Santa Monica offers the perfect setting to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Explore a number of Valentine’s Day dining and nightlife options, festive events and special offers to help create the ultimate Valentine’s Day experience.
* Please note specials below are from Valentine’s Day 2016. Check back for 2017 specials and events!
DINING AND NIGHTLIFE
Enjoy our four course prix-fixe menu for $65 or specials such as Spicy Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Roasted Beet Tiradito, Lobster Tacos, and Aztec Chocolate Cake available a la carte! Available February 12-14, 2016.
Valentine’s Day dinner menu available February 13 and 14, 4pm to 10pm. Menu features grilled prawns, grilled angus rib eye and passion fruit creme brûlée. $50 per person.
Del Frisco’s Grille
Head to Del Frisco’s Grille for a romantic Valentine’s Day weekend with delectable cocktails, brunch, entrees and dessert! Enjoy a romantic brunch or dinner with a sweet Cupid’s Cocktail, filet & lobster entree and finish the evening with a Triple Chocolate Decadence dessert. Valentine’s by the beach never tasted so sweet! Available February 13-14, 2016.
eLOVate Vegan Kitchen
This Valentine’s Day, eLOVate Vegan Kitchen invites guests to feel the LOV with a prix-fixe menu available on February 13 and 14. Chef Roberto Martin, chef to the stars, has created a decadent plant-based menu for couples to enjoy just steps away from the Santa Monica Pier. The all-vegan, 100% organic menu includes: a Crunchy Nori Mermaid Roll with Pickled Carrot, Bell Pepper, Sesame Ginger, Potato, Noodles and Tempura or a Spicy Maitake Skewer with Spicy Chili Marinated Maitake Mushrooms and a Crispy Potato Nest; a Beet Napoleon Salad with Stacked Beets, Cashew Almond Cheese, Herbs and a Balsamic Redux or a Normand Salad with Grilled Apple, Toasted Walnut, Chevre and Hibiscus Vinaigrette; Sesame Chickpea Fritters with Ginger Glaze, Vegetable Angel Hair, Adzuki and Black Bean Pasta or Eggplant Roulade with Tofu Ricotta, San Marzano Tomato Confit and Hand Chopped Basil Pesto; and Strawberry Angelfood Cake with Whipped Coconut Frosting and Strawberry Compote or Silk Mule Sorbet with Hibiscus Coulis and Ginger Meringue. The Valentine’s Day menu is $60 per person and is available during dinner service on February 13 and all day on February 14.
Local Kitchen & Wine Bar
On Valentine’s Day, Local Kitchen & Wine Bar will offer a Prix Fixe menu of four courses, in addition to a full a la carte menu. The Valentine’s day courses include: crudo, asparagus, prosciutto scharffenberger brut rose pasta cavatelli, green garlic, preserved lemon, english peas longoria albarino ’14 main beef short rib, espresso glaze, pickled ramps, soft polenta tom burgess cabernet sauvignon ’11 sweet chocolate torta, chocolate crunch, rhubarb, vanilla gelato grahams 10 year tawny port. Four-course tasting is $60 or $80 with wine pairing.
Locanda del Lago
Enjoy our Menu di San Valentino. Includes specials such as Cappesante Caramelizzate, Insalata di Finocchi e Arance Sanguinely; Raviolini di Branzino in Brodo d’Astice; Involtino di Salmone e Verza, Salsa di Foie Gras; Lombo di Vitello Arrostito, Salsa di Spugnole, Primizie di Stagione; and Cuore di Cioccolato e caffe, Salsa di Lamponi. Four-course tasting menu (choice of salmon or veal) is $52 per person. Five-course tasting menu is $69 per person. Wine pairing is $25. Menu is available February 12-18, 2016. For reservations, call (310) 451-3525.
Ocean & Vine at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel
Reserve the most romantic seat at the beach. Treat your sweetheart to Ocean & Vine’s exquisite Valentine’s Day dinner. Enjoy our delicious à la carte dinner menu or upgrade to a special three-course prix fixe menu prepared by Executive Chef Zachary Dallessandro. Reservations available from 6pm to 9:30pm. À la carte menu: prices vary Three-course prix fixe menu: $75 per person. Tax and gratuity not included.
Valentine’s Day dinner menu available February 13, 5:30pm to 10pm and February 14, 4:30pm to 10pm. Menu is three courses including appetizer, entree and dessert. Entree selections include grilled angus filet mignon, black truffle risotto, poached whole lobster and rotisserie roasted Mary’s farm chicken. $90 per person.
Rustic Canyon will be offering their traditional family-style, prix-fixe menu, priced at $110 per person. Ideal for double dates or getting together with a group of friends, the whole table chooses 6 dishes out of 16 options, with wine pairings also available for an additional $45 per person. Menu highlights include Oysters Rockefeller with nettles, bread crumb, and vermouth; New York Strip with bone marrow, strawberry, fennel, and polenta; and Passion Fruit Marshmallow with a Hot Cocoa Tart. For a more casual option, guests dining in the bar or lounge area can choose from a select à la carte menu. Reservations can be made by calling 310.393.7050.
Stout Burgers and Beers
Humble Hearts Club: $49 for dinner for two includes two burgers of your choice, one side or salad to share (excluding pretzel), one dessert of your choice, champagne toast for two or Boulevard Brewing Love Child No.6 Sour Ale for additional $4 per person. Valid February 14, 2016.
On Valentine’s Day, stop by The Albright, the longest running restaurant on the Santa Monica pier, for a romantic and fun dinner by the water. Enjoy fanny bay oysters served with champagne mignonette or a plate of 5-spice calamari served with chipotle aioli. Main specials include sustainably caught lobster or Dungeness crab, fresh from their saltwater tank, one of the few places on the Westside with this offering. Finish the night with a slice of chocolate cake from La Mousse and a glass of champagne. This special is priced at $65 per person.
The Dining Room at Hotel Shangri-La
The Dining Room at Hotel Shangri-La offers Valentine’s Day dining for a quintessential evening of romance and gastronomy, overlooking the Pacific. $85 per person; two seatings at 6pm and 8pm. The prix fixe four-course menu features the very best in fresh ingredients and local flavors, including first and second course choices of strawberry salad, fresh oysters, lobster bisque, or tomato-burrata cheese; main course choices are roasted rib eye, branzino, bacon-wrapped chicken breast or truffle risotto; also included for a romantic ending is a shared sweet dessert of strawberry shortcake or chocolate profiteroles. Reservations required.
The Upper West
Join us 5pm to 10pm on February 14 for a pre-fixe Valentine’s Day menu. Includes starters of hamachi crude and classic lobster bisque; main selection of pan roasted ribeye or pepper crusted tuna loin and a dessert of banana-ginger creme brûlée. Menu is $90 per couple with regular menu available as well.
La Festa di San Valentino offers options for everyone’s taste, beginning with choices of Ahi Tuna Carpaccio with Sicilian Caponata & Mâche in Citrus Dressing; Duckling Crespelle with Mostarda Di Cremona; Vitello Tonnato with Bottarga; Jumbo Shrimp Wrapped in Swordfish with Garlic-Tomato Sauce; or Maine Lobster Salad with Blood Orange Dressing ($5 supplement). The pasta course includes Swiss Chard and Ricotta Cappellacci; Semolina-Ricotta Gnocchi with Porcini, Peas and Prosciutto; Spaghetti alla Chitarra with Clams; Veal Ravioli with Ossobuco Sauce; Hand Rolled Garganelli with Bolognese Ragù; and Risotto with Farmers Market Vegetables, Thyme and Goat Cheese. The Secondi course includes Maine Diver Scallops with Chanterelle Mushrooms in a Lobster Sauce; Grilled Mediterranean Branzino Filet with Artichoke Ragù; Dover Sole alla Livornese ($10 Supplement); Pan Roasted Napa Valley Quail with Sage and Pancetta; Colorado Lamb Chop in Red Wine and Gorgonzola; Beef Filet Mignon in Tuscan Mosto Cotto; Veal Ossobuco with a Medley of Vegetables ($10 Supplement); and Grilled Pennsylvania Veal Chop with Wild Mushrooms ($10 Supplement). A vegetarian option is also offered. The evening concludes with Valentino’s signature Dessert Extravaganza. Pricing for the prix fixe menu is $110 per person, menu only, additional wine pairings selected by Piero Selvaggio are $55 per person. All prices exclude tax and gratuity.
Valentine’s Day Pre-set Menus Yin and Yang Special for $50 per person. It includes a choice of one starter, one appetizer, one entree per person and a chocolate ice cream heart to share. Also includes one drink from our Drink Specials. The Love Boat for Two is $75 per person. It includes a choice of one starter, one appetizer per person, entree and a chocolate ice cream heart to share. Also includes one drink from our Drink Specials. Available February 12-14, 2016.
Ye Olde King’s Head
Join us for a Valentine’s Afternoon Tea for Two. $47.95 includes two glasses of Champagne served in our Tea Room. Valid February 12-13 11:30am-4pm.
Downtown Santa Monica
On Saturday, February 13 – Valentine’s Day Eve – between 6pm and 9pm, Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. will unleash Cupid to frolic the streets of Downtown Santa Monica with presents for unsuspecting couples. The Grecian god of desire plans to pop in to randomly selected restaurants to surprise lucky couples with a $50 gift card toward their Valentine’s dinner. In classic mythology fashion, Cupid will be seen sporting traditional Grecian attire and his iconic bow and arrow. Coupled diners displaying an outpouring of love will be fortunate to be hit with Cupid’s arrow and receive a gift of gratitude, courtesy of Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.
Esters Wine Shop & Bar
For last-minute shoppers, Esters is welcoming back local florist Krystal Chang for a pop-up on February 13 and 14 from 12pm to -4pm to make romantic bouquets and arrangements on-site, as well as pick up pre-orders, which can be arranged by emailing email@example.com. Then, on February 14, couples, friends, and singles can all celebrate with a special Valentine’s Day Tasting ($25 per person) from 3pm to 5pm, featuring six pink wines ranging from sparkling to dry to sweet, alongside cheese and charcuterie and 10% off retail purchase of the wines poured. Throughout the day, Chef de Cuisine Jun Tan is offering sweets to-go or enjoy in-house like Milk Chocolate and White Chocolate Mousse and TCHO Champagne Truffles.
February 14, 7pm
Have the most magical Valentine’s Day! See our critically acclaimed show “Escape Reality” featuring optical illusions, levitation, mindreading, disappearances and a nail-biting Houdini-inspired escape. Celebration includes: Champagne/sparkling cider toast, souvenir bag of tricks, magic class and surprises. Tickets re $40 per person
Santa Monica History Museum
The Santa Monica History Museum will display a special exhibition of antique Valentine’s Day cards from Tuesday, February 2nd until Saturday, February 27th at the Santa Monica History Museum at 1350 7th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401. The exhibition will feature a collection of historic Valentine’s Day cards dating back as far as the late-19th century. Exchanging gifts and notes in celebration of Valentine’s Day became common in the mid-18th century with mass-produced cards available for the first time in the United States in the early 1830s. Hallmark Cards produced their first Valentine’s Day card in 1913 and today it is estimated that nearly 190 million Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year. Join as we celebrate this holiday centered on love and affection and to trace the history of sending sentiment from its hand-made origins through its lacy traditions to its place as a modern-day commercial powerhouse. In addition to this lovely display of vintage Valentine’s Day cards, the Santa Monica History Museum invites you to visit the permanent exhibition detailing the founding and growth of the City of Santa Monica and a special exhibit celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Aero Theater also on display during the month of February.
February 14, 8pm
Join us for our “Come Meet Your Future Ex”- Valentine’s Day Party on February 14 from 8pm through 12am. There’s no cover! What to expect: 80’s dance music by Dj Cool Whip, drink specials for the ladies and 80’s and Valentine’s Day movies on the big screen.
The Gourmandise School of Sweets & Savories
February 14, 2pm
Join us for our French Macarons: The Valentine’s Day Edition Class as we take a bite out of the myths of making these delicate Parisian cookies and master different shapes- from hearts to ovals! Menu includes: Vanilla Bean Macarons; Chocolate Macarons, Espresso Macarons; Milk Chocolate Ganache, Mocha Ganache, Raspberry White Chocolate Ganache. This is a 3-hour class.
VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIALS
Azure Aveda Salon
For Valentine’s Day, enjoy a pampering package valid for the whole month of February. Treat yourself with a deep conditioning Botanical Hair Therapy Treatment, an exfoliating Glow Express Facial and a blowout for $85 ( $110 value)! Valid February 1-29, 2016.
Valentine’s Special: take 20% off all finished jewelry. Excludes all sale items. Valid February 6-14, 2016.
Indulge yourself to a little luxury with 30% off your first visit at Brambila Salon. Valid January 14 through February 29, 2016.
Free appetizer or salad with purchase of any Kabob Entrees. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Offer has no cash value. Valid February 1-29, 2016.
At Chocolate Sun, we customize your organic sunless tan! To look and feel your Cocoa Glowing best for yourself or your Valentine’s Day date, be sure to take advantage of this $10 off a Full Body Tanning Treatment. Valid February 8-14, 2016.
$10 off a $65 or more purchase. Valid February 11-16, 2016.
Share the love! Buy one gelato and get one free! Valid February 14, 2016.
Esters Wine Shop & Bar
Esters Wine Shop & Bar is going all-out for their first Valentine’s Day, making it the ideal one-stop shop for gifts and celebrations.
In addition to custom options, they have Valentine’s Gift Baskets available for ordering. Call for details.
20% off all regular price items. Valid February 7-16, 2016.
Fall in love or reconnect with the 36 questions from Mandy Len Catin’s NY Times essay, while enjoying a delicious and nutritious Kye’s picnic for two. Valid February 14, 2016.
Share the Love of Lemonade! Whether you are celebrating with a loved one, your kids, friends, family, or coworkers, our new Valentine’s special dessert tray will make you happy. Choose from our fresh baked assortment of cookies, cupcakes, tarts, bars and macarons. Mention #Ilovelemonade for 10% off your dessert catering order. Valid February 11-14, 2016.
Come in for a hair and makeup special. Valid February 12-14, 2016.
Oceana Beach Club Hotel
Book best available rate and receive breakfast for two. Valid January 5, 2016 through January 17, 2017.
Pedego Electric Bikes
$195 off a Pedego Electric Bike. Valid February 7-15, 2016.
Take 20% off bottles of wine and pitchers of beer during President’s Day weekend. Pono Burger is the perfect place to wind down over the long weekend. Take in the ocean breeze as you enjoy a nice bottle of wine or pitcher of beer. Valid February 13-15, 2016.
30% off a 60-minute pain-relieving massage (final price is only $70!). Valid February 1-April 1, 2016.
Santa Monica Luggage Co.
15% off entire purchase. Valid February 4-28, 2016.
This winter, snuggle up at the Shore Hotel in Santa Monica, Calif., with its “Get Cozy” travel package, which includes breakfast in bed for two, cookie turndown service, and a late checkout so couples can sleep in and stay cozy just a little longer. The Shore Hotel offers stunning views of the Pacific coastline, and is conveniently located along Ocean Ave. within steps of the beach, the historic Santa Monica pier, Tongva Park, and the Third Street shopping and dining district. The hotel’s modern design blends comfort and sustainability, offering guests a relaxing, yet refined coastal experience, in a boutique setting. One-night package price starts at $369 plus tax includes: Overnight accommodations; Breakfast in bed for two; Cookie turndown service in the evening; and late checkout of 1pm (checkout is typically 11am). Reservation must be booked 72 hours prior to arrival. Valid January 1 through February 29, 2016.
Sweet Rose Creamery
The homegrown artisanal ice cream shop Sweet Rose Creamery launched online ordering last month, and just in time for the holiday, they’re offering a Valentine’s Day Pint Pack for national shipping or in-store pick-up. Perfect for couples or families to make sundaes at home, the $60 pack includes one pint each of chocolate, vanilla, and raspberry ice cream; a jar of housemade hot fudge; and a large bag each of crispy almonds and housemade raspberry meringues. Online orders are available until February 5 and shipments arrive by February 11, while in-store pick-up is February 1-14 until supplies last. Additionally, all shops will be serving a Sweetheart Sundae for $8.50 throughout the month of February, which includes raspberry ice cream drizzled with hot fudge and topped with crispy almonds and raspberry meringue kisses—a perfect post-dinner treat to share with one’s Valentine.
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Valentine’s Day BOGO: Buy one, get one behind-the-bar beverage for free on February 14 from 12pm until close. Also, try our delicious Valentine’s Day half chocolate dipped cookie! Valid February 14, 12pm until close.
Thyme Cafe & Market
Thyme Cafe & Market is the perfect place to pick up (or have delivered!) a flavorful, seasonal dinner to avoid traffic, rain and an overpriced, pre-fix Valentines Day dinner! Why not stay home and enjoy a large selection of appetizers, salads, soups, main courses, and desserts for a party, simple family supper or romantic dinner for two! Let us take the stress out of cooking and help you entertain in style and with ease. Reheating and assembly instructions will be included with your order. Delivery is available and please allow 24 hours notice for all orders. Highlights include mini heart shaped gruyere grilled cheese with fig jam, quinoa salad with sweet potatoes, baby arugula and kale, filet mignon with red wine reduction and horseradish sauce and individual raspberry cream cheese tarts. Valid February 14, 2016. Pre-order through February 12 for a February 14 pick-up.
Whole Life Balance w/drip iv therapy
Join us for an aerial silks class. This class is a modern style aerial silks class that incorporates a low-hanging soft fabric hammock to stretch the whole body, improve alignment, release chronic tension conditions the body, and is great fun! It’s appropriate for anyone including beginners with no experience. Every class includes decompression, stretching, supported inversions, core and upper body strengthening, deep relaxation, and flying! Arrive hydrated with a little food in your belly to combat dizziness. Long pants and covered torso are recommended for students with sensitive skin. Valid January 13 – February 29, 2016.