Still looking for something to do with that special someone? No worries, America’s Finest City has you covered. From elegant restaurants, to low-key eateries, and even a sushi-making class, you’ll find plenty of variety this year. So to find the best way to woo your boo, check out this Valentine’s Day guide.
Amaya La Jolla
On Friday, February 14, Chef Camron Woods’ dinner menu will feature romantic courses such as Maine Lobster “Pot Pie” with truffle potato purée and brandied lobster gravy and Petite Filet of Angus Beef with braised short rib, polenta, celery root and gremolata. Desserts include Chocolate Truffle Torte and Mini Cheesecake Trio. Amaya is also offering a Valentine’s lunch with crab and lobster bisque as one of their tasty options. The lounge and bar will be open all day –with sweet cocktail offerings like the Pink Lady Cosmos or the La Jolla Martini. For reservations, call 858-750-3695.
Cohn Restaurant Group
Every restaurant in the Cohn family will offer something special this Valentine’s Day. Standouts include the newly-opened Sea 180's decadent 4-course offering with options such as white truffle risotto, entrees like roasted duck breast, aged NY steak, pan seared Alaskan halibut, Cook's Pig Ranch pork belly or mushroom ravioli. Or join 100 Wines in Hillcrest for 3 French inspired courses and a complimentary glass of bubbly! Don't forget your sweets, all Cohn restaurants offer a divine dessert course. Restaurants include; Blue Point Coastal Cuisine, 333 Pacific, Indigo Grill, BO-beau kitchen + garden, Island Prime/ C Level, Vintana, The Prado, Gaslamp Strip Club, 100 Wines, Sea 180, The Melting Pot, Corvette Diner or BO-beau kitchen + bar. Prices range from $29.95-$64.95. To view full menus with pricings, visit www.cohnrestaurants.com
Cusp Dining & Drinks
Chef Donald Lockhart claims his four-course dinner is his version of love on a plate. Dishes will include Yukon Gold Potato and chive soup with toasted hazelnuts and a poached hen egg and ginger citrus halibut with rock shrimp gnocchi and tarragon Dijon béarnaise. The meal is completed with three special desserts: coconut limoncello ice cream cake, passion fruit and charred pineapple fool and a tangerine Mexican chocolate terrine. The dessert trio will also be available by itself for $10 in the bar for guests who want something sweet to go with the incredible view. Cusp’s prix fixe menu is $65 per person. For reservations or more information, visit www.cusprestaurant.com
Pacifica Del Mar
Executive Chef Stephanie O’Mary-Berwald’ Valentine’s Day menu will emphasize quality seafood cuisine. Starters will include sea scallop crudo with Thai chile, gingered citrus and shiso oil mesh and entrees like grilled swordfish with cauliflower, chickpeas and fennel-saffron compote. In addition to the al a carte menu, Pacifica will also offer wine and champagne specials for the evening. For more info, visit www.pacificadelmar.com
Chef Paul Rinaudo’s Valentine’s Day menu is a four-course romance-themed menu with Warm and Sexy Oysters with pancetta, arugula, gruyere and truffle butter, exotic mushroom ravioli in cognac sauce with fried sage and roasted swordfish prime rib for two. End the meal with fresh donut holes with whipped cream, salted caramel, and cassis jelly to dip and share. Spike’s dinner is $44 per person and available both Friday, Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 15. Visit www.spikeafricas.com for more information.
Regardless of your relationship status on Feb. 14, Saltbox has a couple of drinks they’d like you to meet. Try the Run around Sue, made with Pimm’s No. 1, strawberry-mint coulis and house made cucumber soda. Feel an instant connection to their Handsome Devil, a dapper drink of Herradura Silver tequila, cucumber water, lime and chili shrub with a dash of salt and pepper. In the end, you can keep things simple with Forgive and Fernet. Pair any canned beer from Saltbox’s list with a shot of Fernet. Each drink special is $10 for the evening. For more information, visit www.saltboxrestaurant.com
RA Sushi Bar Restaurant
Commit to a long term relationship with this downtown Japanese fusion resto. Fall in love with RA’s three-course dinner for two for $30. Because you can never have too much of a good thing, RA will offer their Valentine’s Day menu from Friday, Feb. 14 through Sunday, Feb. Visit www.rasushi.com/san-diego for more info.
Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge
Lovely Coronado offers "mainland" locals one of the quickest transitions from urban grit to pure coastal charm. Enjoy a special 2-course prix fixe menu with complimentary champagne toast for lunch, or a 3-course prix fixe menu with optional wine pairings for dinner. Lunch options will include crispy poke tacos, Cuban sandwiches, and more. Dinner options will include Dungeness crab fettuccine, Muscovy Duck Confit and much more. Lunch is $20 per person, and $55 per person for dinner. For reservations, visit www.leroyskitchenandlounge.com
On Feb. 14 between 4:30 and 9:30 p.m., Mille Fleurs will offer a three-course Valentine's Day dinner priced at $95 per person and created by Chef de Cuisine Martin Woesle. This romantic prix fixe dinner features choices including Rare Seared Duck Breast Carpaccio, a Duo of New York Steak and Filet, Braised Veal "Osso Bucco," Caramel Flan with Blood Oranges and more. View Mille Fleurs' Valentine's Day menu online at www.millefleurs.com/menus
Little Italy is heating up for Valentine’s Day with “Cupid’s Perfect Pairings,” an intimately-sized wine dinner aimed at couples and friends seeking out a novel experience around Valentine’s Day. Taking place Wednesday, February 12 between 7 and 10 p.m., this five-course dinner will be limited to 20 attendees and priced at $75 per person. At the private event, Davanti Enoteca will present the restaurant’s five top-selling wines of 2013, each paired with Chef de Cuisine Christopher Vera-Tudela’s rustic and Italian-inspired creations. Menu items will include Panama Cobia Crudo with blood orange, Poached lobster with sunkissed tomato aoli, arugula and toasted brioche and Julian apple bread pudding with apple butter, brandy sauce and candied walnuts. Reservations for Davanti Enoteca’s “Cupid’s Perfect Pairings” wine dinner can be placed by calling Davanti Enoteca directly at 619-237-9606.
Addison at The Grand Del Mar
For over-the-top luxury, visit the Addison in Del Mar on Valentine’s Day. Chef William Bradley has created a sumptuous seven-course Le Menu St. Valentine. His extravagant meal starts with an amuse-bouche, followed by Sake-Cured Kampachi or Kumamoto Oysters with caviar, champagne and sorrel granité. Next guests choose from Sea Bream or Shellfish Chawanmushi. The third course is Chef Bradley’s famous Coddled Farm Egg with ham, black truffles and lettuce. Then there’s Veal Deux Façon or Honey-Roasted Canard with apricots, onions and fennel; followed by Fourme D’Ambert with tamarind-raisin jam and peanuts. Orange Sherbet is the sixth course, and Valentine’s ends with a Café Mocha Tarte. This dinner is a cool $205 per person; $325 with wine pairings, exclusive of tax and gratuity. (The customary menu is not available on Valentine’s Day.) For reservations call 858-314-1900.
Amaya at The Grand Del Mar
Chef Matthew Sramek presents a four-course tasting menu to wow lovers. Guests will start with an Amuse Bouche of Winter Squash and Consommé. First Course choices are Chilled West Coast Oysters with Champagne Pearls or Sautéed Nantucket Bay Scallops; Second Course selections include Sautéed Filet of Mediterranean Red Mullet or Roasted Langoustine with House Cut Pasta and Caviar Nage; and Entrée options are Grilled Prime Beef Filet, Port Marinated Venison Loin or Seared Duck Breast – all served with accompaniments. For the romantic end: Chocolate Bombe with vanilla crème brûlée filling, boysenberry reduction and chocolate shortbread. $135 per person; $185 with wine pairings, exclusive of tax and gratuity. For reservations call 858-314-2727.
Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar
For a more casual affair, visit the newly-opened Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar in Mission Valley. They will offer their special Valentine’s specials from Friday, February 14th – Monday, February 17th. Specials will include sparking strawberry sangria with fresh strawberries, orange, lemon and lime for $7.95, shrimp and blue crab ravioli with champagne citrus cream sauces and mirepoix greens for $8.95 and a homemade strawberry cheesecake jar with graham cracker crumble and strawberry compote for $4.95. For more information, visit www.lazydogrestaurants.com
The European-styled, luxurious Westgate Hotel in downtown will offer a Valentine’s Dinner on Friday, February 14th as well as a Valentine’s Brunch on Sunday, February 16th. For dinner, guests can expect a five-course meal for $99 or $129 with a wine pairing, an elixir cocktail to start, and a rose and macaroons. Live Bossa Nova music by Greg Shelby will play in the background. For brunch, a classic Westgate buffet will be served at $45 per person, with special desserts such as red macaroons, and love songs played while you dine. For reservations or more information, visit www.westgatehotel.com
In addition to its full dinner menu, Truluck’s, known for its fresh seafood, will offer a three course prix-fixe menu for $100. Choices include Large Stone Crab Claws, Ribeye with a Petite Lobster Tail, a Filet and Crab Claw Pairing, Dutch Harbor Red King Crab and South African Lobster Tail. For dessert, choose from Chocolate Malt Cake, Sugar Free Coconut Cream Pie and Specialty Carrot Cake with your complimentary champagne toast. For reservations, visit www.trulucks.com
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar will offer a three course menu including a Pan-Seared Scallop, a choice of Caesar or Crisp House Salad and an Entrée Duo, choice of Salmon or Fresh Lobster Tail paired with a Petite Filet Mignon. With over 100 wines to choose from, couples can find the perfect bottle to complement their candle-lit celebration. Fleming’s Valentine’s Day menu begins at $59.95 per guest. For reservations, visit www.flemingssteakhouse.com
The Melting Pot
The Melting Pot La Jolla, famed for delicious fondue, will offer a five course prix-fixe menu priced at $86 per person. Highlights include Creamy Crab Fondue Starter, Strawberry Almond Salad and a main course of Lobster Tail, Raspberry Beaujolais Chicken and Filet Mignon. Save the best for last, as the dessert fondue will be a choice of Snickerdoodle, Dark Chocolate Wild Berry or White Chocolate Passion Swirl. Visit www.themeltingpot.com for more information.
Bertrand at Mister A’s
On February 14 from 4 p.m. - close, the iconic Bertrand at Mister A's will offer a three-course prix fixe dinner priced at $95 per person and created by Chef de Cuisine Stéphane Voitzwinkler. Options will include Caviar Topped Buck Wheat Blinis, Oven Roasted Baby Rack of Lamb, Chocolate Crème Brulee and more. Mister A's Valentine's Day dinner menu may be viewed online at www.bertrandatmisteras.com/menus/valentines-day.html.
At South Park’s charming neighborhood restaurant, Executive Chef Ricardo Heredia has crafted an inventive menu for guests to enjoy this Valentine’s Day. From a Sweet Potato Bisque to Moroccan Duck and Dover Sole, there’s something to satisfy all taste buds. And since no meal is complete without dessert, Chef Heredia has several to choose from including a decadent Nutella Panna Cotta or flavorful Pomegranate Sorbet. The chef’s 4-course menu is priced at $65, excluding tax and gratuity. Go to www.alchemysandiego.com for more info.
They say money can’t buy love, but a Prepkitchen reservation certainly won’t hurt this Valentine’s Day. Whether it’s an intimate dinner date or a fun group outing, Prepkitchen has your readers covered at all three locations with a $35 menu that allows them to choose any three items (starter, entree, dessert) from the dinner menu. Whether it’s the House made Gnocchi with pork sausage ragu or the always-popular Warm White Bean and Arugula Salad, there’s a little something for everyone. Visit www.prepkitchen.com for more information.
Whisknladle will play Cupid this Valentine’s Day. The award-winning La Jolla restaurant will offer a special 3-course $45 menu that lets guests select any three items from the dinner menu (starter, entree, dessert). From the signature Whisknladle Burger to the Charred Bone Marrow, the menu appeals to everyone from the basic to most adventurous eater. For more information, visit www.whisknladle.com
Green Dragon Tavern & Museum
Go see what the hype is all about at the new North County hotspot Green Dragon Tavern & Museum this Valentine’s Day. All weekend, guests can take a step back in time while treating their tastebuds to the colonial-era inspired venue's special 3-course menu. Highlights include Chef Craig Hastings' “Maple” Salad with duck confit, Goat Cheese and Chive Raviolis, and mouthwatering Cappucino Semifreddo. The menu is priced at $55 and includes a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. Visit www.greendragontaverca.com
Andaz San Diego
This Valentine’s Day Andaz San Diego will offer two romantic packages for guests to indulge in. The “Crush for the Night” package will offer guests a glass of champagne at check-in as they are escorted to their room, complete with one dozen long-stemmed red roses and a seductive couple’s intimacy kit, as well as complimentary Cadillac Escalade service within the Gaslamp Quarter. This package starts at $419 a night. The “All You Need is Love” package starts at $369 and include an in-room bottle of champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, a 2pm late check-out, welcome beverage on arrival, and complimentary Cadillac Escalade service within the Gaslamp Quarter. For reservations, visit www.sandiego.andaz.hyatt.com
Offering three separate overnight packages, the Westgate Hotel will offer guests something very special this romantic holiday. Packages will include the “Je t’aime” which will feature a five-course dinner with wine paring for two, and overnight stay in a premier room, parking, a red rose with chocolate truffles, and a half bottle of champagne all for $599. The “Mon amour” package will include a five-course dinner with wine pairings for two, an overnight stay in an Executive Suite, parking, a red rose, love quotes, chocolate truffles, and one bottle of champagne for $1,300. Finally, the “Etre amoureux” package will include a five-course dinner with wine pairings for two, with a chef cooking in the kitchen and butler service, a Presidential or Governor suite, parking, a dozen red roses, love quotes, one bottle of champagne, chocolate truffles, and a lover’s breakfast in bed, all for $3,100. To make reservation, visit www.westgatehotel.com
The Grand Del Mar
This year, The Grand Del Mar has created two special overnight packages for guests to indulge in. The first is called the “Pacific Romance Package” and includes overnight accommodations, “pour your own” berry-infused champagne cocktails upon arrival, a sunset picnic at the beach for two, including transportation, signature blanket to take home, cheese, charcuterie, and non-alcoholic beverages. This package is $540 excluding tax and gratuities. The second package is family-friendly and is called the “Grand Retreat”. This package includes a limousine ride to and from The Grand Del Mar within a 25-mile radius, for the adults, a couples classic, including a bath, wrap, and 60-minute massage, at The Spa with champagne and lunch for two at the Relaxation Pool, for the kids, an Explorer’s Club for up to two children (ages 5-12), including lunch. This package is $1,275, add a guestroom for special rates starting at $345, exclusive of hotel tax. For reservations, call 858-314-2020.
This cult cookie company that has been selling their unique and flavorful cookies since 2009, primarily at local farmer’s markets, will finally open its first location this Friday, February 14th, just in time for Valentine’s Day! Located at 3960 W. Point Loma Blvd., every person that comes to the store will receive a free cookie with purchase. Cookies are $2 a piece, and can be enjoyed individually or packaged into gift boxes. Traditional flavors like Red Velvet and Birthday Cake will be available, as well as specially-themed cookies like the Love Potion, a champagne cookie with a hint of orange zest, and the Caramel Sutra, made with semisweet chocolate chips, salted caramel, milk chocolate and macadamia nuts. For more information, visit www.thecravory.com
Tijon Fragrance Lab & Boutique
Visit San Diego’s only fragrance lab & boutique for a “Week of Love”. They will be hosting make-your-own perfume and cologne date nights from February 9-16. Choose from the Mix & Match Class, a 1-hour experience for $95 per person, which includes hands-on instruction, 12 pre-mixed oils and up to 3 additional oils, a bottle of handcrafted fragrance, a Tijon VIP gift bag, champagne and sweet treats. Or choose the Perfume 101 class, a 2.5 hour experience at $150 per person, which will include and education on the history of fragrance, a choice of over 300 essential oils, a bottle of handcrafted fragrance and a Tijon VIP gift bag valud at $75. For questions or reservations, call 619-821-8219.
Spa Gregorie’s and Cucina Enoteca
This Valentine’s Day visit Flower Hill Promenade in Del Mar. The award-winning Spa Gregorie’s is joining forces with CUCINA enoteca, the newly opened modern Italian kitchen from renowned local restaurateur Tracy Borkum, to offer an exclusive Del Mar date night idea---the “Spa Date for Two”. Sweethearts are invited to start their evening off at the spa for a luxurious couple’s massage or facial followed by dinner just across the promenade at CUCINA enoteca. This special offering includes the full spa service and a discounted voucher for dinner. Retail $199, (valued at $223). High-end upgrades available for the treatment, for more information visit www.spagregories.com. This offer runs through early Spring, for those interested in pampering post Valentine's Day.
Spark: Singles Night at Club M
This new offering at The Grand Del Mar is a great opportunity to meet new friends and just maybe that future special someone. On Friday, February 14, from 7pm – 1:30am, live entertainment will feature the Soultones, DJ Showtime and guest performers. There’s an All-night Happy Hour with Love on the Rocks specialty cocktails and Love Bites appetizers prepared by Chef Ernest Lopez. Raffle prizes for one lady and one gentleman will include a Dinner Date for Two at Club M, excluding alcohol. Attendees receive a raffle ticket at the door with RSVP at thegranddelmar.com/love. No cover charge. For VIP table reservations call 858-314-2700.
The award-winning Cafe Japengo’s Executive Chef Jerry Warner will offer a Valentine-themed couples sushi class on Saturday, Feb. 15 from noon - 2 p.m. This class will build on Chef Jerry’s popular monthly sushi classes with romance-inspired additions including a chocolate lava cake with a special Valentine twist, a tasting of three different Japanese beers, a red rose for each lady, and more. All materials and ingredients will be provided, for reservations or more information, visit www.cafejapego.com