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Where should you get in the mood for love on Valentine’s Day? You’ll definitely be feeling amorous after indulging in these aphrodisiac-heavy delicacies at these L.A. eateries, so check out our Los Angeles Valentine’s Day dining guide and get ready to get lucky!
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Bar Marmont will be mixing guests up Love Potions and special cocktails come Valentine’s Day. In addition to a menu of Ossetra caviar, crab cake, crème fraiche & cucumber salad, expect to nosh on charred asparagus vinaigrette, slow cooked teardrop tomatoes and sherry gastrique, foie gras, steak a poivre and frites and finish with a raspberry Crepe Suzette and creamsicle semi freddo. Libations on offer include the very cheekily named “The Restraining Order” cocktail.
8171 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, (323) 650-0575
LOVE & SALT
Indulge in the special “labor of love” specials at Love & Salt—items that feature a little extra love to prepare courtesy of Chef Michael Fiorelli. Specials include Pane bianco: warm house made bread filled with roasted garlic and parmesan, and ricotta agnolotti with parmesan broth, wilted escarole, little rabbit meatballs.
317 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, (310) 545-5252
Chef Alessio Biangini will be featuring specials perfectly portioned for dining duos to share. On tap? Cocktail specials from Bar Captain Juan Martinez. Items include specials for two such as the hamachi crudo, preserved citrus, cucumber & cilantro and chateaubriand filet, roasted root vegetables, truffle mashed potatoes and port wine jus, whole seabream baked on sea salt and herbs crust, chocolate fondant and cherry gelato and cocktails like “Tie the knot”—Buffalo trace bourbon, cherry heering, luxardo maraschino and chocolate bitters. You’ll also love “The Hepburn”, an homage to two fierce leading ladies—42 below vodka, creme de cacao, drambuie, chocolate and Aleppo chili salt.
8764 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, (310) 432-2000
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FISHING WITH DYNAMITE
Fishing with Dynamite bring a little extra fuel to ignite the Valentine’s Day experience with a “Love Boat” seafood platter for two and other special dishes to be served for a fun and playful dinner date in Manhattan Beach. Said “Love Boat” includes 6 oysters, 2 Peruvian Scallops, 4 shrimp cocktail, 1/2 pound King Crab, while other specials include steamed black cod in Thai red curry, whole Atlantic lobster and dark chocolate ganache cake.
1148 Manhattan Avenue, Manhattan Beach, (310) 893-6299
Couples who heart their veggies can enjoy a four-course vegan prix fixe menu from Executive Chef Chandra Gilbert, with a specialty cocktail from Beverage Director Jason Eisner to toast a very vegan Valentine’s Day. Drink up the Jalisco Kiss cocktail—botanical infused tequila blanco, housemade rose syrup, lemon and sparkling wine—before moving on to items like Sopa de Betabel—roasted be love farm beets, ancho oil and cashew crème with burnt orange pecan dust; Ensalada Higo Asada—roasted fig, hazelnut, cashew truffle cheese and arugula; and Pastel de Chocolate con Chile—luxardo cherry cashew cream, chocolate chile ganache, cinnamon syrup and smoked salt.
8905 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, (323) 978-2170
MANHATTAN BEACH POST
Manhattan Beach Post pens a selection of romantic classics to be served in addition to an a la carte menu of dishes inspired from bold and bright flavors from around the globe. Items in offer include the classic Coq Au Vin for two with Neuske’s bacon, heirloom carrots, and hen of the wood mushrooms, Maine lobster ravioli, brandy butter, black pepper and tarragon and seared foie gras. Decadent delights include the passion fruit parfait, with Valrhona dark chocolate and macadamia nuts and “Caramelia” chocolate bon bons with feuilletine.
1142 Manhattan Avenue, Manhattan Beach, (310) 545-5405
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THE PENINSULA BEVERLY HILLS
Wine and dine under the stars with a four-course menu at The Roof Garden restaurant while enjoying live tunes from a roaming guitarist. and enjoy tunes from a strolling guitarist. Downstairs and the haute hotel’s chic indoor restaurant, The Belvedere, expect to dine on Executive Chef David Codney’s indulgent five course tasting menu with a romantic meal accompanied by the live music of resident pianist Antonio Castillo de la Gala.
9882 South Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills, (310) 551-2888
What’s Valentine’s Day without caviar? Indulge in this luxe delight at LA’s premiere caviar eatery, Petrossian. The four-course prix-fixe menu includes a menu of caviar ranging from 30 grams of Royal Transmontanus to 50 grams of Tsar Imperial Ossetra. Highlights include 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 and passion fruit with vanilla oat, passion fruit gelée, and white chocolate mousse.
321 N Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood, (310) 271-6300
For couples looking to cozy up alfresco style on Valentine’s Day, look no further than Studio City’s beloved date night restaurant, Firefly. Enter and effortlessly slip into the evening’s mood with the surrounding ambiance that marries candlelight, a central wood burning fireplace, and a choice of aphrodisiac-driven dishes. Said fare includes Kumomoto oysters with American caviar, meyer lemon, and champagne granita, seared Hudson Valley fois gras with quince, pineapple, and walnut brittle, Nancy’s diver scallops with salsify, lambs lettuce, walnuts, and aged vinegar, Novia Scotia day boat halibut with first of the season morel mushrooms, and truffle fondue, and Roses Are Red… with dark chocolate ganache, raspberry granita, yogurt meringue, and raspberry cremeux. Lovebirds will start the evening on a flirty note with a complimentary amuse of champagne, and end it with mini fortune cookie petit fours accompanied by adoring messages tucked inside.
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The Valentine’s Day Menu from Via Veneto will feature your choice of two signature dishes with a romantic twist designed by renowned Chef Rueben Vasquez. The inspired entrees will highlight the aromatic flavors of fresh rose petals juxtaposed with classic Italian fare. Special items include an organic and hormone free 28 Days dry, aged Prime, bone in Kansas City, New York steak accompanied by a floral and flavorful homemade rose petal sauce and heart shaped ravioli stuffed with organic, locally sourced red beets, ricotta cheese and Taleggio cheese with fresh butter and sage sauce.
3009 Main St, Santa Monica, (310) 399-1843
Celebrated Chef Walter Manzke will offer a menu of edible delights for all romantic twosomes lucky enough to get a table with his special four-course “His & Her” menu.
624 South La Brea Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 362-6115
THE BAZAAR BY JOSE ANDRES
Valentine’s Day is especially special at The Bazaar, which is offering up a menu of champagne, caviar, oysters and foie gras. The Patisserie will also be offering a special bonbon tasting menu accompanied by a bottle of champagne.
465 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, (310) 246-5555
The intimate, authentic Italian dining institution in Venice is offering up two special prix fixe menus on the day of love. As created by Executive Chef Bobo Ivan, diners can expect the six-course “In Bobo We Trust” tasting menu with fresh black winter truffles or the eight-course “In Bobo We Trust: Lazy Lover Edition” tasting menu, with wine pairings that includes fresh black Périgord truffle, foie gras and caviar for $500 per person.
5 Dudley Avenue, Venice, (310) 314-3222