Valentine’s Day. It just begs for a fancy meal. There is something magical about enjoying a fantastic dinner in a great environment with the one you love. Orange County offers no shortage of simply amazing restaurants serving up sultry Valentine’s selections, from steaks to seafood, from chain restaurants to small, local hotspots. Do yourself a favor and call one of these restaurants now. You’ll thank us later.
Mastro’s Ocean Club
8112 East Coast Hwy.
Newport Beach, CA 92657
www.mastrosrestaurants.comShow your steak lover that you know how to speak their love language by taking them to Mastro’s Ocean Club. This family-owned Steakhouse giant now serves up great cuts of beef (and other incredible fare) at 11 locations nationwide. Stay local and enjoy what many have dubbed the best steaks in the world at Mastro’s in Newport Beach or Costa Mesa. Start with the cavier, a must for Valentine’s Day, and be sure to enjoy their melt-in-your-mouth filet. Cocktails, craft beer, and even dessert flight trays round out your dining experience.
217 Marine Ave.
Balboa Island, CA 92662
www.basilicrestaurant.comThis tiny spot on Balboa Island may not have the space and name recognition of many others in this list, but the amazing, quality, French fare served at Basilic is in a class of its own. The intimate atmosphere is perfect for Valentine’s Day romance. Five course prix-fixe menus are available nightly for supreme sampling options. From Coq au Vin to Carré d`Agneau (roasted rack of lamb) and Emincé de Veau Zurichois (scalloped veal tenderloin with a brandy, mushroom, and cream sauce), you can woo your lover with exotic French dishes coupled with the perfect bottle of wine.
The Winery Restaurant & Bar
2647 Park Ave
Tustin, CA 92782
www.thewineryrestaurant.netWarm colors, dramatic lighting, exceptional food, and the selection of over 650 varieties of wine make The Winery Restaurant & Bar the perfect place to head for Valentine’s Day romance. Popular selections include the Jumbo Main Scallops and Wild White Shrimp (served with saffron, roasted red pepper and edamame bean risotto and crispy proscuitto), the Rotisserie Sonoma Free Range Chicken (served atop roasted angel hair pasta, spinach, braised Cipollini onions, and sun dried tomatoes), and the slow braised (and oh-so-tender) angus beef shortrib. End your decadent meal with a warm scharffenberger Chocolate Fleur de Sel torte that will put a box of chocolates to shame.
1600 Disneyland Monrail System
Anaheim, CA 92802
www.disneyland.comChef Andrew Sutton would love to be in charge of your Valentine’s Day; he is really good at them. For the past ten years, he has been serving up some of the best farm-to-table menu items in the entire region. Start your evening with the pan-roasted diver scallops with lobster-lemon sauce and then try the Portobello mushroom bisque “cappuccino.” For your entree, consider cedar-roasted duck breast with truffle pumpkin puree or the sustainable fish of the day. Allow Chef Sutton to play an even bigger role in your meal by choosing the “Vitner’s Table” where you can enjoy a 4-course tasting menu featuring gourmet selections that best combine the influence of the Napa region and Disney imagination.
Anaheim White House
887 S. Anaheim Blvd.
Anaheim, CA. 92808
www.anaheimwhitehouse.comServing up a very special Romeo & Juliet Menu, the Anaheim White House, beloved both for its food and for its amazing setting and decor, will wow your significant other. The special menu, which will be in effect the entire weekend, features a St. Valentino Salad, Bocourti whitefish stuffed with arugula and spinach, filet mignon with Italian Porcini muchrooms, and a heavenly wild berry savarin topped with an apricot glaze. Reservations to this exclusive event are selling out quickly.
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