Orange County Valentine’s Day Dining Guide

Orange County Valentine’s Day Dining Guide


Day boat scallops at Tangata

From indulgent prix-fixe menus to champagne, chocolates and aphrodisiac-inspired entrees, spoil your loved one with our roundup of the best Orange County places to dine this Valentine’s Day.


Feb. 14. Indulge and impress with love bites and love potions. Tangata will feature Valentine’s Day special cocktails like the kiss from a rose (Blanco tequila, yellow chartreuse, honey syrup, lemon juice and muddled raspberries) and a three- or four- course menu. Some of the menu items include butternut squash soup, day boat scallops, hand-rolled fettuccine (cultivated mushrooms, Parmesan, Chinese pine nuts, Brussels sprout petals and Parmesan sauce) and emotion ghana chocolate (flourless chocolate cake).  5-9 p.m. Three-course $60/pp, four-course $70/pp. Tangata Restaurant, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714.550.0906.


Hamamori Restaurant and Sushi Bar
Feb. 14. Savor a special appetizer menu and a nine-course prix-fixe menu. Appetizer selections include ishiyaki Wagyu beef, miso-marinated lamb chops, seared scallops with black truffle and Kumamoto oysters. Other menu highlights include live spot prawn carpaccio, Hokkaido scallop, grilled king crab, Maine lobster in miso creamy miso broth, grilled Chilean sea bass and choice of Australian or Japanese wagyu steak. Enjoy chocolate mousse for dessert. 5 p.m. Nine-course with Australian wagyu $125/pp, nine-course with Japanese wagyu $150/pp. Appetizers priced per selection. 3333 Bear St., Costa Mesa, 714.850.0880.


Oyster and champagne tasting at Bluewater Grill

Foods of Love at Bluewater Grill
Feb. 9. Enjoy an oyster and champagne tasting and test the reputed aphrodisiac qualities of raw oysters paired with sparkling wine. Guests may choose to add 30 grams of Alverta White Sturgeon Caviar and bottle of Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne for an additional $200. Call for reservations. Oyster and sparkling wine pairing $29.95/pp. Bluewater Grill Newport, 630 Lido Park Drive, Newport Beach, 949.675.3474; 2409 Park Ave., Tustin, 714.258.3474.


SOCIAL Costa Mesa
Feb. 14. Earn your way to your Valentine’s heart through his/her stomach. Enjoy two special items, meant to be shared by two special people—a bone-in short rib and an oak grilled lobster, each served with two farmers’ market sides. Call for hours. $75/pp. 512 W. 19th St., Costa Mesa, 949.642.2525.


The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon
Feb 12-14. Discover two tantalizing menus—one for Valentine’s Day and the other for Valentine’s Weekend. The four-course Valentine’s Day menu starts with an amuse bouche of Maine lobster cocktail. Some of the menu highlights include dungeness crab and champagne bisque; and a main course land and sea duo of prime black angus ribeye medallion and wild-caught jumbo carabineros prawn. For dessert, choose between the republica del cacao chocolate panna cotta, tres leches cake or a meyer lemon tart. Three-course menu varies slightly. Call for reservations. F-Sa $75/pp, Su $95/pp. 1025 E. Ball Road, Anaheim, 714.817.4200.


Cucina Enoteca
Feb. 12-14. Reinvigorate Valentine’s weekend with Cucina Enoteca as they roll out several à la carte aphrodisiac-style delights perfect for local love birds. Playing cupid in the kitchen, executive chef Joe Magnanelli’s Valentine’s Day dinner specials incorporate a variety of edible aphrodisiacs. Delights include Fanny Bay oysters, lobster diavola, and as a tantalizing dessert, the caramelized white chocolate soufflé with blood orange and smoke vanilla. 951 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.706.1416; 523 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949.861.2222.


Bistro Papillote at The OC Mix
Feb. 14. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your amour in true French fashion at Bistro Papillote at The OC Mix. Executive chef Laurent Brazier will be serving a themed four-course prix-fixe menu. Guests will select from dishes like lobster bisque with orange zest and micro greens, pan seared jumbo scallops with garlic jus and mini ratatouille and classic “opera” chocolate mousse cake with fresh raspberry & espresso sauce. Call for reservations. Two seatings at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. $58/pp. SOCO, 3313 Hyland Ave., Costa Mesa, 714.697.1707.


Indulge in desserts like the coconut cake at The Ritz Prime Seafood. Photo Credit: Anne Watson


The Ritz Prime Seafood
Feb. 14. Enjoy one of the most romantic settings in Orange County with your Valentine and dine with up-close views of Newport Harbor. The Ritz Prime Seafood will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with a prix-fixe menu featuring delicious items from the land and sea. To set the mood for the evening, they will also be serving a themed cocktail, Lucky in Love, with Lillet Blanc, Absolut vodka, Prosecco, and raspberries. Call for reservations. 2801 West Coast Hwy., Newport Beach, 949.720.1800.


The Blind Pig Kitchen + Bar
Feb. 14. Enjoy an indulgent five-course prix-fixe menu with dishes like turnip and heirloom carrot salad, spaghetti squash, duck breast, scallops, filet mignon and toffee pudding with foie gras ice cream. Call for reservations. $70/pp. 31431 Santa Margarita Parkway, Rancho Santa Margarita, 949.888.0072.


Fig & Olive
Feb. 13-14. Savor a four-course prix-fixe dinner featuring special menu highlights such as wild mushroom soup with toasted hazelnut and thyme, rosemary lamb chops with goat cheese gnocchi and braised eggplant and clementine vacherin for dessert (meringue, white chocolate mouse, clementine sorbet, paired with muscatel from Spain). Sa 4 p.m.-12 a.m., Su 4 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Prix-fixe menu $79/pp, wine pairing additional $35/pp. 151 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.877.3005.


Valentines Dinner Red Carpet Event
Feb. 14. Share an unforgettable evening with your loved one with a four-course prix-fixe gourmet dinner at Silver Trumpet. Kick things up a notch and enjoy a half-bottle of premium Taittinger Champagne with your dinner for an additional $105. All dining guests will receive a red carpet arrival, a champagne toast from the Taittinger pyramid, a step-and-repeat wall with a photographer with free photo downloads and branded souvenir champagne flutes. 5-10 p.m. $75/pp. Silver Trumpet, 3350 Avenue of the Arts, Costa Mesa, 714.442.8593.



Enjoy delicious and beautifully plated food from Anaheim White House.

Anaheim White House
Feb. 12-14.
Delight in a romantic Romeo & Juliet-inspired menu. Start with heart-shaped, cheese-filled ravioli in a porcini mushroom sauce followed by the main entree, “A Perfect Pair Duet” —oven roasted filet Mignon with Italian Gorgonzola cheese sauce paired with Atlantic lobster tail and a champagne beurre blanc. A special dessert will be served by award-winning pastry chef. Call for reservations. $75/pp. 887 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim, 714.772.1381.


Five Crowns
Feb. 12-15. Celebrate your true love at Five Crowns with a special four-course menu courtesy of executive chef Steve Kling. Start with stone crab bisque or a Caesar salad, followed by oysters or fois gras with brioche and blackberry port jam. For the main course, choose between items like California cut roasted prime ribs of beef and grilled mahi mahi. Call for reservations. 3801 East Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, 949.760.0331.



Feb. 14. Romance will be in the air and on the palate this Valentine’s Day at Watertable with an array of indulgent menu offerings in addition to the regular menu. Savor specials like rosemary fig goat cheese spread, herb marinated prime rib and citrus chili-spiced black tiger prawns. Each guest will also receive an aphrodisiac “bar jar” of fig and cheese spread. Call for reservations. Watertable at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, 21500 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.845.4776.


EATS Kitchen & Bar
Feb. 13-14. Experience a seven-course culinary journey with your Valentine this year. EATS Kitchen will take your taste buds to romantic destinations around the world—Maui, Paris, Greece, San Sebastion, Kyoto, Bruges and Cinque Terre. From bacon wrapped dates and lamb keftedes to honey gelato with kumquat reserve, Chef Jason Montelibano’s creative interpretation of each destination will be undoubtedly delicious. Additionally, each guest will receive a special gift to take home. $75/pp, wine pairings additional $20/pp. EATS Kitchen + Bar, Hotel Irvine, 17900 Jamboree Road, Irvine, 949.225.6780.


Marché Modern
Feb. 12-14. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved one and a classic French dinner. Enjoy a four-course menu starting with an amuse bouche of sashimi grade big eye tuna and albacore with cucumber-passion fruit-mango salsa and mango sorbet followed by a choice of dishes such as cured and roasted pork belly, dungeness crab, Dover sole, angus filet and much more. Call for reservations. $85; wine pairing additional $39/pp. Marché Modern, 3333 Bristol St., Suite 3001, Costa Mesa, 714.434.7900.


True Food Kitchen
Feb. 13-14. Experience a delicious and healthy international journey, with flavors from the Middle East, Mexico, India, Asia and Italy with True Food Kitchen’s special three-course prix-fixe menu. Couples can choose to share one starter, a choice of one main entree each and a trio of desserts. Featured items include herb hummus, edamame dumplings, Moroccan chicken, spaghetti squash casserole and more. For dessert enjoy flourless chocolate cake, and coconut cashew gelato.  Call for reservations. $25/pp. Fashion Island, 451 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.644.2400.

North Italia
Feb. 14. Dine with North Italia this Valentine’s Day for a romantic and authentic Italian three-course meal. The menu includes one starter to share, a main entree per person, and a dessert per person. Highlights of the menu include bruschetta, cioppino, diver scallops, cheese tortelloni, salted caramel budino and tiramisu. Call for reservations. $65/pp. 2957 Michelson Drive, Irvine, 949.629.7060.


Enjoy cocktails and small plates at K’ya Bistro this Valentine’s Day


K’ya Bistro Bar
Feb. 14. Savor a four-course dinner menu featuring four starters, two entrees and one dessert trio. Boasting small plates with an emphasis on sharing, K’ya makes for the perfect interactive romantic date night. The bistro will offer signature dishes such as the grilled filet mignon served with spinach, organic polenta and blue cheese. Call for reservations. $99/pp. La Casa del Camino Hotel, 1289 S. Coast Hwy., Laguna Beach, 855.990.0281.


Del Frisco’s Grille
Feb. 13-14. Indulge on Valentine’s Day menu additions like red velvet Belgian waffles, a triple chocolate decadence dessert (chocolate brownie, chocolate pudding, fudge and chocolate heart) and cupid’s cocktail (Stoli Razberi, pomegranate juice and orange juice). Also enjoy prime rib, steak and lobster specials all weekend. 772 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949.341.0376.


Matador Cantina Beer & Wine Pairing Dinner
Feb. 14. Enjoy a romantic five-course pairing dinner presented by chef David Dennis. Held in Matador Cantina’s newly expanded Agave Room, guests will dine in an intimate setting for only a limited number of guests. The menu includes items like lobster bisque, duck and brie crostini and strawberry pound cake. Each course allows you to choose between a glass of wine or craft beer. Reservations required. $65/pp. Matador Cantina, 111 N. Harbor Blvd., Downtown Fullerton, 714.871.8226.


Valentine’s Day Deliciousness at Oak Grill
Feb. 13-14. Share an evening with someone special as the culinary team at Oak Grill serves up a highly seductive meal for Valentine’s day. The four-course menu includes a champagne toast and a chocolate salted caramel bombe for dessert. Call for reservations. $100/pp. Island Hotel, Oak Grill, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, 949.760.4920.


Feb. 13-15. Wine and dine your valentine all weekend at Sandy’s. From prime grade eight-ounce filet Mignon to one-pound steamed Alaskan king crab legs—or a plate that includes both—Sandy’s has the perfect menu to celebrate love, just steps from the sand. 315 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, 714.374.7273.

Brunos Italian Kitchen

Feb. 14. Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Brunos Italian Kitchen with a three-course menu featuring soul-satisfying Italian dishes. Valentine’s Day selections include pappardelle bruno, fettucini al fungi and the linguini frutti di mare. Call for reservations. $55/pp. 210 W. Birch St. Brea, 714.257.1000.


Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa
Feb. 14. Enjoy a special four-course Valentine’s Day menu themed “An Evening in Florence” at the resort’s VUE restaurant. Entrée selections include scampi—jumbo shrimp with ragout of white Tuscan beans, fresh herbs, garlic and fresh plum tomato—and for dessert choose between chestnut cake affogato or vanilla gelato with espresso drizzle. Price includes one bottle of Chianti wine per couple. Live entertainment. 5-10 p.m. $105/pp, $5 valet. 25135 Park Lantern, Dana Point, 949.487.7516.


Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen
Feb. 14. Enjoy a special three-course menu featuring signature dishes like the guajillo braised short rib enchiladas, wood-oven carnitas, and fresh grilled salmon. Cha Cha’s menu adapts the culinary heritage of Mexico and Latin America to a fresh modern style—perfect for couples looking for a little spice in their Valentine’s Day. $29.95/pp. 110 W. Birch St., Brea, 714.240.1055.


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