7 luxury date spots in Manhattan beach

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Love is in the (salty) air, and if your love language involves having a romantic evening out, then you’ll be sure to find something special at one of our selection of Manhattan Beach's seven luxury date spots. With sparkling views and luxurious amenities, these breathtaking venues are perfect for those looking to have an unforgettable experience in the South Bay. Whether it’s dinner for two by candlelight or a romantic lunch date, each spot offers just the right amount of intimacy and excellence that you need on any night out. If you want to make your partner feel truly special while also having an incredible time in this sun-soaked paradise, read on to discover some of the best restaurants in Manhattan Beach!


Looking for a unique and unforgettable dining experience for your next date night? Try BOA, the steakhouse that’s setting new standards for bold, modern cuisine. From innovative dishes to a vibrant ambiance, BOA is unlike any other steakhouse in the South Bay. Whether you’re celebrating a new relationship or simply looking for a night out with someone special, BOA promises an unforgettable culinary adventure that will leave you wanting more. Make your reservation at BOA today and discover the ultimate in modern, forward-thinking dining. Perfect if you’re looking for something off Sepulveda.

Slay Steak and Fish house

The Slay Steak and Fish House is the epitome of upscale dining in the heart of this great beach town. From the second you set foot in the door, you’re enveloped in an ambiance that exudes elegance and class. The restaurant’s commitment to sourcing local ingredients means that each dish is crafted with outstanding ingredients that truly put flavors first. But the Slay Steak and Fish House offers more than just a good meal; it’s an experience that is rooted in the highest level of hospitality. If you’re planning a dinner date the Slay Steak and Fish House is the perfect choice for an unforgettable evening.

Love and Salt

Looking for a beachy but succulent place to take your date for dinner? Local favorite, Love and Salt is known for its Italian-inspired dishes with a Southern California soul. Perfect spot to spice-up your night with some delicious food and fantastic drinks. Whether you’re in the mood for a glass of wine from their extensive wine list or one of their creatively crafted cocktails, you won’t be disappointed. Full of flair and ambiance, it’s steps away from Manhattan Beach pier, so you can take a romantic stroll before or after dinner.

Manhattan Beach Post

If you’re looking for a more casual, gastropub type dining experience, look no further than Manhattan Beach Post Restaurant! With a playful and soulful approach to cuisine, MB Post offers a rustic menu made for sharing, perfect for intimate dinners for two – but also very convivial if you’re open to meeting new people with its communal tables. The hand-crafted cocktails and small production wines are not to be missed either. But it’s not just about the food and drinks – the environment at MB Post is equally welcoming, with a relaxed and charming atmosphere that makes you feel right at home.

The Arthur J

If you’re looking for a fresh, design-led but intimate spot for a date night, Arthur J Restaurant is the perfect choice. Situated in the heart of the neighborhood, it’s the ultimate steakhouse experience in a midcentury reinvented setting. The menu is extensive but the staff will help you navigate through their various options, all while enjoying the warm and inviting ambience of the restaurant. The service is top-notch and the food is made with only the freshest ingredients. You won’t regret indulging in this dining experience!

Fishing with Dynamite

Looking for something different? Fishing with Dynamite is one of those places that are very casual but serve up the absolutely best without being pretentious about it. Very east coast, this cheerful, intimate spot boasts a 32-seat dining room anchored by a lively oyster bar, giving you and your date a front-row seat to all the action. But it’s not just the atmosphere that will make you fall in love. The menu features a perfect blend of “old school” traditional seafood fare and “new school” dishes, highlighting flavors from around the globe. So whether you’re looking for a classic crab cake or something with a little more kick, you’re sure to find something to delight your taste buds at Fishing with Dynamite.


The South Bay is known for its huge choice when it comes to topnotch sushi and Japanese fare. LA-famous Sugarfish has an MB location that has garnered a reputation for its simple yet exquisite food. With a focus on back-to-basics preparation and utmost quality of ingredients, Sugarfish truly sets itself apart from the crowd. It’s no secret that the world of sushi can be overwhelming, but Sugarfish makes it easy to understand and the chefs’ expertise really shines through in each bite. So next time you’re planning a night out, consider seats at the bar and enjoy watching the preparation while you chat and taste different things.

Izakaya by Katsuya

Izakaya by Katsuya was one of the first date spots on everyone’s list in Manhattan Beach and years later it still boasts some of the most innovative and creative small plates in town. With authentic and unparalleled culinary artistry, your table will fill with original creations you won’t find anywhere else.  From classic rolls to inventive special rolls, they’ve got it all. While you’re there, sip on a drink from their impressive cocktail list and soak in the traditional style and atmosphere of this must-try restaurant.

Looking for the perfect date spot in Manhattan Beach? You’re in luck! The city is home to a plethora of luxury restaurants that are perfect for a romantic night out. From neighborhood steakhouses to glamorous seafood spots, there’s a cuisine and atmosphere to suit every couple’s tastes. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or looking for a date night, you’re sure to find a great option in Manhattan Beach. And if you’re looking for even more date spot ideas, be sure to follow us on Instagram for the latest recommendations from all around the city and further afield. Happy dating!

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