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.