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.

3 Romantic Hotel Getaways in La Jolla

The ultimate “day of love” is coming up! If you’re still looking for the perfect way to wow the person you care about, check out these three hotel getaways in La Jolla – they’re romantic, cozy, and have everything you need for an idyllic beach-side weekend with your sweetie. We’ve picked our favorite Valentine’s Day package from three different La Jolla hotels.
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A Sneak Peak into Valentine’s Day in La Jolla

Photo Credit: banarsidesigns.comFor some, February 14th is a day to recognize the love one has for someone special. For others, the day is about greeting card companies, candy stores and large corporations taking advantage of a so-called holiday to reap monetary benefits. There are even some who have deemed it “singles awareness day,” either proud of their non-committed status or exact the opposite, modestly searching for their soul mate.

However, with the 14th quickly approaching, we thought our readers might appreciate a brief overview of what’s going on for Valentine’s Day in La Jolla. So whether you’re looking to make plans to wow your sweetheart or just want to read about the “stupid and crazy” things people are doing to celebrate these days, here are some of our favorite romantic spots in La Jolla. Yes, they may be a bit cliché (your typical dinner and evening out), but what’s a holiday celebration without following tradition? Continue reading

Escondido Chocolate Festival: For the Love of Chocolate

Wine and ChocolatesHop in your car and head to Escondido where all of your chocolate dreams can come true. Escondido Chocolate Festival is coming Saturday, Feb. 8, just in time to celebrate Valentine’s Day a little early. If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to try something new, this event is the one! Experience a world full of chocolate goodness at the sweet event also known as For The Love of Chocolate.

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Shopping in La Jolla – Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for couples to express their love, but is a day to show your love and appreciation to the people in your life that mean the most.  Whether for a boyfriend, girlfriend, mother or close friend, shopping in La Jolla is the perfect place to complete your Valentine’s Day shopping.  With a variety of specialty stores and boutique shops, you are sure to find a unique Valentine’s Day gift that is as unique as the person you are shopping for.

Shoppers in La Jolla can find gifts at any of the consignment stores, antique shops and art galleries.  Also consider stopping by one of the La Jolla jewelers. In addition to featuring beautiful pieces in a variety of materials including 24k gold, platinum and silver, shoppers can purchase a variety of upscale items from fine watches to luxury ball point pens.

While sending flowers for Valentine’s Day may be a bit traditional, giving someone you love a bouquet of assorted flowers or long stem roses is a great way to show them what they mean to you.  There are several florists in La Jolla that offer a wide selection of fresh flowers, allowing you to create a custom bouquet or choose a professionally made arrangement.  Many florists also deliver, so be sure to inquire about any special delivery services and discounts.

Another great gift option that is sure to please is a gift certificate to a full service day spa in La Jolla.  With a gift certificate, you enable your loved one to customize their spa day, choosing from services including facials, massages and manicures and pedicures.  Provide your loved one with a full day of pampering and relaxing.  Look through our local beauty and wellness directory for all your luxury day spa options.