Make her heart pitter-patter by thoughtfully selecting an exquisite Valentine restaurant. These tasty eateries come personally recommended to CBSLA by OC Restaurant Association President Pamela Waitt, so you know they’re foodie-good. You can get even more on Orange County food scene for you and your Valentine at the foodie-resourceful OC Foodies.
Andrei's Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails
Be conscious and in the Valentine moment. Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails will be offering a series of Aphrodisiac dishes including small plates, entrées and desserts that utilize nature’s most amorous ingredients. And you’ll be treated to a red rose and Valentine gift. The aphrodisiac menu offerings emphasize Mediterranean flavors, as well as fresh, seasonal, and often sustainable produce. (The special menu is in addition to their regular dishes.)
House of Blues
Wine and dine her at House of Blues with their special Valentine’s Day Menu for Two. Entrées include choices of Mahi Mahi Mediterranean style, Filet Mignon California Style, Citrus Grilled Chicken, a Trio of Cheese Rigatoni and more. And you’ll enjoy desserts like Bourbon Bread Pudding and White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake. There’s also live Music from The Droppers at 8pm.
If your Valentine is a calorie counter, but has gourmet foodie taste, she’ll love you for this. Seasons 52, the acclaimed fresh grill and wine bar restaurant at South Coast Plaza, has their all 475-calorie dishes paired with a special Mini Indulgence dessert through February 15th. Their limited-time Chocolate Raspberry Valentine features a combination of decadent chocolate cake layered between ribbons of chocolate syrup, raspberry puree and raspberry mousse, and garnished with whipped cream and a chocolate kiss.
Proclaim your South-African-cuisine love for her at Mozambique Steakhouse, Bar & Lounge, located in lovely Laguna Beach. They have a special Valentine’s Day menu for $69 a person. The menu starts with Cream Cheese Stuffed Peppadrops. And entrée selections range from Blackened Loch Duart Salmon to Vegetarian Penne Pasta Wild Porcini Mushrooms. And maybe order the Chocolate Strawberries for dessert.
Woo her with the chic ambiance of Stonehill Tavern and their special six-course tasting menu. For $125 per person, you’ll experience exquisite dishes like Kobe Beef Carpaccio and Pacific Salmon. Their Valentine’s Day menu is available Friday, February 10th, Saturday, February 11th, and Tuesday, February 14th.
Palm Terrace Restaurant
Escape with your loved one to Island Hotel Newport Beach. New executive chef David Man and Palm Terrace’s sous chef Roberto Hernandez have collaborated with pastry chef Michael Owens to create a luscious four-course Valentine’s dinner for food lovers. The menu includes a starter of Chilled Seafood Tower with Tender Greens and Tarragon Dressing, as well as Goat Cheese and Ash Ravioli, Sous Vide Lobster with Mushroom Ricotta Gnocchi and you’ll savor an endless array of chocolate delights at the Cocoa Lounge. $95 per person, not including tax and gratuity.
Debbie Lavdas is a Southern California freelance writer, who is enamored with chocolate and strawberries all year long. You can keep up with her and her writings at Debbie in the OC.