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Top 7 Valentine's Day spots around LA area

February 9, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
There are many romantic spots to spend Valentine's Day across Southern California, but which are the best? ABC7 teams up with Citysearch.com to find the top 7 places to take your valentine.

1. Cliff's Edge

Romance blooms at Cliff's Edge in Silver Lake.

"You really feel like you're in some tropical getaway. This place doesn't even have a sign out front, so it's really a hidden find," said Mar Yvette of Citysearch.com.

The restaurant features Italian and French cuisine with a California twist, like their perfectly seared filet mignon topped with gorgonzola, or their diver scallops, tiger shrimp and saffron risotto.

Guests enjoy an outdoor patio garden, where candles and lights create a magical environment.

"It's going to be a weekend of love," said Pierre Casanova of Cliff's Edge.

2. Osteria La Buca

With a retractable roof, a warm fireplace and delicious recipes from all regions of Italy, Osteria La Buca is a perfect place to spend Valentine's Day.

"This place is just cozy. It's very romantic; it kind of makes you want to scoot closer to your partner," Yvette said.

Couples can feast on a four-course, prix fixe meal with fresh oysters, Brazilian picana steak and a decadent chocolate dessert. For those planning to pop the question, Jack Van Der Hidde of Osteria La Buca says dinner is free.

"If you bring the ring and pop the question, dinner is on us," he said.

3. L.A. Zoo

The L.A. Zoo is hosting the second annual Sex and the City Zoo. For animal lovers 21 and over, it's a wild and unique way to celebrate.

Zoo veterans will lecture on animal mating and cohabitating, and festivities include desserts and wines. Proceeds benefit wildlife conservation.

Here are the Valentine's Day locations rounding out the top 7:

4. Supper Club in Hollywood

5. Takami in downtown L.A.

6. Culina in Beverly Hills

7. Gladstones in Malibu

Romantic places to spend Valentine's Day are, of course, not exclusive to Los Angeles:

Orange County: Anaheim White House in Anaheim

Inland Empire: Mission Inn in Riverside

Ventura County: Candlelight Kitchen & Bar in Ventura (211 E. Santa Clara St., (805) 643-3264)

There's no way this list is complete. Share your favorite in the comments below!