16 Valentine’s Day Options for Couples Who Hate Fake Holidays but Love Good Food

Celebrate your one true love: food

On the one hand, we accept Valentine’s Day as a sort of gaslighting scam, crafted only to reveal what inconsiderate, procrastinating monsters we all are. On the other hand, we all really, really like going out to dinner. So now you have 14 days to literally just read a list and make one phone call to show the person who probably has to secretly wear earplugs to deal with your snoring, that you enjoy their company. Here’s our favorite places around the city doing dope V day meals. 

1. Bluegold 

Huntington Beach

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Bluegold is right on Huntington Beach, supplying you with perfect views while you enjoy your Valentine’s Day meal.

What you should eat:

Their paella is made for two and a dream come true for any paella fanatic, as it has a little bit of everything. Bluegold makes this Spanish classic with rice, noodles, scallop, chicken, clams, mussels, octopus, and sofrito.

2.  BOA

West Hollywood

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BOA is going all out this year with their V day meal. The $85 entree includes a 40-Day dry-aged 28 oz steak with amber roasted pee wee potatoes, king crab and chorizo hash, charred Vidalia onion, and tri-peppercorn sauce. You can still pick and choose from their regular menu, which has great options for two.

What you should eat:

1st: BOA has a killer classic Caesar salad

2nd: 40-Day dry-aged 28 oz steak

3rd: “Le Fraisier” with Sweet Pea Anko, White Cake, Crème Moussline & Wild Strawberry Jam

3. Connie and Ted’s

West Hollywood

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Connie and Ted’s is named after the couple whose love story inspired the restaurant. They were both born in England months apart, and headed to the states at the age of two. Though they didn’t meet until age 19, where apparently they fell in love at first site…and decided to create huge seafood towers. As anyone should. 

What you should eat:

The shellfish tower comes in two sizes: one made just for two, and a large size if you are feeling wildly ambitious.

4.  Dia de Campo

Hermosa Beach

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Located just a block from Hermosa Beach, Dia de Campo is super relaxing. Feast at this modern surf lounge for $75 per person.

What you should eat: 

Anything from their Para Todos Mis Amigos menu, which is made for two to three people (if you’re bringing a third wheel). All dishes come with rice, beans, and tortillas. Highlights from the menu include Big Ass Carnitas (which live up to their name), Grilled Lobster, and Market Fish.

5.  E.P. & L.P.

West Hollywood

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E.P. & L.P. has a dining area and rooftop bar, so you can have the best of both worlds. On February 14, they will be offering a Valentine’s Day Lover’s Menu, which gets you a glass of champagne, two entrees and a dessert for $99 a person.

What you should eat:

1st: Their Crispy Chicken is a staple from their menu, made with Mary’s Farm chicken, black vinegar, chili, and lemon.

2nd: It is impossible to say no to their Chengdu churros, topped with star anise sugar and served with Sichuan chocolate.

6. The Cannibal 

Culver City

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The Cannibal is setting up a dining experience for V-Day that features a five course meal for $75 a person

What you should eat:

1st: Try the Everything Pretzel

2nd: The Cannibal’s Chicken Parmesan Sausage bursts with flavor

3rd: Their Blackstrap Molasses Buttercream Cake is deeply memorable

BONUS: This may not be on the holiday menu but if you and your significant other are adventurous foodies, The Cannibal has a Half Pig’s Head that is roasted General Tso’s style and is perfect for two.

7. CAST Restaurant at Viceroy Santa Monica

Santa Monica

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The CAST restaurant at the Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica has a special Valentine’s Day dinner that is $125 per couple. The venue has cozy indoor seating, as well as coastal outdoor dining. Romantic AF to be completely honest. 

What you should eat: Viceroy has a set menu for the night.

1st: West Coast Oysters with a green apple or pickled shallot mignonette

2nd: Fire roasted baby beets or root soaked vegetables

3rd: Creek stone farms New York steak, or line-caught Sea Bass

Dessert: Red velvet or chocolate cake for dessert

8. 1 Pico at Shutters on the Beach

Santa Monica

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If you want your dinner to include a romantic setting with ocean views, 1 Pico is the right spot. They have several courses, as well as custom holiday cocktails planned for their Valentine’s Day night. Reserve your night for $95 a person.

What you should eat:

1st: For starters, feast on a Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus

2nd: Surf and turf with Prime Beef and Maine Lobster

3rd: End the night with the house-made Brioche Tiramisu

9. Catch at Hotel Casa Del Mar

Santa Monica

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Nothing goes better with seafood than gorgeous seaside views. At Catch, you can enjoy a great dinner in a relaxing, romantic setting. Their Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe menu is $110 per person.

What you should eat:

1st: Start the meal off the right way with a Lobster Bisque

2nd: Seared Branzino is a menu-standout at Catch

3rd: Treat your sweet tooth to berries and sorbet

10. Public Kitchen and Bar at the Hollywood Roosevelt

Hollywood

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Dine at this iconic Hollywood hotel on February 14 for a romantic four-course dinner that will melt in your mouth. $85 a person gets you an evening of food, and an endless possibility of desserts.

What you should eat: 

1st:  Start the night with a variety of flavors with the Oyster Rockefeller with parmesan, breadcrumbs and a pomegranate mignonette

2nd: Eat scandalously and sustainably by ordering the Mahi Mahi with pineapple “forbidden” rice

3rd: That’s all up to you, as The Kitchen and Bar will have a dessert station- but be sure to grab a glass of Moët & Chandon Imperial Rose.

11. Circa 55 at the Beverly Hilton

Beverly Hills

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This Valentine’s Day, Circa 55 is offering a romantic three-course dinner. Find a menu filled with unique holiday-themed items for $70 a person.

What you should eat:

1st: Start simple with a celery root soup, that way you can save room for even more food later on

2nd: Get in the Valentine spirit with Red Heart Tagliatelle with black truffles

3rd: Make sure you order the Hazelnut Parfait with Nutella Streusel, marinated strawberries, chocolate sauce and hazelnut biscotti for dessert

12. Stonehill Tavern at Monarch Beach Resort

Dana Point

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Have the best Valentine’s Day by celebrating at a place recently named the best restaurants in O.C. by the Orange County Register. Stonehill Tavern is offering a five-course tasting menu for $125, where you can try a little bit of everything.

What you should eat:

The menu is fixed, so you get to sample five courses worth of dishes.

13. AVEO Table + Bar at Monarch Beach Resort

Dana Point

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Enjoy views of an ocean and golf course while you experience a new kind of coastal dining. $59 gets you four courses for a romantic and delicious Valentines Day.

What you should eat:

1st: Try a twist on a classic with Lemon Verbena Lobster Bisque

2nd: There’s no such thing as too much seafood, so go for the Pink Peppercorn Diver Scallops for the second course

3rd: Keep it savory with AVEO’s Braised Short Ribs

14. The Belvedere at The Peninsula Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills

 

Begin the night with a glass of champagne and then move onto five courses created by Executive Chef David Codney. This romantic evening costs $165 a head, and will leave you with a full stomach.

What you should eat: 

The menu is fixed, and includes Chilled Lobster Salad, Gulf Shrimp and bay Scallop Bisque, Duck Breast, Beef Tenderloin and Dark Chocolate Terrine.

15. The Roof Garden at The Peninsula Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills

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Enjoy a dining experience unlike any other, and relax in a warm rooftop pool under the L.A. sky. For $385 per couple, you’ll receive a four course dinner from Executive Chef David Codney, enjoy live music and serenades, and a full bottle of champagne.

What you should eat:

The menu is fixed, and includes Crab Tostada, Shellfish and Seafood Estofado, Oaxacan Style Braised beef, and Chocolate Fondue for two.

16. Pacific Dining Car

Downtown & Santa Monica

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What better way to spend V-day than at an iconic establishment? Enjoy your romantic meal inside of a 1920’s railcar. I mean, how memorable is that?? Pacific Dining Car has a special Valentine’s Day menu, as well as their regular menu available.

What you should eat:

1st: Start with their Truffle Hamachi Crudo or Creamed Asparagus Soup

2nd: Enjoy your choice of Fresh Maine Lobster or Prime Beef Tenderloin Wellington

3rd: Finish the evening with their incredible Dark Chocolate and Candied Raspberry Tiramisu

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