By Jill Weinlein, 2/14/2013
Best First Date
Make a date at 7 p.m. on Feb. 14 at the private second floor at Caulfield’s Bar & Dining Room for a bartending lesson. Beverage Director, Jeremy Back and Bartender, Pierre Dos Santos will teach guests, while trays of hors d’ ouvers are passed. There will be opportunities for guests to jump behind the bar and whip up a “Cupid’s Arrow” cocktail for his or her date. This event is $50 per person. Downstairs is a three-course Valentine’s menu for $68 per person. 8400 Wilshire Blvd. (323)651-5500.
The Hotel Wilshire
Enjoy a Romance package during the month of Feb. with a suite at Kimpton’s Mid Wilshire hotel. Receive a $125 food and beverage credit to be used at Eric Greenspan’s intimate The Roof on Wilshire restaurant. Guests receive Fork Me, Spoon Me, the Sensual Cookbook from Amy Reiley. Late check out at 2 p.m. and valet parking is included. 6317 Wilshire Blvd. (866)650-2154
Bring your sweetheart to BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood or Santa Monica for festive menus. At the West Hollywood location, ladies will receive complimentary flowers. Couples may enjoy Chef’s Valentine’s Day specials for two such as oyster three ways or lobster Thermidore stuffed with lobster mashed, baby carrots, baby fennel, snap peas and brandy sauce. In Santa Monica, guests may enjoy a three-course “Sweetheart” menu for $150 per couple. 9200 Sunset Blvd. (310) 278-2050 and 101 Santa Monica Blvd. (310) 899-4466.
Flemings for Valentine’s Day
Celebrate with a Venetian Valentine cocktail for $10.95 before enjoying the four-course Celebration menu for $69.95. Entrée choices are a roasted lobster tail or chateaubriand with crab glacage. Dessert is chocolate budino for two at $9.95. This special is from Feb. 14 to Feb. 17. Each couple will receive a $25 Flemings dining card to use toward a future dinner. 800 W. Olympic Blvd. (213)745-9911, 2301 Rosecrans Ave. (310)643-6911 and 252 N. Beverly Dr. (310)278-8710.
Chefs Steve and Zach are creating a special three-course prix-fixe menu that includes a warm octopus insalatina or heirloom radicchio salad. Try the pane Frattau devil’s gulch pork coratella, or rigatoni chicken livers. Dessert is cannoli Sicilian ricotta with orange marmalade, pistachios, chocolate; and a bittersweet chocolate crostata hazelnuts with salted rosemary caramel. The menu is $50 person. Wine pairing is an optional $30 or a sweetheart cocktail course for $35 per person. 9575 W Pico Blvd. (310)277-0210
Join BLD for an intimate three-course dinner on Valentine’s Day. Entrées include seared lamb chops with sweet potato purée and a chard, tomato caper tapenade or lobster cake with sweet peppers, spinach and a truffle brown butter sauce. Finish with a milk chocolate crème fraiche semifreddo. The menu is $45 per person with an optional $23 wine pairing. 7450 Beverly Blvd. (323)930-9744.
Red O Restaurant
This Valentine’s Day, Red O Restaurant is offering a three-course prix fixe dinner from 5 pm for $35 per person, featuring guacamole to share, an entrée each and a dessert each. Beginning at 6:00 pm, couples may enjoy a four-course dinner menu for $65 per person, including a selection of Red O’s signature items. 8155 Melrose Ave. (323)655-5009.
Chef John Sedlar’s Corazones y Rosas menu is back now until Feb 21 to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Start with a four course prix-fixe menu dedicated to the infamous romance of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. Menu includes: blood orange and cactus pear salad, sea bass fillet with maize essence, petite filet with Malbec wine sauce and black beans, and Brazilian baba cachaca with pink rose chantilly. $75 per person. Two different wine pairing options are $35 or $65. 1050 S. Flower St. #102, (213)749-1460.
Looking for something sweet as a Valentine’s Day treat? Pick up some TCHO heart-shaped brownie bites at $3.75 per bag, Linzer hearts with SQIRL raspberry lavender preserves for $3 per pair, and a chocolate heart cake with chocolate mousse and raspberry lavender preserves with slivered almonds for $15. Located at the Original Farmers Market. 6333 W. 3rd St #110, (323)761-7970.
Zinc @ Shade
A four-course Valentine’s dinner includes a romantic photo opportunity in Shade’s photo booth and music to set the mood. Choose a soup, salad, entrée and dessert. The price is $75 per person for dinner. Owner and wine aficionado Michael Zislis selects the optional wine pairing for an extra $25. 1221 N. Valley Dr. (310)546-4995.
Try a Mexi-China Valentine’s Day menu now until Feb. 16 with a three-course prix-fixe menu. It includes Mao’s maize cakes, camaron spring roll, sea urchin ceviche, pork chop with hoisin sauce, and Hong Kong chocolate almond torte. The menu is $60 per person and has an optional $35 and $65 wine pairing. 7360 Beverly Blvd. (323)933-5300.
Public Kitchen & Bar
Public Kitchen & Bar will usher in Valentine’s Day with a four-course prix-fixe menu featuring baby beets with lavender goat cheese, orange, and pistachio. Try the filet mignon with horseradish mashed potatoes, heirloom spinach, and truffle sauce. Finish with white chocolate hearts with Clementine and candied rose petals. The Valentine’s Day menu costs $65 per person and, and for an additional $14, guests can enjoy for Piper Heidsieck Champagne served with unique mixers such as blood oranges and hibiscus. 7000 Hollywood Blvd. (323)769-8888.
Cafe del Rey
Marina del Rey’s most romantic waterside dining destination invites couples to celebrate love with Executive Chef Daniel Roberts prix-fixe menu featuring signature dishes that showcase the season’s freshest ingredients. In addition to Valentine’s Day, the restaurant will continue to celebrate the heart all month long; offering a bevy of heart-friendly cocktails, Cafe del Rey is donating a portion of their proceeds to the American Heart Association. 4451 Admiralty Way (310)823-6395.
The Heartstopper burger comes with a starter, a side, and a champagne-strawberry ice cream sandwich to share for $40. Add two glasses of beer or wine and a champagne toast for an additional $30. 4655 Hollywood Blvd. (323)669-3922 and189 The Grove Dr. (323)954-8626.
Ray’s & Stark Bar
On Feb 14. guests can order a three-course menu for $65 per person and a four-course prix fixe menu for $75. The Mediterranean-inspired cuisine features dishes perfect for sharing. Reservations are required. Located at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd. (323)857-6197.
Located in the heart of West Hollywood, Tortilla Republic is offering a Valentine’s Day aphrodisiac four-course menu. It features signature modern Mexican cuisine and fresh, organic ingredients for $55 per person. 616 N. Robertson Blvd. (310)657-9888
A three-course prix fixe Chef’s Tasting menu features Euro Asian cuisine. Diners will choose from six starters, six entrées and a dessert sampler. The three-course prix fixe menu costs $65 per person, excluding beverages, tax and gratuity. 8741 Alden Dr. (310)859-8833, 110 Navy St. (310)396-1179 and 525 S Flower St. (213)236-9577.
Executive Chef Ricardo Zarate invites guests to enjoy a six-course Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menu. Highlights include yellowtail tiradito and pescado frito with pan roasted halibut. The prix-fixe menu is available for $60 per person and includes one glass of cava. Optional wine pairings are available for $23. Walk-ins will be accepted pending availability. 9575 W. Pico Blvd. (310)277-0133
Chef Zarate’s downtown outpost is offering a six-course Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu. The menu features signature items including a Pisco Shooter and Caigua Rellena with stuffed Peruvian cucumber, queso fresco, raisins and aji Amarillo honey. The Valentine’s Day menu is $49 per person and includes one glass of cava. Wine pairings will be available for an additional $20. 514 W. 7th. (213) 622-3744.
WP24 Restaurant and Lounge
A six-course prix fixe Valentine’s Day menu features one of the restaurant’s most cherished dishes, Roasted Duckling Peking Style with traditional garnishes for $160 per person. In the WP24 Lounge, newly appointed pastry chef, Michael Aguilar, prepares a “For the Love of Chocolate” dessert menu. The menu includes a spiced hot chocolate shooter, caramel chocolate tart and chocolate passion macaroon. Guests can enjoy the dessert menu for $24. 900 W Olympic Blvd. (213)743-8824.
Offering a romantic retreat for couples in three destinations, Santa Monica, Hollywood and Pasadena. At the Santa Monica location, Sushi Roku is offering a Sweetheart Amuse that includes two glasses of bubbly for $30 and a special Valentine’s Day chocolate dessert. In Hollywood, guests are offered a prix-fixe Valentine’s menu for $45 per person including a tasting trio with jumbo shrimp wrapped potato strings with kobocha purée, Ume (six-piece Roku-style sushi selection), Chilean sea bass with truffle miso glaze and dessert. At the Pasadena location, the restaurant will offer a Valentine’s Day Omakase for $85 per couple featuring four-courses including dessert. 1401 Ocean Ave. (310)458-4771, 8445 W 3rd St. (323)655-6767, and 33 Miller Alley (626)683-3000.
Celebrate this Valentine’s Day in the romantic French brasserie setting of Comme Ca. Chef David Myers has created a three-course prix-fixe menu for $68 per person. It features sensuous dishes such as Ricotta Ravioli with English peas, mint and preserved lemon; Dorade with eggplant caviar, tomato and nicoise olive; and for dessert a Strawberry Tartlet with orange cream, fraise de boise sorbet. The regular dinner menu will also be available. 8479 Melrose Ave. (323)782-1104.
Culinary couple Karen and Quinn Hatfield invites guests to celebrate Valentine’s Day with an intimate five-course prix-fixe menu for $135 per person. Additionally, champagne cocktails and a $60 optional wine pairing will be available. 6703 Melrose Ave. (323)935-2977.
On Valentine’s Day, Karen Hatfield will offer dainty and delicious cookies and cakes for two. Perfect for sharing with a loved one, cake flavors include coconut, tres leches and chocolate peanut butter. First come, first served. 143 S. La Brea, (323)939-0151.
A playful, love themed, nine-course tasting menu has been created by Chef Niki Nakayama for Valentine’s Day. Each guest will receive a complimentary sparkling wine and a rose as a token of adoration. Dinner is $225 per person with an $85 optional wine pairing. Seatings are at 5:45 p.m., 6:15 p.m., 8:45 p.m., 9:15 p.m. 3455 South Overland Ave. (310)836-6252.
Tres by Jose Andres
Enjoy an afternoon Tea for $32 per person from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tres also has a seven-course tasting menu with scallop ceviche; beef tartar; lobster with rose and citrus; and dipped Bon Bons for $75 per person from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. 465 South La Cienega Blvd. (310)246-5552.