Whether it’s the first date with a new fling or the millionth shared dessert with your long-time lover, treating someone special to a Valentine’s Day dinner at a San Diego restaurant shows more than a touch of adoration. Now, it’s just a matter of picking the right place. The prix-fixe menus from some of the top chefs in the county connect us intimately over candlelit tables, ocean views and the thick fog of love in the air.
This year, split an appetizer, hover over an entrée, and cozy up with dessert on Thursday, February 14.
Discover our 2013 San Diego Valentine’s Day dining guide.
The Westgate Hotel: Celebrate all things romance with a four-course dinner by Executive Chef Fabrice Hardel in The Westgate Hotel. The menu features Grilled Tuna Belly, Maine Lobster, Cedar River Black Angus Tenderloin, and ends with a Bittersweet Chocolate Molten Cake. $89 per person; $109 with wine pairing. westgatehotel.com
Jsix: Show your romantic side at this four-course dinner by Executive Chef Graves. Start with His & Hers Oysters, then choose between Spinach Cavatelli with De Bruin Rabbit Soup and Fennel Sausage Stuffed Quail, and finish with a big slice of Red Velvet Sinner’s Cake. $75 per person; $95 with beverage pairing. jsixrestaurant.com
BiCE San Diego: BiCE offers their three-course Valentine’s Day menu from Feb. 14 through Feb. 17. Guests who dine at 5pm or 9pm will also enjoy a complimentary glass of Moscato. Appetizer choices include 24-Month Aged Prosciutto, Romaine Lettuce with Kale and Fresh Scampi with Blue Crab Salad. Entrée options offer Lobster Ravioli, Pan Seared Veal Tenderloin or Saffron Risotto. For a sweet ending, take a bite out of the Chocolate and Marshmallow Mousse, Caramel Cheesecake or Strawberry Panna Cotta. $56 per person. bicesandiego.com
Something Special: A professional photographer will be on site at BiCE, so guests can take home a memento of their romantic evening.
Bertrand at Mister A’s: Delight in a three-course dinner from Chef de Cuisine Stéphane Voitzwinkler. Start with choices of the Traditional Lobster Bisque, Butternut Squash Ravioli and Sautéed Prawns. Entrees include Crispy Sautéed Sea Bass, Confit Duckling, Pan Seared Maine Diver Sea Scallops, Grilled Prime Angus Beef Tenderloin and more. Desserts will feature a Chocolate Crème Brulee, Lemon Tarte, Dark Chocolate Black Forest Torte or Fresh Cherry Clafoutie. $85 per person. bertrandatmisteras.com
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar at Aventine: Extending from Feb. 14 to Feb. 17, Fleming’s will present a three-course dinner fit for lovers. You’ll dine on Heirloom Tomatoes with Housemade Burrata, Citrus-Marinated Salmon Tartar, a choice of Roasted Lobster Tail or Chateaubriand with Crab Glacage and a Chocolate Budino for dessert. Guests who dine during this Valentine’s dinner will also receive a $25 gift card toward a future Fleming’s experience. $69.95 per person. flemingssteakhouse.com
Terra American Bistro: Whisper sweet nothings over three-courses from Chef Jeff Rossman. Start out with a selection of Saucy Oyster Shooters, Lobster Bisque or Beets and Greens. Main entrée choices feature Filet Mignon, Dukkah Crusted Sea Bass, Caramel Black Pepper Glazed Duck Breast or Grilled Vegetable Napoleon. For dessert, treat yourself to a Hibiscus Blood Orange Tart or other samplers to share. $49 per person. terrasd.com
Saltbox: The three-course dinner from Chef Dolinky rejuvenates the romance in a downtown hotspot. Start off with the Uni and Crab Verrine with avocado and blood orange, and then order up the Lobster Ravioli. Finish off on a sweet note with Chocolate Hazelnut Terrine served with goat cheese ice cream and rosemary tangerine. $55 per person; $73 with wine pairing. saltboxrestaurant.com
Table 926: Treat your date to this La Jolla gem featuring a three-course dinner by owner and Executive Chef Matt Richman. Start with options of Lobster Bisque, Seared Ahi Nicoise-Style Salad, Steamed Mussels and more. The second course features Grilled Colorado Lamb Chops, White Shrimp Bucatini, Pork Osso Bucco and Potato Wrapped Verlasso Salmon. Unleash your sweet tooth with stand-out desserts like the Earl Grey Angel Food Cake. $60 per person; $80 with beverage pairings. table926.com
Katsuya San Diego: Find a perfect blend of elegance and sophisticated romance over a four-course dinner at Katsuya by Starck San Diego. Guests will begin with either Robata Oysters or Crispy Octopus served with a Garlic Aioli. Next, opt between Ceviche Seaweed Salad, Vegetable and Shrimp Tempura or a selection of the Robata Skewers. The entrée courses are made for two, so each pair can choose between a Whole Bass, a Waygu Filet or a Sushi and Sashimi Platter. Finish off with the Chocolate Debauchery Platter. $150 per couple; $200 per couple with bottle of champagne. sbe.com
Truluck’s at Aventine: This fish-forward, three-course dinner will serve up Stone Crab Claws, Super Lump Crab Cake, South African Lobster Tail, Miso-Glazed Seabass and more. Guests can finish with the sharable Carrot Cake, Chocolate Malt Pie and a sugar-free Coconut Cream Pie. $75 per person. trulucks.com
Grant Grill: Take things up a notch with a four-course dinner at Grant Grill in the US GRANT Hotel. The menu is overflowing with mouthwatering options, such as Smoked Potato Gnocchi, California White Sea Bass, Roasted Duck Breast, Dry Aged Strip Loin, and sweet endings of Orange Crème Fraiche Cake and Grand Marnier Ice Cream. $95 per person. grantgrill.com
The Melting Pot at Aventine: Five-courses of fondue pleasure will be served at The Melting Pot. Taste the rich Bacon and Brie Cheese and Pesto Walnut Swiss Cheese fondues; a Deluxe Lover’s Feast featuring Twin Cold-Water Lobster Tail and Filet Mignon; and Cupid’s Combination featuring a choice of Filet Mignon, Angus Sirloin, Beaujolais Chicken Kiwi Lime Shrimp and more. $85 per person. meltingpot.com.
Monello: The a la carte dinner at Little Italy’s new restaurant will feature specialty dishes from Chef Fabrizio including Pizza al Peperone Rosso e Finocchiona (gourmet pizza with red bell peppers, arrabbiata sauce and fennel salami) and Gelate al Cioccolate e Peperoncino (homemade artisanal chocolate and spicy pepper gelato). lovemonello.com
Café Sevilla: Spice things up with a four-course menu and accompanying live Flamenco performance at Café Sevilla. The meal features an Organic Baby Green Salad, Duck Confit and Bay Scallops, Cupid’s Surf & Turf, Paella San Valentin and a grand finale of Heart Shaped Cupidon Cake for two. Starting at $59 per person. cafesevilla.com
Cafe Japengo: This a la carte Valentine’s Day menu available from Feb. 14 to Feb. 17 serves Pacific Rim and sushi from Executive Chef Jay Payne. Specials include the Ahi Duet Two Ways featuring Tartare and Charred Ahi with Mizuna Greens, Lump Crab Meat Stuffed Wholefish and Grilled Porterhouse Vintage Steak with Miso-Glazed Lobster Tail. Treat yourself to desserts like Nutella Mousse and Red Velvet Cake Trifle. cafejapengo.com
Humphreys Restaurant: For those who wish to dine with freedom, Humphreys Restaurant is offering an a la carte menu from Chef Paul Murphy. Romantic dishes to feast on over the bay include Shrimp Risotto, Baked Brie, Grilled Sea Bass, New York Steak and a Lover’s Duo of organic Ecuadorian dark chocolate truffles and dark chocolate cashew brittle. humphreysrestaurant.com
Café 21: From Feb. 14 to Feb 17, Café 21 brings the heat at both their Gaslamp and Adams Ave. locations through a four-course menu. Start with Beet Tartar and a rich Rabbit Stew. Then choose between Pan Roasted Salmon or Masala Chai Tea Braised Short Rib for your main entrée. Finish off with either a Crème Brulee Cheesecake or White Chocolate Crepe Cake. $45 per person. cafe-21.com
Herringbone: Over in La Jolla, hearts and stomachs will be full with a four-course prix-fixe menu. Starters include a Kumamoto Oysters, Big Eye Tuna Crudo and Asparagus Salad. Then, opt between Uni Spaghettini, Maine Lobster and English Pea Risotto and a Celery Root and Black Truffle Agnolotti. Third course will serve up Duck Breast, Alaskan Black Cod and Prime. For dessert, order up either a Vanilla Raspberry Bombe, Pistachio and Fresh Berries, Chocolate Ganache or a Rose Caramel and Devil’s Food. herringboneeats.com
George’s at the Cove: Bring your special someone to the seaside with a three-course dinner from Chef Trey Foshee. Standouts for starters include the Sweet Potato Soup, Chino Farms Broccoli Raviolo, Red Salad or Pacific Oysters. Entrée choices feature a Smoked Maine Lobster, Jidori Chicken, Local Swordfish or the Roasted Duck. For dessert, snag a Warm Chocolate Tart, Goat Cheese Panna Cotta, Cider Poached Apples or Chocolate Mousse. $70 per person. georgesatthecove.com
Roseville Cozinha: The fish-to-fork eatery in Liberty Station will spotlight a three-course menu for the holiday. Dishes on the radar include Juniper Brined Pork Chop, Grandma Alves Secret Cioppino Recipe, Line-Caught Yellowfin Tuna, or the Day’s Pasta. To finish, delight in Cream Puffs filled with housemade gelato and chocolate ganache. rosevillecozinha.com
The Red Door: Take romance through the Red Door, serving their regular selections plus a prix-fixe three-course menu from Chef Miguel. Can’t miss dishes include the Queretaro Pumpkin Soup, 6 oz. Filet Mignon or the Local Fresh Catch served with farro-quinoa pilaf, garden arugula, citrus vinaigrette and pickled fennel. Dessert will feature Belgian Chocolate Pot de Crème, a Housemade Almond Cookie and more. $44 per person. thereddoorsd.com
Gaijin Noodle + Sake House: Feast on two starters, including Pork Carnitas Bao Bao, Beef Tongue and Cheek Bao Bao, Shrimp Bao Bao and Karaage Bao Bao. Then, select two yakitori (four skewers) with choices of Skirt Steak, Teriyaki Chicken, Eggplant and Okra, plus two half-bowls of noodles which include Spicy Muso Chasu Ramen and Gaijin Drunken Noodles. Finish with a choice of dessert, including Mochi and Bacon S’more. $50 per couple. gaijinsd.com
Searsucker: The downtown hotspot is serving up a romantic five-course prix-fixe dinner. Top picks for a night of falling in love include Beef Tartar and Quail Egg to start, Crab Cake, Short Rib or Scallops next, Beet & Mixed Greens to follow, and main entrees ranging from Chicken & Country Ham Roulade to Lamb Loin, Mahi Mahi or Potato Dumplings. Dessert is a Red Velvet Sundae. $75 per person. searsucker.com
Sabuku Sushi: Wow your sweetheart with a prix-fixe dinner for two (the full restaurant menu will also be available). The sushi spot offers any two glasses of your beverage of choice, Shiso Crazee for an appetizer, a main dish of Stuffed Tunatos and the Passion Roll, and a grand finale of Bread Pudding with Red Hot Sauce for dessert. $40 per couple. sabukusushi.com
Roppongi: Savor the love with this three-course menu. The feast begins with a choice of Big Eye Tuna or Hearts of Romaine Leaves and Shaved Reggiano Cheese. The second course will spotlight Habachi Grilled Petit Filet Mignon and Panko Breaded Crab Cake or Green Tea Crusted Saikou Salmon. The third and final course finishes off with a Chocolate Heart Cake or Macadamia Nut and Cherry Chocolate Mousse. $60 per person; $82 with wine pairing. roppongiusa.com
Once Upon a Wedding: Take the whole family to this dinner theater show, complete with a feast, music, dancing and interactive entertainment. The menu at this musical comedy includes a dinner salad and gourmet meal choice of chicken or vegetarian, appetizing side dishes plus wedding cake, coffee service and a champagne toast. While dining, you’ll follow the story of Daisy Dudley and Davis Do-Wright attempting to celebrate their wedding day as one thing after another goes wrong. The hilarious play features hit songs from the fifties – a perfect treat for your whole fam. It’s taking place at The Lafayette Hotel. $65+ per person. laughingtreeproductions.com
Imperial House: This Valentine’s Day menu will kick off with first course options of Lobster Bisque Soup and Farmers Mixed Tossed Green Salad. The second course selections include Filet Mignon & Lobster ($68), Rack of Lamb ($48), Roasted Prime Rib ($48), Filet Mignon ($48) and Broiled Northern Halibut ($48). Desserts choices feature Tiramisu, New York Cheese Cake and Black Forest Cake. imperialhouse.net