Where to wine & dine for Valentines Day (Los Angeles)

February 12, 2013

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So, Valentines Day: Are you the romantic sap who loves all things chocolate, Hallmark cards and roses? Or are you the cynic who turns up his/her nose at the commercialism of the holiday and prefer to live under a rock until February 14th is finished? Or maybe you’re just a panic-stricken dude who is looking for the perfect restaurant for an as-of-now unplanned evening with your date.

Whatever your view on Valentines Day is, if you have a significant other, there’s a chance you’re looking for someplace to dine. Here are suggestions on Valentines Day dining destinations. Whatever your mood and style, there is something for everyone.

For the “we still want to join the crowds” couple:
While private romantic dinners are fun and all, sometimes its nice to have that romantic dinner at a place where you can see and be seen. Luckily, Los Angeles is all about that. Take it to the extreme and visit the rooftops of Downtown Los Angeles at the multi-level Perch. This French-themed lounge is perfect for looking down at the hustle and bustle of Pershing Square while enjoying the quietude of dinner and live music above. There’s plenty to do in the area, from hitting up one of the many trendy bars to getting lost in Little Tokyo for the evening.

For the romantic couple:
Listed by Open Table as one of the most romantic restaurants in the nation, Yamashiro is a prime Valentines Day destination. Overlooking the twinkling lights of Hollywood Hills, the restaurant transports guests into the Los Angeles version of Kyoto, Japan. Featuring gardens, pools and a peaceful atmosphere, the restaurant is perfect for hand-holding and gazing into each other eyes over a candle-lit meal.

For those settled into their “happily ever after” :

An intimate fine dining affair may be ideal for couples who have been together for a decade’s worth of valentines. Our very own McKinleys Grille is offering a special Valentine’s Day Dinner. The four-course menu features delicious entrees including Jidori chicken and pan-roasted sea bass. All dishes are created with ingredients fresh from McKinley’s farm, an urban oasis of fruits, vegetables and herbs right on Fairplex campus. McKinleys Grille is tucked into a cozy corner of the Sheraton Fairplex Hotel with romantic lighting and comfortable seating, perfect for conversation over a gourmet meal and a mellow night out.

For the anti-Valentine valentines:

There are a select few who really, truly don’t care that it’s Valentines Day. “Why designate one day to show a person that you love them? Shouldn’t that be every day?” Or maybe its too “mainstream” and “commercialized” or hey, maybe its just too cheesy for a couple to stomach. But no worries. If you’re dead-set on ignoring all the hype, The Boiling Crab is a perfect alternative. (It’s fun. And messy.) Throw on a bib, roll up your sleeves, and eat shrimp, crab, oysters and any other number of messy meals straight from the table. You won’t find candles or rose petals on their tables–they would be smothered by the pounds of shrimp, lime sauce and Cajun fries. The Boiling Crab, located in Alhambra and Korea Town is the place to be for those looking for a unique, memorable way to spend Valentines Day evening.

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