Where to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Orange County 2023

Enjoy special prix-fixe dinners at these O.C. restaurants.
Photograph Courtesy of Cafe Sevilla

Cafe Sevilla in Costa Mesa  

What: On both Monday and Tuesday, February 13 and 14, Cafe Sevilla presents a special four-course prix fixe Valentine’s Day dinner. The meal includes warm goat cheese dip and Spanish charcuterie to start; lobster cake with citrus salad as the second course; your choice of pan seared duck with Spanish beer glaze or lobster paella Valenciana for the main course; and an orange tart with raspberry meringue for dessert. Dine while enjoying live Latin music by Colombian Latin Soul. 

The Details: $68 per person, reserve at eventbrite.com 

Bonus: On February 14, guests can also enjoy a flamenco dinner show experience at 7 p.m., which includes a charcuterie platter, three-course Spanish lobster paella dinner, and nightclub entry (salsa and bachata lessons plus dancing and DJ until 2 a.m.) priced at $119 per person. On Saturday, February 11, Cafe Sevilla presents a “Don’t Text The Ex” Anti-Valentine’s Day brunch party. On Sunday, February 12, guests can attend the second annual Galentine’s Day Brunch party. 

  

Billy’s at the Beach in Newport Beach 

What: Available from Friday, February 10 through Tuesday, February 14, the prix-fixe meal curated by Chef Robert Luna features items such as oysters, wagyu beef tartare, filet mignon with sautéed haricot verts and garlic mashed potatoes, Billy’s Chocolate Lovers cake, and Hawaiian malasadas. Add on a signature Valentine’s cocktail such as the Espresso My Love, or select one of three curated wine pairings for an additional cost.  

The Details: $75 per person, reserve at https://billysatthebeach.net 

 

Photograph Courtesy of Henry’s Coastal Cuisine

Henry’s Coastal Cuisine in Huntington Beach

What: The restaurant, located within the The Waterfront Beach Resort in Huntington Beach, will offer an oceanside pre-Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Champagne Dinner on Friday, February 10, and an equally romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner on Tuesday, February 14. Both dinners will feature a multi-course prix-fixe dinner curated by Henry’s Coastal Cuisine Executive Chef Lewis Butler and expertly paired with exquisite champagnes.

The Details: $159 per person, reserve at eventbrite.com

 

Gracias Madre in Newport Beach 

What: Available from Friday, February 10 through Tuesday, February 14, the prix-fixe, plant-based, and Mexican-inspired Cena del Amor y la Amistad menu consists of five courses and a Mal Bien Mezcal tasting. Enjoy roasted beets with avocado, squash blossom tacos, veggie enchiladas, and even flan infused with Mal Bien Mezcal.

The Details: $100 per person, reserve at opentable.com/

  

A+O Restaurant at Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach 

What: Specials from February 13 (Galentine’s Day) through February 15 (Single Awareness Day) included broiled Beausoleil oysters ($22), seared scallop and beet gnocchi ($50), wagyu beef tenderloin ($65), rose and white chocolate mousse ($14), and a Cupid’s Kiss cocktail ($19). 

The Details: Reserve at balboabayresort.com 

  

Ysadora Restaurant at the Inn at the Mission San Juan Capistrano 

What: Celebrate love with a four-course prix-fixe menu of Anaheim peppers stuffed with crab, watermelon gazpacho, your choice of scallops and lobster tail, filet mignon, or beet risotto, and your choice of chocolate marquis or strawberry shortcake for dessert. 

The Details: $95 per person. Reserve at opentable.com 

   

The Loft at Montage Laguna Beach 

What: Pair the resort’s stunning ocean view with a four-course meal on Saturday, February 11 or Tuesday, February 14. Selections include lobster carpaccio, orecchiette pasta, pan-roasted scallops, Creekstone Farms Prime filet mignon, Pacific black cod, and coconut macaroons. 

The Details: $180 per person, reserve by calling 949-715-6420 

 

The Blind Pig in Rancho Santa Margarita and Yorba Linda

What: On February 14, The Blind Pig Kitchen & Bar is serving a special prix fixe menu, featuring elevated dishes utilizing the freshest ingredients to pair expertly with their expansive selection of craft beers and specialty craft cocktails. Indulge in six courses, complimentary champagne aperitif, and receive a long stemmed rose.

The Details: $90 per person, reserve at theblindpigoc.com

 

The Cellar in Fullerton 

What: The restaurant’s Sweet Valentine Dinner includes four courses with options such as brie with puff pastry and strawberry jam, orzo soup, rigatoni, lobster tail, red velvet cream puffs, and panna cotta. 

The Details: $115 per person, reserve at opentable.com 

 

Piccolino Ristorante in Mission Viejo 

What: This three-course Valentine’s Day menu has many wonderful Italian dishes to choose from, including shrimp cocktail, lobster bisque, gnocchi with black truffle, lasagna, lobster fettuccine, ricotta and blueberry cheesecake, and panna cotta with mixed fresh berries. 

The Details: $100 per person, reserve at opentable.com 

 

Silver Trumpet in Costa Mesa 

What: A four-course prix fixe menu features options such as scallop crudo, wild mushroom bisque, lemon verbena chicken, short rib ravioli, and ChocoNilla cake with passion fruit and raspberry mousses for dessert. 

The Details: $92 per person, reserve at silvertrumpetrestaurant.com/reservations 

 

Pescadou Bistro in Newport Beach 

What: This special prix fixe menu begins with a duck mousse and marinated quail leg amuse bouche. For the first course, choose between Love apple Valentine soup or a salad of butter lettuce and Main lobster. Mains include Chilean sea bass, braised lamb shank, roasted Mary’s duck breast, or grilled Prime hanger steak. Finish with tarte au chocolate. 

The Details: $120 per person, reserve at opentable.com/ 

 

Tangerine Room in Anaheim 

What: A four-course prix fixe dinner features an amuse-bouche, choice of scarlett beet salad or Main lobster pot pie for the first course, choice of wagyu beef New York strip or sole with hearts of palm for the entree, and chcoolae salted caramel mousse torte and strawberry cheesecake for dessert.  

The Details: $80 per person, reserve at opentable.com 

 

Anaheim White House in Anaheim 

What: Although the Anaheim White House is normally closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, the restaurant will be open with a Valentine’s prix-fixe menu available Saturday, February 11 through Tuesday, February 14. On February 10, the special menu will be available along with the standard dinner menu. 

The Details: $95 per person, reserve at opentable.com 

  

Knife Pleat in Costa Mesa 

What: Michelin-starred chef Tony Ensnault presents a five-course menu that begins with caviar service for two, available February 10, 11, and 14. 

The Details: $315 per person, reserve at exploretock.com/knifepleat/ 

  

Raya and EnoSteak at the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel in Dana Point 

What: Special Valentine’s Day menus will be offered at both Raya and EnoSteak. Highlights at Raya include oysters, Burrata a la Tinta, scallop crudo, gambas al ajillo, dry-aged New York steak, causitas a la huancaina, and a milk chocolate passion fruit dessert. At EnoSteak, guests can look forward to oysters with a winter citrus mignonette, lobster bisque with uni foam, Osetra caviar, escarole salad, wagyu and Lobster Thermidor, and a brown sugar yogurt cheesecake. 

The Details: Reserve at ritzcarlton.com 

 

King’s Fish House in Huntington Beach, Laguna Hills, and Orange

What: Highlights of Tuesday’s special three-course menu include New England clam chowder, an 8-ounce filet mignon and South African lobster tail with your choice of sides, and a key lime pie or Old-Fashioned chocolate cake.

The Details: $69.50 per person, reserve at kingsfishhouse.com

 

Bello by Sandro Nardone in Newport Beach 

What: Indulge in four courses featuring Italian-style dishes such as hamachi crudo, tagliolini limone, short rib with fresh bean ragout, and steamed hazelnut cake. 

The Details: $100 per person, reserve at exploretock.com 

 

Haven Craft Kitchen + Bar in Orange

What: Available on Friday, Saturday, and Tuesday, the three-course prix-fixe menu features ahi tuna carpaccio, an 8-ounce Prime ribeye filet with potato rosti, and a dark chocolate cremeux with strawberry sorbet.

The Details: $85 per person, reserve at opentable.com

 

Water Grill in Costa Mesa

What: Tuesday’s four-course menu features seafood dishes such as crisp calamari, clam chowder, and the Classic Surf & Turf. For dessert, choose from sweet caramel bread pudding, chocolate ganache cake made with pistachios and Luxardo cherry sorbet. 

The Details: $135 per person plus optional wine pairing for $50, reserve at watergrill.com

  

The Ranch in Anaheim 

What: A four-course meal with selections such as house-made sweet potato gnocchi, duck consommé, Moroccan-spiced lamb chop, Cape Grim short ribs barbacoa, Tahitian vanilla bean semifreddo, and chocolate tres leches cake. 

The Details: $145 per person, reserve at theranch.com/restaurant/events/valentine-dinner.aspx 

 

Driftwood Kitchen in Laguna Beach

What: Tuesday’s multi-course prix-fixe menu by Executive Chef Rainer Schwarz features seafood dishes such as Hawaiian big eye tuna tartare, lobster bisque, and pan-seared Chilean sea bass over wild mushroom risotto. 

The Details: $120 per person, reserve at driftwoodkitchen.com

 

Hendrix Restaurant & Bar in Laguna Niguel

What: Available on Valentine’s Day, the prix-fixe menu includes offerings such as Alba truffle soup with wild mushrooms and Double R Ranch petite filet with colossal black tiger shrimp. For dessert, indulge in Valrhona chocolate mousse cake with raspberries.

The Details: $95 per person, reserve at hendrixoc.com