Welcome back to our weekly feature called Patch Picks, highlighting editor and reader picks of great local businesses, destinations, services, organizations, ways to spend a day off and more.
With Valentine's Day around the corner, this week we decided to share suggestions for romantic dining options in Encino:
, 15826 Ventura Blvd., is a quaint restaurant that specializes in authentic Italian cuisine. This cozy restaurant was awarded a plaque of excellence from food critic Elmer Dills. For Valentine’s Day, they plan on having a special menu, which will feature ravioli filled with lobster, rib eye and chicken breasts filled with cheese and topped with bruschetta. Call (818) 905-7446 or visit giocucinanapoletana.com for reservations or more information.
, 18046 Ventura Blvd., is for the wine connoisseur who also appreciates a great meal. The dinner menu ranges from tapas to salads to steaks. The quiet atmosphere is also ideal for a deep conversation with a loved one or to get to know someone better. One of the favorites here is the filet mignon, which features grilled Black Angus tenderloin, topped with blue cheese and served with your choice of homemade mashed potatoes or seasoned French fries. Call (818) 343-2525 or visit vinowineroom.com for reservations or more information.
, 16925 Ventura Blvd., is a newly remodeled restaurant with an elegant, Lebanese-inspired theme. It features Mediterranean food, which is normally served family style. For Valentine’s Day, there will be a live band from Israel performing and a pre fix menu. The romantic dinner will cost $60 per couple and will include a bottle of wine. Call (818) 788-9800 or visit thegatetothemediterranean.com for reservations or more information.
, 16101 Ventura Blvd., boasts great food, ambiance and live piano music. The candlelit dining room features large, cozy booths and dark wood, making for a romantic backdrop. Steaks are the specialty of the house, and the majority of the meat is U.S.D.A. corn-fed beef, which is slow-cooked to order. Some of the signature dishes are filet mignon, lamb chops, pork chops and Chilean sea bass. Call (818) 386-9500 or visit larsenssteakhouse.com for reservations or more information.