5 Romantic La Jolla Restaurants to Dine at This Valentine’s Day

Looking for a romantic place to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Treat your sweetheart to one of these incredible La Jolla restaurants

Marine Room


Indulge in a truly unforgettable four-course dinner at San Diego’s “Most Romantic Restaurant.” Savor main course options of Wild Honey Kalbi Glazed Cobia, Plugra Agrume Butter Basted Lobster Tail and Center Cut Black Angus Filet Mignon. Top off the evening with our Dessert Trilogy of Gianduja Chocolate Crunch Orb, Star Anise Rumchata Pot De Crème and Pistachio Halvah Gelato. Reservations (858) 459-7222.

The Shores Restaurant

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Treat your Valentine to a romantic oceanfront four-course dinner including main dish options of Pacific Ahi Tuna Steak, Maine Diver Scallops, Maple Leaf Farm Duck and our Three Sweet Tastes for dessert. 


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Soft candlelight, romantic music, and a four-course, prix fixe menu are sure to set the mood at NINE-TEN this Valentine’s Day. The special menu will be offered from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm for $110 per person or $155 per person with wine pairings (plus tax and gratuities).  Click here to learn more and see full menu. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (858) 964-5400 or online here. (Passport Unlimited program and other discount programs are not available.)

Herringbone La Jolla

Celebrate love with a decadent 4-course prix-fixe dinner for $88 a person. Reservations (858) 459-0221. 

George’s at the Cove

Enjoy a 3-course dinner for $95 or $125 per person with a complimentary glass of bubbles and chocolate truffles. Reservations (858) 454-4244.

Love Is In the Air: Celebrating Valentine’s Day in La Jolla

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Valentine’s Day, the quintessential day of love, is rapidly approaching. More than a splendid day of gifting chocolates and flowers to someone special. There’s hardly anything more romantic than a tranquil environment where quality wine and a delectable meal in a five-star restaurant may be enjoyed with your loved one. How convenient would it be if one of the better restaurants in La Jolla were actually located inside your hotel? As luck would have it for vacationers and local San Diegans alike, there are numerous hotels in La Jolla with premier on-site restaurants, all crème de la crème for a celebration of romance in San Diego’s premier seaside community.

The restaurant inside the elegant Empress Hotel is located near the ocean, a delightful hotel that caters to guests from around the country. The Empress features a restaurant appropriately named Manhattan that mimics the presence and atmosphere of a definitive New York lounge. Live piano shows pay tribute to an unobtrusive and warm ambiance. Diners and lovers alike have a choice to either eat in the bar lounge area, or conversely may opt to spend their special time together relishing their meal in the private dining room. Designated as San Diego’s Best Romantic Restaurant, Manhattan provides its diners with the additional extravagance of an award-winning menu, featuring specialties such as veal chop, a signature scampi, classic cannelloni and homemade pastas. For that special Valentine’s Day romantic date, Manhattan’s delicious offerings, along with its reserved, affectionate surroundings make for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day experience long to be cherished by lovers.

The Nine-Ten Restaurant is a first-rate steakhouse conveniently located on La Jolla’s historic Prospect Street inside the Grande Colonial. Nine-Ten diners have an option to revel in airy al-fresco dining on its private sidewalk patio, or in the soothing ambiance of its indoor dining room which features opulent mahogany wood accents and lofty ceilings. Nine-Ten provides its ever-welcome guests this Valentine’s Day with an expansive selection of quality, local menu choices and fine wine. Couples are able to pamper themselves with delightful dishes crafted from locally grown produce and indigenous La Jolla seafood. The atmosphere at Nine-Ten is the perfect place to enjoy numerous entrees along with tastefully paired wine. For that romantic night you seek with your special someone, Nine-Ten delivers lasting memories along with its memorable menu selections.

The Shores Restaurant is fittingly located in the La Jolla Shores Hotel. The restaurant provides lovers and couples with an incomparable ocean view of the Pacific. For lovers who prefer to enjoy the fresh scent of the Pacific replete with the sound of the waves, as well as relax in a calm ocean breeze, The Shores Restaurant features an open-air patio. The expansive layout and modest decor creates a laid back setting that is great for lovers and couples seeking a special night out filled with a romantic atmosphere and a mouth-watering menu.

Additionally, guests staying at the La Jolla Shores Hotel may be ensured they will receive kingly and queenly treatment from their deluxe, full-service accommodations. They additionally offer special romance deals that include special discounts and accompaniments to enhance a special Valentine’s Day stay.

La Jolla Restaurants Offering Special Valentine’s Day Menus

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Looking for a place to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Treat your sweetheart to one of these excellent La Jolla restaurants, from ocean view fine dining to more casual menus, we’ve got you covered. Valentine’s Day falls on a weekend this year and that means most restaurants will be offering special V-Day menus all weekend. Don’t wait till the last minute and make reservations now! Continue reading

Valentine’s Day Contest | La Jolla Blue Book

La Jolla Blue Book Valentines Day Contest

La Jolla Blue Book’s Valentine’s Day Contest -A Romantic Dinner Giveaway!

Yes, It’s almost that time of the year where couples show their love and affection for each other by showering them with gifts over a romantic dinner. This year La Jolla Blue Book wants to play cupid! One lucky winner will receive dinner for two at the fabulous Café Japengo and a beautiful one dozen rose arrangement from Bridget’s Blooms!

Congrats to our lucky winner, Monique Ramsey!!!

One lucky winner will receive the following:

  • One (1) $100 gift card Courtesy of Café Japengo (value $100)
  • One (1) dozen roses courtesy of Bridget’s Blooms (value $85)

Prize Details:

One (1) $100.00 Café Japengo gift card –  Voted Best Fusion, Best Sushi, and Best Pacific Rim Cuisine by San Diego Magazine. Cafe Japengo will be offering a Valentine’s Day Prefixe menu for $40 including both hot food and sushi. Gift card is good for food only and does not include alcoholic beverages and tip.

One (1) dozen roses from Bridget’s Blooms – Located on Torrey Pines Road, offers fresh flowers for any occasion in an indoor-outdoor tradition of European floral shops. Arrangement must be picked up on February 14th at our office in La Jolla.

Here’s how to enter:

Leave a comment on this blog and tell us your favorite romantic spot in La Jolla. It can be watching the sunset at the Cove or dining at any of the fine La Jolla restaurants.

***Bonus entries***
1. Follow us on Twitter @LaJollaBlueBook and tweet this:
“I entered the @lajollabluebook Valentines Day Contest & so can you! http://bit.ly/wKId7r” (worth 5 entries)
2. “Like” Bridget’s Blooms on Facebook. (worth 5 entries)
3. “Like” Café Japengo on their page. (worth 5 entries)

Make sure to leave a separate comment for each of your bonus entries.

Rules: Contest is open to anyone in the San Diego area and prizes must be picked up by winner unless otherwise stated. Winner will be chosen at random on Thursday February 9th at noon. Winner must contact us by noon on Friday February 10th otherwise prize will be forfeited and may be awarded to an alternate person.

General Rules: Blue Book Publishers shall not be liable for any damages arising directly or indirectly from this contest.