Burbank probably isn't the first place you think of when you're looking for a romantic date spot with million-dollar views. But that's exactly what makes the Castaway such a hidden gem. Perched above a golf course in the Verdugo Mountains, this vaguely tropically themed bar, restaurant and popular wedding site boasts 180-degree views that span all the way from the San Fernando Valley to the west, past the backside of Griffith Park and the downtown skyline, all the way to the hills of Eagle Rock and Mount Washington to the southeast. The cocktails and bar menu are pretty standard but serviceable, and happy hour prices are a steal ($6 margaritas, $3.50 fries) compared with what you'd pay for a comparable view downtown. Bring an extra layer for the outdoor patio; even though you're still in Burbank, the temperature after dark really can drop to mountainlike lows.
Credit: Andy Hermann