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Celebrate (or Rail Against) Valentine's Day in Manhattan Beach

Feb 12, 2019 02:39PM ● By Jeanne Fratello

Valentine's Day Sushi - Photo via RICE MB

Whether you love Valentine's Day or can't stand it, Manhattan Beach has something for you. There's Champagne, romantic dinners, spa treatments... or there are chances to party and dance the night away with your friends. There's also a chance to write your ex's name on a golf ball and drive it as far away as you can, so there's that if you need it. 

Here are some options for you to celebrate with your favorite Valentine's Day companion, or in some cases, without a special someone:

Dining/Drinks/Desserts:

The Arthur J: On Valentine's Day, dine at The Arthur J and enjoy live music from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., along with special new dishes such as R&R Ranch 90-day dry-aged tomahawk ribeye steak, lobster ravioli with saffron and chorizo, and caviar service - all in addition to the regular menu. Call (310) 878-9620 to reserve a spot.

Barsha Wines & Spirits: From now through Sunday, enjoy a red and pink Valentine's Day flight featuring sparkling wine, red wine, and port from around the world, paired with Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams Dark Chocolate Truffle and Frose. $24 for two to share.

Baskin-Robbins: Yes, your favorite place to get 31 flavors has a romantic treat: The Love & Kisses Sunday has Love Potion #31, Very Berry Strawberry, and Cherry Cordial ice creams, topped with whipped cream and Hershey's Kisses, all for $5 (meant to serve two, but honestly we'd forgive you if you wanted to eat it by yourself).

Cafe Wild: Take your Valentine to this cozy North Manhattan Beach spot to enjoy a Valentine's Day dinner for two - a four-course dinner for two plus a bottle of wine for $49 per person. Call for reservations: (310) 545-2444.

Fishing With Dynamite: Enjoy a special Valentine's Day lunch or dinner menu, with tantalizing specials ranging from lobster dumpling pie to diver scallops with Meyer lemon lavender curd, fennel, and blood orange. Call (310) 893-6299 for reservations. 

Il Fornaio: Il Fornaio is offering its Valentines' Day menu from now through February 17: Featuring the cuisine of Umbria, the menu offers several dishes created with St. Valentine in mind including Cuore di Raviolo con Ranceto, heart-shaped butternut squash ravioli filled with chicken, carrots, celery, and herbs served in a crispy pancetta sauce with tomato coulis & Grana Padano.

Manhattan Bread & Bagel: It's a blink-and-you'll miss it treat, but stop by Manhattan Bread & Bagel on Thursday for special heart-shaped bagels so you can treat that special someone to a Valentine's themed breakfast or brunch. 

Manhattan Beach Post: MB Post has a special prix-fixe tasting menu featuring an amuse bouche, two courses, and choice of dessert for $80 per person. Call (310) 545-5405 to reserve.

Rice: Love sushi? Why not treat your Valentine to some adorable heart-shaped sushi (and more) at Rice. Open on Valentine's Day for both lunch and dinner; reserve a spot by calling (310) 798-7722.

Rock'n Fish: Treat your Valentine to a prix-fixe three course meal at $59.95 per person or specialty à la carte items including Baja Sea Bass and bone-in New York Steak. Check out the menu by visiting mb.rocknfish.com and call (310) 379-9900 for reservations.

The Strand House: The restaurant is featuring special Valentine's Day prix fixe menu, offering two salad/appetizer courses, a main course, and dessert, for $120 per person, excluding tax and a 20% service charge. A $50 additional optional wine pairing is also available. Reserve online at https://www.thestrandhousemb.com/

Two Guns Espresso: The beloved coffee spot is offering heart-shaped chocolate brownies dusted with sugar and raspberry dust through Valentine's Day. Plus, you can treat your Valentine (or yourself) to any bag of coffee beans for $10.

Valentino's Pizza: It wouldn't be Valentine's Day without a special heart-shaped pizza from Valentino's. The pizzas are about the size of a medium pizza and are available for $19.95. Call (310) 318-5959 to order. (Insider tip: Did you know that you can order the heart-shaped pizza anytime during the year?)

Zinc @ Shade: Enjoy a Valentine's Day menu with specials like Surf and Turf and flourless chocolate cake. Call (310) 469-3466 for reservations.

Parties:

Anti-Valentines Day Party: Head over to Baja Sharkeez Manhattan Beach on Valentine's night for their annual Anti-Valentine's Day Party, featuring drink specials, music, and free Champagne for ladies before 10:00 p.m. Bring in photo of your ex and they'll rip it up and you'll get $1 off a "You Call It." Or take out your frustrations with a swing at an anti-Valentine's Day pinata.

Single AF Valentine's Day Mixer: Some people call it Valentine's Day, some people call it Singles Awareness Day. At Westdrift Hotel Single AF Valentine's Day Mixer, enjoy a live performance by WP Music; a special menu featuring fried yucca, crispy pork belly, beef tartare, dulce de leche cheesecake; and NO chalky conversation hearts. On February 14 from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. (for food) and until midnight for cocktails. No cover charge. 

Single AF Tee'd Off Gold Competition: For those who are feeling not so great about love right now, there's a space for you too! Westdrift Hotel's Tee'd Off competition will allow you to grab a golf ball, write your ex's name on it and whack it. Scoring a hole-in-one will get you a chance to win a trip to any Autograph Collection Hotel in the Continental US, including airfare. Participate from February 12-14.

Stoplight Valentine's Day Party at Shade Hotel: On Friday night, beginning at 8:00 p.m., enjoy a fun night of mixing and mingling while dancing to DJ EDI's beats. The party will feature drink specials, bottle service, and good company. Signal your status by wearing red for taken, yellow for "it's complicated" and green for single. If you want to keep people guessing, just dress to impress. Reserve bottle service by calling (310) 469-3466.

Gifts/Services/Giveaways:

GROW: Need a gift for that special someone? Pick up a Valentine's Day Sparkling Wine Basket (by Cesta) featuring sparkling wine, wine cups, candles, coasters,  snacks from GROW. Making dinner? Shop for Cuori Artisan heart-shaped pasta.

Growing Wild: Thrill your Valentine with a long-lasting treat, like a curled wood heart wreath, or a heart-shaped succulent planter that'll last throughout the year. Stop in to view the full collection. 

Gum Tree/Tabula Rasa/Trilogy Spa/Shade Hotel Instagram Giveaway: Go to Instagram and follow @tabularasamb, @gumtree_la, @trilogyspa, and @shadehotelmb and tag three friends to enter to win a $100 gift basket from Tabula Rasa, a 14K gold heart necklace from Gumtree, a 50 minute massage and prosecco from Trilogy, and lunch for two at Zinc @Shade. (Enter by Feb. 13.)

Montage Boutique Spa Instagram Giveaway: Follow @montagemb on Instagram, "like" the giveaway, tag three friends, and enter to win a Lunchtime Lift facial treatment, a 20 minute LightStim LED bed session, JennyBird Lips necklace & earring set, a Jane Iredale Triple Luxe Lipstick In Gwen, a Baby Foot peel, Epicuren Kukui Coconut Lotion, and a terra cotta foot scrubber. (Winner will be chosen on Feb. 14.)

Pages, a Bookstore: Nothing says "love" like reading aloud to your loved one from a classic novel or a book of poetry. Stop in to pages, where you'll find a whole selection of romantic literature to help you woo your Valentine.

SandSpa: Enjoy SandSpa's seasonal romantic specials, including a couples' massage (60 or 90 minutes, $169 to $299); a couples' class (90 minutes, $129); or hydrafacials (40 minutes, $159).

Lodging:

Shade Hotel: For the entire month of February, you can enjoy Shade Hotel's Kiss and Tell package, which welcomes guests with rose petals throughout the room, complimentary sparkling wine, chocolate-covered strawberries, and cake pop turn-down service. At the end of the day, you can relax with a cocktail in Shade's two-person Sanijet spa tubs with color therapy. Book by calling (310) 546-4995.

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