Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Ideas

Prepare for the most romantic day of love and shop for unique and traditional Valentine’s Day gifts, pick up takeout for a date night meal, or treat yourself to sweets for the special day.

Sidecar Doughnuts & Coffee is offering a Sweetheart Seasonal Box from February 8-14th. The themed box includes Red Velvet, Valentine’s Celebration Cake, Huckleberry, Butter & Salt, Vanilla Bean Glazed, and Choc-a-lot doughnuts in addition to a customizable Valentine’s Day card. Better yet, the sweet shop will be offering free delivery on Postmates for this box during the week of February 8th-14th. You can order online here

Forget the spatula! Del Mar’s Urban Plates has you taken care of for Valentine’s Day dinner at home. Their 3-course, take out meal includes a choice of two starters, two entrees and two desserts for $49 – add a bottle of wine for just $20.  Choose from options like Sustainable Salmon, Grass-Fed Steak, Flourless Chocolate Cake, and more. You can pre-order until Feb 11th here

Keep the romance safely flowing with a booch instead of a smooch with the help of Nova Easy Kombucha and B Creations, who have joined forces to provide you with booch and bouquets perfect for the occasion. Head to Nova’s tasting room in Ocean Beach on Saturday and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. to sip kombucha and beer, while checking out the stunning bouquets curated by Ocean Beach’s talented B Creations. Purchase a small bouquet with Nova glassware for $20 or go big with a $55 large floral arrangement complete with a glass Nova growler. Either way, be sure to enter the Valentine’s Day giveaway for a chance to win a large floral arrangement, as well as a growler filled with non-alcoholic kombucha and branded Nova mason jars! Nova Easy Kombucha’s Tasting Room is located at 4845 Newport Ave, San Diego CA 92107.

Batch & Box has the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for any sweetheart with their Valentine’s Box that include six of their gourmet special-edition Valentines themed cookies for only $18. Flavors include “The Gentleman” with dark chocolate dough and morsels, “The Rose” of strawberries and cream, and more. You can order online here

Rare Society will reopen their extended patio for dine-in on Thursday, February 11. New menu items on the menu perfect for date night include a Seafood Tower, Oysters Rockefeller and a 4oz butter-poached Maine lobster tail with drawn butter. Pair with one of Chef Brad Wise’s savory steaks and homemade sauces while sipping on their famous Espresso Martinis. Reservations are now available via the link here.

Fort Oak: For the love of wood-fired food, Fort Oak will reopen for dine-in on Friday, February 12. Indulge in their eccentric raw bar, smoky vegetables and acclaimed whole hearth grilled branzino, just to name a few. Reservations are now available via the link here.

Gelson’s: Celebrate love with a cozy night at home and a gourmet meal prepared by the chefs at Gelson’s – North Pacific Beach, Del Mar, Carlsbad. Their to-go dinner for two includes either Two Truffled Beef Wellingtons and Lobster Tail, or a 16 oz. Prime Rib and Lobster Tail. Both entrées are served with an apple pomegranate salad, roasted garlic Brussels sprouts, red roasted potatoes, and a ½ dozen of decadent Villars Swiss Chocolate dipped strawberries. If you’re not in the market for a full dinner, Gelson’s has the option to pick up their famous chocolate-dipped strawberries in gift box increments of four, six and ten. Don’t forget a fresh bouquet of swoon-worthy flowers from their in-house florist along with a bottle or two of their Gelson’s branded wines crafted by 100pt winemaker Julien Fayard. Valentine’s Day orders can be placed starting February 1 through February 13 and are available for curbside pickup from February 13 to 14. For a list of Valentine’s Day selections and to pre-order, visit here.

Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa:  Escape to North County for a romantic coastal staycation at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort & Spa. The Smore’s Suite Love Package includes one overnight accommodation in a two-bedroom Ponto Suite, a “Roast Your Own Smore’s Kit” for two, a fresh floral arrangement and a $100 resort credit for California comfort cuisine from 7 Mile Kitchen or onsite bike rentals. The package is valid for stays booked from Friday, February 12 through Sunday, February 14. Use the promo code ROM to reserve your stay by February 10. For rate info and to book your stay, visit here.

In time for Valentine’s Day, Daphne’s, the fresh Mediterranean fast-casual concept with locations in San Diego County, is transporting guests to the Mediterranean coast. Starting on Monday, February 8th through Valentine’s Day, Sunday, Feb 14, Daphne’s will offer a 3-course dinner for two for those who want to celebrate the Mediterranean way. The package begins with a hummus and pita starter followed by two entrees with a protein of choice (gyro, chicken kabob, or falafel) served with basmati rice, a house salad, and pita bread with tzatziki sauce, and complete with a choice of cookie or baklava dessert for $19.99.

Bleu Bohème will celebrate the loveliest day of the year with a romantic three-course ‘Saint Valentin’ dinner and specialty cocktail, available for takeout and dine-in service exclusively on Sunday, Feb. 14. Named “most romantic restaurant” and “best date spot” by The San Diego Union-Tribune and Thrillist, Bleu Boheme’s prix fixe dinner will be priced at $75 per person. Enjoy expanded outdoor dining with the addition of tables on the sidewalk, with heaters available. Per state guidelines, the restaurant will also follow all health and social distancing guidelines, including cleaning and disinfecting protocols. Takeout and delivery orders may be made online on the website at Reservations may be made online here or by calling 619.255.4167.