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5 Places to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

By Betty Ann Graham

Photo by Kristin Teig

01.27.17

Wine and dine the night away at one of these romantic eateries this Valentine’s Day.

Baltaire Celebrate love at this Brentwood hot spot where Champagne and cheese carts get the party started in style. The latest menu additions, including wild burgundy escargot with herb butter and a toasted baguette ($19) and a wide array of delicate seafood, ensure your date will leave impressed. Word to the wise: Don’t miss the lobster thermidor topped with mushrooms, brandy and parmesan cheese ($55). Bon appétit! 11647 San Vicente Blvd., L.A., 424.273.1660

Catch L.A. Turn up the romance with a four-course prix fixe dinner ($110 per person) at this West Hollywood staple. Kusshi oysters with Champagne mignonette and red chili sorbet followed by hearts of palm crab cakes with jicama-mango slaw and pipian sauce will have your tastebuds singing while the whole branzino for two makes cozying up a sure thing. Then, share the decadent heart-shaped “hit me” dessert—liquid Klondike-roasted white chocolate ice cream paired with a brownie and red velvet cake. Cap off the night with cocktails and a kiss under the stars on Catch’s rooftop terrace that offers 360-degree views of L.A. 8715 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 323.347.6060

Firefly Cozy up at one Firefly’s intimate tables and enjoy a three-course prix fixe menu ($85 per person) featuring a mix of land and sea. Dive fork first into oyster and Champagne veloute to start, follow with Creekstone Farms filet mignon paired with kind crab gratin, Bloomsdale spinach and a smoked potato as your main course, then satisfy your sweet tooth with the red velvet vanilla pot de crème paired with chocolate mousse and a dusting of shaved dark chocolate to finish. Insider tip: Add optional wine pairings to each course ($30 per person) for a meal to remember. 11720 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, 818.762.1833

Rustic Canyon Wine Bar If you’re more into Galentine’s than Valentine’s, round up the ladies and dig in to Rustic Canyon’s shareable four-course tasting menu ($105 per person). Pick six of the 12 dishes on offer—think ricotta dumplings with oxtail and strawberry or double-shucked peas with white chocolate and macadamia—and splurge on wine pairings ($45 per person) to toast the single life. It’s forks up when frozen banana custard pie arrives for dessert. 1119 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica, 310.393.7050

Spago Chef Tetsu Yahagi, of the well-known Wolfgang Puck empire, helms this Beverly Hills staple, which serves as the perfect place for an intimate night with your significant other. Opt for the Valentine’s Day three-course prix fixe menu ($145 per person) and call ahead to pre-order a bottle of bubbly to be waiting at your table upon arrival. Dazzle your date with a box of Wolfgang Puck gourmet chocolates at the evening’s close. 176 N. Beverly Hills, 310.385.0880