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Romantic Restaurants in La Jolla - Dining for Two on Any Occassion

Romantic La Jolla Restaurant

What is your idea of a romantic setting? Is it a picnic by the ocean, a cozy corner in a quiet restaurant, or a table in the middle of a colorful crowd? Fortunately in La Jolla, you don't have to stroll far hand-in-hand to find the perfect backdrop for your romantic style. Several La Jolla restaurants offer wonderfully romantic ambiance and a great meal.

For lunch or dinner in a peaceful alcove just off busy Girard Avenue, try Finch's Bistro and Wine Bar, one of the top romantic restaurants in La Jolla. The bistro is small, but with a large selection of dishes, from sandwiches, salads and pastas at lunch to burgers, filet mignon, and mussels at dinner. To accompany your meal and that special celebration, Finch's offers a variety of domestic and imported wines and cocktails, including sparkling wines and ports. During Happy Hour every day from 3 to 6 p.m., you can listen to live music and sample cheeses from around the world.

If images of the Italian countryside make your heart leap, then you'll enjoy two Italian restaurants in La Jolla Shores. Osteria Romantica is open every day for lunch and dinner in a casual, relaxing setting. Osteria means a place serving wine and simple food. Here the pasta and bread are made fresh daily and you can choose from a variety of entrees, including chicken, beef, and fish, with Pavarotti singing in the background.

Another option for romantic restaurants in La Jolla is Piatti Ristorante & Bar. They also offer a full Italian menu for brunch, lunch and dinner, which is always accompanied by its famous fresh bread, olive oil dip and your choice of wines. The restaurant is known for its exceptional service and beautiful outdoor patio, where you can sit under tree branches enjoying the morning sky or sparkling lights in the evening.

Another romantic restaurant in La Jolla with savoir faire is Tapenade. Here you can enjoy quiet conversation and a delicious blend of French provincial and contemporary American food for either lunch or dinner. The unusual menu, sure to please romantic palates, includes lobster, salmon, coq au vin and desserts such as walnut bread, creme brulee, caramel and pecan tarte, and apple crumble. The Happy Hour menu includes wild mushroom ravioli, pacific oysters, crab cakes, tiger shrimp, and pommes frites with garlic.

For those who find the lure of the ocean irresistible, there's no La Jolla restaurant more romantic than The Marine Room. With the waves just a few inches beyond the large windows and a peaceful, comfortable ambience, the Marine Room has been a favorite romantic dining spot for decades. Open for dinner nightly, their menu includes seasonal and signature seafood dishes. The Marine Room hosts a Sunset Happy Hour from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday through Friday and live music on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Many romantics also enjoy the ocean views from the three dining levels of George's at the Cove. Here you'll usually find yourselves surrounded by others, whether at a table or at a bar. But, if you like to celebrate events, such as an engagement or anniversary, with others, you'll be in good company at George's. You'll also enjoy great food, with an emphasis on fresh vegetables and seafood.

Another more lively but romantic restaurant in La Jolla is Su Casa near Windansea, a local favorite for Mexican food since the 1960s. At Su Casa there is often a colorful crowd of people, but the booths are quiet, and more than one proposal has happened here over margaritas and enchiladas. The friendly staff are always available for a serenade and hosting wedding rehearsal dinners is one of their specialties.

For other ways you make your romantic evening extra special, visit www.lajollabluebook.com.

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