Our October issue—featuring all things having to do with sex in L.A.—is on newsstands now. But before all the hot and heavy you’re going to be hungry. Here’s where to go before (or after) you get it on.
South Bay | With ship-like tight quarters, getting cozy with your date isn’t challenging at Fishing With Dynamite. Share oysters and champagne in a corner booth. Practice saying “chow-dah” while you nibble chef David Lefevre’s buttery squash rolls. » 1148 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, 310-893-6299.
Venice | Let the ocean breeze inform a date at Salt Air. Taste Chef Greg A. Daniels’ clever fish skin chips with harissa or easy-to-love miso fried oysters. Sneak a kiss before sharing the monkey bread for dessert. » 1616 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, 310-396-9333.
Echo Park | Confectioner Valerie Gordon and husband Stan run Valerie Echo Park. Inside the cafe, tiny tables encourage a game of footsie. Fall in love over the salted caramel croissant. The relaxing tea service eases first date jitters. » 1665 Echo Park Ave., Echo Park, 213-250-9365.
West Hollywood | Eating with your hands is foreplay at Sushi Park. The spot, tucked away in a strip mall, won’t impress your date—but the omakase will. Share a bottle of Kubota Manju and close your eyes while the fish melts on your tongue. » 8539 Sunset Blvd.,West Hollywood, 310-652-0523.
Bel Air | Taking a date to the exquisite Wolfgang Puck at the Hotel Bel Air might feel like a power lunch. Instead, pull up to Bel Air Bar & Grill. Here, comfort food like grilled Scottish Salmon with lemongrass, won’t overfill. The lighting makes everyone look like a model, and art by Cal Arts students livens conversation. » 662 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Bel Air, 310-440-5544.
University Park | Though owners recently opened Nature’s Brew, a coffee shop across the street, Bacaro L.A., remains one of this city’s most charming spots. Meet there for a glass of wine. If the date goes well, stay and split a grilled cherry tomato pizza. Word to the wise: they also do weekend brunch. » 2308 S. Union Ave., University Park, 213-748-7205.
Downtown | Terroni’s new downtown spot is two parts Ferrari, one part Fendi—race car slick against a classy Old World backdrop. Clink Negronis over bowls of house-made pasta and pretend you’re in Rome. Bad date? Escape to the bathroom to listen to a sexed up Italian language lesson. » 802 S. Spring St., Downtown, 323-954-0300.