Quarantine makes every facet of life more difficult, but finding and sustaining love? It’s basically impossible. Whether you’re quarantining alone, in an apartment full of roommates, or with your spouse and three screaming children, there’s no easy way to be romantic during self-isolation. That said, there are ways to rekindle the flame. In particular, ordering delivery/takeout from the right places. From high-end sushi bars to French bistros to neighborhood Italian restaurants, here are 22 spots we guarantee will at least help set the mood.
You’ve been quarantining with three children under the age of seven, and right now, true romance means eating with your spouse in complete silence until you both fall asleep on the couch. Consider Al-Noor. The family-run Indian restaurant in Lawndale (adjacent to LAX) makes our favorite Indian food in LA, including classic dishes like palak paneer and tikka masala that are so good you’ll continue eating far after the point of feeling full. Both takeout and delivery are available.
If you’re anything like us, sushi is always a go-to date night move. And while to-go fish admittedly loses a bit of its luster, one place where the quality never dips is Asanebo. The classic Studio City sushi spot is offering tremendous $40 sushi combinations with your choice of roll. That’s an incredible value for a place where a regular dinner can set you back several hundreds of dollars. Now, you can spend that extra money on a few bottles of sake. Call (818) 760-3348 to place your order. Takeout only.
We’re guessing your ground-floor apartment doesn’t have the festive bistro atmosphere of Belle Vie (ours sure doesn’t), but it’s still worth ordering from this Brentwood French restaurant simply because the food is that good. From cheese plates to duck rillettes to mussels, this menu is stacked with well-constructed dishes that look fancy without being too expensive. And that’s the kind of economic model you can get behind right now. Both takeout and delivery available from 4-9:30pm.
Let’s start with the bad news - the five-country vacation you and your significant other were planning to go on this summer probably isn’t going to happen. The good news? You can somewhat make up for it by ordering delivery or takeout from Black Market Liquor Bar. The Studio City spot has a wide-ranging, worldly menu that features everything from spicy Korean chicken wings to tagliatelle to carnitas bao, and it’s all very good. Throw in a few cocktails to-go and you’ll be stamping your passports from home.
Everybody knows that activity-based dates are the best kind of dates, but since no one is sky-diving in Santa Barbara at the moment, we recommend something DIY like Brother Sushi. The high-end sushi restaurant in Woodland Hills has totally revamped their menu to include at-home hand roll kits (including a vegan option) that range from $20-50. They offer takeout and delivery for orders over $75 within a 10-mile radius. Call (818) 456-4509.
Sure, it’s date night, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t in the mood for some hearty comfort. Call up Cassia. The upscale restaurant in Santa Monica has a fantastic menu that pulls influences from all over Southeast Asia. Think kaya toast, spicy wontons, beef rendang, and one of our favorite bowls of laksa in the city. Both takeout and delivery are available Sunday-Thursday 4-8pm and Friday-Saturday 4-9pm.
If good wine and cheese isn’t an easy way to get to your date’s heart, you need to stop quarantining with them immediately, because it’s never going to work out. If it is though, order from Esters. The Santa Monica wine bar is offering wine packages, cheese platters, charcuterie, and much more for both delivery and takeout. Open Tuesday-Sunday from 12-4pm.
After relocating your Beverly Hillbillies couples costume from Halloween 2017, you’ve had an inspired idea - Southern date night. You’ve got your flannel on, The Notebook is in your queue, and you’re calling Hatchet Hall for dinner. The tremendous Southern restaurant in Culver City recently reopened and is offering a $79 Family Meal for two that includes potato rolls, country ham, game hen, scalloped potatoes, braised cabbage, and more. In other words, the kind of Southern feast you’re looking for tonight. Both takeout and delivery are available.
If you know one thing about your boyfriend, it’s that all he needs is pizza and some beer to be happy. You, on the other hand, just need a martini. Sounds like Jones Hollywood is your solution tonight. The classic Italian spot on Santa Monica Blvd. is that rare restaurant that’s figured out how to do everything well - good food, great drinks, and prices that won’t burn a whole through your wallet. It’s takeout only at the moment, but that includes most of their regular menu, plus some cocktails - including their famous Dirty Sue martini. Call (323) 850-1726 to order.
Ordering Little Dom’s legendary rice balls to your doorstep is enough for anyone to fall in love with you, but couple that with pizza-making kits, three-course meal boxes, and batch cocktails to-go, and there’s no reason you shouldn’t be ordering from this Los Feliz Italian spot tonight. Just be sure to get a pint of gelato for dessert. Available for takeout and delivery 11am-9pm daily.
Madre is a Oaxacan restaurant with locations in both Torrance and Culver City, and a great way to say “I’m sorry” for tricking your wife into eating grocery store taquitos last week. The entire menu is available for both takeout and delivery, in addition to meal kits, pre-made batched cocktails, and mezcal by the bottle. Your wife already forgives you.
Marvin in Beverly Grove is basically the sexy version of Cheers. It’s the kind of spot you go to by yourself for a nightcap, then return the next night for a seal-the-deal date. But since you can’t actually go anywhere right now, ordering takeout from this restaurant/wine bar is the next best thing. The exact dishes on their $75 set menu for two change daily, but you can expect everything from New York steak to chicken parm to fettuccine with black truffle. Email (email@example.com) to place your order and keep an eye on their Instagram for menu updates.
Ethiopian food might seem like a bold choice for date night, but so is attempting love in the time of quarantine, so just go with it. The classic spot in Little Ethiopia is offering their full menu for both takeout and delivery, and while you can get any dish a la carte, we recommend the Super Messob Exclusive. It’s a massive plate filled with nine dishes from all sections of the menu, ranging from collards to spicy lamb stew. At $33, it’s also a tremendous value.
You want to have date night, but also aren’t interested in spending all night waiting for a bunch of different deliveries. The Nice Guy has a solution. The high-end restaurant on La Cienega is offering entire one-stop-shop date night packages (they’re literally called Date Night - Home Edition). There’s a $50 package that gets you a pizza of your choice, salad, and a bottle of wine, but if you really want to go for it, do the $85 package that swaps out the wine for Casamigos. Takeout and delivery available.
Sometimes keeping it simple on date night reaps the most rewards. If that’s the school of thought you’re adhering to tonight, order from Papilles. The criminally underrated French bistro in Franklin Village has a limited takeout menu that includes burgers, a chicken sandwich, and most importantly, a tremendous coq au vin. Two Jidori chicken thighs braised in red wine, bacon lardons, confit fingerlings, mushrooms, caramelized onions, and glazed carrots - all you need to do is heat and serve. See, it pays to keep it simple. Takeout only from 12-3pm and 6-9pm daily. Don’t forget to take home some wine, as well.
Ronan is one of our favorite pizza spots in LA, but don’t overlook the other items on their menu, either. From risotto to a French dip calzone to wood-fired cheesecake, building a full meal around their pizza (get the margherita and the Sweet Cheeks) is a requirement, not a suggestion. Curbside pickup gets you 10% off your final bill, or you can always do delivery.
Healthy romance and a government-mandated quarantine might not be the best combination in the world, but do you know what is? Wine and Thai food. And that’s why you should order from Same Same when you’re planning an at-home date night. The Silver Lake Thai restaurant has excellent food across-the-board, plus good wine at reduced prices. Delivery is available, but if you can do takeout, you’ll get an additional 10% off your bill.
Taking a page out of Garfield’s playbook, you want to surprise your date with lasagna tonight. We recommend Secret Lasagna. The legendary pop-up is now operating out of a new space in West Hollywood (inside the Target complex at Santa Monica and La Brea, to be exact), and is offering the same tremendous lasagna that made them famous. You can either order pieces individually or a whole tray for $55, but taking extracurriculars into consideration, we’ll let you choose which option is best. Available for both takeout and delivery.
Shanghai No. 1 Seafood Village is a popular Chinese restaurant in San Gabriel, and though prices are a bit higher than what you’d find elsewhere in the neighborhood, the food is so good you don’t care. The menu is massive, so we recommend coming in with a tight game plan of ordering the Shanghai pork dumplings, stone hot pan fried rice, and braised pork in brown sauce. That said, if something else also catches your eye, it’s probably going to be good, too. Available for both takeout and delivery.
Shunji has long been one of LA’s premier sushi bars, and as such, it’s also been one of the most expensive. That’s why you should be taking advantage of their sushi box special for $48 per person. It’s essentially a ten-piece omakase plus one roll, and the perfect way to say you’re not only into your significant other, but fiscal responsibility as well. Order here for takeout.
If you heard a celebratory roar off in the distance recently, that was just us finding out that Sushi Note had reopened. The Sherman Oaks sushi/wine bar is one of our favorite restaurants in the city, and they’re currently offering a paired-down, takeout-only menu that’s still filled with great stuff. You can order sushi, rolls, and appetizers a la carte if you want, but our move is to go for the Half Note omakase (eight pieces of sushi, two appetizers, and a hand roll for $45), and throw in a kinoko itame mushroom appetizer on top. Call (818) 802-3443 to order.
Blame Lady and the Tramp if you want, but the fact is pasta will always be the sexiest dish to order on a date. So lean into it and call Union. The Pasadena Italian restaurant makes some of our favorite pasta in the city (and maybe anywhere), and now, nearly the entire menu is available for takeout and delivery. We’re not saying you have to do the noodle kiss thing, but it’d be rewarding for everyone if you did.