The Procrastinator's Guide to L.A. Valentine's Day Reservations
Candy jar at Love & Salt
Did you drop the ball on Valentine's Day (again)? It's not too late to redeem yourself. There are still choice reservations available at a variety of price points, from a romantic dinner for two (a dry-aged steak and Burgundy combo) to a six-course vegan tasting menu. Pair a delicious meal with a bouquet of roses from the guy who sells them at a freeway exit, and presto, you're a modern-day Casanova.
The Bellwether ($80 for 2)
At Studio City's cozy gastropub, chef Ted Hopson and beverage director Anne-Marie Verdi are pairing an 18-ounce, bone-in rib-eye for two with a bottle of Château Le Bergey Bordeaux, available all weekend long. 13251 Ventura Blvd., Studio City; (818) 285-8184, thebellwetherla.com.
Birch ($70 per person)
Chef Brendan Collins is featuring the traditional foods of love for a three-course Valentine's dinner at his Hollywood restaurant. There's fresh oysters, foie gras torchon, lobster tagliatelle with truffles and roast filet of beef. For dessert you can feed each other chocolate and strawberries, if you're into that kind of thing. 1634 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Hollywood; (323) 960-3369, birchlosangeles.com.
Cliff's Edge ($85 or $65 per person)
New head chef Gavin Humes is dropping not one but two menus at Silver Lake's ever-popular romantic restaurant, one on Saturday night for $85, the other on Sunday for $65. You'll find dishes like Wagyu steak tartare, diver scallops with Champagne beurre blanc and squid ink linguine with sauce le mer. 3626 W. Sunset Blvd., Silver Lake; (323) 666-6116, cliffsedgecafe.com.
E.P. + L.P. ($100 for 2)
West Hollywood's swank Southeast Asian hangout is offering a romantic bargain with its "Lover's Menu," which includes a half-dozen oysters, Chiang Mai–style salmon larb, "Lou Dogg's" crispy skin chicken, vegetable fried rice and coconut s'mores for dessert. For $25 more you can add two glasses of Veuve Clicquot. 603 N. La Cienega Blvd., West Hollywood; (310) 855-9955, eplosangeles.com.
Fundamental L.A. ($65 per person)
Former St. Martha chef Nick Erven is now helming the kitchen at Westwood's Fundamental L.A., and his five-course V-Day menu (with optional $35 wine pairing) boasts some intriguing dishes: raw milk panna cotta with uni and paddlefish roe, roast duck with beet mole, and black sesame cake with passion fruit curd for dessert. 1303 Westwood Blvd., Westwood; (310) 444-7581, fundamental-la.com.
Girasol ($100 per person)
If it's foraged, luxurious or an aphrodisiac, chances are you'll find that ingredient on chef C.J. Jacobson's opulent five-course Valentine's Day menu (Prosecco included). Start with Kusshi oysters seasoned with cold-smoked rabbit tobacco and lobster bisque with local bay scallops, then dive into sharable entrees like whole loup de mer with caramelized fennel and wild dandelion greens, or grilled New York strip steak. Girasol, 1334 Moorpark St., Studio City; (818) 924-2323, girasolrestaurant.com.
Love & Salt ($45 per person)
At this Manhattan Beach gem, the à la carte menu will be available throughout Valentine's Day weekend, but there's also the $45 "That's Amore!" menu offering three courses of Italian comfort. White bean soup, baked ziti, chicken Milanese and tiramisu are just some of the options to choose from. 317 Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach; (310) 545-5252, loveandsaltla.com.
Plant Food + Wine ($65 per person)
Are you and your boo meat-free? Then Plant Food + Wine's six-course, plant-based menu might be the ticket. On chef Roy Elam's menu you'll find beets with black truffle, walnut velouté, root vegetable "Wellington" and warm date cake to finish. 1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice; (310) 450-1009, matthewkenneycuisine.com.
Spago ($145 per person)
Wolfgang Puck has presided over more romantic celebrations than a Vegas wedding chapel operator, and at his Beverly Hills flagship guests can enjoy a three-course prix fixe menu along with an icy bottle of Ruinart Rose or Dom Perignon Rose Vintage 2003 — plus a box of Wolfgang Puck chocolates. 176 N. Canon Drive, Beverly Hills; (310) 385-0880, wolfgangpuck.com.
Sotto ($75 per person)
The intimate, subterranean hideout that is Sotto has always been a romance incubator. For Valentine's Day this year, chef Steve Samson is offering a five-course menu that includes items like house-cured foie gras salami, fluke crudo, beet ravioli and milk-braised pork shoulder. Another $40 will score you a wine pairing. 9575 Pico Blvd., Pico-Robertson; (310) 277-0210, sottorestaurant.com.
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