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San Diego: Where To Celebrate Valentine's Day 2012

60 places to celebrate Valentine's Day in San Diego (and 6 places to go if you're anti)


Amy Fellows


Bice Ristorante — From February 12-14, choose between three menus at three different price points. And adding to the ambiance: live music from urban violinist Yvonne Shay. ($49, $56, $65 (25% off any bottled wine with $65 menu purchase)).

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

The Melting Pot – The Melting Pot is offering a five-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 Luxury Romance Package for a one-night stay, breakfast in bed, plus flowers and champagne upon arrival. (from $424/night)

The Westin Gaslamp Quarter – Book the Downtown Date Night Package at the Westin Gaslamp Quarter for a one-night stay and two tickets to the Museum of Contemporary Art. (from $179/night)

Blue Point Coastal Cuisine – Blue Point Coastal Cuisine is offering a special three-course Valentine’s Day menu. ($69/person)

The Oceanaire Seafood Room – On Valentine’s Day, the Oceanaire Seafood Room is offering a four-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 4 course pre-fixe dinner that includes lamb, sea bass and pheasant as main entrée options. ($70/person)
Winner! San Diego Magazine Best Service, 2011

Cowboy Star — Cowboy Star is offering a three-course Valentine’s Day menu. Call For more information. ($100/couple)
Winner! San Diego Magazine Best Steakhouse, 2011

Jsix --  Jsix is offering a four-course menu to celebrate the big day. The menu offers a variety of options for each course. ($85/person)

Little Italy & Banker's Hill

Anthology – Anthology is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a Frank Sinatra tribute show and a three-course dinner. (from $85/person)

Bencotto — Bencotto will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with a menu that flaunts a number of delectable treats, including fried red beets risotto, beef braised in red wine and cocoa and a flavorful seafood stew.
Winner! San Diego Magazine Best Italian, 2011

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 will add heart-shaped ravioli and handmade pasta to the menu in honor of Valentine’s Day.

Mimmo’s Italian Village — For only $25 per person, relish a 3-course dinner at Mimmo’s Italian Village.

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 and 2011

La Villa — Treat your date to a five-course, farm-to-table dinner at this just-opened-last-fall restaurant.

Bertrand at Mister A’s – For Valentine’s Day dinner with a view, Bertrand at Mister A’s is offering a three-course dinner. ($85/person) P.S. Be sure to order their his-&-her Crazy In Love Martinis!
Winner! San Diego Magazine Best View, 2011

Cucina Urbana -- For Italian dining on Valentine's Day, Cucina Urbana is offering a four-course menu. ($65/Person)
Winner! San Diego Magazine Best New Restaurant, 2010 and Best Italian, 2011

Avenue 5 Restaurant -- Avenue 5 will be serving a four-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 and dinner for two. ($199)

Kona Kai Resort and Spa – For dining overlooking the Kona Kai Marina, the Kona Kai Resort and Spa is offering a three-course gourmet dinner for two. ($98/person)

Sunday Brunch Cruise – Flagship is offering a pre-Valentine’s Day harbor cruise including a Sunday brunch buffet plus complimentary champagne and mimosas. ($64.25/person)

Dinner Cruise – The Sweetheart’s Dinner Cruise along the San Diego Bay includes a three-course meal, a DJ, and dancing. ($79/person)

La Jolla

George’s California Modern – Georges California Modern’s Valentine’s Day specials include either a three or four-course dinner. (from $60/person)
Winner! San Diego Magazine Best of the Best, 2010, Best Service, 2010, and Best View, 2011

Brockton Villa – Enjoy a four-course Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Supper at Brockton Villa. Wine pairings available for an additional charge. ($49/person)

Beaumont’s Eatery – For a three-course meal and live music, try Beaumont’s Eatery. Wine pairings are also available. ($45/person)

La Valencia Hotel – The La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla is offering three-course Valentine’s Day dining menu in either The Whaling Bar & Grill or The Mediterranean Room. ($59/person)

Del Mar & Carmel Valley

L’Auberge Del Mar -- The Yours & Mine Package at the L’Auberge Del Mar includes a one-night stay with rose petal turn down and dinner for 2 at Kitchen 1540. ($599)
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 six-courses at Addison or four-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)

Flavor Del Mar – Flavor Del Mar is offering a three-course Valentine’s Day dinner including sparkling wine and a bag of house made chocolates. ($57/person)

Bistro 39 – Bistro 39 is offering a special four-course Valentine’s Day dinner. ($39.95/person)

Dallman -- For a sweet spin on the big day, Dallman is hosting a chocolate and champagne tasting. For $45 per person, guests will enjoy five chocolate and champagne pairs.


Coronado Cays Gondola Cruises — Enjoy a 50-minute Valentine’s Day gondola cruise through the Coronado Cays. ($145/couple)

Coronado Valentine’s Day 10K -- Do good this Valentine’s Day with Coronado’s second annual Valentine’s Day 10K.

Leroy's Kitchen + Lounge — For a more reasonably priced dinner, Leroy's prix fixe includes a glass of Chandon, comfort food (locally sourced!), and the Naughty Ding Dong for dessert. ($40/person, $20 wine pairings)

Candelas — In the mood for...Pechuga de Pollo al Champagne? Hurry and call—this dining establishment requires a signed agreement in order to hold your resie.

Hillcrest, North Park, Kensington & University Heights

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

Martinis Above Fourth -- For a romantic dinner and entertainment, Martinis Above Fourth will be serving a three-course pre-fixe menu. ($40/person)

Sea Rocket Bistro -- If you and your date are chocolate lovers, Sea Rocket Bistro will be featuring a four-course chocolate seafood dinner. Wine pairings are also available for an additional charge. ($65/person)

Kous Kous Moroccan Bistro & Lounge -- For an exotic, Moroccan-style meal to celebrate V-Day, Kous Kous is serving a special three-course menu. ($45/person)

Spread -- Entice your date with an aphrodisiac laden prix fixe vegetarian menu at Spread. Call for more information.

Cueva Bar -- Cueva Bar will be serving up a three-course Valentine's dinner with Mexican flare. Call for reservations. ($35/person)


Firenze Trattoria – Enjoy a three-course dinner with several options for each course at Frienze Trattoria.

Solace and the Moonlight Lounge – Solace and the Moonlight Lounge will be offering a special menu items to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

El Q’ero—El Q’ero will be offering a 4-course, pre-fixe dinner menu for $75/person or $150/couple.

Savory—For Valentine’s Day, Savory is offering a 3-course dinner menu with 3 appetizers, 3 entrees and 2 desserts to choose from. ($49/person, $68/person with wine pairing)

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 — This sweet fest features locally brewed beer/wine tastings and chocolate pairings plus shopping and a champagne garden. ($20 for 10 beer/wine and chocolate pairings)

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

Rancho Bernardo Inn Package – Enjoy a one-night stay at Rancho Bernardo Inn plus a four-course Valentine’s Day dinner at El Bizcocho. ($289/person)

Veranda – Veranda in Rancho Bernardo is featuring a three-course Valentine’s Day dinner. ($59/person)

Vivace -- For a five-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 – Enjoy a three-course dinner at Mille Fleurs in Rancho Santa Fe. ($85/person)

Delicias — The V-Day menu offers three courses and dessert courtesy of chef Paul McCabe, who recently left Kitchen 1540. ($85/person)

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 $125)

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 three-course dinner. ($39/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 Dance Party -- If a fancy four-course meal just isn't your style, head over to Belly Up Tavern on Valentine's Day for a huge dance party featuring live art and a photobooth. ($12/person)

Stupid Cupid Anti-Valentines Party — The Shout! House is hosting Stupid Cupid Anti-Valentines Party. This year’s motto? Love Stinks – Let’s Drink! (no cover)

Valentine's Day with the Local -- The Local Eatery and Drinking Hole will be screenng the movie He's Just Not That Into You, and since Valentine's Day just happens to fall on Tuesday this year, there will also be Taco Tuesday specials.

San Diego Valentine’s Pillow Fight – For an unconventional way to celebrate the big day, the San Diego Valentine’s Day Pillow Fight is back at Horton Plaza this year!

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