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Valentine's Day Dining in Manhattan Beach

Feb 10, 2016 11:57AM ● By Jeanne Fratello

Valentine's Day special at The Arthur J: Alaskan Red King Crab Louie, with hearts of palm, baby tomatoes, and sauce marie rose. Photo via The Arthur J

With special Valentine's Day menu options at some of the most acclaimed restaurants in Southern California, there's never been a better weekend to dine out in Manhattan Beach. Below are just a sampling of the culinary treats that await you and your special someone this weekend:

The Arthur J: Feeling swanky? In need of some 'sizzle'? Head on over to The Arthur J, where in addition to its regular menu, you may choose Alaskan Red King Crab Louie served with hearts of palm, baby tomatoes, and sauce marie rose ($22); a 28-Day Dry Aged Prime Porterhouse Steak and Jumbo Prawn Scampi for Two ($155); a half dozen oysters (selected by Fishing with Dynamite) with cocktail sauce, freshly grated horseradish, red wine and shallot mignonette ($18); and a Black Forest Cake: dark chocolate cake with brandied cherry and marscapone whipped cream. (All available Thursday through Sunday.)

Barsha Wines and Spirits: Explore some great new tastes with a friend at Barsha's special Valentine's Day tasting for two: Enjoy two wine flights and chocolate s'mores for $20. (Available Tuesday through Sunday, 4:00 p.m. until close.)

Doma Kitchen:
Enjoy Valentine's Day with an Eastern European flair at Doma Kitchen. Special dishes created for the occasion include Shrimp and Citrus Salad with sauteed tiger shrimp, fresh orange and grapefruit slices over an organic spring mix drizzled with fresh herb and citrus dressing; Lamb Chops with Couscous Pearls made with Sonoma Farm raised grilled lamb chops drizzled with a fresh mint sauce and accompanied by a side of sauteed farmers' veggies and pearl couscous; or Quail's Nest, an oven-baked quail from Colorado Farm stuffed with chicken mousse nestled upon a bed of sauteed spinach in a white wine and mushroom sauce and assembled atop a puff pastry. For dessert, try the Lover's Pastry with two crunchy cookies layered between sweet cheese mousse and red berries. (Available Friday through Sunday.)

Fishing With Dynamite: If seafood is truly the food of love, you're in luck if you head over to Fishing with Dynamite, where you can choose from Oolong Cured Tasmanian Sea Trout with lemon creme fraîche, blood orange, crispy buckwheat, and wood sorrel ($15); Nancy's Diver Scallops, with potato puree, valdivia English peas, and perigord black truffle ($50); and Peads and Barnett's Braised Pork Belly for Two with sweet soy, star anise, turnips, yuk choy, fried egg, and steamed rice ($24). (All available Thursday through Sunday.)

Fresh Brothers: Want to show your true feelings, pizza style? Fresh Brothers is offering heart-shaped pizzas from now through Sunday.

Lido di Manhattan: Love is in the air at Lido di Manhattan with a four-course prix-fixe dinner. The menu includes saucy specials such as "Love at First Sight" Maryland crab cake; "Sexy Homemade Tomato Soup" with a heart-shaped dollop of sour cream; "Burning Up for Your Love" chicken marsala; and "Love of Don Juan" prime filet mignon. The four-course dinner is $79 per person, with an optional wine pairing of $45 per person. (Available Sunday.)

Love & Salt:
You and your date can channel Dean Martin at Love & Salt with a special three-course "That's Amore!" menu featuring a selection of classic Italian favorites. Starters include a choice of Tuscan white bean soup with wilted escarole, parmesan, and torn ciabatta croutons; or antipasto salad with soppressata, marinated artichokes, olives, baby tomato, red onion, aged provolone, crispy chickpeas, and oregano vinaigrette. Entrees include a choice of Wood Oven Eggplant Parmesan with aged provolone, ricotta, and chunky tomato sauce; Baked Ziti with housemade fennel sausage, rustic tomato sauce, ricotta, bread crumbs; or “Chicken Chop” Milanese with tri colore caesar salad, and roasted chicken jus. Dessert is a choice of cannoli, tiramisu, or ricotta cheesecake. Price is $45 per person with an optional bottle of the Love & Salt Dolcetto-Refosco blend for $45. (Available Friday through Sunday.)

Manhattan House: Splurge on a luxurious multi-course meal at Manhattan House, starting with an oyster amuse-bouche; a first course choice of agnolotti, seared beef carpaccio, Dungeness crab, or seared diver scallop; second course choice of poached black cod, seared duck breast, wild mushroom risotto, or New York strip; and a dessert choice of dark chocolate fudge cake (with Two Guns espresso icing) or blood orange panna cotta. The prix-fixe dinner, which includes a glass of Champagne, is $79 ($11 supplement if you choose the New York strip). (Available Sunday.)

MB Post: For dining with a killer playlist, head on over to MB Post. You can order from the regular menu or choose from Lobster and Rock Shrimp Arrabiata with house-made scialatielli and basil ($29); Mushroom Risotto with crimini, maitake and oyster mushrooms, and grilled white asparagus, and chard ($17); Bone-in Spanish Turbot with chorizo-saffron nage, littleneck clams, and fingerling potatoes ($35); or a 16 oz. Chateaubriand for Two ($45). (All available Thursday through Sunday.)

The Strand House: It's "A Parisian Affair" at The Strand House as Chef Greg Hozinsky prepares
French-inspired dishes to accompany the regular a la carte, brunch and dinner menus. (Available Saturday and Sunday.)

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