Welcome! I hope you’re enjoying a day full of luck and love. In honor of “Matching Wits With Venus”, my paranormal romance about Hollywood matchmaker Lia and Roman god Cupid (available March 8 from Astraea Press), I am blogging about Lia’s Los Angeles. So whether you’re in L.A., coming to L.A., or just thinking about L.A., grab your sunglasses and enter Lia’s world.
When it comes to romance, a woman has to be pretty creative to impress Cupid. That’s why Lia had to scour all of Los Angeles County to find a dining destination fit for a Roman god. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Geoffrey’s of Malibu (27400 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu) is a seductive oasis sure to bewitch even the most reluctant romantic. Diners sit in padded rattan chairs on an outdoor dining terrace beneath hundreds of white fairy lights wrapped around an enormous treee that gently bows toward the ocean. Heat lamps and enormous fire lanterns guard against the evening chill as the pink sun kisses the horizon while waves crash onto the rocks below.
In keeping with its seaside location, Geoffrey’s offers seafood paella, a sea bass with pesto potatoes that will leave you limp, and its popular salmon entree, along with chicken, Kobe beef and, for the vegetarian in the house, a tofu dish. Starters include such favorites as chunky corn chowder and a crouton studded Caesar salad. Creme brulee and a layered carrot cake are two of the brightest stars on a shining dessert menu. Wines by the glass are fresh and varied, though the bar itself is indoors, behind a wall of glass windows.
There are those who say one can’t put a price on romance. While that may be true, an evening at Geoffrey’s will run about $80 per person, including appetizer, entree, dessert, and wine by the glass. But if you’re like Lia, in search of a dining destination that will make your beloved feel like it’s Valentine’s Day no matter what the calendar says, then check out Geoffrey’s.
What’s your favorite romantic dining destination?