Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year, all the more reason to make those dinner reservations early. The national day of love is traditionally one of the busiest of the year for the hospitality industry. Here are some spots to take your special someone in Los Angeles this February 14th.
Café Del Rey
Café Del Rey in Marina Del Rey is featuring a three-course Mediterranean inspired prix-fixe menu including dish options of filet carpaccio, lemon ricotta gnocchi, Maine lobster, scallops, New York strip steak and black truffle risotto and a choice of white chocolate tart or dark chocolate cake for dessert. $85 per person.
Seafood lovers will adore Casa Del Mar’s romantic view and Valentine’s Day menu at Catch. The three-course meal includes choices of black truffle artichoke soup, Maine lobster salad, tuna carpaccio, black cod, bass with glass noodles, Nantucket Bay scallops, chocolate espresso tart and passion fruit chiffon cake. $85 per person.
Cavatina, the new restaurant located inside the Sunset Marquis Hotel, is offering up a special Valentine's Day menu including yellowtail crudo, Maine lobster with Petrossian caviar, diver scallops, prime beef tenderloin and chocolate pots de creme.
In addition to the regular a la carte menu, the trendy Cecconi’s is featuring specials that are perfectly portioned for dining duos to share. They include a seafood platter for two ($38), wood roasted turbot ($58) and a double chocolate tart with wild berries ($15).
The Churchill is offering a tasting menu for two on Valentine’s Day including a bottle of rose and choices of salmon tartar, oysters, diver scallops, beef carpaccio, ricotta tortellini, grilled halibut, charred ribeye and strawberry basil panna cotta. $70 per person.
Fig and Olive
Fig and Olive has created a three-course prix-fixe menu inspired by the French Riviera including seared scallops and chanterelles, beef tartar, roasted rack of lamb and a Valrhona chocolate brownie. $65 per person.
Girasol's Executive Chef CJ Jacobson has created a seasonally driven four-course tasting menu featuring wild ingredients including a crudo of local bass marinated in forrest tea, celery root soup with black and white sage and roasted black cod with black winter truffle sauce. $75 per person.
Lucques, AOC, and Tavern
Chef Suzanne Goin is offering up special Valentine’s Day menus at Lucques, AOC and Tavern. Lucques will serve a five-course menu including dishes such as diver scallops with risotto carbonara, braised beef daube with carrot puree and bittersweet chocolate dacquoise. At AOC, dishes include a wild mushroom tart, Hamachi crudo, grilled scallops with fennel puree and a mascarpone semifreddo with chocolate. In Brentwood, Tavern will offer up a Maine lobster salad, wild mushroom farrotto, pan seared halibut, grilled rack of lamb and frozen s’mores pie. $95 per person.
Mud Hen Tavern
Chef Susan Feniger's Mud Hen Tavern is offering an "Opposites Attract" menu as well as a variety of specialty cocktails this February 14th. The bar is also offering a "Cupid's Special" of a free appetizer to share with every glass of Vovetti Prosecco ordered for your dining companion.
Napa Valley Grille
Available February 13 -20, Westwood’s Napa Valley Grille is offering a four-course prix-fixe Boudreaux’s Lovers Tasting Menu including Fuji apple salad, surf and turf to share and Marnier infused chocolate covered strawberries. $125 for two.
Polo Lounge, Beverly Hills Hotel
Dine like a star at the Beverly Hills Hotel’s iconic Polo Lounge. Their four-course star-studded menu includes choices of Kona kampachi, hand-cut gnocchi with black truffles, Kobe short ribs, Chilean sea bass, Dungeness crab and chocolate gateau with raspberry champagne sorbet. $155 per person.
Scarpetta Chef Freddy Vargas has created a four-course Italian menu for Scott Conant's Montage Beverly Hills restaurant Scarpetta, including choices of tuna tartare, Spanish octopus, braised short ribs, ricotta agnolotti, black tagliolini, roasted pink snapper, honey glazed duck breast, butter poached lobster and vanilla caramel budino. Diners can choose to sit in the intimate dining room or at the romantic outside patio. $125 per person.
Tapenade is offering a Spice and Romance Menu on February 14th. The four-course dinner includes crispy Brussels sprouts, mushroom polenta, seared Ahi tuna, wild sea bass, oven roasted duck, roasted lamb, chocolate and vanilla crème brulee and coconut chocolate molten cake among other dishes. $55 per person.
Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel Air
Head to the hills of Bel Air for a romantic escape to enjoy Wolfgang Puck’s outstanding cuisine at the uber romantic Hotel Bel Air. His four-course menu includes roasted baby beet salad, Hamachi sashimi, Maine lobster pot pie, Mediterranean Loup de Mer, Kobe steak and a dark chocolate soufflé tart. $155 per person.