Cupid’s Guide To Valentine’s Day Specials In San Diego
Whether you’ve got Cupid on your side or are happily celebrating your Galantines, there is bound to be something in our great big list of Valentine’s Day specials from top restaurants and experiences in San Diego that will make this year’s Valentine’s Day memorable, no matter your relationship status.
Whether you’re single, coupled up or somewhere in between, The San Diego Museum of Art invites you to the pre-Valentine’s Day edition of Culture & Cocktails, themed Flight of Love after the exhibition Bouguereau & America.
February 14-16, 2020
Celebrate Valentine’s Day all weekend long at International Smoke! The Del Mar restaurant has several Valentine’s Day specials to enjoy with your sweetheart. Guests can start their meal in style with the restaurant’s decadent Smoked Caviar for Two appetizer. The dish features premium Sturgeon, egg white, egg yolk, chives, shallots, creme fraiche and bellini.
Next, enjoy the best of both worlds with Surf and Turf for Two, a smoked 24 oz porterhouse steak and lobster tail with grilled asparagus and potatoes. Finally, for dessert, diners can indulge in International Smoke’s delicious Chocolate Cake, an eight layer cake accompanied by strawberry sorbet and a table-side champagne pour-over. Reservations can be made here. Valentine’s Day menu can be found here.
La Valencia’s The Med will offer an exclusive Valentine’s Day five-course pairing dinner, inspired by premium Remy Martin XO cognac.
Executive Chef Timothy Ralphs has created a special menu that incorporates Remy Martin XO cognac into each dish, including Lobster plated with parsnip, radish, caviar, peas and XO and the Muscovy Duck rangoon with pistachio, salsify and cognac clementine glaze. Thoughtfully curated wine pairings will be served with each course, too. Revervations can be made here.
Whether you’ve been together for years or are cozying up to someone new, the restaurant choice can make or break a date night. Opt a romantic setting by the coast and toast to your love while taking in breathtaking views and listening to the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean at JRDN in Pacific Beach. On Valentine’s Day, Executive Chef David Warner is preparing a three-course prix-fixe menu with options such as Baked Oysters, Local Baja Sea Bass, and Chocolate Ravioli and a special V-Day wine menu to pair perfectly with your selections. Pricing is $65 per person. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (858) 270-2323 or visit here.
February 1st to 29th
Kindle romance the entire month of February with La Valencia’s Valentine’s cocktails. Remy XO Old Fashioned: accompanied by a pairing of chocolate truffles, dark chocolate bark, orange cognac glee and cashew clusters. Chocolate Raspberry Martini: vodka, Godiva chocolate liquor and Kailua. Love Potion: gin, Lillet, Pamplemousse and lemon juice served over ice.
Visit Paris without leaving America’s Finest City at Hillcrest hotspot, Patisserie Melanie, where Chef Melanie Dunn’s love of Parisian baking transfers delightfully into her hand-made pastries. One bite of Melanie’s signature chocolates, and you’ll be transported to the city of love because nothing says date night more than a dessert that accommodates two spoons. In addition to Valentine’s Day, Patisserie Melanie will be celebrating their two-year-anniversary by debuting new items and hosting giveaways on February 14 and 15. For more information on Chef Melanie and her seasonal offerings, please call (619) 677-2132 or click here.
This Valentine’s Day lovebirds can cozy up at The Westgate Hotel to enjoy a four-course prix-fixe menu with an optional wine pairing prepared by Executive Chef Fabrice Hardel. Start with the Diver Scallop with bowfin caviar and grilled leek in a vermouth emulsion, then transition to the Cape Grim New York Steak with charred shallot, Yukon gold potato puree, in a port wine reduction.
End dinner on a sweet note with Raspberry Mascarpone Mousse on a pistachio sponge cake, topped with raspberry sorbet. Dinner pricing starts at $79 per person and does not include tax and gratuity. Reservations will be available on February 14 and 15 from 5 PM – 9 PM and can be made online here or by calling (619) 238-1818.
Make like Lady and the Tramp and share some Tagliatelle twisted with bolognese at Monello, the chic Italian restaurant located in the heart of Little Italy. Similarly to Bencotto, they will be offering a special Valentine’s Day a la carte only menu on Friday, February 14 and a Valentine’s Day three-course prix fix menu, on February 12, 13, 15 and 16 for $40 a person.
Options will include Panzerotti Al Tartufo, fried mini calzones stuffed with mozzarella, shiitake mushrooms and white truffle, Gnocchi di Brasato, homemade large potato dumplings filled with braised beef in a parmesan cream sauce with poppy seeds, and Tagliatelle Nere, squid ink fettuccine in a spicy pink tomato sauce with shrimp. Choose to opt-out of the fixed menu and go for what they’re known for: the cheese wheel pasta of the week, which happens to be a Tagliatelle al Ragu di Ossobuco, a homemade fettuccine in a veal ragu topped with ossobuco and served tableside out of a lodigiano Nero cheese wheel. End the night with an Italian classic like L’Amico, featuring gin, sweet vermouth, cardamaro, and absinthe.
Visit here or call (619) 501-0030 to make reservations.
Kick off the long weekend a little early with Domaine Chandon on JRDN’s sunset patio. Lovers—and friends—will sip on five to six tastings of sparkling wine paired with small bites prepared by Executive Chef David Warner on Thursday, February 13, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. One of the first French-owned sparkling wine ventures in the U.S., Domaine Chandon is highly remarked as producing some of the best sparkling wines in Napa Valley. Pricing is $40 per person. For tickets and more information, please call (858) 270-2323 or visit here.
Whether you’re sharing the holiday with lovers or friends, step into Trust where the best way to experience the menu is by sharing. With options from the farm, the ranch, the ocean, and beyond, you and your guest(s) can enjoy it all.
Must-haves include the Wood-Grilled Cauliflower with golden raisins, mint, serrano aioli, black lentils, cilantro, curry vinaigrette and the Yellowfin Tuna Sashimi with ponzu, garlic, sriracha, and chili oil. Top off the evening with a decadent dessert like their Banana Bread Pudding with sour cream ice cream, caramel Anglaise, and cashew praline. A lesser-known aphrodisiac, bananas, have enzymes and vitamins that are thought to boost sex drive and keep up energy levels. Ask for two spoons and let us know if it lights a spark. To make reservations, call (619) 795-6901 or visit here.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, Herb & Wood will be offering a three course menu, available for $85 per person. Highlights from the menu include Roasted Bone Marrow with brioche, whipped fromage blanc, orange marmalade, and rosemary, Grilled Lamb Loin with dill yogurt, mint chimichurri, scallion & herb salad, and roti, and Pea Agnolotti with Ricotta cheese, maitake mushroom, sorrel, brown butter, lemon, and pea vines. Sweeten your evening with your choice of Ricotta Cheesecake, Chocolate Opera and various Sorbets from Herb & Wood’s acclaimed pastry chef, Adrian Mendoza. Reserve your spot through Opentable.
How about a low-key romantic meal to swoon your significant other at San Diego Magazine’s Best New Restaurant 2019, Fort Oak? A good plan of attack for Valentine’s Day would be to start with the Broiled Oysters, with arugula butter, sourdough crumbs, lemon, and green onion, because not only are they delicious, they’ll also help get you in the mood. Next, we recommend going for the Hearth Roasted Carrots with quinoa, Humboldt fog, pickled fennel, smoky yogurt, tarragon or keeping it simple by trying the Old Bay Prawns with traditional cocktail sauce and lemon.
Other favorite dishes include Goat Milk Cavatelli with charred broccoli, fennel sausage, truffle, soft herbs, grana di Capra and the Duroc Pork Chop with black garlic sauce, coal-roasted brussels sprouts and potatoes, ginger, garlic chips, herbs. Pair your dinner with one of their unique cocktails named after vintage Ford models like the Cougar, featuring vodka, rose vermouth, and orange bitters. To make a reservation, please call (619) 722-3398 or visit here.
It’s that time of the year again where we do something a little extra to show those closest to us how much we love them, and 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. In addition to a special Valentine’s Day a la carte only menu on Friday, February 14, they will be celebrating all week by offering a Valentine’s Day three-course prix fix menu, on February 12, 13, 15 and 16 for $45 a person.
Guests will choose from options like their Gnocchi di Brasato (homemade large potato dumplings filled with braised beef in a parmesan cream sauce with poppy seeds) and their Lasagna al Tartufo (cream of white truffle, besciamella sauce, parmiggiano, shiitake mushrooms). Pair dinner with the Amore Amaro, featuring rye, amaros nonino & averna, and branca menta. Visit here or call (619) 450-4786 to make a reservation.
Treat your sweetheart to a night at San Diego’s newest steakhouse, Rare Society, whose sexy, cozy atmosphere pays tribute to old Las Vegas, and is the perfect setting for the most important date night of the year. The shared plate menu features Santa Maria-style wood-fired steaks, chops, and seafood with mouthwatering steakhouse sides to accompany. Some favorites include the 10oz Australian Wagyu Tri-Tip with a side of horseradish sauce or the 8oz Filet Mignon with accompanying TRG Crack Sauce. Choose from mouthwatering sides such as the Truffled Creamed Spinach, Ricotta Ravioli, or Whipped Potatoes.
If you’re not quite ready to head home, cozy up on the outside patio, or pick a warm seat inside to enjoy what many San Diegans are claiming to be San Diego’s best Espresso Martini. Coffee is known to increase stamina and elevate mood and more importantly, it functions as an aphrodisiac by encouraging the flow of dopamine. And, if you manage to save room for dessert, pair it with Chef Jeremy Harville’s decadent Old Fashioned Cake for extra stimulation and excitement. For Valentine’s Day reservations, please call (619) 501-6404 or visit here.
Fresh off a 1 year anniversary, the bustling Sorrento Valley restaurant and brewery is offering a more laid back kind of Valentine’s Day. Order from Gravity Heights’ regular menu, or take
part in their Dinner for Two. The optional preset menu features dishes to share, like Beet Salad, Pork Ragu Gnocchi, Scallops, Cherry & Chocolate Chip Cookies and 2 glasses of Cava for $69.
Toast to your love, Parisian-style, at recently-opened Zinqué in Little Italy. Start the romance early at their new Happy Hour from 4 – 7 pm on Valentine’s Day, where all bar bites are $9 and under, wines are $4 off, and signature cocktails are $5 off. (Regular Happy Hour runs Monday through Friday, 4 – 7 pm).
Whether you make it a casual night with friends or invite your longtime crush on a date, glasses of French bubbly like the Rosé Champagne, FR, and delicious bites such as the Pan Con Tomate with San Daniele Prosciutto are perfect for sharing. Cozy up by the fireplace with your date on the outside patio, which gives off the perfect amount of glamour for your special night.
Executive Chef Julian Quiñones and the 20|Twenty team invite couples and friends alike, for a cozy four-course prix-fixe dinner on February 14. Located in the Westin Carlsbad Resort and Spa, all guests will be treated to an Amuse-Bouche to get their taste buds in the mood, and then can choose from the exciting menu offerings while taking in beautiful coastal views.
We recommend starting with theHeirloom Tomato and Crab Bisque or Lobster Squash Blossom, then moving on to the delicious mains like Prime N.Y. Strip or Seared Yellowfin Tuna and Scallop Duo. Don’t forget to leave room for Flourless Chocolate Cake or White Chocolate Mousse, paired with their Royale Martini, featuring Venom vodka, lemon juice, Chambord, and sparkling wine, to cap the night off.
Reservations for 20|Twenty’s Valentine’s Day menu are available from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Friday, February 14 and pricing is $75 per person. For more information or to make reservations, please visit here.
Oceanside’s newest dining destination, Blade 1936, is tripling the opportunity to celebrate Valentine’s Day with an exclusive three-course menu available from Thursday, Feb. 13 to Saturday, Feb. 15. Available for $65 per couple, surprise your sweet with dishes like Yellowfin Tuna Carpaccio, Asian Pear & Pistachio Salad, Risotto Raccogliere, and Soy-braised Beef Short Rib. End your evening with a complimentary champagne toast over your choice of Tiramisu, Panna Cotta, or Espresso and Chocolate Mousse.
Reservations are highly recommended and can be made here.
Treat your valentine to unparalleled swank this Valentine’s Day, with Animae’s four-course pre-fixe menu. The restaurant invites you to indulge in a menu featuring dishes like Misty Point Oysters, Green Papaya Salad, Red Curry Tofu and Chili Garlic Lobster. Top off your evening with Mandarin Semifreddo, Sorbet or a Chocolate & Miso Bar, all while enjoying Animae’s extravagant atmosphere. The menu costs $95 per guest, and reservations can be made here.
Whether you already have the perfect catch, or are still sorting through all those “fish in the sea,” Herb & Sea’s Valentine’s Day dinner is perfect for the seafood lover in your life. To celebrate, the restaurant is offering a three course pre-fixe menu focusing on their signature coastal cuisine.
Options include Hamachi Crudo with white ponzu, radish sprout, fresnos, sunflower seeds, citrus, and avocado, Lobster Gnocchi with brown butter, grana padano, asparagus, lemon, and tarragon and Maryland Chickpea Cakes with celery, heart of palm, old bay, and vegan remoulade. The menu costs $75, and reservations can be made here.
Join Ranch 45 and Chef DuVal Warner as they team up with Brandt Beef for a romantic pop-up dinner on Valentine’s Day. The elaborate menu includes a starter with the choice of either Bloomsdale Spinach Salad or Brandt Beef Carpaccio, a main dish of either Surf and Turf for two, Roast Prime Brandt Eye of Rib or Pan-seared Local Catch and some sweet treats to end the night, a dessert duo of Strawberry “Shortcake” and Flourless Chocolate Cake. Choose from three seatings times, 5 p.m., 7 p.m. or 9 p.m. The dinner costs $98 per person, with an additional $45 per person for wine pairings. Reservation can be made here.
Enjoy a festive Valentine’s Day dinner at North Park’s award winning distillery and tasting room, known for its premium handcrafted vodka and signature all-natural hand-infused vodka infusions. Stop in for happy hour from 4-7pm to enjoy $6 619 vodka cocktails, craft cocktails for $9 and local craft beers for $5. The fixed menu for that evening will begin at 7pm and is perfect for a date night and will feature dishes like Pesto Risotto with seasonal vegetables and scallops, Coconut Curry Mussels, Crudo, and Beef Tartar, reservations can be made here. If you’re looking to pick up the perfect gift, the 619 Rose Petal Vodka is infused with local rose petals and can be purchased at the tasting room.
A San Diego mainstay for over a decade, the newly launched menu and a fresh, young team kitchen make this classic date night spot that much hipper. Join them on Valentine’s Day
and try out some of their newest dishes, including a 12oz. Prime NY Strip that guests can choose to add a beautiful lobster tail to as a Valentine’s special.
University Heights hotspot, Madison on Park, is the perfect destination for a Valentine’s Day enjoyed under the restaurants 25-foot vaulted and arched ceiling. Madison will be offering a four-course, pre-fixe Valentine’s menu, which includes options such as Tuna Tartar, Watermelon Stack, Swordfish Milanese, Madison’s famous double-cut sesame crusted Pork Chop, along with vegan and gluten-free offerings. The pre-fixe menu is offered for $59 per person with additional wine and cocktail pairings for $19. There will be two seatings at 6pm and 8pm, reservations can be made through OpenTable.
North Park’s ode to the outdoors, will be serving a special Valentine’s day menu featuring three courses for $55 per person. They’ll also have two special Valentine’s day cocktails, Cupid’s Arrow with gin, strawberries, beet juice and rose water and The French Kiss which has gin, raspberries, lemon juice and topped with Prosecco.
The neighborhood hot spot and Executive Chef Scott Cannon are serving a 4-course prix fixe menu with impressive selections. A choice of Caviar or Chicken Liver Mousse starts off the showstopping menu. Up next choose between Agnolotti or Seared Ahi, then a Stuffed Quail or Surf & Turf for the main course. To end, guests can choose between a Tangerine Bar or Red Velvet Cake. Pair it with beer or wine from Abnormal, including their special release Cherry Cherry Coupe – Imperial milk porter with cherries and chocolate. Price: $69 – 16990 Via Tazon.
The charming and cozy Italian restaurant is the perfect place to head on Valentine’s Day weekend. Giardino is offering an a la carte dinner menu in addition to a 3-course menu for $45. The preset menu features dishes such as Lobster Bisque, Salmon San Remo and Short Rib. End the meal with a Heart Shaped Chocolate Mousse. The Valentine’s Day menu will be available from Feb. 13-16.
The 11th floor restaurant atop Hotel La Jolla is the perfect place to spend Valentine’s Day. Not
only was it voted one of the Most Romantic Restaurant’s in SD, but it has the food and service to match. Chef Ingrid Funes is serving her regular menu alongside chef specials, like a Land & Sea Duo of scallop and prime beef short ribs. For dessert, order Bananas Foster Cheesecake or her infamous Chocolate Crunch Bar. Those who make a reservation between 4-5pm will enjoy a complimentary toast with their meal.
Celebrating 30 years atop Del Mar Plaza, Pacifica has remained a popular destination where the
neighborhood gathers 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 Seared Atlantic Sea Scallops, Filet Mignon or Pan Roasted Chilean Seabass, each coming with a choice of soup – like New England Clam Chowder – or Salad like Classic Caesar. The Valentine’s Day menu will be available from Feb. 13-16.
The buzzing La Jolla eatery is offering a special Dinner for Two menu in addition to their entire
regular menu. Chef Dustin Karagheusian’s Valentine’s Day menu includes a two person 4-course meal for $99, featuring dishes such as Beef Heart Carpaccio or Oysters to start, Beet Agnolotti, Wood Grilled Filet, Local Pam Roasted Halibut and more. Guests can finish with Panna Cotta or Chocolate Nemesis for dessert, or toast over a bottle of bubbly.
For over a decade, Whisknladle has remained a sought-after spot to gather over good food and
drink. Valentine’s Day is no exception. Not only are they serving their entire menu a la carte, Chef / Partner Ryan Johnston has created specials worth dining for. Start with Oysters and bubbly, then share a Lobster Mac n’ Cheese or order the Petite Filet. End the meal with a special Strawberry Vacherin dessert.
Enjoy some old-world romance at a classic steakhouse. Lou & Mickey’s is offering a $99, four-course dinner and an optional $40 wine pairing supplement. Entrees include a Double R Ranch 12oz Filet Mignon or share a Prime, 30-Day Aged Bone-In Ribeye for Two.
Tahona in Old Town offers a duo of ways to celebrate. For couples seeking a cozy space to enjoy a meal, Tahona will serve a prix fixe Valentine’s Day dinner on Friday, February 14 in its Oaxaca-inspired dining room, with seating times at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Both seatings will begin with a mood-setting welcome cocktail preceding four courses of fare showcasing the flavors of Mexico and crafted by Tahona’s Executive Chef Adrian Villareal, who has worked in celebrated kitchens around the world including the internationally famous Noma.
And for those looking to add a little something sweet to their Valentine’s Day, Tahona will also offer chocolate and mezcal pairings in its tasting room throughout February 14 and February 15 (separate dinner reservations are not required). Advance reservations for dinner and/or a chocolate and mezcal pairing experience are highly recommended; Valentine’s Day dinner is $80 per person, and Tahona’s chocolate and mezcal tasting experience is $30 per person. Reservations can be placed by calling 619.255.2090 or through here.
Known around town for not taking reservations, all Buona Forchetta locations will be taking reservations (yep – even for parties of two) on Valentine’s Day only.
Bull & Bourbon Steakhouse at Sycuan Casino Resort will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special “Sweethearts & Steaks” five-course dinner on Friday, February 14. The “Cut Above” steakhouse will offer specials such as their Lobster & SMoked Purple Peruvian Potato Salad, Shrimp Scampi, Crab Cakes, Harissa Half Chicken, Beef Wellington, Market Fish, Chateaubriand for 2, Roasted Lobster Tails. Finish off the night with their rich Red Velvet Cake for two. The prix fixe menu will be available for one night only from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. starting at $75 per person. For reservations, please visit here or call (619) 659-3374.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Lionfish Modern Coastal Cuisine, the premier dining destination located inside Pendry San Diego. Enjoy a special three-course tasting menu on Friday, February 14 from Executive Chef JoJo Ruiz. The James Beard Smart Catch Leader restaurant will offer specials such as their Fresh Sashimi Rose, Beet Tartare, Hanger Steak, and Baja Striped Bass. Guests will finish off the intimate dining experience with a mouthwatering dessert including a choice of the You Melt My Heart Chocolate Heart with mousse and fresh berries or a Lemon Yuzu “Meringue” pie. The tasting menu will be available for one night only starting at $95 per person. Guests can also enjoy a limited dinner menu at the bar and lounge. For reservations, please click here or call (619) 738-7200.
TCL Chinese Theatres, located on the second floor, will offer a Sweethearts Movie Package for couples to bundle up, eat, sip and enjoy a movie of their choice. The package includes two movie tickets; charcuterie board; bottle of house wine or one Candy Goblet to share; four chocolate covered strawberries; and a customizable Valentine’s Day card priced at $99 per couple.
Located right on the bay overlooking the Point Loma Marina is Jimmy’s Famous American Tavern, serving high quality, classic American fare. Jimmy’s is the perfect spot to take your sweetie for a relaxed evening of great food, great drinks and great service. Catch the sunset and stroll the docks or enjoy a pre-meal cocktail on the open patio. In addition to the regular menu, which boasts freshly-prepared comfort food as well as a modern bar program, Jimmy’s is offering a special three-course Valentine’s Day prix fixe special. Reservations can be made through Yelp or by calling 619.226.2103.
This Valentine’s Day take a trip to downtown Rancho Santa Fe and enjoy the night at one of San Diego’s award-winning restaurants, Mille Fleurs. A special prix fixe menu will be offered featuring 4-courses highlighting the seasonal winter harvest for $145/pp. In the mood for some piano tunes? Then a table by their newly renovated bar is the experience for you with live piano tunes by long-time piano man Randy Beecher starting at 7pm. To end the evening don’t forget to order Pastry Chef Sam Bird’s house-made and hand-dipped chocolates featuring seasonal flavors to enjoy at the restaurant or at home. Reservations can be made through OpenTable or by calling 858.756.3085.
Looking to charm a special someone? Take them to Carlsbad’s Jeune et Jolie, a restaurant whose name translates to “young and beautiful” and is known for wooing diners with its globally-inspired French menu, exploratory cocktails, and impeccable interiors. The restaurant’s blush-hued velvet booths and impeccably-plated French nouveau cuisine offer a youthful romance — a little bit punk and a little bit precious.
With a raw oyster bar, absinthe on tap and French rock and roll playing from their vintage reel to reel, Jeune et Jolie has that special je ne sais quoi perfect for a first date or 20 year anniversary. Stop in early to catch the Premier Hour (before 6 pm) when dinner is a modest $44 for any Un, Deux and Trois on the menu. Or drop by later in the evening on Friday and Saturdays from 9 pm – close, when Jeune et Jolie hosts L’Heure Verte (or “The Green Hour”). Absinthe drip or frappes are ½ off and absinthe cocktails are only $6! Reservations can be made through OpenTable or by calling 760.637.5266.
For those looking for a little lighter option or something to get those romantic juices flowing, look no further than Holy Matcha’s The Love Latte featuring maca, shatavari, matcha and cacao, and available the entire week of Valentine’s Day.
Take a stroll by Embarcadero Park with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day and enjoy some fresh catch at Gaslamp’s favorite, The Oceanaire. Start at the raw bar for some fresh oysters and a seasonal Valentine’s cocktail, the Rose d’Amour comprised of a special blend of Wheatly vodka, Maschino prosecco, raspberry puree, rose syrup, fresh lemon juice and garnished with fresh raspberries. For the main event in the main dining room enjoy Chef Daniel Barron’s special Surf & Turf for two including a 50oz prime black angus tomahawk ribeye and a 1lb lobster tail for $169. End the night with the classic baked alaska flambéed tableside and a special glass of port or wines by the glass. Reservations can be made here or by calling (619) 858.2277.
You’ll fall in love with your date and the San Diego skyline when you dine at the iconic Mister A’s. This timeless dining destination offers a modern blend of casual elegance and sophisticated dishes, making it the ideal setting for a one-on-one dinner or lunch date. A special seasonal 4-course prix fixe menu will be available at $145/pp highlighting the best in Californian winter produce. Pair the seasonal flavors with a glass or bottle from their extensive wine list and take in the the panoramic views of the city and sparkling San Diego bay. Reservations can be made through OpenTable or by calling 619.239.1377.
For a low-key, but romantic Valentine’s Day, skip the reservations and cliché prix fixe menus! Take your date to LOLA 55, East Village’s answer for chic fine casual dining. Enjoy elevated tacos like the Filet Mignon taco (mesquite grilled filet, mash, avocado mousse, smoky pasilla salsa, crispy leeks, jalapeño toreado) and vegan Squash Blossom Relleno taco (housemade beet soyrizo, almond “cream cheese”, poblano salsa, potato chicharrones, cilantro) as well as craft cocktails — try the Lola (tequila, lime, grapefruit cordial, pasilla salt rim) or the Uptown Tijuana (chipotle-infused mezcal, honey, lemon). And don’t forget dessert! Make your evening even sweeter with an order of LOLA 55’s house-made churros and horchata ice cream.
For those in the mood for a cozy Valentine’s Day date night, look no further than Carruth Cellars’ Little Italy Wine Garden. Nestled behind their tasting room on Kettner Blvd, Carruth Cellars’ secluded patio serves as an urban oasis amongst the hustle and bustle of one of San Diego’s busiest culinary neighborhoods. Cuddle up with your date on the gorgeous (and dog-friendly) patio, share a bottle of Carruth Cellars’ award-winning locally made wine, order a cheese board and you’re set for the night! In addition to their regular wine list, for Valentine’s Day, Carruth will be offering discounted bottles of their special Four Play blend (10% off for public and 30% for members) at all locations.
Puesto’s pastry chef Erik Aronow created a Valentine’s Day Dessert special – a Lychee Custard featuring a lychee curd, coconut shortbread and raspberry powder. Available at all Puesto locations starting on Valentine’s Day and going through the weekend while supplies last.
You’d be hard pressed to find a more romantic destination than The Goat. Serving a $70, three-course menu for the occasion, guests have options like Veal Chop Oscar with lobster,
bearnaise, heirloom broccoli and herb roasted tomatoes or a Ricotta, Pea & Truffle Ravioli featuring shiitake, peppers, spinach, cream and Grana shaved black truffle.
Celebrate an endless day of love at Sugar Factory American Brasserie with the Early Love Birds offering from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. which will include half-priced bottle of champagne with the purchase of an appetizer and entrée; one shared Smoking Candy Goblet and Sampler Platter for $40; or two free movie tickets with any purchase over $60 redeemable starting on Feb. 15.
Lovebirds may also toast to the night in Sugar Factory American Brasserie with a three-course prix fixe dinner menu that includes: tomato bisque; 8 oz. grilled Buckhead prime filet mignon brick chicken; velvet fondue; and more available for $65 per person.
The romantic, waterfront restaurant on Mission Bay will offer a four-course, prix-fixe from Executive Chef Andrew Reyes. Highlights include wood-roasted Kumiai oysters, Tahitian
vanilla beets & citrus, smoked Hawaiian wahoo, and salted coconut caramel pot de crème. The price is $70 per person (excluding tax/fees/gratuity) with optional wine pairings for $35. Book via OpenTable.
The Valentine’s celebrations start early and last all weekend at Water Grill. A $70, three-course dinner will be offered on February 13th, 15th and 16th. For the big day itself, a special $75, three-course menu is available and features delicious dishes like Wild Pacific Swordfish served a la plancha with spaghetti squash and tapenade or Wild South African Lobster Tails with drawn butter and lemon.
Spearheaded by Chef Steve Hamilton, the first course offers options such as West Coast Oysters, Scallop Crudo and Carrot Ginger Bisque, while the second course includes Boar Gnocchi, Jsix Salad and Roasted Carrots. Diners can then move on to select their third course, which consists of Seafood Puttanesca, Mary’s Airline Chicken Breast, Surf and Turf and Wild Mushroom Risotto. Finally, for dessert, couples can indulge in Fruit and Chocolate, Warm Toffee Pudding Cake or an Apple Tart.
The downtown San Diego restaurant will be offering their Valentine’s Day dinner menu from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m., priced at $65 per person, with $35 wine pairings.
Instead of roses this year, gift your loved ones something that tastes as good as its smells, like the SusieCakes bouquet of cupcakes, or show someone your heart beats for them with the Heart Shaped Frosted Sugar Cookies.
Spend a romantic evening overlooking the ocean at Cannonball on the Mission Beach Boardwalk at Belmont Park this Valentine’s Day. Dine with us for a special prix fixe four-course dinner 4 pm-close, and soak up the sounds of live acoustic music by Latin guitarist, Israel Maldonado from 5-8 pm.
Savor your special night with a four-course prix fixe meal from our award-winning menu, plus your choice of either a 14oz. beer, or house red, white, or sparkling wine for just $90 per couple. Wine and sake specials will be available, as well as the regular dinner menu. Reservations start at 4 pm and fill up fast. Create sweet memories as the sun sets, the sky darkens, and you warm up the night on the heated rooftop under the stars at Cannonball.
This Valentine’s Day make sure you get Leid at our Valentine’s Day Brunch. We will set the mood with some tropical beats by the infamous, DJ Jeramiah James at 10 AM. Get funky with our tropical themed cocktails by Cutwater Spirits & got bottomless with our famous mimosas! Show your date how flexible you are with The Duck Dive legendary Limbo contest! Make this Valentine’s Day one you’ll never forget at Duck Dive!
Calling all craft-beer-loving couples – celebrate Valentine’s Day with us at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station! We’re keeping it laid-back with some tantalizing special menu items and a rom-com under the stars. Reservations recommended for dinner; movie screening starts at 8pm and is first come, first served.
Are you looking for the perfect romantic activity for this Valentine’s Day? Perhaps something a little more exciting and adventurous than the usual date night? Why not come aboard a 90 foot yacht and enjoy breath-taking views of San Diego as you cruise the bay!
Our Valentine’s Day Cruise will include complimentary Champagne, delicious Appetizers, and great music. You don’t wanna miss out on the “Love Boat” this year!
Treat your Valentine and join us this Friday as we get romantic at Kettner Exchange with a 5 course prix fixe menu and optional wine pairing.
Bleu Bohème will offer guests a très romantique three-course ‘Saint Valentin’ dinner and celebratory cocktail. Priced at $75 per person, the meal will include dishes such as crêpe de homard, Maine lobster crepe with mascarpone, asparagus and white truffle-carrot sauce; saumon “Oscar,” pan-roasted Faroe Island salmon with crab, saffron-risotto cake, asparagus, balsamic tomato salad and sauce béarnaise; coquilles St. Jacques, sea scallops served with broccolini, butternut squash purée, fingerling potatoes and sherry port reduction; pain d’épice, warm gingerbread with strawberry confiture and caramel ice cream; and more. The Saint Valentine Martini, made with Flor de Cana rum, Grand Marnier, Fonseca #27 port and fresh lime juice, will be available for $14.
Primavera Ristorante will celebrate ‘San Valentino’ with a romantic prix fixe dinner. The three-course menu is priced at $75 per person and includes dishes such as casino delle ostriche, baked oysters on the half shell topped with bread crumbs, brunoise roasted peppers and smoked bacon; ravioli di aragosta, lobster-stuffed ravioli with a tomato-vodka cream sauce; capesante scottate, seared scallops with tomato thyme fondue, crispy onion strings and balsamic glaze; cheesecake al lampone, fresh raspberry lemon cream cheese filling with graham cracker crust; and more.
BANKERS HILL BAR + Restaurant will celebrate with a prix fixe dinner, priced at $55 per person, and optional wine pairings with each course, priced at $28. The three-course meal will include dishes such as roasted salmon with bacon-braised lentils and winter greens; braised beef short ribs with horseradish-potato puree, roasted baby carrots and red wine sauce; wild mushroom and ricotta ravioli with lemon-butter sauce, roasted mushrooms, Parmesan and port wine sauce; brownie sundae with coffee ice cream, pretzel crunch and salted caramel; and more.
Experience the romance of the Greek Isles with dinner and wine at Mezé Greek Fusion. The celebratory menu, priced at $80 per couple, will include a bottle of house wine followed by saganaki, pan seared kasseri cheese flambéed in brady served with pita. For entrée selections, guests will have a variety of choices, including: gyro, slow-roasted and marinated beef and lamb topped with onions, tomatoes and tzatziki, served with pita; or chicken souvlaki, grilled Greek kabob served with basmati rice, sautéed vegetables and tzatziki; among others.
Say, ‘te amo mucho,’ at Havana 1920. 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 including plantain chips, ham croquettes and picadillo-stuffed potato. For the second course, couples will share a salad, followed by main course selection, including: lechón asado, classic Cuban-style marinated roasted pork; and Sergio’s vegetarian paella, a traditional saffron rice dish served with asparagus, mushrooms, bell peppers, sweet plantains and Caribbean avocados.
Watch your favorite classic romance movies throughout Valentine’s Week (2/5 to 2/19) at Cinepolis! Enjoy 2x points on all entrees & desserts when dining in during your movie!
Paint your own pottery on Valentine’s Day! $10 per couple with sweet treats provided. Bring in your own wine, beer or any appetizer for a complete date night.
Casa Sol y Mar is spicing up the holiday with their four-course Valentine’s Day Menu for two for $65. The menu features a choice of dishes such as Tequila Lime Shrimp and Mango Chipotle Chicken, and is finished with a Sweetheart Flan or Mexican Chocolate Mousse.
Davanti Enoteca is celebrating the week of love with a special holiday menu from Feb. 12-16. The menu will feature authentic Italian options like their Burrata Con Aragosta with poached lobster and sun-kissed tomato basil or their Bistecca Con Patate of an herb-crusted prime rib and a horseradish cream.
Sidecar Doughnuts is adding some sweetness to the holiday with their seven different Valentine’s Day doughnut flavors such as Red Wine Chocolate, Valentine’s Cake, and Blueberries & Champagne. Give your sweetheart an extra treat with their Be My Valentine Variety featuring a box of the seasonal tastes.
This Valentine’s Day, couples can create memories on an experience-based, budget-friendly date – a guided kayak tour with La Jolla-based ocean adventure and apparel company, Everyday California. For couples located in or traveling to America’s Finest City, Everyday California provides daily kayak tours in the La Jolla Ecological Reserve, a Marine Protected Area that boasts one of the highest concentrations of sea life in the entire state.
The tour explores La Jolla’s Seven Sea Caves and offers a unique, close-up glimpse of sea lions sunbathing on rocks and the California state fish, the bright orange Garibaldi. Perfectly timed,
February is whale watching season in San Diego and kayakers can spot these massive sea creatures swimming beneath them. In addition to kayak tours, Everyday California provides stand up paddle boarding and surf rentals and lessons – another great way to spend the day for the adventurous couple.
Afterwards, head down the street to Barbarella, a local hot spot, and show your Everyday California receipt to receive two complimentary specialty cocktails. This package is bookable using code “Valentines”
For the Vacationers (or Stay-cationers!)
Carté Hotel will be offering 20% off best available rates for Valentine’s Day, along with rose petal evening turndown service, a sunset champagne toast for two at Above Ash Social and a fixed dinner for two at Watercolors, priced at $100 (excluding taxes and gratuities).
Watercolors three-course menu will consist of the following, along with wine pairings for each course:
1st Course ( Choice of ) Citrus Hamachi Tiradito – Aji Amarillo + white shoyu + citrus segments; Charred Broccoli – Broccoli tzatziki + crispy quinoa + feta.
2nd Course ( Choice of ) Porcini Stuffed Chicken – Pecorino cream + porcini jus + charred greens; Poached Halibut – Ajo Blanco sauce + green grapes + lemon oil + crispy prosciutto;
Seared Duck Breast – Brown butter seared cabbage + stone fruit gastrique.
3rd Course ( Choice of ) Chocolate Textures or Meyer Lemon Granita.
Cupid’s Deal at Porto Vista Hotel features a romantic Valentine’s Day weekend getaway. Porto Vista is offering a special Cupid’s Deal with a $99 classic room package complementary with a bottle of champagne and breakfast for two at GlassDoor Restaurant.
Celebrate your love where the city kisses the sea, and a romantic getaway can include both a night on the town and a quiet waterfront retreat. With a complimentary bottle of champagne, a sweet treat for two, late checkout and discounted amenity fee, InterContinental San Diego provides guests with a seamless and unforgettable experience.
For the single yet ready to mingle
Anti-Valentine’s Day Bash: San Diego singles are invited to celebrate Anti-Valentine’s Day at GlassDoor Restaurant on Feb. 14 starting at 6 p.m. Singles will mingle amongst festive décor such as black roses. There will be house music, complimentary V-Day themed cookies, $3 Cupid Shots, $7 Love Berry Potion and $9 Ruffino Sparkling Rosé. Attendees may also bring a photo of their ex and hang it on the hotel’s “Their Loss Wall” to receive a free well shot.
No Valentine? No problem. 5th & Sky Rooftop Gardens & Lounge will host a “Singles in the Sky” rooftop party complete with picturesque views, specialty cocktails and live music beginning at 5 p.m. Specialty cocktails inspired by popular dating apps will be available for $10, including: Love Me Tinder, a combination of watermelon vodka, lemonade and fresh watermelon slices; Rumble on Bumble, made with whisky, orange juice, fresh berries and basil; and Coming Unhinged, made with Smoke Tree Rosé, tequila, grapefruit slices, strawberry slices and peach liqueur. The Heartbreaker shot will also be available for $5.
The resurrection of the supreme ruler of all holidays is going down 5PM-9PM on 2/14 at Lomaland & the Far West Lounge. If you’d like to take shelter from the hurricane of overpriced, overrated trash candy and societal pressure to declare your relationship status, we’re here for you. There will be costume contests & spooky beers, so mark your calendars.
Elicit Bar & Lounge at Sycuan Casino Resort will host a Single and Mingle night for Valentine’s Day on Friday, February 14 from 7:00 p.m. -11:00 p.m. Enjoy a night fun, artisanal cocktails and light bites mixing with San Diego locals. The ticketed night will include open bar with well libations, beers, red and white wine along with an assorted Sushi Station complete with Tuna, Yellowtail, Shrimp, California Rolls and Spring Rolls, Alaskan Crab Dumplings and Miso Chicken Skewers for $55 per person from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. For reservations, please visit here or call (619) 659-3372
The Smoking Gun presents Fishin’ For Some Kissin’- Singles Night’! The Gun is getting steamy this Valentine’s Day…Oh, so sssmokin’ hot to find singles some fun and love! Feel the love at the Gun this Feb.14, startin’ at 9pm with special guest appearance, Singles games & activities, live DJ Dub B and Uncle Ed’s DMN GOOD Vodka drinks specials.
It is time for a reverse party! Come be single and mingle on the Rooftop at Andaz San Diego for Valentine’s Day. Great music, views, drink specials and of course singles! SWIPE Right and have a great time! No cover so you can buy drinks for your future better half!
FLUXX will celebrate galentines, singles and lovers alike with a Valentine’s Day bash. The party will include live music by San Diego’s hottest DJs and featured champagne and strawberries offerings for groups of “galentines.”
Prohibition will host an anti-Valentine’s Day celebration complete with a complimentary shot of whiskey when guests rip up a photo of their ex at the bar.
Champagne French Bakery Cafe is bringing puppy love for Valentine’s Day. Bring your furry friend in on Feb. 14th for a FREE treat for the both of you. Pick up desserts for your sweetheart while you’re there, including a box of chocolate covered strawberries for $19.99.
Happy Valentine’s Day! 😍