Best Last-minute Valentine’s Rendezvous in the Bay Area

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A16 Rockridge

Oakland, CA

www.a16rockridge.com

Celebrate amore Italian-style this Valentine’s Day at A16 Rockridge with Chef Rocky Maselli’s special 5-course prix fixe menu. Diners are invited to enjoy Southern Italian delicacies such as Burrata with prosciutto di san daniele and crostini, Raviolo with Quattro formaggi in tomato sauce with basil and ricotta salata, and Wood Roasted Ribeye with potato, baby fava greens and salsa verde. For dessert, guests can choose between two romantic dishes: Layered Cake with white chocolate mousse, dark chocolate pudding, blood orange butter cream and a salted chocolate cookie crumble or Honey and Rose Panna Cotta with Champagne granite, hibiscus sauce and candied rose petals. The prix fixe menu will be served at a cost of $85 per person with optional wine pairings for an additional cost.

Hopscotch

Oakland, California

http://hopscotchoakland.com

Valentine’s will be celebrated over the long weekend (February 13 – 16) at popular Hopscotch in Uptown Oakland! Chef Kyle Itani will be wowing diners with very special seasonal treats on this incredible menu with available pairing of wines and spirits. The menu will be $48 per person and an optional beverage pairing of $25. If you are trying to “score” a little love on your plate instead of a prix-fixe menu, get the “First-Base” Burger with house ground chuck, griddled beef tongue, pickled onions, sesame aioli, Kennebec chips and add soy braised pork belly. Don’t forget the bar either, for this Valentine’s Co-Owner and Bar Manager, Jenny Schwarz has specially crafted the Love & Virtue cocktail using gin, amaro Montenegro, crème de violette and a few other surprises… How can you not be in love with that? For reservations: 510.788.6217

Bocanova

Oakland, California

http://www.bocanova.com/

Bocanova is serving a special prix-fixe dinner in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Executive Chef John Jackson has created a special menu for two, with dishes such as Mushroom & Fresh Cheese Soup with bacon, saffron, parmesan, deep fried mushrooms and a spicy aioli; Dungeness Crab, Mango & Papaya Saladwith a citrus dressing; Spicy Shortribs Asada Negro braised in chocolate, cacao and red wine; and Prickly Pear Sorbet with macadamia nut brittle Coconut Cookies. Dinner is $48 per person and reservations can be made online or by calling 510.444.1233.

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1760

San Francisco, CA

http://www.1760sf.com/

For those looking to avoid a prix fixe menu, 1760 provides a welcome alternative. Chef Adam Tortosa will offer his nightly a la carte menu of shareable dishes with a few key additions for the holiday. To further the experience, Wine Director Gianpaolo Paterlini’s wine list focuses on selections that complement the creative cuisine. Cocktails crafted by Bar Manager Christopher Longoria also highlight seasonal ingredients and approachable yet distinctive flavors. For reservations please visit http://www.1760sf.com/reservations/ or call 415 359-1212

EPIC Roasthouse

San Francisco, California
www.epicroasthouse.com

Located on the scenic Embarcadero in San Francisco, EPIC Roasthouse offers an experience beyond the traditional steak house with panoramic views of the bay and is the perfect location to celebrate Valentine’s Day with that someone special. EPIC Roasthouse is offering a sumptuous three-course meal featuring Chef Parke Ulrich’s specialties.

Exquisite menu items include Kampachi Sashimi Hearts of Palm, Cara Cara Oranges & Mustard Greens; Bone Marrow & Dungeness Crab Gratin White Truffle Glaçage; Butter Lettuce Salad Laura Chenel Chèvre, Poached Pears & Crispy Shallots; Housemade Charcuterie Duck, Halibut & Pork or New Potato & Black Truffle Ravioli Blood Orange & Chervil; Grilled Filet of Beef Julia Child Potatoes & Sauce Béarnaise;

Roasted New Zealand Venison Ricotta Gnocchi, Spring Garlic & Huckleberries; Slow Roasted Petite Prime Rib Horseradish Potato Purée, Tender Roots & Tobacco Onions; Wood Roasted Lobster “Garin” Cauliflower Gratin or Seared Hawaiian Tuna Frost Kissed Artichokes, Baby Carrots & Grilled Dates.

Guests may indulge in one of chef’s sweet creations, including Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Coconut Ice Cream & Candied Coconut Flakes; Banana Foster Cheesecake Bruleed Bananas & Walnuts or Bittersweet Chocolate Semifreddo Crème Frîache & Almond Milk; Red Velvet Ice Cream Bombe Chocolate Sauce & Toasted Meringue or Caramelia Pot de Crème Vanilla Chantilly & Hazelnut Thumbprints.

Cost: $90 per person Availability/Hours: Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14 from 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. For Reservations: 415-369-9955

Bluestem Brasserie

San Francisco, California

www.bluestembrasserie.com

In conjunction with the American Road Trip series, Bluestem Brasserie’s Executive Chef Francis Hogan has created a “Fondue for Two” Valentine’s Day menu. Inspired by Wisconsin, “The Dairy State”, the three-course menu will run from Thursday, February 13th through Saturday, February 15th for $65 per person.

The Menu consists of Salad of Hearts (artichoke hearts, smoked hearts of palm, celery hearts, petite hearts on fire, cara cara orange vinaigrette) Fondue for Two (warm mixed cheese fondue served with an assortment of grilled meats, sausages, seasonal fruits and vegetables.) Dessert – Served with a Glass of Sparkling Rose, chocolate profiteroles, rose ice cream, chocolate hollandaise, ruby port reduction. For reservations please call (415) 547-1111.

Acquerello

San Francisco, CA

www.acquerello.com

For more than two decades, Acquerello has offered romance and an unparalleled Italian fine-dining experience in San Francisco’s Nob Hill neighborhood. Acquerello restaurant is pure European elegance. Housed in a former chapel, the space is graced with arches and a rustic wood-beamed vaulted ceiling, perfect for an intimate dining experience. Dishes on the special Valentine’s Day Tasting Menu may include the Santa Barbara Uni served with crab, apple, turnip and pepperoncino, Petaluma Farms Poultry Lasagna or the Re-Interpreted Veal Osso Buco. For dessert, indulge in the Madeleine Cake with Rosé-White Chocolate, pistachio and candied rose petals. Price per person $215 excluding the wines, tax and gratuity. Wine pairing $95. For reservations please email: info@acquerello.com  or telephone (415) 567-5432

TRACE at W San Francisco

San Francisco, California

www.trace-sf.com

On Feb. 14, guests will enjoy a seasonally inspired, four-course prix fixe for just $80 per person. Guests will be treated to a “dueling menu” created by new executive chef Jason Rea, which features two dishes per course for couples to sample, savor, and share together. Items include Poached Prawns with Red Beet Granite and Frosted Buttermilk and Gnocchi with Braised Ox Tail, English Peas and Parmesan Foam (full menu below). Optional cocktail or wine pairings are available for an additional $35 per person. Reservations can be made by calling TRACE at 415-817-7836 or via OpenTable.

TBD

San Francisco, CA

www.tbdrestaurant.com

Cozy up by the fire at TBD restaurant this Valentine’s day and enjoy Chef Mark Liberman’s hearth-cooked fare. Couples can enjoy a special family style menu for two with 7-8 small plates created for the holiday.

Alexander’s Steakhouse

San Francisco, CA

www.alexanderssteakhouse.com

Spoil your loved one at Alexander’s Steakhouse in San Francisco with the restaurant’s special 7-course menu with optional wine pairings. The menu highlights all of the steakhouse’s beloved delicacies including Tuna Carpaccio with Shio Koji cauliflower, pickled pearl onion and olive oil and Tajima F1 Wagyu Beef with salt roasted potato, charred leek, and black truffles. For dessert, diners can indulge in a Truffled Gouda cheese course with honey comb as well as a chocolate course featuring Milk Chocolate, White Chocolate, Currant, and Port. The dinner will be served at a cost of $165 per person excluding gratuity with additional wine pairings available for $95.

Hogs & Rocks

San Francisco, California

www.hogandrocks.com

Executive Chef Robin Song is teaming up with nearby Craftsman and Wolves for a four-course Valentine’s Day dinner. The ham and oyster bar in the heart of the Mission will offer a $55 per person prix-fixe menu, featuring a chocolate gratin and an off-menu secret dessert from CAW pastry chef William Werner. A supplemental cocktail pairing (presented as tasters) from barman Michael Lazar will also be available for $20; full sized versions will be available a la carte. Reservations can be made online or by calling 415.550.8627.

Presidio Social Club

San Francisco, CA

www.presidiosocialclub.com

Weather you have a date or rolling solo this Valentine’s Day, PSC is an ideal setting to celebrate love. Enjoy the standard Presidio Social Club menu of classic favorites along with some special additions in honor of the holiday. Get festive with the Wagyu Carpaccio with crispy sunchoke and truffle, the Broiled Black Cod and Crab Custard in an aromatic broth or the California Lamb Chops.  Leave room for dessert – when it comes to something sweet PSC never disappoints.

Americano Restaurant & Bar at Hotel Vitale

San Francisco, California

www.americanorestaurant.com

On Friday, February 14th, Americano Restaurant & Bar at Hotel Vitale will be offering a special four-course menu for Valentine’s Day prepared by Executive Chef Kory Stewart ($80 per person; $115 with wine pairings).

From the holiday menu, guests will dine on a first course of Crab and beet salad with blood oranges and tarragon vinaigrette; Country pate with duck confit salad, mustard and grilled bread; a second-course of Wild mushroom and ricotta ravioli with truffle; a third-course choice of Seared sea scallops with Manila clams, Brussels sprouts, finger lime; or Smoked lamb loin, Merguez sausage, farro, cocoa nibs and spiced carrots; or Winter caponata with dill yogurt and grilled flatbread; and for dessert, Milk chocolate budino with almond milk, passion fruit “caviar”; Brioche bread pudding with vanilla bean ice cream and candied violet. Availability/Hours: Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14 from 5:30 p.m. -10:00 p.m. Cost: $80 per person; $115 with wine pairings.

For Reservations: 415-278-3777 or http://www.opentable.com/americano-restaurant-hotel-vitale?rid=3972

CLIFT
San Francisco, CA

www.clifthotel.com

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with CLIFT’s Sweet Escapes package including Rose champagne and heart adorned red velvet cupcakes with extra frosting and 2 body paint brushes to have a little fun with. Also included is 2 complimentary cocktails in Redwood Room and 20% off dinner in Velvet Room. Upgrade upon check in based on Availability, Early Check in/ Late Checkout.

Grand Hyatt San Francisco

San Francisco, California

http://grandsanfrancisco.hyatt.com

Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Menu (Available for dinner Feb. 13 – 15) – Toast to romance with your sweetheart with OneUP Restaurant and Lounge’s Valentine’s Day fixed price menu. For $70 per person, couples can enjoy selections such as Wild Mushroom Soup with Oyster, Trumpet, and Crimini Mushrooms; Seared Scallops with Baby Bok Choy, Forbidden Rice, and Miso Orange Sauce; Horseradish-Crusted Prime Rib with Yukon Mashed Potato; and Red Velvet Cake. Top off the evening with a festively pink-hued Cucumber Collins in the newly renovated lounge, overlooking the bustle of Union Square.

Romance Package – For SF-dwellers stumped on what to get their sweetheart, a staycation in the city is the perfect surprise for Valentine’s Day. Grand Hyatt San Francisco’s Romance Package includes chocolate covered strawberries and champagne upon arrival, breakfast for two (at OneUP Restaurant or in-room), and a 3 p.m. late checkout for soaking up all the comforts of a romantic getaway close to home. For reservations: 415 398 1234

Mandarin Oriental San Francisco

 

San Francisco, California

www.mandarinoriental.com/sanfrancisco

Brasserie S & P’s Valentine’s Day Dinner, February 14 – Enjoy a wonderful prix-fixe Valentine’s Day menu featuring a sumptuous multi-course meal with wine pairings created by Executive Chef Adam Mali. While at the bar at Brasserie S&P, enjoy their new “Pommy With Love” cocktail made from Spirit Works Gin, Tru Organic Vanilla Vodka, housemade pomegranate grenadine, white cacao with a cinnamon rim, $10. For reservations, please email mosfo-events@mohg.com or call (415) 986 2020.

I Left My Heart in San Francisco Rooms Package

Guests can escape for an irresistible romantic retreat at Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco’s sky-high guestrooms and suites located atop 11 floors of San Francisco’s third tallest building. Rates for the I Left My Heart in San Francisco package start at USD1,045 and includes:

  • One night stay in sumptuous accommodations
  • A couples, 50-minute Bloom treatment in the Harmony Suite at The Spa
  • One bottle of Mumm Napa Sparkling Rosé
  • ElizabethW Hearts Bath Fizzes to draw a relaxing bath
  • Continental Breakfast for two in bed
  • A donation of USD50 to American Heart Association

The package is available until February 28, 2014 and is subject to availability plus taxes and gratuities. Reservations can be made by contacting the hotel directly at +1 (415) 276-9600, emailing mosfo-reservations@mohg.com, through Mandarin Oriental’s worldwide sales and reservations offices on +1 (866) 796-5475, or visit the Group’s direct on-line reservations service at www.mandarinoriental.com

Hotel Vitale

San Francisco, California

www.hotelvitale.com

A picturesque waterfront neighborhood, the iconic Bay Bridge with its spectacular Bay Lights, the historic Ferry Building, Treasure Island…all stunning sights visible from Hotel Vitale, Joie de Vivre’s luxury boutique property in San Francisco.  Valentines can share these striking views with each other by booking Hotel Vitale’s Room with a Woo package.  The one-night offering includes accommodations in a Deluxe Waterfront Guestroom, time together at Spa Vitale for the couple to learn massage techniques, relax with side-by-side treatments, and dip into the penthouse-level spa’s rooftop tubs for a soothing Bathing Ritual.  In addition, Hotel Vitale will deliver a bottle of Perrier-Jouët Champagne and delicious chocolates to the couple’s room to enjoy as they gaze at the sights.

Room with a Woo includes:

  • One night of accommodations in a Deluxe Waterfront Guestroom with views of the Bay Bridge, Bay Lights, Ferry Building, & Treasure Island
  • Instructional Massage Class for Couple at Spa Vitale
  • Two side-by-side massages
  • Two Bathing Rituals on rooftop of penthouse-level spa
  • One bottle of Perrier-Jouët Champagne paired with chocolates, provided in room

Availability/Hours: The Room with a Woo package is subject to availability and blackout dates may apply, and is valid for stays from February 1 – February 27, 2014. Spa appointments are subject to availability and must be booked directly with Spa Vitale prior to arrival. Cost: The cost of the Room with a Woo package is $999, based on a one-night stay, double occupancy.  For Reservations: Please call 415-278-3788 or e-mail dearspavitale@jdvhotels.com. Please mention preferred date and time to your reservation agent or type in the “comments” section of your online reservation. Cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. This offer does not apply to Group bookings.

Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco

San Francisco, California

www.fourseasons.com/sanfrancisco

Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco invites couples to take advantage of the amorous weekend with a “Linger in Love” romantic overnight package. Enjoy a complimentary bottle of champagne upon arrival to your luxurious accommodations, and spend an enchanted evening together with your loved one. The following morning, linger in your gift of plush Four Seasons bath robes while dining on complimentary breakfast for two, served either in-room or at MKT Restaurant – Bar. This offer is available throughout the month of February and starts at 555 USD per night.

If you have not made plans for dinner for the special evening, reserve the five-course Valentine’s Dinner at MKT Restaurant – Bar on Friday, February 14, 2014. The Valentine’s dinner menu features five courses, including an amuse and choice of entrée at $160.00 per person and several wine pairing options starting at $45.00. Guests who book the “Linger in Love” stay package can book a table with our restaurant for an additional cost at MKT Restaurant – Bar at 415-633-3838. Chef Mark Richardson will prepare the Valentine’s menu by special request if you prefer to dine on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

Wow the one you love with a delectable five course dinner in MKT Restaurant – Bar. Featuring local favorites such as Oysters, Scallop Crudo and a choice of Lobster or Rack of Lamb, this dinner will be sure to make the sparks fly. For reservations: (415) 633-3000

Waterbar

San Francisco, California

www.waterbarsf.com

To celebrate with the one you love, Executive Chef Parke Ulrich will offer Waterbar guests a special Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menu with many delicious offerings.

Chef Ulrich will feature dishes such as Dungeness Crab Risotto with black truffle, crisp artichoke, pomegranate; Seared Diver Sea Scallop with caramelized butternut squash, black trumpet caramelli pasta, blood orange; Champagne Poached Petrale Sole; American Caviar, roasted baby beets, mache; Slow Cooked Beef Short Rib with Butterball potato gallete, fried maitake, carmelized cippolini jus. A selection a desserts will also be offered.

Waterbar presents elegant dishes with the freshest sustainable seafood available and offers an exquisite backdrop of the Bay Bridge for an ideal romantic evening.  Availability/Hours: Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14 from 5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Cost:  $80 per person For Reservations:  415-284-9922

Foreign Cinema

San Francisco, CA

http://www.foreigncinema.com/

Foreign Cinema is pleased to usher in Valentine’s Evening with a romantic Pretty in Pink theme and a sumptuous a la carte menu filled with their favorite dishes: Cornmeal Blini with Caviar, Oysters on the Half Shell, Aged New York Steak, Filet Mignon, Big Eye Tuna, Maine Sea Scallops, Seasonally Inspired Salads, Indulgent Desserts and much more. Wine, Cocktails and Champagnes have been especially selected for your pleasure.

InterContinental San Francisco

San Francisco, California

www.intercontinentalsanfrancisco.com

The InterContinental San Francisco offers a “San Francisco Is for Lovers” package that includes romantic features such as champagne for two, long stem strawberries delivered to the room by butler, a bath drawn with rose petals, and a VIP turndown service. Breakfast and a late checkout are also included in the package.

Luce

San Francisco, California

www.lucewinerestaurant.com

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Michelin Star at Luce restaurant at the InterContinental San Francisco. The 4-course menu for $65 per person includes dishes such as Roasted Carrots and Sun Dried Spices with nettles, smoked egg, and chicken bouillon and Pacific Halibut and Blue Prawns with fennel, golden turnip and winter squash. To sweeten the evening, upgrade to “The Sweetheart Package” for $214 per couple and enjoy a bottle of Moet & Chandon Champagne.

InterContinental Mark Hopkins

San Francisco, CA
www.Intercontinentalmarkhopkins.com

The InterContinental Mark Hopkins boasts the legendary Top of the Mark restaurant and bar with a near 360 degree view of the scenic skyline of San Francisco. Situated on the 19th floor of the hotel, the world renowned sky lounge is famed for its 100 Martinis menu, cocktails and live entertainment. This classic, romantic spot provides the perfect backdrop for a memorable proposal. The Top of the Mark offers a number of Romance Packages such as “Love Above All,” which includes a table with a view at the Top of the Mark, a bottle of Piper Sonoma sparkling wine, six red roses, an assortment of fine truffles, and a framed photo. With “The Perfect Proposal” package, guests are treated to a table with a view, a custom chocolate ring box, a bottle of Piper Sonoma sparkling wine, a framed photo, and an engagement announcement by the Top of the Mark band.  For guests unsure of how to pop the question, the InterContinental Mark Hopkins has a Proposal Desk to help brainstorm romantic solutions to engagement needs. The Proposal Desk service will facilitate endeavors from flower delivery to hot-air balloon chartering.

Top of the Mark at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins

San Francisco, CA

www.intercontinentalmarkhopkins.com

This Valentine’s Day, take in a romantic 6-course dinner and 360 degree view of the city at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins’ Top of the Mark. The decadent dinner includes dishes such as Arugula with strawberry, figs, honey, and walnuts and Wagyu with scallop, asparagus, tomato pierogi, and port wine essence.Dinner guests are encouraged to bring an overnight bag as they will be automatically entered into a drawing for a one-night stay in the hotel’s luxurious Presidential Suite. The dinner is $495 per couple and includes one bottle of Möet & Chandon Rosé. Reservations are required.

A16

San Francisco, CA

www.a16sf.com

A16 San Francisco will celebrate their 10th anniversary on Valentines’ Day 2014. Co-owners Shelley Lindgren and Victoria Libin will host a special dinner that evening where A16’s original chef, Christophe Hille will collaborate on a menu with current Executive Chef Chris Thompson featuring the “classics” of A16 – favorite dishes from the past decade.

CHAYA Brasserie San Francisco

Embarcadero, San Francisco

www.thechaya.com/san-francisco/

On Friday, February 14, CHAYA Brasserie San Francisco will celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special three-course prix fixe dinner menu for $80 per person. Guests can choose between six appetizers, six entrees, and five different desserts featuring dishes such as the signature Seared Wagyu Beef Sushi Roll with crab, tempura shrimp, cucumber, and spicy aioli; Spiced Honey Glazed Duck Breast with crispy winter root phyllo, Bloomsdale spinach, and Meyer lemon; andCoconut Ice Cream Sandwich with chocolate fudge.  Chef Yuko Kajino offers a take-home gift of CHAYA truffles, and those who dine before 7pm can enjoy the “Early Love-Bird” special with a complimentary ½ bottle of Rose. With idyllic views of the Bay Lights installation, CHAYA’s dining room provides a romantic setting with floor to ceiling windows looking out to the Bay Bridge. Named for the casual, salon-like gathering spots in France and Japan, CHAYA Brasserie is renowned for serving innovative cuisine that blends European and Asian flavors and has been tempting palates in San Francisco for the last 12 years. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 415-777-8688 or visit www.thechaya.com

Radius

San Francisco, CA

http://radiussf.com/

The rustic elegance of Radius, coupled with highly personalized service, will have guests raving about Valentine’s Day spent in SoMa. Chef Jason Wittek will offer a special 4-course tasting menu with dishes such as the McFarland Springs Ranch Trout with smoked potatoes, pickled onions and citrus beurre blanc or the Liberty Farms Duck Breast with escarole, grapes and hazelnut. End the evening of romance with a delicious dessert of Chocolate Nougatine with Vanilla & Olive Oil Milkshake. The 4-course tasting menu will be offered at $70 per person both Friday, February 14 and Saturday, February 15, 2014. A limited a la carte menu will also be available. Prices exclude tax and gratuity. For reservations, please visit http://radiussf.com/or call (415) 525-3676.

Canela Bistro & Wine Bar 

San Francisco, California

www.canelasf.com

Executive Chef Mat Schuster of Canela Bistro & Wine Bar, located in the Castro District of San Francisco is serving up an authentic Spanish dinner for guests on Valentine’s Day. Canela will be offering three separate Valentine’s Day seatings (5:30pm, 7:30pm or 9:30pm) for $70 per person for a four-course dinner. Chef Mat will be serving dishes like Amuse of Grape and Almond White Gazpacho, Wild Mushroom Buenuelo with Tarragon Aioli, Castilian Onion and Garlic Soup with Manchego Crouton, Braised Lamb Shank with Chocolate Lentils, Leche Frita with Creme Anglaise and Honey Poached Figs among other delicious items! For reservations, please  call (415) 552.3000

Bergerac

San Francisco, California

www.bergeracsf.com

Bergerac in San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood will be hosting “The Lonely Hearts Club” this Valentine’s Day, playing the best love songs from the 60’s and 70’s all night long. Bar goers can drink their sorrows away with the special Love in Vain, Lonely Teardrops, or Sealed With a Kiss cocktail for $7; cry over theHeartbreak Hotel or Let’s Get it On punch bowl with several friends for $30; or enjoy an Oyster Threeway $5 (one Kumamoto, one Sweetwater, and one Virginicas oyster). To sweeten things up a bit, the team will have a special St. Pepper’s Strawberry Shortcake $7, in addition to their regular menu and newly launched Retro Happy Hour Menu.

Roka Akor San Francisco

San Francisco, California

www.rokaakor.com/san-francisco

Roka Akor San Francisco will be offering a five course Valentine’s Day menu prepared by Executive Chef Roman Petry ($128 per person; $62 per person beverage pairing). Downstairs at Roka Bar, “Roses and Rosé” will be offered which includes a bottle of Jean-Charles Boisset and three long stem red roses in a vase – the all-in-one stop for couples.  Guests are welcome to dine from the a la carte menu or the special Valentine’s Day menu.

Located in San Francisco’s Jackson Square district, ROKA AKOR is a stylish prime steak, seafood and sushi restaurant that specializes in Robata “open charcoal” cuisine.  The sophisticated, contemporary space is anchored by the restaurant’s centrally-placed, signature Robata Grill.  The kitchen is led by Executive Chef Roman Petry, an industry veteran with more than 13 years of experience in international kitchens, including at several of the world’s most renowned Japanese restaurants, who has been involved with the project since its inception, from design to menu creation.

The exceptional menu items include: Kusshi Oysters with Cucumber and Shiso, Butterfish Tataki with White Asparagus and Yuzu Shallot Dressing paired withDomaine Carneros Sparkling, California 2012; ROKA AKOR Sushi Kēki, Apple Wood Smoked Ocean Trout with Amaranth and Yuzu paired with Castro Martin A2o Albarino, Spain 2012; Robata Grilled King Crab with Chili Lime Butter, Sweet Corn with Butter and Soy paired with Lioco “noco” Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, California 2010; Australian 9+ Wagyu Beef with Fresh Wasabi and D’Es Trenc Hibiscus SaltJapanese Mushroom Rice Hot Pot with Black TruffleChinese Broccoli with Ginger Shallot Dressing  paired with Easton, Zinfandel, Amador County, California 2011. For Dessert, guests will enjoy a Valrhona Milk Chocolate with Passion Fruit and Nougat Ice Cream, Candied Rose Madeleine paired with Isle of Despair (Gin, Whiskey, Grand Poppy Liqueur, Nocino Walnut Liquer).

Availability/Hours:  Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14 from 5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. Cost:  $128 per person; $62 per person beverage pairing For Reservations: 415-362-8887 or SanFrancisco@RokaAkor.com Valet parking is offered.  For more information or reservations, please visit rokaakor.com/locations/san-francisco.

Hakkasan San Francisco

San Francisco, California

www.hakkasan.com/sanfrancisco

Located on the second floor of the iconic One Kearny building, Hakkasan will be offering a seven-course pre-fixe menu for $88 per person consisting of dishes designed to be shared among loved ones. All of the dishes featured on the menu highlight Hakkasan’s modern Cantonese cuisine, including:

  • Crispy Duck Salad with pomelo, pomegranate and pine nut
  • Steamed Dim Sum Platter with har gau, chaozhou chicken and shrimp dumpling, Chinese chive dumpling and scallop shumai
  • Wok-Fry Lobster with basil and sweet chili sauce
  • Roasted Silver Cod with rose wine and truffle
  • Home Braised Veal Ribs in Mongolian sauce
  • Steamed Rice in Lotus Leaf with Chinese sausage, shiitake mushrooms and dried shrimp
  • Chocolate Orange with dark chocolate mousse, blood orange, marshmallow, and chocolate crumb

Availability/hours: Dinner will be served on Friday, February 14, from 5:30pm-11:00pm Cost: $88 per person For Reservations:  Reservations can be made by calling 415-829-8148 or emailing reservations@hakkasansf.com

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Napa Valley Wine Train

Napa, California

http://winetrain.com/holiday/valentines-day

The Napa Valley Wine Train is offering the quintessential offering for couples who will view Napa Valley’s winter landscape without the hassle of crowds, riding a private train with reserved seating while enjoying fine dining service with multi-course meals prepared by Executive Chef Kelly Macdonald.

Extending through Valentine’s Day and into the weekend (February 14 – 16), guests of the Wine Train may reserve seats on either the Vista Dome or Gourmet Express train cars for this special occasion.  Valentine’s Day lunch trains have the option of a winery tour at Raymond Family Vineyards or Grgich Hills Winery, among many and dinner trains will be accompanied with a serenading violinist while all rides include a glass of sparkling wine, chocolate treat and a love lock to symbolize couples love for one another.

The Napa Valley Wine Train’s Love Lock Bridge connects the station to the boarding platform and has been dedicated to lovers from around the world for several years. Visiting couples are encouraged to leave a decorated padlock with initials and/or special date to mark their appreciation and love for one another. This practice is thought to have started in China where it is tradition to “lock your soul” together. http://winetrain.com/love-lock

Guests aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train experience a relaxing three-hour, 36-mile round-trip journey from Napa’s historic downtown and through the Napa Valley to St. Helena, Napa Valley’s Main Street.  Along the way, guests learn about the Napa Valley’s acclaimed offerings and history while rolling past stunning scenery with optional beverage pairings.  The Napa Valley Wine Train offers a dreamscape of unforgettable experiences for visitors and locals alike, from hands-on winery tours to romantic moonlight escapes and more. Valentine’s Day packages on the Napa Valley Wine Train start from $134. For more information and reservations, please call 800.427.4124 or visit http://winetrain.com/holiday/valentines-day.  Availability/Hours: Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14 to Sunday, February 16 Cost: Packages from $134 to $264 For Reservations: 800-427-4124

Spoonbar at h2hotel

Healdsburg, California

http://spoonbar.com

Celebrate romance at Spoonbar with a special Valentine’s menu from Chef Louis Maldonado. Savor your way through four deliciously decadent courses ending in sweetness with a gift to take home.

From the first-course, guests will dine on a Charred broccolini salad, sunchoke, pomelo, black truffle vinaigrette, crispy kale paired with Windsor Oaks Sauvignon Blanc 2012; a second-course of Shell fish porridge, miso + sea urchin, bloomsdale spinach, local grain paired with Madame Preston White Rhone – Style 2011 or the vegetarian option of Rice + grain porridge, chives, black truffles paired with Madame Preston White Rhone – Style 2011; the third-course includes Roasted eye of the rib, sourdough bread, scallions, beef fat emulsion paired with Front Porch Red Red Rhone – Style 2011 or the vegetarian option-Mustard seed bread pudding, roasted radishes, hen of the wood mushrooms, herbs paired with Bucher Pinot Noir 2011. For dessert, guests will enjoy a Dark chocolate cremuex, white chocolate mousse, hazelnut genoise, praline crunch paired with Ferrari – Carano Black Muscat Eldorado Noir.  Availability/hours: Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14 from 5:00 p.m. -9:30 p.m. Cost: $75 per person; $45 for wine pairing. For Reservations: 707-433-7222

Fast Food Francais (F3)

Sausalito, California

http://www.eatf3.com/home.html

Celebrating its one-year anniversary on Valentine’s Day, Fast Food Francais (F3) is looking back at the past year and changing the full menu. From February 7 through February 21, the restaurant is bringing back favorite, classic dishes from the past year and making them available for a limited time. It will also offer a $50 truffle burger, which includes seven grams of truffle and seven ounces of wagyu beef served with gilded fries. Reservations can be made online or by calling 415.887.9047.

Dry Creek Kitchen at Hotel Healdsburg

Healdsburg, California

www.hotelhealdsburg.com/dry-creek-kitchen

Enjoy the Valentine’s Day Tasting Menu at Dry Creek Kitchen. Executive Chef Dustin Valette enchants the evening with a six course Gala Dinner menu priced at $99 per person with a wine pairing option priced at $79.

The first-course includes Caviar & Oyster with Watermelon Radish, Rose Champagne Gelee, Pomegranate Fizz; the second-course includes Wild Salmon Tartare with Avocado Mousseline, Preserved Lemon, Lavash Hearts; the third-course includes Golden Potato Gnocchi with Magenta Beet, Fresh Goat Cheese, Tahitian Vanilla; the fourth-course includes Nori Roasted Maine Lobster with Ponzu Butter, Yuzu Powder, Jade Rice; the fifth-course includes a Truffle Crusted Filet with Porcini Fondue, Pink Peppercorn; and the sixth-course includes Rosé Granita with Candied Rose, Toasted PistachioAvailability/hours: Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14 5:30 – 10:00 p.m. Cost: $99 person plus $79 for wine pairings. For Reservations:  707-431-0330

Silverado Resort & Spa

Napa, CA

www.silveradoresort.com

Food has long-been described as the way to a loved one’s heart, and no meal is thought to be more romantic than Valentine’s dinner – especially when enjoyed amid the beauty of Napa Valley. Wine and dine your Valentine in style with a romantic Valentine’s dinner reservation in The Grill or Royal Oak. Reservations for both restaurants are required so please call 707-257-5431 or email Dining@SilveradoResort.com

THE GRILL:

Valentine’s Day; February 14th from 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Treat your loved one to a three course dinner with a glass of sparkling wine for just $60 per person.  A limited a la carte menu is also available.

February 15th and 16th from 5:30 pm – 9 :00 pm – Enjoy a la carte dining featuring “Sweet Specials”

ROYAL OAK:

February 14th – 15th from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm – The Royal Oak will be serving a special four course dinner for $78 per person. Additional wine pairing for $25

Be My Valentine Package:

A cozy bedroom, champagne and chocolate covered strawberries on your arrival night and a delicious breakfast each morning. All the vital ingredients to ensure that the most important moments in your life are also the happiest and most unforgettable. The Be Our Valentine Package Includes:

  • Deluxe Accommodations
  • Continental breakfast for Two in The Grill
  • Sparkling Wine
  • Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Seghesio Family Vineyards

Healdsburg, California

www.seghesio.com

In celebration of the holiday of love, Seghesio Family Vineyards invites guests to treat their sweetheart to a special evening in the winery’s romantic Redwood Room on Friday, February 14, featuring an exceptional three-course pre-fix menu prepared by Executive Chef Peter Janiak. Located in the heart of Healdsburg, California, the Seghesio Family Vineyards Winery, is an ideal and picturesque setting for couples to enjoy a very special Valentine’s Day celebration.

The evening will kick off with at 7 pm with an intimate welcome reception, including pours of Seghesio wines, bubbles, a salumi & cheese board and passed appetizers. At 8 pm, guests will be seated for a delicious three-course pre-fixe menu, with highlights including: Oysters Rockefeller, Beet, Avocado andWinter Citrus Salad, oven-roasted Halibut, Filet Mignon, and Molten Chocolate Cake for dessert.

Availability/Hours: Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14 from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Cost: Tickets are $120 per person and $100 per wine club member. For Reservations: Call 707-395-3609 or email kgettys@seghesio.com

Ehlers Estate

St. Helena California

Website: www.ehlersestate.com

Spend Valentine’s Day enjoying Ehlers Wine & Chocolate Experience:

The Ehlers Wine and Chocolate Experience tasting and walkabout features specially made and handcrafted chocolates from Kollar Chocolates in Yountville. Chocolatier Chris Kollar uses classic European chocolate techniques adding his own new-world twist. He explores unique flavor profiles using only the finest ingredients to create jewel-like creations that bring amazement and happiness to those fortunate enough to taste them. Kollar is a savory chef by training with 19 years of experience in kitchens across the country and beyond. In 2001 he settled in the Napa Valley and worked at Domaine Chandon, Tra Vigne, Pinot Blanc, Go Fish, and finally Peter Michael Winery where he discovered and cultivated his passion for chocolate. The tasting includes the following confections: Coffee Kahlua: coffee kahlua and dark chocolate ganache, 72% Dark Chocolate Truffle: pure smooth valrhona dark chocolate from venezuela, Cardamom: cardamom dark chocolate ganache, and Earl Grey: earl grey tea and bergamot citrus, dark chocolate ganache.

The pairing and walkabout is a 90-minute experience, which includes an educational estate vineyard walk and a barrel tasting, and concludes in the tasting room with a pairing of 4 hand-crafted chocolates paired with 4 red wines.

Availability/Hours: Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14, from 11:00am on with one day advance notice Cost: $50 per person or $35 for wine club members For Reservations: contact Maria at 707.963.5972 x:301 or email info@ehlersestate.com for an appointment

PlumpJack Winery

Oakville, California

www.plumpjackwinery.com

On Valentine’s, separate yourself from the amateurs and woo your new love interest (at least for the night) tastefully with a bottle of 2011 PlumpJack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, while reciting your knowledge of Shakespeare. PlumpJack was Queen Elizabeth’s endearing nickname for the rotund Jack Falstaff of Shakespeare’s Henry IV. After a bottle of this tantalizing wine, maybe your date will come up with a cute nickname for you too.

Availability/Hours: Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14, from 10 am to 4 pm Cost: tasting fee is $20 per person, 2011 PlumpJack Estate Cabernet Sauvignon $98 For Reservations: 707.945.1220

The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards 

Livermore, California

www.wentevineyards.com/restaurant

Executive Chef Matt Greco of The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards is offering an amazing four-course dinner from February 14 – February 16 in honor of Valentine’s Day. Bring in your partner and indulge in dishes like tuna tartare with caviar, celery root crème, smoked potato chips and sorrel, or scallops with bacon, lentil, salsify and black truffle and winter citrus and pistachio napoleon with anise and coconut, among other items. For $96 per person, The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards is the perfect, romantic setting to bring your significant other! For Reservations: 925.456.2450

Uncle Yu’s at the Vineyard

Livermore, California

www.uncleyuatthevineyard.com/Home.html

Experience innovative Chinese cuisine paired with the most exquisite wines from California and Europe in this hidden gem located at the heart of downtown Livermore California. Sommelier Nick Liang will prep your palates to a never-ending night of love & food and wine bliss. Their carefully crafted chef & sommelier’s 5-course tasting menu at $105.00 per person includes an Assortment of appetizers – Prawns Stuffed with Fresh Crabmeat, Lemon Aioli; Salmon Spring Rolls; Chinese Gougerre with Aged Gruyere and Cream Cheese with Brut Rosé – Premiere Cru, L. Aubry Fils, Jouy-Les-Reims, Champagne NV. Start it with Steamed Dumplings Stuffed with Pork and Shrimp in Hot & Sour Soup with Chenin Blanc, Montlouis-sur-Loire-Moelleux, Damien et Michaël Moyer, Touraine, Loire 2007. Main course Classic Peking Duck with Pancakes, Hoisin Sauce with Pinot Noir, Daedalus, Willamette Valley 2006. Roast Rack of Lamb with Rosemary, Szechuan Pepper Corns, String Beans, Lily Bulbs & Garlic Noodles with Cabernet Sauvignon, McGrail Vineyards “James Vincent”, Livermore Valley 2010, and end with a decadent and sexy pairing of their Triple Chocolate Cake and Colheita, Niepoort, Portugal 1988. For reservations, call 925.449.7000.

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Romance on The Row

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Santana Row restaurants

Friday, Feb. 14

Citrus in Hotel Valencia in Santana Row

Indulge in a special five-course experience created by executive chef Robert Sapirman that includes a complimentary champagne toast with dinner. Reservations are available from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Price is
$200 per couple, inclusive of tax and gratuity. For reservations, call 408.423.5400.

El Jardin Tequila Bar
 in Santana Row

Enjoy a special Valentine’s Day menu, dessert and Mayan chocolate & chili dessert cocktails. Live music by Individuo – providing the perfect ambiance for romance! For reservations, call 408-246-1744.

Lark Creek Blue in Santana Row

Full menu options will be served in addition to a special Valentine’s Day Menu. For reservations, call 408-244-1244.

LB Steak in Santana Row

The restaurant is serving a limited a la carte dinner menu, plus a $75 four-course prix fixe tasting menu with main course choices of Thai Spiced Grilled Maine Lobster with kaffir lime and coconut lobster curry, roasted cauliflower, rainbow carrots; Darling Downs A7 Wagyu Ribeye with celery root puree, bronzed acorn squash and tempura maitake mushrooms; or Sicilian Style Duck Breast with candied fennel, preserved blood oranges, bittersweet chocolate sauce. All prices exclude tax and gratuity. Each couple will receive a complimentary red rose. For reservations, call 408-244-1180.

Left Bank Brasserie in Santana Row

Enjoy a four-course prix fixe for $50 Main entrée choices are:
extra virgin olive oil poached Alaskan true cod, Manila clams, new potatoes, lollipop kale, oven dried tomatoes, lemon tarragon fish fumet or pan roasted filet mignon, lobster, potato and Boursin cheese croquette, fried carrots with merlot reduction. Price excludes beverage, tax, and gratuity.
All menu items also available à la carte. For reservations call, 408-984-3500.

Rosie McCann’s Irish Pub & Restaurant in Santana Row

Be Mine Friday Night invites diners to partake in a special Valentine’s night menu, the regular menu or a prix fixe offering. Dining options include Rosie’s Irish cheese fondue or chocolate fondue. Entertainment begins at 9:30 p.m. with DJ Solo. VIP tables available, featuring $25 off Hennessy bottles. For reservations, call 408-247-1706.

Village California Bistro in Santana Row

A $49 prix fixe menu (with wine $75) as well as a la carte items are offered on Valentine’s Day. Highlights include a Dungeness crab salad, lobster ravioli, pan-seared scallops and filet mignon. For reservations, call 408-248-9091.

THE SEA by Alexander’s Steakhouse

Palo Alto, CA

www.alexanderssteakhouse.com

Enjoy a sumptuous six-course dining experience with optional wine pairings this Valentine’s Day at THE SEA by Alexander’s Steakhouse. Chef Yu Min Lin’s menu for the occasion blends the bounty of the sea and the land with dishes such as Sea Urchin with Osetra caviar, sunchoke, tomato and chives and C.A.B. Prime New York with Brussels sprouts, potato, and Shimeji mushroom. Seal the night with a rose and delve into the White Chocolate Raspberry Rose Parfait with lemon sponge and lychee macaron. The dinner will be served at a cost of $165 with optional $65 wine pairings.

Alexander’s Steakhouse Silicon Valley

Cupertino, CA

www.alexanderssteakhouse.com

Cozy up in Cupertino for a sumptuous 6-course tasting menu with optional wine pairings at Alexander’s Steakhouse. The Silicon Valley restaurant will offer dishes such as Butter Poached Maine Lobster with golden beets, vanilla, and fennel and Certified Angus Beef Prime Filet Mignon with parsnip, black trumpet duxelle, and bordelaise sauce. The dinner will be served at a cost of $175 per person with additional wine pairings optional.

Restaurant 1833

Monterey, CA

www.restaurant1833.com

This Valentine’s Day, drive down to beautiful Monterey and dine at Restaurant 1833 and indulge in a 5-course menu featuring a variety of aphrodisiac-inspired dishes and luxurious flavors. Sample menu items may include Oysters with a choice of gin, cucumber, and lime or bacon mignonette; Poached Shrimp Salad with hearts of palm, grapefruit, avocado, and greens; Duck Raviolo with spinach and duck egg consume; New York Steak with faro, braised oxtail, and bordelaise; and Chocolate Cremeux with rum butterscotch, banana, and star anise meringue. As always, available for a $4 add on are 1833’s infamous Bacon Cheddar or Sun Dried Tomato Biscuits. Guests can also enjoy an optional wine pairing menu with a variety of Champagne bubbles to suit everyone’s palate or indulge in a select group of aphrodisiac cocktails and punch from the bar. The Valentine’s Day Menu is offered at $85 per person excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made with a credit card through Open Table or by calling (831) 643-1833.

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa 

Monterey, California

www.montereyplazahotel.com

For the month of February Vista Blue Spa at the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa will be offering guests two special Valentine’s Day inspired packages.

For the Love of Chocolate-Couple’s PackageCouples can experience unprecedented views of Monterey Bay while soaking in soothing lavender rose bubble baths and enjoying champagne and fine chocolate truffles. The bath is followed by a relaxing hot chocolate massage in a private candlelit couple’s room.

45 min bath + 50 min. massage $330 per couple

45 min. bath + 80 min. massage $430 per couple

Chocolate & Roses Body Polish: Anyone seeking the ultimate skin indulgence will love the Chocolate & Roses Body Polish experience. Guests will be exfoliated from head to toe in a special chocolate sugar scrub, followed by a relaxing application of rich rose body cream to hydrate their freshly polished skin. To top it off, the service includes a glass of champagne and chocolate truffles making this the most decadent treatment on the peninsula. 50 min. $145 For Reservations: 800-334-3999

The Lexington House

Los Gatos, CA

www.thelexlg.com

The Lexington House is the newest addition to the Los Gatos’ dining scene and brings a breath of fresh air to Silicon Valley, especially for Valentine’s Day. Chef Philippe Breneman will offer dishes from the regular menu such as the Diver Scallops basted in brown butter with winter squash, furikake and dashi,Chicken Liver Mousse with seasonal pickles on Watsonville sourdough and Llano Seco Pork Sugo Gnocchi with crispy artichoke served with a Gremolata egg. The Lexington House presents an ever-changing menu featuring unique Northern California food, classic, inspired cocktails, small batch spirits, craft beer, and limited production wine. For guests looking for something new and unique this Valentine’s Day, The Lexington House is a perfect way to celebrate in style. The Lexington House is a walk-in only restaurant but does consider reservations for larger groups of 6 or more by calling 408.354.1600; more information can be found at www.thelexlg.com.