Where to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in San Diego

The Marine Room
Treat your sweetheart to a romantic, picturesque dinner at The Marine Room.

Discover the best places to celebrate romance in San Diego this Valentine’s Day.

Edited by Whitney Lauren Han.

Oceanside Valentine’s Week 2018
Feb. 8-14.
Celebrate all things love during the third annual Oceanside Valentine’s Week. Expect romantic ferris wheel rides with ocean views, coastal carriage rides, scenic harbor cruises and more. The celebration will also include a gigantic 25-foot heart-shaped balloon that will be making appearances at different locations and community events. See website for list of activities and prices. 928 North Coast Hwy., Oceanside, 800.350.7873. visitoceanside.org

2018 Galentine’s Day Cupid Bar Crawl
Feb. 9-10. Calling all gals! Celebrate the weekend with the first annual Galentine’s Day Cupid Bar Crawl. Event highlights include an exclusive opening party, 10 hosted libations, all-night happy hour at select venues, $1 oysters, champagne toasts, dessert treats and more. F-Sa 6 p.m.-2 a.m. $25+. Vin De Syrah, 901 5th Ave., San Diego, 619.944.8900. nightout.com

Escondido Chocolate Festival
Feb. 10. Bring your sweetheart or just your sweet tooth to downtown Escondido to enjoy the “For The Love of Chocolate” Festival. Stroll through more than 20 designated restaurants, shops and spas while sampling chocolates paired with local fine wines and craft beers. 21+. 1-5 p.m. $35 until February 9, $45 day-of. Historic Downtown Escondido, 198 Maple St. Plaza, Escondido, 760.207.6321. visitescondido.com

Hornblower Cupid’s VIP Dinner Cruise
Feb. 10, 14, 17. Sweep your Valentine off their feet with a romantic evening of dinner and dancing. Feast on a luxurious four-course meal (vegetarian and gluten-free options available), toast to your love with bottomless champagne and spend the evening dancing beneath the stars. Boarding 6 p.m., cruising 7-10 p.m. $114.95 (excludes tax, service charge and landing fee). Pier 1, Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, 619.686.8715. hornblower.com

Hornblower Weekend Dinner Cruise
Feb. 10, 17. Experience a romantic seaside dinner aboard a beautifully decorated yacht. The cruise includes unlimited champagne and a four-course seated dinner. Dance the night away to love songs played by a DJ on the decks. Boarding 6:30 p.m., cruising 7-10 p.m. $114.95 (excludes tax, service charge and landing fee). Pier 1, Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, 619.686.8715. hornblower.com

Cafe Sevilla
Feb. 13-14. Whether it’s Valentine’s Day or the night before, enjoy a multi-course dinner with a flamenco show and salsa dancing. All dinner show packages include complimentary entry to their nightclub, where you can salsa dance with your partner from 8-10 p.m. with club access thereafter. Tu: 7 p.m. doors open, 7:30 p.m. showtime, $69; W: see website for showtimes, $89. 353 Fifth Ave., San Diego, 619.233.5979. cafesevilla.com

Sip on champagne alongside offerings like oysters and caviar at Addison.

Feb. 14. Celebrate your passion for food at Southern California’s only Five-Star/Five Diamond restaurant this romantic evening. Relais & Châteaux grand chef William Bradley presents a nine-course tasting menu, including oysters and caviar. Call for reservations. 6-9 p.m. $275 per person. Fairmont Grand Del Mar, 5300 Grand Del Mar Ct, San Diego, 858.314.1900. addisondelmar.com

Feb. 14. Flirt with the season’s freshest flavors with a special four-course tasting menu, including dungeness crab and lobster bisque, Snake River Farms beef fillet, pan-seared wild isles salmon and a chocolate tasting trio. Call for reservations. 5:30 p.m. $165 per person, include one glass of Veuve Clicquot “Rich”. Fairmont Grand Del Mar, 5300 Grand Del Mar Ct, San Diego, 858.314.2727. fairmont.com

The Clubhouse Grill
Feb. 14. Romance your palate with a three-course tasting menu, including grand oysters, beer-braised veal short rib and dark chocolate skillet brownie. 4-8 p.m. $45 per person. Fairmont Grand Del Mar, 5300 Grand Del Mar Ct, San Diego, 858.314.2700. fairmont.com

George’s at the Cove
Feb. 14. Enjoy special three-course prix-fixe menus at any of the three levels featuring a variety of appetizers, entrees and desserts. At California Modern, savor Chino Farms vegetables, fresh seafood and other local ingredients with an ocean view. At the Ocean Terrace and Level2, enjoy a more casual environment and menu while dining al fresco or at the mid level bar deck with open air patio. 5-11 p.m. California Modern: $90 per person. Ocean Terrace and Level2: $65 per person. George’s at the Cove, 1250 Prospect, La Jolla, 858.454.4244. georgesatthecove.com

The Glass Door
Feb. 14. Dine your heart out with a four-course prix-fixe menu or the á la carte menu. For appetizer, enjoy one of four options including charred broccoli, albacore tataki, crab & asparagus and artichoke manchego cheese croquettes. Entrees include crispy duck ravioli uovo, miso cod, ribeye steak, Korean marinated flank steak and lobster risotto. See website for full menu. 3-10 p.m. $49 per person or order á la carte. Glass Door – Porto Vista Hotel, 1835 Columbia St., San Diego, 619.564.3755. glassdoorsd.com

Hornblower Romance Dinner Cruise with DJ
Feb. 14. All aboard the love boat for a romantic dinner across the San Diego Bay. The evening includes a gourmet three-course seated dinner (vegetarian and gluten-free options available), live DJ to get you on the dance floor and mesmerizing views of San Diego’s skyline. Boarding 6:30 p.m., cruising 7-10 p.m. $114.95 (excludes tax, service charge and landing fee). Pier 1, Hornblower Landing, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., San Diego, 619.686.8715. hornblower.com

The Lafayette Hotel
Feb. 14. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a three-course dinner and the classic romance film Dirty Dancing. Additional highlights include live entertainment by Brian Wahlstrom on piano and vocals by opera singer Ashley Cutright. Dinner anytime after 5 p.m., movie 8 p.m. $100 per couple. The Lafayette Hotel, 2223 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, 619.296.2101. lafayettehotelsd.com

The Marine Room
Feb. 14. Indulge in a four-course dinner at one of San Diego’s most romantic restaurants. Savor main course options like Norwegian halibut, Mary’s farm organic duck breast and sansho butter basted lobster tail. Dessert includes golddust valrhona chocolate pyramid and lilikoi coconut blanc manger. Call for reservations. 5-10 p.m. $150 per person. The Marine Room, 2000 Spindrift Dr., La Jolla, 866.644.2351. marineroom.com

Oceanside Adventures
Feb. 14. Treat your Valentine to this two-hour Romance Coastal Cruise aboard a 50-foot catamaran. While sailing across the open waters, indulge in champagne and chocolates. 21+. 4-6 p.m. $55 per adult, free parking. Oceanside Adventures Luxury Cruises, 256 Harbor Dr. South, Oceanside, 888.507.1130. fareharbor.com


Indulge in a three-course prix-fixe dinner at Tidal with your valentine.

Valentine’s Day at Tidal
Feb. 14-17. Savor a love-inspired three-course prix-fixe dinner with your valentine. Begin the evening with a dish featuring paradise oysters, hibiscus béarnaise sauce and pomegranate; or a salad with wild arugula, dragon fruit, blood orange, lychee, almonds and more. Afterwards, select one of two entrees like Soulmate Soiree with a 14 oz New York steak and lava salt white prawns; or Affair of the Heart highlighting truffle tremor raviolo and saffron poached spiny lobster. End the night on a sweet note with either roasted chocolate budino or passion fruit panna cotta with oaxaca chocolate and peppermint syrup. 5-9 p.m. $65 per person with optional wine pairing for $30. Tidal – Paradise Point, 1404 Vacation Road, San Diego, 858.490.6363. destinationhotels.com

Valentine’s Day Outdoor Movie Night
Feb. 14. Grab a bucket of popcorn and a box of chocolates for the Valentine’s Day screening of the 1939 love and crime classic Bonnie & Clyde in the Headquarters outdoor courtyard. 6 p.m. Free. 789 W. Harbor Dr., San Diego, 619.235.4013. theheadquarters.com

Valentine’s Jazz Evening at The Abbey on Fifth Avenue
Feb. 14. Take your Valentine back in time at San Diego’s historic venue, the Abbey on 5th. Enjoy an intimate private table with flowing champagne all evening long. Vibrant live jazz from David Patrone will set the mood and bring out your moves on the dance floor. Savor the evening with gourmet hors d’oeuvres and divine desserts. 8-10 p.m. $55 GA, $75 VIP (both excludes tax and service charge). The Abbey, 2825 Fifth Ave., San Diego, 619.686.8715. hornblower.com

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