By Jill Weinlein, 2/07/2013
Valentine’s at Gladstones
Start with an aphrodisiac-filled prix fixe dinner for two, including oysters three ways, Alaskan halibut with blood orange butter and a 16oz Chateaubriand. Upgrade your experience with a cozy ocean view booth or bottle of champagne and end your night with a walk on the beach. 7300 Pacific Coast Hwy (310)454-3473.
Post & Beam
Have a romantic Valentine’s Day with Executive Chef Govind Armstrong preparing a three-course menu for $30 per person. Bartender Matt Bone is creating Aphrodite’s Delight made with silver tequila, strawberry purée and chocolate milk. Entrées include salmon pillard, Heritage pork loin or smoked beef brisket. For dessert, try the red velvet crème brulée for two. 3767 Santa Rosalia Dr. (323)299-5599.
Hotel Casa del Mar
Enjoy the ocean views from The Veranda Bar on Valentine’s Day. Order “The Perfect Catch” with a bottle of Champagne Veuve Clicquot, a ride for two on the famous Santa Monica Ferris Wheel, dine on one shellfish sampler platter and a macaroon sampler platter for $85 for two people. 1910 Ocean Way. (310)581-5533.
Romance at Mr. C
A four-course dinner complete with champagne and dessert pairing is offered on Feb. 14. Listen to the music performed by Jimmy Gimelli Jazztet. The evening is $90 per person. Stay overnight on a Romantic Getaway with a lovely room, dinner for two, in-room continental breakfast and a flexible check-in/check-out. 1224 Beverwil Dr. (310)277-2800.
Valentine’s Day pre-fixe dinner and Flamenco show is offered on Feb. 14 for $60. Reservations are available from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Enjoy hand shucked market oysters, almond crusted lamb or rose petal game hen and finish with vegan Tahitian vanilla crème brulée. 4212 W. Sunset Blvd. (323)668-0318.
Scarpetta Beverly Hills
Scott Conant is creating a soulful Valentine’s Day with a decadent four-course tasting menu featuring roasted sea scallops, porcini and taleggio ravioli or crispy striped bass. Share a vanilla caramel budino or Amedi chocolate cake. Dine in the grand dining room or on the patio. Dinner is $95 per person. 225 N Canon Dr. (310)860-7970.
Chocolate & Red Wine at Napa Valley Grille
Oenophiles can escape to California’s wine regions while staying close to home. Executive Chef Taylor Boudreaux’s three-course Valentine’s prix-fixe dinner menu is $75 per person. Highlights include truffled steak tartare or oysters on the half shell for the first course. For the main course, choose from crab-stuffed live Maine lobster and pan roasted duck breast, among other items. Dessert offers 4 choices, including a white chocolate frozen soufflé with champagne candied berries. Supporting the American Heart Association’s fight against heart disease, Napa Valley Grille is offering a “Confections From the Heart” promotion during the month of February. Guests are offered two heart-healthy menu selections: dark chocolate and red wine. Funds raised will go to the Go Red for Women campaign. For $4 guests enjoy a Truffle Duo package. For, $12 guests enjoy a glass of red wine with the Truffle Duo. 1100 Glendon Ave #100 (310)824-3322.
Couples can share a spicy whole chicken with panzanella for two. The regular menu is available on Feb. 14 too. Start with a Bees Kiss cocktail with aged rum shaken with honey and cream. Finish with a chocolate and peanut butter tortino with preserved cherries. 8764 Melrose Ave. (310)432-2000.
Lazy Dog Cafe
A special Valentine’s Day menu includes sparkling strawberry sangria, surf and turf or passion fish with a champagne-lump crab cream sauce. Dessert is a butter cake with strawberry compote and vanilla bean ice cream. 3525 West Carson St. Torrance, (310)921-6080.
A Cheap Date dinner is available on Valentine’s Day for $30 per person. Choose one appetizer, one entrée and one dessert. Many of the items on the menu are vegan. Add a Big Spender beer flight of 4 premium beers for an extra $15. Come in at 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. 2141 W. Sunset Blvd. (213)483-2337.
Chole’s at Golden Road Brewing
Dinner, gift and a rose are included in a three-course menu for $80 a couple. Start with a cheese and charcuterie plate, next a choice of five main course dishes and finish with a dessert. The dinner begins from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. 5410 W. San Fernando Rd. (213)293-9472.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a weekend long exclusive menu from Feb. 14 to Feb. 17. The special three-course meal is $65 per person. Guests will be able to select from several items such as New England clam chowder, wild sea Chilean sea bass, braised kale with Greek yogurt and hazelnuts and desserts such as caramel bread pudding. 544 S. Grand Ave. (213)891-0900.
Three-course options include oysters and links, ricotta dumplings, and wood fired rotisserie chicken with grilled bosc pear panzanella. Sweet treats include persimmon pudding with sage gelato. This Valentine’s Day meal is $55 per person. 840 S. Spring St. (213)225-2400.
Ocean Avenue Seafood
A three-course meal for $55 per guest is available from Feb. 14 to Feb. 17 to celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend. Guests can select from a range of items including yellowfin tuna tartare topped with flying fish caviar, wild line caught Pacific swordfish and old fashioned chocolate cake served warm with vanilla bean ice cream. A live Maine lobster is served with steamed potatoes, steamed vegetables and drawn butter. 1401 Ocean Ave. (310)394-5669.
Fig & Olive
Start with a complimentary flute of Veuve Clicquot champagne at this romantic hot spot. Chef Pascal Lorange is preparing a three-course Valentine’s menu for $65 per person. Start with beef carpaccio or six oysters on the half shell. Entrées include roasted rack of lamb or organic seared salmon. End with a Valrhona chocolate brownie. 8490 Melrose Place. (310)360-9100.
Papilles Valentine’s Day
Enjoy a four-course menu for $80. Early seating is from 5:30-7:00 and a late seating from 8:00-9:30. 6221 Franklin Ave. (323)871-2026
RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen
Exclusively available on Feb. 14 is a complete four-course dinner with Perrier-Jouet, Grand Brut champagne toast for $58 per guest. The menu includes several appetizers to select from along with soups and salads, rice, noodles and vegetables, meats and seafood and dessert. Guests can select popular items such as Crispy Chicken Samosas and Festive Rice. 10250 Santa Monica Blvd. (310)552-9988.
Celebrate Chinese New Year
Celebrate with a Sunday Dim Sum brunch at STREET on February 10. All dishes are vegetarian and a la carte. Also on Feb. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon join Chef Susan Feniger at the Hollywood Farmers’ Market to learn about her partnership with Intrepid Travel’s New “Food Adventure” trips. Guests will enjoy samples typical of Indian street food. One lucky Farmers’ Market attendee will receive a 14-day Indian Food Adventure. Winners will be announced on Feb. 11. Travelers will taste street fare, local specialties, and home cooking in over 10 different countries around the world. The Hollywood Farmers’ Market is at Ivar and Selma Ave. STREET is at 742 North Highland Ave. (323)203-0500.
Oyster and Beer Night at BLD
Tonight, join BLD at 5 p.m. for their monthly Oyster and Beer Night, featuring Coronado Brewing Company. Grab a seat and enjoy fresh-shucked oysters on the half shell or barbecued oysters and meet the guys from Coronado Brewing Co. 7450 Beverly Blvd. (323)930-9744.
Pitfire Artisan Pizza
The newest location of handcrafted fire-singed pizza opened in Manhattan Beach. On their opening day they partnered with Walk with Sally and donated 100percent of their net proceeds to the charity. Walk with Sally supports programs to children and parents with cancer. 401 Manhattan Beach Blvd. (310)359-9555.