Love birds: In case you didn’t get the February memo, it’s almost Valentine’s Day. Do your sweetheart a solid and book a romantic table in advance. Here’s a list of lovely ideas that Cupid would be proud of, brought to you by our pals at Yelp. Don’t leave the day of love to chance!
URBN ST. Brewing Company,El Cajon
Pizza and beer totally work for Valentine’s Day. Snag your sweetheart for an all day ‘Craft Beer & Dinner Pairing’ special, which includes a shared appetizer, one small craft pizza, coal-fired chocolate soufflé and craft beer pairings for two — all for $39 (a vegetarian option is also available).
100 Wines Kitchen,Hillcrest
Starting off with a sparkling wine welcome toast paired with an oyster amuse shooter: Your night couldn’t begin better! Executive Chef Miguel Valdez has put together a three-course menu that showcases such dishes as a chilled beet soup, Catalina offshore crisped salmon with Spanish chorizo and pan seared duck breast with smoked baby carrots for $45.95 per person (not including tax and gratuity).
No time to plan romance? Don’t worry: you’ll wow your lover without lifting a finger by taking advantage of this date-night package. The set up includes creating your own one-of-a kind fragrance at Tijon Fragrance lab following a 90-minute class. You’ll also get over 300 oils to choose from, plus dinner for two from the dates and plates menu at Roppongi. Call ahead to reserve your class time and dining reservation.
Cucina Enoteca,Del Mar
Gather up your honey and head in for a curated three-course Valentine's Day dinner. Dishes featured for the evening range from made-from-scratch pastas, seasonal catch and inventive California twists on Italian staples. The specialty menu options include Humboldt Fog Arancini, Tagliatelle and Tangerine Millefoglie for dessert. Suggested wine pairings will also be available at $48 per person.
Let Cupid shoot you a steak cooked to perfection. Two locations are featuring reservations between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. all Valentine’s weekend and a special menu including a 3-course surf and turf for $100 per person. If you want to be super smooth, you can even order a dozen roses delivered to your table. Don’t forget the chocolate mousse for a sweet finish.
Firefly Grill & Wine Bar,Encinitas
The seasonal menu will get your heart pumping. Dishes include filet mignon bites served with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, a port wine demi glace and warm brie cheese. Plus, there’s the Tapas Trio: bacon wrapped dates, marinated olives and goat cheese stuffed piquillo peppers. Also expect a special four-course menu on Valentine’s Day. Reservations suggested.
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