Get in the mood for romance with some truly splurge worthy meals that are being served all around town. Here are my picks for this year’s places to go if you’re feeling like splurging for a decadent night out on Valentine’s Day:
Maison Akira is always a good bet for celebrating holidays as there’s generally a carefully crafted prixe fixe menu available.
Maison Akira 713 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101 (626) 796-9501
POP Champange & Dessert Bar has a prix fixe menu available. Nothing says Valentines’ Day more than champagne and chocolate and there are three courses ahead of the chocolate-covered strawberry finish.
Pop Champagne 33 East Union Street, Pasadena, California 91103 (626) 795-1295
Bistro 45 is a small intimate place that fills up quickly, so make a reservation to enjoy the 4-course aphrodisiac-inspired menu.
Bistro 45 45 S Mentor Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106 (626) 795-2478
AKA An American Bistro is Bistro 45’s sister restaurant and is also offering a special menu for the night.
AKA Bistro 41 Hugus Alley, Pasadena, CA 91105 (626) 564-8111
The Raymond is in a historic house that is romantic any night of the year. But on Valentine’s Day, the menu matches the ambience even more with a four-course menu that starts with an oyster option and finishes with indulgent desserts.
The Raymond 1250 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105 (626) 441-3136
Magnolia House is a cute way to celebrate Valentine’s Day prohibition-style in the tiny hideaway in Pasadena.
Magnolia House 492 S Lake Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101 (626) 584-1126
The Langham Hotel is pretty much built for romance. If you’re celebrating with friends, check out the Afternoon or Chocolate Tea. For a night out with your S.O., check out the hotel’s dining options, including The Royce, which is offering a special prix fixe menu for the weekend or head to The Terrance or The Taproom. Pamper yourself and your sweetheart with a treatment from the Chuan Spa.
The Langham 1401 S Oak Knoll Ave, Pasadena, CA 91106 (626) 568-3900
If you plan to stay in, swing by Mignon Chocolate for a classic velvet heart-shaped box of chocolates in Old Pasadena.
Mignon Chocolate Boutique 6 East Holly Street, Pasadena, CA 91103 USA (626) 796-7100
For a twist on a traditional dinner and a movie date, catch a flick at the iPic Theater, where you can get gourmet grub on your way into the show.
iPic Pasadena 42 Miller Alley, Pasadena, CA 91103 (626) 639-2260
Pasadena is filled with romance, however you choose to spend Valentine’s Day. Hope to run into you!