Best Romantic Restaurant - 2009
You can take a date to an expensive restaurant with wide booths, grand entryways and a twinkling nighttime view of the city; or you can take that special someone to Basilic, a restaurant so cozy you are required—nay, forced—to get intimately familiar with each other and chef Bernard Althaus' immaculate French/Swiss cuisine. With what seems like the square footage of a broom closet, Basilic resides in Balboa Island, where space is at a premium. But the net effect is to the advantage of the amorous. You've got each other, close and snug. The night is yours for feeding each other, hand-holding and smooching. Just don't forget the breath mints.