Where to Spend Valentine’s Day in San Diego

vday-chocolateWhether you’re spending Valentine’s Day in San Diego solo or with a special someone, we’ve got you covered. Check out the top events, indulgences and dining this Valentine’s Day in America’s Finest City.

 

EVENTS
Chander’s Valentine’s Day Couples Cooking Class
Feb. 8. Get hands-on with your sweetie at Chandler’s Couples Cooking Class that will include Chef Pascal Vignau demonstrating how to cook a crab cake with cognac sauce, a herb salad and a molten chocolate cake with cherry sauce, as well as items to take home and cook yourself using the techniques shown during class. 2-4 p.m. $65/pp. A prix-fixe menu will also be available in the restaurant from Feb. 13-15 in celebration of Valentine’s Day. 1 Ponto Rd., Carlsbad. 760.843.5500. chandlerscarlsbad.com

The Chuck Jones Gallery
Feb. 14.
Unlock your inner Pepé le Pew at the Chuck Jones Gallery this Valentine’s Day with an exhibit in tribute to all things amorous. Guests will enjoy sumptuous bites from My Yogurt and COS Chocolates, and sip sparkling wine from Le Metro Wine Underground while viewing love-inspired works, including new photos of Pepé. Reservations requested by Feb. 12. 6:30-10 p.m. The Chuck Jones Gallery, 232 Fifth Ave., San Diego. 888.294.9880. chuckjones.com

Coronado Valentine’s Day 10K
Feb. 16. 
Extend your Valentine’s Day celebration through the weekend with this 10K and one-mile run in Coronado. Savor the path that runs along the beautiful San Diego Bay and around Coronado’s golf course and scenic million-dollar homes. Running with your sweetheart is even better. A post race raffle and party will be held at McP’s Irish Pub and Grill. Race begins at 1100 Orange Ave., Coronado. coronado10k.com 

Dallman Fine Chocolates’ Chocolate and Wine Tasting
Feb. 14.
Wine and chocolate pair together as perfectly as you and your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day. Dallman’s sommelier has carefully select three wines that are paired with world class confections for this romantic tasting adventure. 6:30 p.m. 2670 Via De La Valle, Suite A270, Del Mar. 858.720.1933. dallmannconfections.com

JRDN
Feb. 12.
Kick off Valentine’s Day a little early this year with a pre-V-Day wine tasting. Domaine Chandon will feature a selection of sparkling wines for guests to sample along with a selection of cheeses provided by Venissimo Cheese and JRDN’s signature oysters. Nothing screams romance like a little bubbly. 6-8 p.m. $25/pp. 723 Felspar St., San Diego. 858.270.2323. t23hotel.com

The “Love Train” Winery Tours
Through Feb. 28.
Looking for a unique way to wow your special someone this Valentine’s Day? Get on the Love Train with San Diego Beer and Wine Tours. These romantic train tours include fine wines, delicious gourmet food and breathtaking coastal views. $88+/pp. 858.551.5115. lajollawinetours.com

DINING
Avant
Feb. 14.
Enjoy a carefully selected three-course menu, which includes items such as chilled Northwest oysters, Avant’s winter salad, pan-roasted Branzino, 48-hour vintage short rib and spaghetti squash cannelloni. Indulge in the decadent Mexican chocolate Dacoise or the pear tarte with cinnamon ice cream for dessert. 5 p.m. $65/pp. Rancho Bernardo Inn, 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive, San Diego. 858.675.8400. ranchobernardoinn.com

Beaumont’s Eatery
Feb. 14. Grab your honey and head to Bird Rock for a special three-course Sweetheart Supper. Designed to share, the menu includes a “two-way rib eye,” with parsley root puree and Miataki mushrooms; Cornish game hen stuffed with Brussels sprouts, apple salad and game hen jus; and a pan-roasted black cod with potato gnocchi. Beaumont’s will also be mixing special his and her or “Birds and Bees” cocktails. 5662 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla. 858.459.0474. beaumontseatery.com

Bertrand at Mister A’s
Feb. 10-16. Mister A’s knows that not everyone celebrates love on the 14th, so the restaurant—which was recently ranked in the top 100 for most romantic restaurants in the nation by Open Table diners—is offering a special three-course dinner menu all week long and a weekday three-course lunch special for $75 and $45.50 per person, respectively. Mister A’s is going all out for the big day, however, and on Feb. 14, diners can enjoy a romantic three-course meal at the iconic rooftop with menu options such as rack of lamb and chocolate crème brûlée. $95/pp. 2550 Fifth Avenue, Twelfth Floor, San Diego. 619.239.1377. bertrandatmisteras.com

Bice Ristorante
Feb. 14. “It’s amore” at Bice Ristorante as the Gaslamp Quarter’s fine Italian restaurant offers a decadent three-course prix-fixe menu crafted by Executive Chef de Cuisine  Francesca Penoncelli. $61/pp. 425 Island Ave., San Diego. 619.239.2423. bicesandiego.com

Brockton Villa
Feb. 14. For a romantic evening spent looking over the beautiful La Jolla Cove, Brockton Villa restaurant in La Jolla Village is just the place to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Executive Chef Mareyja Sisbarro will feature a three-course prix-fixe menu including unique entrées such as wasabi pea and pistachio crusted sea bass. Brockton Villa will also feature Valentine’s Day breakfast specials including a truffled herb omelet, smoked salmon Benedict and chocolate pancakes served with fresh raspberry. $59/pp. 1235 Coast Blvd., La Jolla. 858.454.7393. brocktonvilla.com

Cucina Enoteca
Feb. 20.
Indulge in an intimate and sophisticated champagne dinner on Cucina Enoteca’s open-air rooftop patio. This ode to bubbly will feature four sparkling wines—a Moet Chandon ‘04 vintage, a Ruinart blanc De Blanc, a Veuve Cliquot ‘04 vintage and a Krug. These pedigreed pours will be paired with a five-course dinner crafted by Chef de Cuisine Andrew Bachlier. $135/pp. 6:30 p.m. Reservations required; email cate@urbankitchengroup.com for tickets. 2730 Via De La Valle, Del Mar. 858.704.4500. cucinaenoteca.com

Encore Champagne Bar
Ongoing. Make a toast this Valentine’s Day in the Gaslamp’s first champagne-centric dining destination. The French- and Mediterranean-inspired menu features a variety of sharable dishes including a “Honeymoon Oyster” and a veal chop for two. 531 F St., San Diego. 619.255.5152. http://www.encoregaslamp.com/

The Grant Grill
Feb. 14. The Grant Grill is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a romantic candlelit five-course dinner paired with live music. Menu items include duck pastrami with mushroom custard, port glaze, black currants and chicory; lobster-fried oysters with citrus curd, saffron-braised artichokes and licorice drizzled in a winter-herb pesto; and cumin-scented lamb with Greek yogurt, pickled cucumbers and golden raisins. 5:30-10 p.m. $110/pp. The US Grant, 326 Broadway, San Diego. 619.744.2077. grantgrill.com

Marina Kitchen
Feb. 14.
Treat your sweetheart to a “modern comfort” dinner created by Executive Chef Aron Schwartz. With views overlooking the San Diego Bay, Marina Kitchen’s romantic ambience is perfect for the February holiday. 5-10 p.m. $55/pp. Wine pairing available for an additional $25/pp. Marriott Marquis and Marina, 333 W Harbor Dr., San Diego. 619.699.8222. facebook.com/MarinaKitchenSD

Morada
Feb. 14. Savor a romantic four-course tasting menu with wine pairings, including items such as pan-roasted Alaskan halibut with faro risotto, the Morada cioppino, lemon-basil crème brûlée ,and a cast iron apple cobbler. $78/pp, wine pairings available for an additional $30/pp. The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, 5951 Linea Del Cielo, Rancho Santa Fe. 858.381.8289.  theinnatrsf.com

Sally’s Seafood on the Water
Feb. 14. This Valentine’s Day, Sally’s will offer a four-course prix-fixe menu including selections such as lobster bisque, beet salad and filet mignon. Cater to your sweet tooth with a dark chocolate mousse for dessert. 5:30-9:30pm. $49/pp. Manchester Grand Hyatt, 1 Market Place, San Diego. 619.358.6740. sallyssandiego.com

Sea & Smoke, Urban Solace and Solace & the Moonlight Lounge
Feb. 13-15.
At all three of Chef Matt Gordon’s trendy restaurants, guests can enjoy a prix-fixe menu built for sharing. The three-course prix-fixe menus will include items such as an amuse-bouche of Dungeness crab on buttered brioche, a decadent lobster bisque, spiced cocoa-rubbed beef tenderloin with confit potato and asparagus, and ginger crème brûlée with candied citrus. Sea & Smoke, 2690 Via de la Valle, Del Mar, 858.925.8212, seaandsmoke.com. Urban Solace, 3823 30th Street, San Diego, 619.295.6464, urbansolace.net. Solace & the Moonlight Lounge, 25 East E Street, Encinitas, 760.753.2433, eatatsolace.com

Veladora
Feb. 14. Executive Chef Eric Bauer has created four “Yours & Mine” courses, perfect for sharing with your sweetheart. Menu items include lobster and beet salad, wild mushroom and truffle gnocchi, and pan-roasted Skuna Bay salmon. $135/for two. Rancho Valencia, 5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe. 858.759.6246. ranchovalencia.com

Waypoint Public
Feb. 14.
Celebrate romance, bromance or your love affair with beer with Waypoint Public’s “Sharing is Caring” Valentine’s Day beer dinner. You don’t necessarily need a sweetheart for Executive Chef Amanda Baumgarten’s and resident beer nerd Brian Jensen’s family-style, four-course prix-fixe menu. You just need 1-5 friends. It’s aValentine’s Day dinner without the mushy hype and hoopla. $45/pp, beer pairings available for an additional $15/pp. Waypoint Public, 3794 30th St., North Park. 619.255.8778. waypointpublic.com

SPA
The Spa at Estancia
Through Feb. 28. Escape together to Estancia La Jolla’s new private couple’s bungalow with the “Escape Together” package. The journey begins with a romantic soak in the tub for two, complete with hydro-massage jets before culminating with a couple’s massage of your choice. The service ends with an infused hot towel foot wrap and scalp massage. 9700 N Torrey Pines Rd., San Diego. 858.550.1000. estancialajolla.com

The Spa at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe
Through Feb. 28. The Spa at The Inn’s couple’s suite is perfect for a private Valentine’s escape, complete with a private outdoor courtyard that features a shower and tub. For the entire month of February, receive a complimentary robe with the purchase of a $250 gift card for The Spa. 5951 Linea Del Cielo, Rancho Santa Fe. 800.843.4661. theinnatrsf.com

 

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