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The best romantic Valentine’s Day dinners in Los Angeles

When it comes to reservations, you know it’s a bloodbath out there—so get ahead of the crunch with our favorite (still available) V-Day menus across L.A.

Patricia Kelly Yeo
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Patricia Kelly Yeo
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For many restaurants, Valentine’s Day is their Super Bowl—and this year, the Hallmark holiday and big game day are going head to head, with many of the city’s best eateries pulling double duty in order to offer specials and menus for both annual events (particularly since the game will take place here in L.A. at SoFi Stadium). In practice, this also means couples hoping to celebrate early might have their prolonged eye contact and intimate conversations interrupted by loud screaming. Who knows! 

Our word of advice, applicable just for 2022? Skip the early celebration and celebrate with your loved ones on Valentine’s Day itself, which falls on a Monday this year. Though you’ll find plenty of restaurants with à la carte menus, our curated list of the best Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menus in L.A. (that still have reservations!) will take further hassle out of planning and choosing. We’ve also included callouts for those that offer outdoor dining, amid the still ongoing surge in Covid cases across L.A. County.

From romantic hideaways to a handful of the city’s best restaurants, old favorites and newcomers alike, these excellent L.A. restaurants have your V-Day plans more than covered in terms of ambience and food alike—and if you find that your first choice is booked, you’re almost guaranteed to find another just-as-great spot on this list. 

Planning note: Unless listed, all menus are only available on February 14. All restaurants in the city of Los Angeles and West Hollywood are required to ask for proof of Covid vaccination to dine indoors, though this isn’t always the case for outdoor dining. However, many restaurants require all guests on the premises to be vaccinated, regardless of whether they’re sitting indoors or outdoors.

Our favorite $100+ per head dinners

  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Beverly Hills
  • price 3 of 4

Menu: From February 12 to 14, Walter and Margarita Manzke’s traditional bistro will offer a five-course Valentine’s menu highlighting seasonal ingredients and signature favorites from Bicyclette’s regular menu, with options for vegetarians and pescatarians. The restaurant will be seating both on the first floor bistro, plus their more spacious second floor dining room, the site of the pair’s still-unopened upstairs restaurant. 

Why you should book: We named Bicyclette our Best New Restaurant of 2021. The green-and-wood interiors conjure up a charming, old-school bistro in Paris and everything on the menu is delicious and covered in butter. Plus, they’re offering the menu on the 12th and 13th, as well as the day of. What’s not to love?

Price: $175 per person plus beverage, tax and gratuity. 

Reservations: Book online via OpenTable.

  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • West Adams
  • price 2 of 4

Outdoor dining available.

Menu: Avner Lavi's brand-new West Adams pasta bar will offer a four-course prix-fixe menu on Valentine’s Day. Highlights include the restaurant’s must-try sprouted cauliflower, which comes with golden raisins, almonds and castelvetrano olives, a spicy pomodoro flecked with calabrian chili and truffle and Lavi’s saffron yellow panna cotta with pink peppercorns and slices of blood orange. 

Why you should book: Once a longtime fixture Downtown, this pasta pop-up’s new home now features a lovely courtyard with olive trees and a pristine, marble-topped dining counter. Lavi’s newly expanded menu of vegetables, mains and desserts are just as delicious as the pastas that first put it on the map. Despite the restaurant’s cult following, dining here generally feels like an understated, quieter affair—which you might just want for Valentine’s Day. 

Price: $125 per person plus beverage, tax and gratuity.

Reservations: Email adrien@centopastabar.com. Seatings at 5pm, 6:30pm, 8pm and 9:30pm available.

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  • Restaurants
  • Mediterranean
  • West Hollywood
  • price 3 of 4

Outdoor dining available.

Menu: This Valentine’s Day, Soulmate in West Hollywood will offer a special six-course prix-fixe menu, plus amuse-bouche, courtesy of head chef Rudy Lopez. Each diner will receive a “bite” of sangria to start, before moving onto several seafood-centric courses, including uni toast with rock shrimp and a Maine lobster arroz cremoso laced with black truffle and saffron. Dessert consists of leche frita (northern Spanish fried milk dough) alongside vanilla custard, basil ice cream and white chocolate brittle. 

Why you should book: Beyond its extremely fitting name, the feel of this beautifully designed West Hollywood space turns particularly sultry at night. Soulmate’s excellent Spanish-Mediterranean cuisine and impeccable indoor-outdoor space also earned the restaurant a spot on our Best New Restaurants list last year. 

Price: $180 per person plus beverage, tax and gratuity.

Reservations: Book online via OpenTable.

  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • Beverly Hills

Outdoor dining available.

Menu: This seafood-centric Mexican restaurant in Beverly Hills is offering a  six-course tasting menu for Valentine’s Day full of marine delights, among other unique ingredients. Start off with an amuse-bouche of grilled oyster and uni as well as salsify, a lesser-known root vegetable, served with finger lime and “mexikosho” tapioca, then choose a tostada, salad, small plate, main entrée and dessert. We recommend the crispy braised pork belly and the whole fried snapper for two, but with cooking as inspired as head chef Joshua Gil’s, you can’t really go wrong at Mírame.

Why you should book: Ignore the fact it’s located in the most expensive, price-gouging part of Beverly Hills—Mírame offers some of the best Mexican cooking in all of L.A. The restaurant’s tequila and mezcal list is formidable, and its airy feel, high ceilings and more intimate hidden back patio make it a worthwhile Valentine’s Day dinner for those who appreciate a highly inventive take on Mexican cuisine. 

Price: $135 per person plus beverage, tax and gratuity. 

Reservations: Book online via OpenTable.

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  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Koreatown
  • price 3 of 4

Menu: The second iteration of Chad Colby’s first restaurant, Antico Nuovo is offering a four-course prix-fixe menu including antipasti, primi, secondi and dolci for the entire table. Though no dish specifics are currently on hand, expect more of Colby’s dutifully reproduced wood-fired Italian classics, rustic pieces of focaccia and grilled vegetables and the restaurant’s now famous ice cream, which is made using a top-of-the-line Carpigiani machine imported from Italy.

Why you should book: After weathering the pandemic and undergoing interior design and menu changes and menu tweaks, Antico (Nuovo) has only managed to improve with time. The restaurant’s all-white interiors and wooden furniture also make a fitting stripped-down backdrop to a seriously thoughtful meal of Italian cuisine that stays true to its roots.

Price: $100 per person plus beverage, tax and gratuity.

Reservations: Book online via OpenTable.

  • Restaurants
  • Californian
  • Santa Monica
  • price 3 of 4

Outdoor dining available.

Menu: Shutters on the Beach’s lobby eatery will offer a Valentine’s Day three-course prix-fixe menu on the 14th and the 13th—for those who aren’t celebrating the Super Bowl. Choose from seafood-centric starters and five different mains, including a lobster pappardelle and vegan-friendly pesto fusilli. If you’d rather share, 1 Pico is also offering a Spanish pata negra board, complete with tomato bread and garlic, plus whole filet sole meuniére. For dessert, there’s also an adorable red velvet heart, chocolate chiffon cake or passion fruit panna cotta.

Why you should book: This airy, nautical-themed hotel eatery overlooks the Pacific, making it the perfect restaurant to catch the sunset, and its outdoor area includes a tree overhung with lanterns, as well as plenty of patio heaters. 

Price: $115 per person plus beverage, tax and gratuity. 

Reservations: Book online via Resy.

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  • Restaurants
  • Spanish
  • Highland Park
  • price 2 of 4

Menu: Teresa Montaño’s globally influenced Spanish eatery in Highland Park will offer a special six-course tasting menu, including sake-cured fluke crudo, caviar-topped crinkled Spanish potatoes, grilled Caledonian prawns and pasta tinta: a saffron froth-topped squid ink pasta made with mussel escabeche and shallots in a sauce of butter and txakolina, a type of dry white Castilian wine. For dessert, choose from fried bites of arroz con leche or boozy dark chocolate mousse with dulce de leche and sea salt.

Why you should book: Montaño’s restaurant has one of the more elegant-looking dining rooms in the neighborhood, and its Spanish cuisine ranks among the best in the city. Together, they make Otoño an ideal spot for Valentine’s Day dinner for those who live nearby, lovers of Iberian cuisine and people who’d rather go out in a less traffic-congested part of town.

Price: $125 per person plus beverage, tax and gratuity. 

Reservations: Book online via Resy.

The Penthouse at the Huntley Hotel
  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Santa Monica

Menu: Eighteen stories above Santa Monica, the Penthouse at the Huntley will offer a three-course Valentine’s Day dinner alongside extremely fancy glass chandeliers, intimate drape-lined booths and a wraparound view of the Promenade and the Pacific Ocean.

Why you should book: The restaurant is picture-perfect, and comes with a ride up an all-glass elevator. Most will find the Mediterranean-inspired New American food more than decent, though quite expensive for what it is. But the chance to enjoy a long evening with a loved one—or even a group of friends—at this ultra-romantic Santa Monica eatery with breathtaking ocean views is more than worth the cost of admission.

Price: $125 per person plus beverage, tax and gratuity. 

Reservations: Book online via OpenTable.

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  • Restaurants
  • American creative
  • Downtown Historic Core
  • price 3 of 4

Outdoor dining available.

Menu: Neal Fraser’s stunning Downtown restaurant, located in an old Roman Catholic cathedral, will offer a three-course Valentine’s Day tasting menu (with vegetarian options) on February 13 and 14 in Redbird’s open-air dining room, its fully indoor lounge and its olive tree-lined garden. Choose from decadent appetizers like chawanmushi and beef heart tartare to start, plus a unique bacon-wrapped rabbit as a main. Pick from dark chocolate cremeux or rose pavlova for dessert.

Why you should book: Redbird bills its outdoor seating area as an urban oasis, and we definitely agree. Filled with olive trees, plenty of patio heaters and a view of Redbird’s vegetable patch, the garden feels downright romantic at night. The open-air dining room’s interiors are equally impressive, albeit moodier, and Fraser’s fine dining fare is top-notch as well.

Price: $148 per person plus beverage, tax and gratuity. $75 optional wine pairing.

Reservations: Book online via Tock.

  • Restaurants
  • American
  • Hollywood
  • price 3 of 4

Menu: Curtis Stone’s Hollywood chophouse will offer a decadent six-course surf and turf menu featuring baked potato topped with caviar, a curated selection of cured and aged meats and a funky squid-based ’nduja spread seasoned with tarragon and parsley. From there, indulge in Dungeness crab pasta, strip-cut Australian Wagyu and pastry chef Tamber Weiersheuser’s red velvet cake for dessert. 

Why you should book: Soft-lit, understated and elegant, the feel of Curtis Stone’s second L.A. restaurant is absolutely made for special occasions like Valentine’s Day, provided you and your date enjoy the taste of high-quality red meat and any and all methods of eating animals. 

Price: $180 per person plus beverage, tax and gratuity. 

Reservations: Book online via OpenTable.

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  • Restaurants
  • Californian
  • Beverly
  • price 3 of 4

Outdoor dining available.

Menu: Both locations of Suzanne Goin and Caroline Styne’s pioneering hyper-seasonal California-French eatery will offer the same four-course, seasonally driven Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menu. Start your dinner off right with oysters, before digging into arugula salad and cheesy focaccia. Other highlights include a potato gnocchi made with Maine lobster and roasted chanterelle mushrooms. For dessert, there’s a drool-worthy vaccherin for two: a crisp meringue filled with ice cream and lemon curd that's topped with candied citrus and ultra-expensive, ultra-sweet Harry’s Berries.

Why you should book: A.O.C’s original Beverly Grove location, which features a plant-filled, stringlit patio with a fireplace, is particularly charming for Valentine’s Day, and its newer Brentwood location is convenient for those coming from the Westside or the Valley. In either case, the iconic small plates spot is perfect for a quieter, more intimate Valentine’s Day meal. 

Price: $130 per person plus beverage, tax and gratuity. 

Reservations: Book online via OpenTable.

  • Restaurants
  • American creative
  • Studio City
  • price 3 of 4

Outdoor dining available.

Menu: Cozy up this Valentine’s Day at Firefly, a New American eatery in Studio City with sultry mood lighting, bookshelf-covered walls and one of the most romantic patios in all of L.A. Each three-course set menu comes with a glass of sparkling rosé and a cranberry and walnut tart topped with blue cheese, plus a starter, entrée and dessert. Highlights include a scallop crudo with habanero mignonette, a shrimp bucatini with braised Swiss chard and sofrito and the Study of Chocolate: a two-person sampler with Luxardo cherry-topped chocolate cake, brownies, chocolate peanut butter cookies and pistachio semifreddo.

Why you should book: This Valley standout more than sets the mood—especially if you’re dining outdoors, with plenty of string lights, patio heaters and even a fireplace. 

Price: $125 per person plus beverage, tax and gratuity.

Reservations: Call 818-762-1833.

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  • Restaurants
  • Steakhouse
  • Culver City
  • price 3 of 4

Outdoor dining available.

Menu: This Culver City steakhouse dating back to the Rat Pack era is going all out for Valentine’s Day with a five-course prix-fixe meal. Start off with chef Josiah Citrin’s extra bougie tater tots, which come topped with caviar, salmon roe, grated egg yolk, creme fraiche and chives, plus truffled deviled eggs and smoked salmon rillettes. From there, it’s highly well executed traditional American steakhouse fare, including shrimp and crab Louie, filet mignon with lobster and an “ultimate f@$&%#!” chocolate cake.

Why you should book: For those who swoon over dirty martinis and steak, there may be no more intimate place in town than Dear John’s. The restaurant’s dim-lit interiors and well-decorated outdoor dining area retain old-school charm, while Citrin’s retro-cool steakhouse fare and the team’s excellent service ensure you and your companion have everything you need for a romantic dinner. 

Price: $185 per person plus beverage, tax and gratuity. 

Reservations: Book online via Resy.

  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • Fairfax District
  • price 3 of 4

Outdoor dining available.

Menu: There may be no more maximalist V-Day prix-fixe menu in town than Angelini Osteria, where guests can choose from 10-plus options for their appetizer, entree and dessert. Each diner also receives a trio of stuzzichino to start the meal of marinated salmon, fregola sarda and chunks of Parmesan in saba, a balsamic-like condiment made from fermented grape juice. For those who prefer to dine outside, this traditional Italian trattoria off Beverly Boulevard also has a quiet, string-lit back patio.

Why you should book: L.A. is a city full of great Italian restaurants, but Gino Angelini’s eponymous neighborhood eatery keeps the mood feeling cozy and casual with excellent service and even better cuisine. If you’re looking for an unfussy dinner that still manages to feel special, this place is it. 

Price: $115 per person plus beverage, tax and gratuity.

Reservations: Book online via OpenTable or call 323-297-0070, extension 1.

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  • Restaurants
  • Californian
  • Santa Monica
  • price 3 of 4

Outdoor dining available.

Menu: If you’re in the mood for hyper seasonal cuisine this Valentine’s Day, look no further than Santa Monica’s iconic Michelin-starred farm-to-table spot, which will offer a seven-course menu curated especially for the holiday that will include a themed takeaway gift. In the name of Cupid, head chef Andy Doubrava plans to serve a colorful dish with red fruit and pink radicchio, plus a dark pink beet crepe for dessert. Other menu highlights include duck and caviar—a special dash of V-Day decadence. 

Why you should book: While the restaurant’s sleek dining room and string-lit parking lot patio off Wilshire might lack the glitz of other V-Day options around town, the lower profile setting is ideal for those in search of a quieter, less in-your-face Valentine’s Day dinner that deviates from the usual chocolate and steak-heavy prix-fixe menus.

Price: $125 per person plus beverage, tax and gratuity. 

Reservations: Book online via Resy.

  • Restaurants
  • Steakhouse
  • Beverly
  • price 3 of 4

Menu: Suzanne Tracht’s now-iconic chophouse on Beverly Boulevard will offer a three-course menu for Valentine’s Day. Start off with oyster chowder, butter lettuce salad or a Dungeness crab salad peppered with grapefruit, avocado, fennel, citrus and a dash of jalapeño, before moving onto Tracht’s well-executed takes on Norwegian halibut, New York strip or jidori chicken. Choose between red velvet raspberry cake or chocolate delice for dessert. Jar will also offer half-bottles of Dumangin and Billecart-Salmon brut rosé champagne.

Why you should book: Jar’s famously sleek interiors and mood lighting have made it famous through on-screen appearances, including key scenes in La La Land and I Love You, Man, and the modern steakhouse still reads just as luxurious today. If you’re looking for an impressive, timeless meal for Valentine’s Day, go here.

Price: $110 per person plus beverage, tax and gratuity. 

Reservations: Book online via OpenTable.

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  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary Asian
  • Santa Monica
  • price 2 of 4

Outdoor dining available.

Menu: Newly open in Santa Monica, Cobi’s will offer a five-course Ode to Lovers meal with optional $40 wine pairing. 

Why you should book: The cozy, grandma-chic restaurant has a cute dining room and even more romantic back patio full of antique furniture, silk flowers and light fixtures, and the tightly curated menu of Southeast Asian cuisine by Cobi Marsh and head chef Lance Mueller never fails to please. If you or your date love funkier natural wines, this is also the place for you.

Price: $90 per person plus beverage, tax and gratuity. 

Reservations: Book online via Resy.

  • Bars
  • Wine bars
  • Virgil Village

Outdoor dining available.

Menu: From February 13 to 14, the Virgil Village wine bar is throwing Hearts Ahoy, a cruise ship-themed Valentine's Day party complete with live DJ set playing yacht rock and food from popular fried fish sandwich popup Little Fish.

Why you should book: The ambiance, rotating popups and natural wine list at Melody have made it one of the city's best bars, and this less trumpets blaring Valentine's Day weekend event is perfect for a group or a lower-key pair. 

Price: Varies.

Reservations: None.

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  • Bars
  • Wine bars
  • Downtown
  • price 2 of 4

Outdoor dining available.

Menu: This funky Downtown wine bar will offer a Lady and the Tramp-inspired four-course Valentine’s Day menu with optional $30 wine pairing, and each meal will come with complimentary glasses of sparkling wine, as well as a baked oyster amuse-bouche (or a vegetarian-friendly option). Though there’s also a truffle bucatini, most will likely spring for the meatball option. Good Clean Fun will also provide red roses to each guest dining on the tiny eatery’s rose petal-covered patio, and heart-shaped pizzas are available for those who’d rather order a la carte.

Why you should book: Far more casual than most of the options on this list, Good Clean Fun has some of the most inventive and delicious food, albeit in a more laid-back setting than some might want on Valentine’s Day. If you’re ready to bundle up and lovingly gaze into each other’s eyes as you slurp up meatballs and pasta, however, look no further than GCF. 

Price: $69 per person plus beverage, tax and gratuity.

Reservations: Book online via OpenTable.

  • Restaurants
  • Seafood
  • Pasadena Playhouse District
  • price 3 of 4

Outdoor dining available.

Menu: Situated next to the Pasadena Playhouse, this stylish Basque-inspired neighborhood eatery is offering a fun seafood-centric paella Valentine’s Day dinner for a pair. Each event ticket covering two guests includes glasses of sparkling Spanish cava, a half dozen raw oysters, salmon carpaccio, lobster paella, plus whole grilled garlic prawns (ganbak). For dessert, chef Dominique Crisp will offer a playful take on churros con chocolate with a chocolate paprika pot de creme and torrija (Spanish-style sweet toast).

Why you should book: The Playhouse’s courtyard is particularly romantic at night. Plus, Crisp’s cooking and the restaurant’s thoughtful cocktail program earned the restaurant a spot on our year-end Best New Restaurants roundup last year. 

Price: $178 for two ($89 per person) including tax and gratuity.

Reservations: Book online via Resy.

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  • Restaurants
  • American creative
  • Venice
  • price 3 of 4

Outdoor dining available.

Menu: This tried-and-true Italian spot on Abbot Kinney will feature a Valentine’s Day tasting menu from Friday, February 12 through the actual holiday with options for three or five courses. For the three course set menu, chef Travis Passerotti has plans for creamy burrata with crispy egg, baby leeks and herbs, a pillow-soft beef cheek with celery root gratin and New York-style cheesecake with raspberry chocolate cremeux and brown sugar tuile.

Why you should book: ​​Thanks to an open skylight and trees in the dim-lit dining room, the restaurant’s dreamy interiors are picturesque any day of the year. If you’re dining outside, the Tasting Kitchen’s sidewalk seating includes grass hedges, which adds to a more secluded, intimate feel.

Price: $85 per person (three courses) or $110 (five courses) plus beverage, tax and gratuity. 

Reservations: Book online via OpenTable.

 

  • Restaurants
  • Mexican
  • West Hollywood
  • price 2 of 4

Outdoor dining available.

Menu: From February 11 to 14, this stylish West Hollywood vegan Mexican restaurant (with a second location in Newport Beach) will be featuring a special five-course à la carte menu for Valentine's Day. Items include huitlacoche mushroom soup, crispy chipotle "camarones," and a fully vegan molten chocolate cake with berries and whipped cream. 

Why you should book: Gracias Madre's patio is one of the best in the city, particularly at night, and its fully vegan menu is a boon for anyone with dietary restrictions. The eatery's regular menu is full of must-order favorites that would please any omnivore, including the potato flautas and the "crab" cakes, and its mixed drinks are top-notch.

Price: Varies.

Reservations: Book online via OpenTable.

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  • Restaurants
  • Contemporary American
  • Downtown Arts District
  • price 2 of 4

Outdoor dining available.

Menu: Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard’s Arts District eatery will offer an eight-course tasting menu for Valentine’s Day. Taking a page from Girl & the Goat’s original outpost, the holiday menu will feature a host of shareable menu items from both the restaurant’s L.A. and Chicago locations, including a delectable hamachi crudo seasoned with spicy yuzu and fresh tomato. G&TG will also offer add-ons like oysters and coffee crunch raisin gelato.

Why you should book: Yes, the place is romantic—but this destination-worthy date spot also happens to be really, really good. Thanks to a beautiful dining room and patio and deftly executed globally inspired cuisine, Girl & the Goat is firmly in our back pocket whenever we’re planning a big-ticket Downtown date night or other special occasion. Their V-Day menu packs a double punch, however, and serves as a well-rounded survey of G&TG’s greatest hits across two time zones. 

Price: $85 per person plus beverage, tax and gratuity. 

Reservations: Book online via OpenTable.

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