Last minute Valentine’s Day Dining Options in the Bay Area
Celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend with Aatxe and enjoy a special supplemental menu created by Chef Ryan Pollnow on Friday and Saturday evening – highlights include Oysters on the 1/2 shell and California Osetra Caviar Montadito. In addition, guest can let the kitchen decide, where chef will bring out a tasting of his favorite tapas for $65 per person. To allow their staff to enjoy the love-filled holiday as well, Aatxe will be closed on Sunday, February 14. For reservations please visit aatxesf.comor call 415.471.2977. For more information on Aatxe please visit aatxesf.com and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, andInstagram.
This Valentine’s Day, the waterfront’s La Mar Cebichería Peruana will offer a romantic evening of Night of the 1,000 Candles.Executive Chef and Peruvian-native Victoriano Lopez will put together a traditional, colorful Peruvian 3-course prix-fixe feast for $69 per person. The 3-course dinner will also be available for the entire weekend (February 12-14) and the restaurant will transform into a romantic haven on Sunday evening with nearly 1,000 candles strung about the space. Reservations can be made on OpenTable or by calling 415.397.8880.
The Chicago-themed sister restaurant of Tony Gemignani’s famous Tony’s Pizza Napoletana in North Beach is offering a sweet deal for Valentine’s Day. This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday, and at Capo’s that means Spaghetti Sunday! Tony Gemignani and his team have created a special Spaghetti Sunday package to enjoy the day, Lady and the Tramp style – a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs, a Caesar salad, and garlic bread for two, plus two glasses of red wine and a sweet chocolate finish for $49.
This year celebrate Valentine’s Day the Umbria way! Chef Thomas McNaughton and Chef de Cuisine Evan Allumbaugh have created a menu that focuses on traditions from the region interpreted through the flour + water style of cuisine. Umbria is rumored to be the birthplace of San Valentino making it the perfect reason to celebrate! The menu is $95 per person with wine pairings available for an additional $70 per person. Menu highlights include: Mushroom Mousse and Perigord Truffle Bruschetta, Beet Cured Trout with roasted beets, compressed beets, poppy seed, creme fraiche, and horseradish, Pappardelle with rabbit ragu, Suckling Pig Porchett, and Chocolate Hazelnut Torte. For more information on flour + water please visitflourandwater.com and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Internationally-renowned Southern Brazilian Steakhouse, Fogo de Chão (pronounced fo-go dee shown) in San Francisco, which recently opened its second Northern California location in late December 2015. The new restaurant is located on the corner of 3rd and Howard in the heart of San Francisco’s SoMa District. In the spirit of Cupid and meat loving couples across the Bay, Fogo de Chão will be offering one complimentary dining card to each couple that dines with them during Valentine’s Day weekend (February 12-14). Complimentary dining cards are redeemable for one lunch or dinner on their next visit (valid February 15 – April 28). For more information on location and pricing for San Francisco please visit: http://fogodechao.com/location/san-francisco and to see the full menu please click here.
Enjoy Valentine’s Day this year at Chef Jason Fox’s newest restaurant Oro, with a delightful six-course menu that’s perfect for you and your loved one. Similar to the regular menu guests can expect to experience playful dishes that incorporate the same unique high quality ingredients, flavors, and textures found at Jason’s Michelin starred restaurant, Commonwealth. The Valentine’s Day tasting menu is $100 per person with optional wine pairings for an additional $75 per person; to view the full menu please click here. For reservations please call 415.974.1212 or visit orosf.com. Menu highlights include Grilled Oysterwith nduja butter, Sea urchin with scrambled egg, pickled jalapeño, grilled bread, Scallop Crudo with sesame and grains, buttermilk, Charcuterie, raclette cheese, brioche, pickles, and Lamb cheek and leg, barley, borage. For more information on Oro please visit orosf.com and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Toast with a loved one on Valentine’s Day weekend at Roka Akor with a five-course tasting menu designed to impress any palate. Led by Executive Chef Roman Petry, the robatayaki-style menu ($98 per person) features mouthwatering dishes to share, such as Tuna Tataki with spicy ponzu, red onion and lotus root chips; Robata Grilled Wagyu Filet with grilled bone marrow and spicy sweet garlic soy; Sake Kasu Marinated Sea Bass with shiso and lime; and Warm Valrhona Chocolate Cake with almond caramel and vanilla ice cream, among others. Additionally, the sultry lounge downstairs, Roka Bar, will be offering five love-inspired cocktails ($7-13), including the Fatal Attraction ($13) with Zaya rum, Appleton Estate rum, Dumante pistachio liqueur, Combier triple sec, fresh blackberries, lime, and fresh mint; and At First Glance ($7) with cherry blossom infused rice milk, Rihaku Nigori Sake, hibiscus bitters, pomegranate seeds, orange zest, and fresh shiso. A limited a la carte menu will also be available. Reservations are required, and can be made by calling 415.362.8887 or visiting rokaakor.com/sanfrancisco.
This Valentine’s Day make a romantic dinner at home for you and your significant other with salumeria and flour + water’s pasta project . Each kit is $45 (plus tax) and is ideal for any couple. The pasta kit includes all you need to make beet caramelle with salisfy, prosecco and calabrian chili. Add a little something special for your sweetheart with the addition of cured meats and cheeses, chocolate budinos, or be extra indulgent with the addition of the caviar kit. The flour + water pasta project and caviar kit is available for purchase online or by calling salumeria at 415.471.2998.
Nestled within the lush Presidio National Park, Presidio Social Club is a perfectly intimate and romantic spot for a Valentine’s Day date. Along with the regular menu, Presidio Social Club will have several special items available a la carte throughout the entire weekend, including a Blood Orange & Shaved Fennel Salad with Black Olives & Sumac Vinaigrette; Smoked Salmon Carpaccio with Fried Capers, Caviar Cream, Chervil & Rye Toast; Chitarra Pasta with Jalapeño, Cilantro, Uni Butter & Dungeness Crab; and Braised Beef Short Rib with Celery Root Purée, Pickled Red Beets & Chocolate Red Wine Sauce. As for dessert, Pastry Chef Rene Cruz will be serving a delicate Red Velvet Crepe “Cake” made of thin crepes layered high with cream cheese frosting & toasted coconut tuile, and the Passion Parfait made with passion fruit mousse, coconut brittle, honey roasted cashews, and white chocolate crisps—both perfect for sharing with your sweetheart.
Top of the Mark, InterContinental Mark Hopkins
Top of the Mark, the iconic lounge that boasts near 360 degree views of the San Francisco Bay is one of the most romantic when it comes to celebrating Valentine’s Day. On Sunday, February 14 enjoy a five-course plated dinner with the twinkling lights of San Francisco as the backdrop. Executive Chef Nenad Stefanovic presents a menu of decadent dishes includingSturgeon Caviar with potato cake and crème fraiche; Wagyu Strip Steak with asparagus bundles, potato silk, and bone marrow jus; and Valentine Pavlovia with Valrhona chocolate and strawberries. (Vegetarian alternatives are available.) The dinner starts at 7:30pm and is $495 per couple; includes a bottle of Moët & Chandon Rose and live entertainment by guitarist Jean-Paul Buongiorno from 7pm – 11pm. Guests will automatically be entered into a drawing for a one-night stay in the hotel’s Presidential Suite (valid that night). For full menu, visit: http://www.intercontinentalmarkhopkins.com/top-of-the-mark/events.aspx
For those wanting to get a head start on Valentine’s Day, Top of the Mark presents two different romance packages available from Monday, February 8 through Saturday, February 13. These include:
- Head Over Heels – window table at Top of the Mark, bottle of Moët & Chandon Rose, appetizer, chocolate dessert, rose for lady guest (can be updated to half-dozen roses for $50). $275 per couple
- Endless Love – window table at Top of the Mark, bottle of Dom Perignon, appetizer, chocolate dessert, rose for lady guest (can be updated to half-dozen roses for $50). $475 per couple.
Reservations are required for the dinners and romance packages at Top of the Mark: 415-616-6940.
Nob Hill Club, InterContinental Mark Hopkins (Friday and Saturday only)
The Nob Hill Club presents an intimate shared menu on Friday, February 12 and Saturday, February 13 from 3pm – 9pm. Under the direction of Chef Nenad Stefanovic, Nob Hill Club invites guests to settle in to its restaurant and lounge space for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner on the hill. Menu highlights include a shared plate of beet salad, goat cheese, and walnuts, entrees of Chateaubriand Steak and Lobster, and selection of chocolate desserts. The menu is $169 per couple; wine pairing is $30 per person or $50 per couple. Menu available here. For reservations, please call 415-616-6940.
Luce, InterContinental San Francisco
Chef Daniel Corey of the Michelin-star Luce presents Valentine’s Day guests with two options this Valentine’s Day – they can order off the regular a la carte menu or enjoy a three course Valentine’s Day menu for $75 per person. Highlights from the a la carte menu include Handmade Sweetbread Ravioli with Crispy Sweetbreads with Black Perigord Truffles, Mustard Leaves; Prime New York Strip Steak, Slowly Cooked with Rosemary & Garlic
Caramelized Salsify, Date-Coffee Marmalade, Trumpet Royale; and Duck Breast, Poached & Roasted, Baby Carrots with Honey & Lavender, Apple, Trompette de la Mort. For reservations, visit the website.
A16 is celebrating Valentine’s Day (and their 12th anniversary!) with a festive multi-course menu from Executive Chef Rocky Maselli and traditional wine pairing options from Wine Director/Owner Shelley Lindgren. The five-course menu will be available on both Saturday and Sunday night with dish highlights including Southern Italian specialties like Squid Ink Tonnarelli Puttanesca with chili, capers, and oil cured olives, and a special Coccola – a heart-shaped blood orange Cappelletti jello shot – for dessert from Executive Pastry Chef Hannah Buoye. The prix-fixe dinner is $85 per person with wine pairings optional. Reservations can be made by visiting www.a16sf.com or calling 415.771.2216.
This Valentine’s Day, Executive Chef Matthew Accarrino of SPQR will be offering a three-course prix fixe lunch for $52 per person and a four-course prix fixe dinner for $94 per person with an optional truffle course. Optional beverage pairings will be available and reservations have a 72 hour cancellation policy. To make a reservation, please call SPQR at 415.771.7779 or visitwww.spqrsf.com.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend at A16 Rockridge with a five-course menu prepared by Executive Chef Rocky Maselli and wine pairings from Wine Director/Owner Shelley Lindgren on Sunday, February 14. Valentine’s Day dish highlights include Southern Italian favorites like Baked Rigatoni with spicy lamb meatballs, tomato, mint, and ricotta salata, and Roasted Oregon Dungeness Crab with blood orange, parsley, garlic, and chili. Executive Pastry Chef Hannah Buoye will offer indulgent desserts like a Citrus Rice Pudding with candied almond, lemon curd, and rosewater, and a Trio of Gelati + Sorbetto with Apple Sorbetto, Rosemary Gelato, and Pine Nut Crunch Gelato. The prix fixe dinner is $75 per person with wine pairings optional. On Saturday, February 13, A16 is also excited to welcome Italian winemaker Massimo Alois to pair wines with the regular menu. Reservations can be made by visiting www.a16rockridge.com or calling 510.768.8003.
Located in the heart of downtown Livermore, Uncle Yu’s in the Vineyard offers innovative Asian cuisine enhanced with quality ingredients sourced locally. Sommelier Nick Liang pairs the restaurant’s signature dishes with an impressive wine list which recently earned them a Wine Spectator award. On Valentine’s Day, diners get to enjoy a live string quartet which will provide romantic music throughout the evening. Choose from an indulgent 3-Course Limited Menu ($65) or a 5-Course Tasting Menu ($75) plus optional wine pairing($45), tax and gratuity not included. Signature dishes like the BBQ Filet of Sea Bass in Miso or the Seared Wagyu Flat Iron Medallions with Shiitake Mushrooms and Radish +Red Wine Sauce will be available. Make reservations through OpenTable or by calling them at 925.449.7000. Uncle Yu’s in the Vineyard is located at 39 South Livermore Ave, Livermore, Ca, 94550
The second restaurant for the Ca’Momi brand, the recently opened Ca’Momi Osteria celebrates traditional Italian cuisine in a historic 19th century building in the heart of Napa. The VPN, APN and Ospitalitá Italiana certified restaurant offers diners a selection of “obsessively authentic” dishes from varying regions of Italy, rooted in simplicity and made with quality organic ingredients, sourced from nearby farms and gardens whenever possible. On Valentine’s Day, diners can enjoy a live Blues Band from 6-10pm and throughout the weekend (Saturday and Sunday) the restaurant will offer a special “Sweet Finish” dessert add-on. For $45, the add-on includes a selection of house-made pastries, a long stem rose, and a bottle Ca’Momi’s own frizzante wine. The team will also offer heart-shaped ciambelline at their Enoteca outpost inside Oxbow Market, for a sweet treat at home.
This Valentine’s Day, take a getaway down to beautiful Monterey for an indulgent special four-course menu at celebrated Restaurant 1833. Under the direction of Executive Chef Jason Franey, à la carte options will also be available in addition to the prix fixe menu for both Saturday and Sunday, February 13-14. Guests can also enjoy optional wine pairings with a variety of Champagne bubbles to suit everyone’s palate or indulge in a select group of aphrodisiac cocktails from the bar. The Valentine’s Day menu is offered at $65 per person and reservations can be made through Open Table or by calling 831.643.1833.
ManresaBread is offering some sweet treats just in time for Valentine’s Day. Starting the week of February 8 through February 14, pick up some specialty items for the holiday including a vanilla and passion fruit Macarons and palmiers. For the selection of pre-order items, visit ManresaBread online.