38 L.A. restaurants with Valentine’s Day specials
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, 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 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, 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 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 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, 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, 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, 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, https://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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, https://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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