Guide | Where to Spend Valentine’s Day in San Diego

Where to Spend Valentine’s Day in San Diego

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Whether 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 America’s Finest City has for you this Feb. 14.

EVENTS
Bachelor Auction at Andaz
Feb. 14. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the ultimate ladies’ night out—a bachelor auction including former Cosmopolitan Magazine Bachelor of the Year Christopher Lynch. The event includes a bachelor meet and greet, a cocktail hour with drink specials and complimentary appetizers. All winning bidders will be provided a pre-coordinated, complimentary date with their bachelor to take place the evening of Thursday, Feb. 21. Proceeds benefit the American Heart Association. 6:30 p.m. 21+. Andaz San Diego, 600 F St., downtown. 619.849.1234. andazsandiego.com

The Commons Bar Singles Mixer
Feb. 14. Sweetheart-free this Valentine’s Day? The Commons Bar has you covered. Dubbed “A Bitter Sweet Valentine,” the Commons is holding a singles mixer in conjunction with matchmaking service Katelle Matchmakers. Enjoy hosted appetizers and five-dollar Fernet, Fireball and Svedka shots. Happy Singles’ Awareness Day! 9 p.m.-2 a.m. The Commons Bar, 901 Fourth Avenue, San Diego. 619.696.8888. tcbsandiego.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 scenery. $88/pp. San Diego Beer and Wine Tours, various locations. 858.551.5115. sdbeerwine.com

Three Dog Bakery Yappy Hour
Feb. 12. This Valentine’s Day-themed “Furry Valentine Yappy Hour” includes refreshments and complimentary Valentine’s treats for your furry friends. 5-7:30 p.m. Three Dog Bakery, 2670 Via De La Valle, A160, Del Mar. 858.793.0755. threedogsd.com

Coronado Valentine’s Day 10K
Feb. 17. Extend your Valentine’s Day celebration through the weekend with this 10K run in Coronado. Savor the path along the beautiful San Diego Bay, around Coronado’s golf course and million-dollar homes for a scenic run. Running with your sweetheart is even better. coronado10k.com

DRINKS
Rancho Bernardo Inn: Forbidden Café & Forbidden Fantasy
Through Feb. 28. The Rancho Bernardo Inn offers two decadent cocktails this Valentine’s Day—the Forbidden Café and the Forbidden Fantasy. Available at both the Sports Bar and Veranda Fireside Lounge, these specialty drinks highlight Forbidden Secret liqueur with splashes of Tuaca Vanilla Citrus liqueur, coffee and cream, and vodka and cream. Rancho Bernardo Inn, 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive, San Diego. 858.675.8400. ranchobernardoinn.com

Katsuya: Pucker Up
Feb. 14. It’s love at first sip with Katsuya San Diego’s new romantically inspired Valentine’s Day cocktail, which has been crafted specially for daters who are anxious to “Pucker Up.” After throwing Absolut vodka, Cointreau, lemon juice, simple syrup, peach pucker, and muddled raspberries in the mix, the Pucker Up cocktail is served in a martini glass and garnished with a blood orange wheel. Katsuya by Starck at Andaz San Diego, 600 F St., downtown. 619.814.2000. sbe.com/katsuya/san-diego 

Gang Kitchen: His and Her Cocktails 

Ongoing. What better way to start (or end) a Valentine’s Day date than with a his-and-hers cocktail pair. Gang’s debut lineup of libations offers something for everyone this holiday whether you’re toasting a new relationship or savoring long lost sparks. He could sip a Broken Oath, a stiff and to-the-point bourbon cocktail, while she tries the light and flirty Lady’s Snowblood made with Tito’s vodka, lemon, ginger, basil and strawberry puree. Or the other way around… Gang Kitchen, 345 6th Ave., San Diego. 619.550.1600. gangkitchen.com

Alchemy: There Will Be Blood
Ongoing. For those that aren’t feeling the love this February, Blind Tiger Cocktail Co.—the cocktail consortium responsible for the new bar program at local’s favorite Alchemy—offers condolences with its There Will Be Blood cocktail. Made with Banks 7 rum, cherry herring, sherry and fresh orange juice, There Will Be Blood is sure to dull any heartache. Alchemy, 1503 30th St., San Diego. 619.255.0616. alchemysandiego.com 

bBar: Sexy Shot and Love Brittle
Through Feb. 28. bBar celebrates “Be Love” month with special menu additions focusing on increasing libido. Try the Sexy Shot—a Beaming powershot with sprouted almond milk, coconut water, damiana, maca, cacao, vanilla and coconut nectar—or the Love Brittle made with cashews, maca, Beaming superfood mix, coconut nectar and dried cherries. bBar Vitality Bar, 2683 Via De La Valle, Del Mar. 858.481.1222. bebeaming.com

Sycamore Den: Midnight Fizz
Ongoing. Scheduled to open this April, Sycamore Den’s Eric Johnson, who’s also one of the revered barkeeps at Noble Experiment, concocted the Midnight Fizz cocktail with not one but two aphrodisiacs: almonds and chocolate. Perfect for a night in, try making Johnson’s Midnight Fizz in the comfort, and privacy, of your own home:  1.5 oz Pisco, .5 oz Orgeat (almond syrup), .5 oz Creme de Cacao, .75 fresh lemon, float malbec and bubbles, Fee’s Whiskey Bitters and 1 egg white. sycamoreden.com

TREATS
Dallmann Chocolate Tasting
Feb. 14. Share a romantic evening with your sweetheart with a chocolate fondue tasting. Dallmann will be offering dipping selections such as fresh organic fruit, crispy bacon, cream puffs, chips, cookies and more at this sweet and savory event. $25/pp. 6:30 p.m. Dallmann Chocolate, 2670 Via De La Valle A270, Del Mar. 858.720.1933.  dallmannconfections.com

Seasons 52
Feb. 14. As pioneers of the Mini Indulgence—a decadent dessert portioned in a shot glass—Seasons 52 has made its mark on restaurant dessert offerings. Indulge this Valentine’s Day with a special “Valentine Mini,” made up of 18 signature Mini Indulgences perfect for sharing with your sweetheart. Westfield UTC, 4505 La Jolla Village Drive Suite C-1, San Diego. 858.450.1252. seasons52.com/menu/mini_indulgences.asp

Sprinkles Cupcakes
Feb. 14. Sweeter than a box of chocolate, Sprinkles’ “XOX Box” is perfect for Valentine’s Day indulgence. Topped with “XOX” and heart sugar decorations, each dozen box contains the perfect mix of flavors including Valentine’s Day flavor favorites red velvet, chocolate marshmallow, dark chocolate and vanilla. 8855 Villa La Jolla Drive, San Diego. 858.457.3800. sprinkles.com/cupcake-bakery-locations/san-diego-la-jolla

DINING
Beaumont’s Eatery
Feb. 14. Chef George Morris has put together a supper menu that is sure to set the mood for Valentine’s Day diners. Start with an amuse bouche of lobster, crab, cucumber “caviar,” and violet; followed by a first course of salad, soup or oysters Rockefeller. For the main course, choose from pork cheek raviolo, pan-roasted corvine or a duo of Prime beef. Top it all off with a sweet dessert. 5662 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla. 858.459.0474. beaumontseatery.com

Brockton Villa
Feb. 14. For an enchanting Valentine’s Day dinner by the sea, head to La Jolla Cove’s charming cottage turned restaurant. Executive Chef Mareyja Sisbarro has created a four-course prix fixe dinner filled with dishes created just for the night, such as starter oysters “Brockafeller” served with bacon, portabella mushrooms, baby spinach, artichoke, garlic cheese sauce, panko citrus crust and lemon, and the Brandt Farm filet with gruyere and shitake bread pudding, grilled broccoli rabe and port demi. 1235 Coast Blvd., La Jolla. 858.454.7393. brocktonvilla.com

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar:
Feb. 14-17. Menu highlights of this three-course prix fixe dinner include heirloom tomatoes with housemade burrata, citrus-marinated salmon tartare, roasted lobster tail and chateaubriand with crab glacage. A bonus: Guests who dine on any of these dates will receive a $25 gift card toward a future Fleming’s experience. $69.95/pp. In the Aventine complex, 8970 University Center Lane, San Diego. 858.535.0078. flemingssteakhouse.com

Herringbone
Feb. 14. Bravo Top Chef’s Amanda Baumgarten and Brian Malarkey have put together a four-course prix-fixe menu that includes entrée highlights of kumamoto oysters with sauternes jelly, Maine lobster and English pea risotto, duck breast with beluga lentils and a Valencia orange reduction, and decadent desserts. $75/pp. 7837 Herschel Ave., La Jolla. 858.459.0221. herringboneeats.com

George’s California Modern
Feb. 14. Three courses of elegance are put forth in a special pre-fixe menu designed by Chef Trey Foshee. Entree choices include smoked Maine lobster with chorizo and black truffle gastrique and roasted duck with Chino Farms cauliflower, crispy rillette and buckwheat. Finish up the meal with a decadent warm chocolate tart. A full vegetarian menu is also available. $70/pp. 1250 Prospect St, La Jolla. 858.454.4244. georgesatthecove.com/uploads/menus/no-category/valentines-day.pdf

The Grant Grill
Feb. 14. Romance is in the air with a candlelight Valentine’s Day dinner at The Grant Grill. The special four-course menu includes dishes such as hamachi marinated with bergamot citrus, California white sea bass and dry-aged strip loin. The orange creme fraiche cake and the chocolate cake make a sinfully sweet ending to the romantic meal. 5:30-10 p.m. $95/pp. The US Grant, 326 Broadway, San Diego. 619.744.2077. grantgrill.com/events

The Melting Pot
Feb. 14. Famous for fondue, the Melting Pot is offering a five-course prix fixe menu this Valentine’s Day. Indulge in 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 choice of filet mignon, Angus sirloin, Beaujolais chicken kiwi lime shrimp and more. $85/pp. In the Aventine complex, 8980 University Center Lane, San Diego. 858.638.1700. meltingpot.com

RA Sushi Bar Restaurant
Feb. 14. Fall for the For the “Love of Lobster,” RA’s heart-shaped sushi rolled in pink soy paper. Crab mix, cucumber and fresh strawberries passionately encircle creamy lobster salad and fresh avocado. Pair it with their Berry Encucumbered Refresher, a flirty cocktail made with Effen Cucumber vodka, Absolut Citron, Cointreau, muddled cucumbers, strawberry, fresh lime juice and soda water. 474 Broadway, San Diego. 619.321.0021. rasushi.com/sandiego 

Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza To-Go Kit
Through Feb. 17. Dish up romance this Valentine’s Day with a gourmet pizza kit—to-go. Each kit includes your choice of fresh dough, mozzarella, house-made tomato sauce and basil. $1 from every kit sold will benefit the American Heart Association. Want to share your love virtually? There’s even an Instagram contest where you could win dinner for two. Kits start at $6.50. Kits available at Sammy’s locations county-wide. sammyspizza.com

Searsucker
Feb. 14. Dubbed “Searsucker Love Day,” the restaurant team at Brian Malarky’s original San Diego spot is debuting a five-course prix-fixe menu. After a surprise amuse bouche, guests can choose from a creative array of options, including four savory dishes and a sweet red velvet sundae for dessert. $75/pp. 611 Fifth Ave., San Diego. 619.233.7327. searsucker.com/reservations

Veladora
Feb. 14. Newly opened Veladora is pulling out all the stops to create one incredible Valentine’s dinner. Executive Chef Eric Bauer has created a four-course prix fixe menu complete with lobster and crab veloute with wild mushroom panna cotta, petite tarragon and a garlic crisp, braised lamb shank with pomegranate and Brussels sprouts leaves, pan roasted Prime rib cap steak with charred trumpet mushrooms, celery root mousseline, rye beef and marrow reduction, and an apple and calvados bavarois with cider sorbet and caramel tuile for dessert. $80/pp. Rancho Valencia, 5921 Valencia Circle, Rancho Santa Fe. 866.233.6708. ranchovalencia.com/dining/the-restaurant

 

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