If you’re like me, Valentine’s Day can be fairly stressful. There’s finding the perfect gift, reserving a romantic dinner for two and grabbing and preparing a dozen roses without breaking the bank. Oh, and then there’s the task of actually falling in love with someone. I should probably start there first, but in the meantime, let me share some of my tips for planning the best date night for V-Day 2017.
For a unique gift, try Adamm’s Stained Glass on Fourth Street in Downtown Santa Monica. She’ll never see anything like it, trust me! And what’s better than a one-of-a-kind gift that she can brag about to her friends? It just so happens that Adamm is offering 20 percent off on all perfume bottles and heart-shaped paperweights.
If you’re special someone is more into being pampered, head over to Burke Williams Spa, also on Fourth Street, and snag their Romance package, which includes a spa pedicure with choice of a 50-minute Pure relaxation massage with enhancement or a 50-minute Spa Style Facial with peel or brightener ($159). “For Two” is the ultimate way to celebrate Valentine’s Day as a couple, welcoming each of you to enjoy an 80-minute pure relaxation massage with enhancement or spa style facial with peel or brightener ($319). For more information, please call 310.587.3366.
For the oenophile in one’s life, Esters has pre-packaged Valentine’s Gift Baskets for $55 with Bacchus Pinot Noir and a Milla Chocolate Bar, with the option to add pretty flower arrangements by local florist Krystal Chang in dried ($70) or fresh ($100) versions. There’s also a dizzying array of customizable options available, so any Esters team member can help one select that perfect bottle from their 250+ selection and suggest some local, artisanal gifts to pair them with. Call (310) 899-6900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to order with 72-hour notice.
If you’re single but confident in your pick-up skills, the Santa Monica Bike Center has a challenge for you. Come solo to the bike center on February 14 and rent a tandem bike. Return with a date on the second seat and get $20 off the rental price.
Now that you have your gifts covered, how about the night of. If your significant other is one who loves to laugh, head on over to Downtown Santa Monica’s only comedy club, Westside Comedy, and indulge in their funny Valentine show, which is high on the improvisation. Your ticket includes appetizers and a show. There’s a bar with beer and wine.
After that, grab dinner at a fabulous Ocean Avenue restaurant or one with outdoor dining so you can take in the sights. Some restaurants offering specials include:
Del Frisco’s Grille
Take a bite out of Del Frisco’s limited time Valentine’s Day dinner menu like the Dry-Aged Bone-In Ribeye served with fried oysters and bacon-horseradish hollandaise or Jumbo Lump Crab Stuffed Maine Lobster Tail with garlic grits and roasted red pepper and basil cream. Don’t forget dessert! Indulge in the decadent Raspberry Chocolate Ganache Tart made with fresh ingredients like ripe raspberries, house-made whipped cream and a sprinkle of sea salt. Cost: Prices Vary; See Full Menu.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at FIG! Join us with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day for an a la carte menu featuring Mediterranean-influenced, wood-fired fare, along with some aphrodisiac inspired additions. For reservations, call 310.319.3111.
Locanda Del Lago
Opt for Italian this Valentine’s Day at Locanda Del Lago. Menu items include Cuori di Mare al Burro with Main Lobster, Insalata di Capesante with blood orange, Gamberoni alla Griglia with grilled jumbo prawns, and Fragole Affogate al Cioccolato with housemade champagne sorbet. For more information, call (310) 451-3525. Cost: Prices Vary.
If seafood is more your speed, head over to 1212 on the Third Street Promenade. Not only do they serve some delicious cocktails, they’re serving up a special menu with Main lobster soup, Chilean seabass and lobster and prawn paella. Live music starts at 7 p.m.