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The Best Valentine’s Day Dinner Date Ideas in Los Angeles | Wednesday, February 14 2024

As Valentine’s Day approaches, love is in the air, and what better place to celebrate romance than the dazzling city of Los Angeles? LA’s dining scene sets the stage for a culinary Valentine’s Day filled with passion and enchantment. We’ve compiled all of our city’s best Valentine’s, Galentine’s, and Palentine’s dinner date ideas across the city’s thirty-mile zone. Imagine sharing a candlelit dinner with breathtaking views atop one of the city’s toniest rooftop restaurants, or savoring a delectable meal in an intimate courtyard setting. We’ll delve into the most enchanting and gastronomically delightful spots, ensuring your Valentine’s Day in Los Angeles is a celebration of love, flavor, and the perfect setting for a romantic rendezvous. Though you’ll find plenty of restaurants with à la carte menus, our curated list of the best Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menus in L.A. will take further hassle out of planning and choosing.

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La Dolce Vita | Beverly Hills
La Dolce Vita, a Beverly Hills hotspot since opening last spring, promises an unforgettable Valentine’s Day with a multi-course prix-fixe menu and wine pairing curated by sommelier Gabriel Perez. Managed by the Genghis Cohen and The Spare Room team, they’ve revitalized the historic venue, retaining the iconic Frank Sinatra booth. Immerse yourself in the story-filled walls while savoring signature dishes like clams oreganata and the colossal bone-in veal parmigiana. A must-try is their expertly crafted martinis. La Dolce Vita offers a unique blend of tradition and innovation every day of the week but especially this Valentine’s Day, ensuring a delightful experience in the heart of 90210.

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El Cid | Silver Lake
El Cid’s iconic Flamenco Dinner Show will pull out all the stops this Valentine’s Day promising an unforgettable evening for you and your special someone. Indulge in a special menu boasting Spanish octopus paella, gourmet filet mignon, and tres leches cake, ensuring a culinary experience as delightful as your love. Secure your reservation with a $20 deposit per person and savor the enchanting atmosphere at El Cid, a historic Silver Lake gem. Beyond its reputation as a renowned restaurant and bar, El Cid stands as a live venue and flamenco supper club, adding a touch of history and passion to your Valentine’s celebration.

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Queen St. Raw Bar & Grill | Eagle Rock
Found Oyster’s Executive Chef + Partner  Ari Kolender’s Queen St. is a culinary homage to raw and wood-fired seafood, drawing inspiration from Chef Kolender’s native Charleston. This Valentine’s Day be sure to enjoy Queen St.’s pristine raw bar offerings, such as Maine Diver scallop crudo with a rhubarb and bay leaf migonette, oysters galore, and some a la carte favorites such as chicken-fried swordfish hemingway and yellowfin tuna frites, the perfect meal for a laid back Valentine’s Day date.

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Camphor | Downtown Arts District
Indulge in a unique Valentine’s Day experience at Max Boonthanakit and Lijo George’s Michelin-starred French bistro in the Arts District. Despite their usual Wednesday closure, they’re hosting a special Steak Frites dinner series for $95, featuring an eight-ounce steak, half a lobster tail, frites, salad, bread and butter, and a four-ounce serving of bubbly. This new-school fine dining spot, renowned for its exceptional cocktail program, stylish white-and-blue interior, top-tier pastry offerings, and a bill of fare subtly influenced by Asian cuisine, ranks among the city’s finest restaurants. The high-touch service and chic ambiance make it an ideal choice for a modern French-inspired Valentine’s celebration at $95 per person, plus beverage, tax, and gratuity.

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Ardor | West Hollywood
Indulge in a special three-course dinner at Chef John Fraser’s produce-forward restaurant, Ardor, situated within The West Hollywood EDITION Hotel. The curated menu includes Chef Fraser’s signature dishes and exclusive Valentine’s specialties. Delight in offerings like oysters with a strawberry mignonette sauce, chestnut ravioli featuring house-made pasta, Hen of the Wood mushrooms, and truffle Cacio e Pepe. Other highlights encompass halibut with citrus beurre blanc, sunchoke crumble, and a green papaya and chayote salad. Secure your spot for this exquisite experience through OpenTable with reservations priced at $120 per person. Don’t miss the chance to savor culinary excellence in a sophisticated setting.

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Meteora | Melrose
Experience the enchanting offerings of Meteora, the holistic live-fire and multi-sensory restaurant by Chef Jordan Kahn of the two-Michelin-starred Vespertine. Embrace a prix-fixe menu on Valentine’s Day and throughout Thursday to Sunday, each day presenting unique experiences based on your chosen seating. Secure your reservations via OpenTable for a romantic journey in the Main Dining Room ($135/person, 4 courses), the Lounge ($95/person, 3 courses), or the exclusive Private Dining Room or Selenite Cove ($225/person, $750 room fee, 2 guests, 7 courses, includes roses and champagne splash). From Thursday to Sunday, enjoy a delightful $95/person, 4-course menu with supplements available. Prices range from $95 to $295 for an extraordinary culinary adventure.

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Merois | West Hollywood
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Wolfgang Puck’s latest L.A. establishment, indulging in a three-course dinner priced at $150 per person, plus beverage, tax, and gratuity. Begin with a shared appetizer selection featuring Kusshi oysters, bluefin tuna crispy rice, and nigiri, followed by enticing entrées such as Peking duck for two or New York strip steak with Himalayan morel fried rice. The romantic ambiance at this hotel restaurant, situated atop the Pendry West Hollywood with breathtaking hillside views, enhances the experience. While Puck’s signature Cal-Asian-French fusion may have evolved, the Merois team diligently upholds his culinary legacy, ensuring a flawless execution of the celebrity chef’s vision and a captivating coconut rose dessert for two at every table.

République | Mid-City
Walter and Margarita Manzke’s celebrated Californian French establishment, République, beckons you for Valentine’s Day with a tempting multi-course tasting menu complemented by a full wine pairing. At $225 per person, plus beverage, tax, and gratuity, the offering includes $85 glasses of Krug champagne and optional Périgord truffle supplements. While the exact menu remains a delightful mystery, anticipate a culinary journey featuring seasonal produce, premium meats, and seafood, excluding vegan options. Despite the allure of newer ventures like Manzke and Bicyclette, République, housed in the enchanting former Campanile space, stands as a timeless choice, embodying both ambiance and culinary excellence for a memorable Valentine’s Day experience.

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Jar | Beverly Grove
Suzanne Tracht’s renowned chophouse on Beverly Boulevard invites you to savor Valentine’s Day with a sumptuous three-course menu priced at $165 per person, plus beverage, tax, and gratuity. Jar’s famously sleek interiors and mood lighting have made it famous through on-screen appearances, including key scenes in La La Land and I Love You, Man, and the modern steakhouse still reads just as luxurious today. Commence your culinary journey with options like New England clam chowder, a Belgian endive Caesar salad, or roasted beets, leading to Tracht’s expertly crafted rib eye, halibut, or braised pork shank. Conclude the evening with a sweet choice of red velvet raspberry, heart-shaped chocolate raspberry, or sorbet for dessert. Elevate the celebration with half-bottles of Dumangin and Billecart-Salmon brut rosé champagne. Jar, celebrated for its sleek interiors and cinematic fame, promises a luxurious, timeless Valentine’s Day dining experience with classic, gratifying cuisine.

Bicyclette | Beverly Hills
Walter and Margarita Manzke’s classic bistro, Bicyclette, presents a six-course Valentine’s menu featuring seasonal ingredients and beloved dishes from their regular offerings. Recognized as our Best New Restaurant upon opening, Bicyclette exudes a relaxed yet romantic Parisian ambiance in its downstairs bistro, with green-and-wood interiors. While the upstairs tasting menu caters to those seeking an elaborate Valentine’s experience, the bistro remains an appealing option for its charming atmosphere. Every item on the menu boasts delightful flavors, generously adorned with butter, making it a delectable choice for a memorable Valentine’s celebration.

Pasjoli | Santa Monica
David Beran’s Santa Monica bistro, Pasjoli, presents two Valentine’s Day menus: a four-course dinner for $185, featuring optional oyster and caviar supplements, or an $80 drink and snack combo with sparkling wine, offering a choice between a cheese plate or a slice of gâteau opéra—a chocolate-glazed, coffee-soaked almond sponge layer cake with ganache and buttercream. Celebrate a day earlier for a $40 discount on the same dinner menu. Despite Pasjoli being among the pricier French restaurants in town, its charming ambience and exceptional cuisine by Beran make it a worthwhile experience, with a service team ensuring a special night for diners who appreciate classical French fare. Price: $185 per person plus beverage, tax, and gratuity.

Enjoy!

Jacqueline Tager | DRE# 1476997
jacqueline.tager@sothebyshomes.com | (323) 697-3040
Sotheby’s International Realty – Los Feliz Brokerage
1801 N Hillhurst Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90027

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