Hey Los Angelenos. For those of you that have a special someone in your life, here’s a friendly reminder that Valentine’s Day is this week.
Depending on how long you’ve been seeing your significant other, Valentine’s Day be can be a true bearer of stress. While there are some people who prefer to go all out for Valentine’s day (cue the stuffed teddies, heart shaped boxes of chocolates, and bouquet of red roses), I think we can all agree that the most important part of V-Day is quality time with your beau.
One of the best ways to celebrate V-Day is over a few plates of yummy food and cocktails. Since there are a seemingly unlimited amount of restaurants in Los Angeles,we’re here to tell you which ones are worth trying out with your s/o.
This Valentine’s Day, grab the reins and plan a beautiful evening for you and your loved one. There are only a couple days left so the sooner you book, the better! Below are some of our favorite romantic restaurants in LA:
Bodega – Santa Monica
Bodega is located on Lincoln and Broadway, close to local foodie favorites Swingers and Bay Cities. It’s a notorious first date spot as the ambience is dark and mysterious, and they always play good music. The bar is always packed, and if you work in the area, you’ll probably run into people you’ve seen at some of the other local establishments. Fun fact: Bodega is a coffee shop during the day!
If you and your s/o are just starting out, or you want a more lowkey option, Bodega is the perfect place to celebrate V-day. Split one of their delicious flatbreads (the Chicken Bruschetta is a personal favorite), in addition to the Fig Challah & Brie Grilled Cheese and Bacon Wrapped Dates and you’re good to go. They have a great wine list and Soju based drinks, so either split a bottle or try something new with your boo.
The Penthouse – Santa Monica
Walk into the Huntley Hotel, hop into the elevator, hit the “PH” button, and soon enough you’ll arrive at The Penthouse. Penthouse is one of the most luxurious spots in all of Santa Monica. The restaurant features a full bar and is a notorious happy hour spot for people that work in the area. My favorite part of The Penthouse is that it features huge glass windows that offer a 360 degree view of Santa Monica.
The Penthouse DInner menu features a variety of healthy-ish options like Beets & Goat Cheese, Brussel Sprouts, and Grilled Organic Gems in addition to classic plates such as Filet Mignon, King Salmon and Mary’s Organic Roasted Chicken. Share a few plates with your beau and take in the gorgeous view of the ocean.
Scopa – Venice
There are many noteworthy Italian restaurants in Los Angeles, but Scopa delivers on both food and ambience like none other. While there are some menu items that are pricey, Scopa won’t break the bank compared to some of your other options (cough, Felix). Scopa is located on Washington Blvd. right next to the beloved Sunny Spot; it can be hard to miss because there is no sign indicating that you’ve arrived.
Scopa is always packed and a prime date spot, especially on Valentine’s Day. They have a full bar and a really great wine list, but if you’re willing to try something a little different, order “The Westside”; it looks like an Italian flag condensed into a drink. As for the food, every dish is phenomenal. Make sure to order the Fried Calamari (it comes out black because it’s cooked in squid ink), the hearty Lasagne, and a canoli or two to top it all off.
Cliff’s Edge – Silverlake
This Silverlake staple is one of my favorite special occasion restaurants in Los Angeles. It has a large patio filled with plants –– a great photo op if I must say so myself. The interior is also gorgeous and not to be missed, their bar features unique cocktails like the “S.L.I.T” which combines vodka, black tea, pomegranate molasses, lemon, honey, rosemary, soda or the “Drop a Gem” which combines mezcal, green chartreuse, luxardo, lime, and cucumber.
Impress your beau by making a reservation at Cliff’s Edge. The building is a little unassuming once you arrive, but once you walk in, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. They have a special fixed Valentine’s menu that goes for a flat rate of $75, but their dinner menu is just as good and gives you a little more flexibility; make sure to order the Parker House rolls to start (they are warm, cheesy and delectable!), the Charred Broccoli or Brussel Sprouts for your health, and for your main course, the Wild Mushroom Pappardelle and Bone-In NY Steak.
Barbrix – Silverlake
Barbrix is another Silverlake favorite but is a truly special spot to spend Valentine’s Day. The restaurant itself is housed in a 1940’s bungalow in the Silverlake Hills and features a gorgeous patio and view of Los Angeles. Barbrix is famous for brunch ($8 bottomless mimosas anyone?) but their dinner menu is just as good, if not better.
The menu features tapas style dishes, so make sure to order a few to split with your s/o. Here are some notable options: Bacon Wrapped Dates, Fried Calamari, Crispy Polenta, Grilled Salmon, Moules Frites… the list goes on. Depending on your mood, there are lighter and healthier options listed in their Market Vegetables & Salads section. Barbrix has won a few awards specifically in the wine department, so make sure to ask your waiter or bartender what they recommend. They’re experts at what pairs best with the dishes you order, so let them help you with your wine choice!
Otium – DTLA
If you live or work downtown, you may have missed this gem of a restaurant due to the fact that it’s slightly hidden in the shadow of the Broad museum. Otium opened a few years ago and is the new kid on the block on this famous stretch of Grand Ave. While the menu is a bit pricey, the quality of the food, the professionally made cocktails and gorgeous ambience make it all worth it.
Be sure to make a reservation in advance as it can get crowded, especially on V-day. If you’re in the mood for an interesting cocktail, order the PB&J –– a cocktail meant to transport you back to your paper bag lunch days. In terms of food, you really can’t go wrong at Otium. Try the Naan with truffle butter to start, followed by the King Salmon or any one of their pasta dishes. Your server will recommend that you and your boo split a few dishes, so don’t be shy if there’s more than one that you want to try!
We hope you have a lovely Valentine’s day. Let us know if you end up trying one of these romantic restaurants in the comments section below!