Love Is in the Air—We can Taste It!
Written By: Nicole Jeffries Valentine’s Day Los Angeles
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and it’s time to treat your honey to an evening of romance. We’ve put together a list of LA’s hottest V-Day spots, so you can ditch the heart-shaped box of chocolates and share an unforgettable evening in one of the most picturesque settings the west coast has to offer.
1 | Fia Valentine’s Day Los Angeles
From the intimate vintage interior to the charming outdoor dining area that’s lit by twinkling lights, the ambiance of Fia is right on par with its culinary magic. Inspired by Amalfi Coast cuisine, Chef Brendan Collins offers traditional favorites like Hamachi and Branzino. He’s also crafted an exclusive Valentine’s seven-course tasting menu, featuring a fettuccine with oysters and champagne sauce that is sure to amaze! This special menu is available Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15 for $140 per person.
Native Knowledge: Opt for a table outside; their stunning outdoor space will transport you into a real-life fairytale.
2454 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90403
2 | Citrin Valentine’s Day Los Angeles
Atmospheric and artful, Citrin offers an upscale dining experience like no other. Legendary LA Chef Josiah Citrin has a special seven-course Valentine’s tasting menu in store, including favorites like lobster risotto and Japanese yellowtail hamachi. Enjoy the curated menu this Valentine’s Day for $195 per person and a slightly abridged version the following Saturday and Sunday for $145 per person.
1104 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
3 | Calabra
Calabra, the rooftop lounge at the Santa Monica Proper Hotel, will offer a Mediterranean inspired 3-course feast for two for $220; a la carte pricing will also be available. While enjoying beautiful views of both the city and ocean, diners can enjoy Calabra favorites, including Mediterranean dips, oysters and Alaskan crab legs. Finish with delicious desserts including dark chocolate cake and Greek yogurt panna cotta.
700 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401
4 | The Strand House Valentine’s Day Los Angeles
Nothing says romance like a dreamy ocean view. The Strand House is a Manhattan Beach gem that offers upscale dining in an idyllic setting. Enjoy a four-course Valentine’s Day dinner for $150 per person, as you take in the ocean breeze and watch the sunset. This menu will offer a variety of selections, including black truffle ricotta cavatelli, Maine lobster ravioli, a chocolate passion fruit torte and more!
Native knowledge: This hotspot is mere steps from the breathtaking Manhattan Beach pier. After dinner, take a walk hand-in-hand to where the land meets the sea.
The Strand House
117 Manhattan Beach Blvd
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
5 | Openaire Valentine’s Day Los Angeles
Floor-to-ceiling windows and lush greenery gently beckon you into the chic open space that is Openaire. Chef Josiah Citrin delivers yet another exceptional atmosphere and menu that is sure to leave a lasting impression. Share a four-course tasting menu with your sweetheart for $99 per person. Chef Cintrin’s hamachi with winter citrus, Maine lobster and pea agnolotti are included, and a wine pairing is available for $40 per person.
3515 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010
6 | Manuela Valentine’s Day Los Angeles
Located in the Hauser & Wirth art complex, Manuela is known for its unique a la carte menu. In addition to this daily menu, Chef Kris Tominaga will be offering up a variety of luxury southern specials like hotcakes and caviar, shrimp butter and sea urchin toast points, onion petals and deviled crab and bone-in dry-aged ribeye with black garlic and housemade Worcestershire. These exclusive items can be enjoyed on Valentine’s Day only.
907 E Third St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
7 | Patina
Simplistic, yet deliciously tasteful can describe both the cuisine and atmosphere at Patina. Start off your five-course Valentine’s Day menu with Tsar Nicoulai Caviar, truffle vinaigrette and nasturtium, then finish the night with a stroll through the buzzing neighborhood of Downtown LA. This select menu is offered from Friday, Feb. 14 through Sunday, Feb. 16 for $130 per person.
141 South Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Food is great and all, but can we get a drink, please? Chef Megan Logan hears you, and in addition to her secret Valentine’s dessert and acclaimed dry-aged steaks, she’s concocted a Hot Love cocktail with Absolut strawberry, St. Germain, Thai chili syrup, lime juice and Peychaud’s bitters. Get one of these love potions for $16 or maybe two…or three.
Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse
330 S Hope St
Los Angeles, CA 90071
9 | OUE Skyspace
Love is in the air at OUE Skyspace! Take your romantic side to new heights, as you and your sweetheart enjoy champagne and strawberries 1,000 feet above Los Angeles. Exclusively offered on Valentine’s Day, partake in a wine and food pairing (with unlimited pours) for $80 per couple. While those unlimited pours work their magic, dance the night away with Skyspace’s resident DJ.
Native Knowledge: Skyslide rides are a must. Shoot down the 45-foot, fully enclosed glass slide to really experience a bird’s eye view!
633 W Fifth St, Ste 840
Los Angeles, CA 90071
10 | Marina del Rey Hotel
Located on the calm waters of the marina, MDR Hotel promises an evening of relaxation and indulgence. Book a night’s stay for Valentine’s Day and receive decadent chocolate, a bottle of champagne, late checkout and two signature cocktails at their house restaurant SALT.
Marina del Rey Hotel
13534 Bali Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
11 | Loews Santa Monica
Book a romantic stay at Loews Santa Monica and enjoy a dinner at Ocean & Vine with a three course, prix fixe dinner menu created by Executive Chef Zachary Dallessandro. Before heading back to your room, share champagne and views of the Santa Monica Pier on the intimate fire pit terrace.
Loews Santa Monica
1700 Ocean Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90401
12 | Malibu Beach Inn
Experience the romantic retreat of your dreams! From the second you check in to the Malibu Beach Inn, you and your loved one are greeted with chocolate strawberries and bubbly. Once you’re settled in, head down to their oceanfront terrace for an exceptional dining experience.
Malibu Beach Inn
22878 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265
Enjoy breakfast in bed at the iconic and revamped Hollywood Roosevelt. Their “Love You a Brunch” Valentine’s special conveniently wraps eat, sleep and play into one delicious package and is available for $60 per person.
The Hollywood Roosevelt
7000 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028