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

February 6, 2015 5:00 AM

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(credit: Sunset Marquis)

(credit: Sunset Marquis)


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. With Saturday already distinguished as, “designated date night,” there is no better excuse to grab a reservation and let your senses explode while gazing into the eyes of the one you love. Throughout Los Angeles, 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, you can be the evening will resemble something straight out of a fairy tale.

(credit: Cavatina)

(credit: Cavatina)


Cavatina
Sunset Marquis Hotel
1200 Alta Loma Road
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 358-3759
www.cavatinala.com

When the sun goes down, Cavatina at Sunset Marquis Hotel becomes the most romantic spot in all of West Hollywood. In fact, many of the biggest names in Hollywood (which we dare not mention,) met and fell in love at the iconic Sunset Marquis. Now it’s your turn. Those able to secure reservations (whether it be on the open-air patio or inside the swank dining room,) will embark on a first-class foodie journey unlike any other guaranteed to make even the most cynical fall madly and passionately in love. There is positively no escaping Cupid’s arrow while spending an evening amongst the candlelight and dimly lit lush gardens. Dine on options like the Kampachi served with Asian pear, citrus and cucumber in the mix, and it almost instantly becomes the recipe for true love. At $85 per person for its 5 course pre-fixe menu, the exciting new restaurant will serve up its bold flavored food including a crudo course, soup/salad, entree, dessert and more.

(credit: The Roost at L.A. Farm)

(credit: The Roost at L.A. Farm)


The Roost at L.A. Farm
3000 Olympic Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 449-4000
www.theroostatlafarm.com

Love birds looking to celebrate romance this Valentine’s weekend, will immediately fall head over heels for The Roost at L.A. Farm. This Valentine’s Day, Tony Trincanello and Chef John Keenan are offering a five-course tasting menu in addition to the nightly dinner menu, and an optional wine pairing upon request. A vegetarian tasting menu (that is out of this world,) will also be made available for those interested. The space boasts rustic elegance, (fabulous for date night or families,) and the carefully chosen seasonal flavors embrace absolutely everything that makes California cuisine so wonderful. First time at The Roost? Try the Black Truffle Risotto, Scallop Crudo, and Dry Aged Ribeye. Each will make you a fan for life.

(credit: The Little Door Santa Monica)

(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. Combining French Mediterranean cuisine with “rustic allure and enchanting atmosphere,” the restaurant is offering an evening of romance with a three-course, pre-fixed “Casanova” menu created by Chef T Nicholas Peter. Served inside the Citron Room, guests will enjoy appetizers of Black Truffle Farro Risotto and Phyllo, and Almond Baked Brie, followed by Roasted Chicken Breast Stuffed with Morel Mushrooms and Grilled Filet Mignon with Roasted Bone Marrow. Complete the dinner with Cream Cheese Filled Heart Shaped Red Velvet Cake, Rose Petal Ice Cream and Pistachio Profiteroles and a glass of The Little Door Santa Monica’s signature “Love Potion.”

(credit: DYLAN + JENI)

(credit: DYLAN + JENI)


Plan Check Kitchen + Bar
351 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 591-0094
www.plancheck.com

For a more affordable option this Valentine’s Day, try out the always dependable Plan Check. Serving up a delicious Valentine’s Day menu at their Sawtelle, Fairfax or Downtown locations, they will be offering items like their 5 Onion Burger with roasted onion spread, pickled onion, onion sprouts, fried onions, schmaltz onion, and melty swiss, as well as a Super Spicy Chicken Sandwich with housemade habanero cheese, fried Jidori chicken, habanero mayo, and spicy pickles. Other standouts include the Miso Glazed Salmon Kale Caesar with red caesar dressing, parmesan cheese, pickled hearts of palm, and croutons and for dessert a Drunken Bread Pudding with white brandy hard sauce.

(credit: Fig & Olive)

(credit: Fig & Olive)


Fig & Olive
8490 Melrose Pl
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(310) 360-9100
www.figandolive.com

West Hollywood’s Fig & Olive will be offering a special three-course prix-fixe dinner for $79 per person on not just one, but two nights. On February 13 and Valentine’s Day, February 14, the restaurant will be setting the mood for a special evening with items like their Chilean Sea Bass with spaghetti of zucchini, carrot, sundried tomato, lemon, celery root purée emulsion, and Coratina olive oil, as well as a Roasted Rack of Lamb with Herbs de Provence, goat cheese gnocchi, and sautéed wild mushroom. You can also add a wine pairing to your menu for an additional $35 per person.

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(credit: Herringbone L.A.)


Herringbone L.A.
8440 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 848-6000
www.herringboneeats.com

Spend Valentine’s Day with your special someone inside Herringbone L.A. at the Mondrian Hotel on Sunset Blvd. The three-course, prix fixe Valentine’s Day menu starts with an amuse sent out by Chef and the choice of Wild Mexican Prawns or fresh Local Burrata. The entrees are sure to amaze. Depending on your appetite, choose from: Black Cod with shrimp dumplings and pork broth, Prime Filet Mignon with charred leeks and mushrooms, and House Made Cavatelli Pasta with eggplant and mustard greens for your main course. To end the evening on a “sweet note,” dessert options include Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake with ginger-coconut sorbet and Chocolate Olive Oil Cake with coffee ice cream.

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(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 from Managing Chef Robert Kirchhoff including Maine Lobster Salad with mango, papaya, citrus fruits, and mint; Filet of Beef with wild mushrooms, rosemary fingerling potatoes, and bordelaise sauce; and Passion Fruit Chiffon Cake with crème fraiche ice cream.

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(credit: Petrossian Boutique & Restaurant)


Petrossian Boutique & Restaurant
321 North Robertson Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90048
(310) 271-6300
www.petrossian.com

Make this Valentine’s Day a “Caviar Affair to Remember” as Petrossian on Robertson celebrates the “day of love” with an array of caviar presentations and specialty menu. The four-course menu by Executive Chef Giselle Wellman features dishes such as: Tsar Imperial Ossetra Caviar with cold buckwheat noodles and chives; Smoked Asparagus Spear with caviar, sea salt, and olive oil; Duck with Verve coffee granola, maple, kumquats, clove, duck jus, and caramelized onions; and White Chocolate & Passion Fruit with vanilla oat, passion fruit gelée, and white chocolate mousse. The exclusive four-course prix-fixe menu also includes a bubbly glass of Lanson Black Label Brut with optional caviar presentations served with blinis, toast points and creme fraiche.

(credit: Viceroy Santa Monica)

(credit: Viceroy Santa Monica)


CAST Restaurant
Viceroy Hotel
1819 Ocean Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 260-7511
www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com

This Valentine’s Day, Chef Tony DiSalvo is bringing a five-, seven-and nine-course tasting menu to the seaside Viceroy Hotel to celebrate true love unlike any other. With intimate shared plates, the menu features “delectable dishes” such as: Kushi oysters with mignonette and cocktail sauce (or caviar supplement); Chai Tea Poached Lobster; Black Sea Bass with Manila clams and chorizo; chocolate layer cake with chili ganache and salted caramel ice cream; and bananas foster crepes with bourbon ice cream. “The inventive menu offers immediate satisfaction with five sharing courses, something a little more lingering with seven course plates to enjoy or linger longer with a food lovers nine courses.”

(credit: Magnolia House)

(credit: Magnolia House)


Magnolia House
492 S Lake Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 584-1126
www.themaghouse.com

For the special day, Magnolia House in Pasadena is serving up their own delicious 5 course tasting menu for $125 from Executive Chef Kyu Yi. Whether you’re looking to snuggle up next to your special someone, or looking to find someone, Magnolia House is a great option. Begin the evening with their Puffer Petite Oysters on the half shell with cucumber yuzu mignonette and a Baby Honey Gem Salad with blood oranges. For entree’s, the Pasadena outpost is offering dishes like a Miso Marinated Black Cod with charred leeks, roasted fingerling potatoes and shishito ponzu, as well as a Wagyu Rib Eye Cap Steak, and more. Dessert will be just as good as the main menu. Their Chocolate Raspberry Tarte with almonds and raspberry coulis is a must! Add their magificent collection of cocktails, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for an amazing evening!

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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 $100 per person including items like Kumomoto Oysters with American caviar, meyer lemon, and champagne granita, a Seared Hudson Valley Fois Gras with quince, pineapple, and walnut brittle, Nancy’s Diver Scallops with salsify, lambs lettuce, walnuts, and aged vinegar, as well as a Novia Scotia Day Boat Halibut with first of the season morel mushrooms, and truffle fondue. What’s more is that the evening starts off with a complimentary amuse of champagne, and the night will end with mini fortune cookie petit fours accompanied by adoring messages tucked inside.

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(credit: Tripple & Brine)


Tripple & Brine
14633 Ventura Boulevard
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(818) 528-2550
www.tippleandbrine.com

Sherman Oaks’ casual restaurant Tripple & Brine will be offering it’s own Valentine’s Day evening including a complimentary glass of Champagne to start your night. Their Lover’s Three Course Menu includes a handful of delicious items for an affordable cost of just $60. Here, you’ll enjoy items like their half dozen oysters with ginger mignonette, or their seared foie gras with Canadian bacon. For entrees, dine on items like their Sea Bass with cauliflower cream, truffle conserva and aromatic relish, homemade Gnocchi topped with romanesco, sweet potato, aged balsamic, hazelnuts and parmesan, as well as a Roasted Chicken and a Pan Seared Flat Iron Steak. Make sure to order some of their delicious cocktails too! The Strawberry Kiss is perfect for the night and includes gin, St. Germaine, fresh strawberry purée, and lemon.

(credit: RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen)

(credit: RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen)


RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen
10250 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(310) 552-9988
www.rocksugarpanasiankitchen.com

Everything is grand at RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen. The vibe, style and decor will easily make you forget you are in the middle of Los Angeles, while the food, flavors and freshness make you wish it were Valentine’s Day everyday. On Saturday, February 14th only, Chef Mohan is introducing two new entrees for the guests to enjoy. The Spice Crusted Ahi Tuna and Black Pepper New York Strip with Grilled Shrimp. Both are fantastic. The special menu will also include shareable appetizers such as Crispy Chicken Samosas, Sweet-Hot Shrimp or Indian Stuffed Flatbread. Choice of sides feature Thai Noodles with Vegetables, Ginger Fried Rice, or Asparagus and Green Beans; however the true star of the evening is the Caramelized Banana Custard Cake with warm chocolate cake.

(credit: Ocean Prime Beverly Hills)

(credit: Ocean Prime Beverly Hills)


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

In addition to the American supper club’s traditional nightly menu, Executive Chef Matt Briggs is serving up some very special dishes in honor of Valentine’s Day. Pairing the freshest seafood with the finest prime steaks, the evening’s Surf and Turf includes a Filet Mignon with choice of either a 7oz Lobster Tail or half-pound King Crab legs. Other items available on February 14th are Miso Cod with charred baby bok choy, edamame and ginger butter; and a Butterscotch Pot Du Creme with caramel popcorn, cinnamon sugar donuts and toffee sauce. A few new items on the sushi menu have also been added, such as a lobster roll with kiwi, pickled jalapeno, masago, and spicy mango puree; and hamachi crudo with seaweed salad, pickled mango, sesame ginger vinaigrette, and cilantro.

(credit: Viceroy Hotel Group)

(credit: Viceroy Hotel Group)


Oliverio
9400 West Olympic Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 407-7791
www.viceroyhotelsandresort.com

What better way to woo the one you love than to experience Executive Chef Mirko Paderno’s “sumptuous offerings” together? If the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, then true love is about to be achieved. Choices for Valentine’s Day includes: Grilled Mediterranean Octopus with garbanzo beans and taggiasca olives; Cauliflower Soufflé with parmesan fondue and winter truffle; Potato Gnocchi served with braised lamb ragu; Cavatelli Pasta with spicy langoustine sugo; Mediterranean Sea Bass with candied tomato, zucchini, lemon and white wine; and veal ossobuco Milanese style. What Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be complete without a decadent Chocolate Pave for dessert, and limoncello? Oliverio has you covered.

(credit: The Peninsula Beverly Hills)

(credit: The Peninsula Beverly Hills)


The Peninsula Beverly Hills
9882 South Santa Monica Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
(310) 551-2888
beverlyhills.peninsula.com

For Valentine’s Day, The Peninsula Beverly Hills is offering not one, not two, but three different dining options. The first is located high above the heart of Beverly Hills, as you and your date experience “Sky High Romance” under the stars at The Roof Garden. Celebrate love with chipotle short ribs, poblano hominy, a black bean taquito with charred tomatillo salsa; and s’mores with house made marshmallows and Valrhona chocolate. Or, if you prefer something a bit more formal, the menu at The Belvedere is channeling a “Romantic Elegance” as Executive Chef David Codney prepares a beautiful Mediterranean bass and hazelnut souffle with Frangelico and espresso. Finally, for those truly hoping to make it the most memorable Valentine’s Day ever, should opt for the four-course, candlelit Rooftop Cabana Dinner complete with champagne and strolling guitarist.

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.

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