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Last-minute Valentine’s Day restaurants in Santa Cruz area and Monterey

Pasta at Lago di Como in Santa Cruz
Pasta at Lago di Como in Santa Cruz
Lago di Como

Valentine’s Day is Friday – many restaurants in the Santa Cruz and Monterey areas are fully booked– but others are still available. I’ve listed a few that still have available reservations via OpenTable.com.

Here are my Valentine’s guides for other cities with menu highlights:

Also, Chaminade in Santa Cruz doesn’t have online reservations -- you need to call for availability -- but it does have two large dining areas, plus a few other Valentine’s-and-beyond specials worth reading about.

Chaminade (831-475-5600) is serving Friday dinner from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Executive Chef Kirsten Ponza has created a palate pleasing, heart pounding, three course prix fixe menu to be enjoyed at Linwood's Bar & Grill or the Sunset Dining Room. Guests will enjoy a choice of salad, entrees that include filet mignon, duck confit, double cut pork chop, petrale sole or a roasted wild mushroom lasagna, and a delectable dessert. Price is $65 per person not including tax or gratuity.

Here are Chaminade’s wine, spa, and hotel specials:

Sip & Savor Sparkling Wines of the World
On Saturday, February 15th, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Chaminade Resort & Spa is hosting a sparkling wines of the world tasting event. The package includes a sampling of four different types of sparkling wines including prosecco, cava, brut and blanc de blanc paired with savory menu items, a guest speaker who will share the nuances of champagnes and sparkling wines from grape to bottle and "how to" tips and demonstrations. Package price is $50 per person or $90 per couple plus tax and gratuity. For reservations and information, call 831-475-5600.

Spaaatacular Valentine's Day Treatments
The Spa at Chaminade has created two exclusive treatments featuring aphrodisiac ingredients guaranteed to heighten the senses of the most discerning spa goer - including Aphrodite herself! Be My Valentine package includes an antioxidant cocoa body wrap, a seasonal rosemary and peppermint facial, a glass of Gloria Ferrer champagne, and chocolate covered strawberries. Package price is $352 and includes a 20% savings and includes gratuity. Serenity for Two includes two 80-minute simply Zen massages in The Spa's couples room, followed by a relaxing reprise in a heated whirlpool on The Spa's private patio and topped off with a glass of Gloria Ferrer champagne and chocolate covered strawberries for two. Price is $376 and includes a 20% savings and includes gratuity. For reservations and information call The Spa at Chaminade at 831-465-3465. Both treatments will be offered February 1-28, 2014.

An Affair to Remember
Spend Valentine's weekend at Chaminade Resort & Spa overlooking Monterey Bay and enjoy luxurious accommodations for two, a bottle of sparkling wine or cider, chocolate covered strawberries, a $75 resort credit in Linwood's Bar & Grill and 20% off select spa services and spa products. Package prices start at $259, not including tax or resort fee. For reservations or information call 1-800-283-6569 or visit www.chaminade.com. This deal might be available later in February, as well.

VALENTINE’S DINNER VIA OPENTABLE – SANTA CRUZ AREA
As of 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, the following restaurants (listed alphabetically) still had selected Valentine’s Day dinner reservations available. Call or make reservations through OpenTable.com:

  • Café Mare (831) 458-1212
  • Chocolate the Restaurant (831) 427-9900
  • Hoffman’s Bistro (831) 420-0135
  • Johnny’s Harborside (831) 479-3430
  • Lago Di Como (831) 454-8257
  • Pearl of the Ocean (831) 457-2350
  • Rosie McCann’s (831) 426-9930

VALENTINE’S DINNER VIA OPENTABLE – MONTEREY AREA
As of 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, the following restaurants (listed alphabetically) still had selected Valentine’s Day dinner reservations available. Call or make reservations through OpenTable.com:

  • Domenico’s on the Wharf (831) 372-3655
  • the C restaurant & bar (831) 375-4800
  • Fish Hopper (831) 372-8543
  • Jacks-Portola Hotel & Spa (831) 649-2698
  • Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar (831) 372-2628
  • Tarpy’s Roadhouse (831) 647-1444
  • TusCA Ristorante (831) 372-1234

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