26 Great Orange County Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

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Chris Botti
Grammy award-winning trumpeter Chris Botti returns to the Segerstrom Concert Hall this Valentine’s Day for another classic evening of music. Tickets start at $55. 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, scfta.org

Newport Beach Gondola Ride
Celebrate the holiday with an hour-long gondola cruise. Gourmet chocolate and sparkling cider are included. Prices start at $160 per couple and $25 for each additional passenger. 200 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, newportbeach.gondola.com

Stupid Cupid Party
Are you single this Valentine’s Day? Aqua Lounge’s Stupid Cupid Party has you covered. The free event will have you dancing till the wee hours. VIP booths start at $250. 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, fashionislandhotel.com

Dana Wharf Cruise
Cruise the coast and enjoy the sunset, complimentary Champagne, and whale watching at Dana Wharf. There’s even a special sparkling wine tasting cruise. Tickets start at $29. 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, danawharf.com

Orange County Mining Co.
Enjoy a candlelight dinner for two featuring live music, drinks, and a beautiful view. The two-hour reservation with an included drink ticket per person is $180 per couple. 10000 S. Crawford Canyon Road, Santa Ana, orangecountyminingco.com

Tacos at House of Blues
House of Blues in Anaheim is hosting Let’s Taco ’Bout Love in the Foundation Room Lounge. Enjoy a live DJ and all-night taco specials. Reservations encouraged. 400 W. Disney Way, Anaheim, houseofblues.com

Ottmar Liebert and Luna Negra
Take in an evening of Spanish-influenced music from Grammy-nominated guitarist Ottmar Liebert and his band Luna Negra at The Coach House. Tickets are $35. 33157 Camino Capistrano, San Juan Capistrano, thecoachhouse.com

Miraval Life in Balance Spa
Sign up for a romantic couples facial, massage, or retreat in the month of February and receive a complimentary bottle of Veuve Clicquot. 1 Monarch Beach Resort North, Dana Point, miravalspamonarchbeach.com


Laguna Canyon Winery
The winery will host a special Valentine’s dinner event that includes a four-course meal and an assortment of wines. $151.25 per person for nonmembers. 2133 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, lagunacanyonwinery.com

Leatherby’s Café Rouge
Enjoy a three-course meal made by chef Greg Stillman at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. The Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe is priced at $79 per person and is available on the 14th and 15th. 615 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, patinagroup.com

The Hobbit
Enjoy a six-course dinner for the holiday, at $154 per person. Can’t make it on Valentine’s Day? The special menu is also available Thursday and Saturday. 2932 E. Chapman Ave., Orange, hobbitrestaurant.com

The Ranch Restaurant & Saloon
Celebrate with a four-course dinner priced at $95 per person. Don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes and head over to the saloon afterwards to enjoy live music by the Country Club Band featuring Amanda Kate. 1025 E. Ball Road, Anaheim, theranch.com

The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar
Toast your date with a glass of wine alongside a four-course dinner. Prices start at $119 at the Newport Beach location and $99 per person at the Tustin location. 3131 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach, thewinerynewport.com; 2647 Park Ave., Tustin, thewinerytustin.com

Enjoy one of the most popular dishes at Mozambique, the Chilean sea bass, or choose from nine other entrées including New Zealand rack of lamb, steak and lobster, and Prime New York strip. The prix fixe is $89 per person. 1740 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, mozambiqueoc.com

Oak Grill
Dine in and enjoy live piano music under the stars or sit inside the cozy dining room and take a memorable photograph with your loved one in the photo booth. Dinner is $125 per person and includes a complimentary glass of rosé and house-made chocolates. Fashion Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Drive, Newport Beach, fashionislandhotel.com

Driftwood Kitchen
Begin your Valentine’s Day festivities with a Champagne toast. The four-course meal is $95 per person. 619 Sleepy Hollow Lane, Laguna Beach, driftwoodkitchen.com

The Loft
Enjoy a peaceful dinner by the sea for $135 per guest. The four-course meal includes half a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne per couple. Montage Laguna Beach, 20801 Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, montagehotels.com

Citrus City Grille
Celebrate with a romantic four-course dinner for two that will make your hearts sing. The meal is $70 per guest and includes a glass of sparkling wine. A la carte options are also available. 122 N. Glassell St., Orange, citruscitygrille.com

Bayside Restaurant
Enjoy ocean views and a three-course dinner with your significant other. You can also swing by the day after for continued holiday specials. The prix fixe dinner is $88 per person. 900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach, baysiderestaurant.com

Chef Cathy Pavlos will be preparing a four-course menu featuring dishes such as Black Canyon filet mignon and plancha-seared wild branzino. $80 per person. 2531 Eastbluff Drive, Newport Beach, provenanceoc.com

Hendrix Restaurant & Bar
The four-course prix-fixe menu by chef Rainer Schwarz include a romantic Champagne toast and is a steal at $69 per guest. 32431 Golden Lantern, Laguna Niguel, hendrixoc.com

Haven Craft Kitchen + Bar
Executive chef Craig Brady will offer a three-course dinner that combines his favorite dishes from Haven’s regular menu with new ones created specially for the occasion. $65 per person. 190 S. Glassell St., Orange, havencraftkitchen.com

ARC Butcher & Baker
If you’re planning a romantic night in but still want to indulge in a special meal, pick up Arc’s Valentine’s package, which includes a charcuterie, cheese, crudités, and hummus platter, chocolate-covered strawberries, and a half bottle of rosé for $95. Reserve in advance. 417 30th St., Newport Beach, arcbutcherbaker.com

The Bronze Quail
For an extravagant meal in posh digs, visit The Bronze Quail for a six-course menu prepared by executive chef Mark Piepkorn. $115 per guest. An a la carte menu will also be available. 1500 S. Raymond Ave., Fullerton, thebronzequail.com

Fable & Spirit
From cold-smoked yellowtail and American wagyu strip loin to Norwegian halibut, there’s plenty to love on chef David Shofner’s four-course dinner menu. Starting at $100 per guest. 3441 Via Lido, Newport Beach, fableandspirit.com

Knife Pleat
The six-course tasting menu will feature ingredients traditionally thought to have aphrodisiac qualities such as oysters, chocolate, Champagne, ginger, vanilla, and truffles. The ticketed event, priced at $155 per person, will be offered on the 13th, 14th, and 15th. South Coast Plaza, 3333 S. Bristol St., Costa Mesa, knifepleat.com

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