Mood lighting, a little wine, a table of mouth-watering food and your sweetheart – nothing beats a romantic dinner to celebrate love on Valentine’s Day. There are plenty of restaurants in San Diego County offering specials, set meals, and celebratory treats, but here is our list of top choices. We recommend making reservations ASAP!
- 1500 Ocean, Hotel del Coronado
Experience beachside dining at its best with a magnificent four-course Valentine’s Day menu by Chef Patrick Ponsaty, including options such as saffron risotto, seared veal loin and white chocolate velvet cake.
- Addison, Del Mar
Fall in love again and again with nine irresistible French-inspired courses. 6-9 p.m.; $275 per person; $500 per person with wine pairings.
- AVANT Restaurant, Rancho Bernardo Inn
A candlelit dinner for two at AVANT is the perfect place for romance. A four-course prix fixe dinner with live music includes courses such as charred beets, octopus carpaccio, Cornish game hen, and profiteroles. $85 per person; $120 with wine pairings.
- Bertrand at Mister A’s, Gaslamp Quarter
The kitchen will be serving a three-course prix fixe menu with temptations including caviar, lobster tail, osso buco, beef Wellington, and Meyer lemon almond polenta cake. $65 per person for lunch; $135 per person for dinner.
- Bleu Boheme, Kensington
Celebrate love with a special three-course Parisian dining adventure. The French-inspired dishes include options like steak carpaccio, lobster crepe, gnocchi à la Parisienne, crème brulée, and more.
- Clubhouse Grill and Club M, Fairmount Grand Del Mar
Treat your special someone to three courses of delectable creations, including grand oysters, beer-braised veal short rib, and dark chocolate skillet brownie. 4-8 p.m.; $45 per person.
- Juniper & Ivy, Little Italy
Don’t miss the opportunity to show your special someone how loved they are at Top Chef All-Star winner Richard Blais’ Left Coast Eatery. Enjoy a four-course prix fixe menu; $105 with additional wine pairings available a la carte.
- Kettner Exchange, Little Italy
Enjoy a prix fixe menu, including hot oil-seared Kusshi oysters, big-eye tuna tarts, lobster gnocchi, New York strip, and chocolate “terroir.” $75 per person.
- The Marine Room, La Jolla
Indulge your honey with a decadent four-course dinner featuring main course options of Norwegian halibut, Maine lobster tail, Mary’s Farm organic duck breast, and Midwestern Black Angus filet mignon. $150 per person.
- Stake Chophouse and Bar, Coronado
Chef Andrew’s four-course prix fixe offers selections such as king crab Louis, a foie gras duo, 35-day dry-aged New York, Wagyu eye of rib, and rose pavlova. 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $120 per person.