Valentine’s Day 2020: Romance your sweetheart at these San Diego restaurants
Menus range from desserts and drinks to prix fixe meals for two to a la carte affairs complete with chocolate and bubbly
Will you be my Valentine? Valentine’s Day is Feb. 14. According to data from online reservation platform OpenTable and point-of-sale software company Toast, more than 30 percent of consumers will celebrate the holiday with their special someone. And restaurants will set the romantic stage with sophisticated menus, decadent desserts and Champagne toasts.
Here’s an extensive — although not complete — list of local establishments where you can dine on the second (right behind Christmas) most popular day of the year.
For the record:
11:37 a.m. Feb. 6, 2020This story was updated to reflect a new price for Addison’s eight-course tasting menu.
All menus are served on Valentine’s Day, unless indicated. All prices are per person, unless indicated. Reservations are required.
Drinks and desserts
SusieCakes is offering Valentine’s Day sweets for your sweetheart, including Mini Bouquet Boxes filled with rose-shaped frosted mini cupcakes, Sweetheart Sandwiches filled with SusieCakes buttercream and SusieCakes Heart-shaped Frosted Sugar Cookies. Personalize them with a special Valentine’s Day message. Locations: La Costa Town Square, 7610 Via Campanile, Suite 144, Carlsbad and 705 Caminito Court, Suite 0500, San Diego. susiecakes.com
Kaneh Co., a family-owned San Diego bakery that specializes in premium cannabis whole plant extract, will offer Valentine’s Day gourmet cannabis-infused edibles that includes brownies, confections, cookies and more, all crafted by renowned pastry chef Rachel King. Impress your crush with Red Velvet Cookies, with hints of cocoa and lots of white chocolate chips, or newer items like Strawberry Rhubarb Jellies and Butter Toffee Almond Milk Chocolates. Products are available at nearly all San Diego dispensary locations. For a complete list, visit kanehco.com
Eddie V’s will offer a combination of complimentary Chambord truffles with a complimentary glass of Moet Imperial Brut or Moet Rosé on Valentine’s Day Eve, Feb. 13. Locations: 1270 Prospect St., La Jolla and 789 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego. eddiev.com
Puesto pastry chef Erik Aronow has created a lychee custard for Cupid’s holiday. With a sweet, aromatic flavor, the custard is made with lychee curd, coconut shortbread and raspberry powder. Available Valentine’s Day weekend while supplies last. Locations: 789 W. Harbor Drive, San Diego and 1026 Wall St., La Jolla. eatpuesto.com
Holy Matcha will pour The Love Latte, made with maca (Peruvian ginseng), shatavari, matcha and cacao, the entire week of Valentine’s Day. Locations: 3118 University Ave., North Park and 201 Park Blvd., Unit 105, East Village. holymatchasd.com
Primavera Ristorante‘s spellbinding Love Potion #9 cocktail, is made with strawberry vodka, Chambord and pomegranate juice. 932 Orange Ave., Coronado. (619) 435-0454. primavera1st.com
Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant is throwing it back to the ‘80s with Every Sip You Take, made with Reposado Tequila, mezcal, fresh guava purée, lime, orange, agave nectar, Jamaica syrup and tiki bitters. 2202 Fourth Ave., San Diego. (619) 231-0222. bankershillsd.com
Bleu Bohème celebrates love with its Saint Valentine Martini, a mix of Flor de Cana rum, Grand Marnier, Fonseca Bin No. 27 port and fresh lime juice. 4090 Adams Ave., San Diego. (619) 255-4167. bleuboheme.com
Havana 1920‘s specialty cocktail, Mi Preciosa, is made with Havana Club Añejo rum, fresh lime juice, fresh sugarcane syrup and passion fruit. 548 Fifth Ave., San Diego. (619) 369-1920. havana1920.com
Meze Greek Fusion‘s Opa Your Heart To Me is a combination of Dobel Diamante tequila, blood orange juice, fresh jalapeño, lemon and raspberries. 345 Sixth Ave., San Diego. (619) 550-1600. gaslampmeze.com
Prohibition will serve a complimentary shot of whiskey to guests who bring in a photo of their former lover and tear it up. Guests may also find comfort in The Bitter End cocktail, made with Old Forester Bourbon, Licor 43 and orange bitters. 548 Fifth Ave., San Diego. (619) 501-1919. prohibitionsd.com
Theatre Box will toast to love with its new Diamond Rosé Smoking Candy Goblet, a combination of Vanderpump Rosé, peach schnapps, raspberry vodka and lemon-lime soda, garnished with sour watermelon gummy bears, Ring Pops and a light-up bling souvenir ring; and Hearts of Love (cookies and cream) Insane Milkshake, topped with whipped cream, dark chocolate-dipped Rice Krispies Treats heart, chocolate sprinkles and dark chocolate-covered strawberries drizzled with white chocolate and served in a dark red chocolate ganache-dipped mug covered in chocolate hearts and strawberries. 701 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter. (6190 814-2225. theatrebox.com
Bobboi Natural Gelato will unveil a new gelato flavor for Valentine’s Day week. The Valentino is an infusion of Lebanese rosewater, clove, cinnamon and star anise. Locations: 8008 Girard Ave., La Jolla; 550 W. Date St., Little Italy; 2175 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy. bobboi.com
Spill the Beans will bake two specialty heart-shaped bagels: You’re My Everything Everything bagel and the Pizza My Heart bagel. Pair your bagels with the Mrs. Pots tea latte, with rose simple syrup. 555 Market St., San Diego. (619) 233-3836. spillthebeanssd.com
Salt & Straw unveils its annual February Chocolatier Series, a celebration of local chocolatiers and the artistry of their craft. Head ice-cream maker Tyler Malek’s menu is a collaboration with chocolate experts Eclipse, Milla, Ococoa, Compartés and Nibble, and features five flavors from each artisan. The flavors will be available by the scoop and pint through Feb. 28 at the Little Italy (1670 India St.) and Del Mar (3705 Caminito Court) shops. saltandstraw.com
- Eclipse’s Salted Lavender Toffee: This ice cream, designed after their 15th Anniversary Bar, infuses lavender-salted white chocolate and vanilla custard with hunks of Eclipse chocolate toffee and candied cocoa nibs. eclipsechocolate.com
- Milla Chocolate Hazelnut Praline: Paying homage to its hazelnut praline, this hazelnutter butter ice cream has bits of crisp chocolate and swirls of dense Nutella fudge. millachocolates.com
- Ococoa’s Sesame Fig Buttercups: Chocolatier Diana Malouf’s signature layered Fig and Sesame Buttercup combines dark chocolate and fig jam in a lightly spiced cardamom ice cream. ococoa.com
- Compartés’ Caramelized Popcorn Milk Chocolate: This salted sweet cream ice cream with house caramel and crunchy milk-chocolate-covered caramel corn is a tribute to the chocolate shop’s haute chocolate bar, “The Drive In.” compartes.com
- Nibble’s 85% Peruvian Chocolate Sorbet (v): Chocolatiers David Mejia and Sandra Bedoya keep their vegan chocolates deliberately pure, so this unadulterated vegan sorbet is simply made with Nibble chocolate, coconut cream and fleur de sel (heavily refined sea salt). nibblechocolate.com
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar will sweep your love off their feet with its all-inclusive Valentine’s Day $500 or $1,000 experience: three-course dinner for two, premium Champagne and a special gift from high-end jewelry brand David Yurman. The $500 package includes three-course dinner for two, two glasses of Veuve Clicquot Champagne and one David Yurman gift. The $1,000 package includes three-course dinner for two, two glasses of Dom Pérignon Brut Champagne and one David Yurman gift. Feb. 12-15. Locations: 380 K St., San Diego and 8970 University Center Lane, La Jolla. flemingssteakhouse.com/winedinesparkle
Michelin-starred Addison‘s culinary icon chef William Bradley will compose a sublime Valentine’s Day eight-course tasting menu. 6 to 9 p.m. Fairmont Grand Del Mar, 5300 Grand Del Mar Court, San Diego. $295 per person. (858) 314.1900.
The Med executive chef Timothy Ralphs has created a special Valentine’s Day dinner that infuses Remy Martin XO cognac into each dish. XOXO is a five-course pairing menu of lobster, plated with parsnip, radish, caviar, peas and XO cognac; and the Muscovy duck rangoon, with pistachio, salsify (an oyster-like flavor) and cognac clementine glaze. Curated wine pairings will be served with each course. La Valencia Hotel, 1132 Prospect St., La Jolla. $275 per couple. opentable.com/the-med-at-la-valencia-hotel
The Oceanaire starts your Valentine’s Day celebration with a raw bar and a seasonal cocktail, the Rose d’Amour, a special blend of Wheatly vodka, Maschio Prosecco sparkling wine, raspberry puree, rose syrup, fresh lemon juice, garnished with fresh raspberries. In the main dining room, chef Daniel Barron will serve Surf & Turf for Two, a 50-ounce prime black Angus Tomahawk ribeye and a 1-pound 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. 400 J St., San Diego. (619) 858-2277. bit.ly/2RH5t0M
The iconic Mister A’s will serve a seasonal four-course prix fixe menu with a glass or bottle from its extensive wine list. 2550 Fifth Ave., Suite 406, San Diego. $145 per person. (619) 239-1377. bit.ly/2REQvZ6
Mille Fleurs’ prix fixe menu features four courses highlighting the seasonal winter harvest. Dine in the newly renovated bar and listen to live music performed by longtime piano man Randy Beecher. 6009 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe. $145 per person. (858) 756-3085. bit.ly/2UabuVp
Amaya restaurant will serve a seasonal four-course tasting menu. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 14-15. Fairmont Grand Del Mar, 5300 Grand Del Mar Court, San Diego. $135 per person, includes glass of bubbly. (858) 314-2727.
L’Auberge’s Coastline Restaurant has curated a five-course dining experience that draws inspiration from the most romantic places in the world. Guests will start the evening with Spanish tapas for the table, then transition to French nouvelle cuisine, ending with Italian dessert. Feb. 14-15. 1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. $125 per person; $55 additional wine pairings per person. (858) 793-6467. laubergedelmar.com/dining/coastline
Acqua California Bistro will offer couples a special Valentine’s Day evening that includes a bottle of wine, two starters, one decadent entrée, with choices ranging from seafood paella to marinated octopus, and an opulent dessert. 4 to 10 p.m. Feb. 13-15. $120 per couple. San Diego Mission Bay Resort, 1775 E. Mission Bay Drive, San Diego. (619) 275-7922. bit.ly/2RGPbFf
Juniper & Ivy executive chef Anthony Wells has developed a four-course menu with three to four options for each course, in addition to optional wine pairings, caviar service and two specialty cocktails: “They Love Me” and “They Love Me Not”. Feb. 14-15. 2228 Kettner Blvd., San Diego. $115. juniperandivy.com/lets-dine-valentine
Carté Hotel’s Love is in the Air Valentine’s Day celebration includes a three-course dinner for two at Watercolors Restaurant with sommelier-matched wine pairings. Entree choices include porcini stuffed chicken, poached halibut or seared duck breast. 401 W. Ash St., San Diego. $100. bit.ly/2GEmWk4
Prixe fixe menus
Enjoy dinner for two with bayside views at Albaca on Valentine’s Day. Executive chef Rafael Corneil will prepare a prix fixe menu with entrees like grilled swordfish with Marcona almond and mushroom risotto and grilled Snake River ribeye with whipped potatoes and glazed carrots and pearl onion. Coronado Island Marriott Resort and Spa, 2000 Second St., Coronado. $75 per person; $140 per couple. (619) 522-3150. bit.ly/2vIm5g7
The Cork & Craft restaurant, winery and brewery with serve a four-course menu offering your choice of stuffed quail or surf and turf for the main course. Pair it with beer or wine from Abnormal Brewing Co., or a special release, Cherry Cherry Coupe, an Imperial Milk Porter with cherries, cacao nibs and vanilla. 16990 Via Tazon, San Diego. $69 per person. (858) 618-2463. thecorkandcraft.com
Cucina Urbana executive chef Tim Kolanko and executive sous chef Frankie Beccera host a Valentine’s Day four-course prix fixe menu. 505 Laurel St., Bankers Hill. $68 per person. bit.ly/31aecvB
Cucina Sorella (4055 Adams Ave., Kensington) and Cucina Enoteca (2730 Via de la Valle, Suite 1906, Del Mar) will offer an a la carte chef’s special alongside regular menus. bit.ly/2S5VZuP
Cesarina will offer a complimentary sweet Italian delicacy with any dinner on Valentine’s Day. 4161 Voltaire St., San Diego. (619) 226-6222. cesarinarestaurant.com
Giardino Neighborhood Cucina will celebrate Valentine’s Day all weekend long. Couples can order dinner from the a la carte menu, or choose the three-course prix fixe menu with offerings like lobster bisque, salmon Sanremo and short rib, and a heart-shaped chocolate mousse for dessert. Feb. 13-16. 8131 Broadway, Lemon Grove. $45 prix fixe dinner. giardinosd.com
Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa’s Oceana Coastal Kitchen will serve couples a three-course dinner, starting with a complimentary rosé and glass of bubbly. Choose from entrées like herb-crusted rack of lamb or beet caramelle pasta, followed by Grand Marnier crème brûlèe for dessert. 5:30 to 11 p.m. 3999 Mission Blvd., San Diego. $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity. (858) 488-1081. catamaranresort.com
Cusp Dining & Drinks chef Ingrid Funes’ Valentine’s Day menu includes dishes like the scallop and prime beef short ribs, and dessert options of Bananas Foster cheesecake or chocolate crunch bar. 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla. (858) 551-3620. cusprestaurant.com
Pacifica Del Mar chef/partner Chris Idso’s Valentine’s Day menu includes new items like seared Atlantic sea scallops, filet mignon and pan-roasted Chilean sea bass, each with a choice of soup or salad. Feb. 13-16. 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. PacificaDelMar.com
Catania chef Dustin Karagheusian’s Dinner for Two menu features four courses of dishes like beef heart carpaccio or oysters to start; and entrees like beet agnolotti, wood-grilled filet or local pan-roasted halibut. Finish with panna cotta or chocolate nemesis for dessert, or a bottle of bubbly. 7863 Girard Ave., third floor, La Jolla. (858) 551-5105. $99. CataniaSD.com
Whisknladle chef/partner Ryan Johnston has created Valentine’s Day specials that will melt the heart of your sweetheart with starters like oysters and bubbly, or a shareable plate of lobster mac and cheese, or a velvety petite filet. End your dinner with a strawberry vacherin (a classic French meringue dessert). 1044 Wall St., La Jolla. (858) 551-7575. Whisknladle.com
Tahona in Old Town will serve couples a prix fixe Valentine’s Day dinner in its Oaxaca-inspired dining room, with seating at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Feb. 14. A welcome cocktail precedes four courses crafted by executive chef Adrian Villareal. Tahona will also offer chocolate and mezcal pairings in its tasting room Feb. 14-15 (separate dinner reservations are not required). Advance reservations for dinner and/or a chocolate and mezcal pairing are highly recommended. 2414 San Diego Ave, San Diego. $80 per person dinner; $30 per person chocolate and mezcal tasting. (619) 255-2090. tahonabar.com
Jeune et Jolie‘s globally inspired French menu, exploratory cocktails and lavish interior is the ideal rendezvous for a first date or 20-year anniversary. 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 Valentine’s Day je ne sais quoi. 2659 State St., Carlsbad. (760) 637-5266. jeune-jolie.com/b-o-o-k
Gravity Heights in Sorrento Valley is offering couples a more relaxed Valentine’s Day celebration. Order from the regular menu or the Dinner for Two, a preset menu with dishes to share, including beet salad, pork ragu gnocchi, scallops, cherry and chocolate chip cookies and two glasses of Cava sparkling wine for $69. 9920 Pacific Heights Blvd., San Diego. GravityHeights.com
Start your Valentine’s Day celebration with a week of specials at Seasons 52: lobster ravioli appetizer on Monday; Raspberry Rosé Martini on Tuesday; a Red Velvet Raspberry Rose Mini Indulgence dessert on Wednesday; a Valentine dinner for two (filet mignon and Maine lobster tail entrées) with two 6-ounce glasses of Vanderpump Dry Rosé for $99 on Thursday; and couples who get engaged on Valentine’s Day (Friday) will receive a complimentary toast at their table every time they dine for a year. San Diego locations: 4505 La Jolla Village Drive and 789 W. Harbor Drive. seasons52.com
Mimi’s Bistro & Bakery will host a three-course menu with entree choices of rustic chicken and artichokes, French pot roast, French Creole pasta or grilled Atlantic salmon. For an additional $8, you can add a shareable of warm spinach artichoke dip. 11 a.m. to close Feb. 14-16. $19.99 per person. Locations: Mira Mesa, Mission Valley, Oceanside and Santee. mimiscafe.com
The Smoking Goat in North Park will host a three-course menu with options like veal chop Oscar with lobster, bearnaise, heirloom broccoli and herb-roasted tomatoes; or a ricotta, pea and truffle ravioli with shiitake, peppers, spinach, cream and Grana-shaved black truffle. 3408 30th St., San Diego. $70. (619) 955.5295. thesmokinggoatrestaurant.com
Tidal on Mission Bay will offer a four-course, prix-fixe menu from executive chef Andrew Reyes. Highlights include wood-roasted Kumiai oysters, Tahitian vanilla beets and citrus, smoked Hawaiian Wahoo and salted coconut-caramel pot de crème. 1404 Vacation Road, San Diego. $70 per person; $35 optional wine pairings. opentable.com/tidal
Water Grill will serve a three-course dinner Feb. 13, 15 and 16, priced at $70. On Feb. 14, guests can order a three-course menu featuring 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, for $75. 615 J St., San Diego. (619) 717-6992. watergrill.com/sandiego
Cafe Gratitude will offer a special Valentine’s Day dinner Cuisine + Connection, an event that pairs each course with an interactive heart-centered activity, designed to encourage gratitude and to honor the abundance within a relationship. Menu offerings include the “I Am Appreciated” course, featuring faux gras with French lentil and cognac terrine with crostini, accompanied by the interactive portion which ask participants to complete the sentence, “Thank you for ________” 10 times. One of four courses curated to inspire love and connection. Feb. 13-16. 1980 Kettner Blvd., San Diego. (619) 736-5077. cafegratitude.com
Vistal Bar + Restaurant chef Amy DiBiase will craft a four-course Valentine’s Day menu with entree choices of ricotta gnudi, natural Angus filet mignon, Moroccan-spiced lamb rib shank or walnut-dusted John Dory (thin, flat-bodied, oval-shaped fish). 5:30 to 9 p.m. InterContinental San Diego, 901 Bayfront Court, San Diego. $75 per person; $35 optional wine pairing. (619) 535-0485.
Lionfish Modern Coastal Cuisine executive chef JoJo Ruiz’s special three-course tasting menu will have you falling in love at first bite with offerings like fresh sashimi rose, beet tartare, Hanger steak and Baja striped bass. Dessert options include You Melt My Heart chocolate heart with mousse and fresh berries or a lemon yuzu meringue pie. 5 p.m. to close Feb 14. 435 Fifth Ave., San Diego. Starting at $95 per person. (619) 738-7200. lionfishsd.com/reservations
International Smoke has several Valentine’s Day specials to enjoy with the love of your life, including Smoked Caviar for Two appetizer ($80); Surf and Turf for Two ($75), a smoked 24-ounce Porterhouse steak and lobster tail with grilled asparagus and potatoes; and for dessert, an eight-layer chocolate cake ($21) with strawberry sorbet and table-side sparkling pour-over. Feb. 14-16. 3387 Del Mar Heights Road, Suite 0100, San Diego. reservations.internationalsmoke.com
Truluck’s Valentine’s Day menu features a tuna tartare tower, made with sushi-grade tuna, avocado, seaweed salad, forbidden rice and dynamite sauce; lobscargot, made with Maine lobster cooked in herb garlic butter with Gruyere and Havarti cheeses; miso-glazed sea bass with crab fried rice and chilled cucumber slaw; pan-seared Japanese Hokkaido scallops with Parmesan mashed potatoes; and Alaskan King crab cluster with lemon-garlic butter. The TruLuv cocktail, made with dry ice smoke, vodka, Cava, Chambord, pineapple juice and raspberries, and decadent desserts like baked Alaska, are on the menu. 8990 University Center Lane, La Jolla. (858) 453-2583. trulucks.com
Lou & Mickey’s classic steakhouse will offer a four-course dinner with an optional wine pairing. Entrees include a Double R Ranch 12-ounce filet mignon or share a 30-day, aged, bone-in ribeye. $99; $40 optional wine pairing. 224 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter. (619) 237-4900. louandmickeys.com
One Door North will serve 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 is topped with Prosecco. 3422 30th St., North Park. (619) 618-1285. onedoornorthsd.com
Prep Kitchen in Little Italy, along with its regular menu, will feature a few new dishes, including a 12-ounce prime New York Strip steak with choice of adding a lobster tail to its Valentine’s Day special. 1660 India St., San Diego. (619) 398-8383. prepkitchen.com
Casa de Bandini in The Forum Carlsbad will offer a special three-course Valentine’s Day menu for $29. Choice of entrees range from mariscos de corazon, two large roasted peppers filled with sautéed shrimp and crab topped with serrano chiles to pollo Valentino, butterflied chicken breast broiled on an open flame and served with chipotle mashed potatoes and black beans. For dessert, chocolate flan and to round out the dinner, the Margarita Valentina ($9.95), crafted with Casa Noble tequila, triple sec and sweet and sour blended with passion fruit puree. 1901 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad. (760) 634-3443. casadebandini.com
Mongolian Hot Pot in Clairemont Mesa will host a Ying to My Yang Valentine’s Day dinner. Guests can order the Ying Yang hot pot that offers a half serving of the original broth and a half serving of the spicy broth, alongside a selection of protein options like Kobe beef ribeye, in addition to fresh veggies, handmade noodles, dessert and 20 percent off all bottles of wine. 4718 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego. (858) 274-2040. mongolianhotpot.com/menu
City Tacos — in North Park, La Mesa, Encinitas, Imperial Beach and Sorrento Valley — is offering a Lovebird Special, your choice of two tacos, two drinks, including beer, margaritas and micheladas, and an order of churros for dessert for $22. citytacossd.com
Duck Dive will host Everyone Gets Lei’d Brunch with themed libations and a selection of sweet treats like candied walnut French toast. 4650 Mission Blvd. San Diego. (858) 273-3825. theduckdive.com/home
Tajima‘s Ramen Love With You special includes one beverage option with choice of a fountain drink or small hot sake, two bowls of ramen and two mochi ice creams. $26 per couple. Locations: Convoy Street and Mercury Street (both in Kearny Mesa), Hillcrest, East Village and North Park. tajimasandiego.com
Fresh Brothers at The Village at Pacific Highlands Ranch will serve a week of Valentine’s Day heart-shaped pizzas. Feb. 10-16. 5950 Village Way, Suite 103 San Diego. phrvillage.com
Valentina coastal eatery hosts an exclusive three-course menu with selections like shrimp and octopus agua chile with avocado and taro chips, brown bread panzanella and burrata; and a prime bone-in New York steak with Okinawa yam mash and cherry pepper chimichurri. 810 N. Coast Highway 101 Encinitas. $63; $23 additional wine pairings.
Lola 55 shares its love of tacos: the mesquite-grilled filet mignon taco (mash, avocado mousse, smoky pasilla salsa, crispy leeks, jalapeño toreado); and the vegan squash-blossom relleno taco (house-made beet soyrizo, almond cream cheese, poblano salsa, potato chicharrones, cilantro). Check out the craft cocktails list with offerings like the Lola (tequila, lime, grapefruit cordial, pasilla salt rim); and the Uptown Tijuana (chipotle-infused mezcal, honey, lemon). End your evening on a sweet note with an order of house-made churros and horchata ice cream. No reservations needed. 1290 F St., San Diego. lola55.com
Cuddle up with your date on the patio at Carruth Cellars Little Italy Wine Garden. Share a bottle of locally made wine and order a cheese board for an evening of loving the one your with. The patio is dog-friendly, too. 2215 Kettner Blvd., San Diego. carruthcellars.com
Buona Forchetta, known for not taking reservations, will be taking reservations (yes, even for parties of two) on Valentine’s Day only. Locations: North Park, Liberty Station and Encinitas. buonaforchettasd.com
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