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The ultimate Valentine's Day dining guide

February 04, 2013|By Caitlin Keller
  • Church & State is among the restaurants offering special Valentine's Day menus.
Church & State is among the restaurants offering special Valentine's… (Jay Clendenin / Los Angeles…)

On Valentine's Day, maybe you woo your sweetie with flowers, chocolates or even diamonds. But what are you going to do about dinner?

Whether you'll be curling up to a showing of “When Harry Met Sally” at the Electric Dusk Drive-In, strolling the streets at downtown L.A.'s Art Walk or checking out “Art by People in Love,” an open mic night for romantics at the Echo Park Film Center, we've got ideas for dining pre- or post-outing with your loved one(s).

Here are some of the many restaurants offering aphrodisiacal prix fixe and a la carte menus this Valentine's Day:

3 Square Cafe: Abbot Kinney’s 3 Square Cafe will be serving a four-course menu on Valentine's Day, starting and ending with dessert. The special menu will kick off with a Greek yogurt mousse with raspberry gelée and sablé crumble and follow with dishes such as a seafood salad with Dungeness crab, scallop, citrus and fennel; lobster tagliatelle; and, to finish, “triple chocolate love.” The restaurant will also send lovers home with freshly baked goods for a morning-after-Valentine’s Day pick-me-up. Dinner at 3 Square Cafe is $38 per person. Call for reservations. 1121 Abbot Kinney, Venice, (310) 399-6504, www.3squarecafe.com.

Border Grill: Susan Feniger’s and Mary Sue Milliken’s downtown L.A. eatery Border Grill will be offering a four-course dinner Feb. 14 with festive cocktails, bocaditos, platos pequenos, platos fuertes and postres. Sweet and savory dishes on the Valentine’s Day menu include piquillo relleno, grilled gulf shrimp huarache, roasted butternut squash empanadas, seafood paella, chicken mole verde, Mexican chocolate lava cake and more. The meal costs $65 per person. Call for reservations. 445 S. Figueroa St., L.A., (213) 486-5171, www.bordergrill.com.

Church & State: Valentine’s Day dinner at Church & State is $85 per person with an optional wine pairing available for an additional $43 per person. Menu items will include chilled oysters, quinoa salad, beef tenderloin, salmon, molten chocolate cake with lavender-honey ice cream and more. Call for reservations. 1850 Industrial St., Ste. 110, L.A., (213) 405-1434, www.churchandstatebistro.com.

Cliff’s Edge: The uber-romantic restaurant in Silver Lake will be serving a five-course tasting menu. The first seating, starting at 5:30, is $55 per person, and the second seating, starting at 7 p.m., is $65 per person. Expect to see oysters, spiced duck breast, local halibut, butternut squash, olive oil cake, a tasting of chocolates and more on the Valentine’s Day menu at Cliff’s Edge. Call for reservations. 3626 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A., (323) 666-6116, www.cliffsedgecafe.com.

Comme Ca: Ricotta ravioli with English peas, dorade with eggplant caviar and a strawberry tartlet are on David Myers’ three-course prix fixe Valentine’s Day menu this year at Comme Ca. Dinner is $68 per person. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant. 8479 Melrose Ave., L.A., (323) 782-1104, www.commecarestaurant.com.

Fig & Olive: Chef Pascal Lorange will be preparing a three-course, French Riviera-inspired menu at Fig & Olive in West Hollywood. A complimentary glass of Champagne will kick off the evening, followed by a meal featuring oysters on the half shell, seared salmon, filet mignon and chocolate brownies. Dinner is $65 per person. Call for reservations. 8490 Melrose Place, W. Hollywood, (310) 360-9100, www.figandolive.com.

Hatfield’s: Karen and Quinn Hatfield’s restaurant on Melrose Avenue will be offering a five-course, prix-fixe Valentine’s Day menu featuring signature dishes for $135 per person. Champagne cocktails and a $60-per-person optional wine pairing will also be available. Call for reservations and menu details. 6703 Melrose Ave., L.A., (323) 935-2977, www.hatfieldsrestaurant.com.

The Hungry Cat: Both of the Hungry Cat locations, in Santa Monica Canyon and Hollywood, will be offering Valentine’s Day prix fixe, seafood-themed dinners. The Hungry Cat Hollywood’s menu, priced at $75 per person, will include dishes like braised octopus, tandoori spiced albacore tuna, black sea bass and artisan cheeses, while the Santa Monica Canyon location’s $85 per person menu will feature seafood chowder, pan-seared scallops, Dungeness crab salad, lobster and more. Call for reservations. 1535 N. Vine St., Hollywood, (323) 462-2155; 100 W. Channel Road, Santa Monica, (310) 459-3337, www.thehungrycat.com.

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