Celebrate Valentine's Day at L.A. Restaurants: Part Two

More specials for the biggest date night of the year
Photo: Lucques, Facebook

Photo: Lucques, Facebook


Now that you’ve feasted your eyes on Part One of our dining guide to Valentine’s Day specials, read on for a dozen more L.A.restaurants that will make this special night as delicious as it is romantic.

Lucques



Romance is always in the air at Lucques, thanks to the rustic, intimate surroundings of the former carriage house of the original Harold Lloyd estate. On Valentine's Day, Chef de Cuisine Mercedes Rojas is serving a luxe five-course menu that's perfect for couples. Highlights include dungeness crab, diver scallop, herb-roasted rack of lamb, and blackberry vacherin. Pricing is $135 per person, with an optional wine pairing available.

Mélisse (Feb. 9-11, Feb. 13-14, 2018)



On Valentine’s Day, Josiah Citrin's Mélisse presents a seven-course prix fixe menu that begins with egg caviar. Other highlights include sweet pea soup, tuna tartare, seared foie gras, Stonington Maine diver scallop, lobster Bolognese, Santa Barbara black cod, prime beef ribeye cap, and 21-day aged Liberty duck. Pricing for the seven-course menu is $325 per person. Mélisse is also offering a Valentine’s Weekend Menu for $175 from Friday to Sunday, Feb. 9-11.

Nerano

Nerano



At Nerano in Beverly Hills, Executive Chef Michele Lisi is offering Valentine’s Day dinner specials in addition to the complete dinner menu. Start with a special Valentine Day’s cocktail – the Colore dell'Amore is made with Plymouth Gin, St. Germain, lemon juice, guava nectar, lavender bitters, prosecco, and edible flower. A la carte Valentine's specials include roasted scallops, carrot-ginger soup, risotto al granchio, house-made pappardelle with wild boar ragu, pan-roasted Alaskan black cod, and Harrison Farm beef tenderloin. Finish with one of Chef Lisi’s favorites – Mousse al Cioccolato Fondente (Guanaja Dark Chocolate Mousse, sugar crunch, blackberries, white chocolate heart). Pricing for the Valentine’s Day specials ranges from $15 – $55.

Otium



Situated in an urban plaza beyond a small grove of olive trees adjacent to The Broad museum, Otium has been praised by Los Angeles Times food critic Jonathan Gold as “L.A.’s most ambitious restaurant in years.” On Valentine's Day, Chef Timothy Hollingsworth is featuring a four-course prix fixe menu with highlights such as Yukon Gold Potato Veloute, Housemade Otium Roll, Spanish Octopus, Maine Lobster, Snake River Farms Eye of the Ribeye, and White Chocolate Namelaka. Pricing is $125 per guest with an optional $55 wine pairing. Vegetarian and gluten free options will be available.

Patina Restaurant



The flagship restaurant of Joachim Splichal’s restaurant group, Patina is one of the premier fine dining restaurants in Los Angeles. Served from 5-10:30pm, the Valentine's Day prix fixe menus include highlights like heirloom beets, basil infused tuna, Maine lobster, black truffle tagliatelle, foie gras, wild striped bass, Snake River Farms wagyu beef, Millbrook Farms venison, and caramelized white chocolate cremeux. Pricing is $105 for three courses and $160 for six courses.

Petrossian Restaurant & Boutique



Petrossian Paris Boutique & Restaurant, the caviar mecca located just steps from the shops on Robertson Boulevard, is serving a luxurious five-course Valentine's Day dinner that starts with an oyster amuse-bouche with caviar, horseradish and apple mignonette. First course is hamachi, followed by foie gras creme brulee, then Périgord black truffle risotto. Main course is a choice of kobe a5 or scallops. Finish with dark chocolate with strawberry mousse and macadamia nut brittle. Pricing is $150, including coffee & tea service.

The Pikey

The Pikey



Hollywood’s popular British pub, The Pikey is celebrating Valentine's Day with dinner specials and a complimentary glass of champagne. Available from 5pm to 1:30am, the specials include twice-cooked hummus, Oysters Rockefeller, pan-roasted 8 oz filet mignon, Lobster Thermidor, and vanilla bean & cinnamon creme brulee. Pricing for the a la carte specials ranges from $9 - $48.

Boasting one of L.A.'s best restaurant patios, The Ponte is serving a four-course prix fixe Valentine's dinner for $75 per person. First course options include hamachi crudo, polenta, or salad of roasted root vegetables & burrata. Next, choose from pasta al pomodoro, ricotta di bufala & truffle agnolotti, or tagliolini. Entree is a choice of ribeye of beef or wood roasted branzino. For dessert, choose from tiramisu, chocolate cake, or vanilla panna cotta.

Providence



Michael Cimarusti's acclaimed Providence is featuring an extravagant Valentine's Tasting Menu for $260 per person, or $380 with wine pairing. Highlights include geoduck, spider crab, Santa Barbara spot prawn, Maine lobster, black cod, and aged Sonoma County Liberty Farms duck.

Redbird



On Valentine's Day, Neal Fraser's Redbird is offering a three-course prix fixe dinner that starts with an amuse bouche and first course options roasted beets, burrata ravioli, shigoku oyster, or diver scallop. Main course selections include Redbird Tofu, New Zealand John Dory, bacon-wrapped saddle of rabbit, filet of beef, and a Porterhouse for Two (add $30). For dessert, choose from chocolate mousse two ways, Eton Mess (kaffir lime meringue), Oaxacan Romance (flan with pear mole), or raspberry mousse cake for two ($14). Pricing is $125 per person, with optional wine pairing for $75.

Named after his mother, Rosaliné is what Chef Ricardo Zarate calls the “next phase of Peruvian dining.” On Valentine's Day, Zarate is serving a three-course "Love to Share" tasting menu. To start, each guest will choose from Spanish mackerel ceviche, butternut squash salad, beef tartare, or ensalada de beterraga (beets 3 ways). The couple will select and share a main course: Chaufa Paella, Vegan Chaufa Paella, or Seafood Chaufa Paella. For dessert, the couple will share red velvet con leche or sorbet (vegan). A glass of sparkling wine will be served to each guest with dessert. Pricing is $85 per guest. Note that each reservation is allocated 90 minutes - if you'd like to stay longer, please call for the last seating.

Rossoblu



Located in Downtown L.A.'s City Market South, Rossoblu is serving a Valentine's Day prix fixe menu that starts with a half-dozen grilled Morro Bay oysters ($25 supplement). Antipasti options include valbruna's eggplant, big eye tuna crudo, duck leg conserva salad, or warm lobster salad ($15 supplement). Pasta course is a choise of lasagne bolognese, beet & mascarpone tortelli, maltagliati, or salsify & black truffle risotto ($30 supplement). Mains include almond crusted skate, roasted lamb shoulder, coal roasted vegetables, or grilled Holstein beef tagliata ($30 supplement). Finish with zuppa inglese, nutella charlotte, or gelato. Pricing is $95 person.

Start the evening with a special Valentine's Day Couples Cocktail Class ($75/couple) from 5-6pm. Bar Director Brynn Smith will teach an introduction to Aperol and an Old Pal at Rossoblu, along with some bar bites.

Saddle Peak Lodge



Nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains above Malibu, Saddle Peak Lodge is a warm, rustic retreat located in a romantic setting along a creek that runs from Las Virgenes Canyon to the Pacific Ocean. On Valentine's Day, Saddle Peak Lodge is featuring a four-course tasting menu by Executive Chef Adam Horton. First course options include Pacific Oysters "Menage a Trois," roasted beet salad or Hawaiian bigeye tuna crudo. Next, choose from Maryland crab cake, truffle soup or sea urchin cavatelli. Main courses include roasted elk tenderloin, petite filet mignon, miso marinated black cod, and wild mushroom pasta. Finish with croissant bread pudding, petite chocolate "fudge" brownie, or meyer lemon & strawberry. Pricing is $145 per person.

Same Same Thai



Silver Lake’s bustling Same Same Thai is offering a four-course Valentine's menu with traditional Thai fare, accompanied by either a can of sparkling wine (equals 2 ½ glasses), or two glasses of Love You Bunches, a whimsical Carbonic Sangiovese. Priced at $75 for two, the prix fixe dinner features Pa Pia Tod, Tom Kha Soup, Pad See Ew, and Coconut Flan.

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Margherita pizza at Sotto | Photo by Mary Costa

One of L.A.'s top Italian restaurants, Sotto is featuring a five-course prix fixe menu by Chef de Cuisine Craig Towe on Valentine's Day. Begin with stracciatella toast with caviar and EVOO. Antipasti options include trumpet mushrooms, tuna carpaccio, or roasted pork sausage. Next, choose from risotto, spaghetti, or short rib agnolotti. Mains include margherita pizza, roasted halibut, or grilled guinea hen. Finish with a scoop of gelato/sorbetto, olive oil cake, or chocolate panna cotta. Pricing is $85, with a $45 optional wine pairing. 

Tavern



Located in the upscale neighborhood of Brentwood, Tavern is serving a Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu that starts with a salad of chicories or oysters on the half shell for two (supplemental $10/person). Second course is Tehachapi grain lasagna with asparagus, snap peas, squash purée, fromage blanc and pistou. Main course selections include black bass, grilled veal chop, wild mushrooms with polenta, and grilled beef porterhouse for two (supplemental $25/person). Dessert is caramel chocolate cake with passion fruit and almond tuile. Pricing for the four-course menu is $98 per person, with an optional wine pairing for $55.

Toscana

Toscana



The acclaimed trattoria in Brentwood, Toscana is offering Valentine’s Day dinner specials such as Maine lobster salad with pistachio crust and citrus dressing; risotto with pear and gorgonzola cheese, red wine reduction; lamb chop with seasoned vegetables, balsamic reduction. Pricing for the à la carte specials ranges from $28 - $55.

Adjacent to the restaurant, Bar Toscana is featuring a special Valentine's day cocktail – the Ti Amo is made with with prosecco, lavender, rose water, cherry liqueur, and splash of lemon. A la carte Valentine's specials include filet mignon with balsamic reduction & peppercorn; sea bass rotolini with white asparagus puree; and cheesecake with strawberry reduction. Pricing for the à la carte specials at Bar Toscana ranges from $14 - $35.

Union



Chef Bruce Kalman’s star has risen with a victory over Bobby Flay on “Beat Bobby Flay” and a Season 15 slot on “Top Chef” Colorado. Union, the seasonal Italian restaurant he runs in Old Pasadena with Marie Petulla, is featuring a prix fixe Valentine's dinner for two, priced at $75 per person. Start with chilled hama hama blue pool oysters, followed by saffron gnocchetti sardi. The main course is Pitman Farms roast duck, and to finish enjoy lemon verbena panna cotta.