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Best Restaurants To Dine At For Valentine’s Day In LA

February 5, 2016 5:00 AM

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(credit: Baltaire)


Some may consider the pomp and circumstance surrounding February 14th a bit manufactured; however to many, Valentine’s Day is the sweetest (and most delicious,) day of the year. The romantic foodies here at CBS Los Angeles certainly think so. Already disguised as the designated the “mandatory date night” of the year, there is no better excuse to grab a reservation (soon) and let your senses explode while gazing into the eyes of the one you love.

This year, special menus have been carefully curated by the biggest names in the culinary world, boasting sophisticated and tantalizing flavors. Whether you are at the beach, or in the heart of the city, the evening will resemble something straight out of a Disney fairy tale.

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(credit: Baltaire)


Baltaire
11647 San Vicente Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90049
(424) 273­-1660
www.baltaire.com

Brentwood’s highly praised steakhouse is gearing up for their first Valentine’s Day since opening with a decadent celebration. In addition to the a la carte menu, a special four‐course menu (​$85 per person with additional wine pairing for $45) featuring signature Baltaire selections along with new, seasonal dishes from Executive Chef Travis Strickland will be available in the main dining room, outdoor terrace, and bar and lounge during lunch and dinner service while Champagne and caviar carts roam. Highlights include a housemade goat cheese cappelletti; little gem lettuce; braised beef short rib and, for dessert, a TCHO chocolate soufflé with bourbon chocolate sauce and chantilly cream.

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(credit: Venice Whaler)


Venice Whaler
10 Washington Blvd
Venice, CA 90292
(310) 821-8737
www.venicewhale.com

Love is in the air at the Venice Whaler this Valentine’s Day. The rocking beachside eatery is offering a fun weekend of festivities, along with delicious food and drink specials to mark the romantic occasion. Aside from other events all weekend, for dinner on Sunday, Executive Chef Nick Liberato will be serving up two Valentine’s Day Specials, including a whole grilled branzino with oregano and macadamia, along with a succulent grilled filet mignon with black peppercorn sauce, whipped potatoes and green beans. A fizzy bottle of Perrier Jouet Champagne will also be available for $80.00 on Valentine’s Day, along with the his and her cocktail specials as well.

(credit: Michael Mina)

(credit: Michael Mina)


Bourbon Steak Los Angeles
237 S. Brand Boulevard
Glendale, CA 91204
(818­)839-­4130
www.michaelmina.net

The contemporary steakhouse, located at Americana at Brand, is offering guests a sophisticated three­ course menu ($85 per person with additional wine pairing for $30) consisting of sumptuous dishes ideal for any celebration. First courses include kabocha squash soup with ‘Thai Style’ crab; short rib cappellacci; wood ­grilled salmon; duo of filet + gulf prawn; and golden chocolate cake. For guests looking for a luxurious and unique dining experience the restaurant also is offering an “Ultimate Steakhouse Dinner” for two ($355) multi­-course feast consisting of caviar + smoked salmon blinis, baby iceberg ‘Wedge’ Salad, porterhouse for two, Bourbon Bar and complemented by glasses of Champagne and bottles of Cabernet Sauvignon and Noval ‘Black’ Port.

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(credit: Hache LA)


Hache LA
3319 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 928-2963
www.hachela.com

This Valentine’s Day, it is love at first bite at new age burger stand HACHÉ LA in Silver Lake. Serving up mouthwatering chopped steak burgers, crispy triple-cooked fries, creamy frozen custards and Champagne specials all day long, this sunny L.A. eatery is the perfect spot for Valentine’s Day. Raise a glass to romance with $20 bottomless mimosas and sip on endless fizzy flutes of Champagne with fresh orange juice. Sweethearts looking to spice up their love lives, can share the Habanero burger topped with a four-chili mix of red bell pepper, Habanero, jalapeño and Anaheim peppers with garlic mayo and queso fresco. A tasty complement to a chopped steak burger, Mick’s Triple Cooked Fries are fresh-cut Russet potatoes cooked three times to a crisp-golden perfection. A special Valentine’s Day sweet treat, the velvety Strawberry Cheesecake Frozen Custard is whipped up with liquid nitrogen and creamy cheesecake bites are swirled into a tart, blush-colored berry mixture for just $6.00. Fall in love with these Valentine’s Day Specials and more at HACHÉ LA this February 14th.

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(credit: Spare Tire)


Spare Tire Kitchen & Tavern
5370 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 525-2618
www.sparetirepub.com

For a fun, playful and lively evening, stop by Spare Tire Kitchen & Tavern, whoch is the perfect place for spirited couples to spend Valentine’s Day. This one-of-a-kind mid-city tavern is offering a 5-Course Blind Tasting Tapas Dinner fit for two-of-a-kind twosomes looking to have fun. Couples will be given blindfolds (optional) to explore their senses while enjoying five courses of creative and inventive dishes from Executive Chef Isaias Peña. Quite possibly the best deal in town, this playful dinner for just $60.00 per person also comes with a complimentary bottle of Champagne. Due to the fun conditions of this romantic top-secret dinner, the 5-Course Blind Tasting Tapas Dinner will not be disclosed, but guests with allergy risks are urged to alert the kitchen ahead of time. As for cocktails, Bar Manager Melissa Taimanglo is pouring out unique drinks like the Horney Sidecar crafted with Buffalo Trace bourbon, Cointreau and lemon juice, along with other youthful libations like the Bubbly Fragola mixed with Russian Standard vodka, lime juice, muddled strawberries and topped off with fizzy Prosecco.

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(credit: The Raymond 1886)


The Raymond 1886
1250 S Fair Oaks Ave
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 441-3136
www.theraymond.com

This Valentine’s Day, head to sunny Pasadena and cuddle up with your special someone in the cozy craftsman cottage of The Raymond 1886. Executive Chef Tim Guiltinan will be cooking up a delectable four-course Valentine’s Day Dinner menu all weekend, and of course Valentine’s Day, Sunday, February 14th. Begin with a light and lovable first course choice between the Micro Farmed Oyster, MA with “Naughty” sauce or the Japanese Baby Albacore with bacon Dashi, winter citrus and chili pepper. For your second course, choose between a farm-fresh Arugula & Wild Mustard Salad with Montana blueberries, sheep’s milk cheese and almond dressing or the flavorful Veracruz Lobster Soup with pickled corn and Oaxacan chili. A delicious third course will offer entrée selections, including a Roasted Chicken with goat cheese polenta, grilled asparagus and rosemary jus, Roasted Artichoke Ravioli with Pecorino cream, English peas and a marjoram pesto, Prime Beef with liquefied potato, South Pasadena Farmer’s Market vegetables and salsa Verde or Colombian River Wild Salmon with Thai curry broth, palm hearts and hand rolled cous cous. For dessert, Pastry Chef Eliot Pardo will be serving sweet treat choices, including the Red Beet Velvet Cake topped with white chocolate mousse and served with a house-made Meyer lemon cream cheese ice cream and Triple Chocolate Custard comes with passion fruit curd and tropical tea ice cream.

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(credit: Patina Group)


Café Pinot
700 W 5th St
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 239­-6500
www.patinagroup.com

With its lush garden setting surrounded by stunning skyline views of Downtown Los Angeles, Café Pinot is considered one of DTLA’s most romantic restaurants. Executive Chef Megan Logan showcases her California French cuisine on Valentine’s Day ($65 for three courses and $75 for four courses) with highlights that include: steak tartare with quail egg and mustard bread crumbs; foie gras terrine with tea­soaked prunes, grilled bread, and petite green salad; and crispy duck confit with flageolet beans, baby parsnips, green garlic, and Parmesan broth.

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(credit: CIRCA 55)


CIRCA 55
9876 Wilshire Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 887-­6055
www.beverlyhilton.com

CIRCA 55, located inside the iconic Beverly Hilton, serves a modern interpretation of California cuisine with a market fresh, locally sourced menu. With a retro­ chic ambiance and floor-­to-­ceiling windows overlooking the hotel’s famed Aqua Star Pool, guest can dine al fresco in the shaded banquettes or in the sunshine alongside evergreen palms. This year for Valentine’s Day, CIRCA 55 guests can ch​oose from the a la carte dinner menu or a delectable five­ course set menu featuring a chocolate dessert buffet by Executive Pastry Chef Thomas Henzi. The pre ­fixe dinner is $82 per person with an additional $15 per person for chocolate dessert buffet.

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(credit: The Redbury)


Cleo At The Redbury
1717 Vine St
Los Angeles, CA 90028
(310) 910-­9990
www.theredbury.com

This Valentine’s Day, indulge in the heart of Hollywood with your sweetheart as C​leo at The Redbury, as they offer an exquisite four­ course prix ­fixe menu ($75 per person) with their signature Mediterranean menu item. Curated by award­ winning Chef Danny Elmaleh, the menu will feature a shared mezze board, choice of specialty soup or salad, entrees, and dessert platter that simply can’t be missed. Add a little spice and draw a little closer while enjoying roasted rutabaga with almonds, dates & oranges; burrata with heirloom apples and herb gremolata with walnuts, watercress, nigella, sesame crackers; bone­in braised short rib sabzi tagine, lemon, herb, almond and cous cous; or halibut with saffron & tomato cured lemon, green olive, confit garlic, almond and fava bean in Cleo’s vibrant and welcoming atmosphere.

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(credit Culina Restaurant)


Culina Restaurant
300 South Doheny Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 860­4-000
www.ulinarestaurant.com

For the ultimate dining experiences, take your special someone to a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner at Culina Restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills where Chef Denis Dello Stritto has created a prix fixe menu ($95 per person) incorporating his favorite seasonal and Italian ingredients. Selections include a raw shellfish starter from the restaurant’s Crudo Bar; escarole salad; and s​ous vide halibut with carrots, cauliflower and black squid ink bread, among other offerings. Each savory course will also have a plant ­based and gluten ­free menu option as we;;.

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(credit: FIG & OLIVE)


FIG & OLIVE Melrose Place
8490 Melrose Place
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 360-9100
www.figandolive.com

West Hollywood’s olive oil oasis, FIG & OLIVE Melrose Place, celebrates Valentine’s Day w​ith a four ­course prix ­fixe dinner ($79), comprised of exclusive menu items that highlight the seasonally­ driven tastes of Winter, including endives, hazelnuts, and clementines. FIG & OLIVE’s feast also transports guests around the world with wine pairings ($35), featuring varietals harvested in the Valencia, Loire, and Napa Valley regions. I​n addition to F​IG & OLIVE’s signature selection of Crostini, the restaurant’s prix ­fixe courses and wine tastings include: foie gras; Chilean sea bass; and filet mignon.

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(credit: Patina Group)


Kendall’s Brasserie and Bar
135 N Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 972-­7322
www.patinagroup.com

Sophisticated, French favorites are abound at this romantic restaurant in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, courtesy of Executive Chef Jean Pierre Bosc. Menu highlights for this Valentine’s Day include a Belgian endive salad with red wine poached pear, along with St. Agur blue cheese, and candied walnuts; and seared sea scallops with Belgian endive and kumquat ­blood orange condiments; and roasted rack of lamb served rosemary ­crusted with cassoulet beans, and sautéed rapini. The price per person is $64 for three courses and $76 for four courses.

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(credit: Tart)


Tart
115 S Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 556­-2608
www.tartrestaurant.com

Savor a magical night under the stars nestled by the fireplace on an outdoor patio while enjoying a special Valentine’s Day menu and complimentary glass of bubbly with your sweet­TART. The “Southern Lovin” themed menu features comfort food with a twist. Choose between a delicious cowboy crusted N.Y Strip, crispy skin white fish, deep fried quail, or mushroom risotto in addition to southern inspired appetizers like lobster chowder and BBQ cocktail. Dessert includes mouthwatering chocolate banana bread pudding and buttermilk panna cotta.

(credit: Patina Group)

(credit: Patina Group)


Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse
330 S Hope St
Los Angeles, CA 90071
www.patinagroup.com

With its desirable location atop Bunker Hill – one of the most buzz­worthy neighborhoods in Los Angeles – Nick + Stef’s pulls out all the stops during the weekend of the sweethearts’ holiday. Executive Chef Andreas Roller presents a striking menu ($78 for three courses and $90 for four courses,) with highlights that include: grilled loup de mer with olives, capers, tomatoes, and Pequillo peppers; a wild boar ragoût with spaetzle, salsify, and forest mushrooms; and a petit filet & half lobster tail, poached in butter with Paris mashed potatoes. A la carte will also be available each evening.

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(credit: Tanzy Westwood)


Tanzy Westwood
10840 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 307-7004
www.tanzyrestaurant.com

Tanzy Restaurant in Westwood is offering a special 6-course menu for Valentine’s Day this year for $69, which includes optional à la carte beverage pairings throughout Valentine’s Day weekend. Under the direction of three-time James Beard award-winning chef Sherry Yard with Master Barman Adam Seger, the restaurant will offer delicious items including oyster shooters, an artisanal cheese Charcuterie platter, lobster ravioli, and entrees like a grilled angus filet mignon and gulf shrimp, and more. For dessert, you won’t want to miss out on their tasty chocolate truffles, cookies and candies too! The special is offered all weekend long as well. Reservations are recommended.

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(credit: Malibu Beach Inn)


Carbon Beach Club
Malibu Beach Inn
22878 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 651-7777
www.malibubeachinn.com

Situated on PCH and just a short walk to the Malibu Pier, why not take your special someone to a restaurant that is out of the area? It’s not too far though. If you are planning on doing something special, stop by Carbon Beach Club inside the Malibu Beach Inn, which will be featuring a special Valentine’s Day menu. In addition to offering a special menu for the night, including items like black cod, black truffle pasta and Muscovy duck, they have also put together a supplemental menu for February 12 and 13, which is in addition to the regular menu.

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(credit: Ed K./Yelp)


Rustic Canyon
1119 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 393-7050
www.rusticcanyonwinebar.com

This year, Rustic Canyon wine bar will be offering their traditional family-style, prix-fixe Valentine’s Day menu, priced at $110/person. Ideal for double dates or getting together with a special group of close friends, the idea here is for the whole table to choose 6 dishes out of 16 options, with wine pairings also available for an additional $45/person. Menu highlights include Oysters Rockefeller with nettles, bread crumb, and vermouth; New York Strip with bone marrow, strawberry, fennel, and polenta; and Passion Fruit Marshmallow with a Hot Cocoa Tart. For a more casual option, guests dining in the bar/lounge area can choose from a select à la carte menu. Reservations are recommended.

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(credit: Cliff’s Edge)


Cliff’s Edge
3626 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 666-6116
www.cliffsedgecafe.com

For Valentine’s this year, Cliff’s Edge chef Gavin Humes has created a tasty five course prix fixe menu for $85 per person dinner on Sunday evening. With reservations beginning at 5pm, those who would like to celebrate Valentine’s Day will be in for a treat. Sit outside on the beautiful patio and enjoy items like a curried cauliflower soup, a trio of oysters, squid ink linguini, diver scallops, a New York steak and much more.

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(credit: Mastro’s Ocean Club)


Mastro’s Steakhouse
246 N Canon Dr
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 888-8782
www.mastrosrestaurants.com

With locations around Southern California, dining at this romantic steak and seafood restaurant is the perfect way for you to let you let your sweetheart how much you care. Known as the premier destination for a variety of special occasions and milestones, is the perfect location for couples to celebrate Valentine’s Day. With an unparalleled menu of steaks and seafood including USDA Prime steaks & flavorful filets, jaw-dropping seafood towers with freshly shucked oysters, chilled Alaska King Crab legs, a whole split lobster, giant shrimp cocktail and much more, you will have plenty of options to choose from. Finish your meal off with by washing it all down with perfectly chilled bottles of champagne, classic martinis, gorgeous, ruby-hued cocktails (because it’s Valentine’s Day!), and end the night on a sweet note with the famous (rather, infamous!) Warm Butter Cake a la mode – a decadent dessert perfect for two.

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(credit: The Little Door Santa Monica)


The Little Door Santa Monica
246 26th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90402
(310) 310-8064
www.thelittledoorsm.com

Can’t make it to the south of France this Valentine’s Day? No worries. The Little Door Santa Monica is the perfect escape and one of the most romantic restaurants in Los Angeles. Combining French Mediterranean cuisine with “rustic allure and enchanting atmosphere,” the restaurant is offering an evening of romance with a three-course, pre-fixed “Sea of Love” menu with options like a poached half Maine lobster, a grilled filet mignon with fingerling potatoes, a wild mushroom and black truffle veloute, as well as many other exciting options. A full menu can be viewed here.

(Credit Lisa Romerein)

(Credit Lisa Romerein)


Catch
Casa Del Mar Hotel
1910 Ocean Avenue
Casa del Mar, Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 581-5533
www.hotelcasadelmar.com

Why not celebrate your love overlooking the water in Santa Monica at Catch Restaurant inside the Casa Del Mar hotel? Here, guests will enjoy a three-course prix-fixe menu for $90 per person with sample dishes, including a celery root soup, a bloomsdale spinach and red quinoa salad, crudo, filet of beef, a whole roasted Mediterranean branzino, and much more. top it off with a strawberry mousse with crunchy chocolate for dessert, and you’ll be very glad you made the trip here for your Valentine’s Day dinner!

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(credit: Firefly)


Firefly
11720 Ventura Boulevard
Studio City, CA 91604
(818) 762-1833
www.fireflystudiocity.com

Studio City favorite eatery Firefly will be hosting an evening for couples who want to cozy up under the night’s sky. Special for the evening, Chef Paul Shoemaker is creating a prix fixe menu for two, for $95 per person including items like a candy beets salad, a yellow fin tuna crudo, and prime steak tartare. For your second course, the dayboat scallops and the prime NY steak are great options. To finish it up, make sure to order “The King,” a caramelized banana with brown butter, peanut butter brittle and bacon salt.

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(credit: Ocean Prime Beverly Hills)


Ocean Prime Beverly Hills
9595 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 859-4818
www.ocean-prime.com

Forget Valentine’s Day dinner this year and opt instead for a Valentine’s Day brunch at Ocean Prime in Beverly Hills. Start with a blood orange mimosa and move on to items like their braised short ribs with marble potatoes and carmelized onions, as well as their crab and eggs dish and the blackened salmon salad. Of course there are plenty of other delicious selections on the menu though.

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(credit: Dylan+Jeni)


Charcoal Venice
425 Washington Blvd.
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 751-6794
www.charcoalvenice.com

The recently opened Charcoal Venice is growing in popularity and reputation, making it a great dinner spot for this special day. Cozy with a casual atmosphere, Charcoal Venice has a stellar menu that will appeal to even the finickiest of dates. The Midnight Margarita and the Chop House Martini are great cocktails to warm things up along with a great selection of wine. While the V-Day specials are sure to be phenomenal, you are pretty much guaranteed a fantastic meal with the chicken wings, calamari and lamb ribs. But then with owner and chef Josiah Citrin and chef Joseph Johnson at the helm, it’s hard to have a bad night at Charcoal.

Related: Best Restaurants To Dine At For Valentine’s Day In LA

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(credit: Girasol)


Girasol
11334 Moorpark St.
Studio City, CA 91602
(818) 924-2323
www.girasolrestaurant.com

Top Chefs CJ Jacobson’s debut restaurant Girasol has all the elements for a perfect upscale romantic dinner without the pretension of some of the more famous places. Innovative plating (the whole fried snapper is a jaw dropper) and elegant, yet creative, decor is just the beginning of a memorable evening. Serving brunch and dinner, the menu is filled with familiar items like risotto, duck, porter house and short ribs but with delicious twists and exotic seasonings. A multiple course prix fixe will be available for Valentine’s Day that is sure to meet your hopes and expectations.

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(credit: Melisse)


Mélisse
1104 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 395-0881
www.melisse.com

No one does romance better than the French, and Mélisse is no different. Crisp white linen, a crystal chandelier and a decadent menu ensure the restaurant is unparalleled to any other. Mélisse has been voted one of the “top 40 restaurants in the US since 2006” and deemed “one of the finest five-star properties in the world,” so if anyone can deliver a Valentine’s Day to remember, it would be Mélisse. Along with the spectacular daily menu there will be a special Valentine’s Day tasting menu that won’t disappoint. Mélisse is pricey but definitely worth it. Business casual attire only. Jackets aren’t required but they are recommended.

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(credit: Shutters)


One Pico
1 Pico Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
(310) 587-1717
www.shuttersonthebeach.com

Eating in front of someone can be awkward and if you’re still getting to know your Valentine, fine dining can put you on the edge. However, One Pico takes some of the pressure off by offering fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere. A fabulous view of the ocean gives One Pico a beachy and romantic setting perfect for Valentine’s Day or any romantic dinner for two. Any night of the week you can find amazing meat, seafood and pasta entrees along with spectacular desserts like the poached apricot tart and the bourbon vanilla semifreddo. For Valentine’s Day, extra special specials will be available.

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(credit: Scarpetta)


Scarpetta
225 N. Canon Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 860-7970
www.montagehotels.com

Unless you’re a five-star chef, Valentine’s Day dinner should be left to the professionals. With Chef Scott Conant manning the kitchen at Scarpetta, you couldn’t be in better hands. Located inside the exquisite Montage Hotel of Beverly Hills, Scarpetta offers fine Italian cuisine and an unforgettable dining experience. An outstanding prix fixe will be offered, but menu items like apple glazed Berkshire pork chop, grilled branzino and the bucatini may divert you. While Scarpetta is quite expensive you can expect top notch service and the finest of quality. And if your date is of the meat-free persuasion there’s a special vegetarian menu.

Related: Best Valentine’s Day Dates For Parents In Los Angeles

Nicole Standley a.k.a. JetSet Mom, is a social influencer + lifestylist covering luxury travel, fine-dining, fashion & pop culture for The JetSet Family. Follow her latest travels and escapades on Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

Kristine G. Bottone is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com

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