Making A Last Minute Valentine’s Day Dinner Reservation?

Valentine’s Day rolls around once a year and if you’re anything like me you have probably postponed making dinner reservations until the very last minute. Below you’ll find a list of great Valentine’s Day dinner options for couples, singles, and groups of friends from the pricey (Melisse at $365/person takes the crown this year) to the affordable (Salazar in Silver Lake is offering its menu a la carte). Click the links to go to the restaurant’s reservation page and be sure to call ahead to confirm the details. Enjoy!

High above downtown L.A. on the 71st floor of the U.S. Bank Tower, chef Vartan Abgaryan, formerly of Cliff’s Edge fame (another very lovey-dovey restaurant), is quite literally top chef. At 71Above for Valentine’s Day, there’s a four-course dinner featuring grilled maitake mushrooms, Ōra King Salmon, and Japanese Wagyu.

Atrium is the newest addition to Los Feliz’s restaurant scene. The aphrodisiac promises of oysters-on-the-half-shell are a good way to begin your night. Clever culinary twists on classic dishes like Atrium’s uni, cacio e pepe pasta, Patchamama pork chop, and cauliflower shawarma make for a whimsical meal. Chef Gregory Baumgartner will also be offering a bittersweet chocolate mousse with raspberry sorbet, beet foam and gold.

Bistro Mon Cheri
Bistro Mon Cheri is a tiny Asian fusion eatery on the second floor of a Pasadena mini-mall. This is the antidote to your typical Valentine’s Day destination. Special four-course menu includes appetizer, soup or salad, entree and dessert.

Bone Kettle
At Bone Kettle, chef Erwin Tjahyadi combines his fine dining acumen and his street food chops to produce an irresistible combinations of flavors and textures. You’ll find citrus-brined fried chicken wings, clams seasoned with a spicy black pepper sauce and paired with fried Chinese you tiao donut sticks, oxtail dumplings, beef ribs served off the bone. It’s a satisfying pick for a hearty Valentine’s night.

Breakup Bar Popup
For the lonely hearts who are done with love and want a little company for their misery (or their liberation), head to the Breakup Bar pop-up. Running February 1-14, you get to choose one cocktail (Ghosted, Serious Baggage or Cold Day in Hell) or a flight of sparkling wines.
$20/person, tax & gratuity included

Steaks are the main event at Castaway, where carnivore favorites like Snake River Wagyu and Angus tomahawks chill in a state-of-the art dry age room. Order a glass from the expansive wine and take a stroll on the patio where, the unparalleled views stretch from Universal City to DTLA. Valentine’s Day tasting menu kicks off with a Kumomoto oyster and Petrossian caviar. Your choices include lobster bisque, steak tartare, risotto and sea bass before a confection tasting for dessert.

Il Cielo
If you want to re-enact the famous spaghetti-eating scene from Lady and the Tramp, there’s no better place to do it than Il Cielo. The Valentine’s Day menu features several choices including pappardelle with Maine lobster and filet mignon.

Cliff’s Edge
Cliff’s Edge has a forest fairy charm and the menu is as eclectic as the patio is lovely. Find an adobo rubbed half-chicken alongside crisp branzino served with a green papaya salad. Small plates include harissa carrots or wild boar and veal terrine.

 Crustacean is owned by the An family and the restaurant consistently attracts A-list celebrities as well as a few food lovers. The new menu includes unique dumplings and several seafood items like the “cha ca” broiled red snapper. For Valentine’ Day, diners can choose between the special love-themed menu ($135/person minimum) or the regular à la carte menu (also $135/person minimum).

The main dining room at Estate has an Art Deco appeal and plush furnishings and the lighting is just right. Chef Hisashi Yoshiara’s global, eclectic menu features all sorts of creative dishes. Seafood is his strong suit. Don’t miss his signature Canadian scallop encased in spun potato. The Valentine’s menu is three courses and has inventive options like a “cigar” of tuna tartare and a farmer’s market bento box, plus dessert. Enjoy a live jazz duet that night too.

Fig & Olive
Dining at Fig & Olive feels like you’re eating at an indoor park with all its light and greenery. The restaurant will offer two Valentine’s menus. There’s a dinner for two with your choice of Chateaubriand or whole branzino, plus salad, dessert and a bottle of wine at $189/couple. There’s also a four course prix fixe menu for $75/person.

Kali Restaurant
Kali Restaurant is a stone’s throw from Paramount Studios. Meehan can cook almost anything and make it taste good. On Cupid’s big day, he offers a multi-course tasting menu that includes an oyster starter and a rib eye main.

Khong Ten
This Westside newcomer specializes in “New Vietnamese” cooking, authentic but not necessarily traditional. At Khong Ten, you’ll find a charcuterie platter, which includes Vietnamese pates and mortadella, as well as a black bean and ginger braised beef cheeks on the menu. The dining room is stylish. Throughout February, couples on any kind of dating-app date — Tinder, Grindr, Bumble, whatever — can get 50% off drinks by showing your server or bartender both phones to prove you matched! On Valentine’s Day itself, ALL singles sitting at the bar get 50% off drinks all night.

La Boheme
La Boheme’s dining room is intensely red and black with its massive roaring fireplace as the focal point. Several crystal chandeliers are suspended from the high ceiling. They will be serving a four course dinner of New American cuisine with dishes like porcini risotto, filet mignon or halibut & lobster “forestiere.”

Little Beast
Located on a hip stretch of Colorado Blvd., this bungalow-turned-restaurant feels like you’re eating at a good friend’s home. For V-Day, the regular menu expands to include oysters on the half-shell, pan-roasted diver scallops and braised short ribs.

Los Balcones
Studio City’s latest hotspot, and Los Angeles’s newest great restaurant, Los Balcones in Studio City is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of restaurant except that you will return again and again over the course of your life. This Los Balcones is the offspring of Hollywood mainstay Los Balcones, which is known for traditional Peruvian food. There’s nothing traditional about this outpost. The dishes are boldly creative, wildly exciting, and tantalizingly unusual. These dishes cannot be found at the Hollywood location, and they aren’t just hard to find at other Peruvian spots in Los Angeles, they’re positively impossible to find elsewhere. For Valentine’s Day they will be serving a five course meal with vegan options available.

Lucques offers an ivy-accented patio that is charming and pairs well with a wine list that Caroline Styne will select for this special night. The Valentine’s Day dinner is a five course prix fixe menu and is a ticketed event via Open Table only.

Ma’am Sir
Chef Charles Olalia’s new Ma’am Sir has exciting dishes like oxtail kare kare, crisp lechon, lumpia, pork sisig, lobster with salted black beans and garlic crab noodles plus an extensive wine, beer and cocktail list all make this Filipino restaurant a good bet for V-Day.

Get your Med on at Momed, a modern Mediterranean restaurant that stays true to the cuisine while keeping the vibe fun. Dine al fresco on the restaurant’s covered patio as you choose from various dishes such as Greek meatballs, roasted beet salad, short rib tagine and snap pea tabouli.

What could be more perfect than dining at a two-starred Michelin restaurant on this special night? Melisse’s intimate setting and its world class cuisine is an experience that’s best shared. The nine-course Valentine’s menu features artichoke soup, lobster risotto and yellowtail tartare.

At Mexicano for Valentine’s Day, they’ll serve from the regular menu as well as offering specials. The first 50 couples will receive a complimentary jamaica or classic margarita.

Michael’s is a great option for this special night. The oasis of lush vegetation offers a sense of calm that can easily segue to romance. The regular menu features Asian dumplings and oxtail fazzoloti. The Valentine’s menu is a four-course meal of oyster on the half shell, Peruviana beans, branzino and calamansi pudding, among other offerings.


Chef Nyesha Arrington’s New American fare is winning accolades thanks to dishes such as braised rabbit and foraged mushroom spaghetti. The dining room is spare but intimate, ideal for hushed conversation and playing footsie. Native offers a Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu of selections like Liberty Farms duck, 18-day aged Flannery beef New York strip, whole snapper or vegetarian dish.

Opal Chinese Cuisine
At Opal Chinese Cuisine, Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day are combined into once celebration, effective Feb. 5 to 15, when steamed red rock cod, lobster on fire with gold leaf and slow poached pig tongue will be featured in addition to the regular menu.

Le Petit Paris
A grand staircase beckons, leading you to the second floor of this opulent downtown L.A. restaurant. Snuggle into one of the plush and cozy seats for a meal inspired by the City of Lights (that’d be Paris). V-day options include a “vegan carrot rainbow” or a goat cheese tarte tatin, followed by seabass, duck breast or butternut and pear ravioli. Dessert included.

Plant Food + Wine
This Abbot Kinney spot is a great place to take your herbivore honey for plant-based dishes that you can eat on a magical patio, brightened with twinkling lights. Chef Matthew Kenney’s signature vegan dishes such as kimchi dumplings, kelp noodle cacio e pepe and heirloom tomato and zucchini lasagna are among the many creative items on the menu.

Post and Beam
Chef Govind Armstrong’s Post and Beam is a casual outpost that blends Southern comfort with California cuisine. Although a three-course prix fixe menu for $47/person is available, the special Valentine’s à la carte menu seems more tantalizing with choices like homemade cornbread, shrimp and grits, jerked fried chicken, black eyed peas with buttered bay leaf rice and lemongrass pound cake.

If you love seafood, there’s no choice other than Providence. The setting is formal and quiet conversations are easy so it’s a good venue to whisper sweet nothings into the ear of your beloved. The prix fixe Valentine’s menu includes whitefish, wagyu or duck.

Saddle Peak Lodge
Nestled in Malibu Canyon, Saddle Peak Lodge feels like you’ve entered a rustic hunter’s den in a state that isn’t California. Sample seared elk tenderloin in a sticky bacon chutney, a ménage à trois of Pacific oysters, Chilean sea bass and Peruvian albacore tuna tartare. The four-course Valentine’s menu is available Feb. 14-16.

Salazar offers tacos filled with carne asada and al pastor are made with housemade flour tortillas. Mesquite-fueled flames add extra dimension to branzino, pork chops and steaks. There are good vegetable options too. Regular menu applies.

Tuck Room Tavern
This New American restaurant is whimsical yet seductive. Slip into the iPic movie theater inside the same building for a deluxe screening experience. Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14-16) includes a four-course prix fixe menu of oysters, roasted beets with burrata, lobster tail or grilled lamb chops and “infinity” cake for dessert.
$75/person ($65/access member)

Inside gets you a breathtaking city view while outside on the patio make you feel like you’re on a Hollywood set. Trendy ishi-yaki (rock grill) presentation for Kobe or Wagyu beef and the ever-popular sushi boats are Yamashiro‘s crowd pleasers.

Find more restaurants over on LAist.

Jacqueline Tager | CalBre#: 1476997

jacqueline.tager@sothebyshomes | (323) 697-3040
Sotheby’s International Realty – Los Feliz Brokerage
1801 N Hillhurst Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90027

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