Best Dinner Spots For Valentine’s Day In OC

January 15, 2014 5:00 AM

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(credit: Scott's Restaurant & Bar)

(credit: Scott’s Restaurant & Bar)

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(credit: istockphoto)

Valentine’s Day is a day when romance is in the air. One way to celebrate the occasion with your love is to enjoy a nice dinner. In Orange County, you have a variety of options for your Valentine’s Dinner. From southern cuisine to seafood to Latin cuisine, here are some of the best places in Orange County to enjoy a prix fixe dinner on the most romantic day of the year.

(credit: Iva Lee's Restaurant)

(credit: Iva Lee’s Restaurant)

Iva Lee’s
555 N. El Camino Real
San Clemente, CA 92672
(949) 361-2855

It’s hard to imagine a more intimate place for your Valentine’s Day dinner than Iva Lee’s. With the size and the ambiance, the place is the very definition of intimate. This is also a place where you can get some of the best southern cuisine in Orange County at a reasonable price for the occasion. From the entree to the sides to the desserts and drinks, you can’t go wrong. While you don’t necessarily expect vegetarian options with southern cuisine, Iva Lee’s does provide them.

(credit: Anaheim White House)

(credit: Anaheim White House)

Anaheim White House
887 S. Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim, CA 92805
(714) 772-1381

Romeo and Juliet are considered the prime example of a romantic relationship. That being the case, the most romantic Valentine’s Day dinner must be the one named for them (although without the same tragic end). Anaheim White House serves up a prix fixe dinner with menu items that might have been named by Cupid himself. Reservations are required, so reserve your spot for an incredibly romantic dinner at a great restaurant.

(credit: Taps Fish House & Brewery)

(credit: Taps Fish House & Brewery)

TAPS Fish House and Brewery
101 E. Imperial Highway
Brea, CA 92821
(714) 257-0101

Valentine’s Day dinners generally revolve around steaks, pastas and wine. If you’re going out for Valentine’s Day, try something a little different with a seafood dinner. You can get wine here if you like, but you can also enjoy one of the craft beers for which TAPS is known. In addition to some of the standard menu items, the Valentines’ Day dinner will also include some high-end specials. The price of the dinner here depends on the entree you choose.

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Scott’s Restaurant and Bar
3300 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 979-2400

Scott’s is an easy place to miss in all the hubbub that surrounds South Coast Plaza. When you do find it, you’ll be glad you did, especially if you’re looking to keep your dinner light enough that you’re still ready for romance afterwards. A light and delicious meal is exactly what you’ll get at this restaurant where chef Michael Doctulero purposely keeps his cuisine light so you can enjoy it without overindulging.

(credit: Cha Cha's Latin Kitchen)

(credit: Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen)

Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen
110 W. Birch St.
Brea, CA 92821
(714) 255-1040

If you want to go a little off the beaten path for your Valentine’s Day dinner, Cha Cha’s is the place to go. You’re likely to find some Latin favorites like tortilla soup on the menu here to add a little spice to your evening. The meal is completed with a shared dessert and, let’s face it, not much is more romantic than sharing a delicious dessert with your partner on Valentine’s Day. Another reason to make your reservation at Cha Cha’s is that you’ll get a delicious Latin dinner for a very reasonable price.

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Gary Schwind is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. His work can be found on

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