Calling Cupid!

Valentine's Day spots in San Diego for 2013


Cafe Chloe
Cafe Chloe | Photo by Kelly Fitzgerald


Bice Ristorante — From February 14-17, choose between delectable options on a set menu. ($56; guests dining at 5PM and 9PM receive a complimentary glass of Moscato with dessert.)
Winner! San Diego Magazine Best Happy Hour 2012 (Critic's Pick)

Donovan’s Steakhouse – Enjoy a 3-course dinner at Donovan’s Steakhouse or the chef’s feature for two including a bottle of wine. ($100/person or $135/person with wine)
Winner! San Diego Magazine Best Steakhouse, 2010, 2011 and 2012

The Melting Pot – From February 8-17, The Melting Pot is offering a 5-course fondue dinner -- choose from either the main dining room or a private booth for two. ($75-$110/person)

US Grant Hotel – Book the US Grant Hotel’s Romancing the Epicure package for a one-night stay, welcome cocktails, tickets to the Natural History Museum, featuring the Chocolate Exhibit and an interactive dessert experience. (from $414/night)

The Westin Gaslamp Quarter – Book a night to remember in the heart of downtown’s Gaslamp Quarter.  The hotel is conveniently located near shopping, museums and restaurants.

Blue Point Coastal Cuisine – Blue Point Coastal Cuisine is offering a special “Best of Blue Point” 3-course menu on Valentine’s Day. ($69/person)

The Oceanaire Seafood Room – On Valentine’s Day, the Oceanaire Seafood Room is offering a 5-course dinner menu with wine pairings available for an additional charge. ($85/person)
Winner! San Diego Magazine Best Seafood, 2010

Café Chloe — For Valentine’s Day at Café Chloe, enjoy a 3-course pre-fixe “Lovers Lunch” or a 4-course pre-fixe dinner that brings French culture to East Villlage. ($35/person and $70/person)
Winner! San Diego Magazine Best Service, 2011

Cowboy Star — Cowboy Star offers contemporary American cuisine with a cowboy flare.  The restaurant creates a western setting with exposed beam ceilings‚ cowboy accents‚ and classic landscape photography.
Winner! San Diego Magazine Best Steakhouse, 2011

RA Sushi Bar — Does your Valentine love sushi?  RA will be offering V-Day themed rolls including the “For the Love of Lobster” dish.  A heart-shaped sushi rolled in pink soy paper.

National Comedy Theatre — The annual “House of Cards” performance will treat the audience to a married couple's significant milestones acted out before the crowd.  ($10/person)

Jsix -- February 15 through February 17, guests can enjoy a 4-course menu as part of a "Pick Your Valentine's Day." The menu offers a variety of options for each course. ($50 /person)


Little Italy & Banker's Hill

Bencotto — Bencotto will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with a menu that flaunts a number of delectable treats, including updated menu items and a combination of specials.
Winner! San Diego Magazine Best Italian, 2010, 2011 and 2012

Indigo Grill — For Valentine’s Day at Indigo Grill, enjoy a 3-course dinner menu with a shared dessert. ($49.95/person)

Buon Appetito — Buon Appetito blends an evening of delicious food with art by featuring local artists.  Enrich your Valentine’s day with the essence of Italy, food and art.

Mimmo’s Italian Village — For only $25 per person, relish a 3-course dinner at Mimmo’s Italian Village from a set menu that features traditional Italian cuisine.

Extraordinary Desserts – With a vast selection of dessert offerings, Extraordinary Desserts is the place to be this Valentine’s Day. Call for Valentine’s Day information.
Winner! San Diego Magazine Most Decadent Desserts, 2010, 2011 and 2012

La Villa — Treat your date to a 5-course, farm-to-table dinner at this restaurant that brings sophistication together with rustic Italian flavors.

Bertrand at Mister A’s – For Valentine’s Day dinner with a view, Bertrand at Mister A’s is offering a 3-course dinner. ($85/person) P.S. Be sure to order one of their signature cocktails.
Winner! San Diego Magazine Best View, 2011

Cucina Urbana -- For Italian dining on Valentine's Day, Cucina Urbana is offering a 3-course menu and a 4-course menu. ($40/person and $55/Person)
Winner! San Diego Magazine Best New Restaurant, 2010 and Best Italian, 2011

Avenue 5 Restaurant -- Avenue 5 will be serving a 4-course tasting menu along with a complimentary glass of champagne. ($60/person)

Point Loma, Shelter Island, and the Harbor

The Pearl Hotel – The Pearl Hotel is offering a Valentine’s Day package including a one night stay, in-room chocolate covered strawberries, dinner for two and a Pearl takeaway. ($299)

Kona Kai Resort and Spa – Enjoy the finest in American cuisine, Polynesian cuisine, steaks and seafood this Valentine’s Day.  Kona Kai Resort and Spa will have you thinking you’ve left San Diego and arrived in Hawaii.

Paradise Point—Chef Jessie Lee Williams will lead “Chemistry in the Kitchen” an intimate couples’ cooking class meant to stir up romance in the body and mind. ($100/couple)

Post Valentine’s Weekend Brunch Cruise – Hornblower is offering a post-Valentine’s Day harbor cruise including a Sunday brunch buffet plus complimentary champagne and mimosas. ($69/person)

Dinner Cruise – The Romance Dinner Cruise along the San Diego Bay includes a 4-course meal, champagne, a DJ and dancing. ($139/person)


La Jolla

George’s California Modern – Georges California Modern’s Valentine’s Day specials include either a pre-fixe menu that includes a Red Salad, Pacific Oysters, Smoked Maine Lobster and Roasted Duck. (from $70/person)
Winner! San Diego Magazine Best of the Best, 2010, Best Service, 2010, and Best View, 2011

Brockton Villa – Enjoy the breathtaking La Jolla cove and a 3-course Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Supper at Brockton Villa. Wine pairings are available for an additional charge. ($55/person)

Beaumont’s Eatery – For a 3-course amore-inspired meal and live music, try Beaumont’s Eatery. The pre-fixe menu features His & Hers Oysters Rockefeller, Passion Fruit Crème Brule, and other holiday-themed plates.  Wine pairings are also available. ($55/person)

La Valencia Hotel – The La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla is offering a Destination Romance Package with a 2 night stay and 3-course dining menu in either The Whaling Bar & Grill or The Mediterranean Room. (From $693)

Roppongi - For Valentine’s Day Weekend, Executive Chef Stephen Window will cook up a delicious Three Course Prix-Fixe menu. ($60) There will be an A La Carte menu available as well.
Winner! San Diego Magazine Best Asian Fusion, 2010 and 2011

Del Mar & Carmel Valley

L’Auberge Del Mar -- The L’Amour Package at the L’Auberge Del Mar includes a one-night stay with rose petal turn down and dinner for 2 at Kitchen 1540. (from $525)
Kitchen 1540: Winner! San Diego Magazine Best Hotel Restaurant, 2011

The Grand Del Mar Valentine’s Day dining – For Valentine’s Day dining at the Grand Del Mar, enjoy 6-courses at Addison or 4-courses at Amaya. (from $125/person)
Addison: Winner! San Diego Magazine Most Extensive Wine List, 2010 and 2011

The Grand Del Mar getaway package – The Grand Del Mar is offering a Valentine’s Day getaway package including a one-night stay, breakfast in bed, a couples massage, and champagne cocktail upon arrival. ($795)

Bistro 39 – February 14- 16, Bistro 39 is offering a special 3-course Valentine’s Day dinner. ($30/person)

Dallman -- For a sweet spin on the big day, Dallman is hosting a chocolate fondue and champagne event. For $25 per person, guests will enjoy a new world of unexpected flavor combinations.


1500 Ocean-- 1500 Ocean offers an intimate setting for a romantic evening. On Valentine’s Day, Chef de Cuisine Robert Hohmann will create a delicious “Just for Two” menu. Call for more information.

The Sweetheart Ball—The Sweetheart Ball at the Hotel Del Coronado kicks off with a champagne reception in the Coronet Room, then guests will enjoy a lavish 4-course dinner and dancing in the Crown Room. ($100/person)

Coronado Cays Gondola Cruises — Enjoy a 50-minute Valentine’s Day private gondola cruise through the Coronado Cays. (from $125/couple)

Coronado Valentine’s Day 10K -- Do good this Valentine’s Day with Coronado’s third annual Valentine’s Day 10K on Sunday, February 17.

Leroy's Kitchen + Lounge — For a more reasonably priced dinner, Leroy's prix fixe menu includes 3-courses of sustainable, fresh food. ($40/person, $20 wine pairings)

Candelas — Exceptional service, delicious food and romantic ambiance will make your dining experience a night to remember. 


Hillcrest, North Park, Kensington & University Heights

Bleu Bohéme -- If French fare tickles your fancy this Valentine's Day, the Bleu Bohéme is offering a 3-course menu. ($69/person)

Martinis Above Fourth -- For a romantic dinner and entertainment, Martinis Above Fourth will be serving a 5-course dinner with live music. ($50/single, $95/couple)

Sea Rocket Bistro -- If you and your date are looking for a new experience with food, check out the Vegan Valentine Cooking Class by Sea Rocket Bistro.  Learn everything from cutting to plating and enjoy a vegan feast when the lesson is over. ($65/person)

Kous Kous Moroccan Bistro & Lounge -- For an exotic, Moroccan-style meal to celebrate V-Day, Kous Kous is serving a special 3-course menu. ($49/person)

Spread – Enjoy a plate of fresh food straight from the farmer’s market.  Spread offers plenty of vegetarian options this Valentines Day. Call for more information.

Cueva Bar -- Cueva Bar serves up Latin fusion tapas, homemade empanadas and delectable desserts with funky music.  The fun setting lets couples escape for a laidback Valentine’s Day.


Firenze Trattoria – Enjoy a 3-course dinner with a multitude of delicious options for each course at Frienze Trattoria. ($60/person)

Solace and the Moonlight Lounge – Solace and the Moonlight Lounge will be offering a special 4-course pre fixe menu to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  Call for more information.

El Q’ero—El Q’ero will be offering dishes full of Peruvian and South American tradition. 

Trattoria I Trulli – Trattoria I Trulli will be offering a special menu for Valentine’s Day. Call for more information.


Escondido, Carlsbad, and Rancho Bernardo

For the Love of Chocolate and SweetArt Festival — Saturday, February 9 this sweet fest features locally brewed beer/wine tastings and chocolate pairings plus shopping and a champagne garden. ($25/person)

Vigilucci’s Cucina Italiana – Vigilucci’s Cucina Italiana in Carlsbad is offering a 3-course Valentine’s Day menu. ($70/person)

Rancho Bernardo Inn Package – Enjoy a one-night stay at Rancho Bernardo Inn plus a 4-course Valentine’s Day dinner at Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant. (from $219)

Veranda – Veranda in Rancho Bernardo is featuring a 3-course Valentine’s Day dinner. Call for more information.

Vivace -- For a 5-course Valentine's Day meal with optional wine pairings, Vivace has you covered...oh yeah, and Vivace's pastas are made in-house daily. ($85/person)

Rancho Santa Fe

Mille Fleurs – Chef Woesle's specially selected 4-Course Menu ($95/person)

Delicias — Cozy up at a table near the outdoor fireplace for the ultimate V-Day ambiance.

Multiple locations

The Secret Cookie Service: Who needs the usual box of chocolates when The Secret Cookie Service provides late-night cookie delivery service for La Jolla residents and guests? Surprise your loved one with freshly-baked cookies. Read more about the mysterious man in a black suit here, or watch this interview, courtesy of Fox 5, here.  

A pop-up picnic:  Book a vintage-style pop-up picnic in Sunset Cliffs, La Jolla Shores, Balboa Park, or other, with a tapas-style meal provided by Lisko Artisan Deli, Feb. 10-14. (From $145)

Points east and north

Catalina Island Weekend Getaway Package – Catalina Island is offering a weekend getaway package including a two-night stay at the Pavilion Lodge, candlelight dinner, and tickets to the Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Dance. ($295/person)

Sycuan Golf and Tennis Resort -- This Valentine's Day, the Sycuan Cafe Grill is offering an aphrodisiac inspired 3-course dinner. ($35/person)

Anti-Valentine’s Day Parties

Cupid is Stupid Tasting Party – For wine tasting, plus appetizer and dessert selections check out the Cupid is Stupid Tasting Party. ($25/person)

Anti-Valentine Boat Party – For music and dancing on the bay, Dos Equis is hosting One Night Stand – an Anti Valentine Boat Party. ($20/person presale)

Valentine's Day/ Mardi Gras Mash Up – Can’t make a decision between celebrating Fat Tuesday (Feb. 12) and Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14)? Then join the Belly Up Tavern in their mash up. ($5/person)

Stupid Cupid Anti-Valentines Party — Bootlegger is hosting Stupid Cupid Anti-Valentines Party featuring an all night happy hour and great music.

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