- Jarone Ashkenazi
Many restaurants offer special menus for Valentine’s Day. The Culture Trip has rounded up some of the best options for a romantic dinner in Los Angeles. Get dressed up, get some roses, and celebrate with your significant other at one of these 17 restaurants.
Il Cielo will only be taking tables for two and offering a three-course, prix fixe menu ($160 per person) on Valentine’s Day. There are four first-course options, including the heart-shaped lobster ravioli and homemade fettuccine pasta; four second-course choices, including a grilled filet mignon and truffle-infused red quinoa; and a beautiful, heart-shaped, flourless chocolate cake covered in Belgian chocolate ganache and 24-karat gold for dessert, as well as a special gift to take home. Il Cielo creates an intimate atmosphere, perfect for a romantic evening.
Il Cielo, 9018 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, CA, USA +1 310 276 9990
Baltaire gears up for Valentine’s Day with a decadent celebration. In addition to the à la carte menu, Executive Chef Travis Strickland will offer signature steak dishes for two, such as a 48 oz. tomahawk ribeye, a 40 oz. porterhouse, and Chateaubriand carved tableside. Other menu options include lobster risotto, wild Burgundy escargot, and chocolate souffles, plus roaming Champagne and cheese carts.
Baltaire Restaurant, 11647 San Vicente Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 424 273 1660
RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen’s design and décor were inspired by an exotic resort in the Maldives. It boasts two distinctive main dining rooms, terraces lined with water-walls, a private dining room with its own terrace and fire pit, and an exotic bar and lounge. Chef Mohan will offer a special prix fixe menu for the evening, featuring authentic Southeast Asian dishes, including signature favorites like the crispy chicken samosas, roasted Hainan striped bass, ginger fried rice, and warm chocolate cake.
RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 310 552 9988
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AKASHA offers globally inspired dishes in addition to the regular menu on February 12 thru February 14. Specials include yellowtail crudo, Gavin’s wild mushroom agnolotti, and Coleman Farms’ red leaf lettuces & heirloom carrots as small plates; lobster & prawn spaghetti, green peppercorn–crusted rib eye steak, and ricotta & spinach gnudi with parmigiano reggiano, butter, and sage as larger-style plates; and, to top off your meal, the Meyer lemon cheesecake or dark chocolate & raspberry pudding. AKASHA, 9543 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA, USA +1 310 845 1700
On Valentine’s Day weekend, WP24 by Wolfgang Puck will offer a special prix fixe menu ($120 per person) beginning with ‘dim sum’ small bites; lobster hot & sour soup; a tasting of dumplings; roasted duckling; a choice of three main dishes, including an Atlanta black sea bass, slow cooked beef short ribs, or Singapore-style prawns; and a choice of two mouth-watering desserts. This elegant restaurant is ideal for a Valentine’s Day dinner, with its modern interpretation of traditional Chinese cuisine and absolutely beautiful, 180-degree views of the LA cityscape. WP24 by Wolfgang Puck, 900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 213 743 8824
Impress your significant other this Valentine’s Day with a special three-course, prix fixe menu at North Italia at The Point. Guests may sit at the marble-topped bar, intimate banquettes, or on the picturesque, wraparound patio surrounded by citrus trees. The atmosphere makes you feel like you’ve discovered a culinary gem on a sidestreet, great for intimate conversations. For $65 per person, choose from a variety of starters such as Arancini, while main courses include options like the slow-cooked short rib. North Italia, 840 S Sepulveda Blvd #110, El Segundo, CA, USA +1 310 469 7695
Yamashiro‘s unique location in the Hollywood Hills, paired with delectable Cal-Asian cuisine, is perfect for Valentine’s Day. The beautiful city lights provide a romantic backdrop. Yamashiro offers four-course, preset menus for Saturday ($99 per person) and Sunday ($125 per person). Complete your evening with a walk in the tranquil Japanese gardens or a cocktail in the Skyview Room, which will have a Valentine’s Day photo booth on Sunday. Yamashiro Hollywood, 1999 N Sycamore Ave, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 323 466 5125
The Larchmont is a fully restored, two-story home that oozes romance and intimacy, with beautiful white walls, candle lighting, distressed woods floors, and two stunning, rustic fireplaces. The patio keeps the romance alive with string lighting and high walls built for privacy. The Larchmont will offer three seatings: 5pm, 7pm, and 9pm, for its three-course, prix-fixe menu ($85 per person). Diners start with an amuse bouche; a choice of burrata, harissa seared scallops, or foie gras torchon as a first course; a mid-course of soft scrambled egg; a choice of house ricotta tortellini, red snapper, or marinated charred ribeye as a third course; and a choice of three desserts. The Larchmont, 5750 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 323 464 4277
The Sky Room provides the perfect setting and scenery for a romantic Valentine’s Day. Treat your significant other to either an unmatched pre-Valentine’s dinner which includes four-courses, a box of chocolates, and one long stem rose ($119 per person); or join the Valentine’s Day Celebration, which includes a four-course meal, a box of chocolates, one long stem rose, and one free glass of champagne per person with dessert ($139 per person). The Sky Room, 40 S Locust Ave, Long Beach, CA, USA +1 562 983 2703
The Carbon Beach Club at Malibu Beach Inn is perfect for beachside dining near ‘Billionaire’s Beach’ along the PCH. Chef Victor Morales specializes in producing California coastal cuisine with fresh, in-season, and local ingredients. For Valentine’s Day, Carbon Beach Club will offer a special three-course menu: a land + sea first course, followed by a choice between Cavatelli pasta, black cod, beef duo, and Muscovy duck; the third course is a delicious raspberry chocolate cake — just $95 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Carbon Beach Club Restaurant, 22878 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA, USA +1 310 651 7777
Marina Del Rey
Café del Rey offers seasonal California cuisine inspired by the coast. With romantic views of the marina, a sunset dinner at Café del Rey provides couples with a picturesque dining experience. For Valentine’s Day, couples will indulge in a three-course menu with a choice of appetizer, entrée, and dessert for $110 per person. Options include shrimp cassoulet, fresh diver scallops, rack of lamb, Greg Norman 10 oz signature wagyu ribeye, and a dark chocolate budino. The three-course menu is available for dinner Feb. 14-17. Café del Rey, 4451 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA, USA +1 310 823 6395
Nelson’s at Terranea Resort will present its three-course, blue plate special ($60 per person), including shrimp cocktail for two, skirt steak with béarnaise sauce & oysters Rockefeller, and a special Valentine dessert. With a view of the Point Vicente Lighthouse and Catalina Island, this Southern California restaurant offers one of the most scenic locations to enjoy a meal or drink. Take in the sunset on the patio by the fire pits or relax inside at the bar and have a dining experience you’ll never forget.
Nelson’s, 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA +1 310 265 2702
Head to Mélisse in Santa Monica for a romantic evening of fine-dining from Michelin award–winning Chef/Owner Josiah Citrin. Mélisse inspires all of the senses with its contemporary French cuisine. Guests can stop in early on Friday or Saturday to beat the Valentine’s Day evening crowd to a six-course prix fixe dinner for $175 per person; or, on Valentine’s Day, guests can enjoy an eight-course, prix fixe menu for $295 per person.
Mélisse, 1104 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA, USA +1 310 395 0881
Cliff’s Edge chef Gavin Humes has created a five course, prix fixe menu ($85 per person) for dinner on Valentine’s Day. For those who would like avoid the crowds that usually accompany the night itself, Cliff’s offers a Valentine’s Eve prix fixe on the Saturday night, as well as the usual dinner menu — three courses plus an amuse — at $65 per person. Cliff’s Edge is the perfect spot at which to celebrate a Valentine’s without the cheesiness of deliberately ‘romantic’ restaurants. The relaxed, laid back atmosphere — with twinkling string lights suspended from a giant 60-year-old tree — is the perfect setting for an evening of fine food and wine with someone special.
Cliff’s Edge, 3626 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 323 666 6116
Girasol Restaurant in Studio City sets an urban, romantic tone around an expansive, modern sunflower design. Top Chef alum CJ Jacobson has put together a seasonally driven, four-course menu ($100 per person), with dishes as pretty as they are tasty, including a glass of Prosecco. Diners have a choice of three amuse dishes, four first-course options, an entrée either of a whole loup de mer or grilled prime New York strip, and one of two delicious chocolate desserts. Guests can celebrate Valentine’s Day at Girasol on both Feb. 13 and 14, with seating at 5:30, 7:30, and 9pm.
Girasol Restaurant, 11334 Moorpark St, Studio City, CA, USA +1 818 924 2323
Savor modern Japanese cuisine and sushi in the intimate atmosphere of ONYX at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village. Indulge in a five-course Valentine’s Day dinner, featuring a selection of seasonal dishes from chef/restaurateur Masa Shimakawa’s prix fixe menu. Featured dishes include miso black cod and pan-roasted duck, along with sushi specials such as the Hawaiian Volcano and White Dragon rolls. Dessert includes the Valrhona chocolate bombe and green tea cheesecake. Dinner is $75 per person and excludes beverages, tax, and gratuities.
ONYX, 2 Dole Dr, Westlake Village, CA, USA +1 818 575 3000
Lucques‘s intimate garden setting and wood-burning fireplace practically scream ‘tell me you love me!’ so it’s no surprise that the five-course meal ($125) offered on Valentine’s Day is just as intoxicating. Some of the feature items included in the five-course menu from Chef de Cuisine Javier Espinoza are the buckwheat blinis with American caviar, herb-roasted lamb chops with cannellini gratin and coconut flan with dragée almonds. Dinner is $125 per person.
Lucques, 8474 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA, USA +1 323 655 6277
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