Updated at 3:07pm on June 9th
As anyone dining in LA right now knows, the city is back, baby. Need proof? Just look at any restaurant website and try to book a table for two at a reasonable time. It’s more impossible than snow falling in June or us learning to do a handstand (we have terrible balance). Even the most dependable neighborhood spots are looking like a Coachella Weekend 1 ticket queue, which means your usual night-of table sleuthing just isn’t going to cut it.
Good news, we’ve done the work for you. Scoured the worldwide web, stalked all the apps, and put together this list of great date restaurants that still have open tables this weekend.
For the weekend of: June 11th-13th.
Casual Date Night
This Historic Filipinotown restaurant serves sourdough pizzas, a fermentation-focused menu, and excellent skin contact wines, all in a cozy atmosphere. Eating here feels like a dinner party – in the best possible way. Reservations can be made here.
This sort-of-Austrian spot on Sunset Blvd. is all over the place – and unlike our unruly Notes apps, we actually mean that in a good way. It’s an ideal place to grab some small plates (definitely get the knödel, a potato dumpling dessert covered in brown butter) and a few glasses of wine. Reservations can be made here.
This spot on Melrose has Big Pizza Party Energy. Except, instead of screaming children, you’ll find a dining room is filled with adults calmly drinking cocktails and chatting about things like their favorite farmers’ markets. Ronan’s Neapolitan-style pies are second to none, and the burrata with almond pesto spagnolo is the best way to start a meal. Reservations can be made here.
One of our favorite bars in the city is back after a year-long hiatus. Head to their spacious outdoor patio in the back and browse their menu for something you like – whether it’s the house-made biscuits, pork belly buns, or the best burger in LA. Whatever you order, this is the kind of bar food you want to be eating while drinking too much beer with your friends. Reservations can be made here.
A Beautiful Life
Over in Downtown LA, A Beautiful Life (not to be confused with the 2011 Chinese romance film of the same name), is serving traditional Jamaican food like jerk chicken, oxtails, and classic stews over rice. Reservations can be made here.
Open since 1982, Marouch is one of the longest standing Armenian/Lebanese restaurants in Hollywood. And while you can certainly find great plates of shawarma and kabobs, Marouch’s greatness lies in its mezze. Reservations can be made here.
This Westside restaurant has a whole bunch of Italian wines, plus some of the best pizzas in the city. The only real difference between a dinner here and the Italian vacation you’re planning in your head is that you’re eating in a strip mall in Venice, California, not Italy. Reservations can be made here.
With the walls stocked with bottles of natural wine and a beautifully designed space, Tilda is where you go to impress someone cooler than you. There are lots of plates to share here, like cheese boards, charcuterie, and a tinned fish platter that is, by far, the best thing on the menu. Reservations can be made here.
A Little Bit Nicer
With its light wood furniture, pretty Mediterranean food, and general kind-of-healthiness, Kismet looks like a place your out-of-town friends have seen all over Instagram. But as it turns out, it’s so much better than that. Reservations can be made here.
This neighborhood gastropub serves excellent pizzas and Southern food in a quiet, peaceful setting that’s perfect for everything from midweek drinks with friends to an intimate last-minute date. Reservations can be made here.
The iconic Thai restaurant has returned for dine-in service, so that means you can enjoy world-class nam khao tod and deep-fried peek gai hay-ha chicken wings from their party-like patio. Get a beer tower for the table or get the f*ck out. Reservations can be made here.
This brand-new Long Beach restaurant may not seem like the perfect date spot at first – it operates out of a sandwich shop at night and hasn’t secured their liquor license yet. But if you can get past the bright florescent lights overhead, you’ll be treated to a fine-dining experience filled with corn agnolotti and delicious beet salads that’s better than it needs to be. Reservations can be made here.
Even in a part of town where people love to eat pasta in converted factories, The Factory Kitchen is still one of our favorites. It’s pretty casual, but still feels like a Big Deal Dinner with its excellent handkerchief pastas and prosciutto. Reservations can be made here.
From the pork siu mai to the shrimp har gow, you’re going to want to order a lot of dim sum from Capital Seafood – partly so you have some leftovers when you finally get home. Reservations can be made here.
This East Coast-style seafood spot is a neighborhood staple with great food, a fun outdoor space, and a casual atmosphere that makes it a solid option any day of the week. Reservations can be made here.
The Ivy at the Shore
Ivy at The Shore doesn’t have the best food in the entire world. But it is where Quentin Tarantino and Uma Thurman met for the first time to discuss her role in Pulp Fiction. That’s got to count for something, right? Reservations can be made here.
Super Special Occasion
This Santa Monica restaurant did the whole farm-to-table thing before it was cool, but without any of the pretension or white tablecloths that inevitably get super dirty. So go ahead and embrace eating those heirloom vegetables you can only find one week of the year. You earned it. Reservations can be made here.
Dining at this truly ancient spot (it used to be an old Pony Express outpost) feels like leaving Southern California and stepping into a billionaire’s hunting lodge in rural Montana. You’ll get hard-to-find meats like elk tenderloin, plus a nightly Happy Hour before 7pm. Reservations can be made here.
Much like a glass-blown chandelier or someone doing a backflip in a suit, Pasjoili is objectively impressive. Fancy, French, and quite expensive (expect to spend around $100 per person), this is where you go when you want to celebrate something big. Reservations can be made here.