Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant Will Set The Mood For Romance With Dinner And Drink Pairings This Valentine’s Day


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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special someone at BANKERS HILL BAR + Restaurant, located at 2202 4th Ave., with a romantic prix fixe menu and beverage pairings exclusively on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

The meal will begin with an amuse-bouche course, a balsamic-glazed strawberry with fennel-whipped goat cheese atop a sourdough crostini. For the first course, guests may choose between chile verde soup and coriander shrimp with tomatillo-braised hominy, lime cream, pasilla pepper and tortilla strips; tuna sashimi served with crispy rice, ponzu, yuzu aioli, cilantro, marinated cucumber and avocado; BH wedge salad with Roquefort blue cheese, deviled egg, crispy onions, Applewood-smoked bacon and oven roasted tomatoes; artichoke pasta salad with olives, grapefruit, Romanesco and rosemary; or burrata and fried green tomatoes with creamy peppercorn vinaigrette, organic basil and Aleppo oil.

Main course selections include a choice of mushroom tortellini with roasted Brussels sprouts, shaved parmesan and truffle butter; spotted sand bass and saffron rice with braised fennel, red pepper chermoula, spinach and bouillabaisse broth; crispy chicken schnitzel served with cauliflower mashed potatoes, baby carrots, béarnaise, sautéed spinach and chicken jus; bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin with mustard-braised cabbage, garlic mashed potatoes and pomegranate jus; or balsamic-marinated skirt steak with scalloped potatoes, Broccolini and cabernet jus.

Dessert options include warm chocolate brownie with espresso Baileys ice cream, chocolate sauce and pretzel streusel; angel food cake with lemon curd and mixed berries; or butterscotch pudding with crème fraîche, pecan toffee and shortbread cookies.

The three-course Valentine’s Day menu will be priced at $45 per person. Beverage pairings, priced at $30, will include a choice of sparkling wine, wine, beer or a hand-crafted cocktail with each course. 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 or online at


BANKERS HILL BAR + Restaurant combines award-winning cuisine with signature drinks and eclectic architecture to form a treat for the senses at 2202 4th Ave. in Downtown San Diego. The Industrial-style design is made largely from repurposed materials with large unfinished doors lending to a welcoming indoor-outdoor atmosphere. The menu features an array of American favorites with a gourmet twist including the BH burger, barbecue pork tacos and the acclaimed parmesan truffle fries. BANKERS HILL is owned and operated by restaurateur Terryl Gavre and three-time James Beard Award nominee, Chef Carl Schroeder. The restaurant is open daily from 4:30 to close and offers happy hour from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. daily. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 619.231.0222 or visiting In addition to the downtown location, BANKERS HILL recently opened an outpost inside Terminal 1 at San Diego International Airport. More information may be found by following on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @BankersHillSD.


Terryl Gavre has been working in the restaurant business since the age of 15 and has become one of the better-known restaurateurs in Southern California. A native of Seattle, she initially got started in hospitality through a business which she started in her early 20s called “The Surrogate Wife,” a service in which she cooked, baked, grocery shopped and handled other domestic errands and duties for many of Seattle’s top professional athletes and television personalities. Gavre and her elite list of celebrity-bachelor clients attracted national media attention and she was able to integrate the compelling nature of their job into a made-for-television movie titled “This Wife for Hire.”

In 1992, Gavre used the revenue from the Hollywood production to move to San Diego and open her first restaurant, Cafe 222, which became the foundation for future dining ventures. In addition to Cafe 222, she partnered with famed chef Carl Schroeder opening BANKERS HILL BAR + Restaurant in 2010 and has introduced Bake Sale Bakery last summer in East Village. Her restaurants have received widespread acclaim by the Food Network, Gourmet Magazine and many other national outlets. Gavre writes often for her blog, “Peace, Love and Mayo,” which is available at


Chef Carl Schroeder is a three-time James Beard Award nominee and has worked at a number of notable restaurants across the country, teaming up with famed chefs such as Michael Mina at Aqua in San Francisco and Bradley Ogden at Lark Creek Inn in Larkspur, Calif., among others. The La Jolla, Calif., native opened Arterra Restaurant in Del Mar, Calif., with Ogden in 2002 and earned ‘Best Hotel Chef’ by the James Beard Foundation, ‘California Chef of the Year’ by the California Travel Industry Association and a rating of 29 out of 30 from the Guide. Schroeder ventured out on his own in 2006 to open MARKET Restaurant + Bar and later teamed up with restaurateur, Terryl Gavre, to launch BANKERS HILL BAR + Restaurant in San Diego in 2010. He has consulted for restaurants around the world and has been featured in national publications such as Bon Appétit, Gourmet Magazine and others.

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