Pasadena for Lovers: Where To Take Your Valentine for Dinner

January 29, 2024 | Posted in Food

The Most Romantic Valentine’s Day dinners and dreamy getaway spots in Pasadena for you and your significant other.

Valentine’s Prix Fixe Dinners and Spa Treatments at The Langham Huntington

Enjoy romantic dining in an elegant and timeless setting or express your love through rejuvenating spa treatments for Valentine’s Day at the Langham Huntington.

The Royce Wood-fired Steakhouse helmed by chef de cuisine Jorge Delgado is putting on a culinary show for Valentine’s Day 2024 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The five-course prix fixe menu tantalizes the taste buds with wagyu carpaccio, barbeque beet risotto, and Santa Barbara uni toast. Select from three mains, including an Aspen ridge filet prime, a New Zealand dorade or duck breast, and savor the delectable dessert options such as the strawberry "tiramisu" or the chocolate and praline mousse.

At the Terrace, Valentine’s Day is celebrated with a four-course prix fixe menu from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. First-course includes a choice of Maine lobster bisque or heirloom tomato tartare. Second-course highlights a choice of Hamachi crudo and winter chanterelle risotto, with the main course choices of sauteed Icelandic cod, a slow-cooked five spice short rib, or a baked artichoke skillet. Dessert choices are a warm red velvet black forest cake or a milk chocolate strawberry mouse.

It's the perfect time to relax and reconnect with a partner, friend, or yourself. From February 1st to the 18th, experience therapeutic spa treatments at the Chuan Spa at The Langham Huntington. Unwind with your Valentine in the private couple's suite with dreamy massages, champagne toast, and delectable truffles. No Valentine? No problem. There's also room for self-love this holiday. Delight in a Sweet Treat Package, a Luxe Rose Facial, or a real diamond-infused lip mask leaving you refreshed and radiant.

Five-Course French Californian Tasting Menu at Perle

Romance is in the air at Perle, where an aphrodisiac-filled five course tasting menu awaits this Valentine’s Day with an extra parting gift to enjoy at home. Michelin-trained and winner of Food Network’s Chopped, chef Dean Yasharian offers sustainable-focused classic French dishes with a modern Californian seasonal twist. The special menu flatters salmon, caviar, truffle, duck liver parfait, lobster bisque, a beef wellington, and mini chocolate souffle. Optional wine pairing is available. There’s also a vegetarian version of the menu with carrote confit, perigord black truffles, bisque de palmier, and a beetroot mushroom “wellington”.

43 E Union St, Pasadena, CA 91103 | (626) 460-8819

Four-course prix fixe at The Raymond 1886 Restaurant

Enjoy the timeless charm of a lovely Pasadena Craftsman-style restaurant, once a hotel that entertained celebs like Charlie Chaplin in the Roaring 20s. This Valentine’s Day, The Raymond 1886 is inviting couples to enjoy a romantic four-course menu with a choice of octopus tostada or confit pork belly, a choice of lobster bisque or strawberry burrata salad, a choice of roasted duck, Chilean sea bass, or petite filet mignon and a choice of profiteroles, pot de creme, or champagne toast for dessert.

1250 S Fair Oaks Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105 | (626) 441-3136

Three Courses at The Arbour for Valentine’s Day

Savor the multitude of farm-fresh flavors at The Arbour, dishing out Californian fare in a chic atmosphere. The Valentine's Day menu offers three courses, with refreshing appetizers to choose from. The entrees include a filet mignon, venison loin, mussels with clams, or truffle lasagna. Pair with a special Valentine’s cocktail called "Tito’s and Roses", with strawberry infused tea and rose petals. Indulge in a dessert selection of dark chocolate mousse, "crack pie" with oatmeal ice cream, a chocolate brownie or berry parfait.

French Bistro Valentine at Entre Nous in Old Pasadena

Enjoy the unapologetically French flair at Entre Nous, where love is a language translated onto the plate. This Valentine’s Day, owners Jean-Christophe Febbrari and Mathias Wakrat are preparing two menus – the “Terre” menu offers ingredients of the earth and the “Mer” menu offers ingredients of the sea. An opportunity for you and your Valentine to share a tasty adventure. While you or your Valentine is in the mood for halibut or scallops, the other can indulge in a filet mignon or duck magret.

Sweet Treats at Delight Bakery

Take your Valentine for a stroll after dinner, and make sure to leave room for dessert, because Delight Bakery in Old Pasadena is serving up special single portion deserts and four-inch cakes for two this Valentine’s Day. Call to pre-order your Valentine cake now until February 10, 2024, to make this year extra sweet.

39 N. Raymond Ave, Pasadena CA 91103 | (626) 486-2124

Elevated Modern Mexican Cuisine at Maestro in Old Pasadena

Rustic, yet refined, Maestro is a local hotspot when it comes to going out. This year between February 6-10, Maestro has their heart set on live music and friendship with special Galentine's cocktails. On Valentine's night, couples can turn up the heat with agave-based cocktails to pair with a romantic four course meal. The menu features a red wine hibiscus vinaigrette salad with the choices of picadillo de res, or slow cooked pull pork and a smoked slow cooked short rib or traditional concha pasta. Vegetarian options are available.

Romance at Union Pasadena

Owner Marie Petulla and Chef Sandra Hernandez crafted a rustic, yet elegant menu that celebrates the Californian farmer and heartfelt Italian cooking. Take your Valentine to Union, known as one of the most popular upscale restaurants in Pasadena, for an impressive dining experience with shared plates and a delightful wine menu. The wild mushrooms served over creamy polenta and truffle butter are a must, and the pastas are all exceptions, including the squid ink lumache with truffle and lobster. Book your reservations to endeavor their culinary masterpieces.

A Desirable Prix Fixe Menu at Dos Besos

Celebrate love the Spanish way at Dos Pesos. Wow your Valentine with a charming atmosphere and shareable dishes of Valencian-style cooking. Kick off the night with their fresh salads and appetizers. Then select a sexy plate of lamb chops or share a plate of to-die-for seafood paella. Before leaving with a satisfied stomach, take a spoonful of Spanish bread pudding or tartufo ice cream.

Valentine’s Day, the Italian way at Mi Piace

For a romantic dinner, locals know that Mi Piace always dishes out delicious authentic Italian cuisine – have been for over 32 years. Located in lively Old Pasadena on Colorado Boulevard, try primi piattis like burrata with organic heirloom tomatoes, grilled fresh water prawns, or escargot. Savor the delicious slow braised veal with mushroom risotto or try the truffle fettuccine alfredo and the bow tie pasta in a vodka pink sauce topped with smoked salmon.

Celebrate at Old Pasadena's New Modern Coastal Kitchen

Impress your loved one with a new culinary experience in Old Pasadena at Pez Coastal Kitchen. With a focus on Mediterranean dishes, the owners Bret Thompson and Lucy Thompson-Ramirez are excited to present European inspired food such as shellfish towers, whole fish fries, and an impressive open seafood area where you and your valentine can spy on the local catch of the season. The restaurant's atmosphere transports you to a perfect romantic date on the beach. Its public grand opening is on February 13th and open for reservations for February 14th.