Couples Unite at Soleto
The Southern Italian trattoria, Soleto, is offering a romantic dinner for two for $40 on Friday, Feb. 13 and Saturday, Feb. 14, along with regular menu items. Cocktail specials include endless kir royales for $15 per person, or an exclusive “drink the bar” offer that includes a cocktail, flight of three wines and a kir royale for $25 per person. Menu selections include Italian flatbread with prosciutto and burrata, sirloin a la Puglia and seared shrimp with charred cauliflower. Dessert is raspberry with mascarpone cream and pistachios. 801 S. Figueroa St., (213)622-3255.
Five Course Valentine’s Menu at Sushi Roku
Sushi Roku Hollywood is offering a sushi lover’s dream on Friday, Feb. 13 and Saturday, Feb.14, with a five-course, prix fixe menu for $45 per person. Oysters, blue crab with uni, and truffles will be served, and guests can enjoy a five-piece, new-style sushi selection with red velvet bread pudding or chocolate lava cake. 8445 W. 3rd St., (323)655-6767.
The 6th Annual Edwardian Ball
The historic Fonda Theatre in Hollywood presents a special edition of “The Edwardian Ball — My Gorey Valentine” on Saturday, Feb. 14 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. The evening is a dark, elegant and sexy alternative blend of ballroom dancing, live music, stage shows, DJs, couture vending, absinthe cocktails and alluring sideshows. Drink specials will be available from Hendrick’s Gin and Raff Distillerie, as well as a food menu from the Blue Palms Brewhouse. Tickets start at $50. 6126 Hollywood Blvd. To purchase tickets, visit www.ticketfly.com/event/750879-edwardian-ball-los-angeles-hollywood.
Chaya, a downtown restaurant rooted in Japan, will feature a three-course, prix fixe Valentine’s Day dinner on Feb. 14 for $75. Guests can enjoy appetizers such as Chaya’s tuna tartare and terrine de foie gras with strawberry chutney and toasted brioche. Entrée selections include miso marinated Peruvian sea bass with Japanese eggplant, paella valencia with rabbit, artichokes and Meyer lemon, and grilled lamb chops with oyster mushrooms and smoked paprika sauce. For dessert, flourless chocolate cake with meringue and a brandy flambé will be served. Dinner from 6 to 10 p.m. 525 S. Flower St., www.thechaya.com.
Chaya Venice Brunch
Chaya Venice is hosting a “Broken Hearts Brunch” on Sunday, Feb. 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to celebrate the morning after Valentine’s Day. Guests are invited to dress in their pajamas, and specialty brunch menu items such as $1 oysters will be served. Diners can also enjoy champagne, punchbowls and specialty cocktails while listening to a DJ. 110 Navy St., (310)396-1179.
The Whisper Restaurant and Lounge at The Grove
The Whisper Restaurant and Lounge at The Grove is offering a three-course, prix fixe menu by executive chef Anthony Jacquet on Saturday, Feb. 14 for $79 per person, with an optional wine pairing for $35. The menu includes king crab with asparagus, and breast of jidori hen “Rossini” with savoy cabbage, foie gras and truffle madeira sauce. Dark chocolate and peanut butter tarts with caramelized banana, candied bacon and bourbon maple ice cream will be served for dessert. 89 The Grove Drive, (323)931-0202.
Valentine’s Four Seasons Dining
Chef Masa Shimakawa will prepare a special five-course tasting menu for Valentine’s Day on Saturday, Feb. 14 at the Four Seasons Westlake Village Hotel. Guests at the hotel’s signature Japanese restaurant, ONYX, can enjoy shikari miso soup with Atlantic salmon, daikon, tofu and yam noodles, and roasted black cod with sesame spinach. Favorites such as the white dragon roll and chirashi sashimi bowl are also available from the sushi bar. The special dinner is $75 per person. Guests may also dine at Mercato Italiano, the hotel’s Italian marketplace, for $49 per person. Dinner begins with a selection of charcuterie and antipasti, and diners can enjoy a made-to-order pasta station, fresh brick fired pizzas, and signature dishes such as seafood ciopinno and pan seared pork loin with parsnip purée, Brussels sprouts, apple and sage. Desserts include a selection of gelato, cannoli and mini tarts. Diners can also enjoy Frank Sinatra-style live music. Two Dole Drive, Westlake Village, (818)575-3000.
Love Bites at Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse
Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse is offering a three or four-course dinner on Friday, Feb. 13 and Saturday, Feb. 14 at 5 p.m., and on Sunday Feb. 15 at 4:30 p.m. The menu includes roasted beet salad with housemade ricotta cheese; pan-seared diver scallops with cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale slaw and almonds; and oak-grilled filet mignon. The three-course meal is $78 per person; $90 for the four-course meal. 330 S. Hope St., Ste. 100, (213)680-0330.
Kendall’s Brasserie and Bar Valentine’s Dinner
Couples can sip “Love Potions” cocktails on Saturday, Feb. 14 at Kendall’s Brasserie and Bar before choosing from a three or four-course dinner menu that includes lobster linguini, prime rib, market vegetables and duck confit. Desserts include a vanilla sphere with strawberry consommé, genmaicha granola, fennel fronds and chocolate namelaka. The three-course meal is $60; $75 for the four-course meal. Dinner is served from 5 to 11:30 p.m. 135 N. Grand Ave., (213)972-7322.
Love at Café Pinot
Café Pinot is offering a gourmet three or four-course menu during Valentine’s Day weekend. Diners can start with ricotta gnudi with English peas, stinging nettles, brown butter, Meyer lemon and sage, and sip a “kiss from a rose” cocktail before ordering veal breast served with parmesan broth, heirloom beans and crispy prosciutto, or crispy rabbit leg with mustard and green peppercorn sauce. Desserts include strawberries and cream or devil’s food cake. The three-course dinner is $60; $75 for the four-course dinner. Reservations are being accepted for dinner service from 5 to 11 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13 through Sunday, Feb. 15. 700 W. 5th St., (213)239-6500.
Dining near the Beach at Sonoma Wine Garden
Sonoma Wine Garden invites couples to celebrate with a special Valentine’s Day menu for $45 per person that includes an appetizer, entrée and dessert of flourless chocolate cake with hand-dipped chocolate strawberries. An optional wine pairing is available for an additional $20 per person. Entrées include a choice of diver scallops, braised short rib or vegetarian lasagna. The special menu is served from 5 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14 and Sunday, Feb. 15. 395 Santa Monica Place, Ste. 300, Santa Monica. (424)214-4560.
BOGO at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Coffee lovers can indulge in two of their favorite beverages for the price of one at Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf locations on Saturday, Feb. 14 from noon until closing. Guests who purchase a drink at regular price will receive a free second drink of equal or lesser value. Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is also offering special “Love at First Bite” cookies that are available by the half-dozen for $12, while supplies last. 8789 Sunset Blvd., (310)659-1890; 8735 Santa Monica Blvd., (310)659-8207.
Valentine’s Day Specials at Blue Plate Oysterette
Chef Paolo Bendez’u, of Blue Plate Oysterette, will be offering a king crab legs special and a $50 prix fixe menu for couples on Friday, Feb. 13 and Saturday, Feb. 14. The crab is flown in for the occasion and served with drawn butter, arugula salad and French fries. Guests can also choose from appetizers on the prix fixe menu, including oysters on the half shell with Martha’s Vineyard mignonette. Second course dishes include filet mignon with parsnip purée, lobster tagliatelle and porcini-crusted sea scallops with celery root and persimmon. Key lime pie and chocolate mousse will be served for dessert. The menu is offered at both Blue Plate Oysterette locations. 8048 W. 3rd St., (323)656-5474; 1355 Ocean Ave., (310)576-3474.
Del Frisco’s Grille Valentine’s Weekend
Del Frisco’s Grille in Santa Monica is offering a filet trio and lobster special from Friday, Feb. 13 through Sunday, Feb.15. The Valentine’s Day dinner features a trio of four-ounce petite filet mignons for $60, with one steak topped with bourbon peppercorn sauce, the second served Oscar-style with asparagus, lump crab and béarnaise; and a third with cabernet goat cheese butter on a bed of mashed potatoes. An eight-ounce lobster tail can be added for $36, and diners can finish with red velvet waffle ice cream sandwiches for dessert. On Sunday, Feb. 15, the restaurant will serve its “Eat Your Heart Out” prix fixe brunch. 1551 Ocean Ave., Ste. 105, (310)395-7333.
The ‘Anti-Valentine’s Day’ at Plan Check
Plan Check Kitchen + Bar is serving its five onion burger with roasted onion spread, pickled onion, onion sprouts, fried onions, schmaltz onion and melted Swiss cheese at its three locations for Valentine’s Day. The modern American eatery will also offer Valentine’s Day specials for sweethearts as well as specials for the anti-Valentine’s Day crowd on its a la carte menu, including super spicy chicken sandwiches, wine lover truffle burgers with a red wine reduction, miso glazed salmon kale Caesar salad, and drunken bread pudding with white brandy hard sauce. 1800 Sawtelle Blvd., (310)444-1411; 351 N. Fairfax Ave., (323)591-0094; 1111 Wilshire Blvd., (213)403-1616.
Valentine’s Surf and Turf
BOA Steakhouse Sunset features special aphrodisiac dishes for Valentine’s Day, including oysters and an indulgent take on surf and turf. Couple can order the “Just For Two” special, with a 12-ounce center cut filet, a half Maine lobster and king crab legs, garlic chive mashed potatoes, white asparagus and béarnaise, and finish with a deconstructed red velvet-inspired cake with old school cream cheese frosting. The special menu is priced at $140 per person. 9200 Sunset Blvd., Ste. 650, (310)278-2050.
Fig & Olive Melrose Place
Fig & Olive Melrose Place is setting the mood for a special evening from Friday, Feb. 13 through Saturday, Feb. 14, with a three-course prix fixe dinner for $79, with wine pairings available for an additional $35 per person. Couples can start with roasted butternut squash cappuccino and choose from Chilean sea bass with spaghetti of zucchini, carrot, sundried tomato, lemon, celery root purée emulsion and Coratina olive oil, and roasted rack of lamb with herbs de Provence, goat cheese gnocchi and sautéed wild mushrooms. Valrhona chocolate brownies with milk chocolate, mascarpone mousse and chocolate raspberry glaze will be served for desert. 8490 Melrose Place., (310)360-9100.
L’Assiette Steak Frites Valentine’s Dinner
The West Hollywood brasserie L’Assiette is serving its signature dish, steak frites, for $25 per person for Valentine’s Day, in addition to menu items such as truffle steak frites for $39 per person. Couples can also enjoy the steak Rossini dinner with coulotte steak, foie gras, black truffles and beef tallow pommes frites for $55 per person. 7166 Melrose Ave., (323)274-2319.
Valentine’s Day at the Beverly Hilton
The Beverly Hilton’s signature restaurant, CIRCA 55, is offering a la carte dinner service for Valentine’s Day, with the option of a five-course set menu for $78. Dishes include beet cannelloni made with short rib, ricotta cheese and pickled Fresno chile; vegetable puttanesca with carrot and zucchini linguini, heirloom tomato, kalamata olives and fried caper; filet mignon with pancetta and herb crust, pomme purée, roasted red beet and cabernet jus; and branzino with confit heirloom potato, grape, baby artichoke and citrus chardonnay. Executive pastry chef Thomas Henzi will also serve a decedent chocolate dessert. Dinner hours are 6 to 10 p.m.
The Beverly Hilton is also offering special “Red Carpet Romance” packages starting at $289 per night that include deluxe accommodations, a bottle of sparkling wine and custom designed amenity; American breakfast for two at CIRCA 55; or if guests prefer, room service breakfast in bed and a late check out on Sunday. Guests can also unwind at Aqua Star BABOR Beauty Spa, which will be offering complimentary add-ons for body and facial services as well as champagne and housemade truffles. 9876 Wilshire Blvd. www.beverlyhilton.com.
Valentine’s Package at dusitD2 Constance Pasadena
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, dusitD2 Constance Pasadena, a new contemporary boutique hotel, is offering guests the “Notes of Love” package. Rates range from $399 for a deluxe king room to $1,100 for the Constance suite. Guests can use the promo code “LOVE” for the offer, which includes overnight accommodations for two; sparkling wine and roses in the room upon arrival; Valentine’s dinner for two at D2 Restaurant; and two tickets to The Pasadena Symphony’s “Beethoven 7” at the Ambassador Auditorium. 928 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. www.dusit.com/dusitd2/Pasadena.
Mardi Gras Celebration
Chef Brandon Boudet, owner of Dominick’s and Little Dom’s, shares his Big Easy traditions by celebrating Mardi Gras in true Bourbon Street style, with cocktails, bites and jambalaya. Boudet has transformed Dominick’s and Little Dom’s menus into a Fat Tuesday feast, with king cake, catfish, gumbo, jambalaya, soft shell crab po’ boy’s, red beans and rice and boudin balls. The special Mardi Gras dinner is available from Sunday, Feb. 15 through Fat Tuesday, Feb. 17. 2128 Hillhurst Ave., (323)661-0055; 8715 Beverly Blvd., (310)652-2335.
Celebrate Mardi Gras at Barton G.
Barton G. is celebrating Mardi Gras with a Fat Tuesday-themed dish called voodoo shrimp for $20. The unique dish features sesame crusted crispy crab stuffed with jumbo gulf shrimp, which is served over a smoking brew that is inspired by the flavors and spirit of New Orleans. The dish is created with a slightly spicy Cajun-style shrimp filling seasoned with blackened spices and filé powder, the traditional thickener for gumbo, which is made from the dried and ground leaves of sassafras trees. For the “voodoo” presentation, the skewers are placed in a tapered glass vase containing a small amount of dry ice to create a billowing fog. The dish is also served with Cajun remoulade and housemade hot pepper sauce. 861 N. La Cienega Blvd., (310)388-1888.
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