Where to Dine with Your Valentine

Who wants to cook on Valentine’s Day? No way! Local couples share their favorite places to dine on Valentine’s Day.

Where are you taking your Valentine to dinner?

“Definitely Aroha!” 
‒Ben & Robin, publishers of 
Conejo Valley Lifestyle Magazine

Unit C, 30990 Russell Ranch Rd, Westlake Village, CA 91362 • 805.405.5054 • ArohaRestaurant.com

Why You Love It: “We have fond memories of discovering Aroha when they opened and enjoying the warm New Zealand hospitality of Chef/Owner Gwithyen Thomas and his great food. Aroha is our ‘go-to’ restaurant. Their name means love.”

Favorite Dish: “We love the New Zealand Cloudy Bay Clams, the award-winning Horopito Crusted New Zealand Venison, Saffron Seafood Risotto, hand-cut French fries with aioli, Smoked Duck and Winter Squash Risotto, Steak and Cheese Pie, and Caesar Salad. We like to try something different each time and keep coming back.”

Local Tip: “They have a great Happy Hour with excellent New Zealand wines and small-bite appetizers.”

–Dan & Brenda, 
Thousand Oaks

982 S. Westlake Blvd., #8, 
Westlake Village, CA 91362 • 805.230.9944 • 

Why You Love It: “It’s intimate and cozy and the staff is amazing.”

Favorite Dish: “The Crispy Skin Branzino is one of our favorites as an entree, and we always try new appetizers and salads when we go. We also love the Ahi Tuna Tartar.”

Local Tip: “Peyman [the owner] is great and always welcoming!”

“Cafe 14!” 
–Darrell & Maria, Westlake Village

30315 Canwood St #14, Agoura Hills, CA 91301 * 818.991.9560 * 

Why You Love It: “I’ve eaten my best restaurant meal there. It’s cozy with a warm, casual atmosphere. The service is excellent.”

Favorite Dish: “The owner/chef is our former neighbor and made us a few dishes ‘off menu.’ What stands out for me is the filet mignon and the homemade ice cream!”

Local Tip: Known as the “Hidden Gem of Agoura.”

“Cafe Firenze”
 –Alan & Kathy,
 Newbury Park

563 W. Los Angeles Ave., 
Moorpark, CA 93021 • 805.532.0048 • 

Why You Love It: “They offer a large variety of gourmet food that I would not make myself, partially because it is time-consuming.”

Favorite Dish: “I really like the short ribs and the short ribs ravioli. Although I like to try other dishes, usually off of my husband’s plate. They have a grilled shrimp wrapped in prosciutto over polenta that is really awesome too. At brunch, they serve house-cured bacon.”

Local Tip: “Despite the gourmet groove, it is very casual and not snooty. Very family-oriented too.”