One Pico at Shutters on the Beach Hotel
The Scene: Ask just about any Angeleno where to go for a special occasion with ocean views, and they'll tell you Shutters on the Beach. The casually elegant hotel is literally right on the sands of Santa Monica Beach. Like any beach restaurant worth its sea salt, One Pico is all about relaxation. By day, the room is cheerful and bright, surrounded by ocean vistas just as lovely in fog or sunshine. By night, the lights dim and crashing waves lull you into such a calm, you'll book your next reservation before dessert is served.
Aphrodisiac Effect: Positioned right off the sand, this one's positively pheromonal.