Depending on who you're married to or dating, Valentine's Day can either be the biggest deal ever, or just another day of the year. Either way, the two of you have to eat something. If you're looking to go out on one of the busiest restaurant evenings of the year, Godspeed. Here are some restaurants and bars offering specials for couples:
Artisan House will have a $45, three-course prix-fixe menu and live music on Valentine's Day. Highlights include English pea soup, pan-seared salmon and a chocolate hazelnut tart. Bottles of Le Grand Courtage will be available for $45. 600 S. Main St., Los Angeles, (213) 622-6333, www.artisanhouse.net.
The Bellwether in Studio City will have a prix-fixe dinner for two, priced at $80. Highlights include a bone-in rib0eye and a bottle of Château Le Bergey Bordeaux. The special will be available Feb. 12 to 14. 13251 Ventura Blvd., Suite A, Studio City, (818) 285-8184, www.thebellwetherla.com.
Cleo at the Redbury hotel will have a four-course prix-fixe menu priced at $75 per person. Highlights include roasted rutabaga with almond, date and orange; burrata with heirloom apple and braised short rib tagine. The hotel is also offering a special Roses are Red package for the month of February, complete with a scented candle, a bottle of sparkling wine and more. 1717 Vine St., Los Angeles, (310) 910-9990, www.sbe.com/restaurants/brands/cleo.
Craft is offering a prix-fixe menu for $120 per person. Menu highlights include arancini and black truffle, diver scallop ceviche, pork belly tortellini, kouign-amann, and a chocolate pretzel bombe with stout caramel. Reservations are available between 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. 10100 Constellation Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 279-4180, www.craftlosangeles.com.
Esterel at the Sofitel L.A. will have a prix-fixe menu available Feb. 13 and Feb. 14 for dinner, priced at $150 per couple. highlights include oysters, grilled romaine salad, seared scallop crudo, spiced duck breast and a chocolate souffle for dessert. 8555 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 358-3979, www.esterelrestaurant.com.
Fig & Olive will have a four-course pix-fixe menu for $79 per person. Dinner includes foie gras, Chilean sea bass, filet mignon, and Clementine Vacherin for dessert. The special menu will be available Feb. 13 and 14. Wine pairings are available for an additional $35 per person. 8490 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, (310) 360-9100, www.figandolive.com.
Five Crowns in Corona Del Mar will have a Valentine's Day menu available Feb. 12 to 15 priced at $125 per couple. Highlights include stone crab bisque, foie gras, pork chop, and Meyer lemon steam cake. A select glass of wine, beer or well cocktail is also included. 3801 East Coast Highway, Corona Del Mar, (949) 760-0331, www.lawrysonline.com/five-crowns.
Gracias Madre will have a four-course prix-fixe vegan menu priced at $50 per person. Highlights include a specialty tequila cocktail; roasted beets and stuffed Portobello mushrooms. 8905 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, (323) 978-2170, www.graciasmadreweho.com.
The Lardern at Tavern and The Larder at Burton Way are both offering take-home meals for two, available for pre-order. The menus are viewable on the restaurant websites. Orders must be made 48 hours in advance, and the deadline is Feb. 13 at 5 p.m. Delivery is available for orders of $150 or more located within a three-mile radius of each location, for a fee. The Larder at Tavern, 11648 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 806-6464 | The Larder at Burton Way, 8500 Burton Way, Los Angeles, (310) 278-8060, www.tavernla.com.
Idle Hour will have a Barrel of Hearts four-course dinner for $65 per person. Each course comes with either Champagne or a cocktail. The menu includes pink grouper carpaccio, crab salad, dry-aged rib-eye or chicken roulade, and chamomile panna cotta for dessert. 4824 Vineland Ave., Los Angeles, (818) 980-5604, www.idlehourbar.com.
La Dolce Vita is offering a Valentine's Day menu available Feb. 12 to 14. The four-course menu is $95 per person. Highlights include hamachi tartare, lobster bolognese, seared branzino, and tiramisu. The regular menu will also be available. 9785 Santa Monica Blvd., Beverly Hills, (310) 278-1845, www.ladolcevitabeverlyhills.com.
Love & Salt in Manhattan Beach will have a prix-fixe menu available Feb. 12 to 14 priced at $45 per person. Highlights include eggplant Parmesan, baked ziti, antipasto and tiramisu. Bottles of Love & Salt Dolcetto Refosco blend will also be available for $45. 317 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, (310) 545-5252, www.loveandsaltla.com.
Lucques is offering a prix-fixe menu for $125 per person. Highlights include buckwheat blini with American caviar, Dungeness crab salad, diver scallop with black rice, and coconut flan for dessert. 8747 Melrose Ave., Hollywood, (323) 655-6277, www.lucques.com.
Morels Steak House will have special Valentine's Day menu with a Godiva chocolate-raspberry cocktail ($12), a mustard-encrusted filet of beef ($48), a sockeye salmon with a sweet corn polenta ($27) and a heart-shaped red velvet cake for dessert ($14). 139 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles, (323) 965-9595, www.morelsla.com.
Rustic Canyon Wine Bar and Seasonal Kitchen is offering a prix-fixe menu for $110 a person, designed for double dates or a small group. The table chooses six of 16 dishes, with optional wine pairings available for an additional $45 per person. Highlights include oysters Rockefeller, New York strip steak with bone marrow and, for dessert, a passion fruit marshmallow with a hot cocoa tart. The a la carte menu will also be available in the bar, lounge and patio areas. 1119 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, (310) 393-7050, www.rusticcanyonwinebar.com.
Tanzy win Westwood will have a 6-course menu priced at $69 per person for Valentine's Day. Highlights include lobster ravioli; grilled filet mignon an gulf shrimp and a layered Ambrosia. Optional wine and beverage pairings are also available. 10840 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 307-7004, www.tanzyrestaurant.com/westwood.
Tavern will have a four-course menu for $110 per person. Highlights include endive and Dungeness crab, ricotta gnudi, braised short ribs and a caramel Bavarian bar for dessert. 11648 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, (310) 806-6464, www.tavernla.com.
Sausal in El Segundo will have Valentine's Day dishes designed for two, available Feb. 13 and 14. Highlights include a seafood tapas platter and a rancho surf and turf plate. Tattinger Champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries will also be available. 219 Main St., El Segundo, (310) 322-2721, www.sausal.com.
Stonehill Tavern at the St. Regis Monarch Beach will have a special five-course dinner Sunday priced at $150 per person. Optional wine pairings are available for an additional $85 per person, and each diner who purchases a bottle of Champagne will receive a complimentary, limited-edition David Yurman bracelet (due to a partnership with South Coast Plaza). 1 Monarch Beach Resort N., Dana Point, (949) 234-3200, www.stregismb.com/stonehill-tavern.
Viviane at the Avalon Hotel will have a Valentine's Day brunch Feb. 13 and Feb. 14, as well as a prix-fixe dinner on Valentine's Day. For brunch, a menu inspired by Marilyn Monroe's famous lovers, including the Marlon Brando, a marinated pork tenderloin and The JFK, a corned short rib sandwich. The Valentine's Day dinner is $72 per person and highlights include a caviar amuse-bouche; blood orange salad; pan-roasted Delta Sturgeon and rose-scented pavlova. 9400 W. Olympic Blvd., Beverly Hills, (310) 407-7791, www.vivianerestaurant.com.
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