Love is in the air, and so is the tantalizing aroma of delectable dishes! Valentine's Day in Los Angeles isn't just about hearts and flowers — it's about indulging in culinary delights with your special someone. Whether you're wooing a new flame or rekindling an old spark, we've scoured the city to uncover the best restaurants to wine, dine, and make your heart swoon.
Here are 6 Los Angeles restaurants to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Located: Across Los Angeles (Fashion District and Mid-City)
Number of Locations: 2
You can never go wrong with tacos on a date. Pair them with some fresh guac or your favorite salsa, and you’ve got yourself a fiesta!
Teodoro Diaz-Rodriguez, Jr. and Jennifer Feltham opened Sonoratown with the idea of serving tacos in the style of San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, which is a part of Northern Mexico. From carne asada cooked over mesquite wood fire to carefully crafted handmade tortillas, taco lovers are in for a treat. You can make your own taco, burrito, or quesadillas by adding the protein and veggies of your choice.
Whether you’re in the mood for a sit down dinner or takeout, Sonoratown is the perfect place for a casual Valentine’s Day date!
Located: 4037 Radford Avenue, Studio City, Los Angeles, California 91604
Number of Locations: 1
If you are in the mood for some authentic sushi, make your way over to Studio Sushi. A hidden gem in Studio City, Studio Sushi offers high quality sushi rolls that are crafted with passion and care.
Sushi lovers can try the spicy tuna on crispy rice, lime rolls, and chirashi. And if you are feeling creative, you can get personalized sushi rolls!
Whether you’re looking for a fun night out or a cozy night in, Studio Sushi is the perfect place for a Valentine’s date!
Located: 1373 South La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90019
Number of Locations: 1
Do you and your date want to feel like two teenagers in love? Walk into Lucy’s Drive In and get ready for an old-school Valentine’s Day experience!
Breakfast lovers can indulge in the traditional breakfast with a Mexican spin, with breakfast burritos and pancakes. And for lunch or dinner they have burgers, sandwiches, and tacos, all of which can be ordered by themselves or as a meal. Seafood lovers have a wide array of options from shrimp and chips to ceviche! And to top it all off, you can get one milkshake, two straws, and let the love blossom.
Located: Across Los Angeles (West Hollywood, Brentwood, and El Segundo)
Number of Locations: 3
For a more upscale experience, Chin Chin is the perfect restaurant to take your date to this Valentine’s Day. Dishes are crafted using the traditional Cantonese cooking technique “Wok Hei” or “The Breath of The Wok”, the act of searing and stir-frying ingredients in a hot wok.
To start off, you can order some shareables which include tantalizing potstickers, crispy spring rolls, and shrimp toast. The entrees include a wide array of chicken, beef, and seafood dishes. If you are looking for vegetarian options, you are at the right place! Chin Chin offers a variety of enticing vegetarian dishes like Mapo Tofu, Bok Choy and Black Mushrooms, and Fragrant Vegetables. You can also order the noodle or rice bowls and add your own protein of choice!
Located: Across Los Angeles (Hollywood, South Los Angeles, Long Beach, Pasadena, Inglewood LAX, Anaheim, and La Brea)
Number of Locations: 8
No one pairs better than you and your date…and nothing pairs better than chicken and waffles! If you are looking to start a unique and casual Valentine’s Day tradition, make your way over to Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles — a timeless LA classic enjoyed by celebrities like Stevie Wonder and Natalie Cole.
Referred to as “a beloved soul chain” by the New York Times, Roscoe’s serves a variety of Southern sides along with their signature chicken and waffles. Check out their Hollywood location — you may just run into a celebrity this Valentine’s Day!
Located: Across California (DTLA, The Point, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, and Irvine Spectrum)
Number of Locations: 4
Little Sister brings a fusion of “East meets West” inspired food to your table. Guests are treated to an alluring variety of dishes immersed in spices of Southeast Asia blended with French, Dutch, and British colonial influences. Every dish tells a story, from banh mi and dumplings to soups and noodles. Popular choices include the spring rolls, filled with fresh vegetables and fried till they’re golden brown, and the shaky shaky beef, which is marinated beef with tomato rice. Banh mi lovers have the option to choose between the hearty roasted short rib, mouth-watering grilled lemongrass chicken, and the #SGV Special filled with Vietnamese cold cuts, crunchy pork belly, peanuts, and pate. For dessert, you can order Vietnamese coffee flan. Don’t forget to order it ahead of time, as these sell out very quickly!
The wall art, bar stools, and ambient lighting create a cozy, intimate setting where you and your date can be in your own world.
From casual bites to dreamy dining spots, any one of these 6 Los Angeles restaurants will make the perfect choice for Valentine's Day. And as the night winds down and dessert plates are cleared, one thing remains certain: nothing beats enjoying good food with great company. Here's to savoring every moment and creating lasting memories with the one you adore. Reserve your table now for a special night with your loved one!
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