This Sherman Oaks sushi/wine bar is one of our favorite restaurants in the city, and they’re currently offering a takeout and delivery menu that’s still filled with all of their most iconic dishes. You can order sushi, rolls, and appetizers a la carte if you want, but our move is to go for the Half Note omakase (eight pieces of sushi, two appetizers, and a hand roll for $50 per person), and throw in a kinoko itame mushroom appetizer on top.
If you're doing takeout for date night, there's a good argument for going all in on something special. Call up Cassia. The upscale restaurant in Santa Monica has a fantastic menu that pulls influences from all over Southeast Asia. Think kaya toast, spicy wontons, beef rendang, and one of our favorite bowls of laksa in the city.
Madre is an upscale Oaxacan restaurant with locations in Torrance, Culver City, and West Hollywood. The entire menu is available for both takeout and delivery, in addition to pre-made batched cocktails and mezcal by the bottle. Your wife already forgives you.
Marvin in Beverly Grove is basically the sexy version of Cheers. It’s the kind of spot you go to by yourself for a nightcap, then return the next night for a seal-the-deal date. But since you can’t actually go anywhere right now, ordering takeout from this restaurant/wine bar is the next best thing. Right now, nearly their entire regular menu is available for takeout and delivery, which means all the jamon toast and rigatoni Bolognese your romantic heart desires.
While to-go fish admittedly loses a bit of its luster, one place where the quality never dips is Asanebo. The classic Studio City sushi spot is offering tremendous $45 sushi combinations, as well as $40 bento boxes. That’s an incredible value for a place where a regular dinner can set you back several hundreds of dollars. Of course, if you do want to go the splashy route, their omakase for two gets you 24 pieces of premium sushi for $120.
Someday in the future we hope to celebrate Valentine's Day inside Chifa’s impossibly adorable space in Eagle Rock, but for now, takeout will more than suffice. This excellent Cantonese/Peruvian restaurant has a menu largely filled with old family recipes, but almost everything feels unlike anything you can get in town right now. The si yao chicken and spicy beef noodle soup are standouts, but make sure the traditional zongi is on your order as well.
Ospi is an excellent Italian restaurant in Venice that comes from the same people behind another of our other favorite Italian restaurants on the Westside - Jame Enoteca. There’s a wide-ranging menu filled with antipasti, pizza, pasta, and big plates of meat (the lamb neck and pine nut cannelloni is a standout) - all things you want on the table when the mood trends romantic.
We’re guessing your ground-floor apartment doesn’t have the festive bistro atmosphere of Belle Vie (ours sure doesn’t), but it’s still worth ordering from this French restaurant in Brentwood, simply because the food is that good. From cheese plates to croque monsieurs to a pot de creme, this menu is stacked with well-constructed dishes that look fancy without being too expensive. And that’s the kind of economic model you can get behind right now.
If you know one thing about your boyfriend, it’s that all he needs is pizza and some beer to be happy. You, on the other hand, just need a martini. Sounds like Jones Hollywood is your solution tonight. The classic Italian spot on Santa Monica Blvd. is that rare restaurant that’s figured out how to do everything well - good food, great drinks, and prices that won’t burn a hole through your wallet.
This classic spot in Little Ethiopia is offering their full menu for both takeout and delivery, and while you can get any dish a la carte, we recommend the Super Messob Exclusive. It’s a massive plate filled with nine dishes from all sections of the menu, ranging from collards to spicy lamb stew. And at $33, it’s also tremendous value.
If you’re looking for classic, home-style Indian dishes like chicken tikka masala, palak paneer, and lamb korma, you’ll be hard-pressed to find better versions than the ones at Al-Noor. Located right off the 405 in Lawndale (about five minutes from LAX), this strip-mall spot is currently offering both takeout and delivery through online orders. Be sure to throw in some garlic naan as well.
The pizza at Little Cayote comes closest to New York-style, with massive pieces you can fold in half, a crispy thin crust that’s been buttered within an inch of its life, and classic toppings that range from pepperoni to sausage and mushrooms. To be sure, this is pretty straightforward pizza, but it’s also the kind that’s good enough to justify having Valentine's Day dinner in your car so your pie doesn't get cold.
Pearl River Deli is creating some of the best chicken dishes we’ve ever had. Founded by Johnny Lee, the chef behind Side Chick in Arcadia, this tiny Cantonese spot in the Far East Plaza serves a variety of regional Chinese dishes like char siu and silky shrimp scramble, but the real star here is their chicken. They're only offering takeout and you can place orders through Tock.
Chef Kang’s is a Korean-American spot on Vermont with a massive menu that includes everything from hot dogs and mapo tofu to bacon sliders topped with wasabi ranch. But the two things you really want to focus on are the fried chicken and the spicy seafood noodle soup. The chicken is served with a myriad of sauce options, but we recommend the honey butter and the spicy soy garlic. As far as the soup goes, the $12 portion is enough to feed three grown adults.
How does Antico get their ice cream to be so impossibly smooth? Is it witchcraft? Divine intervention? A super-expensive ice cream machine in the back? Does it matter? It’s just like that one saying, “Never look a gift horse in the mouth.” Except this time, the horse is a $20 pint of strawberry ice cream. Do with that what you will. Antico is available for takeout and delivery - call the directly to order, or place an order over the phone.
The chicken at Hotville is incredible - the skin is crunchy, crimson, and super-hot - and identical to the quality you’d get in Tennessee. But for us, the most exciting (and unexpected) element of Hotville is how tremendous everything else on the menu is. From a fried fish sandwich and banana cream pudding to the best mac and cheese in a long time - Hotville is much more than just a Nashville chicken spot, it’s a full restaurant that everyone needs to be ordering from right now.
The family-run spot on S. Prairie Ave. (directly across from the looming new SoFi Stadium) serves the kind of delicious, soul-curing comfort food that works for absolutely any occasion. Family potluck in the park, beach day with some friends, or a night in with you and your houseplants - it doesn’t matter. This is food that tastes good and makes everybody feel even better. And that’s a gift we all need these days.
This casual sushi bar on Ventura Blvd. is one of the more exciting new sushi spots in the Valley. The name of the game here is the Yume Box, which gets you six pieces of premium nigiri, truffle edamame, and a Yume Roll for $30. It’s an excellent value, considering both the amount of food you get and the fact that the Yume Roll (spicy tuna and mushrooms, topped with avocado and more tuna) on its own is $21.
This East Hollywood institution has been a takeout machine for years, but is now offering free delivery anywhere within a five-mile radius of the restaurant. That means more taepo curry and morning glory salad for you. Oh, and the off-menu Jazz Burger is available, too. Call them directly to place your order.
This classic Chinese restaurant with locations in Alhambra, West LA, and Tustin serves the kind of spicy, no-holds-barred Sichuan food that, at least temporarily, will clear all sinuses. The tea-rubbed ribs is their signature dish, but right now you need the fragrant mapo tofu, spicy wontons, and a giant bowl of boiled fish with all the mouth-numbing peppercorns you can handle.