February 7th, 2017

How to Add Some Marina del Rey Romance to Your Valentine’s Day

Today is February 7th — and that means if you’re a Valentine’s Day fan, you have ONE short week to get your romance agenda in order. The classic red roses and chocolates is always a solid starter. But from there, how about taking it to the next level with some seriously romantic gestures right here in Marina del Rey? You’ve got to admit this town is ready-made for this wonderfully sweet holiday with magical harbor sunsets, a tranquil beach, a beautiful park and so much more.

If you’re looking for some ideas, oh boy, we’ve got them. So take a look, get your tablet out and prepare to make your reservations pronto (seriously, they go quickly!). You’re about to give your #1 date a Valentine’s Day they’ll always remember. Have fun!


This is the picture of Valentine’s Day magic – gliding across the water; a gondolier steering the path; the sun is setting; the stars are brightening; pillows, candles and music are setting the tone; wine is chilling in an ice-filled bucket; champagne glasses and appetizers are laid out to enjoy — mmmhmmm, old-school romance is totally in play here. Sound good? Reserve your gondola at Gondolas d’Amore by calling 310.736.7301. The price for two people ranges from $140 to $200, depending on the length of the tour. Address: 14045 Panay Way



Spa Del Rey

Spa Del Rey

Pampering + romance = the perfect Valentine’s Day treat. Reserve Spa del Rey’s Love Me Tender Massage for February 14 and enjoy a deep moisturizing body massage for couples, plus a glass of champagne. The price is $300 for a 60-minute treatment. Call 310.574.4356 to book. Address: 4375 Admiralty Way.



Mariner Sailing

Mariner Sailing

Mariner Sailing Charters offers a seriously glamourous Valentine’s Day option with their dazzling sunset-dinner cruise. For $525, you and your sweetheart will be treated to a private, three-hour cruise on the “Amethyst” yacht, complete with live music and a sunset sail towards Malibu. You can bring a picnic dinner with you (the table will be beautifully set for you) or you can pay a bit extra to have a catered dinner served. Call Captain Mack at 310.822.7550 to book reservations or reserve online.



Another less-private (but still fabulous) cruise-dining alternative is to book your table on Hornblower’s Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise. The price is $149 per person (plus fees), and includes a five-course dinner with both a regular menu (featuring Pacific sea bass, petite filet mignon and more) AND a vegetarian menu (offering Roasted beet & mango “tartare,” vegan chocolate decadence dessert and more). Aside from the delicious food, there will be a DJ and dancing, plus champagne and those gorgeous views from the water. If you want to enhance the romance a little more, you can also order a bouquet of roses to surprise your date! Just make sure to place your roses order by 5 pm on February 11th. Book reservations online or call 310.301.9900. Address: 13755 Fiji Way.



Cafe del Rey

Cafe del Rey

One of the advantages of living in Marina del Rey is that you have all of these phenomenal harbor-side restaurants just minutes from home. And while it may seem cliché to take your date out for a romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day, let’s face it — it never gets old. Especially when you can nibble on some of the best food in LA and gaze out at panoramas that pretty much take your breath away. Here are three top spots to consider — but book now. Reservations go fast when Cupid’s in town.


Cast & Plow

4375 Admiralty Way, Marina del Rey

The inspired chef at Cast & Plow knows how to put the dazzle in a holiday menu and his Valentine’s Day dishes will not disappoint. The prix-fixe dinner includes highlights like Smoked salmon tartar with caviar; mushroom risotto; duo of beef; and a “Chocolate & Strawberry” dessert that combines strawberry mousse, vanilla cake, crème brûlée and meringue that will offer an elegant finish to your meal. Price is $95 per person. Call for reservations at 310.574.4333.



Since opening at the Marina del Rey Hotel a couple years ago, SALT has made itself one of the area’s must-try modern American restaurants (with exceptional outdoor seating). Their Valentine’s Day menu is all a la carte and enormous! Lots of seafood options like Nantucket bay scallops, an impressive shellfish platter, Maine lobster pasta and a zillion other dishes. And if you want to truly go the romance route, you can opt for one of their “designed for two” meals, such as the “Cote de Boeuf” (36 oz. prime beef). Prices per dish range from $14 appetizers to $145 dinners for two. Book reservations online or call 310.301.1000. Address: 13534 Bali Way.

SALT Restaurant

SALT Restaurant


Café del Rey

Of course the fabulous Café del Rey is on the Valentine’s list – their prix-fixe menus are always amazing and with those harbor views, you can’t beat it for romance. What dishes can you expect? Just some of the highlights cooking are the French Onion Soup (you can do it, just bring some mints), three-cheese ravioli, wine-poached Chinook salmon, a strawberry panna cotta dessert and more. The price is $95 per person. Book reservations online or call 310.823.6395. Address is 4451 Admiralty Way.



Are you ready for romance on next Tuesday, February 14th?  Let us know your plans — especially if you’re trying one of the great options above!