As Valentine's Day approaches, indulge in the romantic ambiance of South Bay's culinary scene with our teams’ curated list of top dining destinations. Whether you're looking to explore new restaurants or revisit cherished favorites, our team has put together our top 7 restaurants for a local and unforgettable Valentine's Day dinner experience. We hope you enjoy them just as much as we do!
A South Bay Gem | Baran’s 2239
Don’t be fooled by the exterior - Baran’s 2239 is a culinary gem showcasing the best California-casual dining! The idea formed when brothers Jason and Jonathan Baran linked up with long-time friend and chef Tyler Gugliotta. Hours of prep and creativity go into every single dish, using only fresh and homemade ingredients. If you can’t make it out for dinner, be sure to grab their specialty breakfast burritos every Friday - Sunday from 9am-12pm (the Chorizo is a team favorite!). Baran’s 2239 has over 40 craft beers and an extensive wine list. It was also recognized on Michelin's Bib Gourmand 2018 list. Book your reservations here!
Michelin Rated | Gabi James
For our fancy foodies, Gabi James is one of the three Michelin-star-rated restaurants in the South Bay. Bringing a taste of Spain to the California coast, Gabi James provides award-winning food, top-notch service, and an impeccably designed interior. If you look at the reviews, it’s hard to pinpoint which dish is the best, because all are mentioned heavily as being the best. Our suggestion – try them all! Book your reservation here.
For the Meat Eater | SLAY Steak + Fish House
SLAY Steak + Fish House is an exquisite dining destination nestled in the heart of Manhattan Beach. They offer an excellent dining experience with the warmth of genuine hospitality. The restaurant boasts a classic American surf 'n turf menu with an elegant and classic ambiance. A favorite of Dave Caskey, you can catch him frequenting all of the SLAY restaurants in the South Bay. Book your table here!
For the Sushi and Vegan Lover | RICE
As far as sushi goes, RICE does a phenomenal job of not only curating the healthiest sushi in the South Bay but also offering cult favorites in vegan form. Crispy rice has become everyone’s go-to appetizer and RICE offers not one, but two vegan options - tofu and sweet potato crispy rice! Along with 7+ specialty vegan rolls and all vegan and gluten-free dessert options! Don’t worry, RICE’s menu is full of fish for our fish-eating counterparts. Book your reservation here!
Waterfront | The Strand House
The Strand House is a sophisticated, yet comfortable family-owned restaurant owned by a small group of South Bay families out of their love for great food, wine, and friends. Enjoy the great California cuisine while enjoying the 180-degree ocean views! Check out their special Valentine’s Day Menu and book your reservations here!
Asian Inspired | RYLA
RYLA is where incredible food and aesthetics meet together for a symbiotic experience like none other in the South Bay. From the owners who brought us community staples like The Arthur J and Fishing with Dynamite, you already know that RYLA will become a household name soon enough. Both the interior and menu are heavily inspired by Japanese culture, highlighting minimalism and precision of craft. The menu is spectacular, but you can’t miss out on the black truffle fried rice. If you’re lucky enough to snag a reservation around sunset, you’ll be engulfed by stunning filtered golden-hour lighting. You can access their special Valentine’s Day Menu and book your reservation here!
Italian | Jame
If you haven’t yet heard all the rave for El Segundo’s hottest Italian restaurant, Jame, this is your sign to go! With sister restaurants in Venice and Brentwood, you won’t need to leave the bubble to get your hands on this amazing Italian food. Chef Jackson has created a delicious offering of hand-rolled pasta, sandwiches, and salads - all made with local, market-driven ingredients. Book your table here!