Finding the right special occasion restaurant can be a confounding process in Los Angeles, a city with many splurge-y spots — and perhaps only a small slice that are worth the hefty price tag.
That said, plenty of restaurants don’t sacrifice top-tier cuisine for ambiance, nor hospitality for innovation. We’re talking about the places that turn out blockbuster after blockbuster dish, with aesthetic choices that make us glow a little brighter, too. And many of them have wines and cocktails that shine just as brightly as the food, with talented sommeliers and cicerones that can help turn a night from good to great.
Call us smitten — these 11 spots boast the je ne sais quoi that makes a restaurant one to remember. We’ll be bookmarking them for every special occasion to come.