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Where to have a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner in Los Angeles

Did the Hallmark holiday sneak up on you this year? Relax. We’ve got your Valentine’s Day dinner plans all figured out.

By Stephanie Breijo and Michael Juliano
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Cooking a three-course meal at home sounds romantic, but cleaning it all up—not so much. Skip the prep bring in a meal or have Valentine’s Day dinner on the patio at one of L.A.’s most romantic restaurants, where prix-fixe menus abound and meals are made for sharing. This year, some of L.A.’s best restaurants are adapting with prix fixe meals and festive plating to go. Whether you’re looking to clink glasses on a rooftop bar and cozy up by the fire or just stay snuggly on your own couch, these dinner deals will have you falling in love all over again.

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Valentine’s Day dinners to-go in L.A.

Akasha
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Akasha

Restaurants Contemporary American Culver City

Share a cheese board, some salmon and a whole host of sweets on the patio at this Culver City spot. Pretty much every plate, available for both outdooring dining and takeout, ranges from $22 to $30 per order. And if you want a little extra: Peruse the “morning after” menu for some take-and-bake scones. Available Feb 12–14.

Clam with sherry and green garlic at AOC
Photograph: Jakob N. Layman

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Restaurants Californian Beverly

The neighborhood wine bar is still opting to keep its outdoor dining closed for now, but you can still bring in an indulgent meal. The four-course Valentine’s package ($75 per person) includes entries like lobster, crab and shrump louis; gnocchi; diver scallops with risotto carbonara; and a chocolate opera cake. Go big with a caviar service add-on ($125–$275). Order by Feb 11; caviar by Feb 7.

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Big Bar Valentine's
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Big Bar

Bars Cocktail bars Los Feliz

Big Bar and Alcove are both open again, so feel free to settle in for breakfast staples or paninis on Los Feliz’s friendliest bungalow patio. But it’s Big Bar’s takeout options that we really want to call out here: a pair of movie-themed cocktail kits ($45 each) stocked with all sorts of other fun goodies. For Valentine’s, it’s a Crazy, Stupid, Love package with two servings of a Steve Carell-inspired gimlet and two pours of a Ryan Gosling old-fashioned, plus a card, candy and popcorn. The Bridesmaids-inspired Galentine’s kit features a similar assortment, but with a pink lemonade cocktail and a Champagne split. Available for pickup Feb 11–13.

Death & Co. Valentine's
Photograph: Courtesy Death & Co.

Death & Co.

Bars Cocktail bars Downtown Arts District

You’ll still have to secure a main course—see above and below—but for drinks and dessert, look to the Arts District outpost of this celebrated NYC bar. Death & Co. is putting together kits ($125) that feature four servings of its tequila-based Mondrian cocktail, a bottle of champagne and two milk chocolate tortes.

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Destroyer
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Destroyer

Restaurants American creative Culver City

The minimalist Culver City breakfast and lunch spot is offering a similarly stripped-to-the-essentials but still delicious offering for Valentine’s: a picnix box ($55) stocked with three types of artisanal cheeses and a slew of house-made items, like lemon thyme elderflower honey and cranberry red currant jam, plus a slice of chocolate devil’s food cake. To give it that real chef Jordan Kahn twist, add on bacon onion marmalade ($12) or foie gras parfait ($18). Available Feb 12–14.

Flouring LA
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Hotel Figueroa

Each weekend in February, Bar Figueroa will be packaging flour and flowers to-go thanks to this team up. You can pick up an eight-piece box ($44) of strawberry cake bars, lavender lemon shortbread and more from Flouring LA—or you can go all out for a dessert charcuterie board ($120). Pick up some floral arrangements while you’re there thanks to bouquets and vases from Vases to Vases ($30–$120). Order by Feb 11 by emailing flouringla@gmail.com or vasesatthefig@gmail.com.

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Mírame

Restaurants Mexican Beverly Hills

Aphrodisiacs are the theme at this Beverly Hills spot: You can pick up a package for two that includes two dozen oysters and six mescal dark chocolate spiced truffles. And the price? $69. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Pasjoli restaurant
Photograph: Jesse Hsu

Pasjoli

Chocolate-covered strawberries and lobster and rib eye from one of Santa Monica’s finest French restaurants? Sold (well, for $195 per couple, at least). Up your meal with breakfast in bed ($70) or caviar service ($130 per ounce). Order by Feb 12.

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Playa Provisions
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Playa Provisions

Restaurants Californian Playa del Rey

The beachy country mart is cooking up some dinner specials for Valentine’s, like crab cakes with Meyer lemon crème fraiche and truffe trout roe, but the cutest menu entries can be found in the pastry case. Look out for Lobstergrams ($25, available Feb 8), a box of four lobster-shaped sugar cookies that come in a decorate box with a blank card.

Photograph: Courtesy RossoBlu

Rossoblu

Restaurants Italian Downtown Fashion District

Swing by the Fashion District Italian restaurant for a seven-course meal available for pickup ($79), including baked oysters, ossobuco terrine, tagliatelle and shrimp, and duck breast. Vegeterian and allergy modifications are available, too, but you’ll need to email the restaurantAvailable Feb 12–14.

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Tokyo Hot Chicken bouquet
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Tokyo Hot Chicken

The focus on Valentine’s always seems to be on fancy, but we think taste comes first. And if you’re a fried chicken lover? You can sort-of-ironically check both of those boxes with this Valentine’s offering from chef Michael Mina’s takeout-only spot: a bouquet of fried chicken wrapped in a green tea waffle. Available Feb 12–14.

Vespertine
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Vespertine

Restaurants Culver City

The two-Michelin-starred Culver City spot is bringing its avant-garde edge to its takeout options with DIY brunch boxes for two, available in both sweet ($75) and savory ($95) edition; you’ll find French toast and a blueberry parfait at the center of the former, with baked eggs, avocado-in-brioche and bacon “steak” in the latter. Available Feb 12–14.

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Vinovore gift box
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Vinovore

Alright, these gift boxes won’t feed your hunger, but they’ll feed just about everything else. Silver Lake’s women-focused wine shop has assembled all sorts of gift boxes for Valentine’s Day—each centered around a bottle of wine—from a kinky one with cuffs and lube for couples ($52) to a sexting-inspired one with a “Fuck Boy” candle and an eggplant emoji vibrator ($99). Pickup orders must be placed 30 min before closing, same and next day delivery $5–$15. 

Alfresco Valentine’s Day dinners

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Photograph: Courtesy Fia/Wonho Frank Lee

Fia

Restaurants Contemporary European Santa Monica

We suppose the menu is most important, but we can’t mention the Santa Monica spot without bringing up its cozy, romantic patio first. Well, onto the food: The Valentine’s prix fixe menu ($139 per person) includes tuna tartare, baked porcini mushroom soup, surf and turk, and Valrhona white chocolate, strawberries and cream.

Photograph: Courtesy Lunetta Dining Room & Bar

Lunetta

Restaurants Santa Monica

Lunetta’s tucked-away patios are back open for Valentine’s and serving a seven-course menu ($115 per person) all weekend that’s big on seafood (think smoked salmon tartare, lobster ravioli, BBQ scallops) and topped off chocolate truffle whiskey cake, among other options. You can order it all for pickup and delivery, as well, or simply opt for an à la carte brunch for something a bit more affordable. Order by Feb 11.

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Manuela
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Manuela

Restaurants American creative Downtown Arts District

Hauser & Wirth’s airy courtyard restaurant is preparing a family-style meal for two ($90 per person) with deviled eggs, biscuits and a selection of roasts for your main.

Photograph: Courtesy One Pico

The Courtyard at 1 Pico

Restaurants Californian Santa Monica

What’s more romantic than a sunset dinner by the beach? Nothing, the answer is nothing. Shutters on the Beach is offering a three-course menu ($95 per person) with options like grilled prawns, seared scallops, prime filet and a raspberry-almond galette.

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Photograph: Courtesy Sushi|Bar/Jakob N. Layman

Sushi Bar

Restaurants Japanese Encino

Phillip Frankland Lee’s 17-course sushi spot is made for occassions like this. Sushi Bar’s typical speakeasy setup has managed to make the jump to outdoor dining, with the pre-dinner cocktail still in tact and still included. The rest of the meal will cost you ($250 per person), but expect nothing less than one of the most creative omakase menus in the city.

Terranea
Photograph: Courtesy Terranea

Terranea

Hotels Boutique hotels Rancho Palos Verdes/Rolling Hills Estates

The swanky Palos Verdes staycation spot has a whole bunch of dining patios that overlook the ocean, and it’s hard to think of a more romantic place for a Valentine’s dinner—just make a reservation first. Terranea’s preparing an equally upscale three-course menu to go ($150 per couple), with surf and turf at the center. A vegetarian version ($130) swaps in polenta cake and mushroom tart—and also thankfully keeps the chocolate moussee parfait for dessert. Order by Feb 12.

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