Valentine’s Day planning can be stressful. Here’s a list of restaurants to try and activities to make this Valentine’s Day easy and fun! But don’t wait too long to make your reservations!
ACTIVITIES & ESCAPES:
Wine and Chocolate Festival
Don’t just celebrate Valentine’s Day but make it a weekend event at Grgich Hills Estate! This February 14-16th, you and your sweetheart can discover how savory and sweet chocolate treats complement and enhance our wines. Our intimate, seated tasting features a special flight of limited-production wines plus a library Cabernet Sauvignon, paired with confections from Le Belge Chocolatier. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. Call 707-963-2784. Festival 11am-3pm. Tickets are $35 per person. 1829 St. Helena Highway (Highway 29) in Rutherford, Napa Valley, CA 94573.
Napa Valley Wine Train
As Napa Valley is the quintessential destination for travelling romantics, couples aboard the Wine Train will view Napa Valley’s landscape without the hassle of crowds, riding a private train with reserved seating while enjoying fine dining service with multi-course meals prepared by Executive Chef Kelly Macdonald. The Napa Valley Wine Train’s Love Lock Bridge connects the station to the boarding platform and has been dedicated to lovers from around the world for several years. Visiting couples are encouraged to leave a decorated padlock with initials and/or special date to mark their appreciation and love for one another. Valentine’s Day package is extended through the weekend (Feb. 14-16). Tickets start at $134. Make reservations: 800-427-4124. 1275 McKinstry Street, Napa, California 94559.
The Walt Disney Family Museum
Join The Walt Disney Family Museum for a special after-hours party, kicking off on Friday, February 14 with Animate Your Night: Love on Main Street. Take your loved one a step back in time before relationship status updates for an evening of turn-of-the-century fun and celebrate love on everyone’s favorite passageway: Main Street, U.S.A. Tap your toe to the old-time sounds of the Frisky Frolics and enjoy a twitterpating performance by dance troupe, The Tartlettes. Top your evening off with a Prohibition-era style cocktail and moonlit picnic on the porch. Open 7pm-10pm. Tickets $15. 104 Montgomery Street, The Presidio of San Francisco, CA 94129.
Hornblower Valentine’s Day Cruises
Love is on the water this Valentine’s Day! Hornblower has different cruises to suit you and your sweetheart. Start the day off right with a romantic brunch cruise or wait for a moonlit dinner cruise. These romantic excursions are available for the weekend, Feb. 14th to 16th. Relax to the romantic styling of the live entertainment on board, or step onto the outer deck for the breathtaking sights of the San Francisco Skyline. Tickets start at $74. Leaves from San Francisco Pier 3, On the Embarcadero at Washington St.
Williams-Sonoma Union Square Cooking Class: Pairing Food & Wine: A Valentine Dinner
Instead of dining in a restaurant, learn to cook own romantic Valentine meal with wine parings. Explore the role of wine and how it enhances food. Be guided through a number of pairings, discussing how different wines interact with various flavors. On the menu: Red Beet Risotto for Two, Herb-Crusted Beef Medallions with Zinfandel-Shallot Sauce served with roasted Yukon gold potatoes and Warm Molten Chocolate Cakes. Class is from 6:30pm-9:30pm. Tickets $155. 340 Post Street San Francisco, CA 94108. 415-362-9450.
Blazing Saddles Bike Rentals & Tours
Get your heart beating and your endorphins flowing on a unique and fun Valentine’s Day tandem bike ride! Blazing Saddles Bike Rentals & Tours is offering a half-price rental special from Feb. 7-Feb. 16. Tandem, rentals at $30 a day. Offer valid exclusively at 2715 Hyde St. Mention the Valentine’s Special to get this offer. 415.202.8888.
Little River Inn
For those seeking an ocean-side retreat with their Valentine, the “In Love at Little River Inn” package offers an ideal escape, and features a four-course Valentine’s feast for two with items like Dungeness crab ravioli, Dry-aged cold smoked double cut rib eye and a Chocolate Lover’s Cake, on the evening of February 14. The “In Love at Little River Inn” package includes the following:
One night in an ocean-view fireplace room
Chocolate-covered strawberries upon arrival
A bottle of Little River Inn’s 75th Anniversary private-label Navarro Chardonnay
A four-course Valentine’s dinner for two in the garden view dining room
Package begins at $319 for double occupancy, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Package price is valid for the night of February 14, 2014 only. The four-course Valentine’s dinner is also available without a package, and costs $75 for two, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Advance reservations are required for booking.
Chaya Brasserie’s Valentine’s Day Dinner
132 Embarcadero at Mission Street
It’s love at first bite! Chaya is serving a very special Valentine’s Day dinner. Enjoy a three-course chef’s selection meal with complimentary Chaya truffles. $80 per person. Dinner served Fri. Feb. 14, 5-11 pm.
The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards
5050 Arroyo Road, Livermore CA 94550
Executive Chef Matt Greco of The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards is offering an amazing four-course dinner from February 14 - February 16 in honor of Valentine’s Day. Bring in your partner and indulge in dishes like tuna tartare with caviar, celery root crème, smoked potato chips and sorrel, or scallops with bacon, lentil, salsify and black truffle and winter citrus and pistachio napoleon with anise and coconut, among other items. For $96 per person, The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards is the perfect, romantic setting to bring your significant other!
1915 San Pablo Ave., Oakland, CA 94612
Valentine’s will be celebrated over the long weekend (February 13 – 16) at popular Hopscotch in Uptown Oakland! Chef Kyle Itani will be wowing diners with very special seasonal treats on this incredible menu with available pairing of wines and spirits. The menu will be $48 per person and an optional beverage pairing of $25. If you are trying to “score” a little love on your plate instead of a prix-fixe menu, get the “First-Base” Burger with house ground chuck, griddled beef tongue, pickled onions, sesame aioli, Kennebec chips and add soy braised pork belly. Don’t forget the bar either, for this Valentine’s Co-Owner and Bar Manager, Jenny Schwarz has specially crafted the Love & Virtue cocktail using gin, amaro Montenegro, crème de violette and a few other surprises… How can you not be in love with that?
2355 Chestnut St, San Francisco, CA 94123
After 10 years of being one of San Francisco’s most admired dining destinations, A16 is celebrating the milestone anniversary this Valentine’s Day with a look back at the past decade. Co-owners Shelley Lindgren and Victoria Libin will welcome back original A16 Chef Christophe Hille for the evening to create a menu with Executive Chef Chris Thompson dedicated to the “A16 Classics.” The one-night-only event offers guests a chance to revisit favorite dishes from the past 10 years with a four-course prix fixe menu for $85. Wine Director Shelley Lindgren will complement the menu with an optional wine pairing for $60, highlighting some of her favorite wines from Campania over the years. Lindgren will be on hand along with celebrated winemakers Sabino Loffredo from Pietracupa and Massimo Alois to pour through the indigenous grapes of the Campania region in Southern Italy. Friday, February 14, 2014 6:00 – 11:00 p.m.
1888 Solano Avenue, Berkeley CA 94707
On Valentine’s Day 2014, Friday, February 14, Ajanta Restaurant in Berkeley will be open for lunch from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM and for dinner from 5:30 to 9:30 PM serving the regular a la carte menus plus a $27.50 Chef’s Tasting Menu for dinner with three appetizers, four main dishes and sides of rice, naan bread, chutneys and pickles, plus dessert. The appetizers will be Tandoori Scallops, Tandoori Chicken Chaat, and Tandoori Portobello Mushrooms. The main dishes will be Galina Shakooti, Lamb Rib Chops, Methi Machi and Achari Baingan. A vegetarian option will be offered for $24.50. All prices exclude tax and gratuity.
Bourbon & Beef
5634 College Avenue, Oakland CA 94618
On Valentine’s Day 2014, Friday, February 14, Bourbon & Beef in Oakland will be open from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM serving their regular menu plus a la carte specials in the spirit of the occasion.
BUILD Pizzeria Roma
2286 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley CA 94704
On Valentine’s Day 2014, Friday, February 14, BUILD Pizzeria Roma in Berkeley will be open at noon serving their regular menu and, for dinner, the regular menu plus four special prix fixe meals for two, each with two salads, a shared pizza, two desserts and two pints of specialty beers from Bison Brewing. All couples will also be entered into a raffle for free movie passes good for a show at the UA Cinema next door to the restaurant. The pizzas to be served as a part of the prix fixe dinner options will be The Aphrodisiac with pancetta, dates, caramelized onions, gorgonzola and arugula; Some Like It Hot, a piccante pizza with one extra ingredient; A Rose by any other Name with Quattro Formaggi and one extra ingredient; and Couples Therapy, a BUILD your own pizza. Prices exclude tax and gratuity.
First Crush Restaurant & Wine Bar
101 Cyril Magnin Street, San Francisco CA 94102
On Valentine’s Day 2014, Friday, February 14, First Crush Restaurant & Wine Bar in San Francisco will be open from 4:30 to 11:00 PM serving a $95.00 four-course prix fixe menu with choices and an optional wine pairing offered for an additional $45.00. Main course choices will be Maine Lobster Risotto (vegetarian option available) with peas zucchini, roasted tomatoes, caramelized onions, parmesan; Grilled Mahi Mahi with jicama citrus salad, Fresno chilies, passion fruit emulsion; Oven Roasted Half Chicken with roasted fingerling potatoes, caramelized pearl onions, pancetta, baby carrots, natural jus; or Pan Roasted Filet Mignon with mushroom risotto cake, creamed spinach, bordelaise. All prices exclude tax and gratuity. Guests will receive a complimentary sparkling California wine toast, chocolate, and a flower for the table.
Fog Harbor Fish House
Pier 39, San Francisco CA 94133
On Valentine’s Day 2014, Friday, February 14, Fog Harbor Fish House in San Francisco will be open from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM serving their regular menu plus a la carte specials in the spirit of the occasion. Every couple dining at the restaurant for dinner will receive a complimentary rose.
4029 Piedmont Ave, Oakland CA 94611
On Valentine’s Day 2014, Friday, February 14, Homestead in Oakland will be seating from 5:00 to 10:00 PM serving a $120.00 four-course prix fixe menu that serves two people and has two choices for each course with the couple having to order the same choice for each course in question. An optional wine pairing will also be available for an additional charge. Main course choices will be Whole Roasted Snapper with preserved lemon, fried farro, new onions or Prime Rib with braised baby onions, heirloom chicories, crispy potatoes. All prices exclude tax and gratuity. Each couple will receive a complimentary bag of sweets to take home.
La Mar Cebichería Peruana
Pier 1½, San Francisco CA 94111
On Valentine’s Day 2014, Friday, February 14, La Mar Cebichería Peruana in San Francisco will be seating from 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM serving their regular menu plus a la carte specials in the spirit of the occasion.
Le P’tit Laurent
699 Chenery Street, San Francisco CA 94131
On Valentine’s Day 2014, Friday, February 14, Le P’tit Laurent in San Francisco will be open from 4:30 to 10:30 PM serving a $69.00 three-course prix menu with a complimentary glass of Champagne with dessert and entrée choices of Sautéed Bass with fennel and tomato confit, Grenobloise sauce; Encrusted Rack of Lamb with roasted potatoes onions, mushroom and green beans, rosemary sauce; Grilled Filet Mignon with sautéed asparagus, roasted potatoes, truffle sauce; or Chef’s Choice Vegetarian Plate. Price excludes tax and gratuity. Every table will receive a complimentary rose.
Left Bank Brasserie Larkspur
507 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur CA 94939
On Valentine’s Day 2014, Friday, February 14, Left Bank Brasserie in Larkspur will be open from 11:30 AM to 11:00 PM serving the regular lunch menu and a limited a la carte dinner menu, plus a $50.00 four-course prix fixe menu with main course choices of slow roasted Icelandic Arctic char with asparagus, maitake mushrooms, lemon butter truffle sauce or roasted Duck Breast with Camargue rice, market greens, roasted lychee, sweet and sour sauce. All prices exclude tax and gratuity.
640 Sacramento Street, San Francisco CA 94111
On Valentine’s Day 2014, Friday, February 14, Palio d’Asti in San Francisco will be seating from 5:30 to 9:00 PM serving a $75.00 three-course prix fixe menu with an optional wine pairing for an additional $50.00. Main course choices will be Petrale Sole rolled with spinach, poached with spices and lemons, potatoes, saffron butter sauce; Roasted Rack Of Lamb with mustard and herb crust, lentils, braised fennel, mint reduction; or Cassoulet with root vegetables, cannellini beans, winter black truffle. All prices exclude tax and gratuity.
Pier Market Seafood Restaurant
Pier 39, San Francisco CA 94133
On Valentine’s Day 2014, Friday, February 14, Pier Market Seafood Restaurant in San Francisco will be open from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM serving their regular menu plus a la carte specials in the spirit of the occasion. Every couple dining at the restaurant for dinner will receive a complimentary rose.
1015 Battery Street, San Francisco CA 94111
On Valentine’s Day 2014, Friday, February 14, Piperade in San Francisco will be serving from 5:30 to 10:30 PM a $70.00 three-course prix fixe dinner menu that includes a glass of cava and house-made chocolate truffles to take home and offers entrée choices of Sautéed California Swordfish with Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, brown butter froth; Braised Seafood & Shellfish Stew with a red pepper sauce; Roasted Cornish Hen with chickpeas, leeks, chorizo almond salpicon; Braised Liberty Duck with Tempranillo, root vegetables; or New York Steak with romesco, broccolini, garlic, Ossau-Iraty. Price excludes tax and gratuity.
Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
2272 Market St (between Noe and Sanchez) San Francisco, CA 94114
Executive Chef Mat Schuster of Canela Bistro & Wine Bar, located in the Castro District of San Francisco is serving up an authentic Spanish dinner for guests on Valentine’s Day. Canela will be offering three separate Valentine’s Day seatings (5:30pm, 7:30pm or 9:30pm) for $70 per person for a four-course dinner. Chef Mat will be serving dishes like Amuse of Grape and Almond White Gazpacho, Wild Mushroom Buenuelo with Tarragon Aioli, Castilian Onion and Garlic Soup with Manchego Crouton, Braised Lamb Shank with Chocolate Lentils, Leche Frita with Creme Anglaise and Honey Poached Figs among other delicious items!