Valentine's Day is the perfect excuse to spoil that special someone, or revel in the fact that you're single, and don't need to buy a gift for anyone but yourself. It's also called singles awareness day, right? Whether you're solo or in a couple, if you're looking for somewhere to dine out on Feb. 14 (in case you forgot when Valentine's Day was), here are some places around town with specials.
41 Ocean will have a four-course prix-fixe dinner for $100 for club members and $150 for non-members. Dishes include oysters three ways; crispy skin branzino in a ginger, lobster broth; petit filet with seared foie gras; and truffle beet carpaccio. To make a reservation, email VIP@41Ocean.com. 1541 Ocean Ave. #150, Santa Monica, (310) 566-3870, 41ocean.com.
Aestus will serve a four-course menu for $75 per person. Dishes include cauliflower brandade and a golden quinoa bowl; celery root and rutabaga soup; ricotta angolotti; roasted carrots and goat cheese; grass-fed flatiron steak; scallops a la plancha; poached apple with beet syrup and creme fraiche. Wine pairings are also available for an additional charge. There will be two seatings, with one at 6 p.m. and the other at 8:30 p.m. 507 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, (424) 268-4433, aestusrestaurant.com.
aka bistro is offering a four-course menu for $60 per person. Dishes include celeriac soup; seared Scottish salmon; chocolate and raspberry cake. 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena (626) 564-8111, akabistro.com.
A.O.C. is offering a four-course menu for $100 per person. Dishes include pea pancakes, Dungeness crab and lemon cream; Spanish fried chicken, romesco aioli and chile-cumin butter; wood-grilled lamb chops, artichokes and salsa verde; and chocolate whiskey cake with caramelized bananas and coffee ice cream. 8700 West 3rd St., Los Angeles (310) 859-09859, aocwinebar.com.
Aventine will serve a special Valentine's Day menu that includes oysters on teh half shell with raspberry mignonette ($18); lobster salad with blood oranges ($21); a 40-ounce grilled rib-eye cowboy steak with a port reduction ($95) and more. 1607 North Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood, (323) 500-0969, www.aventinehollywood.com/.
Bistro 45 will serve a four-course menu for $75 per person. Guests will receive a glass of J. Sonoma sparkling brut when they arrive, followed by lobster and red crab salad; Chilean sea bass and Pacific cod; beef tenderloin; and chocolate raspberry cake. 45 South Mentor Ave., Pasadena (626) 795-2478, bistro45.com.
Blue Plate Oysterette, including the location in West Hollywood and in Santa Monica, will both offer three specials for couples to share. Items include a 12-ounce blackened New York steak with butter poached lobster tail and parsnip puree ($68); Lobster tagliatelle with arugula and cherry tomatoes in a shellfish sauce ($26); and king crab legs with draw butter, arugula salad, corn and French fries ($45). 8048 W. 3rd St. Los Angeles, (323) 656-5474; 1355 Ocean Ave., Santa Monica, (310) 576-3474, www.blueplatesantamonica.com/.
Bourbon Steak Los Angeles at The Americana at Brand will serve a three-course prix-fixe menu for $75 per person with a $25 optional wine pairing. Dishes include seared bay scallops with black truffles; bone-in ribeye; and lobster pot pie with brandied lobster truffle cream. 237 South Brand Blvd., Glendale (818) 839-4130, michaelmina.net/restaurants/southern-california/bourbon-steak-los-angeles.
Bucato will serve its regular lunch menu, along with a special a la carte dinner menu. Dishes include foie gras agnolotti burro fuso with black winter truffles; whole grilled orata with winter citrus, fennel and mint; rib-eye cap with cippolini agrodolce and wild arugula and more. 3280 Helms Ave., Culver City, (310) 876-0286, bucato.la.
Cecconi's will serve its regular menu along with some Valentine's Day specials for two. Dishes include hamachi crudo ($38); Chateabriand filet ($98); Whole baked sea bream ($86); and chocolate fondant and cherry gelato ($16). 8764 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, (310) 432-2000, www.cecconiswesthollywood.com.
Coin de Rue, David Feau and Adam Fleishman's pop-up in the former Red Medicine space, is offering a selection of Valentine's Day bites. Highlights include a foie gras truffle bonbon; XL Hama Hama tartar shooter with caviar and a ginger-mignonette; and a Kefir lime-seared spot prawn cocktail. Each plate is priced at $20 and comes as two bites. Call (310) 943-9650 for reservations. 8400 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles.
Culina at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills is offering a four-course menu for $98 per person along with the restaurant's a la carte menu. Dishes include scallop tartare; wild mushroom and goat cheese tart; roasted rabbit ragu; roasted eggplant and peppers; Passion fruit semifreddo and more. 300 S. Doheny Dr., Los Angeles, (310) 860-4000, www.culinarestaurant.com.
Church & State will serve a four-course prix-fixe menu for $85 per person. Dishes include Maine lobster and butternut squash risotto; halibut, fennel, celery and citrus emulsion; pate á choux, chocolate cream, and raspberry and more. 1850 Industrial St., Los Angeles, (213) 405-1434 churchandstatebistro.
East Borough will be offering a four-course tasting menu with wine pairings for $45 per person. Dishes include lime-cured tilapia; daikon rice cake and egg; grapefruit lemongrass salad; salt cod beignets; shaken beef; whole fried fish; and coconut milk pana cotta. 9810 West Washington Blvd., Culver City, (310) 596-8266, east-borough.com.
Esterel at The Sofitel will serve a four-course je t'aime dinner, with Champagne for $75 per person. Courses include octopus with Fresno chile, fennel, Weiser fingerling and black garlic aioli; citrus carpaccio with blood orange, Cara Cara orange, Satsuma kumquat, red watercress and pistachio; roasted bone marrow; duck breast; and espresso mascarpone, salted caramel, preserved vanilla bean, rose petal. There will also be entertainment by the Miles Davis Jazz Trio. 8555 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 358-3979, esterelrestaurant.com.
Fishing with Dynamite is offering its regular menu along with a love boat seafood platter for two. The platter includes oysters, Peruvian scallops, shrimp cocktail and king crab ($48). Other specials include steamed black cod; and dark chocolate ganache cake. 1148 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, (310) 893-6299, http://www.eatfwd.com/.
Gracias Madre will offer a four-course menu, with a cocktail, for $50 per person. The cocktail, called Jalisco Kiss, is made with botanical-infused tequila blanco, housemade rose syrup, lemon and sparkling wine. Dishes include roasted beets; roasted fig; braised lentils; Luxardo cherry cashew cream and more. 8905 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, (323) 978-2170, www.gracias-madre.com/.
The Horn will offer a prix-fixe menu, with one glass of Cabernet or Chardonnay and a glass of Champagne per guest, for $75 per person. Dishes include raw and broiled oysters; olive-oil poached sole; braised oxtail; molten chocolate cake and more. 8933 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, (310) 933-6678, www.thehornweho.com/.
La Boheme will serve a three-course menu priced at $79 per person. Dishes include an ono crudo; market salad; roasted quail; Filet of beef with lobster mashed potatoes; Passion fruit tart and more. 8400 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, (323) 848-2360, www.globaldiningca.com/laboheme/.
Ledlow is offering a four-coures menu, including a Champagne cocktail, for $75 per person. Highlights include grilled hearts of palm salad; butter-poached shrimp with fennel, rhubarb and leek salad; and cherry-pistachio baked Alaska. 400 S. Main St., Los Angeles, (213) 687-7000, www.ledlowla.com/.
Love & Salt is offering chef Michael Fiorelli's "labor of love" specials, including warm house-made bread filled with roasted garlic and parmesan ($8) and ricotta agnolotti with Parmesan broth, wilted escarole and little rabbit meatballs ($18). 317 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, (310) 545-5252, www.loveandsaltla.com/.
Manhattan Beach Post will offer its regular menu along with a couple specials for two. Dishes include classic coq au vin ($32); Main lobster ravioli ($21); Passion fruit parfait ($6); and chocolate bon bons ($6). 1142 Manhattan Ave., Manhattan Beach, (310) 5445-5405, www.eatmbpost.com/.
Piccolo Venice will offer two prix-fixe menus for Valentine's weekend, Feb. 13 to 15. The six-course menu is $110 per person and includes fresh black winter truffles. The eight-course tasting menu, with wine pairings, is $500 per couple, and all-inclusive. This menu must be purchased in advance. It includes fresh black Périgord truffle, foie gras and caviar. 5 Dudley Ave., Venice (310) 314-3222, piccolovenice.com.
Mélisse will serve a nine-course prix-fixe menu for $275 per person. Dishes include soft-poached egg, lemon creme fraiche and American caviar; rosemary-scented sunchoke soup with confit duck and sunchoke chips; and Sonoma lamb with Brussels sprouts, capers, raisins and rosemary. 1104 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 395-0881, melisse.com.
Lucques will serve a five-course menu for $125 per person. Dishes include buckwheat blini with American caviar; pan-roasted striped bass; caramel-crusted walnut cake and more. 8474 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood (323) 655-6277, lucques.com.
The Pikey will serve a selection of Valentine's Day a la carte dinner and brunch specials including grilled oysters with sunchoke and sea beans ($18); Lady and the Tramp spaghetti and meatballs ($22); and a half dozen oysters and a bottle of Prosecco ($25). Brunch will be served from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. 7617 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 850-5400, thepikeyla.com.
Pistola will have a three-course prix-fixe dinner for $75 per person. Dishes include big eye tuna tartare; American Wagyu flatiron; squid ink agnolotti with scallop, shrimp, lobster and sea urchin burro fuso; wild striped bass; and risotto with roasted beets, scallions and goat cheese. To make a reservation, email Alysa@Pistola-LA.com. 8022 West 3rd St., Los Angeles, (323) 951-9800, pistola-la.com.
The Rockefeller is offering a four-course prix-fixe dinner at both of its South Bay locations, for $48 per person. Dishes include duck confit ravioli; lobster risotto; grilled filet mignon; Moroccan braised lamb shoulder; and ricotta-filled endive spear with black truffles. The first six parties of six or more people will receive 50% off a bottle of Veuve Clicquot. 1209 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach (310) 545-5810; 422 Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, (310) 372-8467, eatrockefeller.com.
RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen is offering a special menu for $48 per person. Diners can select three shareable appetizers, including crispy chicken samosas, sweet-hot shrimp and Indian stuffed flatbread; one entree per person, with choices including spice-crusted Ahi tuna and black pepper New York strip with grilled shrimp; one side item per person to share, including Thai noodles with vegetables; and one dessert per person to share, with caramelized banana custard cake and warm chocolate cake. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 552-9988, rocksugarpanasiankitchen.com.
Salt's Cure is offering a three-course menu for $65. Diners can choose from a seasonal soup or salad, fish, chicken or meat, and dessert or cheese plate to finish. Grilled oysters and a charcuterie board will be available as supplements. Wine pairings are available for each course for $30. 7494 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood, (323) 850-7258, saltscure.com.
Sonoma Wine Garden will offer a three-course, wine-paired dinner on both Feb. 14 and 15, for $90 per couple. The wine pairings are an additional $40 per couple. Dishes include diver scallops; braised short ribs; burrata salad; and French onion soup. 395 Santa Monica Place, No. 300, Santa Monica, (424) 214 4560, sonomawinegarden.com.
Stella Barra Pizzeria-Hollywood will have both its regular lunch and dinner menus available, along with a three-course tasting menu with wine pairings for dinner, for $35 per person. Dishes include local burrata with spicy tomato jam, a pizza selection, and black tuxedo cake. 6372 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 301-4001 stellabarra.com.
Tanzy in Westwood is offering a three-course dinner for $89 per person. Dishes include Liberty Valley crispy duck leg; pan-seared day boat scallops "gratin"; and dark chocolate tart. Dinner also includes half a bottle of wine and a "mignardise" takeaway bag. You can also order the three-course dinner without wine for $69 per person. 10840 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 307-7004, www.tanzyrestaurant.com/westwood.
Tavern is serving a four-course menu for $95 per person. Dishes include seared sea scallops with Coleman's pea tendrils, blistered carrots, Pecorino pudding and gremolata; wood-grilled rack of lamb with stewed chickpeas and saffron cous cous; chocolate tart cremieux with brioche feuillieteé, candied hazelnuts, cocoa nibs and cardamom ice cream. 11648 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 806-6464, tavernla.com.
Terrine will serve a prix fix menu for $65 per person. Dishes include a first course of celery heart, artichoke heart, heart of palm and romaine hearts with colatura and Parmesan; an entree of halibut cheeks with braised beef cheek ragout, benton's bacon, rutabaga and charred gem lettuces; and a dessert of parsnip terrine, mascarpone ice cream and walnut streusel. 8265 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, (323) 746-5130, www.terrinela.com/.
Tom Bergin's is celebrating Valentine's Day with a S.A.D. (Singles Awareness Day) party from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. There will be $5 Old Fashioneds, $8 Black Velvets and $5 Fireball shots. There will also be a $30 cheap date menu for two with burgers, two orders of fries and two cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon presented in a Champagne bucket of ice. 840 South Fairfax Ave., (323) 936-7151, tombergins.com.
Tres by José Andrés is offering a sweet little soulmates brunch for $69 per person Feb. 14 and 15, as well as a prix-fixe dinner menu for $85 on Feb. 14. Brunch includes bottomless mimosas, one entree selection, brunch buffet and a box of Valentine's Day bonbons to take home. The regular brunch menu will also be available for $52 per person. 465 South La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 246-5551, slshotels.com/beverlyhills/tres-by-jose-andres.
Via Veneto is offering two special entrees, including a 28-day, dry aged prime, bone-in New York steak with a rose petal sauce ($65) and heart-shaped ravioli stuffed with red beets, ricotta cheese and Taleggio cheese in a butter and sage sauce ($26) 3009 Main Street, Santa Monica, (310) 399-1843, http://www.viaveneto.us/.
Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air will serve a three-course lunch menu for $95 per person and a four-course prix-fixe dinner menu for $175 per person. Dinner includes Japanese hamachi sashimi with shaved market vegetables, Moro blood orange ponzu and young shisho; Snake River Farms Waygu-style New York sirloin with maitake mushrooms, braised Swiss chard and smoked potato puree; and grapefruit givre with lemon olive oil cake, lemon cream and grapefruit sorbet. 701 Stone Canyon Road, Los Angeles, (310) 909-1644 dorchestercollection.com/en/los-angeles/hotel-bel-air/restaurant-bars/holiday-dining.
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