After he gets down on one knee and pops the question, tradition dictates that you celebrate with an engagement party surrounded by your closest friends and family. But, we think taking a moment to celebrate such a momentous occasion just the two of you is just as important. If the love of your life recently put a ring on it (congrats!), hold off on the engagement party planning for a bit and instead pencil in a date night at one of these romantic Los Angeles restaurants perfect for an engagement celebration.
Il Cielo (Above)
Magic is in the air at this dreamy restaurant serving traditional Italian cuisine. The restaurant's romantic package is perfect for kicking off your fairytale love story. They'll adorn your table with fresh rose petals and candles and you and your honey will toast your new betrothed status with a bottle of champagne and a heart-shaped raspberry chocolate cake. Read real brides' reviews here!
Photo: Courtesy of Shutters on the Beach
A romantic candlelit ambiance and sweeping ocean views make One Pico at Shutters on the Beach a winning choice for celebrating your engagement. The glam yet beachy restaurant will spoil you and your soon-to-be hubby with a decadent dinner starring plates like grilled Mediterranean branzino, bucatini pasta and warm chocolate molten cake for dessert. Read real brides' reviews here!
Photo: Courtesy of Yamashiro Hollywood via Facebook
Nestled in the Hollywood Hills, Yashamiro — Japanese for mountain palace — beckons starry-eyed couples with its blooming Japanese-inspired gardens, koi ponds, and sweeping city views. For the most romantic dinner ever, make your reservation just before sunset and ask for a table by a window so you can watch the sky change colors as you enjoy lots of sushi and sake.
Photo: Courtesy of Inn of the Seventh Ray
This tucked-away Topanga Canyon gem has seen many reincarnations over the years as a church, feed store, and gas station, but now it serves as a downright dreamy restaurant. Indulge in seared scallops, roasted halibut, or handcut linguine under the stars surrounded by lush sycamore trees, waterfalls, and twinkling lights. Finish with a champagne toast. *Read real brides' reviews here! *
Photo: Courtesy of Melisse
Getting engaged is a big deal and it calls for a splurge-worthy Michelin-star caliber celebration. If you and your babe love food as much as you love each other, then there's no better place to toast your new ring than chef Josiah Citrin's fine dining restaurant Melisse in Santa Monica. Get all dressed up and take a seat in the restaurant's elegant dining room and prepare to be seduced by the chef's decadent ten-course tasting menu.