Restaurants set the mood for romantic Valentine’s Day dining
San Diego is prime with romantic and casual dining options this Valentine’s Day.
All menus are served on Valentine’s Day, unless indicated. All prices are per person, unless indicated. Reservations are required.
Avant at Rancho Bernardo Inn boasts a four-course menu featuring Veal Osso Buco, a classic New York strip and a savory Cauliflower and Walnut Ravioli. 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive, San Diego. $85; $120 with wine pairings. (844) 226-2044.
Backyard Kitchen + Tap is serving couples a three-course menu. Highlights include the Mushroom Ravioli, Chipotle Rubbed Sirloin and the Brick Jerk Chicken. 832 Garnet Ave., San Diego. $49.95 for two. (858) 859-2593.
BiCE’s Valentine’s Day guests will select two dishes plus a dessert from its three-course menu. Items include Chef Cassineri’s Zucchini Soup with vegetable brunoise and truffle mascarpone mousse, Pan Seared Wild Salmon, and Whole Wheat Fettuccine with wild mushrooms, radicchio, Brussels sprouts, Parmesan, thyme and farm egg. 425 Island Ave., San Diego. $53. (619) 239-2423 or bicesandiego.com
Bistro 39 Restaurant & Lounge will offer a variety of options such as Roasted Golden Beets & Frisee Salad, Pepper Crusted Filet Mignon and a rich Chocolate Lava Cake. 3939 Ocean Bluff Ave., San Diego. $35. (858) 720-9500.
Bleu Boheme is treating guests to a French “Saint Valentin” menu. Entrée options include a choice between carré d’Agneau, rack of lamb roasted with linguiça and mushroom bread pudding; saumon “Oscar,” fresh King salmon pan roasted with crab; filet mignon “Rossini,” filet mignon on foie gras croutons with truffle butter and Madeira sauce; coquilles Saint Jacques, sea scallops with farro saffron risotto; or gnocchi à la parisienne, made with Parmesan dumplings, Brussels sprouts, smoked duck bacon and white wine sauce. 4090 Adams Ave., San Diego. $75; optional Saint Valentine Martini will be available for $14. (619) 255-4167.
Bo-beau Kitchen + Garden will offer diners a choice of a hearty New York Baseball Steak, Seared Scallops, a festive Red Wine Bucatini or the C’est la Vegan tofu and vegetable dish. 8384 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa. $49.95. (619) 337-3445.
Campfire is offering a multicourse menu, “Cupid’s Feast.” Guests can choose from the regular menu, along with its multicourse, “Feast” option. The meal will be served family-style and will feature a few Valentine’s Day specials. 2725 State St., Carlsbad. $55. (760) 637-5121 or thisiscampfire.com
Carne Prima will offer a four-course menu with entree choices such as Short Rib Braised in Sake and Chianti, Pan Seared Seabass and Heart-shaped Lobster Ravioli. A special Valentine’s Day thyme-infused champagne cocktail will be offered. 314 Fifth Ave., San Diego. $70. (619) 230-5475 or carneprima.com
Chandler’s Restaurant is offering a Valentine’s prix fixe menu featuring entree choices such as Ponto Surf + Turf, Sesame Seared Ahi, Bourbon Brined Jidori Chicken and Farmers Market Pappardelle. Cape Rey, 1 Ponto Road, Carlsbad. $64. (760) 683-5500 or chandlerscarlsbad.com
Coasterra’s three-course Valentine’s dinner features a Whole Roasted Maine Lobster or an 8-ounce Center Cut Filet Mignon. 880 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego. $74.95. (619) 814-1300 or cohnrestaurants.com
Cusp Dining & Drinks offers stunning ocean views from the 11th floor of Hotel La Jolla. Chef Ingrid Funes will offer a three-course meal served with a complimentary glass of bubbly. 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla. $55. cusprestaurant.com
The Cork & Craft’s executive chef, Scott Cannon, will dish up a four-course prix fixe menu with selections like the Seared Ahi with avocado puree; Lobster and Truffle Risotto; and Wagyu Top Sirloin. Pastry chef Brenda Gonzalez has created a French Cruller and special “Pretty in Pink” dessert. 16990 Via Tazon, San Diego. $60. (858) 618-2463 or thecorkandcraft.com
Newly opened Crown Landing’s is offering a three-course menu that includes entrees such as seared Loup De Mer, Roasted Beef Tenderloin and Stuffed Delicata Squash. 4000 Coronado Bay Road, Coronado. $105 per couple. (619) 424-4000.
Culinary Hedonism is hosting three Valentine’s Day aphrodisiac dinners Friday and Saturday for singles and Tuesday for couples. Chef Peter Calley will prepare an eight-course gourmet tasting menu paired with sparkling wine cocktails. Location will be revealed the day before to confirmed guests. RSVP to chef Peter Calley at firstname.lastname@example.org, with your name, cell phone number and guests’ names. $125.
Fig Tree Cafe in Liberty Station boasts a three-course menu with a choice of two entrees: Kurobuta Pork Chop, the Fish of the Day (ask server for details), the Portobello Napoleon, the Lobster Ravioli or the 14-ounce New York Steak. Two complimentary glasses of bubbly will be poured for each couple. 2400 Historic Decatur Road, Suite 103, San Diego. $42.50. (619) 821-2044 or figtreeeatery.com
The Hake’s chef Aarti Sanghavi will prepare a globally-inspired four-course menu that includes Oysters and Albacore, Grilled Octopus and Potatoes and Whole Fried Bass with Shrimp Fried Rice. Dessert options are Strawberry Tres Leches with Mascarpone Mousse and Pumpkin Seed Brittle or Chai Spiced Panna Cotta with Chocolate and Cinnamon Sugar. 1250 Prospect St., La Jolla. $75. thehake.com
Herb + Wood’s chef Brian Malarkey will prepare a four-course prix fixe menu with dishes such as Beef Carpaccio, Oxtail Gnocchi and Pan Roasted Seabass. Dessert options include Tiramisu and Pavlova. 2210 Kettner Blvd., San Diego. $84.69. (619) 955-8495.
Herringbone La Jolla will pay homage to the restaurant’s signature “Fish Meats Field” philosophy. Chef Jessie Glessner will prepare a four-course menu with dishes such as Tempura Fried Squash Blossoms, Grilled Wild Prawns and Wood Oven Roasted Striped Bass. 7837 Herschel Ave., La Jolla. $88. (858) 459-0221 or herringboneeats.com/la-jolla
HOPE 46’s executive chef Ryan Gilbert will prepare an original menu featuring dishes such as Lobster Bisque, Scottish Salmon in sparkling wine cherry butter and Strawberry Parfait with Limoncello-infused lemon cake. $55. The Lafayette Hotel, 2223 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego. (619) 296-2101.
Jsix’s executive chef Anthony Sinsay and sous chef Ashley Kato will prepare a decadent Valentine dinner with dishes such as Pacific Oysters served with a passion fruit mignonete, Maine Lobster Tagliatelle and Chocolate Pot de Creme, a coffee streusel with candied citron for dessert. 616 J St., San Diego. $55. (619) 531-8744 or jsixrestaurant.com
Juniper & Ivy chefs Richard Blais and Jon Sloan are creating a unique menu for Valentine’s Day, “Put a Fork in It.” The chefs’ four-course menu features a variety of select offerings. 2228 Kettner Blvd., San Diego. $95. juniperandivy.com
Kitchen 1540 offers a four-course menu with main entrees choices like Wagyu Ribeye with truffle polenta; Baja Striped Bass; or Quinoa Cakes with charred baby broccoli, baby carrots and Romesco (Spanish sauce). Leave room for dessert with selections such as Dark Chocolate Strawberry Bar, Kaffir and White Chocolate Bombe or Ginger Arbequina Cake. L’Auberge Del Mar, 1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. $89. (858) 793-6460.
Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge offers a casual atmosphere for Valentine’s Day dining. The menu features a choice of farm fresh entrees, including Seared Diver Scallops, House-made Ricotta and Winter Squash Ravioli or a Braised Short Rib. 1015 Orange Ave., Coronado. $65. leroyskitchenandlounge.com
Madison on Park’s prix fixe Valentine menu includes entrees such as Crusted Pork Chop, Seared Scallops, Kale & Mozarella Ravioli and Warm Lentils and Squash. Featured desserts (one per couple) include Raspberry Chocolate Heart and Gelato flavors like cinnamon vanilla, candied figs and fresh cherries and wild blueberry balsamic. 4622 Park Blvd., San Diego. $65; $19 optional wine and cocktail pairings; $69 bottle Champagne. (619) 269-6566.
Marina Kitchen chef Aron Schwartz has curated a special three-course menu with options such as Lobster Tamale, Brandt Beef Prime Short Rib, and Valrhona Milk Chocolate Bombe for desert. Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, 333 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego. $55; $29 additional wine pairing for each course. (619) 234-1500.
Monello’s is offering two options from its cheese wheel: Risotto with imported truffle or Spaghetti all’Amatriciana. Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday. 750 W. Fir St., San Diego. $40. (619) 501-0030 or Lovemonello.com
Red Card Cafe executive chef Alfonso Arellano will offer a three-course prix fixe dinner with choices such as Candy Striped Beet Salad, Brown Butter Scallops on Herb Risotto and Espresso and Cocoa Rubbed Ribeye in a Blackberry Demi Glaze. 4140 Morena Blvd., San Diego. $38; $12 additional wine pairings. (858) 291-8030 or redcardcafecom
Rustic Root invites sweethearts to celebrate with a three-course prix fixe dinner. Menu highlights include Roasted Red Bell Pepper Soup, Roasted Jidori Chicken Roulade and a Chocolate S’mores Cake, 535 Fifth Ave., San Diego. $50. (619) 232-1747.
San Diego Museum of Art is hosting an after-hours, Valentine’s Day-themed tour. Following the tour, stop by the May S. Marcy Sculpture and Garden at Panama 66 for a picnic basket for two filled with gourmet sandwiches, a cheese or vegan plate, assorted chocolate truffles and a bottle of bubbly, wine or craft beer of your choice. Tours are offered every half hour from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. All-inclusive cost per couple: $95 members; $110 nonmembers. 1450 El Prado, San Diego. sdmart.org
Seasons Restaurant offers couples a three-course meal under the stars. Entree choices include Venison Loin with quinoa, beet root and currant; Ahi Tuna with pine nuts, fennel and lovage; or Ricotta Gnocchi with kale, truffle and lemon. Finish with a choice of Dark Chocolate Semifreddo with hazel nut, branded cherries and meringue or Rhubarb Anna Cotta with rose petal and pomegranate. Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara, 7210 Blue Heron Place, Carlsbad. $70; $90 with wine pairings. (760) 603-3700.
Seersucker Del Mar’s new executive chef, Cesar Oceguera, will craft a four-course prix fixe menu with dishes such as Pear Carpaccio, Scallops and Black Forest Cherry Mouse. 12995 El Camino Real, Suite 121, Del Mar. $75. (858) 369-5700 or searsucker.com/delmar
Stake Chophouse + Bar is serving dinner for two featuring its signature American Wagyu and Grilled Lobster with truffle potato puree. Upgrade your dinner with custom wine pairings or a half-dozen fresh oysters. 1309 Orange Ave., Coronado. $120; $75 or $125 optional wine pairings; $20 for two glasses Gerard Bertrand Cremant with a half-dozen oysters. stakechophouse.com
Tasting Room Del Mar is dishing up a romantic movie-inspired four-course menu with plates such as “Pretty Woman” Strawberry Gazpacho and a down South “Notebook"-esque BBQ Chicken. 1435 Camino del Mar, Del Mar. $55 or $95 per couple. tastingroomdelmar.com
TidalRestaurant offers lovebirds bayfront views and an eight-course menu prepared by chef Danilo “DJ” Tangalin. Dinner begins with Foie Gras Macarons with chocolate shavings; Raw Oysters and Caviar; Charred Cabbage; Veal Sweet Risotto; Scallops; Kobe Beef with Arcadian potato, creamed kale, butternut squash and bone marrow bordelaise; and for dessert, Textures of Chocolate. Paradise Point, 1404 Vacation Road, San Diego. $95; $35 optional wine pairing. (858) 490-6363.
Twenty/20 Grill is offering a three-course prix fixe menu crafted by executive chef Julian Quinones and chef Ryan Coffey. Entree options include Surf and Turf, Scallop and Pork Belly, Grilled Opah and Octopus and Grilled Portobello and Quinoa. 5480 Grand Pacific Drive, Carlsbad. $65; $25 additional wine pairing. (760) 827-2500 or twenty20grill.com
The US Grant Hotel is hosting a three-course dinner and cabaret show presented by the Lamb’s Players Theater. The meal includes Charcuterie, Lobster Ravioli with Champagne Buerre Blanc,and Raspberry Chocolate Cake with white chocolate mocha sauce. 326 Broadway, San Diego. Tickets are $48 per person for seated chairs, sans dinner; $94 per person for a table. (619) 232-3121.
Union Kitchen + Tap is offering a dinner for two. The menu includes one shared appetizer, two entrees, one shared dessert and either a bottle of wine or bottle of bubbly. 333 Fifth Ave., San Diego. $95 per couple. (619) 795-9463.
Veladora Coastal Ranch offers guests a romantic three-course dinner and wine pairing. Menu highlights include Bouillabaisse with razor clams, uni butter, langoustine and fernet; Nettle Vichyssoise with potato croquette and candied mustard seed; and Brandt Rib Cap with duck yolk ravioli, black trumpets, grilled endive and bacon jus. Rancho Valencia, 5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe. $115; $55 additional for wine pairings. (858) 759-6246.
The Westgate Hotel’s executive chef Fabrice Hardel is serving a five-course, French-inspired dinner paired with French vintage wines. Chantal Roche and her trio will play love songs by Edith Piaf. 1055 Second Ave., San Diego. $179. (619) 238-1818 or westgatehotel.com
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