienced of riders will feel at ease exploring the trails of Griffith Park. A variety of Day and Evening tours are offered including tours that include a 2-hour ride as well as a BBQ meal and country music afterwards. (Helmets must be worn and will be provided to riders).
5437 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90803
Maybe you can’t afford a trip to Venice, but you can certainly afford a trip to Naples. That is, the Naples Island located in Long Beach. There you’ll find Gondola Getaway which offers different customizable packages so you can design the cruise that best fits your needs. Cruises are generally one hour in duration and are serene and romantic. (Two years ago, my husband and I celebrated our seventeenth wedding anniversary with a special gondola ride. You can read all about it by clicking here).
380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Charm your partner with a date night spent on the Santa Monica Pier, having fun at Pacific Park. Buy a wrist band and have some fun on the Pacific Wheel, Inkie’s Scrambler, West Coaster, and more. Go for a spin on the historic Carousel and win your sweetie a special prize at one of the games. You’ll also find a variety of restaurants and concession stands at the Pier. Take a stroll on the beach, hold hands, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Pacific Ocean.
Patina Restaurant and Los Angeles Philharmonic
The Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Park the car once, and you’re able to enjoy dinner and a show. Dine at Patina Restaurant, an “award-winning Michelin starred restaurant offering contemporary French cuisine with international influence.” Then, enjoy a performance as part of the LA Phil’s 100th Season in the distinctive Walt Disney Concert Hall. (And don’t forget, during the summer you can enjoy the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl).
Inn of the Seventh Ray
128 Old Topanga Canyon Rd., Topanga, CA 90290
The Inn of the Seventh Ray is described by many as the “most romantic restaurant” in Los Angeles. Plan a special dinner here, where loved ones will “dine by candlelight under the stars,” and you’ll find waterfalls along winding brick pathways. Your senses will be most happy as you dine in this magical “fairy land,” enjoying creative, delicious meals.
Date Day in Los Angeles Activities
Hike to the Hollywood Sign
A hike to the iconic Hollywood Sign is not only a great workout, but a fun way to reconnect with the person you love. Couples can make the hike as strenuous as you’d like depending on where you start. Pack plenty of water and a lunch and have a picnic along the trail, which is open from sunrise to sunset. For more information about trails, visit Hollywoodsign.org.
Malibu Wine Safaris
32111 Mulholland Hwy., Malibu, CA 90265
This may be one of those “only in Los Angeles” types of experiences. Treat your special someone to a Wine Safari. Couples will explore the 1,000-acre Saddlerock Ranch and vineyard in Malibu in an open-air Safari vehicle. You’ll make stops along the way, enjoying the scenery, tasting local wines, and getting a close look at a variety of animals including zebras, bison, camels, alpacas, and more. (Keep in mind that tours don’t happen at night, but are offered until about 5:00 pm).
Walking Tour of Downtown Los Angeles
L.A. Conservancy Tour meets in Pershing Square – see website for details
Whether you’re a native Angeleno or new in town, taking an L.A. Conservancy tour is a great way to discover Los Angeles while also spending the day walking around with your partner holding hands. The L.A. Conservancy Historic Downtown walking tour offers a great overview of downtown L.A. history and architecture, from the eighteenth century to the present. The tour includes downtown landmarks like the Bradbury Building, The Central Library and the U.S. Bank Building. After the tour, have lunch at Grand Central Market, which is also part of the tour.
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