Best Restaurants For Valentine’s Day Dinners in Orange County

February 2, 2016 6:00 AM

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(credit: Shutterstock)


Valentine’s Day might be right around the corner, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t enough time for romance. Restaurants throughout Orange County are celebrating Cupid’s holiday with special menus guaranteed to make you smitten. Whether you are dining with your sweetheart, or family and friends, each restaurant is bound to make you appreciate the ones you are with, and wish it were Valentine’s Day every day! Here are a few stand­outs you really are not going to want to miss this year!

(credit: Anaheim White House)

(credit: Anaheim White House)


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

The Romeo and Juliet menu ($75 per person) at the iconic Anaheim White House is the perfect way to spend a delicious Valentine’s Day. To get in the mood, start the culinary romance with heart shaped ravioli in a Porcini mushroom sauce, then indulge with a duet of oven roasted filet mignon with Italian Gorgonzola cheese sauce paired with Atlantic Lobster tail and a champagne beurre blanc. As dinner begins to wind down, round out the evening by enjoying a very special dessert created by their in ­house award winning Pastry Chef.

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(credit: Urban Kitchen Group)


CUCINA enoteca
532 Spectrum Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 861-2222
www.urbankitchengroup.com

Tired of the prix fixe menus and coursed out pairings that always seem to define date night? Reinvigorate Valentine’s weekend this year with CUCINA enoteca as they roll out several à la carte aphrodisiac­ style delights that love birds won’t soon forget. “Playing cupid in the kitchen”, Executive Chef Joe Magnanelli’s Valentine’s Day dinner specials, incorporate a variety of edible aphrodisiacs. Delights include the Fanny Bay oysters, lobster diavola, and as a tantalizing dessert, the caramelized white chocolate soufflé with b​lood orange and smoke vanilla to elevate your mood and after­ dark desires.

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(credit: FIG & OLIVE)


FIG & OLIVE Newport Beach
151 Newport Center Dr.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 877-3005=
www.figandolive.com

Fashion Island’s olive oil oasis, FIG & OLIVE Newport Beach, invites guests to celebrate Valentine’s Day over a four­ course prix ­fixe dinner ($79), comprised of exclusive menu items that highlight the seasonally­ driven tastes of Winter, such as braised endives, toasted hazelnuts, and clementine sorbet for dessert. FIG & OLIVE’s enticing feast also transports guests around the world with wine pairings ($35), featuring varietals harvested in the Valencia, Loire, and Napa Valley regions. In addition to FIG & OLIVE’s signature selection of crostini, the restaurant’s prix­fixe courses and wine tastings include: wild mushroom soup; foie gras; rosemary lamb chops and clementine vacherin for dessert.

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(credit: Lawry’s)


Five Crowns
3801 East Coast Highway
Corona del Mar, CA, 92625
www.lawrysonline.com

Celebrate your true love at Five Crowns with a special four­ course menu ($125 per couple) courtesy of Executive Chef Steve Kling. Start the evening out with a glass of wine, beer or well cocktail while enjoying stone crab bisque; fois gras with brioche and blackberry port jam; Beeler’s pork chop with rainbow card, black bean puree; and grilled Mahi Mahi with asparagus, muddled citrus and saffron basmati. For dessert, snuggle up with some Meyer lemon steam cake with champagne berries or a flourless chocolate cake that will leave you wanting for more.

(credit: Leatherby’s Café Rouge)

(credit: Leatherby’s Café Rouge)


Leatherby’s Café Rouge
615 Town Center Dr
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 429­-7640
www.patinagroup.com

Located within the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Executive Chef Ross Pangilinan’s California French fare menu ($65 for three courses and $80 for four courses) this Valentine’s Day includes “Forever Ravioli” with butternut squash, ricotta, pancetta, sage, brown butter, and Parmesan; seared Hudson Valley foie gras with red wine poached pear, red beets, yogurt, and brioche; and CAB natural beef duo with tenderloin and short rib, truffle potato gnocchi and cheese, asparagus, and bordelaise sauce.

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(credit: Tangata Restaurant)


Tangata Restaurant
2002 N Main St
Santa Ana, CA 92706
(714) 550­-0906
www.patinagroup.com

The recently reimagined Tangata Restaurant at the Bowers Museum showcases a stunning array of Pacific Rim cuisine courtesy of Executive Chef Donald Harris. Valentine’s Day is sure to please as the menu ($60 for three courses and $70 for four) features stand­out dishes such as shrimp agnolotti with Asian pesto, charred broccoli, and pickled peppers; day boat scallops with green onion potato pancake, charred bok choy, glazed baby carrots, and pickled shimeji mushroom; and hand rolled fettuccini with cultivated mushrooms, parmesan, Chinese pine nuts, Brussels sprout petals, and Parmesan sauce.

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(credit: Laguna Cliffs Resort & Spa)


The Vue Restaurant
25135 Park Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949)­ 661-­5000
www.lagunacliffs.com

This Valentine’s Day, experience “An Evening in Florence” overlooking the Pacific Ocean with a four ­course romantic Italian dinner ($105 per person) complete with live entertainment and a complimentary bottle of Chianti wine per couple. Selections from the menu include: Pazanella salad with heirloom tomato, julienne red onion, cucumber and fresh basil; penne alla Fiesolana with parmigiano cheese, prosciutto and fresh Italian parsley; and either jumbo shrimp scampi with ragout of white Tuscan bean; or bistecca alla Fiorentina with char­grilled striploin with polenta. Finally, Valentine’s wouldn’t be complete without a delicious sweet ending of chestnut cake Adffogato and vanilla gelato with espresso drizzle.

(credit: Mastro’s Restaurants)

(credit: Mastro’s Restaurants)


Mastro’s Ocean Club
633 Anton Blvd
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 546­-7405
www.mastrosrestaurants.com

Spoil your sweetheart this Cupid’s Day with live entertainment, world ­class service, and an unparalleled menu of steaks and seafood including: USDA prime steaks & flavorful filets, jaw­-dropping seafood towers with freshly shucked oysters, chilled Alaskan King Crab legs, a whole split lobster, giant shrimp cocktail and finished with enchanting dry ice, Wash it all down with perfectly chilled bottles of champagne, classic martinis, or gorgeous cocktails and end the night on a sweet note with the famous warm butter cake a la mode which is perfect for two.

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(credit: North Italia)


North Italia
2957 Michelson Drive
Irvine, CA 92612
(949) 629­-7060
www.northitaliarestaurants.com

Synonymous with Italian food, North Italia is all about romance with a carefully curated three­course menu ($65 per person) for Valentine’s Day. Highlights of the menu include bruschetta, cioppino, diver scallops, cheese tortelloni, salted caramel budino and tiramisu. North focuses on fresh, handcrafted pastas and elevated entrées. Signature cocktails, inspired by classic aperitivi, are a great match with an array of small plates. Inspired by classic Italian cuisine, each North Italia􏰀 is unique and designed to complement its distinctive surroundings, blending repurposed wood, galvanized metals, and expansive glass accents.

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(credit: Island Hotel)


Oak Grill
Oak Grill
690 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 759-­0808
www.IslandHotel.com

The culinary team at Oak Grill helmed by Chef Marc Johnson is creating a highly seductive meal to be shared by special someones for Valentine’s Day. The four course Menu ($100 per person with sparkling rose champagne toast) includes a first course of chilled frutti di mare platter with crab legs, prawns, oysters, cocktail sauce and remoulade. Second course choices are lobster bisque or baby green salad; followed by an entrée of wagyu ribeye medallion and Chilean Sea Bass, with gourmet sides. and chocolate salted caramel bombe for dessert. A very bubbly Champagne Toast with a sparking rosé is included as well.

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(credit: THE RANCH Restaurant & Saloon)


THE RANCH Restaurant & Saloon
1025 E. Ball Road
Anaheim, CA 92805
(714) 817‐4200
www.theranch.com

THE RANCH Restaurant & Saloon is offering a four ­course tantalizing menu ($95 per person) starting with an amuse bouche of Maine lobster cocktail with avocado, piquillo peppers and yellow corn. Followed by the first course, choices include scarlet beet ravioli, Japanese hiramasa or hudson valley foie gras. The second course offers options of either anjou pear and gorgonzola salad or Dungeness crab and champagne bisque. For your main, choose from a mediterranean branzino, stone valley farm Berkshire pork loin or a land and sea duo of prime black angus ribeye medallion and wild­caught jumbo carabineros prawn. Finishing with dessert, your choice either the republica del cacao chocolate panna cotta, tres leches cake or a meyer lemon tart.

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(credit: True food kitchen)


True Food Kitchen
451 Newport Center Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 644­-2400 http://www.truefoodkitchen.com
www.truefoodkitchen.com

Guests are invited to experience a delicious and healthy international journey, with flavors from the Middle East, Mexico, India, Asia and Italy with True Food Kitchen’s special three­ course prix fixe menu ($25 per person). Each couple can choose to share one starter to share, a choice of one main entree each and a trio of desserts featuring: herb hummus, edamame dumplings, Moroccan chicken, spaghetti squash casserole, grilled sea bream, and squash pie, flourless chocolate cake, and coconut cashew gelato for dessert. The menu offers cuisine inspired by the world’s healthiest populations, focusing on wholesome, all‐natural dishes that are prepared simply to highlight the natural health benefits and tastes of each ingredient.

(credit: Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach)

(credit: Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach)


Watertable
21500 Pacific Coast Hwy
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
(714) 845­-4776
www.watertablehb.com

Give your sweetheart the gift of decadence this Valentine’s Day at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach. The oceanfront resort is home to Watertable, a contemporary Californian­ style restaurant showcasing stunning views of the ocean with American fare, vintage wine, artisan cocktails and raft brews. Specials include rosemary fig goat cheese spread; herb marinated prime rib and citrus chili spiced black tiger prawns and the 7 Degrees of Amorous­ a pomegranate poached bosc pear, red wine syrup, citrus honey, vanilla bean gelato, crushed candied walnut and micro mint.

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(credit: SHOR)


SHOR American Seafood Grill
Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
11907 Jamboree Road
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 729-6161
newportbeach.hyatt.com

Fresh from the docks daily, SHOR offers simple seafood dishes packed with flavor and fresh ingredients. In addition to offering their regular menu, this Valentine’s Day, SHOR American Seafood will of their special all Valentine’s Day weekend from 5:30pm to 10pm, with menu items like house ricotta with honeycomb, melon and brioche with yogurt and blood orange, as well as a 10 hour short rib dish and more. For dessert, feast on flavors such as chocolate, coffee, strawberry, and buttermilk.

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(credit: Iva Lee’s)


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

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 Blue Largo. Each of the three courses has several options available with menu items including a green goddess salad, a duck confit crepe, seared scallops, a roasted chicken breast and much more. For dessert, choose from various options like chocolate mousse, home made pralines and strawberry shortcake.

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(credit: The Winery)


The Winery Restaurant
2647 Park Ave.
Tustin, CA 92782
(714) 258-7600
thewinerytustin.com

Take your sweetie to a romantic dinner at The Winery Restaurant this year for Valentine’s Day. With hundreds of wines to choose from and a special menu called “Oh Baby,” love will be in the air. The Valentine’s Day menu will be offered on Feb. 13 and 14, and there are two different price points to choose from. The first choice is $69 per person, and the second choice is $89 per guest. Take a look at the some of delectable dishes on the menu such as beef tenderloin & lump crab napoleon, pink peppercorn dusted Chilean seabass, Australian lobster & cured lemon risotto and warm red velvet truffle cake here.

(credit: Belle B./Yelp)

(credit: Belle B./Yelp)


The Ranch Restaurant
1025 E. Ball Road
Anaheim, CA 92805
(714) 817-4200
www.theranch.com

At The Ranch Restaurant, patrons can expect dishes to be prepared “from scratch with the finest ingredients possible to capture the rustic style of wine country and the freshest flavors of the farm,” and on Feb. 12, 13 and 14, there will be a four-course Valentine’s Day menu created by Michael Rossi, the executive chef and sommelier. Take a look at the menu composed of exceptional dishes including scarlet beet ravioli, land & sea prime black Angus ribeye medallion & wild-caught jumbo carabineros prawn and Meyer lemon tart on its website.

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(credit: Hobbit Restaurant)


The Hobbit
2932 E. Chapman Ave.
Orange, CA 92869
(714) 997-1972
hobbitrestaurant.com

For more than 40 years, The Hobbit has provided Orange County with high-end, contemporary French cuisine. The seasoned establishment is celebrating Valentine’s Day this year on Feb. 12, 13 and 14 at 7 p.m., and guests will be able to celebrate the occasion with a six-course menu that is sure to impress. You and your loved one can start the night with champagne and hors d’oeuvres, warm up to the “intermission” with duck and prawns and polish the evening with foie gras and dessert fit for a king. Take a look at the full menu here.

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(credit: Angela A./Yelp)


Playground
220 E 4th St., Suite 102
Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 560-4444
playgrounddtsa.com

On Feb. 12 and 13, Playground will be providing a festive Valentine’s Day menu titled “Pasta is for Lovers,” and the feast will be prepared by “chefs/lovers Jason and Hillary Quinn.” Dinner will be served at 6pm and 8pm on both nights, and the delicious meal will be served for $175 with gratuity and tax included.

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(credit: Gwenyth L./yelp)


Christakis Greek Cuisine
13011 Newport Ave.
Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 731-6600
christakisgreekcuisine.com

Add some Greek flare to your Valentine’s Day outing this year and enjoy some of the special entrees offered including Padakia, Steria kai thalassa/surf ‘n’ turf and Briami, as well as Mediterranean takes on classics such as filet mignon and sea bass. In addition to the tasty dishes being served, you and your date can enjoy live music throughout the evening. There will also be roses available to give to your love. You can see all of the entrees being served and make your reservations on the website.

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Nicole Standley a.k.a. JetSet Mom, is a social influencer + lifestylist covering luxury travel, fine-dining, fashion & pop culture for The JetSet Family. Follow her latest travels and escapades on Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

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