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Tasty Tidbits: Valentine's Day Dining in the San Fernando Valley

Fine dining with special menus and a variety of prices and choices for romance

EAST VALLEY

Enjoy a three course meal with choices that includes Wagyu Beef with Black Truffle Ravioli, Dijon and Herb Crusted Colorado Rack of Lamb, Grilled Filet Mignon with Pink Peppercorn Sauce. And of course, not to be missed, a choice of one of Bistro Garden’s famous dessert souffles. Added for a romantic touch is a special gift for the woman at the table.  $82 per person. 12950 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City (818) 501-0202 

Firenze Osteria

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Top Chef’s Fabio Viviani. There is a special five course Valentine’s menu available for $75 per person, plus a special gift for women. 4212 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood 818-760-7081

Le Petit Restaurant

This little french bistro is featuring a special menu (not prix fixe) with entrees $24-$30 and appetizers $8.50 - $12.50. Choices include Escargot de Bourgogne, Moules Poulettes, Crispy Duck A La Orange, Roasted Filet Mignon, Coq a Vin. 13360 Ventura Blvd  Sherman Oaks (818) 501-7999

Mistral

With its dark wood. dimmed lights, crisp white cloth tables and chandeliers, Mistral is sophisticated and romantic. Dine on classics like Classic Wild Burgundy Escargots, Red Wine Braised Prime Beef Short Ribs, and Duck ConfitIndulge in a French martini or choose a wine selection from one of the best lists in the San Fernando Valley.  $70 per person.  14016 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. (818) 981-6650.

Ombra

Chef Michael Young is offering his regular menu in addition to special Valentine's Day dishes including Risotto with Rose Petals $17, Venison Loin with Chocolate Demi-Glace $36 and White Chocolate Bavarese with Raspberries $7. For an extra romantic treat throughout February, Ombra is also offering Cannolini ($3.50 each) and Cantuccini (mini Italian cookies for $9 a dozen) to-go. 3737 Cahuenga Boulevard  Studio City (818) 985-7337

Pinot Bistro

This Studio City mainstay is offering their Valentine’s Day celebration from February 11 to 14 with a choice of of three courses for $65 or four for $75.  Choices include: Mussels"Basque", Pan-roasted Salmon, Wild Mushroom Risotto and Filet Mignon. Desserts include Rose Petal Lychee Raspberry Cake and Croissant Bread Pudding. 12969 Ventura Blvd  Studio City (818) 990-0500

Raphael

Dine in this sophisticated, mod dining room where Chef Adam Horton is preparing a seasonal three course menu including Lightly Poached Oysters, Butter Poached Maine lobster, Sweet potato Agnolotti, Grilled Chateaubriand for Two, House made Gnocchi, Banana-huckleberry bread pudding. $75 per person. 12969 Ventura Blvd.,  Studio City, (818) 990-0500

Valley Inn

Owners Sophia and Boris are offering a variety of options for Valentines Day at this old school mainstay. From February 10-14, there's a three course early bird (5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.) for $32.95 person, including a glass of champagne or muscato.  The Valentines Day menu runs 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Entrees run $13.95 to $39.95 for the Ribeye Steak. A special three course lunch is also offered on February 14 for $14.95 person, or spluge on Surf and Turf for $22.95. 4557 Sherman Oaks Avenue Sherman Oaks. (818) 784-1163

WEST VALLEY

Inn of the Seventh Ray

Set among the trees and next to a creek in Topanga Canyon, this is one of the most romantic spots in Los Angeles.The five course menu, plus an amuse bouche, is $100; vegetarian route $90.There is a wine flight with 3 oz pours paired for each course at $45 per person. There are vegan, vegetarian, meat, fish and poultry choices (which are organic or sustainable), including Oh You Poached Loch Duart Salmon;  In The Mood Oven Roasted Wild Monkfish; Be My Seafood Quartet (a lover’s plate to be shared); Cosmic Unions Grilled Vegan Duck; Cosmic Unions Grilled Vegan Duck. 128 Old Topanga Rd.,Topanga (310) 455-1311.

Lady Face Ale

Go casual at this French/Belgium gastropub with its own microbrewery in Agoura that will feature a special entree and appetizer along with the regular menu, plus a Chocolate-Covered Cherry Martini and Chocolate Ale Truffles. Special music will set the mood. 29281 Agoura Road  Agoura Hills, (818) 477-4566

Le Sanglier

This elegant and classic 40 year old French restaurant is offering a three course meal that includes foie gras,  escargot, lobster,  rack of lamb, veal and venison. Choose between six appetizers, six entrees and six desserts. One step into this small restaurant and you’ll find yourselves miles away. $85 per person with a glass of champagne and a rose for women. 5522 Crebs Avenue Tarzana (818) 345-0470 

Padri Restaurant and Martini Bar

What says romance more than a sophisticated martini at the only martini bar in the 818? Come for a drink or dinner in this restaurant built like a rustic farmhouse. They're offering their regular menu of Italian cuisine, plus some special dishes just for Valentine's Day. 29008 Agoura Rd  Agoura Hills, (818) 865-3700

Saddle Peak Lodge

Rustic, yet sophisticated and elegant, this long standing restaurant hideaway off Las Virgenes Canyon is a real special occasion destination. This special four course menu runs all weekend and includes. such choices as Rabbit roulade, Butter Poached Lobster, Grilled New Zealand Elk Tenderloin and Mesquite Grilled Waygu Rib Eye. $125 per person. The regular menu is also available.  419 Cold Canyon Rd., Calabasas, (818) 222-3888.

Villa Piacere

This French Country style restaurant has one one of the most beautiful patios.  This Valentine’s Day, they are offering a three course prix fixe with the price based upon the entree. Choices include Burgundy Braised Short Rib, Prime New York Steak, Rosemary Marinated Yellowfin Tuna.. Price per person is $47-$59. 22160 Ventura Boulevard, Woodland Hills, (818) 704-1185.

Sunset Room

This Agoura Hills supper club is featuring a three course menu for $65 per person with choices that include chopped lobster, scallops, hangar steak and upside mango cake.  An added plus starting at 8 p.m. Brian McKnight’s band, Prescott Ellsion, which will deliver some cool jazz. 29020 Agoura Rd., Agoura Hills, (818) 991-4007.


Karen Young is the Founder/Editor of My Daily Find. Email: Karen@mydailyfind.com


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