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Your worst nightmare is about to come true - you forgot to make Valentine's Day reservations and your favorite place is booked. Have no fear, Eater is here! All of these fabulous restaurants still have space this weekend and are offering some inspired Valentine's Day dinners. On your phones, get set, call!

1. Anissette Brasserie
225 Santa Monica Blvd. Santa Monica, CA 90401
310 395 3200 ; [website]

The Meal: All weekend long pick from an a la carte Valentine's -
inspired menu including Creamy Risotto with Prawns ($16), Seared
Scallops ($34), or Filet of Beef ($34).

2. Jian BBQ
8256 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90048
323 655 6556 ; [website]

The Meal: Spicy or not, Jian has a Valentine's Day BBQ combo that
includes beef, pork, and chicken for $25 per person. Beverages, tax,
tip and dessert are not included.

3. Elements Catering, Café and Kitchen
107 S Fair Oaks Ave Pasadena, CA
626 440 0100 ; [website]

The Meal: Although they have a deal where you can order your meal to
be delivered right to your home, in case you don't feel like going
out, Elements is also offering a dine-in option. Four courses, to be
chosen by the chef, are available for $65 per person. Reservations are
limited and required.

4. Cache
3110 Main Street Santa Monica, CA 90405
310 399 4800 ; [website]

The Meal: Chefs Josiah and Nyesha have collaborated to create a
romantic evening using quality Californian ingredients at this stylish
beach-side setting. The prix fixe includes four courses, with three
options per course. Choose from Ahi Tuna Tartar, Seared Atlantic
Salmon, A Beef Duo, or a Glazed Duck Breast for the savory courses.
Menus end with a dessert assortment. On Sunday, the meal begins with a
caviar course. $65 per person on Saturday and $95 per person on
Sunday, excluding tax, tip and beverage.

5. Drago Centro
525 S Flower St Suite 120 Los Angeles, CA 90071
213 228 8998 ; [website]

The Meal: All weekend long enjoy a four course meal featuring Beef
Carpaccio with hearts of palm, Butternut Squash Ravioli or Shrimp and
Scallop Agnolotti, Roasted Lamb with artichoke hearts, or Dover Sole
with lemon beurre blanc, and for dessert, a Chocolate Cake with
raspberries or a Strawberry Semifreddo with basil. $55 per person gets
you the food, an additional $35 per person gets you wine pairings too.
Snag a Sunday reservation and enjoy the Masquerade Carnival, with
decorations and live music.

6. Ford's Filling Station
9531 Culver Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90232
310 202 1470 ; [website]

The Meal: Valentine's Day is also Ford's Filling Station's 4 year
anniversary! Chef Ben Ford has been busy on the MARTHA show
demonstrating some of his Valentine's Day - inspired courses
including a Chocolate Pudding Cake and Date Shake for dessert ($8
each), Loup de Mer with Green Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Cockles ($32)
and a Beef Cheek Stuffed Rosemary Pasta with Brussel Sprouts and
Fennel Fronds ($15). The a la carte menu runs all weekend long.

7. Nic’s Beverly Hills
453 N Canon Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
310 550 5707 ; [website]

The Meal: On Sunday only enjoy a Cuisine de France, a special four
course "Lovers" Prix Fixe menu set at $80 per person excluding tax,
tip and beverage. A flight of exclusive vodkas is also on offer for
$15 per person, and get it all while listening to the night's French
musical performance by Jacob and The Love Makers.

8. Mexico Restaurante y Barra
8512 Santa Monica Blvd.West Hollywood, CA 90069
310 289 0088 ; [website]

The Meal: All weekend long order the Menu de Amor for $30 per person,
which includes three courses, among them: a Lobster Tamale, Wood-Fired
Carnitas with Agave Glaze and a slice of Mexican Red Velvet Wedding
Cake. Shot specials are also on offer, along with a slew of speciality
cocktails, including the house Hand-Squeezed Margaritas and Passion
Fruit and Raspberry Agua Fresca.

9. La Cachette Bistro
1733 Ocean Ave Santa Monica, CA 90401
310 434 9509 ; [website]

The Meal: A 3-course prix fixe is available on Valentine's Day,
including Scrambled Egg with Smoked Salmon and Caviar, Prawn and
Lobster Ravioli, Chilean Sea Bass with Saffron Emulsion, Assortment of
Sweets and Chocolate Truffles ($85 per person excludes tax, tip and
beverage).

10. Marche
13355 Ventura Blvd Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
818 784 2915 ; [website]

The Meal: With their menu 'subject to change according to mother
nature', Marche is now open on Sundays, with Valentine's Day being one
of the first. The five course menu features a choice for each course:
start with a salad, soup or fois gras terrine; other courses include
Buffala Ravioli or Black Winter Truffle Risotto, Scallops with Fennel
and Orange or Lobster with Saffron and Vanilla and, for dessert -
what's this? - no dark chocolate, instead, a white chocolate mousse or
a pavolva meringue heart with berries $75 per person, excluding
supplemental charges, tax, tip or beverage. Wine pairings are an
additional $55.

11. Saddle Peak Lodge
419 Cold Canyon Rd Calabasas, CA
818 222 3888 ; [website]

The Meal: If only this place was also actually a lodge, where couples
could reserve a room, it might be the ideal, tranquil,
away-from-everything Valentine's Day date. Nevertheless, the menu on
offer includes four courses with options like Kumamoto Oysters, Black
Truffle Soup, Butter Poached Lobster, Mesquite Grilled Petit Filet,
Grilled New Zealand Elk, and, for dessert, a plate of Chocolate
Textures. Have it all for $125 per person, excluding tax, tip and
beverage. Wine pairings are an additional $60 per person.

12. Gordon Ramsey at The London West Hollywood
1020 San Vicente Blvd Los Angeles, CA
310 358 7788 ; [href="http://www.thelondonwesthollywood.com/gordon_ramsay">website]

The Meal: Not only can you dine on a veritable what's what of
gastronomic luxuries available all weekend - five courses for $250 per
couple, seven courses for $350 per couple - but you can also reserve
space at the Saturday only cooking class for couples. Starting at
10am, you and your date will learn how to make a multi-course menu
from Chef Andy Cook. The day starts with Champange, canapes and a tour
of the kitchen. Each dish is cooked and served in the kitchen as its
finished. The class includes a chef's coat, cookbook and special
surprise for $450 per couple; wine pairings are included.

13. RH at Andaz
8401 W Sunset Blvd West Hollywood, CA 90069
323 785 6090 ; [website]

The Meal: Chef Sebastien Archambault has set the stage for a
Southwestern French menu, available all weekend long. Included among
the courses are a House-Made Foie Gras Terrine with plum and mission
fig chutney, Seared Diver Scallops with Orange Braised Endive, Roasted
Duck Breast with apple and red cabbage, a cheese plate featuring
American and French selections, and, for dessert, a roasted Apple with
Cinnamon Puff Pastry. The five course menu is $120 per couple,
excluding tax, tip and beverage.

14. Patina at the Downtown Walt Disney Concert Hall
141 S Grand Ave Los Angeles, CA
213 972 3331 ; [href="http://www.patinagroup.com/restaurants/48/menus/Patina_ValentinesDay2010.pdf
">website
]

The Meal: On Valentine's Day, a four-course tasting menu includes
Butternut Squash Ravioli served with a Mostarda di Cremona, a Seared
Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Australian Barramundi with Yellow and Candy
Beets with Fresh Heart of Palm, and, for dessert there's a Layered
Manjari with Chocolate Raspberry and Raspberry Marmalade Coulis, or a
Blood Orange Tian with Citrus Caramel, Chantilly and Sable Breton.
The menu is $125 per person, excluding tax, tip or beverage; for an
additional $65 a wine pairing will be provided.

15. Nick & Stef’s Steakhouse
330 S Hope St Los Angeles, CA
213 680 0330 ; [href="http://www.patinagroup.com/restaurants/6/menus/NickStefs-LA_ValentinesDay2010.pdf">website]

The Meal: Thought Nick & Stef's was just for the suit crowd? On
Valentines's Day only they are showing their softer side with a
three-course feast featuring their signature Caaser Salad, Oak Grilled
and Roasted 20oz Prime Chateaubriand, Yukon Gold Potatoes and Creamed
Spinach. Dessert is a surprise. The entire affair is $150 per couple,
excluding tax, tip and beverage.

16. Café Pinot
700 W Fifth St Los Angeles, CA
213 239 6500 ; [website]

The Meal: Available all weekend long, enjoy a choice of a three or
four course menu with dishes like Maine Lobster Bisque, Slow Braised
Pork Belly, Leek Crusted Salmon Fillet and Milk Chocolate Mousse.
Three courses is $65, four courses will run you $75 per person,
excluding tax, tip and drinks.

16. Charlie's Malibu
22821 Pacific Coast Hwy Malibu, CA 90265
310 456 3132 ; [website]

The Meal: At this 10,000 square foot exhibition space, they serve more
than just tea. Just for Valentine's Day, they are offering a Japanese
- French fusion menu ($60 per person, excluding tax and tip; wine
pairings are an additional $20). The menu includes options like
Kabocha Soup with Hazelnut-Cranberry Coulis, Mango, Kanpyo Roll, and
Breaded Cod with Jumbo Shrimp and Beurre Blanc. Dessert is a Spicy
Chocolate Mousse.

21. Craft Restaurant
10100 Constellation Blvd Los Angeles, CA
310 279 4180 ; [website]

The Meal: For Valentine's Day only - get on that phone now! Chef
Tony Zappola and Pastry Chef Shannon Swindle offer a comfortable
three-course prix fixe for $95 per person with all dishes served
family style, for two. Options include a hearts of palm salad with
spiced pear, roasted diver sea scallops with black truffle and
sunchoke puree, and roasted and braised Niman Ranch pork with white
beans and roasted apples. For dessert, guests will receive both a sour
cream panna cotta with rhubarb and mint and a chocolate tart with
toasted coconut sabayon and macadamia nuts.

22. Eva Restaruant
7458 Beverly Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90036
323 634 0400 Fax ; [website]

The Meal: This tiny spot is bound to fill up in, oh, the next minute
or so, so call now if you want a four course tasting including Lobster
Angolotti, Foie Gras with apple and sesame, John Dory with black
truffles, Wagyu Beef, or Veal Loin. Dessert is listed simply as
"Chocolate" - and so, can't be bad. $100 per person will get you the
menu with wine; $75 will get it to you without.

23. Dakota at the Hollywood Roosevelt
7000 Hollywood Blvd Los Angeles, CA
323 466 7000 ; [website]

The Meal: All weekend long enjoy a three-course “aphrodisiac-enhanced”
dinner created by Executive Chef Jason Johnston. Afterwards, take a
trip to the decadent dessert bar complete with a chocolate fondue
fountain. Live music to be performed by Ana Maria and his and hers
hand-crafted cocktail and bubbly menu is also available from the
Library Bar. $95 per person gets you the food; tip, tax and drinks are
extra.

25. Lola's Restaurant
945 N Fairfax Ave West Hollywood, CA 90046
323 654 5652 ; [website]

The Meal: For $90 per couple, get a four course tasting including a
Mushroom Bisque with pastry top hats, Soft Shell Crab with Asparagus,
Prime Rib, and, for dessert, frozen Chocolate Crepes with Shaved White
Chocolate. The meal also includes a 'What's Love Got To Do With It'
Martini, but tax and tip are extra.

26. Wilshire Restaurant
2454 Wilshire Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90403
310 586 1707 ; [href="http://www.http://www.wilshirerestaurant.com/">website]

The Meal: Wilshire is keeping it simple by offering their full a la
carte menu with a few specials available all weekend long, including
Chef Andrew Kirschner's Cheek-to-Cheek Surf and Turf and a Dover Sole
for Two. Pastry Chef Bridgette Contreras will be pulling out a few
sweet and sexy, as yet unnamed, surprises too. And, to top it off,
every lady will receive a free glass of bubbly on Valentine's Day.
— Daniela Galarza

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