As you approach the entrance of Hillstone, with the sun setting calmly over the Pacific, you know this is going to be a relaxing date night. It’s time to celebrate life and love with a cozy dinner by the beach, so grab your sweetheart by the hand and lead the way to this Santa Monica charmer. The ambiance here is just right, especially on chilly nights, with a cherry-wood fire to complement the dimly lit dining room. The bar is a great place to wet your whistle while you’re waiting for your table. Take in the energy—it gets packed most nights—while ordering a delicious appetizer like “Chicago-style” spinach dip or grilled artichoke. Now it’s time to slide into a booth and splurge. Hillstone never disappoints when it comes to elevated comfort food. Whether it’s a creamy French dip sandwich with salty au jus, sweet baby back ribs you can eat with a fork, or a center-cut filet with bourbon cream sauce, you’re sure to get your fix. Share bites off each other’s plate, congratulate each other for a job well done, and make plans to replay this night again. Finish the romantic evening with something sweet, like Key lime pie or a brownie sundae. You can walk it off afterwards, as you stroll along the beach with the moon guiding your way.