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25 Los Angeles Valentine's Day Reservations to Make Now

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Well, lovebirds, there’s not much time left to get your Valentine’s Day reservations in! Please don’t be the date who forgot to book. Not about that v-day date life? That’s cool, there's a few options for group hangs too. No shame in rolling with your besties for the night. From Abbot Kinney sushi spots to a greenhouse in Koreatown to Beverly Hills hotspots, all the research has been done for you. Now, go on and book a table before it’s too late!
 
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1 / 25
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Gwen

Los Angeles, California
Easily LA’s most beautiful butcher-shop-meets-restaurant, Gwen is the place to go if you and your date are in the mood for something utterly decadent. The Valentine’s Day menu is set at $135 per person and includes a market salad, Maine lobster risotto, roasted chicken with black truffle coulis or a New York strip with cauliflower gratin and roasted king trumpet mushrooms, and white chocolate lemon cremeux. Cheers to living your best life!
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2 / 25
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Somni

Beverly Hills, California
Located in the SLS Beverly Hills, Somni is a 10-seat counter that offers an interactive experience between as many chefs as guests. Dinners here span over 15 courses and include some dishes that are prepared in a classic Spanish method and others that stretch across modern LA influences and beyond. You’ll definitely want to get on the waitlist for this one, but be sure to have a backup plan too.
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3 / 25
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Cassia

Santa Monica, California
Asian fusion, served family style, raw bar included, in a stunner of a space. What more do you need this Valentine’s Day? Order up a seafood platter and a couple of grilled lobsters with pistachio butter at Santa Monica’s Cassia and you’ll be wishing v-day came every day.
4 / 25
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Bavel

Los Angeles, California
If a beautiful meal shared in a beautiful space is what you’re after this Valentine’s Day, make a rezzie at Bavel in DTLA. Here you’ll dine on authentic Middle Eastern flavors via delicious flatbreads, spreads, tagines, marinated veggies, and slow roasted meats.
5 / 25
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Rossoblu

Los Angeles, California
With its Fashion District setting and industrial, towering vibe, Rossoblu feels oh-so-LA in all the right ways. Valentine’s Day here sets the focus on the food, starting with chargrilled oysters and making way through rich plates of warm lobster salad, truffle risotto, and roasted lamb shoulder with a gelato to finish.
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6 / 25
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Tavernlearn more

When you couple up a James Beard award winning chef and James Beard nominated sommelier, you’re sure to hit a winning restaurant combo, and Tavern did precisely that. The menu at Tavern is simply divine and the special Valentine’s Day menu is built beautifully for a party of two. Plus, the Brentwood space is dope for date night.
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7 / 25
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Commissary at The Line Hotel

Los Angeles, California
This gorgeous greenhouse dining space at the LINE in Koreatown offers v-day diners a casual, cool space with all the feels of a chic hangout spot. Opt for the shared menu for two and you’ll be eating your way through the chef’s highlights.
8 / 25
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Ostrich Farmlearn more

Silver Lake’s restaurant scene has made it a go-to destination for LA locals, and Ostrich Farm is at the center of it all. This 50-seat restaurant not only has a stunning design, but the dinner menu and delicious food options will make you want to come back for brunch the next morning.
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9 / 25
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Felix Trattoria

Venice, California
This happy little Italian spot on Abbot Kinney is the perfect combo of cozy, charming and full of love. Pizzas, pastas, pork shoulder and braised beef all make awesome options for Valentine’s Day eats.
10 / 25
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Mardi Restaurant at Palihouse West Hollywood

West Hollywood, California
Head to the leafy courtyard at Palihouse in West Hollywood for an unforgettable meal this v-day. Mardi’s makes gorgeous cheese and charcuterie spreads and dishes that are designed to be shared with your boo.

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11 / 25
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FIG at Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

Santa Monica, California
Santa Monica’s FIG restaurant at the Fairmont Hotel will have you and your valentine feeling like you’ve escaped to some tropical isle for the night. The Mediterranean-influenced menu is a treat, and the space stuns. You may even want to book one of the beach bungalows and make a night of it.
12 / 25
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Nobu

Malibu, California
If you’re out to impress this Valentine’s Day, a trip to Malibu’s Nobu is a no-brainer. The tried-and-true oceanfront restaurant is offering an 8-course omakase (tasting) menu for the occasion and it’s sure to leave the two of you in culinary heaven.
13 / 25
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Viviane at Avalon Hotel Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills, California
If your Valentine’s Day date is a fan of design, the space at Viviane is a must see. Designed by interior maven Kelly Wearstler, this Beverly Hills spot is not only gorgeous to look at but serves up modern California cuisine that’s equally exciting.
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14 / 25
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AOClearn more

Whether you take your date to the courtyard or the dining room at Spanish Revival style AOC, this Beverly Hills stunner is sure to impress. A sister restaurant to Tavern, the food at AOC is bomb dot com and the team has created a solid Valentine’s menu to mark the occasion.
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15 / 25
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Hamasaku

Los Angeles, California
Executive Chef Yoya Takahashi has a simple philosophy about sushi at Hamasaku: create beautiful and whimsical sushi dishes using the freshest and highest quality ingredients available. Opt for the reasonably priced $65/person omakase dinner and you and your Valentine will be in sushi heaven.
16 / 25
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Dialogue

Santa Monica, California
This 18-seat Santa Monica restaurant by James Beard award-winning chef Dave Beran offers a tasting menu that promises to play to multiple senses and emotions. Not only does that description perfectly suit a Valentine’s Day celebration; the intimate space is one that never feels chaotic or overcrowded. Disclaimer: Reservations are completely booked but Dialogue offers a notification system for cancellations.
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17 / 25
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Checker Halllearn more

Located in Highland Park, Checker Hall delivers one of the most lively and welcoming dining experience in Los Angeles. For starters, choose between with their delicious Moussaka or Borek. Then, finish off the night with their Seared Salmon or Hanger Steak paired with a dynamic cocktail or glass of wine.
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18 / 25
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Rustic Canyon

Santa Monica, California
A neighborhood restaurant and wine bar in the heart of Santa Monica’s Rustic Canyon, this sweet spot is a great option if you’re looking to keep it local with your valentine. Expect farm-driven foods and really tasty, savory meats.
19 / 25
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Herringbone

Santa Monica, California
Santa Monica’s Herringbone makes for a fab date night, especially among the seafood loving set. Valentine’s Day will feature a four-course chef’s menu that includes highlights like sashimi, lobster dumplings, grilled lobster, and coconut panna cotta.
20 / 25
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Petit Trois Valley

Los Angeles, California
Set in Sherman Oaks, this fab French spot will have you and your date feeling like you’re in some tucked away restaurant in Paris for the night. Settle into your seats, order a glass of the best French champagne on the menu, and make your way through escargot, steak tartare, patê, trout almondine, or whatever tickles your Frenchie fancy.
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21 / 25
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Salt Air

Venice, California
This seafood-centric tapas style restaurant in Venice is the jam right now. Check out Salt Air if you’re after a Valentine’s Day dinner that’s gorgeous to look at, with even more gorgeous eats.
22 / 25
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Toca Maderalearn more

Vegan, gluten-free *and* Mexican? Say wha! West Hollywood’s Toca Madera offers options for plant eaters and meat eaters alike, making it a fab v-day date night or group hang spot.
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23 / 25
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Tallula’s

Santa Monica, California
Delicious, authentic Mexican food served up in a space that’s tropical, colorful and welcoming? Sign us up. Head to Tallula’s this Valentine’s Day if you’re after a delicious meal with a laid-back Mexi-Cali vibe.
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24 / 25
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Sawyer

Los Angeles, California
Silver Lake’s Sawyer is the kind of neighborhood gem we love for a celebration like Valentine’s Day. It’s casual but not overly so, the atmosphere is always cozy and the rich comfort foods never disappoint.
25 / 25
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Redbirdlearn more

DTLA is the place to find this stunning old cathedral-turned-restaurant. Redbird is offering a three-course Valentine’s Day menu that includes highlights like Redbird Smoked Tofu with Japanese yam, mountain caviar, maitake and ginger, and for dessert, Buttermilk Mimosa with buttermilk panna cotta, winter citrus, champagne gel. Be sure to opt for the wine pairings.
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