Valentine’s Day is right around the corner – what are your plans to make an evening with your sweetheart something special? Send Cupid’s arrow flying to Melrose Ave, where you’ll find many different “heart happy” ideas.
Offering a special $79 prix fixe menu, the trendy Scandinavian bistro from renowned Swedish chef Christer Larsson is ready to help you celebrate your Valentine in style. Enjoy an evening at this sleek new restaurant while exploring a cuisine rarely found in SoCal. Working in the kitchen with his son, Ian, Larsson’s menu includes beautiful toasts featuring wild sockeye salmon, shrimp, herring, or salt-roasted beets among the topping options. Entrée choices include succulent wild and cultivated mushrooms on a cedar plank, wood-grilled steelhead, seabass, or chicken, or the classic Danish meatballs called frikadeller, featuring lean veal and mushroom gravy. And don’t miss a chance to try the traditional fiskgryta seafood casserole.
For classic Mexican fare – and a dazzlingly fun night of burlesque – where else but Antonio’s to take your heartthrob? Fun and sexy burlesque and variety shows run at 8 and 10 p.m., featuring The Dollface Dames and hostess Vixen de Ville. A wide range of tequilas, dishes such as beef tamales and Chiles en Nogada, and a special strawberry Valentine’s desert will get you and your date in the mood for love and fun. Take home free goodies and cards including cute stuffed toys and heart-shaped lollipops.
Antonio’s on Melrose
7470 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Ooh la la! Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Paris-trained chef Josette LeBlond has a stunning three-course dinner for just $29, including a welcome glass of champagne. Dine on appetizers such as onion soup or duck liver paté; try entrees such as stuffed sole, chicken and eggplant Parmesan, followed by one of Chef Josette’s stunning desserts, like a luscious crème brûlée or tiramisu. After you dine, walk next door to the Matrix Theater for a concert of Neil Diamond hits by Rob Garrett. The concert, which starts at 9 p.m. is $30 per ticket.
Happy Valentine’s Day from L’Assiette, where a 3-course prix fixe menu is $54, and includes an aperitif of Kir Royale Crème de Cassis bubbly; appetizer choices such as Little Gem salad or house soup, and a second course with options such as chicken breast, lemongrass ginger salmon, or the restaurant’s signature culotte steak with special sauce. All dishes come with pommes frites, and a vegan option is available. And don’t miss the deserts, which include selections such as a Triple Fudge Brownie with Maldon sea salt flakes.
7166 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Romantic Vinoteque is even more seductive that usual on Valentine’s Day, with their “table for two” Tuscan Affair menu available for $60. A bottle of wine, three delightful Tuscan gourmet dishes, and dessert choices are sure to be a hit. And you can end your evening by placing a complimentary lock on the restaurant’s beautiful “Love Lock Wall.”
7469 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046
A cutting-edge five-course prix fixe meal is the order of the day at Wolf, where style and substance combine for a memorable evening. For $125, diners will get welcome bubbles, followed by a unique starter of Meyer lemon, vanilla, gelee, and fennel pollen named Pop the Kusshi. Salmon tartare, spiny lobster ravioli, an elegant strip steak with baby potatoes and mushrooms, and lastly, dessert – chocolate banana cake with cherry ice cream, comprise the rest of this special menu, as Chef Marcel Vigneron continues to offer inventive feasting.
7661 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046