February 14th is almost here! Whether you’re looking for a chic bistro or an old-fashioned steakhouse, we’ve got you covered on the most romantic holiday of the year. Today we’ll take you on a special Valentine’s Day tour of the Eagle Rock neighborhood.
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Café Beaujolais is a culinary standout, serving up traditional and contemporary French-inspired cuisine with fresh California ingredients. Housed in a converted Victorian building originally built in 1893, the interior lends a cozy yet elegant atmosphere to a quiet dinner for two. House specialties include oven-baked halibut in champagne sauce, buttery escargot, and succulent duck confit – but vegetarians will find plenty of meat-free selections, including Café Beaujolais’ signature mushroom torte.
Little Beast Restaurant
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If you’d like to try something a bit more contemporary, Little Beast serves up innovative California cuisine with an emphasis on flavorful additions and creative combinations – the menu shifts season by season to incorporate locally-sourced fruits and vegetables. The quaint vintage bungalow makes this an intimate setting for a romantic Valentine’s Day supper, and the patio is perfect for Los Angeles’ sunny early-spring weather.
Columbo’s Italian Steakhouse and Jazz Club
Is your date a Sinatra fan? If you’re looking to invoke a little of that old Hollywood magic, celebrate Valentine’s Day in swingin’ style at Columbo’s. A local institution, Columbo’s specializes in substantial Italian fare, and the menu is heavy on classic dishes like hand-rolled ricotta and eggplant lasagna and garlicky shrimp scampi. Guests can also customize their own dish by choosing a pasta, sauce, and additions like salmon and pesto. Live music by a rotating selection of jazz and soul musicians plays nearly every evening, so check Columbo’s event calendar for details on upcoming concerts.
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Speaking of painting the town red, you don’t have to reserve a table at the Tropicana to treat your date to cocktail that would wow Dean Martin. If you’re looking for an artisan cocktail bar right in Eagle Rock, check out Room 31. The relaxed, secluded setting is perfect for a romantic evening. The menu promotes high-end twists on classics like the Manhattan and the Negroni, singular cocktails that include fresh-squeezed juices, house-made syrups and infusions. For a sweet Valentine’s treat, sample the Dear Audrey’s delicate violette liqueur blend, or try a juicy Blackberry Smash.
If you envision a tasty Valentine’s Day brunch followed by a romantic hike in the hills, we recommend the Highland Café. This laidback sidewalk café sells lunch and pastries as well as a substantial breakfast menu that includes savory and sugary favorites like chilaquiles, huevos rancheros, and strawberry-topped Belgian waffles. Stake out one of the café tables out front or sink into a pair of easychairs indoors. Order a pair of sandwiches to go for the perfect picnic lunch.
Camilo’s California Bistro
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Camilo’s is a family-owned restaurant that blends creative cuisine with comfortable surroundings. Menu selections blend the heartiness of comfort food with the inspired flavors and presentation of haute cuisine. The breakfast menu includes sweet treats like the Bananas Foster waffles with cognac and pecans and the brioche French toast with Grand Marnier-laced batter. Dinner selections range from the snappy ceviche martini to Camilo’s signature feta-stuffed chicken breast. Camilo’s “California” focus means that morning and evening menus include a wide range of vegetarian options.
Crawfish on Fire
Maybe you’d like to treat your Valentine to some lobster? Crawfish on Fire serves up generous portions of fresh, locally-sourced seafood – their diverse selection includes crab, calamari, mussels, and multiple varieties of crawfish boil from Cajun pepper to baja-inspired lime. Crawfish on Fire’s tangy lemon pepper fries are the perfect companion for just about any seafood dish.
Los Angeles hosts a rich array of dining and entertainment options – and these are just a few of the options on offer in Eagle Rock. Check out one of these local favorites on Valentine’s Day, and you’ll be sure to have a fun and romantic holiday!
Looking for places to eat in nearby neighborhoods? Read our guide to the best restaurants in Echo Park!
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