The Most Romantic Restaurants in Santa Monica

It’s Valentine’s Day Eve – have you booked your romantic dinner reservation yet?

With the promise of historically bad traffic this weekend, courtesy of Jamzilla, Santa Monicans may want to stay close to home and dine out for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner right here in Santa Monica!

So what makes a restaurant truly romantic? Obviously, delicious food and a great menu.  Still, the atmosphere plays a very large part in making a restaurant romantic. Think twinkling lights, fire pits or fireplaces, candlelight, stunning views of the city lights, the beach or the ocean!

With this in mind, we bring you a list of the top 20 romantic restaurants in Santa Monica.  Be sure to make your reservation fast!

The Buffalo Club

Pacific Dining Car



Ocean & Vine



Next Door by Josie

Via Veneto

BOA Steakhouse

The Lobster

The Misfit

Michael’s Restaurant

Il Restaurante di Giorgio Baldi

Melisse Restaurant

Hotel Shangri-La

Cast Restaurant

The Penthouse

Wilshire Restaurant

One Pico Restaurant

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