Whether you’re single and ready to mingle or looking to go out with your sweetheart, there are plenty of options to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year! We’ve rounded up some of our favorites – from a romantic omakase sushi dinner to a paw-ty by the beach. So grab your bestie or your boo and head out to one of these hot spots below.
Embrace the love and beat the clichés this Valentine’s Day with an extra thoughtful and all-encompassing surprise for the darling who has your heart! Order a beautiful cheese and charcuterie box from Sage Bleu, paired with a lush and romantic bouquet of flowers from Nectar and Bloom, and finished with a bottle of magnificent rosé from Milagro Winery. Give your love the full experience of a tasty and beautiful Romance Package this Valentine’s Day! Order HERE.
Date: February 14th, 2019
Time: 3:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Floral Bouquets need to be ordered by February 10th, anything after that is not guaranteed
Pick up is at Freshly Prepped Kitchen: 4070 Bonita Road, Bonita, CA 91902
Valentine’s Day at George’s February 14th and 15th. Celebrate your someone special at San Diego’s “Most Romantic” restaurant (San Diego Union Tribune) and a top eatery pick in “San Diego Weekend Trips for Romance” (USA Today). All three levels of George’s at the Cove are celebrating Valentine’s Day this year. Enjoy special prix-fixe menus featuring an outstanding variety of appetizers, entrees and desserts with the season’s freshest ingredients, complete with stunning ocean views. A complimentary glass of bubbles and chocolate truffles are included with your meal! View Menus + Make Reservations here.
Monkey King: Monkey King, the Southeast Asian-inspired restaurant located in the Gaslamp Quarter at 467 5th Ave., will set the mood for romance with a three-course dinner and sake for Valentine’s Day. The celebratory menu, priced at $80 per couple, will include a bottle of sake to share; miso soup to start; followed by a M.K. Roll, made with spicy tuna, crab, avocado, cream cheese, spicy mayo and eel sauce and flash-fried in light tempura batter. The entrée course includes a choice between M.K. chicken, lightly-breaded chicken served with orange sauce and oranges; Mongolian beef served with scallions, white onions, leeks and sweet dark sauce; miso-glazed salmon served with bok choy and crispy fried carrots; or pad thai, rice noodles with egg, carrots, bean sprouts, green onions, peanuts and lime. More information and reservations are available by calling 619.359.8897 or online at www.monkeykindsd.com.
Mezé Greek Fusion: Experience the romance of the Greek Isles with a Valentine’s Day dinner and wine at Mezé Greek Fusion, located in the Gaslamp Quarter at 345 6th Ave. The Valentine’s Day menu, priced at $80 per couple, will include a bottle of house wine to share followed by a trio of cold meze to share: cilantro jalapeño hummus, tzatziki and baba ghanoush, made with grilled eggplant, tahini, garlic and lemon juice; served with warm pita bread. For entrée selections, guests will have a choice between Gyro, slow-roasted and marinated beef and lamb topped with onions, tomatoes and tzatziki, served with pita; chicken souvlaki, grilled Greek kabob served with basmati rice, sautéed vegetables and tzatziki; falafel plate, chickpea croquets with mixed greens, tomato, red onion, tahini, pickled turnips, hummus and pita bread; or lamb shank, traditional lamb shank marinated in Greek spices, topped with tomato-garlic sauce and served with a side of asparagus and mashed potatoes. More information and reservations are available by calling 619.550.1600 or online at www.gaslampmeze.com.
Havana 1920: Say, ‘te amo mucho’ at Havana 1920. Located at 548 5th Ave. in the Gaslamp Quarter, the intimate restaurant and lounge will offer a three-course dinner priced at $80 for couples. The meal will start with a shared cocktail followed by sampling of bocaditos: plantain chips, ham croquettes, picadillo-stuffed potato, cheese-stuffed potato and vegetarian turnover. Couples will share a salad with fresh greens, followed by the main course with a choice between ropa vieja, shredded beef cooked in tomato sauce with peppers and onion; lechón asado, classic Cuban-style marinated roasted pork; Sergio’s vegetarian paella, a traditional saffron rice dish served with asparagus, mushrooms, bell peppers, sweet plantains and Caribbean avocados; or filete de pollo al ajillo, half of a chicken roasted and marinated in garlic citrus mojo. More information and reservations are available by calling 619.369.1920 or online at www.havana1920.com.
Crown Landing: Enjoy a three-course Valentine’s Day menu featuring items like Seared Scallops with Wild Mushrooms, Thumbelina Carrots, Black Garlic Puree and Lemon Foam as well as New York Strip with Potato Onion Mousseline, Lollipop Kale and Bone Marrow Butter. Indoor and outdoor marina view seating is available. Seating times are available from 5-10pm and the prix fixe menu is $40 per person. Reservations can be made through OpenTable.com.
The Lodge at Torrey Pines
Enjoy a romantic evening with your Valentine at A.R. Valentien. Our Chefs have created a special five-course prix fixe menu for Valentine’s Day, with an option to include hand-selected wine pairings, to enjoy along with the breathtaking backdrop of the Torrey Pines Golf Course and Pacific Ocean. The restaurant will open at 5 p.m. that day and will only offer the prix fixe menu.
- Thursday, February 14 | 5 – 10:00 p.m.
- $135 per person | $185 with wine pairings
- (858) 777-6635 | LodgeTorreyPines.com | 11480 North Torrey Pines Road
The Lodge at Torrey Pines
The Grill at Torrey Pines
The Grill at Torrey Pines is the ideal setting to spend a leisurely meal with loved ones. Our Chefs have created a special three-course prix fixe menu for Valentine’s Day, with an option to include hand-selected wine or beer pairings. The regular menu will also be available.
- Thursday, February 14 | 5 – 10:00 p.m.
- $60 per person | $80 with beer pairings | $90 with wine pairings
- (858) 777-6641 | LodgeTorreyPines.com | 11480 North Torrey Pines Road
- Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa
Oceana Coastal Kitchen is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a special three-course prix fixe menu. Treat your sweetheart to stunning panoramic views of Mission Bay while lingering over dishes such as a grilled Harris Ranch ribeye or truffle risotto. As an added touch, couples will enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne.
- Thursday, February 14 | 5:30 – 10:00 p.m.
- $55 per person
- (858) 539-8635 | CatamaranResort.com | 3999 Mission Boulevard
Bahia Resort Hotel: Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a three-course bayside dinner at Bahia Resort Hotel. Spoil your sweetheart, friends or family with delicious menu options alongside sparkling views of Mission Bay.
- Thursday, February 14 | 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.
- $95 per couple
- (858) 488-0551 | BahiaHotel.com | 998 W Mission Bay Drive
The Morning After: The Gaslamp Quarter’s new brunch spot and sports bar, will offer “You’re The Waff That I Want,” a brunch combination fit for cupid on Valentine’s Day, Thursday, Feb. 14. Available beginning at 7 a.m., You’re The Waff That I Want will include The Morning After’s signature red velvet waffles topped with pecans and cream cheese icing; and watermelon mimosa, made with champagne, watermelon puree, garnished with a fresh slice of watermelon, priced at $14. More information about The Morning After is available on the website at www.themorningaftersd.com, by calling (619) 542-9664.
BANKERS HILL BAR + Restaurant will set the mood for romance this Valentine’s Day with a romantic prix fixe dinner and optional wine pairings available exclusively on Thursday, Feb. 14. The four-course Valentine’s Day menu will be priced at $69 per person, with optional wine pairings for each course priced at $32. BANKERS HILL will be open for Valentine’s Day from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m., with reservations available by calling (619) 231-0222.
barleymash: This fun, high-energy Gaslamp District bar and restaurant is welcoming San Diego residents of all relationship statuses to join in the festivities, whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day or Singles Awareness Day! On February 14th, barleymash will host their annual Stoplight Party where guests are invited to wear red if they’re taken, yellow if it’s complicated and green if they’re single. Dance the night away to music from a live DJ. (600 5th Avenue, San Diego CA 92101)
- Date: February 14th
- Time: starting at 10:00 p.m.
Hidden Fish: Show your Valentine you’re a catch by planning a date night at Hidden Fish, San Diego’s first omakase-only sushi spot! The intimate restaurant, located on Convoy Street, delivers traditionally prepared, top-level seafood sourced from around the globe. Diners can also sip sake, wine or beer throughout dinner but hurry – Hidden Fish only has 50-minute reservations left for February 14th so book your Valentine’s experience today. (4765 Convoy Street, Ste A, San Diego CA 92111)
- Date: February 14th
- Time: starting at 5:00 p.m.
- Price: $50
Mavericks Beach Club: And they called it, puppy love! Located just a few blocks from the beach, Mavericks is all about the puppy love on February 14th, which is why they’re hosting an “I’d Rather Date My Dog” Valentine’s Day paw-ty. Sponsored by Tito’s Vodka, there will be plenty of fun for both humans and pooches, including drink specials, exciting giveaways and treats for all! Awards will also be given out for best dressed “couple” where four legged friends will don their best bow tie or tuxedo. (860 Garnet Avenue, San Diego CA 92109)
Tajima: Make plans to visit any of the five Tajima San Diego locations for a Valentine’s Day date ideal for hopeless ramen-tics. For $25, you and your date get any two ramen dishes on the menu; choices include Spicy Sesame, Creamy Chicken, Tajima and Vegan bowls. The special also includes two fountain drinks or one hot sake, and you’ll end the night with delightful Mochi Ice Creams for both you and your sweetheart.
- Date: February 14th
- Time: 11:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
- Price: $25 per couple
Convoy – 4681 Convoy Street, Ste I, 92111
Mercury – 4411 Mercury Street, Ste 110, 92111
Hillcrest – 3739 6th Avenue, Ste B, 92103
East Village – 901 E Street, 92101
North Park – 3015 Adams Avenue #102b, 92116
Woodstock’s Pizza: Everyone knows that food is the way to a lover’s heart. Express your love with decadent heart-shaped CinnaBreads from this hometown favorite pizzeria in Pacific Beach and near SDSU! These dreamy dessert pizzas are smothered with brown sugar, cinnamon and icing with topping options from fresh strawberries and blueberries to a warm Nutella drizzle. Be sure to request your special heart-shaped CinnaBread for dine-in, take-out, or delivery to give a pizza your heart this Valentine’s Day. (6145 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115) (1221 Garnet Ave., San Diego, CA 92109)
- Date: Thursday, February 14th
- Pricing: Regular – $5.25
Osetra Seafood & Steaks: Osetra Seafood & Steaks has set the stage for an exclusive, upscale Valentine’s Day. In addition to specials on all à la carte dishes, Osetra has crafted a three-course pre-fixe menu featuring entrees including hand-cut aged steak, fresh-caught seafood and handmade pasta, paired with an unrivaled selection of wines and champagnes for an unforgettable meal. (904 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101)
- Date: Thursday, February 14th
- Pricing: $69 per person
Jalisco Cantina: Raise a glass to love and the vibrant Mexican culture at Jalisco Cantina, Oceanside’s authentically intimate, upscale Mexican eatery and tequila bar. For only $29 per person, enjoy a Valentine’s Three Course Dinner this year with an appetizer of Spinach, Roasted Yam and Garlic Rolled Tacos, butter basted Carne Asada New York Strip with potato puree and calabacitas and a dessert of Churros and Chocolate Fondue. Wash it down with two delightfully pink, hopelessly romantic, limited time signature cocktails to toast your love with the elegant Love Potion #Nueve and the sweet, rose-covered Roasted Strawberry Cheesecake Margarita! (213 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054)
- Date: Thursday, February 14th
- Pricing: $29 per person
Amici’s Ristobar: Celebrate Amore at Amici’s Ristobar, found at The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch in Carmel Valley. This true neighborhood restaurant is bringing authentic Italian cuisine and a casual-upscale atmosphere to your Valentine’s Day festivities. Let Amici’s take care of your romantic evening with a unique three-course menu and special champagne offers all night long! Space is limited, so book your space today through the Amici’s website. (13490 Pacific Highlands Ranch Pkwy, Suite 106, San Diego, CA 92130)
- Date: Thursday, February 14th
- Pricing: $49.99 per person
Natural Style Chicken: Find your fix of Asian Fusion this Valentine’s Day at Natural Style Chicken, Hillcrest’s newest hometown BBQ eatery. Keep it casual with fresh rotisserie chicken, ribs and Korean-style beef for your romantic eats. Split a regular size red soju with your love and share a free bowl of the brand-new sweet chili mushrooms or split a large size red soju and get a free bulgogi to top off your lunch or dinner! (501 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103)
- Date: Thursday, February 14th
- Pricing: $13 for regular
- Location: Hillcrest Location
Fresh Brothers: Treat your sweet to a casual evening of heart-shaped pizza at Fresh Brothers at The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch! Made with fresh dough daily, Fresh Brothers’ heart-shaped pizzas will be available from Valentine’s Day through February 17th. Order up a large pizza of your choosing and sink your teeth into a romantically-shaped pie made with 100% fresh tomatoes from Stanislaus County, 100% all-natural mozzarella and your choice of over 30 fresh toppings! (13490 Pacific Highlands Ranch Pkwy, Suite 103 San Diego, CA 92130)
- Date: Thursday, February 14th
- Pricing: à la carte
- Location: The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch
Valentine’s Day at George’s is February 14 & 15, 2019: Celebrate your someone special at San Diego’s “Most Romantic” restaurant (San Diego Union Tribune) and a top eatery pick in “San Diego Weekend Trips for Romance” (USA Today). All three levels of George’s at the Cove are celebrating Valentine’s Day this year. Enjoy special prix-fixe menus featuring an outstanding variety of appetizers, entrees and desserts with the season’s freshest ingredients, complete with stunning ocean views. A complimentary glass of bubbles and chocolate truffles are included with your meal!
Patisserie Melanie: Can’t afford an escape to the city of love? Step into Patisserie Melanie where Chef Melanie Dunn’s love of Parisian baking transfers delightfully into her hand-made pastries. In addition to the holiday of love, Patisserie Melanie will celebrating its one-year-anniversary and Valentine’s Day in February. In addition to her daily offerings, both occasions will be marked with four days of sweets and specials. For more information on Melanie and her seasonal offerings call (619) 677-2132. (3788 Park Blvd, Suite 4., San Diego, CA 92103)
The Westgate Hotel: Toast to love and enjoy a four-course prix-fixe menu with an optional wine pairing prepared by Executive Chef Fabrice Hardel at the Westgate Room. With a specially crafted menu for him and for her, couples have the option to taste and share a little bit of everything. Favorites include the Black Angus Beef Tenderloin with Brussel sprout, oyster mushroom, and Rossini sauce and Baja Striped Bass with zucchini tagliatelle, fava bean, and parmesan gnocchi. End dinner on a sweet note with Grand Marnier Crème Brulee topped with orange Valrhona cocoa sorbet. After dinner at the Westgate Room, head across to hall to end the evening with a nightcap and live music from talented Mexican baritone opera singer, Jorge Chinolla at the Plaza Bar. Dinner pricing starts at $89 per person and does not include tax and gratuity. Reservations will be available from 5 PM – 9 PM and can be made online at www.westgatehotel.com or by calling (619) 238-1818. (1055 Second Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101)
Tower23 + JRDN Restaurant: Bubbles and the beach go hand in hand at JRDN Restaurant. Take in prime ocean views as you sip and savor Domaine Chandon on Tuesday, February 12 from 6 to 8 pm. Enjoy 5-6 tastings of sparkling wine paired with small bites prepared by Executive Chef David Warner. Tickets are $40 per person (not including fees and gratuity). To purchase tickets, please call (858) 270-2323 or visit here.
723 Felspar St.
San Diego, CA 92109
Valentine’s Day Dinner at JRDN: Toast to love this Valentine’s Day while taking in breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Chef David Warner is preparing a four-course menu available from February 14 to 16, giving you a little extra time to treat that special someone. Pricing is $65 per person. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (858) 270-2323. (723 Felspar St., San Diego, CA 92109)
Bencotto Italian Kitchen: For the love of pasta, nothing says romance like an authentic Italian dinner at Bencotto. Located in the heart of Little Italy, Bencotto is known for their handmade pasta and excellent Italian pairings. Try ordering family style and indulge in their Gnocchi Ripieni Di Brasato Al Porto, homemade saffron potato dumplings filled with braised prime beef in a port wine reduction creamy sauce with herbs and old spices. Pair dinner with their Italian Love Potion, featuring vodka, cranberry juice, vermouth, and rose water. (750 W Fir St #103 San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 450-4786)
Monello: Get cheesy this Valentine’s Day at Monello in Little Italy. Known for producing over 800 pounds of fresh pasta weekly and their infamous cheese wheel, Monello is perfect for those who love one another or for those who just love pasta. On special for Valentine’s Day is their Risotto Valentino, a traditional Milanese saffron risotto, accompanied with veal ossobucco, served tableside out of a lodigiano nero cheese wheel. End the night with an Italian Love Potion, featuring vodka, cranberry juice, vermouth, and rose water. (750 W Fir Street, San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 501-0030)
Trust Restaurant: Step into Trust where the best way to experience the menu is by sharing. With options from the farm, the ranch, and the ocean, you and that special someone can enjoy it all. Must haves include the Baja Hiramasa with coconut, Asian pear, chili oil, opal basil, soy beech mushrooms, spicy rice cracker, and their 14 oz. Dry Aged Pork Chop with local red beans, onions, mustard greens, pomegranate pine nut vinaigrette. Top off the evening with one of their handcrafted cocktails or exotic wines paired with a decadent dessert like their Maple Pecan Crème Brulee with poached pear and mascarpone crème. (3752 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92103, (619) 795-6901)
Fort Oak: The newest concept from Trust Restaurant Group, Fort Oak is now open and taking reservations for those looking to swoon their significant other. Similar to the wood-fired, shared plate menu style of Trust, Fort Oak offers more seafood options with a variety of atmospheres including an energetic bar, cozy dining room and chef’s counter with a front row seat to the action. Favorite dishes include Goat Milk Cavatelli with charred broccoli, fennel sausage, truffle, soft herbs, grana di Capra and the Petite Tower from their raw bar complete with oysters, clams, prawns, Jonah crab claws, ½ Maine lobster, Hamachi poke and scallop aquachile. If you can manage to save room for dessert, indulge in the playful Cannoli Cones with oak-vanilla ice cream and ginger Chantilly. (1011 Fort Stockton Drive, San Diego, CA 92103, (619) 722-3398)
The Haven Pizzeria: Share a ‘lil pizza your heart with that special someone at The Haven this Valentine’s Day. Dine in at the quaint pizzeria, located in the Kensington neighborhood, and enjoy a three-course meal for two, for only $50. Start by sharing a house salad or order of Haven twists, 14” specialty pizza of your choice, and ice cream cookie or dessert twists. You can even upgrade to a dessert pizza for $3! A bottle of house red or white wine will also come with your Valentine’s meal. (4051 Adams Avenue, 92116)
Couples that brunch together stay together! Head to Breakfast Republic this Valentine’s Day for drink specials including their Red Rose Mimosa, infused with rose syrup and cranberry, as well as their White Chocolate Raspberry Mocha.
Valentine’s Day isn’t just for lovers, which is why Bub’s @ the Beach is the ideal place for singles to celebrate without being bopped in the head by surrounding heart-shaped balloons and crowded by V-Day PDA. Enjoy the day with their Black-Hearted Mule of the Month, crafted from Gosling Black Seal rum, a dash of bitters, a squeeze of lime juice, ginger beer and soda water, garnished with a heart-shaped gummy, in addition to specials such as $3 Red Baskets of Regular Tater Tots, Sweet Potato Tater Tots, Seasoned Fries and Onion Rings, among other specialties.
Cloak & Petal will amp up the romance this Valentine’s Day with a special three-course prix-fixe menu priced at $65 per person on the 14th, and the option to partake in an interactive “Who Killed My Valentine” murder mystery dinner on the 13th priced at $80 per person. The special menu featured on both nights will include options such as A5 Wagyu Tartare, an array of specialty rolls, including their popular 30th & University, crafted from crab, scallops, asparagus, wagyu, truffle soy reduction, jalapeño, fresh Hamachi, yuzu, truffle, microgreens and flowers, and Glazed Duck Breast, among other elevated Japanese plates. Pair your meal with their special Valentine’s Day cocktail, the Kobito No Yume (Lover’s Dream), infused with Peychaud’s bitters, lime juice, pineapple juice, house-made grenadine, and Cutwater fugu hibiscus-infused vodka.
Make Farmer’s Bottega in Mission Hills your Valentine’s Day destination for farm-to-fork specialties crafted for the romantic occasion. The eatery will offer a three-course prix-fixe menu priced at $60 per person, showcasing options such as Lobster Shrimp Bisque, Petite Filet Mignon plated with soft polenta and bitter chocolate cabernet reduction,Surf & Turf and Limoncello Cake. Winos can also add a wine pairing for $15 per person!
Spend Valentine’s Day surrounded by garden-style flair at Fig Tree Cafe, and indulge in drink specials such as their Bouquet of Roses Mimosa Flight, complete with Blush Rose, Lavender Rose, Yellow Rose and Red Rose tasters, or perk up with their Chocolate Raspberry Mocha.
Treat your special someone to a three-course meal at Pacific Beach AleHouse this Valentine’s Day, and indulge in menu items such as West Coast Oysters, Beef Carpaccio, Scallop-stuffed Salmon and a sharable dessert of your choice. The menu will be priced at $34.99 per person, and $59.95 per couple.
Skip the crowds this Valentine’s Day and turn up the heat with a take-home pizza kit from Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza & Grill! The kit includes fresh dough, mozzarella, house-made tomato sauce and basil, plus easy instructions on how to make the perfect heart-shaped pizza with your Valentine. $1 from every pizza kit sold will benefit the American Heart Association, and pricing starts at $7 per kit.
Savor an evening of romance at Union Kitchen & Tap Encinitas, and delight in a three-course menu brimming with resplendent dishes to show your honey just how much they mean to you. Menu highlights include Lobster & Truffle Cakes, Stout-Braised Pork Cheeks, Sweet Potato Gnocchi and Chocolate-Orange Crème Brûlée, plus the option to add a wine pairing. Menu pricing will be $75 per person, and an additional $25 for wine pairing.
Head to Union Kitchen & Tap Gaslamp this Valentine’s Day for a three-course Valentine’s Day menu priced at $60 per couple, live acoustic music from 7 – 10 p.m., Broken Hearts Karaoke from 10 p.m. – close, and Late Night Social Hour from 10 p.m. – close, featuring half-off cocktails, beer and wine.
MONZU FRESH PASTA: Located in the heart of East Village, Monzu Fresh Pasta will serve a three-course menu on February 14 created exclusively for Valentine’s Day, to include a Smoked Salmon and Dried Cranberries Salad, guest’s choice of Shrimp Ravioli in Pink Sauce or Spicy Nduja Pici, and a Dark Chili Chocolate Raspberry Cake. A selection of Italian and Californian wines will be available for purchase by the glass and bottle, and Monzu Fresh Pasta’s regular menu will also be available a la carte. Reservations are recommended and available by calling 619.255.5032 or emailing email@example.com. $45 plus tax and gratuity, per person.
455 Tenth Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
TAHONA: Newly opened mezcal bar and restaurant Tahona in Old Town has crafted a Valentine’s Day dinner experience to feed all the senses. Guests can join Tahona on February 14 at either a 6 p.m. or 8 p.m. seating time for a romantic evening lit by candlelight and featuring a four-course meal by Chef Adrian Villareal Mora with mezcal pairings. Tahona will also offer an assortment of specialty cocktails designed to complement the prix fixe Valentine’s Day menu, and Spanish guitarist Augustin El Moro will play live music throughout the evening, setting a memorable ambiance for guests. Reservations can be made via OpenTable. $75 per person.
2414 San Diego Avenue
San Diego, CA 92110
LITTLE ITALY FOOD HALL: The Little Italy Food Hall will celebrate Valentine’s Day twice: on Sunday, February 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. with a free card-making and cookie decorating event on its outside patio in collaboration with its neighbor Frost Me Café & Bakery (while cookie supplies last; no tickets or RSVP required). Then, on February 14, the Little Italy Food Hall Bar will serve Love Bird Specials entailing two-for-one mimosas, $5 #single shots of tequila and whiskey and a limited-time Love Elixir cocktail ($10) mixed with gin, St. Germain, lemon, rose water and pomegranate and garnished with a rose petal.
550 W. Date Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Giardino: The charming and cozy Italian restaurant is the perfect place to head on Valentine’s Day Weekend. Chef Marco Provino is offering an a la carte dinner menu in addition to a 3-course menu for $40. The preset menu features dishes such as Lobster Bisque, Salmon San Remo and Short Rib. End the meal with a Heart Shaped Chocolate Cake. The Valentine’s Day menu will be available from Feb. 14-16. 8131 Broadway – GiardinoSD.com
Cusp Dining & Drinks: The 11th floor restaurant atop Hotel La Jolla is the perfect place to spend Valentine’s Day. It has the views, the food and the service to make the evening one to remember. To start, diners will enjoy a complimentary bubbly toast when they arrive. Chef Ingrid Funes is serving her regular menu alongside chef specials, like a Surf & Turf of herb roasted filet mignon and scallop with sunchoke potato gratin, Brussels sprout, pink peppercorns hollandaise sauce. For dessert, order chocolate strawberries or her infamous Chocolate Crunch Bar. – CuspRestaurant.com
Pacifica Del Mar: Celebrating 30 years atop Del Mar Plaza, Pacifica has remained a popular destination on Valentine’s Day for good reason. Chef/Partner Chris Idso is serving his entire menu where each entrée selection comes with a choice of soup or salad to start. Diners can order new items, like his Zinfandel Braised Short Ribs, Seared Scallops or Grilled Swordfish “Al Pastor.” The Valentine’s Day menu will be available from Feb. 14-16. PacificaDelMar.com
THE MED: THE MED is known for pulling out all the stops when it comes holiday dining. And Valentine’s Day is no exception. Chef Alex Emery and team are serving a multi-course dinner sure to impress every diner. Start with an amuse of Meringue Disc + Caviar, then move on to first courses, including Alaskan Halibut Crudo + Aguachile followed by second choice topions such as Duck Confit Raviolo + Dashi. The entrée course includes a choice of Braised Prime Short Rib + Lobster Tail or Lobster + Scallop, with a dessert selection including Winter Citrus + Almond. The 4-course dinner is $125 per person with an optional Iron Horse Vineyard wine pairing for $45. LaValencia.com
Starting on Valentine’s Day through Sunday, Feb. 17th, The Patio locations are each offering a different special menu with carefully paired wine options for the holiday.
- The Patio on Goldfinch in Mission Hills will get your taste buds going with the Wagyu beef tartare paired with a German Pinot Noir or the yellowtail crudo with a light Chilean Sauvignon Blanc. Then for the main course choose between braised pork belly with a glass of French Cahors or take a chance on the local catch of the day!
- The Patio on Lamont located in the sun-kissed Pacific Beach community is taking the appetizers to the next level with smooth burrata and speck and Sauvignon Blanc or loup de mer in a caviar butter sauce paired with Sonoma County Chardonnay. On to the main course, indulge in the New York steak topped with uni butter, chive and crème fraiche pommes puree.
- The Patio on 101’s Encinitas coastal chic eatery will keep you warm by the ocean with a spicy but sweet butternut squash soup and Chardonnay or Moroccan beef tartare with a Pinot Noir from Oregon. Then spin your fork into a bowl of linguini and clams paired with an Italian Grillo or taste the Cocoa braised short ribs with a Syrah from Tuscany!
Mister A’s is taking romance to new heights on Valentine’s Day – 12 flights up overlooking San Diego to be exact! By offering a four-course menu with a shareable starter for two and three additional courses of each guests’ choosing, the couple will indulge in black truffle-laden dishes, oven roasted lamb loin, poached Maine lobster or Wagyu aged New York steak. Put the cherry on top of a luxe evening with a chocolate hazelnut bombe and add wine pairings for each course to elevate the evening. The menu is offered Feb. 13-17.
Price: $145 per person; $55 per person for wine pairings
Reservations: OpenTable or call (619) 239-1377
Viewpoint Brewing Co in Del Mar: With sweeping views of the San Dieguito Lagoon, Viewpoint is a beautiful spot for a fun Valentine’s night with or without a sweetheart. For the occasion, Viewpoint will host a special beer dinner that is open to singles and couples. The dinner features four courses and an amuse bouche by acclaimed Chef Gunnar Plantar paired with their house-brewed beers. The epic, dog-friendly Viewpoint patio will be open for all serving from their regular menu, and they will be passing out heart-shaped dog treats to all furry dates!
Price: $75 per person
Reservations: Email Kb@viewpointbrewing.com to reserve a seat or two.
Mille Fleurs: Ranco Santa Fe’s award-winning French-Californian hotspot is dishing up a four-course menu beginning with a decadent shareable dish to start including a choice of either caviar with a buckwheat waffle or black truffle pasta. Couples will then choose a starter, entree and dessert each. With options including oysters, beef carpaccio, duck prepared two ways, lasagna and a citrus pavlova, Mille Fleurs will create the ultimate Valentine’s Day dining ambiance.
Price: $145 per person
Reservations: OpenTable or call (858) 756-3085
Everbowl’s ‘On A Date’ Bowl: Now operating over a dozen locations in San Diego (and beyond), Everbowl is a great “craft superfood” date option for a healthy couple or for those looking for a sweet Valentine’s treat that won’t break the resolution. Choose from the menu of healthy smoothie bowls with unlimited toppings and four superfood base options. The signature “On a Date” bowl – featuring an açai base with strawberries, dates, bananas, frozen peanut butter comes topped with granola, bananas, peanut butter and cacao nibs. At $8 a bowl, this is a great choice for a healthy date that won’t break the bank!
Locations: Mission Valley, Encinitas, SDSU and more locations in North County and Orange County
Charles + Dinorah: The Pearl Hotel’s poolside restaurant is offering something for all the loves in your life with a ‘Galentine’s Day’ dive-in moving screening of Magic Mike on Feb. 13 and three-course dinner for lovebirds on Feb. 14. Grab cocktails with the girls and bring your beau back the next night for a poolside, candlelit dinner under the twinkling market lights at Charles + Dinorah where guests can enjoy a menu featuring a smoke burrata and wilted kale salad, lamb chop, hanger steak and strawberry cheesecake with shiso oil.
Price: $59.95 per person (+ tax and gratuity)
The Oceanaire is mixing up something sweet for girls’ night out, date night or an evening to treat yourself to a delicious meal paired with a signature cocktail, The Flirt. Crafted with vodka, Grand Marnier, strawberry cordial, fresh lime juice, edible glitter and Prosecco, The Flirt is an easy sipper for a night out.
Hello Betty Fish House is offering up an unparalleled dining experience where couples can enjoy a view of the beach, Oceanside Pier and vibrant sunset while enjoying a three-course dinner. For $75 per couple, guests will indulge in a shaved greens citrus salad, choice of scallop and broccolini linguini or surf and turf and dulce de leche fried cheesecake. Diners who aren’t able to make it on the 14th fret not, the special menu is available Feb. 14-16 from 5 p.m. to close to make the holiday weekend extra special.
- Price: $75 per couple
- Reservations: Call 760.722.1008
Masters Kitchen and Cocktail: An elegant dinner prepared specifically for Valentine’s Day by Executive Chef André Clark will include three courses and a dessert. Standouts include Oysters on the Half Shell, Burrata Caprese, Pacifico Striped Bass, Hanger Steak, Farm Risotto, and Pâte à Choux with ganache, caramel sauce, and Chantilly cream. Dinner can be paired with wine for an additional $15.
Primavera Ristorante will mix up a Valentine’s Day love potion guests are sure to fall for, the ‘Love Potion #9’ cocktail, made with strawberry vodka, Chambord and pomegranate juice, priced at $14.
Every day in February is Valentine’s Day at Theatre Box, the Gaslamp Quarter’s biggest, brightest and newest entertainment complex. Theatre Box will toast to cupid with four over-the-top cocktails and milkshakes created especially for the month of love:
- The Bubbly Kisses Goblet is a special edition of the venue’s smoking goblet, made with brut champagne, strawberry rum, strawberry liqueur, grenadine, fresh strawberry puree and Sprite, garnished with gummy kisses and fresh strawberries.
- The Valentines Smooch Martini is a combination of fresh strawberry and banana puree, strawberry rum, crème de banana, strawberry schnapps and cream, garnished with a gummy kiss.
- The Naughty Insane Milkshake is a cookies and cream milkshake topped with whipped cream, dark chocolate-dipped Rice Krispies Treats heart, chocolate sprinkles and dark chocolate-covered strawberries drizzled with white chocolate served dark red chocolate ganache-dipped mug covered in chocolate hearts and sliced strawberries.
- The Nice Insane Milkshake is a cookies and cream milkshake topped with whipped cream, white chocolate-dipped Rice Krispies Treats heart, rainbow sprinkles and giant gummy bear served in a pink chocolate ganache-coated mug covered in candy hearts and M&Ms.
Bleu Bohème, located at 4090 Adams Ave. in Kensington, will pay homage to one of France’s most famous and influential mistresses, King Louis XV’s Madame de Pompadour, with a specialty cocktail in her honor on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Madame de Pompadour is famed for serving as King Louis XV’s official chief mistress from 1745 to 1751, exerting influence over the king and the court as a valued friend and advisor. Bleu Bohème’s Madame de Pompadour cocktail is made with white wine, crème de cassis, pomegranate juice and soda water, garnished with a strawberry, priced at $13.
Bleu Bohème will offer guests a Valentine’s Day cocktail celebrating amour, the ‘Saint Valentine Martini,’ a nod to the holiday’s namesake. The Saint Valentine Martini combines Flor de Cana rum, Grand Marnier, Fonseca #27 port and fresh lime juice, priced at $14.
Not in the mood for love? Prohibition, the Gaslamp Quarter speakeasy located at 548 Fifth Ave., will make guests grateful for their ex on Valentine’s Day. Guests who bring in a photo of their former lover and tear it up will receive a complimentary shot of whisky.
Prohibition will celebrate Mistress Day, Wednesday, Feb. 13, with cocktails that pay homage to three of American presidents’ most well-known women – Marilyn, Monica and Stormy. Created by lead bartender and GBOD Hospitality Group beverage director, Ryan Andrews, the hand-crafted cocktails will be available for $13. Marilyn is a combination of rye whiskey, demerara, R&D cherry apple bitters and R&D house bitters, for an Old Fashioned-inspired tribute to the ‘50s and ‘60s. Monica is a mix of gin, lime, pomegranate and curaçao. Stormy is made with tequila, lime, orgeat, R&D sarsaparilla bitters and cinnamon.
The Morning After, the Gaslamp Quarter’s new brunch spot and sports bar located at 531 F St., will feature drinks and dishes worthy of a cheat day on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Mistress Day cocktail offerings include the Affair-y Tale, made with rum, passion fruit juice, hibiscus syrup and lime juice, priced at $11; the Side Sips Flight, a trio of mimosas with guests’ choice of watermelon, caramel apple, pink grapefruit and tropical mango, priced at $20.
Curadero’s Valentine’s Dinner for Two: The vibrant, downtown Mexican restaurant known for bold flavors and creative drinks is offering guests a unique Valentine’s Day – where the food and drink are just as sophisticated as they are playful. Their Dinner for Two is a multi-course menu from Chef Brad Kraten, complete with cocktail pairings from bartender Alex Gregg. Start with a selection of Antojitos, or small plates, like Butternut Squash Flautas or Ceviche Mixto. Larger plates to share include Market Fish poached in a tangy tomato broth, as well as Carne Asada and Roasted Zucchini with nopal, corn, grilled onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, crème and queso fresco. End by choosing a sweet treat, like Goats Milk Flan with bourbon caramel, or Sweet Heat Chocolate Cake. The dinner for two is $100, which includes 3 courses with pairings for two people. www.Curadero.com
Love is in the Air at JSix: Enjoy a delicious and romantic evening at JSix this Valentine’s Day! The restaurant will be serving up a three-course dinner that includes oysters, the choice of pappardelle, salmon or wine-braised beef shortribs and chocolate pot de crème. Guests will be treated to a complimentary glass of G H Mumm Champagne with dinner. Reservations highly recommended.
- Price: $55 per person
- Date: Thursday, February 14
- Address: 616 J St, San Diego, CA 92101
Romantic Views at OB Surf Lodge: With a spectacular seaside view and a special three-course dinner, there’s no better place to celebrate love than OB Surf Lodge. Enjoy a choice of scallops, a charcuterie board or a strawberry salad before opting for pan-seared sea bass, herb-roasted lamb chops or vegetable risotto. Chef will be serving a special dessert choice for the evening. All couples will be treated to a bottle of wine with dinner. Reservations highly recommended.
- Price: $100 per couple
- Date: Thursday, February 14
- Address: 5083 Santa Monica Ave, Suit 1F, San Diego, CA 92107
Brunch at 10 Barrel Brewing: If you can’t celebrate Valentine’s Day during the week this year (or just want to keep the celebration going), make up for it with a belated brunch at 10 Barrel Brewing over the weekend. Toast to love with a brunch brew, such as “Chai Me a River Porter,” “Royal Oats Pale Ale” or “Cucumber Crush,” and classic dishes, including omelets, the 10 Barrel Burger and a special egg hash – all with a stunning rooftop view.
- Price: A la carte
- Date: Saturday & Sunday, February 16 – 17, 11 AM – 2 PM
- Address: 1501 E St, San Diego, AC 92101
Solana Beach’s newest fast-casual restaurant Ranch 45, is dedicated to meals made with the highest quality meat and ingredients. They will be hosting a cooking class for Valentine’s Day in their on-site demo kitchen where guests will learn how to make a delicious three course meal for two with Ranch 45’s master chef. A second option for celebrating Valentine’s Day with Ranch 45 is for customers to pre-order a ready to eat meal for two. The menu is customizable and ready to pick-up when requested.
BANKERS HILL BAR + Restaurant will offer a cocktail for Valentine’s Day, available exclusively on Thursday. Created by bar lead, Elizabeth Farrell, the Lonely Heart is made with bourbon, Lazzaroni amaretto, fermented blood orange and pineapple, ginger syrup, lemon and egg white.