Pretty much every restaurant has Valentine’s Day specials. If you’re making plans for that special someone, it can be hard to know which restaurant to visit. From Southern cuisine to wild game and seafood to Caribbean food, here are some of the best places in Orange County to dine on the most romantic day of the year.
555 N. El Camino Real, Suite E
San Clemente CA 92672
Iva Lee’s is the perfect intimate setting for Valentine’s Day and not only because of the food. Come here on Feb. 14 Valentine’s Day, your meal will be accompanied by live music from L.A. Jones. Each of the three courses has several options available, including a vegetarian option for the entree, from a scallops appetizer to steak to flourless chocolate cake with huckleberry sauce. The price ($55 per person) is the same regardless of which entree you choose. Reservations are highly recommended.
2647 Park Ave.
Tustin CA 92782
The Winery is a great spot for Valentine’s Day because of its variety. This is a place that understands that Valentine’s Day is mostly about the ladies, but it is also about the men that accompany those ladies. For that reason, The Winery offers options in each of the three courses that appeal to men and women, including a wild game duo as one of the entrees. Prices are around $70 to $90 depending on which entree you select. For an additional fee, you can also select the wine pairing with your meal.
3300 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa CA 92626
If you go to a prix fixe dinner, you might feel like you’re stuck with limited options. That is not the case at Scott’s Seafood, where you will have around half a dozen options for each of the three courses. This is a seafood restaurant, so the appetizers and entrees lean heavily toward fish. However, a couple different vegetarian recipes are available as well as some steak and chicken entrees. Three wine options are also available with each course. The cost is $65 per person for the dinner and $95 per person with wine pairings.
19530 Jamboree Road
Irvine CA 92612
Kimera keeps things pretty simple for its Valentine’s Day menu. For your starter, you can choose from three light options. The entree offers a choice between seafood, steak, or chicken. Only one dessert is available in this three-course meal, but who can complain about anything chocolate? The best part about the dinner here is the price. For $45 per person, you’ll get a nice Valentine’s Day meal without breaking the bank.
Eva’s Caribbean Kitchen
31732 South Coast Highway
Laguna Beach CA 92651
While some restaurants roll out a special menu for Valentine’s Day, Eva’s sticks mainly with some items that are already on the menu. It makes sense when one of the appetizers on the menu is conch fritters – also known as “Caribbean Viagra.” You’ll start with a soup or salad, and then share one of the appetizers available for the evening. For your entree, you’ll choose from a seafood option, jerk pork, beef, or chicken. The dessert is also a shared dish – either creme brulee or chocolate cake. Another option is a pairing of chocolate and one of the rums from the very impressive list. The price for this dinner is $65 to $70 per person.
Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on Examiner.com.