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2018 Orange County Valentine’s Day Dining Guide

Treat your loved one with the perfect Valentine’s Day date night at one of these romantic Orange County dining destinations.

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AVEO Table + Bar

Enjoy a seaside dining experience this Valentine’s Day at AVEO Table + Bar. Executive Chef Collin Thornton has created a special 4-course menu ($89 pp) with standout dishes that mirror the effortless coastal elegance of resort including taragon-poached lobster with a saffron-tomato marmalade, brown butter John Dory with ricotta gnocchi, and an herb-crusted rack of lamb in a raspberry red wine reduction. The final course is a large macaron filled with Itakuja chocolate mousseline, bejeweled halved raspberries, and finished with a sangria reduction.

AVEO Table + Bar
1 Monarch Beach Resort
Dana Point, CA 92629
949.234.3900

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Taco Rosa

Taco Rosa takes a different approach to Valentine’s Day, by offering a special experience instead of a prix-fixe menu. The restaurant, with locations in Newport Beach and Irvine, will offer their regular menu on Valentine’s Day, but has partnered with Blue Moon Photography to create an on-site studio where guests can work with a professional photographer on creating the perfect photo with their valentine.

Taco Rosa (Newport Beach)
2632 San Miguel Dr.,
Newport Beach, CA 92660
949.720.0980

Taco Rosa (Irvine)
13792 Jamboree Rd.
Irvine, CA 92602
714.505.6080

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Mix Mix Kitchen Bar

This Valentine’s Day, embark on a culinary journey that will enchant all the senses. For those looking to present their Valentine with an unforgettable dining experience, Chef Ross Pangilinan is offering an 4-course prix-fixe Valentine’s Day ($65 pp) menu available February 14th -17th. The menu will feature stunning dishes including lobster risotto, seated foie gras, and prime beef tenderloin.

Mix Mix Kitchen Bar
300 N Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92601
714.836.5158

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Moulin

Enchant your valentine with a trip to France this Valentine’s Day. With locations in Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, Moulin transports guests to France with the smell of fresh baked baguettes and artisan pastries. During the month of February, lovers can indulge in the St. Valentin, a dessert designed for two. A twist on the classic St. Honoré, this heart-shaped puff pastry features fresh raspberries and blackberries atop a layer of pâte à choux. Inside the heart’s center are two additional puff pastries finished with a layer of caramelized sugar and berry glaze. Pair it with an artfully crafted cappuccino or a chilled glass of Rosé.

Moulin (Newport Beach)
1000 N Bristol St.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
949.474.0920

Moulin (Laguna Beach)
248 Forest Ave.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949.715.6990

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K’YA BISTRO BAR:
K’ya Bistro Bar will be offering a special four-course dinner menu for $99 per couple this Valentine’s Day. Boasting small plates with an emphasis on sharing, K’ya makes for the perfect interactive romantic date night. The bistro will offer signature dishes such as the Braised Short Rib with mashed potato, spinach and porcini mushroom sauce. This Laguna restaurant is located within earshot of the crashing waves inside the historic La Casa del Camino hotel and reflects a lively San Francisco atmosphere. For more information, visit www.kyabistro.com or call (855) 990-0281. Located at 1289 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651.

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OLD VINE CAFE:
The award-winning European-inspired restaurant at The Camp in Costa Mesa will be offering a choice of three expertly crafted 4-course chef menus with wine pairings for $95 per person this Valentine’s Day. Guests will have an option of The Original Tasting Menu featuring sea scallops, Tagliatelle Al Pomodoro, Filet Mignon, and cheesecake with wild berry puree; The Beer Pairing Menu featuring sea scallops, Red Beans & Farro, House Baked Corn Bread with Pulled Duck Leg and pistachio biscotti; or The Vegetarian Tasting Menu featuring baby spinach salad, a wild mushroom medley, polenta, and pecan tartlets. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 714-545-1411. Old Vine Cafe is located at 2937 Bristol Street, Ste A-102, Costa Mesa, CA 92626. For more information visit www.OldVineCafe.com.

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WAYS & MEANS OYSTER HOUSE: 
Champagne and oysters are always a safe bet when it comes to aphrodisiacs, but when you add an oceanfront dinner with sunset views to the mix, you’re taking Valentine’s Day to a whole new level. Couples can enjoy a romantic, fun and interactive experience together at Ways & Means Oyster House without the headache of pre-set menus. The oyster house will be offering guest favorites such as the signature Ways & Means Oysters, served with champagne mignonette and lemon to enhance the ocean-fresh flavors of the oysters. Guests will also be able to imbibe a special Valentine’s Day-themed cocktail: Rose in the Thorns with gin, rose, basil, lime and tonic (photo below). For more information, visit http://www.wmoysters.com/ or call (714) 960-4300. Located at 21022 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648.

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CHA CHA’S LATIN KITCHEN:
Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen, with locations in Brea Downtown and Irvine, is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a special three-course menu featuring signature dishes for $33 per person. Perfect to share with your date, the Ceviche Combination is a duo of shrimp ceviche and ahi aguachile or opt for your own appetizer. Select an entrée course, with selections including lobster tacos with maseca dusted lobster tail served with jalapeño creme drizzled on top or the Pan Seared Striped Bass served with guajillo vinaigrette, cauliflower puree, pasillas and chorizo. Finishing the night with dessert for two – the Chocolate Decadent Brownie with white chocolate horchata sauce, fresh strawberries and vanilla ice cream is a fan favorite. To reserve a table for Valentine’s Day, please visit www.ChaChasLatinKitchen.com.

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THE BLIND PIG KITCHEN + BAR:
The Blind Pig Kitchen + Bar located in Rancho Santa Margarita is offering a special five-course prix fixe dinner for $85 per guest this Valentine’s Day. Guests will enjoy Celeriac Soup with fennel three ways, Seared Scallop with risotto, kalettes and wood sorrel and Coffee Budino with dark chocolate and whipped cream for dessert, among other dishes.Watch the sunset on the romantic waterfront patio while enjoying a fresh craft cocktail and delicious fare prepared by Executive Chef Karl Pfleider. To learn more, or make a reservation for Valentine’s Day please visit www.theblindpigoc.com or call 949.888.0072.

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BRUNOS ITALIAN KITCHEN:
For Valentine’s Day this year, Brunos Italian Kitchen in Brea Downtown is offering a special three-course dinner for $55/person. Begin the meal with the Crudo of Japanese Hamachi (served with shaved fennel, farmer’s market apples, radish and preserved kumquat vinaigrette. For the second course, select from a number of options, with the Pappardelle Bruno as one of the highlights – braised short ribs paired with roasted mushrooms and homemade pappardelle. Select a dessert to share with your Valentine – you can’t go wrong with the Budino al Caramello, a caramel pudding with chocolate ganache, whipped cream and hazelnuts. To make your reservation, visit www.brunosbrea.com or call 714-257-1000. Brunos Italian Kitchen is located at 210 W. Birch St., Brea, CA 92821.

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ANDREI’S CONSCIOUS CUISINE & COCKTAILS:
Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a $65 three-course prix fixe menu, with an optional $25 wine pairing. The Oyster Duo, with Washington Shigoku and Kumamoto oysters on the half shell with cucumber mignonette and horseradish cocktail sauce, is the perfect starter. Entrée options include the Australian Barramundi, New Zealand Rack of Lamb, Vegetable Ravioli and more. Complete the meal with the Poem for the Senses dessert, with Chambord-scented dark chocolate mousse, chocolate-dipped black fig, pomegranate macaron and fig balsamic. To reserve a table, please visit http://andreisrestaurant.com/. Andrei’s is located at 2607 Main Street, Irvine, CA 92614.

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Back Bay Bistro invites you to treat your Valentine to a romantic evening on the waterfront featuring a gourmet feast courtesy of Executive Chef Daniel Jimenez and a special performance by vocalist Mandy May Blest. The dinner concert will highlight a five-course, prix-fixe menu and present mouthwatering first course options like the Lobster Bisque with cognac crème fraiche, succulent main courses such as the Rack of Lamb with mint jus and herb crusted goat cheese polenta and decadent desserts like the Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée with seasonal berries. Experience outstanding service and an intimate setting with breathtaking panoramic views of the Back Bay.

MENU:

Amuse Bouche
Goat Cheese and Herb Gougères

First Course – choice of

Golden and Red Beets Carpaccio
micro greens and blood orange vinaigrette

Lobster Bisque
cognac crème fraiche

Second Course

Ahi Poke
avocado, chive, wonton crisp

Main Course – choice of

Rack of Lamb
mint jus, herb crusted goat cheese polenta

Center Cut Fillet of Beef
Point Reyes bleu cheese sauce, roasted Yukon potatoes

Pan Seared Barramundi
citrus sauce, wild mushroom risotto saffron

Dessert – choice of
Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée
seasonal berries

Decadent Chocolate Heart Cake
fresh raspberries

PRICE:
$85 per person
Includes 5-course dinner with special performance.

*Beverages, tax and 18% gratuity not included in per person price.

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For a unique Valentine’s Day celebration, make reservations for dinner with a Flamenco Show and dancing at Tapas Flavors of Spain at Kaleidoscope in Mission Viejo. The new restaurant and entertainment hot spot is taking reservations for 6 to 9pm on Wednesday, Feb. 14, followed by a Naranjita Flamenco show at 7:30pm and dancing to Latin fusion music by a DJ at 9pm.

The three-course meal and entertainment is $38 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. The prix fixe menu will include a Tapas Appetizer Plate (with Tortilla Espanola, Sauteed Mushrooms and Crab Croquettes); a choice of one entrees, with selections including Chicken Mallorca (baked chicken breast topped with sautéed mushrooms and tomatoes in a cream sauce), House Paella (saffron rice prepared with Spanish chorizo, shrimp, chicken, bell peppers and fresh herbs), Pasta Sevillana (sautéed shrimp, Spanish olives, fresh herbs and garlic tossed with angel hair pasta in a cream sauce), or Steak a la Rioja (a 10oz. rib eye steak prepared with caramelized onions in a red wine sauce); and end on a sweet note with Chocolate Flan. A glass of Sangria is included.

Tapas serves Happy Hour, Tuesday through Friday from 3:30 to 6:30pm, with dinner served nightly from 6 to 10pm. The restaurant also serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 3pm. On Friday and Saturday nights, live Flamenco shows begin at 8pm, followed by salsa and bachata dancing until 1:30am. Tapas can accommodate private parties in its dining room or patio, and offers off-site catering with performers.

Tapas Flavors of Spain is located on the first level of Kaleidoscope, at 27741 Crown Valley Parkway, Suite 221, in Mission Viejo, right off the 5 Fwy.

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If you want to celebrate Valentine’s Day by whipping up your own romantic dinner, Antonello Ristorante will be the site of a cooking class on Friday, February 9 at 6:30 p.m. Chef/owner Antonio Cagnolo and his wife, Fiorella, will offer the fine points of preparing an unforgettable meal after which attendees will enjoy the dinner (#)-course dinner. Cost is $65 per person.

Those opting to take their significant other out for a romantic dinner to celebrate the occasion may take advantage of Antonello’s extended Valentine’s holiday festivities that will be offered February 9 – 15. A special menu has been crafted for the occasion that features an antipasto plate of thinly sliced octopus and Maine lobster drizzled with olive oil and lemon served with roasted heirloom tomatoes and arugula for $25; heart-shaped lobster ravioli in a saffron cream sauce served with lobster claws and seaweed caviar for $47; three grilled lobster tails served with saffron rice and topped with white wine and butter sauce for $60; and chocolate truffles at $12 for dessert.

Antonello’s traditional menu also will be available during the Valentine’s week festivities.
Highly rated in the Zagat Guide for several years, Antonello Ristorante has earned a sterling reputation for having served local residents as well as luminaries the world over including presidents, foreign dignitaries, movie stars, entertainers, industrialists and other leaders. The interior is lighter and airier than its original Old World theme to reflect the menu’s lighter fare boasting high flavor profiles and organic ingredients. Co-Chefs Gino Buonanoce and Salvatore Ferrara work closely with Chef/Owner Antonio Cagnolo to develop daily specials and unique prix fixe menus many paired with wines and other spirits. Among the distinguishing features for which Antonello is renowned for its “sea to table” fresh fish often caught by Cagnolo himself and the dramatic flambé presentations with some menu items prepared tableside. Many of the Old World favorites are still on the menu. Antonello is located at 3800 S. Plaza Drive (across the street from South Coast Plaza). Visit antonello.com or call (714) 751-7153.

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Romancing at Selanne Steak Tavern for Valentine’s
Wednesday, February 14

The minute diners step through the doors of this iconic Laguna Beach bungalow, romance is in the air. From dining in the sleek, chic white upstairs dining room to the cozy, relaxed downstairs tavern, Selanne Steak Tavern is the perfect pick for Valentine’s Day. Chef Josh Severson and his team are featuring a three-course prix fixe dinner with choices. The celebration can start with luscious champagne to accompany the Amuse Bouche of Butternut Bisque with choux and warm truffle ricotta. First Course selections are Hokkaido Scallops with hearts of palm, chanterelle and clementine or Seckel Tawny Port Poached Pear Salad with gorgonzola dulce flan and walnut vinaigrette. The entree selections are Dover Sole with Maine lobster ravioli and saffron beurre fondue or Imperial Farms Wagyu Tenderloin accompanied by Yukon gold potato galette, veal sweetbreads and Madeira jus. Classic dessert choices are Tahitian Vanilla Crème Brûlée with Griottine cherry and Sicilian pistachio or Chocolate Mousse with bourbon caramel and hazelnut.

$85 per person for three courses; $110 with wine pairing, exclusive of tax and gratuity. For reservations 949-715-9881.

Selanne Steak Tavern
1464 South Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949-715-9881

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Studio’s Four-Course Valentine’s Dinner is Dedicated to Food Lovers
Wednesday, February 14

At Studio, Chef Craig Strong’s gourmet menus are simply elegant, seasonal and memorable. And the setting is always beyond romantic. His four-course Valentine’s dinner starts with Seared Ahi Tuna served with shaved root vegetables, shiro-dashi grapes, black garlic aioli and yuzu vinaigrette. Next comes Roasted Lobster Tail with turnips, orange-carrot purée, crispy cabbage and vanilla butter sauce. The main choice is between Pacific Swordfish paired with charred eggplant and braised lentils or Beef Tenderloin accompanied by broccoli chimichurri, fingerling potatoes, agrodolce mushroom and puffed wild rice. For the sweetest decision, there is Saint Honoré Chocolate Chantilly or Saint Honoré Rosé Chantilly, both served with vanilla ice cream and caramel.

$150 per person; $250 with wine pairings. For reservations: 949-715-6420.

A Veuve Valentine’s at The Loft
Wednesday, February 14

While taking in panoramic views of the Pacific, Chef Michael Campbell will be stirring up a Valentine’s dinner to wow couples at The Loft at Montage Laguna Beach. It begins with a Canape Duo of Burrata Spheres and Kumamoto Oysters. Next, a choice of Shaved Asparagus Salad or Lobster Bisque. The three options for the second course are Thyme-Seared Branzino with pickled saffron rutabaga, curried puffed wild rice and porcini sabayon; Certified Angus Beef Tenderloin with Swiss chard and fingerling potatoes; or Hand Rolled Cavatelli Pasta with kale pesto cream and roasted heirloom cherry tomatoes. Then there’s a Maytag Blue cheese interlude, and the beautiful desserts de resistance: Black Forest Sundae with black cherries, iced chocolate and kirsch foam or Pink Forest Sundae with white chocolate, iced strawberries and kirsch foam.

$175 per person includes a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label per couple. For reservations: 949-715-6420.

Montage Laguna Beach
30801 Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
866-271-6953

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Valentine’s Date Night Four-Course Dinner at Oak Grill
Wednesday, February 14

A delicious dinner and bubbling champagne – what’s not to love? For a holiday dinner with that special date or dining with a group of adored friends, Oak Grill’s four-course prix fixe menu starts with shared Crudo Duo of Hamachi and Ahi, and then a choice of Valentine’s Day Salad with shaved fennel, strawberries and candied pecans or Creamy Lobster Bisque with lump crab and brandy crème fraîche. The third course is 12oz Bone-in Filet with sauce bordelaise, Shrimp and Mussels with a champagne cream sauce or Red Snapper Milanese – all entrees accompanied by deliciously awesome sides. The sweet for sweethearts is shared Strawberry Au Chocolate Shortbread with Grand Marnier Cream. A glass of champagne or rosé, plus a budding rose for a special someone is included.

$125 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. For reservations, book online or call 949-760-4920.

Oak Grill
690 Newport Center Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
949-760-4920

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Valentine’s Day at EATS Kitchen & Bar
Wednesday, February 14

Dinner at EATS Kitchen & Bar is the perfect meal for loving couples. At this special Valentine’s Day event, the delectable four-course prix fixe dinner will offer a Starter selection of eitherPacific Oysters with cucumber-mint granite or Dungeness Crab Salad with blood orange vinaigrette. Entrée choices are NY Steak & Short Rib Ravioli with heirloom carrots, foraged mushrooms and truffle demi-glace or Pan Seared Sea Bass with coconut curry and jasmine rice. Dessert is Chocolate Crémeux with kumquat marmalade and lavender meringue. The holiday dinner comes with a complimentary glass of sparkling Rosé for each, while a live Spanish guitarist sets the romantic mood.

$49 per person; $59 with wine pairings. Pricing excludes tax and gratuity. For reservations, book online or call 949-225-6780.

EATS Kitchen & Bar
17900 Jamboree Road
Irvine, CA 92614
949-225-6780

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Treat that special someone like royalty this Valentine’s Day at Five Crowns with world-class hospitality and a romantic, five-course menu for two courtesy of Executive Chef Alejandra Padilla.

The mouthwatering prix-fixe menu highlights starters such as Steak Tartar with truffle chips and the favorite Avocado Crab Mash with lime dressing and pita chips. Multiple entrées will be offered including Five Crowns’ signature California Cut Prime Ribs of Beef with Yorkshire pudding and whipped cream organic horseradish as well as a seasonal Seared Salmon with purple cauliflower purée, honey roasted beets and pomegranate.

Make the unforgettable evening extra sweet with decadent dessert options like the Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée with mixed berries and Profiteroles with Nutella ganache, strawberries and almonds.

FIVE-COURSE MENU FOR TWO:
Amuse-bouche
Gougères
stuffed with potato and parmesan truffle tuile

Starter for Two
Avocado Crab Mash
lime dressing, pita chips

Beet and Endive Boats
marinated beets, crispy sage, walnuts, goat cheese fondue

Steak Tartar
truffle chips

Soup or Salad
Warm Kale Salad
bacon vinaigrette, spiced walnuts, radish, dried cherries

Cauliflower Soup
lemon, crispy sage

Entrée
Winter Risotto
mushrooms, brussel sprouts, fennel, parmigiano


Seared Salmon
purple cauliflower purée, honey roasted beets, pomegranate

Pappardelle Pasta
steak ragu, rosemary horseradish, breadcrumbs

California Cut Prime Ribs of Beef
au jus, Yorkshire pudding, whipped cream organic horseradish

Sweetheart Dessert for Two
Profiteroles
nutella ganache, strawberries, almonds

Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée
mixed berries

Poached Pears
champagne cream sauce, butter shortbread cookies

TIME:
Wednesday, February 14, 5-9 p.m.

WHERE:
Five Crowns, 3801 East Coast Hwy, Corona Del Mar, CA 92625

PRICE:
$125 per couple

*Beverages, tax and tip additional.

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The Orange County Great Park brings back Cupid’s Date Night, its one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day celebration, on Saturday, Feb. 10, and Sunday, Feb. 11. At 6 p.m., couples can enjoy a picnic dinner – complete with dessert and sparkling cider – in the park while listening to music and playing lawn games under the stars.

On Saturday, Feb. 10, dinner will be followed by a line-dancing lesson from 7 to 9 p.m. under the lights of the Palm Court Arts Complex. On Sunday, Feb. 11, 7-9 p.m., couples will be led through a guided painting lesson inside the Artist Studios. At the end of the evening, each couple will walk away with a souvenir photo.

Guests are also welcome to explore the nearby Heritage and Aviation Exhibition in the historical Hangar 244, which features images, displays and artifacts that tell the story of the Great Park from its agricultural roots to its role in the military as the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro. Cupid’s Date Night guests are encouraged to bring a blanket for the picnic dinner. In the case of rain, the event will be moved indoors.

Cupid’s Date Night is $122 per couple. Registration is required by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 7. To register, visit irvinequickreg.org or call 949-724-7611 for more information.

Orange County Great Park is located at 6950 Marine Way in Irvine. For more information, visit ocgp.org or call 949-724-6247.

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Surf and Sand Resort
1555 S Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Valentine’s Day Dining at Splashes – Sweethearts are welcomed to celebrate Valentine’s Day in true SoCal fashion, right on the water at Splashes with the following dining options:

Two by the Sea at Splashes Restaurant- 4-course prix fixe dinner; $150 per person ($200 with wine pairings.)

Oysters & Bubbles at Splashes Bar- One dozen oysters & bottle of Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs, Brut, $120 – Half-dozen oysters & half-bottle of Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs, $65

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AnQi by House of AN
Wednesday February 14, 2018, 5-10 p.m.
AnQi’s beautifully curated Valentine’s Day five-course menu starts with an appetizer choice of Ossetra Caviar with Pan-Seared Day Boat Scallop or Filet Mignon Potstickers with Foie Gras. Next, enjoy Endive and Five-Spiced Walnut Salad or Hamachi Sashimi, followed by Misoyaki Butterfish or An’s Famous Garlic Noodles with Colossal Tiger Prawns. The final savory course is a choice of Herb Roasted Filet Mignon or A-5 Wagyu Steak. Conclude with a dessert duo of Dark Chocolate Raspberry Tart with Cardamom Ice Cream and Passion Fruit Parfait with Lychee Sorbet. Entertainment for the evening will be live jazz.
$125 per person (exclusive of tax and gratuity)
For reservations please call 714.557.5679

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Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge
Wednesday February 14, 2018 from 5-9 p.m.
Be among the first to dine at the newly renovated Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge this Valentine’s Day. In addition to the full à la carte menu, Leatherby’s will offer guests a special pairing: a dozen oysters with a bottle of Patina Cuvée Brut for $55. Other menu favorites include lobster toast, shrimp cocktail, USDA Prime tenderloin, Snake River Farms Wagyu style New York steak, Colorado rack of lamb, Alaskan halibut with uni butter, sesame crusted yellow fin tuna and Valrhona Chocolate Beggar’s Purse with passion fruit sorbet.
$55 Valentine’s Day oyster special; á la carte prices vary per

For reservations please call 714.429.7640

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Vaca
Wednesday February 14, 2018; 5-10:30 p.m.
In addition to Vaca’s full à la carte dinner menu, award-winning chef Amar Santana will offer select Valentine’s specials including ceviche mixto, terrina de unagi y foie gras terrine, paella de veira with braised lamb neck, oysters on the half shell with bloody marry sorbet, house cured Mediterranean sardines and Valrhona dark chocolate ganache with churro toast and olive oil ice cream for dessert.
Specials range from $13-$45; à la carte prices vary per selection (exclusive of tax and gratuity)

For reservations please call 714.463.6060

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Mezzet Mediterranean Cuisine
Crate and Barrel Home Store Wing, level 1
Wednesday February 14, all day
Three Course Special Valentine’s menu for $75 per couple. Includes a glass of complimentary bubbly. Live entertainment 6-9 p.m. Does not include tax or gratuity.

Reservations, please call 714.540.3365

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Darya Fine Persian Cuisine
South Coast Plaza Village
Wednesday, February 14
Three course menu, $59.95 per person, exclusive of tax or gratuity. Live entertainment in the evening by Laura Angelini.
Reservations required, please call 714.557.6600

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With crashing waves and coastal cliffs as the backdrop, Beachcomber at Crystal Cove has crafted the perfect Valentine’s Day menu to make the occasion unforgettable. The 4-course prix-fixe menu will offer starter options such as Dungeness crab cake with celery puree, red ruby radish, tarragon aioli and shredded crispy phyllo, and entrees like Surf & Turf—featuring filet mignon, colossal shrimp, potato puree, English peas and hen of woods mushrooms with a port wine reduction. Delight in the perfect sweet ending with dessert choices like homemade chocolate cake with layered ganache and fresh strawberries, or a fresh fruit tart with seasonal fruit and Chantilly cream.

Four-Course Menu – $110
First Course (Choice of one)
Dungeness Crab Cake
Celery puree, red ruby radish, tarragon aioli, shredded crispy phyllo

Rosemary Pear Comfit Crostini
Humboldt Fog cheese, tomato coulis blonde, frisse salad

Second Course (Choice of one)
Baby Mixed Salad
Baby greens, kumquats, parsnips, apples, blue cheese, five spice candied walnuts, cider reduction

Lobster Bisque
Pernod cream, brioche crouton, chives

Third Course (Choice of one)
Surf & Turf
Filet mignon, colossal shrimp, potato puree, English peas & Hen of Woods mushrooms, port wine reduction

Maine Diver Scallops
Bacon wrapped scallops, roasted asparagus and baby carrots, Sambuca butter sauce, grilled ciabatta, bloom blonde frisee salad

Braised Lamb Osso Bucco
Goat cheese polenta tamale, peperonata, balsamic gastric

Pan Roasted Jidori Chicken
Cauliflower gratin, crispy Applewood bacon, rosemary au jus

Verde Risotto
English peas, organic spinach, broccolini, asparagus, parmesan cheese

Dessert (Choice of one)
Homemade Chocolate Cake
Layered ganache, fresh strawberries

Fresh Fruit Tart
Seasonal fruit, Chantilly cream

WHEN:
February 14, 2018

WHERE:
The Beachcomber Café at Crystal Cove
15 Crystal Cove,
Newport Coast, CA 92657

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Indulge this Valentine’s Day with a decadent three-course meal at Lighthouse Bayview Café. Executive Chef Ryan Sumner has curated a menu of mouthwatering dishes to help create the perfect romantic evening. Menu highlights include starters such as creamy lobster bisque with tarragon crème fraiche and entrees like crispy skin king salmon with caramelized fennel puree, blood orange fennel slaw and red wine braised Belgium endive. Pair your meal with a selection from the all-new full bar menu—find sweet cocktails like the cosmo, made with vodka, Cobier Orange Liqueur, fresh lime juice and cranberry juice, or the Thoroughbred, a house favorite, made with Bulleit Rye Whiskey, lemon juice and Clover Honey Syrup.

Three-Course Menu – $65
Starters (Choice of one)
Jumbo Lump Crab Cake
Old bay mayonnaise, sweet pepper vinaigrette, crispy leeks

Lobster Bisque
Tarragon crème fraiche

Grilled Artichoke
Garlic parmesan herb butter, caper aioli, pickled peppers

Entrée (Choice of one)
Crispy Skin King Salmon
Caramelized fennel puree, blood orange fennel slaw, red wine braised Belgium endive

Slow Tender Braised Pork
Sweet potato farro risotto, butter braised wild mushrooms, puffed barley, apple cider gastrique (*can be made vegetarian without pork)

Butter Poached California Lobster Tail
Sweet pea orzo pasta, corn fritters, celery salad

Beef Wellington
Truffle potato puree, garlic spinach, sauce béarnaise

Dessert (Choice of one)
Lavender Scented Port Poached Pear
Crème anglaise, raspberry coulis

Rich Chocolate Mousse
Strawberries, gingersnap streusel, micro mint

WHEN:
February 14, 2018

WHERE:
Lighthouse Bayview Café
1600 W. Balboa Blvd.,
Newport Beach, CA 92663

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Since Wino Wednesday lovingly shares the same date as Valentine’s Day this year, Three Seventy Common Food+Drink is celebrating by expanding its Wino WednesdayMenu offerings. A special Four-Course Valentine’s Menu will be available with choices and wine pairing. This Four-Course Dinner-of-the-day sounds irresistible with an Amuse to start. First Course is either Oysters on the Half Shell or Garden Salad. Second is Lobster Ravioli or Sunchoke-Cauliflower Ravioli. Third features Heart of the Ribeye with bordelaise or Wild Mushroom Souffle, and the fourth is Chocolate Ganache Cake or Trio of Cheesecake Bars. The customary menu will be available. Great food for lovers and their companions. For reservations: 949.494.8686.

$55 per person includes four-course dinner and wine pairings; excludes tax and gratuity.

Three Seventy Common Kitchen+Drink
370 Glenneyre
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
949.494.8686
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Provenance – NEWPORT BEACH
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Provenance and keep the love local! Chef Cathy Pavlos is serving up some seriously good eats this Valentine’s Day. As with all special occasions at Provenance, guests can look forward to a no-nonsense, no-fuss, straight-up good time. Lovebirds will enjoy a 3-course Prix-Fixe menu featuring your choice of dishes such as Black Canyon Filet Mignon and Plancha-Seared Whole Boneless Wild Greek Branzino. Full Valentine’s Day menu at http://www.provenanceoc.com/menu. Pricing is $75 per person, with an optional $25 or $40 wine pairing. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are available upon request. For reservations, please call, (949) 718-0477. http://www.provenanceoc.com/

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The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar – TUSTIN & NEWPORT BEACH
Celebrate Valentine’s Day the Winery Way! The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar will be hosting a very special evening on Wednesday, February 14th at both their Tustin and Newport Beach locations with a special Oh Baby! 4-Course Prix-Fixe Menu created of Executive Chef Yvon Goetz. Prices and menus vary by location. Guests who choose to spend the evening at The Winery Newport Beach the menu priced at $109 per guest, while patrons visiting The Winery Tustin site will indulge in a menu priced at $89 per person. Beverages, tax, and gratuity separate. To learn more or to make your reservation, please call Tustin at (714) 258-7600 or Newport Beach at (949) 999-6622. See menu for each location online at www.thewineryrestaurants.com

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Driftwood Kitchen – LAGUNA BEACH
Celebrate your love with the ultimate Valentine’s Day experience overlooking the blue waters of Laguna Beach. Executive Chef Rainer Schwarz will play Cupid as he presents a 4-course Prix-Fixe Valentine’s dinner menu on Wednesday, February 14th from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Guests can look forward to Pan Seared Dungeness crab Butternut Squash Gnocchi, Double R Ranch Petite Filet with Maine Lobster, and Pan Seared European Branzino Filet, just to name a few featured dishes. This special menu includes a romantic champagne toast and is priced at $89 per guest. For reservations at Driftwood Kitchen, call 949.715.7700. http://driftwoodkitchen.com/

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The Deck on Laguna Beach – LAGUNA BEACH
What’s more romantic than spending the day with your sweetheart one of the most beautiful beaches? The Deck on Laguna Beach will be open on Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re looking to set the mood early with our incredible seaside lunch or you’re looking to let things simmer as the sun sets, The Deck on Laguna Beach is the perfect place to spend Valentine’s Day. They will be offering their entire menu, so you know there is something for everyone’s appetite! To make reservations at The Deck, call 949.494.6700. http://www.deckonlaguna.com/

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Hendrix Restaurant & Bar – LAGUNA NIGUEL
Celebrate your love with Chef Rainer Schwarz’ 4-Course Prix-Fixe Valentine’s dinner menu on Wednesday, February 14th from 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Guests can look forward to Scottish Smoked Salmon & Potato Blini, Greater Omaha Black Angus Beef Filet Mignon, and Chilean Sea Bass, just to name a few featured dishes. This special menu includes a romantic champagne toast and is priced at $69 per guest. For reservations at Hendrix Restaurant & Bar, call 949.248.1912. http://www.hendrixoc.com

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Sushi Roku – NEWPORT BEACH
Chic, innovative and sexy! Spend your Valentine’s Day at Sushi Roku for an unforgettable culinary experience. Executive Chef Shin Toyoda prides himself in featuring global ingredients throughout the menu to create a contemporary sushi experience unlike any other in the region. Sushi Roku Newport Beach is offering their regular menu, an Izakaya Prix-Fixe Menu for 2 ($160), and Crudo Special for 2 ($65). The Crudo Special (photos attached) is a great starter for a couple to share, and it comes with 2 pieces each of: Oyster, uni, caviea, ponzu jello; Salmon, wasabi aioli; Spanish Mackerel, spicy miso; Amberjack, mango jalapeño; Blue Fin Tuna, tamari truffle; Golden Eye Snapper, sweet vinegar, black lava salt; and Japanese Scallop with pressed caviar. Dessert Special: Red Velvet Chocolate Cake with berries and caramel ice cream. The specials will be offered Friday, Feb 9 – Sunday, Feb 11 and on Weds, Feb 14. They will also have a DJ from 7pm to 10:30pm on Valentine’s Day! Certified sake sommeliers and mixologists have crafted a diverse and exceptional beverage menu to compliment the cuisine. For reservations, please call (949) 706-3622. http://www.sushiroku.com/

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Juliette Kitchen & Bar – NEWPORT BEACH
Impress that someone special with a romantic evening at Juliette Kitchen and Bar. Executive Chef Daniel Hyatt ‘s hyper-seasonal dishes pair with beautifully with Juliette’s small batch and high-quality wines. Juliette has the charm of a neighborhood restaurant that is rooted in bringing together seasonal and local ingredients in vibrant, modern and balanced dishes. Always warm and inviting, Juliette is where you come to indulge in good conversation and great food. For reservations, 949) 752-5854. http://www.juliettenb.com/.

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Sapphire Laguna – LAGUNA BEACH
It can be argued that there’s no place quite as romantic as Laguna Beach… so why not embark on a culinary journey this Valentine’s Day in the heart of the city at Sapphire Laguna? They are ready to whisk you and your love on a global getaway this Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, February 14th, when they will be offering an unforgettable 3-course prix-fixe menu with dishes such as Crispy Duck Confit Warka, Crab & Spinach filled Loup de Mer, Dellah’s Garam Masala Roasted Lamb Loin, and Espresso Pavlova. View the entire Valentine’s Day menu here: https://www.sapphirelaguna.com/valentines-menu/. Reservations are required. To make Valentine’s dinner reservations, please call (949) 715-9888 or email reservati[email protected] http://www.sapphirelaguna.com/.

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Prego Mediterranean – IRVINE
Romance runs rampant at Prego Mediterranean on Wednesday, February 14th. Chef Ugo Allesina is offering lovers specials, including his famous Ravioli Cuore Mio, delicious homemade heart-shaped ravioli filled with ricotta and swiss chard in a creamy tomato-vodka sauce. Additionally, Prego Mediterranean’s full dinner menu will be available for guests to enjoy. Reservations are highly recommended, please call (949).553.1333. http://www.pregooc.com.

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ADYA – ANAHEIM & IRVINE
Spice up your Valentine’s Day with ADYA! Treat your sweetheart to a meal full of fresh, Indian flavors this holiday. Executive Chef Shachi Mehra showcases dishes laden with bold spices and flavorful ingredients, some of which are known to have aphrodisiac qualities meant to induce sensuality. Join ADYA Anaheim on Wednesday, February 14 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. and ADYA Irvine during their regular business hours from 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. To learn more, please call (714) 533-2392. http://adyaoc.com/.

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Haven Gastropub – ORANGE
Treat your sweetheart to a meal to remember courtesy of Haven Gastropub! Located in historic Old Towne Orange, this beloved establishment known for its extensive beverage program – featuring an expansive craft beer selection and boutique wines – offers dishes laden with fresh, awe-inspiring ingredients to ensure that every patron’s tastes are met. Join them on Valentine’s Day as Executive Chef Greg Daniels and Chef de Cuisine Landon Pulizzi showcase special 3-course prix-fixe menu alongside their entire regular menu for guests to enjoy. Haven prides itself in exhibiting a menu that offers a blend of old world European fare with a modern American twist resulting in a refreshing combination of treasured dishes from around the world fused with familiar, stateside staples. With dishes such as House Made Farfalle and Seared Duck Breast, this will be one Valentine’s Day that you and yours won’t soon forget. To make reservations, please call (714) 221-0680. http://www.havengastropub.com/.

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ARC Food & Libations – COSTA MESA
Chef Noah von Blom is offering a Dinner for Two menu for $200, in addition to his regular menu. The menu includes two V-Day cocktails, The Goose is Loose, with Fresh Blackberries, Tequila, and Citrus; choice of Meatballs, Grilled Shrimp or Bruschetta; Wedge Salad for 2; two Glasses of Bubbles; Grilled Wild Salmon and 14oz Filet Mignon; Seasonal Vegetables and Roasted Potatoes; 2 Glasses of Cabernet Sauvignon; Apple Cobbler; and 2 Digestif of Amaro. Reservations required. http://www.arcrestaurant.com

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Mimi’s Cafe will offer a special three-course Valentine’s menu for two, beginning Friday, Feb. 9, through Wednesday, Feb. 14, starting at just $45 per couple*.

The Sweetheart Menu includes:
One Mimi’s Trio of Appetizers to share: hand-breaded chicken tenders, lightly fried zucchini sticks and warm spinach artichoke dip with house-made tortilla chips, served with ranch and buffalo sauce

Choice of main course. One per person:
Coastal Shrimp Pasta, with sautéed shrimp, grape tomatoes, roasted broccoli, fresh basil and pasta in a lemon sauce
Tuscan Style Grilled Chicken, with mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, and artichokes, served with grilled garlic bread
Grilled Atlantic Salmon, Atlantic salmon with a light Chardonnay dijon sauce, served with broccoli and mashed potatoes
Or select a Ribeye Steak,(for an additional $7 per person, while supplies last), served blackened or grilled, with the choice of two sides

One Sweetheart Chocolate Cake to share: a hot molten lava cake served a scoop of vanilla ice cream and garnished with a drizzle of chocolate and a strawberry.

*beverages, gratuity and taxes not included. Select the Ribeye for an additional $7 per person.

Mimi’s also offers house wine for $6 a glass or $23 a bottle, all day, every day where applicable by law.

Reservations are recommended. Locations and additional information is available at www.mimiscafe.com.

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