Valentine’s does not have to be as tressed out affair. Covered here are options for dinner, stay, treats and activities that you and you Valentine can enjoy right here in the city.
Sweethearts in SoCal Dinner Options
Celebrate with Patina Restaurant Group and take them up on their selection of prix fixe menus at different venues. All of the restaurants will be serving “Love Potion” cocktails like the Kiss From a Rose and the Bolle d’Amore. Sweet endings include Caramelized White Chocolate Crémeux, Passion Fruit Cream or Banana Sorbet, Delightful Basil Strawberry and the Emotion Ghana flourless chocolate cake. With its desirable location atop Bunker Hill—one of the most buzz-worthy neighborhoods in Los Angeles—Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse pulls out all the stops during the weekend of the sweethearts’ holiday. Executive Chef Andreas Roller presents a striking menu – Grilled Loup De Mer, Wild Boar Ragoût and a Petit Filet & Half Lobster Tail. Reserve now for February 12, 5:30-9:30 p.m., February 13, 5:30-9:30 p.m. and February 14, 2-9 p.m.
Selected as one of the “101 Best American Restaurants,” by Time Magazine, Patina Restaurant embodies the pinnacle of fine dining in Los Angeles. This Valentine’s Day, Executive Chef Paul Lee romances Angelenos with a menu that includes Kusshi Oyster, Poached Lobster and Beef Tenderloin. Seating February 14, 5-9:30 p.m. only. Sophisticated French favorites abound at Kendall’s Brasserie and Bar in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, courtesy of Executive Chef Jean Pierre Bosc. Menu highlights include Belgium Endive Salad, Seared Sea Scallops and Roasted Rack of Lamb. February 14, 5-11 p.m. only
With its lush garden setting surrounded by stunning skyline views of Downtown Los Angeles, Café Pinot has been voted “Most Romantic Restaurant” by Los Angeles Downtown News. Executive Chef Megan Logan showcases her California French cuisine on Valentine’s Day with highlights that include Steak Tartare, Foie Gras Terrine and Crispy Duck Confit. February 14, 5-10 p.m. only. Located within the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Executive Chef Ross Pangilinan’s California French fare at Leatherby’s Café Rouge has earned the title of “Top 10 Romantic and Valentine’s Day Restaurants” in Orange County by Gayot.com. Menu highlights include “Forever Ravioli”, Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras and CAB Natural Beef Duo. February 14, 5-9 p.m. only.
At the helm of Executive Chef Donald Harris, the recently reimagined Tangata Restaurant at the Bowers Museum—listed among the “Top 10 New Restaurants in 2015” by the OC Register—showcases a stunning array of Pacific Rim cuisine. Menu highlights include Shrimp Agnolotti, Day Boat Scallops and Hand Rolled Fettuccini. February 14, 5-9 p.m. only.
Do Not Disturb Hotel Package
The luxurious, Venetian-inspired hotel Mr. C Beverly Hills is offering a special Do Not Disturb overnight package, as well as two indulgent spas treatments at Mr. C Spa & Beauty. Available February 11-14, the Do Not Disturb overnight package is the perfect staycation experience or last minute LA getaway for couples looking for a luxurious and relaxing Valentine’s Day. The package includes an overnight stay in Mr. C’s modern European guest rooms or suites, a bottle of Prosecco and rose petals on your bed upon arrival, continental breakfast for two (available in room or at The Restaurant at Mr. C), overnight valet parking, and the Sweet Romantic spa package for two. Arrive to a rose petal filled changing room and then retreat to individual treatment rooms to relax in an hour long ESPA Personalized Aromatherapy massage along with a special house made Chocolate Mint Foot Scrub with raw sugar and organic honey. Following the massage, share a private aromatherapy steam together where you can enjoy more of the Chocolate Mint Body Scrub, as well as chocolate covered strawberries and custom crafted raspberry Prosecco cocktails.
If you are single then treat yourself to the Single & Sweet spa package? Begin with a refreshing aromatherapy steam session to relax the mind, body and soul. Then, indulge in a deep cleansing Mini Facial featuring a fresh house made Strawberries and Cream facial mask, followed by a detoxifying Chocolate Sugar Body Scrub. Continue the sweet indulgence with a custom crafted raspberry Prosecco cocktail while your feet are pampered with Mr. C Spa & Beauty’s signature Luxury Pedicure finished with OPI’s Strawberry Margarita gel polish.
Chocolate treats to impress
Valentine’s isn’t truly complete unless you have a box of chocolates, right? Local award-winning chocolatier Valerie Gordon of Valerie Confections offers bespoke chocolates that are a contemporary and classy take on traditional sweets. She uses fresh, all-natural ingredients, and everything comes presented in elegant packaging. Pick from a few different options and if you want something special, head for a custom treat box. The Valentine’s Box contains a variety of Golden Hearts filled with dark chocolate ganache and topped with edible 23k gold leaf, Caramelia Hearts filled with creamy milk ganache with notes of rich caramel, and 61% bittersweet chocolate Red Hearts filled with crunchy almond toffee bits and wrapped in red foil. The Grand Homme Assortment is a generous gift for that special man in one’s life. The handsomely packaged box features Black Pepper Truffles, Almond Toffee Hearts, Liquid Caramel Hearts, Scotch Truffles, and Caramelia Hearts. The women’s iteration of this gift includes more feminine offerings like Blushing Berry Truffles, Sweet Sencha Hearts, Champagne Truffles, and Rose Petal Passionfruit Truffles. The Pour Elle Gift Set is more extravagant. This decadent gift box features a Pour Elle Assortment filled with Sweet Sencha Hearts and Rose Petal Passionfruit Truffles; delicate Sugar Cookies; the Good Mix Bar; and Earl Grey Tea. The men’s version offers a more masculine take with items like the Hot Good Mix Bar and Fleur de Sel Caramels. Gifts can be picked up at any of her three locations (Silverlake, Echo Park, Grand Central Market), or shipped locally/nationally by ordering online.
A New Experience for Two
For a new way to dine this Valentine’s Day, Cozymeal has you covered. From cooking classes, local market tours and private dining events, Cozymeal offers a variety of romantic date night experiences throughout Los Angeles for every couple. Cozymeal personally connects food lovers with local professional chefs, taking guests on a culinary adventure by offering high-end experiential dining events ranging from cooking classes to market tours, customized team building activities, and private dining experiences. If the restaurant scene is not your thing then consider Cozymeal an option. For those on their first date, a romantic dinner might be too much pressure. Go for Chef Simone’s gelato making class in Santa Monica for something more light-hearted or Chef Francesca’s pasta making class for two makes for a perfect interactive date night. For the super luxe couple, treat each other to a one of a kind culinary evening with Chef Joey’s bespoke dinner for two – think Oysters and Pearls; Char-Broiled Maine Lobster; Valrhona Chocolate Soufflé, and more. This five-course menu is made with the most luxurious ingredients and tailored for a leisurely evening filled with romance. For the health conscious duo, Chef V’s paleo inspired Valentine’s Day menu is the perfect fit. You’ll begin with a fresh salad of fig with fresh basil and enjoy a herb-rubbed lamb chop with char roasted asparagus, finished with a chocolate avocado pudding. If you are travel enthusiasts then you can take a culinary trip without ever leaving LA. For the couples who love to travel an experience cuisines from around the world, consider taking this one-on-one class where you learn how to make an exotic Moroccan feast with Chef Yasmina. Having launched in 2014, Cozymeal is currently available in San Francisco and Los Angeles only so consider yourself lucky!
Let us know which of these locations you finally made it to with your Valentine!