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2016 Valentine’s Day Guide

San Diego’s best dinner specials, wine tastings, spa deals, staycations, shows and more


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Dining Specials

A.R. Valentien  
A five-course menu awaits you and your sweetheart at the award-winning A.R. Valentien Restaurant in the Lodge at Torrey Pines. A surprise giveaway per couple and live entertainment is also included. 
Pricing:  $125 per person
Location: 11480 N. Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla
Date: February 14
Phone: 858-777-6635

Bahia Resort Hotel 
In the Ventana Room of the Bahia Resort Hotel, a four-course dinner will be served in honor of St. Valentine. Some menu items to whet your appetite: lobster bisque, pepper crusted bone-in rib eye, and a hazelnut crème brulee.
Pricing: $90 per couple
Location: 2241 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island
Date: February 14
Phone: 858-488-0551 x7635

Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant
Chef de cuisine Ted Smith will prepare the three-course prix-fixe menu with an optional $20 half pour beverage pairing or $30 full pour beverage pairing that will include a choice of sparkling wine, wine, beer, or a hand-crafted cocktail with each course.
Pricing: $55 per person
Location: 2202 4th Avenue, Bankers Hill
Date: February 14
Phone: 619-231-0222

BO-beau Kitchen + Bar
This cozy French farmhouse in Ocean Beach is serving a candlelit dinner for two. A sweetheart salad, pistachio crusted salmon, and red velvet cake are on the night’s menu.
Pricing:  $49.95 per person
Location: 4996 W. Point Loma Boulevard, Ocean Beach
Date: February 14
Phone: 619-224-2884

Bleu Bohème
Bring the romance of France to Valentine’s Day with Bleu Bohème’s Saint Valentin three-course menu. The holiday-inspired Saint Valentine Martini will be available, made with Flor de Cana rum, Grand Marnier, Fonseca #27 port, and fresh lime juice.
Pricing:  $69 per person
Location: 4090 Adams Avenue, Kensington
Date: February 14
Phone: 619-255-4167

Café 21
Baked oysters, lamb chop with pistachio crust, a winter roasted veggie medley, and chocolate fondue are some of the highlights of Café 21’s three-course fixed menu. This trendy eatery and lounge will also offer a glass of strawberry sangria with every meal.
Pricing:  $45 per person
Location: 802 Fifth Avenue, Gaslamp
Date: February 1-14
Phone: 619-795-0721

Coasterra
Chef Deborah Scott’s three-course menu of modern Mexican cuisine will kick-up the romance. Enjoy crema de elote or mar y tierra served with a lobster-risotto cake. And save room for the passion fruit cheesecake and chocolate torte.
Pricing: $64.95 per person
Location: 880 Harbor Island Drive, Harbor Island
Date: February 14
Phone: 619-814-1300

Cusp Dining & Drinks
Have romance with an ocean view this holiday at Cusp Dining & Drinks. Enjoy a three-course dinner provided by Executive Chef Donald Lockhart that will feature flat iron steak tartar, rack of lamb, and saffron-poached local sea bass.
Pricing: $75 per person
Location: 7955 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla
Date: February 14
Phone: 858-551-3620

Don Chido
If you’re looking for a casual way to enjoy the holiday with your sweetie, try “Chido’s Take-Out Dinner for Two.” Enjoy this three-course dinner in the comfort of your own home. Plus, a surprise gift will be included in the package.
Pricing:  $49.99 per couple
Location: 527 5th Avenue, Gaslamp
Date: February 14
Phone: 619-232-8226

Extraordinary Desserts Brunch
Join Extraordinary Desserts for their weekly buffet-style brunch. The price includes house coffee, hot tea, and bubbly champagne.
Pricing: $32.95 per person
Location: 1430 Union Street, Little Italy
Date: February 14
Phone: 619-294-7001 x 101

Fiore Restaurant at Harrah’s Resort
Harrah’s Resort SoCal has created a five-course dinner for two at Fiore. Dine on items like jidori chicken, black truffle ravioli, and a glazed chocolate bombe.
Pricing: $130 per couple
Location: 777 Harrah’s Rincon Way, Valley Center
Date: February 14
Phone: 760-751-3100

Hotel Del Coronado   
The Del’s 1500 Ocean will offer an intimate Valentine’s Day celebration, which will include a five-course menu with boutique wine and champagne pairings. Sheerwater, the hotel’s umbrella-dotted patio restaurant, will also offer a romantic three-course menu over the holiday weekend.
Location: 1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado
Date: February 12-14
Phone: 619-522-8490

Humphreys Restaurant  
Enjoy a three-course menu by executive chef Nicolas Bour with a waterfront view. Iconic jazz pianist Keiko Matsui will be on hand to set the mood.
Pricing: $65 person
Location: 2241 Shelter Island Drive, Shelter Island
Date: February 14
Phone: 619-224-3577

Jsix
For two days, indulge in Jsix’s special menu, which will include many delicious entrée options, like their dungeness crab pasta.
Pricing: $65 per person
Location: 616 J Street, East Village
Date: February 13-14
Phone: 619-531-8744

Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge
Chef Tim Kolanko’s three-course menu offers your choice of appetizers such as a bloomsdale spinach salad, and main course options like parsnip ravioli with truffles to keep your Valentine’s Day farm-to-table fresh.
Pricing: $55 per person
Location: 1015 Orange Avenue, Coronado
Date: February 14
Phone: 619-437-6087

Oceana Coastal Kitchen
Located at the bayfront of Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa, Oceana wants couples to indulge in a four-course prix-fixe dinner presented by Executive Chef Steven Riemer.  
Pricing: $60 per person
Location: 3999 Mission Boulevard, Mission Bay
Date: February 14
Phone: 858-488-1081

Pacifica Del Mar
The popular restaurant will be a great setting to impress someone special. In addition to the à la carte menu for two evenings, Pacifica’s Ocean Bar will also be open to serve those keeping it low-key, or those looking for a post-evening drink.
Location: 1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar
Date: February 13-14
Phone: 858-792-0467

The Prado
At the Prado, your date night will include a three-course menu from Executive Chef Jonathan Hale. Choose from fresh salads, sizzling meats, and sweet treats. 
Pricing: $59.95 per person
Location: 1549 El Prado, Balboa Park
Date: February 14
Phone: 619-557-9441

Puesto
Each couple who dines in at Puesto this Valentine’s Day will receive a free rose to celebrate the holiday. Viva el amor!
Location: 789 W. Harbor Drive, Downtown
Date: February 14
Phone: 619-233-8880

Rustic Root 
On Valentine’s Day evening only, Rustic Root is offering a Champagne Special for $115 that includes a bottle of Veuve Clicquot and house-made chocolate-dipped strawberries. Get your taste buds ready for a menu that includes smoked duck salad, petrale sole, and surf and turf with filet mignon and lobster tail.
Pricing: $115 per person
Location: 535 5th Avenue, Gaslamp
Date: February 14
Phone: 619-232-1747

Saltbox
Saltbox’s new Executive Chef, Brad Kraten, has created a three-course menu sure to sweeten your evening. Select from a variety of starters, like his field green salad then move onto the pan-seared white fish as a possible entrée. End on a sweet note with desserts like their red velvet whoopie pie.
Pricing: $45 per person
Location: 1047 5th Avenue, Gaslamp
Date: February 14
Phone: 619-515-3093

Stake Chophouse & Bar
Chef Tim Kolanko’s decadent four-course menu is the perfect match for your Valentine’s Day dinner. Nibble on lobster wonton soup or a citrus and crab salad, and set the mood with a white chocolate and passion fruit confection.
Pricing: $120 per person
Location: 1309 Orange Avenue, Coronado
Date: February 14
Phone: 619-522-0077

The Red Door Restaurant & Wine Bar 
All Valentine’s Day weekend The Red Door will be offering a prix-fixe menu as executive chef Miguel Valdez showcases aphrodisiac foods and locally sourced, in-season produce.
Pricing: $70 per person
Location: 741 W. Washington Street, Mission Hills
Date: February 14
Phone: 619-295-6000

The San Diego Museum of Art
Embrace romance with an after-hours, love-themed art tour. Then visit the Sculpture Court and Garden at Panama 66 to indulge in a picnic basket for two filled with gourmet sandwiches, a cheese or vegan plate, chocolates, and a bottle of champagne, wine, or craft beer.
Pricing: $90 nonmembers
Location: 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park
Date: February 14
Phone: 619-232-7931

The Wellington Steak & Martini Lounge 
The “Feed Your Love” prix-fixe menu will provide love-themed options at The Red Door’s speakeasy-style sister restaurant.
Pricing: $75 per person
Location: 729 W. Washington Street, Mission Hills
Date: February 14
Phone: 619-295-6000

 

Sweet Treats

Bake Sale Bakery
Give your Valentine the sweetest treats this holiday with heart-shaped cookies at Terryl Gavre’s bakery. Handmade chocolate ganache truffles will also be available for $12 for a box of six and $45 for a box of two dozen.
Location: 815 F Street, Downtown
Date:
February 10-14
Phone: 619-515-2224

Bobboi Natural Gelato
Switch it up and give the taste of flowers to your Valentine with Bobboi Natural Gelato’s new rosewater pink chocolate, lavender blueberry, and orange blossom dark chocolate sorbet gelato. Each gelato selection is made in-house daily with organic milk and sugar.
Location: 8008 Girard Avenue, La Jolla
Date: February 10-14
Phone: 858-999-1362

Gelato Paradiso
Gelato Paradiso is offering $2.14 off any cake or 12-pack gelato pops until Valentine’s Day. Imported from Italy, the treats range from heart-shaped creations with fresh raspberry sorbetto to double chocolate gelato on a moist chocolate sponge.
Location: 789 W Harbor Drive, Downtown
Date: February 14
Phone: 619-238-0307

Le Parfait Paris
All day on the 14th, the Parisian cafe will be serving heart-shaped macarons along with champagne specials and a one-day only specialty cocktail starting at $10. Perfect for the couple or even those who hate the holiday but want to drink the day away. 
Pricing: Macarons start at $2.50 each
Location: 555 G Street, Gaslamp
Date: February 14
Phone: 619- 245-4457

 

Drinks

The Nolen
Have a specialty cocktail from the Nolen all weekend-long like the “Netflix and Chilis,” which includes St. George green vodka, tequila, Ancho Reyes chili liqueur, agave, and lemon.
Pricing: $11 each
Location: 453 6th Avenue, Gaslamp
Date: February 14
Phone: 619- 237-0678

Vom Fass
At their “Bubbles for Brunch” (starting at 11 am), guests can have a Kir Royale champagne cocktail paired with a hand-dipped chocolate-covered strawberry made using the store’s artisan Maletti vinegar.
Pricing: $5
Location: 1050 University Avenue, Hillcrest
Date: February 14
Phone: 619- 534-5034

 

Shows

Athenaeum Jazz at Tsri
Kick off your Valentine’s Day weekend by enjoying the rare West Coast appearance by Gary Peacock Trio featuring Peacock on bass, Marc Copland on piano, and Joey Baron on drums.
Pricing: $35
Location: 10620 John Jay Hopkins Drive, La Jolla
Date: February 13
Phone: 858-454-5872

Beats Antique at The Observatory
The fusion-electronic music group plays an 18 and over show at the historic North Park Theater. Dancing encouraged.
Pricing: $22
Location: 2891 University Avenue, North Park
Date: February 14

Outlaw Valentine: Bonnie & Clyde screening at The Headquarters 
Snuggle close for an unconventional Valentine’s Day date that includes an outdoor screening of the classic Bonnie & Clyde. Bring your favorite lawn chair and grab dinner and drinks from surrounding restaurants.
Pricing: Free
Location: 789 West Harbor Drive, Downtown
Date: February 12
Phone: 619-235-4013

 

Daytime Fun

Bankers Hill Bar + Restaurant
Bankers Hill will be hosting its Sunday School Tasting event titled “Real Men (& Women) Drink Pink: Rosé for Romance.”
Pricing: $45 per person
Location: 2202 4th Avenue, Bankers Hill
Date: February 14
Phone: 619-231-0222

Blink Lash Boutique
Blink will be offering a free gift with purchase of eyelash extensions, as well as a free upgrade with each full set.
Location: 665 San Rodolfo Drive, Suite 108, Solana Beach
Date: February 1-14
Phone: 858-436-4456

Bub’s at the Ballpark
Dogs need love too! Bub’s will be having a Doggie Brunch benefitting Second Chance Dog Rescue. Come, sip on a Bloody Mary or mimosa, play the raffle, win prizes, and maybe even bring home a new four-legged friend.  
Pricing: Free
Location: 715 J Street, East Village
Date: February 14
Phone: 619-546-0815

Blush Tan
Working on that romantic glow? Enjoy 20% off full body tans February 7-14.
Location: 7450 Girard Avenue, La Jolla
Date: February 7-14
Phone: 858-412-4029

Elle Bridal Boutique
One of San Diego's top rated bridal salons is offering a special treat for the recently engaged. Celebrate Valentine's Day with 14% off all sample gowns February 12-14. 
Location: 1133 Columbia St. #101, Downtown
Date: February 12-14
Phone: 619-326-8034

Harrah’s Resort
The Valley Center resort has created romantic spa packages: The 80-minute Couples Retreat Massage comes with champagne with strawberries, the body polish treatment includes a body massage with body butter, and the "Sweet Face & Perfect Pout Facial" creates a glowing, kissable complexion.
Pricing: $130-300
Location: 777 Harrah’s Rincon Way, Valley Center
Date: All of February
Phone: 760-751-3100

Jump Start Your Heart 5K
The 5th annual walk/run event will benefit the Children’s Heart Foundation. This year’s event will feature a beer garden at the Start and Finish lines, and guests who are 21+ can indulge in local craft beers.
Pricing: Ranges $40-50
Location: 2688 E. Mission Bay Drive, Mission Bay
Date: February 14

 

Romantic Getaways

Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa
Catamaran’s Valentine’s room package includes a one-night stay and Valentine’s Day dinner for two at the hotel’s Oceana Restaurant.
Pricing: $350
Location: 3999 Mission Boulevard, Mission Beach
Date: February 13-14
Phone: 858-488-1081

Hotel Palomar San Diego
The hotel’s Nature’s Spa by Jurlique offers a couple’s treatment room, complete with a soaking tub. For Valentine’s Day, the Lazy Lover package will include $100 credit/night to its deluxe spa or $100/night dining credit for in-room dining from Saltbox Dining and Drinking, as well as a romantic welcome amenity: rose petals, champagne, chocolates, an intimacy kit, and teddy bear.
Location: 1047 5th Avenue, Gaslamp
Date: February 13-14
Phone: 619- 515-3000

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
Love is in the air at Rancho Valencia with a wide variety of romantic pursuits: Private Couple's Yoga class, Sweethearts Tennis Tutorial, and a ‘Yours + Mine’ Valentine's Day Dinner at Veladora with live music and prix-fixe menu. The ‘Yours + Mine’ package includes accommodations and sparkling wine for two, and $150 dining credit to Rancho Valencia's signature holiday dinner.
Location: 5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe
Date: February 13-14
Phone: 858-756-1123

Rancho Bernardo Inn
At this romantic retreat, enjoy a one-night stay on the 14th, with dinner, drinks, and live music at the property’s restaurants AVANT or Veranda. AVANT will offer a four-course prix-fixe dinner $85 per person and Veranda Fireside Lounge & Terrace will have a special three-course Valentine’s dinner menu at $60 per person.
Pricing: Packages start at $324
Location:  17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive, Rancho Bernardo
Date: February 12-14
Phone:  888-976-4417

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