By Lydia Geisel | September 23, 2016 | Food & Drink
Treat your significant other to a more intimate dining experience next time you go out by enjoying your meal at these local eateries that allow you to get up close and personal to the culinary action.
Find peace and pleasure at this enchanting resto that offers a constantly-changing five-course menu and kitchen-side seats that make you feel a part of the action. Since its opening in 2013, this funky, French-inspired hidden gem has prioritized fantastic food and good tunes, along with an unpretentious fine-dining experience. The restaurant operates on a ticketing system so, prep for your date in advance and buy your dining tickets online. 716 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles
Opt for colorful Italian cuisine and creative cocktails at this industrial getaway that lies in the heart of the Arts District. Italian for “beast,” Bestia offers good vibes and great wine, making for an unforgettable night out with your beloved partner in crime. Snag a seat up front. The smells of freshly fired-up pizza will have your mouth watering long before your food arrives. 2121 E. 7th Pl., Los Angeles, 213-514-5724
This stylish Echo Park restaurant gets it all right, from your morning coffee and eggs to your roasted veggies and post-dinner cocktail. The newcomer sits on the ground level of the towering Elysian building and complements their plates made for sharing—like the rockfish boil and simmer with toasted semolina couscous—with seasonal ingredients, a sleek interior design, and an outdoor patio. Channel your inner hipster and don’t forget to ditch the booth for the bar. 1115 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, 213-415-1818
If you’re in search for a tasty and thrilling dining experience that won't break the bank, swing by Tsujita LA Artisan Noodle Annex for out-of-this-world ramen and a seat at the bar. This small, Tokyo-inspired ramen joint likes to keep things simple with a casual atmosphere and cash only policy. The aromas from the kitchen and the flavors from your bowl of choice will completely take over your senses. 2050 Sawtelle Blvd., Los Angeles, 310-231-0222
If you’re in the mood for seafood and a pleasant surprise, head to this Santa Monica spot that combines the finest flavors of Southeast Asia with French technique, leaving your taste buds in a state of absolute ecstasy. Treat yourself (and your significant other) to inventive dishes, like their Creekstone farms short rib stew dubbed Vietnamese Pot Au Feu, and good convo as you watch Chef Bryant Ng at work. 1314 7th St., Santa Monica, 310-393-6699