Great Valentine’s Day Date Ideas For LA Couples

February 6, 2015 9:00 AM

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Go beyond the usual dinner date for Valentine’s Day this year and go sailing, visit a museum or enjoy live entertainment while you’re eating dinner. Replace the usual box of chocolates with scrumptious French handmade caramels and step-up the bouquet of flowers with these artful blossoms. Any of the ideas below will get you on your way for a romantic date with a loved one or a special time with family and friends. Mix it up, try something new and spread the love.
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Urban Light
5905 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 857-6000

A “Night at the Museum” takes on a whole new meaning at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the various terrific exhibits on site here. If you’re looking for an evening of art, culture and fantastic food, LACMA is a great place to spend it perusing the paintings and art exhibits at LACMA and dining on a delectable food. From the famous Urban Light outdoor exhibit just outside the museum to exhibits like the popular ‘Rain Room,’ or exhibits that feature Frank Gehry’s legendary designs, it’s a great place to visit.

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Ray’s and Stark Bar at LACMA
5905 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 857-6180

After touring the museum, sit back in a comfy chair outside at Stark Bar and enjoy one of their tasty cocktails. Featuring an extensive cocktail and drinks menu to go with a terrific food menu, offerings for drinks include their “Cheap Detective,” with St Germain, cynar and campari, or the “Far East of Manhattan.”

The restaurant also services up a variety of wood fired pizzas, small and large plates and artisan cheese plates. What’s good? Well, everything of course. But, make sure to try their Margherita pizza, as well as the Wagyu hamburger.

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Cliff’s Edge Cafe
3626 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026
(323) 666-6116

Cliffs Edge has long been a neighborhood favorite in Silver Lake with its inviting, outdoor patio space, bi-level dining deck and delicious rustic Mediterranean cuisine. Guests will feel as though they’re in a magical tree house as they dine under the spreading branches of an amazing Ficus tree draped with twinkly lights, growing in the center of the space. The restaurant was designed by Dana Hollister and Keith Greco and features eclectic decor – walls made from reclaimed wood, Moroccan encaustic tile and antique French art and mirrors.

Executive Chef Benjamin Bailly, a James Beard Award nominee, has recently taken the helm at Cliff’s Edge, crafting a menu of rustic, elegant food, with the emphasis on fresh, local produce. Stand outs include green beans with feta, curry, pine nuts, raisins and capers (the most amazing green beans I’ve ever eaten!), chickpea fritters that are surprisingly light and lamb cheeks with celery root puree, rapini and hazelnut gremolata. Finish your meal with a creamy and dreamy pistachio crème brulee.

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Malibu Wines
31740 Mulholland Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265
(818) 865-0605

One of Los Angeles’ best venues is Malibu Wines, which sits in between the Pacific Ocean and Agoura Hills in the Santa Monica Mountains. Sit back, make a picnic on their large lawn and go wine tasting with your loved one! It’s a great setting that is one of the city’s best secret spots.



Sailing Away in Marina del Rey
Bluewater Sailing
13505 Bali Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 823-5545

What could be more romantic than sailing away together at sunset? For Valentine’s Day, Angelenos can rent a boat in Marina del Rey and sail up the coast for the best views of the city from the water. Even if you’ve never sailed before, you can rent a sail boat with an instructor and impress your date with your very own “captain.” Blue Water Sailing, California Sailing Academy, and UCLA Marina Aquatic Center all have friendly and knowledgeable instructors who will teach you from stem to stern! After working up an appetite on the water and returning to dry land, you’ll be ready to indulge in some fresh seafood at Café del Rey, a local favorite

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Cafe Del Rey
4451 Admiralty Way
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 823-6395

Café del Rey has long had a reputation as being one of the most romantic restaurants in Los Angeles with its stunning waterfront location overlooking the Marina, superb food and attentive service. On the menu you’ll find a daily raw bar with the freshest seafood (locally sourced) and coastal Mediterranean dishes.

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Le Bon Garcon
481 E High St
Moorpark, CA 93021
(424) 272-6677

Tired of the usual, factory-produced heart-shaped box of chocolates? This Valentine’s Day impress your loved ones with a sophisticated alternative – handmade caramels from Le Bon Garçon, an artisanal caramel company located in Los Angeles. Touted by Oprah as one of her favorite things and recently featured in O Magazine’s Gift Guide, Le Bon Garçon caramels are smooth, buttery and simply… the best caramels I’ve ever tasted .

Justin Chao, the confectioner behind Le Bon Garçon graduated from the prestigious Ecole Gastronomique Bellouet Conseil and furthered his training at Le Meurice in Paris. In addition to signature flavors Macadamia Nut, Mango-Passion Fruit and Salted, Chao has created a unique, limited-run flavor, Caramour, for Valentine’s Day with pureed blood orange sanguine, subtle notes of vanilla and spicy peppery undertones. Eat it slowly and enjoy every bite as it melts in your mouth with a long, resonate finish. Like all Le Bon Garcon caramels, Caramour is made in the artisanal French tradition, using all-natural ingredients and slowly stirred by hand to creamy perfection.

Chao’s artistry and attention to detail are also evident in his Valentine’s Day gift boxes, with each piece of caramel individually wrapped and a folded note card enclosed with “je t’adore” on the front. Each box can be filled with a single caramel flavor or an assortment and comes in two sizes — 4 oz. ($15) and 8 oz. ($27). Orders should be placed by February 7 to ensure delivery before Valentine’s Day.

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Lillà Bello Studio at Bergamot Station

2525 Michigan Avenue, Suite F1b
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Lillà Bello Studio at Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 453-3311

Lilla Bello Studio customizes each floral arrangement with the most gorgeous seasonal blossoms, turning them into artistic creations of love. These lush arrangements are absolutely stunning and will definitely make an impression. Each piece is hand created by couture designer, Toby Kassoy, in her charming studio located off the beaten path at Bergamot Station , Southern California’s largest art gallery complex in Santa Monica. Once flourishing with Bergamot mint flowers, the historic trolley station offers inspiration for her exceptionally unique and artistic floral designs. Wander hand-in-hand throughout the art complex that still retains its industrial look and visit the numerous galleries where creativity blooms (and hopefully your love will too!).

Liz Laing is a writer, web designer and photographer who lives in Los Angeles. Her latest projects may be followed on Liz Laing.

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