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  • Writer's pictureJarnard Sutton

Romantic or low key, treat your sweetheart to one of these spots for Valentine's Day in San Dieg

The struggle of finding the perfect place to take a special someone on Valentine’s Day is a task these San Diego restaurants have solved. So, in the spirit of love, consider one of the spots to dine at.

La Valencia

La Valencia’s The Med will offer an exclusive Valentine’s Day five-course pairing dinner, inspired by premium Remy Martin XO cognac. Showcasing the culinary prowess of Executive Chef Timothy Ralphs, the menu features items infused with Remy Martin XO cognac, including Lobster plated with parsnip, radish, caviar, peas and XO and the Muscovy Duck rangoon with pistachio, salsify and cognac clementine glaze. Thoughtfully curated wine pairings will be served with each course, too. Reservations can be made on OpenTable | $275 per couple.

Cafe Gratitude

In partnership with Jessica Encell Coleman, the founder/creator of The Magic of Human Connection, Cafe Gratitude will offer a special Valentine’s Day dinner from February 13-16, themed ‘Cuisine + Connection.' In an effort to foster human connection, the event pairs each course with an interactive heart-centered activity, designed to encourage gratitude and to honor the abundance within a relationship!

Mongolian Hot Pot

Spice things up this Valentine’s Day at Mongolian Hot Pot, located in Clairemont Mesa. Known for its signature, 12 spice soup broth, the hot pot eatery will host a specialty Ying to My Yang Valentine’s Day special. For $60, guests can enjoy an order of the Ying Yang hot pot, featuring a half serving of the original broth and a half serving of the spicy broth, alongside a selection of protein options such as Kobe Beef Ribeye. The special will also include fresh veggies, handmade noodles, dessert and 20% off all bottles of wine.

Spill the Beans

Located in the heart of downtown, Spill the Beans will be crafting specialty heart shaped bagels for Valentine’s Day. Surprise your loved one with two options including the You’re My Everything Everything bagel and the Pizza My Heart bagel. For a festive beverage, pair the bagels with the Mrs. Pots tea latte, featuring rose simple syrup.

Mavericks Beach Club

No date this Valentine’s Day? No problem! Mavericks Beach Club is hosting their 2nd annual I’d Rather Date My Dog event, on Friday February 14th. From 4 to 6 p.m., enjoy specialty cocktails, snap cute photos of you and your pooch in the Doggy Photo Booth and play in the off-leash pop-up Dog Park. There will also be a “Best Dressed Couple” competition, so come dressed up with your furry friend for a chance to win!


Celebrate Valentine’s Day with that special someone at BANKERS HILL BAR + Restaurant, located at 2202 4th Ave., with a prix fixe dinner, optional wine pairings and specialty cocktail exclusively on Friday, Feb. 14.

Created by chef de cuisine, Justin Braly, BANKERS HILL BAR + Restaurant’s specialty menu will be priced at $55 per person, with optional wine pairings for each course priced at $28. The “Every Sip You Take” cocktail, available for $13, is made with rosehip and basil-infused vodka, lemon juice, strawberry simple syrup, Peche de Vigne and topped with an Austrian sparkling rosé of pinot noir.

BANKERS HILL will be open for Valentine’s Day from 4:30 to 10 p.m., with reservations available by calling 619.231.0222 or online at


Tahona in Old Town offers a duo of ways to celebrate. For couples seeking a cozy space to enjoy a meal, Tahona will serve a prix fixe Valentine’s Day dinner in its Oaxaca-inspired dining room, with seating times at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. Both seatings will begin with a mood-setting welcome cocktail preceding four courses of fare showcasing the flavors of Mexico and crafted by Tahona’s Executive Chef Adrian Villareal, who has worked in celebrated kitchens around the world including the internationally famous Noma. In addition, will also offer chocolate and mezcal pairings in its tasting room throughout February 14 and February 15 (separate dinner reservations are not required).

Reservations can be placed by calling 619.255.2090 or through

Toast Gastrobrunch

If you and your love are brunch-bound this Valentine’s Day, then head up the coast to Toast Gastrobrunch in Carlsbad and indulge in their decadent Heart-Shaped Red-Velvet Pancakes. Paired with their Lavender Lemonade, made with lavender cordial, lemon and champagne, it’s the perfect way to kick off the lover’s holiday.

Feast & Fareaway

Savor an array of elegant entrees at Feast and Fareway, located in the heart of Coronado. For just $59 per couple, enjoy sensational selections such as a Wild Mushroom Risotto, topped with peas and pecorino Romano cheese, or dive into their homemade Pappardelle Carbonara, laced with peas, bacon, egg yolk and parmesan cheese - perfect for the pasta lover. Pair your dish with a carefully curated craft cocktail and a stunning view of the iconic Coronado Bridge, for a delightful date night.

Cloak & Petal

Located in Little Italy and arguably one of the most breathtaking restaurants in San Diego, Cloak & Petal invites you to journey into a place of intimacy under blooming cherry blossoms. This Valentine’s Day, for $65 per person, spoil your sweety with selections such as the Chef’s Special Sashimi, Blistered Shishitos, Glazed Duck and Miso Glazed Salmon. Might we suggest coupling your dinner with their Feudal Princess - a twist on a classic martini, featuring Elderflower, dry gin, and Creme de Violette?! It’s one captivating cocktail that pairs beautifully with love!

Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza

With multiple locations throughout San Diego, Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza is an ideal landing spot to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Their heart-shaped Lover’s Delight Aphrodisiac Dessert Pizza is topped with fresh strawberries, ricotta cheese and finished with a balsamic glaze. It’s the perfect gourmet pizza to pair with a delicious bottle of wine, for an intimate, cozy lunch or dinner. In addition, $1 from every dessert pizza ordered will go to the Ronald McDonald House – Sammy’s way of showing love!

Liberty Station

Ignite the flames with a memorable dinner spent at Liberty Station’s many fine dining venues like Solare Ristorante, an authentic Italian eatery, or El Jardin Cantina for a special three course Valentine’s Day Mexican dinner with wine pairings. To indulge your sweet tooth, swing by Chi Chocolat & Banyan Kitchen for a dessert of Raspberry Chocolate Mousse Mini Cake or Chocolate Lava.

Cohn Restaurant Group

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Love is in the air and on every plate this Valentine’s Day with delectable prix fixe meals for two. Dine Your Heart Out at Cohn Restaurant Group locations all over San Diego. Enjoy dishes like a roasted branzino with a modern Mexican twist from Coasterra (Harbor Island), and Island Prime’s center cut filet mignon. Make sure to save room for dessert! Here's a list of other Cohn Restaurant Group locations with its menu available.

Coasterra / $74.95 / 3-Course / View Menu The Prado / $59.95 / 3-Course / View Menu Island Prime & C Level / $74.95 / 3-Course / View Menu Vintana Wine + Dine / $59.95 / 3-Course / View Menu Pacific Social / $44.95 / 3-Course / View Menu 333 Pacific / $69.95 / 4-Course / View Menu Del’s Hideout / $45 / 3-Course / View Menu Sea 180 / $64.95 / 4-Course / View Menu Corvette Diner / $25 & $29 / 2-Course / View Menu The Melting Pot / $74.95-$89.95 / 5-Course / View Menu BO-beau kitchen + caché Hillcrest / $54.95 / 3-Course / View Menu BO-beau kitchen + garden La Mesa / $49.95 / 3–Course / View Menu BO-beau kitchen + bar Ocean Beach / $51.95 / 3-Course / View Menu

Primavera Ristorante

Primavera Ristorante, located at 932 Orange Ave. in Coronado, will set the mood for amore on Valentine’s Day with a romantic prix fixe dinner menu. Primavera’s specialty three-course ‘menu di San Valentino’ is priced at $75 per person, with a specialty cocktail, Love Potion #9, also available for $14. To accompany dinner, the specialty Love Potion #9 cocktail, made with strawberry vodka, Chambord and pomegranate juice, will also be available.

Reservations are encouraged by calling (619) 435-0454. More information is available at

5th & Sky Rooftop Gardens & Lounge at Theatre Box

No Valentine? No problem. 5th & Sky Rooftop Gardens & Lounge at Theatre Box® will host a “Singles in the Sky” rooftop party complete with picturesque views, specialty cocktails and live music beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 14. Specialty cocktails inspired by popular dating apps will be available for $10, including: Love Me Tinder, a combination of watermelon vodka, lemonade and fresh watermelon slices; Rumble on Bumble, made with whisky, orange juice, fresh berries and basil; and Coming Unhinged, made with Smoke Tree Rosé, tequila, grapefruit slices, strawberry slices and peach liqueur. The Heartbreaker shot will also be available for $5.

I hope you have an enjoyable Valentine's Day. Let us know where you're doing for this lovely occasion.

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