Love is like a heated game of Battleship—the explosive moments of passion are bookended by the occasional sinking feeling. Take aim at the heart’s grid with today’s Groupon: for $89, you get a Valentine’s Day prix fixe dinner for two at Cézanne, located within Le Merigot in Santa Monica (up to a $192 value). The prix fixe dinner includes the following:
- Two entrees and two desserts off the prix fixe menu (a $79 value/person)
- Two glasses of champagne (up to a $17 value each)<p>
In a butter-colored sanctuary of savories, the chefs of Cézanne whip up their signature fusion of French and Californian cuisine. Suited for the most discerning of dinner dates, the prix fixe Valentine’s Day dinner covers a delectable array of entree items, from pan-seared foie gras to lobster ravioli, and two glasses of champagne provide a bubbly accompaniment without the hassle of toting along a cheerleading squad. Grain-fed Jidori chicken arrives at the restaurant exquisitely fresh, and finds itself allied with hen-of-the-woods mushrooms and a red-currant sauce, and the Colorado rack of lamb teams up with a scrappy crew of spaetzle, apple cabbage, and brussels sprouts. Desserts such as chocolate soufflé and passion-fruit crème brûlée follow each entree as sweetly as a parade of marshmallow ducklings.
The Pacific Ocean ripples outside the broad windows of Cézanne’s dining room, which exudes elegance through its high ceilings, cream-colored upholstery, and white, Victorian lounge chairs. Inside this warmly lit space, chefs serve up French-Californian cuisine, including filet mignon, lamb chops, and seafood fillets kissed with 7-year balsamic reduction or creamy bordelaise. More than 20 wines by the glass pair with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and more vintages are available by the bottle.
But Cézanne is only one petal in the Le Merigot blossom. Part of the JW Marriott franchise, the European-style luxury hotel offers direct access to beaches and the Santa Monica Pier. After polishing off a croque madame in one of Cézanne’s crown-shaped banquettes, guests can inquire at the front desk about Le Merigot’s world-class spa or the possibility of dividing up one night’s stay by occupying each of 175 suites for exactly 10 minutes.