Our Valentine's Day confession: Cooking up a three-course meal at home sounds romantic, but clean-up duty—not so much. Skip the dishes and head out for a Valentine's Day dinner at one of LA's most romantic restaurants, where prix-fixe menus abound and meals are made for sharing. Whether you're clinking glasses on a rooftop bar or slurping oysters at an aphrodisiac-inspired feast, these dinner deals will have you falling in love all over again.
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Valentine's Day dinners
What: Chef Brendan Collins is setting the stage for romance at his Hollywood restaurant with a three course Valentine's Day dinner. Start with a choice of oysters, foie gras, English peas or sunchoke velouté, then pick between a variety of decadent entrees before finishing with the always classic chocolate and strawberries.
Price: $70 per person
What: Indulge in fantastic Italian fare over Valentine's Day weekend at Culina, where a four course meal awaits. Start with their world class crudo along with seasonal citrus, then continue with a choice of pasta, a main entree and a spicy chocolate fonduta.
Price: $95 per person
What: The Beverly Hills steakhouse is taking things up a notch with a four course dinner (available Friday and Saturday), starting with a holiday cocktail then seguing into hot goug̖eres, fresh tagliatelle pasta, American and Japanese cuts of steak, sides and desserts (the white chocolate cheesecake sounds incredible).
Price: $160 per person
What: E.P. & L.P. is romantic enough on its own, but add in a Lovers Menu and you've got the makings of a Nicholas Sparks movie. Lovebirds will be treated to a glass of prosecco or Veuve Clicquot, followed by a half dozen oysters, Chiang Mai larb, Lou Dogg's crispy skin chicken, vegetable fried rice and coconut s'mores. Swoon!
Price: $100 per couple
What: Enjoy a romantic dinner with your significant other over Esterel's aphrosidiac-inspired menu, featuring oysters, Tuscan kale salad, seared scallop crudo, Steelhead salmon, chocolate souffle and more. The prix-fixe menu is available o both February 13 and 14.
Price: $150 per couple
What: FIG is celebrating Valentine's Day for a full three days—February 12-14—with a special menu that includes some of their most popular dishes. Indulge in shrimp ceviche, warm heirloom carrot salad, milk braised pork shoulder, slow cooked beef filet and more—then take a romantic stroll along the beach.
Price: $72 per person
What: Duck inside North Hollywood's iconic barrel bar, Idle Hour, for a multi-course meal featuring paired drinks. Start with pink grouper carpaccio, crab salad and champagne, followed by dry-aged ribeye or chicken roulade with either a gin- or bourbon-based libation. Dessert features a chamomile panna cotta with a glass of port, perfect for sipping on the heated outdoor patio.
Price: $65 per person
What: If all you need to celebrate with your SO is oysters and champagne, Knuckle & Claw is your spot. The Silver Lake lobster shack is offering $1 oysters and half bottles of champagne for $9 on Valentine's Day. Come anytime from 5-10pm to take advantage of this swoon-worthy deal.
Price: $1 oysters, $9 half bottles of champagne
Reserve: No reservations needed
What: Head Downtown for a romantic meal at L.A. Chapter, where a couple options are available for hungry lovers. Choose from a three course meal (appetizer, entree and dessert) or a whole grilled snapper and a sundae for two—then tack on the gin-based Love Potion No. 929 ($13) to really get in the mood.
Price: $60 per person
What: If you can't take your sweetheart to Paris, you can at least dine like the French. Le Petit Paris, a relative newcomer to the DTLA restaurant scene, is offering a three course meal for Valentine's Day. But first, start with an amuse-bouche and a glass of bubbly (included in the price), then move on to lobster cassolette, herb crusted lamb, and macarons or chocolate mousse, among other dishes.
Price: $85 per person
What: Love & Salt will be offering their a la carte menu throughout Valentine's Day weekend, but if you're looking for an extra special meal, consider the "That's Amore!" option: a three course menu with classic Italian dishes. White bean soup, baked ziti, chicken milanese and tiramisu are a few options diners can choose from. An optional wine pairing is also available for an additional $45.
Price: $45 per person
What: Lucques is a romantic spot every day of the week, but stop by on Valentine's Day for a five course meal and the place will truly sweep you off your feet. Dinner includes buckwheat blini with American caviar, Dungeness crab salad, diver scallops with black rice, lamb chops and coconut flan.
Price: $125 per person
What: Not only does Mercado's four course dinner include fan favorites like cream of corn soup, farmers' market chile relleno and Mexican bread pudding, but the price also includes your choice of a glass of Cava or a Berry Smash cocktail, as well as silver margaritas for $8 all night. Your date will just look better and better as the evening goes on.
Price: $70 per person
Reserve: 310-526-7121 (Santa Monica), 323-944-0947 (W 3rd St), 323-512-2500 (Hollywood)
What: Nick & Stef's is already a romantic fare, but their Valentine's Day dinner really pulls out all the stops. Choose from a three course or four course meal, with highlights that include grilled loup de mer, wild boar ragut, petit filet with a half lobster tail and more.
Price: $78 for three courses, $90 for four courses
What: Executive chef Paul Lee turns up the heat on Valentine's Day with phenomenal multi-course options at Patina. Oysters, lobster and beef tenderloin are all among a variety of dishes that make up the three, four and eight course dinners that you'll be swooning over in no time.
Price: $85 for three courses, $105 for four courses, $160 for eight courses
What: For that vegetarian honey in you life, Plant Food + Wine's six course, plant-based menu is the ideal Valentine's Day meal. Enjoy beets with black truffle, winter citrus, root vegetable "Wellington," warm date cake and more, all of which can be paired with wines from the restaurant's list of organic, bio-dynamic varietals.
Price: $65 per person, $25 wine pairing
What: Whether you're dining with your sweetheart or a group of friends, Rustic Canyon is offering a traditional family-style meal for Valentine's Day dinner. Choose 6 dishes out of 16 options, including New York strip steak, oyster Rockefeller and passion fruit marshmallow with a hot cocoa tart. Upgrade to wine pairings for an additional $45 per person.
Price: $110 per person
What: Throughout Valentine's Day Weekend, Saddle Peak Lodge is offering a four course menu for hungry couples. Fisher Island oysters, beet salad, grilled Spanish octopus, mushroom soup, elk tenderloin, grilled Wagyu steak and dark chocolate mousse cake are among the many dish options available.
Price: $125 per person
What: Scarpetta will be closing next month (sob!), but you can celebrate one last meal here with a four course Valentine's Day dinner. Grilled Spanish octopus, creamy polenta, Scarpetta's famed spaghetti, branzino and passion fruit panna cotta are just a few of the dishes available to choose from. It'll be a sweet send off for this beloved Beverly Hills staple.
Price: $132 per person; $50 wine pairing; $75 rosé pairing
What: Available on Valentine's Day only, Spago Beverly Hills is offering a multi-course meal that can be upgraded with a bottle of champagne, souffles or mille-feuilles for two. To sweeten the pot, each couple will receive housemade chocolate bark at the end of the meal.
Price: $145 per person
What: Diners at the swanky STK LA can order from the regular menu if they wish, but an "It Takes Two" menu is available as well, a four course affair that might includes caviar tagliatelle, oysters, Wagyu sirloin, a dessert platter for two and more. Pre-order a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rose or Yellow Label Champagne, which you can adorn with a personal love letter to your sweetheart.
Price: $70 per person
What: Steak, wine and your sweetheart—what more do you need? The Bellwether is offering a 18-ounce bone-in ribeye for two, along with a bottle of Château Le Bergey Bordeaux, for carnivorous diners. All you'll have to decide on is who's place you're going to after dinner.
Price: $80 per couple
What: This one's a splurge, guys, but it's well worth it. For three nights over Valentine's Day weekend, WP24 is offering a private cabana dining experience that includes a seven course dinner overlooking the city. Dine on oysters and caviar, Alaskan King prawns and a dessert board while the champagne flows and the lights of DTLA twinkle. Cabanas are limited.