Don’t Wait! Make a Valentine’s Day Dinner Reservation at One of These Hotspots Today

It’s never too early to make a reservation for Valentine’s Day dinner in Los Angeles. With less than two weeks to go, avoid that last minute scramble to find a table for two in town. Below is a list of more than 20 of the most romantic restaurants for Valentine’s Day dinner in Los Angeles. And, hey, if you’re single, a girl’s got to eat. Send yourself roses!

71Above , Downtown – The tallest building this side of the Mississippi ought to have the most sweeping views of Los Angeles, and they do. The circular dining room features floor-to-ceiling windows making the 950 foot view panoramic so there isn’t a bad seat in the house. 71Above offers elevated modern American cuisine by Chef Vartan Abgaryan and on Valentine’s Day (or evening, let’s say) they’ll be serving a five course menu for $125 per person. Book early for that elusive window seat!

AOC Wine Bar & Restaurant, 3rd Street – One of our favorite wine bars, AOC is presenting a very special four-course V-Day dinner with multiple selections prepared by Chef Adam Cherney. The price is $110 per person with an optional wine pairing available (Always take the wine pairing!). Just a few of selections from the menu that caught my eye: 1/2 Dozen Oysters on the Half Shell with Mignonette & Cocktail Sauce (A Valentine’s Day must, right?). Potato Gnocchi with Maine Lobster, Saffron & Pea Shoots. Green Harissa-Grilled Sea Bass with Fennel, Radish, Kumquat & Meyer Lemon Salsa. Plus, if you’re a Vegetarian not to worry! Chef Suzanne Goin’s inspired veg options will also be available. And be sure to save room for the Chocolate Dulce de Leche Tart with Candied Hazelnuts & Milk Gelato.

The Bellwether, Studio City – A favorite of many on both sides of the hill, Studio City’s The Bellwether is offering a four-course dinner for two. Chef Ted Hopson’s date night menu includes a Caesar salad, roasted sunchokes and burrata, Surf & Turf (rib eye and lobster tail), and chocolate bread pudding. And wine lover’s will love the 2013 Tolosa Cabernet Sauvignon which is also included in the price. $150 per couple.

Badmaash, Downtown – Perhaps the best Indian food in town? Certainly in the upper ranks. For $70 per couple, Badmaash is offering your choice between two appetizers from a list that includes little gem and fig salad, chicken almond soup, pomegranate yogurt puffs, and papri chaat. Entrée options vary between Indians staples (but way fresher than your average pick up or delivery joint) butter chicken and pork vindaloo to tandoori broccoli and chana masala. Desserts include chocolate pot du crème and strawberry-rose rice pudding. Plus, for $15 more you can add two glasses of prosecco.

The Cannibal, Culver City – For meat lovers (and those who love them) only, The Cannibal is serving a five-course meal with options including grilled pork belly, chicken parm sausage, a NY strip steak and grilled striped bass. The price is $75 per person.

Catch LA, West Hollywood – A current hotspot, and deservedly so, Catch may be the most in-demand Valentine’s Day seafood ticket in town. Dishes include a heart-shaped Catch roll and a branzino for two. If you or your date haven’t yet had a branzino, there’s no better time than V Day or place than Catch. Cost is $110 per person.

Cliff’s Edge, Silver Lake – East Siders can rest easy, for a few more days at least. East Side restaurants don’t seem to release their Valentine’s Day menus until a week or less from the big night, which can cause panic if you live and go out in Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Echo Park, or anywhere in NELA. Cliff’s Edge, though, wouldn’t do you wrong. Chef Michael Bryant has created a $75 prix fixe menu of three courses plus an amuse bouche. Book a table early so you can dine on their gorgeous patio. Entrees include a black sea bass, a prime ribeye au poivre, a duck breast, and a roasted Japanese sweet potato. 

Craft, Century City – I know, you’ve been meaning to try Tom Colicchio’s latest Los Angeles restaurant Craft. Well, what have you been waiting for? Craft offers  farm-to-table New American fare plated in a sleek, elegant setting. In fact, ingredients are so fresh the menu changes daily, so I can’t be sure what dishes will be on offer on Valentine’s Day but you can be sure they will be unique and delicious. The prix fixe dinner menu will be for $125 per guest.

Culina, Beverly Hills – Culina knows how to celebrate holidays. Whether it’s Thanksgiving, Father’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, the list goes on, Culina has a special menu, entertainment, and more to make the day extra special. So they wouldn’t skip Valentine’s Day, of course. Culina will offer a four-course V Day dinner. Begin with the oyster duet. Then choose between roasted parsnip soup, halibut crudo and burrata or melon salad. Pasta includes two options: Maine lobster ravioli and beet gnocchi. Entreés options: a roasted veal loin or seared halibut. $125 per person, $45 for wine pairings.

E.P. & L.P., La Cienega – You love rooftops, you love drinks, you love Southeast Asian cuisine, and you love the one you’re with? On February 14, E.P. & L.P. will offer NZ Queen Scallops with finger lime and chive, Fijian style ceviche of longline NZ snapper with coconut milk, lime and chili, warm coconut & chili rock lobster salad with green mango, and Mary’s Farm 5 spice crispy skin chicken. Price is $99 per person.

Fig & Olive, La Cienega – I mean, if the above photo doesn’t reel you in for a decadent dinner for two, what will? Fig & Olive is offering a romantic three-course feast with appetizer options wild mushroom soup, seared sea scallops and foie gras, and main courses Chilean sea bass, filet mignon and rosemary lamb chops. Dessert is a chocolate tart with candied orange, praline and vanilla ice cream.  $85 per person, $35 for wine pairings.

Ivory On Sunset, West Hollywood – Ivory on Sunset, located in the storied Mondrian Hotel, is one of my favorite new restaurants that opened last year. It’s impossibly stylish and chic, and offers amazing city views from downtown to the ocean. On Valentine’s Day, diners will enjoy a prix-fixe menu featuring Ahi Tartare, Lobster Ravioli, Seared Seabass, and much more. Maybe book a room at the hotel too and make a day (and night) of it!

Lucques, West Hollywood – It may still be a bit chilly in Los Angeles in February, so close proximity to Lucque’s roaring fireplace and a table at the heated patio may be just what the evening calls for. For Valentine’s Day, Lucques is serving a five-course menu for $125 per person, plus an optional wine pairing available. Check out the menu above.

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Manuela, Downtown –  Perfect for singles, couples, and groups alike, Manuela is offering chef’s specials from 530pm to 10pm, including a citrus risotto, oysters, Champagne mussels, a rack of lamb with roasted vegetables and more.

Plan Check, Sawtelle, Fairfax, Downtown, & Santa Monica – Plan Check will have a special Valentine’s Day dinner menu at all four of their locations. Plus, it may be the most affordable option on this list at $34.99 per person or à la carte. Dishes include  a Foie Gras Burger with roasted garlic aioli, truffle cheese, and caramelized shallots, a Grilled Lobster Tail with potato, artichoke bacon hash, jumbo lump crab, and hollandaise sauce. Desserts include a delectable Chocolate Caramel Bread Pudding with vanilla pastry cream and raspberry jam.

Ray’ & Stark Bar, LACMA – Spend the day at LACMA, taking in the Picasso exhibit, asking a tourist to take a photo of you and your date outside Urban Lights or Levitated Mass, then sit down for an evening of cocktails and cuisine at Ray’ & Stark Bar. Dinner options include yellowtail with citrus and caviar, a tasty beef tenderloin with heirloom carrot and bordelaise; and a passion fruit mousse with white chocolate ice cream. The cost is a reasonable $59 per person for 3 courses.

Rustic Canyon, Santa Monica – You’ll fall in love with Rustic Canyon. Great for dates and even better for groups of friends, Rustic Canyon will be serving a family style meal where you will choose 6 dishes out of an available 16 options. Plus, their wine list is wonderfully diverse with options varied in price from wineries around the globe.

Sotto, Beverly Hills – Italian lovers have long been going to Sotto in Beverly Hills for some of the best, freshest, and most authentic Italian food in Los Angeles. This Valentine’s Day, Sotto is offering a  five-course meal focused on all the Italian favorites: ricotta toast, rigatoni with chicken liver ragu, squid ink mafaldine, margherita pizza.  $75 per person, $45 for wine pairings.

Spago, Beverly Hills – Would you expect anything less than wonderful at Spago? Available on Valentine’s Day only, Spago Beverly Hills is offering a multi-course meal from chef Tetsu Yahagi. The menu can be supplemented with a bottle of champagne or Wolfgang Puck gourmet chocolate. $145 per person.

Spring, Downtown – Spring is downtown’s latest gargantuan enclave (oxy moron?) to serve both excellent people watching in a lively environment and delicious and seasonal dishes sure to impress.Spring takes up the 6,000 square atrium of the Douglas Building and the food is classic and elegant. On Valentine’s Day, Spring is offering a prix fixe menu for $95 per person. Dishes include Noix de Saint Jacques marinated hokkaido scallops, geoduck, kefir lime, avocado, red mustard frill and a Bar D’Atlantique slowly cooked striped bass, fennel, kohlrabi, celery, and blood orange.

The Sunset, Malibu – Treat that special someone at The Sunset Restaurant in Malibu this Valentines Day with The Sunset’s 4 course Prix Fixe Menu. $89 per person.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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2 Responses to “Don’t Wait! Make a Valentine’s Day Dinner Reservation at One of These Hotspots Today”

  1. Mike LaVoie says:

    Nice. Thanks Jacqueline.

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