A steak rich with marbling and a glass of red wine full of body goes together like a couple in love on Valentine’s Day. They always say a way to someone’s heart is by feeding them a good meal. Whether your love likes exclusive speakeasies with well-crafted cocktails or white linens with Michelin Stars on the menu, this list of places on where to dine to show your partner in crime how much you truly care is sure to take the fast lane to a guaranteed night of success. Keep it local or head to LA for a staycation — there is something for every one. Happy Valentine’s Day you sappy lovers. Spoil each other because your love deserves it.
The OC Mix, 3313 Hyland Ave — Costa Mesa, CA 92626
If you’re down with the elixir of love, also known as aphrodisiacs, then you definitely need to hop on this oyster train, located at Shuck Oyster Bar. This is the raw deal right here. Just one day out of the water, these oysters are as fresh as it gets. Choose from a worldwide selection of high-quality oysters, then sip champagne as they shuck them right in front of you. Did I mention there is no corkage fee? Dust off that special bottle because tonight is the perfect occasion.
Anaheim Packing District, 440 S Anaheim Blvd — Anaheim, CA 92805
If you’re the adventurous couple who loves trying new things and always being in the know, then this is definitely where you want your name to be on the list. Visit their website to make reservations here and enjoy craft cocktails with your bae inside an intimate, exclusive escape. Plus, nothing says ‘I love you’ more than Chorizo & Beer Cheese with a pretzel crostini and Duck Confit Mac & Cheese. I’d cheers to that with a When Harry Met Celery cocktail!
The Camp, 725 Baker St — Costa Mesa, Ca 92626
Chef Niki Starr puts her heart on a plate with this special menu she has in store for your dining experience. With cool artwork on the walls, beats that are on par for the setting, and food that connects at the soul, this place has everything you need for a successful evening with love in the air. Be sure to visit their website to find out what’s on the menu for the big night, and be sure to make reservations because spots are sure to fill up quickly!
The Lab, 2930 Bristol St. — Costa Mesa, CA 92626
No passport required for this journey. Visit Habana and find yourself rewarded with all the culinary riches of Cuba, all while enjoyed from a romantically-lit, outdoor heated patio that’s practically located in your back yard. Be sure to arrive early to your reservation, the bar offers the perfect place to relax with your date and enjoy one of Habana’s famous mojitos.
Hotel Fullerton, 1500 S Raymond Ave — Fullerton, California
Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to plan a getaway with the one you love, and a staycation at Hotel Fullerton is just what you two need. Make your reservations at Citizen Kitchen to enjoy a special meal prepared by Executive Chef Zach Geerson of Citizen Kitchen. Enjoy amazing food in a subtly sophisticated atmosphere with your favorite person all while never having to leave the hotel.
For the couple that is always on the move and likes to set the pace, this interactive dining experience is perfect to keep you two going. At Cal Shabu, you get to impress your date by showing off your impressive chef skills! Cook a selection of meats and veggies in a pot of boiling water that you get to season and flavor to your liking. If you think variety is a spice of life that you can get on board with, you are going to love their selection of condiments.
212 S Beverly Drive — Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Your significant other appreciates the little things, and they’ve often attributed the successes in their life to their attention to details. They are sure to appreciate every detail that doesn’t go overlooked at this establishment. Chef/Owner Curtis Stone highlights one key ingredient and then blows your mind by preparing it in unique and creative ways on every single plate of your ten-course meal.
1104 Wilshire Blvd — Santa Monica, CA 90401
This Michelin Starred restaurant was made for special occasions. The culinary lover at heart is going to love what Chef Josiah Citrin has in store for them. Your date won’t be the only breathtaking presentation at the table this evening. This is the kind of culinary artistry that takes your breath away, then offers a memento (buy the cookbook) so you know it really happened and wasn’t just a dream.
861 N La Cienega Blvd — Los Angeles, CA 90069
If you’re at the go big or go home phase of your relationship, show them you are in it to win it and you aren’t afraid to shout it. The dishes at this restaurant know how to make a statement and in a big way. Say it loud, say it proud — you are in love! Combine your love of your life and a dining experience like no other, and you have fine dining turned fun dining. This place is so whimsical you might catch yourself looking over your shoulder for those cartoon birdies. Just take a peek at their Instagram and you’ll know just what I’m talking about.
1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd – Venice, CA 90291
Looking for something with a focus on plant-based consumption? We invite you to dine under the olive tree canopy at Plant Food + Wine, located in Venice Beach. Locally sourced ingredients are the perfect setting for the Vegan couple. Embrace your lifestyle like you do one another by noshing on a seasonally selected menu of vegetables from the restaurant’s on-site garden.