Love is in the air here in Los Angeles. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and if you and your beau don’t have anything planned yet, don’t panic. Thirsty is playing cupid and guiding you to the most enchanting evenings in the City of Angels. From candlelit dinners to classic movie screenings, check out the most romantic places to go this Valentine’s Day.
San Antonio Winery
A trip to Napa may not fit into your Valentine’s plans, but you can still experience all the romance of a winery right here in Los Angeles. San Antonio Winery has been a family owned institution since 1917 and is certainly a hidden gem plus a historical landmark of DTLA. Here, you can book a tasting to sip wines from the family’s estate vineyards located in Napa Valley, Monterey County and Paso Robles appellations. You can take a tour of their winery and learn the rich history of winemaking in Southern California, the history of the family and winery, details of the vineyards and the wines they produce. You can also dine among casks of wine in the Maddalena Restaurant featuring a warm ambience and varied menu. On your way out, visit the shop to take home a bottle (or case) of your favorite wine. Our recommendations: the Maddalena Merlot 2011, the Stella Rosa Pink and the Roboli Family Cabernet 2012.
737 Lamar St., Los Angeles, Sanantoniowinery.com, @sanantoniowinery
Take it back to the roaring ‘20s for an evening unlike any other. Jean Marceau’s Nuit Blanche is an immersive and interactive dinner theatre experience, created by hospitality guru, Alan Dunn of Tres L.A. Group., that combines sexy burlesque dancers, jazz musicians, a tap dancing trio and an unparalleled five-course dinner. Inside an enchanting Italian-inspired villa, drink like Gatsby at the unlimited open bar and dance with your Daisy among the show’s performers during the seductive cocktail hour. Attire is black tie with a 1920s theme encouraged. Book your tickets at firstname.lastname@example.org. Ooh lala indeed!
627 S. Carondelet St., Los Angeles, nuitblanche.me, @nuitblancheshow
Mondrian Los Angeles
Being in love never felt so good! Mondrian Los Angeles is offering its Ah, L’Amour Valentine’s Day package for couples looking for an extra special night out in the city to relax and celebrate your romance. The package includes an in-room couple’s massage and dinner at nearby Doheny Room ($125 sbe gift card provided), followed by a nightcap for two at Skybar, the hotel’s infamous poolside cocktail venue featuring the most unbelievable views overlooking Los Angeles. It ends with a turndown service including champagne and rose petals for the ultimate in-room romance ambiance.
8440 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, morganshotelgroup.com/mondrian, @mondrianhotels
Beauty & Essex
Take your beauty to Beauty & Essex and you may get more than just a romantic dinner. In addition to the $115 per couple, seven-course tasting dinner (with serving such as Salmon Ceviche and Tandoori Spiced Chicken), the haute 10,000 ft. dining haunt is offering an amazing over-the-top $1,000 Valentine’s Day dessert special. With only six available in L.A., this insane dessert is complete with a chocolate sphere that you crack open to reveal a .10 ct round, brilliant cut white diamond. The exclusive sweet also comes with a tray of Espresso Macchiato served with sugar jewels in a heart-shaped locket, a jewelry box filled with glitter-dusted doughnuts served with caramel, chocolate and berry dipping sauces, a jewelry box of chocolate hearts with various fillings and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rose Champagne. Diamonds really are a girl’s best friend, but so is dessert.
1615 Cahuenga Blvd., Los Angeles, beautyandessex.com/los-angeles, @beautyessexla
For lovebirds, the sky’s the limit. Situated 950-feet high in the US Bank Tower, 71Above is a special restaurant in the clouds, infamous for the number of proposals that are planned here thanks to the breathtaking panoramic views of the skyline, beaches and mountains. For Valentine’s Day, they are presenting a decadent four-course dinner for $135 ($75 with wine pairing) featuring exquisite dishes such as Big Eye Tuna, Tagliatelle, Ribeye Steak and Coconut Custard. After dinner, grab a nightcap in the SkyLounge. We suggest the Downtown cocktail made with toasted hazelnut-Infused Old Forester Bourbon, Pierre Ferrand Cognac and Giffard Abricot.
633 W. 5th St., 71st Floor, Los Angeles, 71above.com, @71above
Inn Of The Seventh Ray
With candlelight under the stars, grand old sycamores, waterfalls and winding brick pathways, the Inn Of The Seventh Ray is one of L.A.’s most charming atmospheres. The iconic, creekside restaurant, which is cradled in the Santa Monica Mountains, is offering an exquisitely crafted prix-fixe five-course Valentine’s dinner starting at $75 with dishes including Creamy Tomato Bisque, Osetra Caviar Blinis, a Seafood Medley for two, Pan Roasted Filet Mignon and Banana Bread Pudding. Cupid’s Tip: Request to reserve the gorgeous gazebo table.
128 Old Topanga Canyon Rd., Topanga, Innoftheseventhray.com, @innofthe7thray
Cinespia At The Los Angeles Theatre
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Cinespia and the radiant and stylish love story that made Audrey Hepburn into Hollywood’s favorite Valentine! Fall in love with the classic “Roman Holiday” all over again in the Los Angeles Theatre, a fairy-tale movie palace with crystal chandeliers, golden angels and opulent decor. Freixenet Cava will be on-site with some complimentary bubbly for guests. With full bars, a DJ, a dance floor in the ballroom, live music and a themed photo booth for you and your date, this will truly be a night to remember. Formal/Cocktail Attire with jacket and tie required for men. Doors open at 7 p.m. on Feb. 14.
615 S Broadway, Los Angeles, Cinespia.org, @cinespia
The Blending Lab
Valentine’s Day and wine go hand in hand, so why not create a vino that is as one-of-a-kind as the love you share with your partner. Over at The Blending Lab, you can book a class to create your own wine blend as you learn what makes each grape unique and package it in a bottle to take home. If you aren’t feeling crafty, just sit back and sip a number of delicious local wines via their famous tasting flight. While they encourage their #wingelenos to indulge, they also rewards smarts. Show them you are being safe by not drinking and driving with an Uber or Lyft receipt and receive 10% off.
7948 W 3rd St., Los Angeles, Thewineblendinglab.com, @theblendinglab
Perched on the 22nd story of Hollywood Proper Residences, Filifera is Hollywood’s tallest rooftop bar and lounge. The space opened its doors to the public last May and quickly gained a reputation for its unrivaled ambiance of elegance. Designed by the iconic Kelly Wearstler, the ultra chic indoor/outdoor space along El Centro Avenue boasts wrap around views of Los Angeles and an alluring pool worthy of several social media snaps. On Feb. 14, Filifera is featuring a very special à la carte tasting menu lovingly created by Chef James Wilschke (think pan-seared scallops, mushroom risotto, petite filet mignon and delectable donut duo for two). The night will also include complimentary aperitifs, $40 bottles of Sparkling Brut Rosé and live jazz by Los Angeles-based instrumentalist Ryan Linvill along with some of the city’s top session musicians.
1550 N. El Centro Ave., Los Angeles, Livehollywoodproper.com, @FiliferaHollywood
Since 1986, Il Cielo, garnered a reputation for one of the most romantic restaurants in Beverly Hills thanks to its dreamy ambiance of twinkling patio lights, roses and candles. For $340 per couple, their Valentine’s prix-fixe dinner includes dishes such as Il Cielo Homemade Pappardelle with Maine Lobster and white truffle sauce and Grilled Prime Beef Filet Mignon on broccoli rapini, baby heirloom carrots and potatoes with porcini mushroom sauce. The Dense Heart-Shaped Flourless Chocolate Cake comes draped with Belgian chocolate ganache and 24 karat gold. Compliment dinner with a bottle of Piper Heidsieck Champagne or one of their signature cocktails such as the Thyme on a Boat created with Patrone Silver, garden strawberries, lime and thyme. To go the extra mile, reserve a private dining for two which is dripping is rose petals.
9018 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, Ilcielo.com, @ilcielobh
The Jeremy Hotel
West Hollywood’s newest hot hotel The Jeremy is inviting guests to prove their love this Valentine’s Day. The “Oh Yeah? Prove It!” hotel package is the ultimate spend for you to spoil your partner this year. Starting at $2,000, it includes a one-night stay in a one bedroom suite, couples tattoos from acclaimed artist Rus Laich of The Honorable Society, romance kit, champagne breakfast in bed for two, complimentary valet and late check out. It also includes the “Aphrodisiac Experience” at Joao cocktail bar.
8490 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, Jeremyhotel.com, @thejeremyhotel
Sbe’s Mediterranean gem, Cleo, opened its newest location on Third St. late last year. The 6,000 square foot restaurant boasts a hip Turkish decor including a massive seven-foot mirrored ball that hangs over the outdoor patio. Nosh on shareable dishes with your date such as Lamb Shawarma and Zucchini Keftedes. Signature craft-cocktails include the Cleo Kiss with Bombay Sapphire gin, cucumber, pomegranate, lime and sparkling as well as the A Night in Marrakesh made with fig-infused Bacardi rum, preserved lemon, ginger and ras el hanout.
8384 W 3rd St., Los Angeles, cleorestaurant.com, @cleorestaurant
L & E Oyster Bar
They say oysters are an aphrodisiac so what better place than L & E Oyster Bar to take your lover on Valentine’s Day. This cozy nook in Silver Lake serves up the freshest seafood including prawns, mussels, crab claws as well as lobster rolls, shrimp po’boys and ora king “en papillote.” Pair your fresh feast with a Kir Royal Creme de Cassis with Cremant de Loire Brut or a Lillet Blanc Podensac-Gironde.
1637 Silverlake Blvd. Los Angeles, Leoysterbar.com, @leoysterbar
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth. Amal and George Clooney. Nobu Malibu is certainly the go-to restaurant for Hollywood’s hottest couples. Seated right on the ocean, Nobu Malibu is known for its exquisite Japanese meets SoCal cuisine and on Valentine’s Day they are offering a $200 omakase tasting. Courses include Uni & Hotate with tomato jelly, Spiny Lobster with ume, Blue Fin Tataki with saba dressing, Sea Bass Black Bean Mole, New Zealand Lamb Chop with watercress, Amarena Cherry Tobanyaki and more. From the bar, order the Lychee & Elderflower Martini with Krome vodka, St. Germain Elderflower liqueur and lychee or the Lemon Chia Fizz with Meyer Lemon sake, Chambord, lemon, chia seeds and champagne.
22706 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, Noburestaurants.com, @nobumalibu
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