Valentine’s Day Menus in Bay Area Restaurants Offer Romantic Food-Cocktail Pairings

DOSA

DOSA has put together two special 4-course menus for Valentine’s Day – choose from either the “Truffle” or “Spice”  Menu. The Truffle menu will feature dishes such as a Black Truffle Dosa, Farmers’ Market Mushroom Korma and for dessert, Pistachio Financier with rose petal gelato; the Spice Menu will feature dishes such as a Seared Duck Breast Uttapam, Goan Coconut Lamb Masala and Mango Pavlova for dessert. At DOSA Fillmore, both menus are $95 per person (excluding tax & gratuity) with optional wine pairings for $55. DOSA Valencia will be offering a la carte options with DOSA’s family-style menus and a variety of Valentine’s Day specials.  Guests will also receive a complimentary splash of bubbles and take away treat.

DOSA’s Wine Director/Sommelier Todd Smith has also put together special wine pairings that are a friendly battle of France vs. Italy. The unique terrior of both countries allow DOSA to source from different corners of these juggernaut wine nations. The Truffle Menu plays around with the Alpine influence of Northern Italy’s Piedmont and the Adriatic Sea effect on sunny Tuscany. The Spice Menu delves into cooler areas of finesse-driven wines in Alsace, Champagne, and Beaujolais, as well as the hilly Pyreness districts of Cahors and Jurancon in France.

For more information and reservations, call 415-441-3672 for DOSA Fillmore or 415-642-3672 for DOSA Valencia .

MICHAEL MINA

Undoubtedly one of the most romantic and decadent dining experiences in San Francisco, MICHAEL MINA is serving up an over the top delicious menu tailored for Valentine’s Day with culinary stunners like his Caviar Parfait and a Dungeness Crab Chawanmushi with Black Truffle Dashi. The tasting menu is on offer for $190 with an additional $120 for some rare wine pairings from Sommelier Martin Sheehan-Stross.

For more information and reservations, visit www.michaelmina.net or call 415-397-9222.

LA MAR

Celebrate love on the waterfront at La Mar’s romantic evening of Night of the 1,000 Candles. Executive Chef and Peruvian-native Victoriano Lopez will offer a traditional, colorful Peruvian 3-course prix-fixe feast for $79 per person. The restaurant will transform into a romantic haven on February 14 with nearly 1,000 candles strung about the space.

For more information and reservations, visit OpenTable or call 415-397-8880.

PRESIDIO SOCIAL CLUB

Presidio Social Club will offer a special St. Valentine’s Day Menu. For starters, guests may enjoy Dungeness Crab Salad with blood oranges, hearts of palm, chicories & avocado dressing; and Gnocchis a la Parisienne with bacon lardons, poached egg, & brown butter, as well as the option to add black truffles. Main dishes include: Spice Stuffed Boneless Quail with Foie Gras, Celery Root Puree & Pomegranate Molasses; Ginger Steamed Seabass with farro, clams & charred scallion broth with salmon roe; Roasted Saddle of Rabbit with Swiss chard, black truffles & trumpet mushrooms; and Wesley’s Vegetable Tagine with parsnips butternut squash, red peppers, celery root & curry sauce. Finish your meal with one of Pastry Chef Rene Cruz’s creations, the Red Velvet Cheesecake, a classic red velvet cake layered with vanilla bean cheesecake; and “Give me S’more”, a housemade graham cracker, marshmallow & chocolate ganache—both perfect to share with your sweetheart.

For more information and reservations, visit OpenTable or call 415-885-1888.

NICO

Michelin-starred French/Californian restaurant Nico will offer a six-course menu for $90/person, featuring ingredients sourced from the Bay Area. Standard ($65) and premium ($85) pairings will be available as well.

For more information and reservations, visit nicosf.com or call 415-359-1000.

ROKA AKOR

Choose from one of two romantic evenings on Valentine’s Day at Roka Akor in Jackson Square. Prepared by Executive Chef Roman Petry, the upscale Japanese restaurant will offer a four-course tasting menu in the main dining room, with a choice of seasonal sashimi platter, Yuzu Miso Marinated Black Cod wrapped in a Japanese magnolia leaf, an optional upgrade to Japanese Grade A5+ Wagyu Beef from Miyazaki Prefecture with fresh wasabi ($50 per person), and more. Roka Akor’s tasting menu will be available for $98 per person with an optional wine pairing for $58 per person. An a la carte menu with robata-grilled classics will also be available. Roka Bar will be offering a curated cocktail experience. Guests will receive five imaginative, aphrodisiac-inspired cocktails, such as the Satori with Espresso Kikori Whisky, creme de cacao, sherry-honey syrup, spiced chocolate bitters, lavender bitters and the Ahuacatl with silver rum, Cointreau, fresh avocado, salt and pepper rim, among others with a tea service in between.  The five-course cocktail tasting is priced at $55 per person with an optional food pairing of $78 per person.

Reservations are strongly recommended and both experiences can be booked by calling the Roka Akor directly (415) 362-8887.

THE ALEMBIC

Head Barman Jacob Racusin has created a cocktail that incorporates the flower synonymous with Valentine’s Day – roses. The Friendly Hips cocktail, made with Bol’s genever, cocchi rosa, cappelletti, rose hips, rose water and lemon, is the perfect accompaniment to February 14th. Executive Chef David Faro’s new menu (no prixe fixe Valentine’s menu) includes standouts such as Jerk Spiced Duck Heart with pickled pineapple and thyme salt and Foie Gras with chestnut, red kuri squash and honey.

For more information and reservations, visit www.alembicsf.com or call 415-666-0822.

BLACK CAT

On February 14th, Black Cat is offering an evening of jazz, dinner, and drinks. Chef Alicia Jenish- Mc Carron will feature a Parisian-inspired 3-course tasting menu for $95 per person excluding tax and gratuity. Some of the menu highlights include crab bisque – with creme fraiche and chives, red wine braised beef short rib – with marrow, gremolata and pomme gratin and creme fraiche panna cotta – with huckleberries and almond crumble. To complement the meal,  Paula West, jazz and cabaret singer, will perform Saturday February 11 – Tuesday February 14.

For more information and reservations, visit OpenTable or call 415-358-1999.

CANELA BISTRO & WINE BAR

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar offers a special four-course Valentine’s Day menu for $65 per person (excluding beverages, tax and gratuity). Available only on February 14th, the menu includes Tasting Trio of Olive Oil Braised Octopus, Savory “Everything” Churroand Strawberry Coco Gazpacho; Arroz Negro with Calamari a la Plancha, Pickled Sea Beans and Garlic Aioli; Chuleton- Rib in Beef Steak for Twowith Flash Fried Padron Peppers and Mojo Picon; and Passion Fruit Crema Catalana. There will also be a special low-octane cocktail for the evening Mi Corazon Cocktail, ‘Bourbon’, ‘Creme de Cacao’, cinnamon, Winter Citruses; as well as two optional wine flights: Passion Wine Flight and Lust Wine Flight.

For more information and reservations, visit www.canelasf.com or call 415-552-3000.

COPITA TEQUILERIA Y COMIDA

Copita Tequileria y Comida’s bartenders will be serving up their limited edition, Mi Amor cocktail: House-infused spicy tequila, St. Germain, dry Vermouth, Hibiscus Tea “Jamaica”,  Chile di Arbol. New Executive Chef Daniel Tellez provides the perfect pairing with a tangy citrus ceviche followed by a savory surf + turf. Dessert offerings include Coptia’s Mezcal & Berries Pablova.

For more information and reservations, call 415.331.7400 or visit www.copitarestaurant.com

EL PASEO

Mill Valley’s dining destination from Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Sammy Hagar is featuring a 3-course Valentine’s Day dinner for $60 (excluding tax and gratuity).  Offerings include a Caesar Salad or Sangria Salad, Seared Snapper – with couscous, tomato concasse and tapenade or Filet Mignon–with patatas bravas, roasted shallots and parsley butter and Butter Swirl Shortbread Cookies or Chocolate Truffles to finish.

For more information and reservations, visit Elpaseomillvalley.com

E&O KITCHEN AND BAR

Who needs roses when you can have a love affair with E&O’s Mad For You Martini, a cucumber and ginger cocktail served with Italian bitters, vodka, and a splash of OJ, topped with a fresh orchid? Post cocktails, enjoy a special six-course menu from Executive Chef Sharon Nahm.

For more information and reservations, visit www.eosanfrancisco.com or call 415-693-0303.

ONE MARKET RESTAURANT

On Tuesday, February 14th, One Market Restaurant will be open for Chef Mark Dommen’s special four-course prix-fixe menu ($95, excluding beverages, taxes and gratuity). In addition to a memorable meal, enjoy live jazz piano from Billy Philadelphia. Sommelier and Wine Director Tonya Pitts’ flight of the month includes a Rippon, Osteiner, Lake Wanaka, Central Otago, NZ  2012, Champ de Rêves, Pinot Noir Blanc, Anderson Valley 2015 and Aphros, Vinhão Super-Reserva Bruto, Vinho Verde, Portugal NV for $20.

For more information and reservations, visit http://onemarket.com/reservations or call 415-777-5577.

POGGIO TRATTORIA

Wine Director Johnny Catalano has a few wine and cocktail pairings in mind for this year’s holiday. Sparkling Rosé is always a great way to start and pairs well with both the Tuna Carpaccio and the current Crudo offering (tuna, yellowfin, and halibut). To take it up a notch, he recommends enjoying those dishes with a Kir Royale– a French cocktail of crème de cassis topped with sparkling wine and served in a flute glass. Another “sexy” cocktail recommendation for Valentine’s Day is Poggio’s Italian Love Affair – made with Knob Creek Bourbon, Prosecco, and Sicilian Blood Orange Liqueur.  For a nice bottle of wine in lieu of cocktails, Johnny suggests the Zaccagnini Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.  At $42 a bottle, it is easy drinking and balanced with just the right amount of structure at a loveable price.

For more information and reservations, visit http://www.poggiotrattoria.com/

THE RESTAURANT AT WENTE VINEYARDS

Executive Chef Mike Ward and his team have created a prix fixe menu, incorporating various ingredients from Wente Vineyard’s ½ acre on-site organic garden in Livermore. This special Valentine’s Day menu ($95 per person, plus tax and 18% gratuity) includes dishes such as Seared Ahi Tuna Beet Crudo, Fermented Wasabi Tapenade, Parsley Purée, Beet Chips; Burrata and Blood Orange Salad Toasted Pine nuts, Arugula Pesto, Pink Peppercorn, Grilled Bread; Butter Poached Shellfish Trio, Lobster, Sea Scallop, Mussels, Black Lentils, Roasted King Mushroom Purée, Citrus Sabayon; Delmonico Storm Hill Rib Eye, Smoked Farro, Green Garlic Purée, Spaghetti Squash, Red Wine Veal Reduction; Dark Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cremeux, Banana Mousse, Cocoa Nib, Rice Crispy, Vanilla Cream, Brownie; and more. A wine pairing is also available for an additional $40 per person.

For more information and reservations, visit https://www.wentevineyards.com/restaurant or call 925-456-2450.

BLUESTEM BRASSERIE

Bluestem will be offering a special cocktail duo created by Bar Manager Abby Mills – Cupid’s Bow and Cupid’s Arrow. Cupid’s Bow will feature bourbon, blood orange juice, cherry heering, peychaud bitters, and 7up while Cupid’s Arrow includes gin, pineapple juice, cherry heering, benedictine, angostura bitter, and 7up. If ordered together, guests will get the Cupid’s Bow & Arrow, which will come as two separate drinks and a bottle of 7up poured tableside. Each cocktail is $13 or $25 for both.

For more information and reservations, visit http://www.bluestembrasserie.com or call 415-547-1111.