Celebrate Valentine's Day in Manhattan BeachJan 31, 2022 04:25PM ● By Jeanne Fratello
Photo via SusieCakes
February 14th is just around the corner, which means it's time to start making your plans for Valentine's Day in Manhattan Beach.
This year you have a number of options ranging from special dinners, to gifts, to charitable donations. We've found a few great choices (and will add more as they are offered).
(Also note - We're not sure what category this fits in, but Right Tribe is doing another scavenger hunt for Valentine's Day. Follow their Instagram at @RightTribe for more.)
Dine in Manhattan Beach for Valentine's Day
Lido di Manhattan gives you two choices for Valentine's Day. There's a special Valentine's Day menu with festive menu items; there's a special Valentine's Weekend menu for two, available Friday, Saturday, and Monday ($120).
Manhattan House is usually closed on Mondays but they will be open for Valentine's Day, with regular menu items and select specials. Call 310-574-2277.
Manhattan Beach Post will have a prix fixe dining menu that will include its famous Bacon Cheddar Buttermilk Biscuits (details to come). Reserve online here.
Mercado has a special three-course Valentine's Day dinner for two for $120 with guacamole or mushroom choriqueso; a "Surf and Turf tablita" with steak, lobster, mashed potatoes, and grilled asparagus; and choice of flan or tres leches cake. (The regular menu is also available.) Call 310-545-0388 to reserve.
Pancho's Restaurant is taking reservations for Valentine's day with the motto, "Forget the flowers; feed her taquitos." Who's to argue with that? Call 310-545-6670 for reservations.
Rice will be open from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Valentine's Day with a choice of two prix fixe four-course menus - "Ocean" (seafood), $69; or "Garden" (vegan), $49. Also includes a sparkling sake cocktail or strawberry mojito. Call 310-798-7722 to reserve.
Rock'n Fish has a prix fixe Valentine's Day dinner for $99.95 per person, with optional $30 wine pairing. The meal includes an amuse-bouche of sea bass ceviche; a frisee salad; mushroom risotto; surf & turf; and a chocolate mousse trio for dessert. Call 310-379-9900 to reserve or reserve here.
Shade Hotel has a prix fixe Valentine's Day dinner for $75 per person, with optional additional wine pairing. The meal begins with an amuse-bouche of lobster bisque; followed by a citrus strawberry salad; then a choice of halibut, surf & turf, or cauliflower steak; plus a special "Valentine's Trio" for dessert. Make a night of it and stay at Shade Hotel overnight (see details below). Reserve online here.
The Strand House has a prix fixe Valentine's Day dinner for $125 per person, with an optional $30 wine pairing. The meal includes an amuse-bouche of Kaluga caviar; a first course choice of red beet salad, cured bluefin tuna, or Puget Sound oysters; a second course choice of leek ravioli, seared tiger shrimp, or black-truffle stuffed Yukon potato; a third course choice of rack of lamb, duck a l'orange, Dover sole, wood-grilled honeynut squash, or prime cote de boeuf for two ($25 extra per person); followed by two Valentine's Day desserts. Reserve online here.
Tin Roof Bistro has a special Valentine's Weekend Dinner for Two menu, as well as Valentine's dinner to-go specials. The dinner for two ($200) features lobster bisque, beef Wellington, scalloped potatoes, roasted asparagus, and warm chocolate lava cakes. It can be eaten at the restaurant or ordered to go. The a la carte to-go specials include a charcuterie board ($50) and baked brie with poached strawberries and honey ($30). Place your to-go orders here or call 310-939-0900 for reservations.
Give A Gift from Manhattan Beach for Valentine's Day
Coterie A Cappella, Mira Costa High School's a cappella group, is offering Val-grams. You can send a video Val-gram to someone for just $5. Choose from among three songs: Just the Way You Are/Just a Dream; Love Story; or Put Your Records On. (In-person Val-grams are only available during the school day on Valentine's Day for Mira Costa students.) Order your Val-gram here.
Growing Wild has a full selection of Valentine's Day floral arrangements - including the gift of flower subscriptions. Shop at Growing Wild or order online.
Gum Tree has a wide variety of original Valentine's Day cards to send to your loved ones near and far. Visit them in person or shop online.
Lulu's Nouvelle will be having two special trunk shows. Maude and Nell Antique Jewelry will be displaying their jewels at a trunk show on Saturday, February 12 from noon until 5:00 p.m. On Valentine's Day, February 14, visit I Profumi di Firenze's special perfume trunk show from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Mira Costa Muscle, another a cappella group at Mira Costa High School, is also offering Val-Grams. Choose from "My Girl," "Hooked on a Feeling," or "Can't Help Falling In Love With You." Order here.
pages: a bookstore has a fun Valentine's Day gift idea. If you spend $50 or more at pages, you get a "Blind Date with a Book" - a wrapped up book (you don't know what book it is!) with a teaser on the outside so you can choose one to suit your mood.
Sidecar Doughnuts is offering a special Sweetheart Valentine's Box. The boxes have a customize-able Valentine's Day card, and include the following flavors: Love & Salt, Blueberries & Champagne, Vegan Chocolate Truffle, Huckleberry, Valentine's Celebration Cake, and Choc-a-lot.
SusieCakes has a large selection of Valentines' Day treats, including a sweet gift for the whole family: sugar cookie or cupcake kits to decorate for Valentine's Day. The sugar cookie kit contains a dozen heart sugar cookies plus decorations for $66; the cupcake kit contains 6 vanilla and 6 chocolate cupcakes plus decorations for $54. Order online here.
Tabula Rasa is featuring a "Pamper Package" for her that includes a bath & body gift and a cozy robe. Visit Tabula Rasa or shop all Valentine's Day gifts online.
Uncorked Wine Shop has a wide array of Valentine's themed wine gifts. Choose from gift baskets that include Champagne or wine, plus crackers, chocolates, and more. Shop at Uncorked or visit them online.
Waterleaf Home and Gift Store has a specially curated collection of heart and love-inspired decorative accessories. Shop at Waterleaf or visit them online.
Stay in Manhattan Beach for Valentine's Day
Shade Hotel has rates starting at $329 per room. If you stay at Shade on Valentine's Day, you can get 15% off the prix fixe Valentine's Day dinner (see above) for two and a bottle of bubbly in your room.
Make a Charitable Contribution for Valentine's Day
The Neptunian Woman's Club of Manhattan Beach is once again running its "For the Love of Learning" fundraiser. Through the fundraiser, community members order "hearts" in honor of loved ones or someone who inspired their love of learning. The hearts are then displayed at the Neptunians' clubhouse at 920 Highland Ave. in Manhattan Beach. The hearts are $10 apiece or $25 for 3, and $100 for a special hand-crafted heart. Purchase your heart online here.
All proceeds from the hearts support the Neptunian's scholarship fund for Mira Costa High School students with financial need.