If you want to impress your date, you should take them to DAMA: an upscale, relaxing, Latin-inspired restaurant carefully crafted and designed by celebrity chefs and renowned bartenders that has quickly become one of the best south American restaurants in Los Angeles.
Here are 6 reasons why DAMA should be your next date spot.
1. Awesome Location in Downtown Los Angeles | Pre and Post Dinner Fun
Located in the heart of the Fashion District in Downtown Los Angeles, not only does DAMA stand out from other restaurants in DTLA with its Cuban-inspired appearance, but it is also in the ideal location for both pre and post dinner fun. Before dinner, you and your date can shop at the assorted fashion retail stores nearby; after dinner, you can enjoy the romantic downtown city lights or continue the night at a rooftop bar with an extraordinary view of Downtown.
2. The Ambiance | Relaxing Latin-Fusion Atmosphere | The Scene
With tropical decors, relaxing ambience, and a plethora of food and beverage options, DAMA closely resembles the mood, atmosphere, and scene of a grand hotel in Havana, Buenos Aires, or Mexico City transporting diners from the hustle and bustle of DTLA into a unique atmosphere that’s sure to wow. With excellent service and perfectly designed dishes and cocktails, DAMA ensures a relaxing dining experience for you and your date to enjoy every second of the night.
3. The Whole Snapper
Inspired by various Spanish and Latin elements, one of the most extraordinary dishes at DAMA is its whole snapper. With homemade escabeche, lime, and pineapple this whole red snapper is one to remember. Alongside other complimentary starters, sides, desserts and cocktails this is just one of many reasons to try DAMA fashion district in DTLA.
4. Celebrity Chef Curated Dishes | Antonia Lofaso
Every dish at DAMA, from shareable appetizers to flavorful entrees to mouthwatering desserts, is carefully curated by Antonia Lofaso. Antonia is one of Los Angeles’ and America’s most beloved chefs and a celebrity chef featured on Top Chef, Iron Chef America, and more. As the executive chef of DAMA, Antonia has traveled extensively to find the best flavors and ingredients to curate the ideal South American menu that shares tremendous Latin and South American influences.
5. Indoor and Outdoor Seating
Leveraging the immense space from the former Pacific Banana Co distribution warehouse, DAMA accommodates up to 190 customers in its two-story seating space. The ground level is a wide outdoor patio covered with tropical decors that looks out into a courtyard, intended for customers who enjoy a relaxing evening breeze. On the other hand, the upper level leads to a lush space divided into a dining room, lounge, and three-sided bar, specifically designed for customers who enjoy a luxurious dining experience. The distinct design and ambience of both the indoor and outdoor seating make DAMA the ideal dining location, catering to the needs and preferences of all individuals and date nights.
6. Best Cocktails and Bar Scene
Diligently designed by renowned cocktail gurus in Los Angeles, Steve Livigni and Pablo Moix, the top-notch drinks and cocktails at DAMA are all inspired by various tropical and Caribbean elements, bringing these unique flavors to create some of the best cocktails in DTLA. The DAMA offers distinctive and diverse cocktails to cater to a wider audience, ranging from classics to house specialties, from low ABV to blended drinks. Whether it is a rum-loaded Presidente or authentic island wines from the Canary Islands, all cocktails and drinks at DAMA are executed with precision, techniques, and consistency to ensure for the quality and exquisite flavors of each and every drink.