Whether you’re taking a sunset stroll along Windansea Beach or searching for the mysteriously romantic La Jolla Secret Swings, there are a number of ways to spend Valentine’s Day right at home.
But if you’re out of ideas, these local restaurants have created specialty meals and cocktails that are perfect to share with your significant other.
On Feb. 13, Eddie V’s will be offering an alluring combination of complimentary Chambord truffles for dessert as well as a complimentary glass of Moet Imperial Brut or Moet Rose to share with your loved one at the end of your meal. In addition to the special offerings listed above, Eddie V’s menu of fresh and flavorful seafood will still be available to order. The restaurant also boasts an award-winning wine list of more than 300 selections, as well as hand-crafted cocktails. Reservations are now open for Valentine’s Day Eve, as well as Valentine’s Day for those looking for a more traditional experience. For more information, visit.eddiev.com.
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 Woodfired Pizza is once again rolling out their popular heart pizza kits for the entire month of February. This year, the chefs are doing some of the hard work for you, as the dough now comes pre-baked into a heart shape. Just add sauce, cheese, and your favorite toppings to create a pizza masterpiece! The Sammy’s Gourmet To-Go Heart-Shaped Pizza Kit, will be available the entire month of February, again with $1 per kit going towards the Ronald McDonald House Charity. For more information, visit sammyspizza.com.
Cusp Dining & Drinks
The 11th-floor restaurant atop Hotel La Jolla is the perfect place to spend Valentine’s Day. Not only was it voted one of the most romantic restaurants in San Diego, but it has the food and service to match. Chef Ingrid Funes is serving her regular menu alongside chef specials, like a land and sea duo of scallop and prime beef short ribs. For dessert, order bananas Foster cheesecake or her infamous chocolate crunch bar. Those who make a reservation between 4-5 p.m. will enjoy a complimentary toast with their meal. For more information, visit cusprestaurant.com.
La Valencia’s The Med will offer an exclusive Valentine’s Day five-course pairing dinner, inspired by premium Remy Martin XO cognac. Executive chef Timothy Ralphs has created a special menu that incorporates Remy Martin XO cognac into each dish, 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. For more information, visit lavalencia.com/dining/the-med.
The buzzing La Jolla eatery is offering a special dinner-for-two menu in addition to their entire regular menu. Chef Dustin Karagheusian’s Valentine’s Day menu includes a two-person, four-course meal for $99 featuring dishes such as beef heart carpaccio or oysters to start, beet agnolotti, wood-grilled filet, local pan-roasted halibut and more. Guests can finish with panna cotta or chocolate nemesis for dessert, or toast over a bottle of bubbly. For more information, visit cataniasd.com.
On Feb. 14, Truluck’s invites guests to celebrate Valentine’s Day with indulgent cuisine paired with an exceptional libations list and an upscale dining experience on the most romantic day of the year. Offered Valentine’s Day only, Truluck’s will feature a specialty libation fit for true lovers – the TruLuv cocktail – a sensory tour de force of dry ice smoke, vodka, cava, Chambord, pineapple juice and raspberries. Valentine’s Day is all about sweetness, so ending mealtime with a decadent sweet treat is only right. Keep the evening’s romance ignited with fresh-made desserts such as chocolate malt cake, baked Alaska and the restaurant’s signature carrot cake, topped with caramel drizzle and spicy pecans – all made in-house daily. True love lasts, but tables on Valentine’s Day may not. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged. Please call (858) 453-2583.
For more than a decade, Whisknladle has remained a sought-after spot to gather over good food and drink. Valentine’s Day is no exception. Not only are they serving their entire menu a la carte, but chef/partner Ryan Johnston has created specials worth dining for. Start with oysters and bubbly, then share a lobster mac n’ cheese or order the petite filet. End the meal with a special strawberry vacherin dessert. For more information, visit whisknladle.com.