Valentine's Day dinner: Where to wine and dine in Los Angeles

Did the Hallmark holiday sneak up on you this year? Don't worry: We've got your Valentine's Day dinner plans all figured out.

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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

Valentine's Day at Mélisse

Let’s get fancy, love birds. Santa Monica’s French-infused eatery Mélisse is offering a four-day long exclusive set menu with recipes so elegant, it might just be a suit and tie affair. Two days before Valentine’s Day and the following Sunday, enjoy an enchanting eight-course meal from highly acclaimed chef Josiah Citrin, which includes Sonoma lamb served with Brussels sprouts, capers, raisins and rosemary; lobster bolognese, tai snapper and more. But for the ultimate meal-to-remember, reserve a table on Valentine’s Day for a luxe nine-course (yes, you read that correctly) experience serving all of the above and a special caviar appetizer. Pinkies up!

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Mélisse Thursday February 12 2015 - Sunday February 15 2015

Valentine's Day Dinner at Tanzy

Come this Valentine’s Day, love will be infused within the tasty modules of Tanzy’s tantalizing three-course menu composed of crispy duck leg, pan-seared scallops “gratin,” and a dangerously divine dark chocolate tart. Cozy up to a fine glass of boutique wine and artisanal Italian cuisine under dimly lit cascading lights and wood-like vines. Enjoy the romantic dining experience for $89, which also includes a half bottle of wine and take-away sweet treat.

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Tanzy Saturday February 14 2015

Valentine's Day at Tres by José Andrés

Known for his whimsical, mad-scientist-like offerings at the SLS Hotel’s The Bazaar, José Andrés takes his culinary genius to redefine homey comfort food at his neighboring restaurant Tres by José Andrés. Come Valentine’s Day weekend, divulge in the savory sweet modules of his trademark $69 brunch, boasting an affectionate buffet selection, bottomless mimosas, one tantalizing entrée, and take home bonbons. Or for $85 per person, serenade your date with a multi-course dinner experience where Andrés will be whipping up a special fixed menu in the name of love.

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Tres by José Andrés Saturday February 14 2015 - Sunday February 15 2015

Black Truffle Menu

Black truffles are the stars of this year's truffle dinner series held at SAAM, the chef's tasting room at The Bazaar by José Andrés. The innovative and decadent multi-course meal abundantly features these black gems, foraged by the Truffle Brothers, Marco and Michael Pietroiacovom, of Italy. The menu is offered Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings (including Valentine's Day!), and reservations are required.

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The Bazaar by José Andrés Until Saturday February 28 2015

Vegan Valentine's Day dinner at Gracias Madre

Veggies can be sexy too, you guys. Gracias Madre, WeHo's popular vegan Mexican restaurant, is setting out to prove that notion with a very vegan Valentine's Day dinner, featuring four courses and zero meat. For $50 per person, you'll get roasted love farm beets with cashew crème and burnt orange pecan dust; roasted fig, hazelnut, cashew truffle cheese and arugula salad; and braised lentils with roasted root vegetables, grilled pineapple and plaintain beet ribbons. Finish with patel de chocolate con chile—a chocolate dessert with chili ganache and cinnamon syrup—along with beverage director Jason Eisner's specialty cocktail, the tequila-based Jalisco Kiss.

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Gracias Madre Saturday February 14 2015

Valentine's Day Dinner at La Boheme

Nothing exudes amorous ambiance like a grand inviting fireplace, decadent chandeliers, romantic red hues, and a French-style outdoor jardin. If ever there was a recipe for crafting a dreamy, love-igniting space, La Boheme knows just the right ingredients—and not just with interior decor, but also with a mouth-watering three-course menu, which includes a series of course options like ono crudo, filet of beef with lobster mashed potatoes, artichoke ravioli, and a chocolate caramel kiss. Indulge in a charmingly curated Valentine’s Day dinner for $79 and reserve a spot under the frosty crystals or moonlit patio.

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Café La Boheme Saturday February 14 2015

Casanova menu at The Little Door

The Little Door in Santa Monica is already romantic enough, but a Casanova menu? Be still, my heart. For $175, dinners can enjoy a three-course meal featuring appetizers of black truffle farro risotto and phyllo baked brie, along with entrèes of filet mignon and roasted chicken breast. To end the meal, a cream cheese-filled red velvet cake, rose petal ice cream and pistachio profiteroles give a sweet finish. Toast to your love with a glass of "love potion," then head home for...well, we'll leave that up to you.

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The Little Door - Santa Monica Saturday February 14 2015

Valentine's Day at Craft

Nothing quite sparks a foodie romance like a dark chocolate budino served with hazelnuts and coffee ice cream, prefaced by a red beet gazpacho and succulent beef sirloin. Come Valentine’s Day, this New York transplant is serving up a lusty pre-fixed menu (in their signature artisanal farm to table style), offering a myriad of tasty options like diver scallop and bacon tortellini for you and your date to devour. Wine and dine within Craft’s dreamy chic oasis for a meal that’s worthy of Cupid's arrow.

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Craft Los Angeles Saturday February 14 2015

Valentine's Day dinner and brunch at The Pikey

The Pikey isn't just relegating Valentine's Day to a dinner celebration—they're starting the love train first thing in the morning with brunch. From 10:30am-3pm, splurge on half a dozen oysters and bottle of prosecco for $25, along with other à la carte specialties. Still in bed on V-day morning? Stop by for dinner, when you can order "Lady and the Tramp" spaghetti and meatballs, lobster ravioli with Champagne sauce, and baked Alaska, among other swoon-worthy items.

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The Pikey Saturday February 14 2015

Valentine's Day Menu at Salt's Cure

For the romantic with a culinary conscience, the Valentine's Day menu at Salt's Cure is the perfect choice. Chef/owners Chris Phelps and Zak Walters's mission is to only use ingredients grown and raised in California, and their special dinner selections reflect this philosophy. Diners will enjoy a three-course menu with a seasonal soup or salad to start; an entrèe choice of fish or meat; and a dessert or cheese plate to finish. Still want more? A charcuterie board and grilled oysters can be added to the meal. Tack on wine pairings for $30 and you'll be seeing hearts.

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Salt's Cure Saturday February 14 2015

Valentine's Day at Bucato

Treat your palate to the likes of handmade pappardelle pasta, foie gras arancini with black winter truffles, crispy polenta with wild mushrooms, and succulent grilled Maine lobster. Culver City’s romantic Italian eatery, Bucato, is serving up a little taste of Italy with an exclusive Valentine’s Day a la carte menu that’s having us drool all over our screens. Reserve a plate in advance at 310-876-0286.

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Bucato Saturday February 14 2015

Dinner of the Senses

Get touchy-feely (with your food) at this sensual utensil-free. You and your lover can feed each other an eight-course meal designed to stimulate all five senses: sight, touch, taste, scent and sound ($180 per person or $230 with wine pairings). Feed your sweetheart finger-food menu items like last year's selection of caviar, oysters and a "forbidden fruit" salad in an intimate, private poolside cabana overlooking the ocean. Personalized music, flowers and decorations available by request. There are only 18 cabanas, so reservations will fill up fast. (Tip: The northern cabanas, especially numbers six through nine, have breathtaking ocean views.)

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Coliseum Pool & Grill - The Resort at Pelican Hill Saturday February 14 2015

Valentine's Day dinner at Church & State

Critics' pick

Head Downtown this Valentine's day for a four-course, prix-fixe menu at Church & State, where chef Tony Esnault is throwing in a few aphrodisiac-inspired ingredients to get your date's heart pumping. Menu highlights include Maine lobster and butternut squash risotto, chilled Misty Point oysters, slow-cooked halibut and a pâte à choux for dessert. Reservations can be made here or by calling 213-405-1434.

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Church & State Saturday February 14 2015

Valentine's Day dinner at Lucques

Critics' pick

Lucques' intimate garden setting and wood-burning fireplace practically screams "Tell me you love me!," so it's no surprise that the five-course meal offered on Valentine's Day is just as intoxicating. Chef Javier Espinoza will make buckwheat blinis with American caviar, roasted asparagus with prosciutto and pan-roasted wild striped bass. There will also be grilled veal chop, and the meal will finish with a caramel crusted walnut cake and rum raisin ice cream. Dinner is $125 per person.

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Lucques Saturday February 14 2015