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 L.A.'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: Splurge on a four-course dinner for two at this beloved Studio City neighborhood joint. Chef Ted Hopson is cooking up a romantic meal that includes Caesar salad, roasted sunchokes and burrata, Surf & Turf (rib eye and lobster tail) and chocolate bread pudding. The swoon-worthy dinner also includes a 2013 Tolosa Cabernet Sauvignon to put you and your date in the mood.
Price: $150 per couple
What: Culina at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills is one of L.A.'s most romantic restaurants to begin with, but its four-course Valentine's Day dinner definitely takes it up a notch. Start with an oyster duet to set the tone, then choose from roasted parsnip soup, halibut crudo and burrata or melon salad. Pasta includes two options: Maine lobster ravioli and beet gnocchi, while entreés feature a roasted veal loin or seared halibut. End the meal with dessert—and maybe a stay at the hotel?
Price: $125 per person, $45 for wine pairings
What: Head to Downtown's popular Indian restaurant for a three-course menu (an additional $15 gets you two glasses of prosecco). Choose two appetizers from a list that includes little gem and fig salad, chicken almond soup, pomegranate yogurt puffs and papri chaat. Entrée options range from butter chicken and pork vindaloo to tandoori broccoli and chana masala, while desserts include chocolate pot du crème and strawberry-rose rice pudding.
Price: $70 per couple, $85 per couple with two glasses of prosecco
What: Indulge in a romantic four-course meal at the dreamy Estérel restaurant. Dive into grilled lamb sirloin with potatoes and baby spinach, or opt for seared scallops and lobster nage. Dessert picks include fig and almond tart with whipped mascarpone or chocolate hazelnut mousse.
Price: $150 per couple
What: After a hand-held stroll through The Broad, head to neighboring restaurant Otium, where lovebirds can splurge on a four-course tasting menu that includes hamachi, dry aged beef, Maine lobster, foie gras funnel cake and champagne sorbet. Wine and cocktail pairings are available for extra and—bonus!—there will be live music throughout the evening.
Price: $125 per person
What: This one goes out to all the meat-lovers. Culver City's The Cannibal is serving a five-course dinner on Valentine's Day, with dishes that include chicken parm sausage, grilled pork belly, NY strip steak and grilled striped bass, as well as market vegetables and a molasses buttercream cake for dessert.
Price: $75 per person
What: Celebrate in style at Thomas Keller's Bouchon in Beverly Hills, where diners can celebrate Valentine's Day with a three-course menu that includes warm lobster salad, sunchoke velouté, pan-seared Boston scallops, beet and ricotta agnolotti and baked meringue with exotic fruits.
Price: $85 per person
What: While there's not a prix-fixe Valentine's Day menu per se, Belcampo Meat Co. is offering starters, entreés and desserts meant for two people to share. Choose from apple cider braised pork belly, oysters, or a duo of tartare to start, then move onto Mt. Shasta red trout and herb crusted chateaubriand steak. A chocolate cake for two rounds out the romantic meal.
What: There's nothing more romantic than an oceanside meal—especially when you're clinking glasses of champagne at 130 feet over the ocean. At the Albright, indulge in said champagne along with Fanny Bay oyster or fried calamari, lobster and dessert. Guests purchasing this special will also get tickets to the Pacific Park Ferris wheel—a truly dreamy way to end the night.
Price: $65 per person
What: Available on Valentine's Day only, Spago Beverly Hills is offering a multi-course meal from chef Tetsu Yahagi. The three-course menu can be supplemented with a bottle of champagne or Wolfgang Puck gourmet chocolate.
Price: $145 per person
Reserve: Reservations are available here.
What: Close to most of Downtown's cultural institutions, Nick & Stef's Steakhouse is the perfect spot to enjoy a romantic meal after a night strolling through MOCA or the Broad. A three-course meal includes octopus, hamachi and shrimp ceviche; lavender mustard broiled black cod; and Snake River Farms Wagyu rib eye.
Price: $78 per person
What: Fig & Olive will be swapping out their regular menu on Valentine's Day with a three-course feast. Diners can choose from appetizers like wild mushroom soup, seared sea scallops and foie gras, along with main courses that include Chilean sea bass, filet mignon and rosemary lamb chops. Dessert is a chocolate tart with candied orange, praline and vanilla ice cream.
Price: $85 per person, $35 for wine pairings
What: The Beverly Hills steakhouse is offering a multi-course menu on Valentine's Day that features pan-roasted lobster (splurge on the truffle supplement, guys), organic rotisserie poussin and a baked Alaska. You can also head to CUT Lounge for à la carte items.
Price: $165 per person
What: Hey, if it's good enough for every celebrity in town, it's good enough for us regular folks, too. The über-trendy hot spot is offering a special Valentine's Day menu with dishes that include a heart-shaped Catch roll, vegan crab cake, branzino for two, mushroom spaghetti and more, including the popular Hit Me cake for dessert.
Price: $110 per person
What: Carb lovers, this one's for you. Sotto is celebrating love with a five-course meal focused on all the Italian favorites: ricotta toast, rigatoni with chicken liver ragu, squid ink mafaldine, margherita pizza and chocolate hazelnut mousse cake, among other options. Wine pairings are also available to toast your way into the evening.
Price: $75 per person, $45 for wine pairings
What: Under twinkling lights in a dreamy courtyard, diners will have the chance to experience Café Pinot's Valentine's Day menu in one of DTLA's most romantic spaces. Choose from three- and four-course menus, featuring foie gras terrine with poached pears, beet ravioli with short rib, and strawberries and cream.
Price: $65 for three courses, $75 for four courses