Where To Celebrate Valentine’s Day in San Diego

Treat your valentine to Bobboi’s special Valentino gelato.

From unique dinners to ballet performances, here are the best places to celebrate Valentine’s Day in San Diego.

Edited by Eva Scattergood. 

Salt & Straw’s “Chocolatier” Flavor Series
Feb. 1-28. What sweeter way to spend Valentine’s Day than with ice cream galore. This month’s series features a variety of taste-provoking flavors highlighting the nuances of each chocolatier and chocolate. Each flavor is prepared by hand in small batches, including Eclipse’s Cardamom Rose Chocolate, Milla’s Chocolate Hazelnut Praline, Ococoa’s Sesame Fig Buttercups, Compartes’ Coffee & Love Nuts and Nibble’s 85% Peruvian Chocolate Sorbet. Daily 11 a.m.-11 p.m. 1670 India St., Little Italy, 619.542.9394. saltandstraw.com

 

Maritime Museum of San Diego
Feb. 9-10. Enjoy a relaxing sail aboard the museum’s galleon replica San Salvador or the official state tall ship Californian for a three-hour scenic tour of San Diego Bay or join the sail crew in hauling halyards and tending sheets. Tickets include Champagne and special chocolate treats. Check-in 9-10:30 a.m., boarding 10:45 a.m. $99 adults, $59 children ages 3-12, free children ages 2 and under. 1492 N. Harbor Dr., Embarcadero, 619.234.9153 ext. 111. sdmaritime.org

 

Bobboi Natural Gelato
Feb. 11-17. La Jolla’s beloved gelato shop will offer two specialty flavors for Valentine’s Day: the aptly named Valentino with rosewater, honey, cinnamon, clove and star anise; and Pistachio Della Festa with California pistachios, Italian amarena cherries and chocolate chips. These two flavors join other seasonal favorites like Citrus Mint featuring farmer’s market lemon, orange, grapefruit and fresh mint, and the newly added Matchatella with organic matcha tea and shredded chocolate. Su-Th 11 a.m.-9 p.m., F-Sa 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 8008 Girard Ave., La Jolla, 858.255.8693. bobboi.com

 

Cafe Sevilla
Feb. 13-14. Pair your four-course dinner with a live flamenco show performance. Menu highlights include a caramelized onion tartlet, wild mushroom empanada, lobster paella San Valentin and a heart-shaped cake for dessert. $69, additional $25 for Spanish wine pairing. 353 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.233.5979. cafesevilla.com

 

Patisserie Melanie
Feb. 13-16. Celebrate Valentine’s Day and the one year anniversary of this quaint French pastry shop. Stop by for new specials each day including the debut of a signature chocolate box and complimentary Champagne with purchase on the 14th. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Patisserie Melanie, 3788 Park Blvd., Suite 4, Hillcrest, 619.677.2132. patisseriemelanie.com

 

A.R. Valentien
Feb. 14. Spend a romantic evening with the Torrey Pines Golf Course and Pacific Ocean as your backdrop while you indulge in a five-course prix-fixe meal, with the option to include hand-selected wine pairings. 5:30-10 p.m. $135, $185 with wine pairings. The Lodge at Torrey Pines, 11480 N. Torrey Pines Road, 858.777.6635. lodgetorreypines.com

 

Addison
Feb. 14. This elaborate nine-course experience begins with an amuse bouche of yogurt fouetté with cider granité, rosemary and Meyer lemon, followed by courses such as fruits de mer with crème fraiche, sorrel and Osetra caviar; Alaskan king crab with passion fruit, vanilla and coconut; Mediterranean dourade with artichokes, saffron and picholine olives; and porc presse with celery root, dijon and beurre de pommes. The meal concludes with desserts such as tartlette de reblochon with quince confiture and hazelnut and Addison’s signature vacherin confection with dark chocolate, cherry and chantilly cream. Supplemental wine pairings from wine and beverage director Rafael Sanchez will be available. 6-9 p.m. $275, additional $225 for wine pairings. 5200 Grand Del Mar Way, Del Mar, 858.314.1900. addisondelmar.com

 

Bleu Bohème
Feb. 14. Valentines can say, “je t’aime,” to one another with a romantic three-course Saint Valentin dinner. Hors d’oeuvres options include steak carpaccio, crêpe de homard and salade de canard. For entrees, choose between saumon Oscar, coquilles St. Jacques and more. End things on a sweet note with crème brulée, gâteau aux trois fromages, pain d’épice or gateau au chocolat. 4-9 p.m. $75. 4090 Adams Ave., Kensington, 619.255.4167. bleuboheme.com  

 

Blue Bridge Hospitality
Feb. 14. Spread the love with delicious menus spotlighting locally-sourced specials, such as the truffle butter roasted chicken at Leroy’s Kitchen + Lounge or Maretalia’s beet and shrimp campanelle pasta. Or, spice up your celebration at El Roy’s Tequila Bar + Kitchen with Mexican-inspired dishes like a grilled whole Maine lobster complete with citrus, jalapeño and garlic sauce. See website for menus and details for all locations. bluebridgehospitality.com

 

Start the holiday off right with the Love Stack from Cafe 222.

Cafe 222
Feb. 14. Enjoy a special breakfast that will make hearts sing this holiday. The Love Stack features three buttermilk pancakes topped with strawberries, chocolate and whipped cream. 7 a.m.-1:45 p.m. 222 Island Ave., downtown, 619.236.9902. cafe222.com

 

Cloak & Petal
Feb. 14. Amp up the romance with this special three-course prix-fixe menu, including options such as A5 wagyu tartare; an array of specialty rolls, including the popular 30th & University, crafted from crab, scallops, asparagus, wagyu, truffle soy reduction, jalapeño, fresh Hamachi, yuzu, truffle, microgreens and flowers; and glazed duck breast, among other elevated Japanese plates. Pair your meal with the special Valentine’s Day cocktail, the Kobito No Yume (Lover’s Dream), infused with Peychaud’s bitters, lime juice, pineapple juice, housemade grenadine and Cutwater Fugu hibiscus-infused vodka. Seatings at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. $65. 1953 India St., Little Italy, 619.501.5505. cloakandpetal.com

 

Cohn Restaurant Group
Feb. 14. Fall in love with spotlight dishes all over San Diego, including Coasterra’s grilled rack of lamb, parmesan cream gnocchi from BO-beau Kitchen + Cache, or The Prado’s pan roasted sea bass. End the night to remember with dessert options such as Vintana’s triple chocolate seduction cake and Blue Point’s vanilla crème brûlée. See website for menus and details for all locations. cohnrestaurants.com

 

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse
Feb. 14-17. For an indulgent feast, say “be mine” with a Valentine’s Day filet—an elevated twist on surf and turf featuring an eight-ounce filet mignon topped with a butter-poached lobster tail, sea scallops, grilled asparagus and served with yuzu hollandaise sauce. Conclude the night with Del Frisco’s indulgent dark chocolate cheesecake with chocolate dipped strawberries, white chocolate curls and warm Godiva chocolate sauce. Th-Sa 5-11 p.m., Su 5-9 p.m. InterContinental San Diego, 901 Bayfront Ct., Suite 105, 619.272.5060. delfriscos.com

 

El Jardin
Feb. 14. Chef Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins will serve a six-course set menu of regional Mexican fare. Starting bites include grilled oyster with caviar and a bluefin tuna taco, followed by courses such as Yucatan-style salbutes with an egg marinated in escabeche from the restaurant’s garden and Santa Maria quail with a grain and seed risotto as well as ancho chile. The meal concludes with a plated meringue kiss dessert with grapefruit cremeux, pine nuts and vanilla chiffon sponge cake, as well as a take-home breakfast snack “kit” (chocolate granola, sheep’s milk yogurt and El Jardín candied kumquat jam to-go). 5-9 p.m. $65, additional $45 for wine and cocktail pairings. 2885 Perry Road, Liberty Station, 619.795.2322. eljardinrestaurantbar.com

 

Farmer’s Bottega
Feb. 14. For farm-to-fork specialties, indulge in options such as lobster shrimp bisque; petite filet mignon with soft polenta and bitter chocolate cabernet reduction; Limoncello cake; and much more. Winos have the option of adding a wine pairing to their meal. 4:30-9:30 p.m. $60, additional $15 for wine pairing. 860 W. Washington St., Mission Hills, 619.458.9929. farmersbottega.com

 

HOPE 46
Feb. 14. Spend this holiday at The Lafayette Hotel with a three-course prix-fixe dinner. Begin with a choice of ceviche or baby kale salad, followed by an entree choice of diver scallops, Yukon River Delta wild salmon or top sirloin coulotte. Finish things off with dessert of either black raspberry chiffon cake or chocolate lava cake. 2-7 p.m. $48-$52 depending on entree choice. 2223 El Cajon Blvd., North Park, 619.296.2101. lafayettehotelsd.com   

 

Hornblower Cruises & Events
Feb. 14-17. Find romance between the sea and sky on these dinner and brunch cruises. Enjoy spectacular bay views with famous San Diego landmarks, wonderful food to choose from special Valentine’s Day menus and music for dancing. See website for boarding and cruising times. Brunch cruises $69+, dinner cruises $90+. Pier 1, Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., Embarcadero, 619.686.8715. hornblower.com

 

Try Juniper and Ivy’s signature dessert, the Yodel, made with a special pink twist.

Juniper and Ivy
Feb. 14. For a fine dining experience with imaginative takes on classic Southern California flavors Executive Chef Anthony Wells has curated a four-course prix-fixe menu. Start fresh with oysters and Champagne jello before indulging in the mushroom bolognese with egg yolk fettucine, roasted garlic, and parmesan. Finish off with the signature Yodel dessert with strawberry chocolate, frozen cream and vanilla crumble. Optional wine pairings will also be available for those looking for the ultimate V-Day ‘cheers’. 5-10 p.m. $115, additional $60-$70 for wine pairings. 2228 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, 619.269.9036. juniperandivy.com  

 

Kettner Exchange
Feb. 14. Executive Chef Brian Redzikowski and Chef de Cuisine Nick DeVries present a decadent five-course dinner celebrating all things St. Valentine. Menu standouts include a fluke crudo with kohlrabi and citrus; a savory focaccia paired with Raclette, fennel and balsamic; lobster agnolotti with chanterelle and bacon; a Prime beef tenderloin accompanied by potato puree and black truffle hollandaise; and just time for Girl Scout season, the dinner will end with a “Thin Mint” chocolate cake with mint ice cream and chocolate macarons. 5 p.m. $90, additional $50 for wine pairings. 2001 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy, 619.255.2001. kettnerexchange.com  

 

KITCHEN 1540
Feb. 14. Executive Chef Nathan Lingle has created a dreamy menu with an optional wine pairing hand selected by the resort’s sommelier. The four-course evening starts with either a tasting of West Coast oysters, Skuna Bay salmon tartare with caviar or roasted Chino Farm beets. Entree temptations include a citrus salad, sea urchin spaghetti with Osetra caviar or crab and saffron risotto. The mains include roasted 16-ounce ribeye, seared Liberty duck breast, scallop and poached lobster tail or roasted Nantes carrots with French lentil salad. To top off this meal is a choice between an oversized blush macaron, bittersweet Valrhona chocolate pot de crème or winter citrus almond tart with chantilly cream. 5:30-9 p.m. $89, additional $40 for wine pairings. L’Auberge Del Mar, 1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar, 858.793.6460. destinationhotels.com

 

Lou & Mickey’s
Feb. 14. Downtown’s iconic steakhouse celebrates the romantic day with a three-course prix-fixe menu featuring appetizers, including half dozen freshly shucked oysters, jumbo lump crab cake and entree steaks via their brand-new dry aging room. Available cuts include a 16-ounce prime ribeye steak and a 17-ounce prime bone-in New York strip. End the meal with a classic dessert and choose from vanilla crème brûlée, caramel apple cobbler, old fashioned chocolate cake or New York-style cheesecake. $89. 4-10 p.m. 224 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.237.4900. louandmickeys.com

 

Mavericks Beach Club
Feb. 14. Bring your pup to this “I’d Rather Date My Dog” Valentine’s Day paw-ty. There will be plenty of fun for both humans and pooches, including drink specials, giveaways, a photo booth, treats for all and awards given out for best dressed “couple” where four-legged friends will don their best bow tie or tuxedo. 4-9 p.m. 860 Garnet Ave., Pacific Beach, 858.999.0348. maverickssd.com

 

Catch this unique performance that blends ballet with Queen’s iconic songs at Music Box.

Music Box
Feb. 14. Somebody to Love is a Queen-themed concert with a ballet twist that showcases a live rendition of Queen’s timeless and iconic repertoire. This event features San Diego native, vocal powerhouse and America’s Got Talent finalist Brian Justin Crum, along with renowned ballet dancer and San Diego local Kirsten Bloom Allen. The show will fuse music and dance to promote their unifying message on the official day of love. 18+. 8 p.m. $67-$100. 1337 India St., Little Italy, 619.795.1337. musicboxsd.com   

 

Oceana Coastal Kitchen
Feb. 14. Treat your sweetheart to panoramic views of Mission Bay while indulging in dishes such as a grilled Harris Ranch ribeye or truffle risotto. As an added touch, couples will enjoy a complimentary glass of Champagne. 5:30-10 p.m. $55. Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa, 3999 Mission Blvd., 858.539.8635. catamaranresort.com

 

San Diego Museum of Art
Feb. 14. Embrace love and romance with an after-hours, love-themed art tour of the museum, followed by a gourmet picnic for two at Panama 66. End the evening with a romantic walk through the museum’s enchanting May S. Marcy Sculpture Garden. Tours begin at 5:30 p.m. and continue every half hour until 7:30 p.m. Per couple $130 GA, $110 members. 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.232.7931. sdmart.org  

 

The Shores Restaurant
Feb. 14. Treat your valentine to dinner on the beach with a sunset stroll before dining just steps from the ocean. This special menu begins with a choice of Hawaiian Amberjack crudo, tandoori-glazed chicken satay, Baja-style crab cakes or lobster Boursin ravioli, followed by a choice of Laura Chenel goat cheese salad or butternut squash apple bisque. Entree options include Pacific Ahi tuna steak, Maine diver scallops, Maple Leaf Farm duck and Angus filet mignon. Dessert consists of three sweet tastes, including Ibarra chocolate pot de crème, red berry upside-down cake and caramel gelato. Reservations recommended. 5-10 p.m. $68. 8110 Camino Del Oro, La Jolla, 858.456.0600. theshoresrestaurant.com   

 

Tajima
Feb. 14. This one is for the hopeless ramen-tics. You and your date get any two ramen dishes on the menu with choices including spicy sesame, creamy chicken, Tajima and vegan bowls, as well as two fountain drinks or one hot sake. End the night with mochi ice creams for both you and your sweetheart. 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. $25 per couple. See website for list of five San Diego locations. tajimasandiego.com

 

Union Kitchen & Tap
Feb. 14. Savor an evening of romance with a three-course menu including highlights such as lobster and truffle cakes, stout-braised pork cheeks, sweet potato gnocchi and chocolate orange crème brûlée, plus the option to add a wine pairing. 5-10 p.m. $75, additional $25 for wine pairing. 1108 S. Coast Hwy. 101, Encinitas, 760.230.2337. localunion101.com

 

Water Grill
Feb. 14-16. Downtown’s seafood destination will serve a special three-course menu for Valentine’s Day weekend. First-course selections include the classic crab cake with celery root remoulade; clam chowder with manila clams and applewood smoked bacon; and half dozen oyster sampler, among others. Entree selections include Wild Barents Sea red king crab legs; and Wild Eastern sea scallops with cauliflower puree, curried roasted cauliflower, pickled golden raisins and soy brown butter. Lovebirds can round out their meal with one of Water Grill’s signature desserts, including their warm caramel bread pudding. Th 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., F-Sa 4 p.m.-midnight, Su 4-11 p.m. $65. 615 J St., Gaslamp Quarter, 619.717.6992. watergrill.com  

Header photo courtesy Bread and Butter PR. Love Stack photo courtesy Cafe 222. Yodel photo courtesy Juniper and Ivy. Music Box photo courtesy Crowe PR. 

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