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Valentine’s Day Dining and Takeout Specials in San Diego

Enjoy these romantic meals for two this Valentine’s Day, whether you’re dining outdoors or grabbing takeout.

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Valentine’s Day 2020 was one of the last holidays celebrated in San Diego before the city went into its first shutdown. and Valentine’s Day 2021 is certainly going to be different than in years past. Although outdoor dining is back in San Diego (at least for the time being), not everyone is quite ready for on-site dining so this curated guide to Valentine’s Day specials, from dinners for two to shareable desserts, features a mix of patio dining and takeout options.

Because restrictions can change at any moment, make sure to check a restaurant’s website for the most up-to-date information before making plans.

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Jeune et Jolie

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This Carlsbad eatery is offering a six-course prix fixe meal for takeout this Valentine’s Day, with directions included from the chef so that you can finish the dish at your place. The cost is $100 per person.

Photo Credit: Devin Castaneda. Courtesy of Jeune et Jolie.

Harumama Teriyaki & Bao

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Strawberries are a Valentine’s Day staple. Score Teriyaki & Bao’s special Valentine’s Day Owl Bao Buns filled with strawberries and nutella to bring home for a delicious dessert. Harumama, their sister restaurant, will be offering Puppy Buns from February 8 to 22, a sweet treat with red velvet cream cheese filling.

Photo Credit: Hiba Khalid. Courtesy of Harumama Teriyaki & Bao.

Ranch 45 Local Provisions

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A stunning three-course meal for two is available for takeout from Ranch 45, featuring options from filet mignon to cauliflower ravioli. Add a wine pairing for $55. Orders can be places up until February 11, and you can pick up your romantic meal any time from February 12 to 14.

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International Smoke

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International Smoke is offering a romantic Valentine’s Day Box For Two special, which will feature a four-course meal. Add-ons include a home cheese fondue kit as well as Cupid’s Blush, a cocktail of vodka, elderflower, meyer lemon, and rosé. Available for takeout and delivery. Make sure to place your order ahead of time.

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A.R. Valentien

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If there’s ever a time to splurge, let Valentine’s Day take the cake. A.R. Valentien’s holiday special is a takeout prix fixe, offering a stellar menu with options like lobster and chicken available for entrees, while embellishments include caviar, sticky buns, and more. Order by February 8 and pickup on either the 13th or 14th. The cost is $95 per person, with a two person minimum required.

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Kitchens For Good

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If you’re not quite feeling the traditional dinner for two, Kitchens for Good is offering virtual tasting kits for Valentine’s Day instead. The kits include chocolate, cheese, and spirits with enough for two people to share. The well-equipped kit features two pre-batched bottled cocktails, a stunning cheese plate, and six chocolates to try, costing $75 total. Sign up before February 7 for the February 11 event, starting at 5:30 p.m.

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Bleu Bohème

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Bleu Bohème is known for its romantic atmosphere. This Valentine’s Day, the restaurant will be open for those that want to enjoy the location’s outdoor dining patio (featuring heaters), and takeout and delivery for those that would prefer to enjoy their romantic evening in the comfort of their own home. The three-course prix fixe dinner will cost $75 per person, while the speciality cocktail is $14.

Photo Courtesy of Bleu Bohème

Madison

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Street-side patio dining is available at Madison on Park, which is offering a Valentine’s Day brunch special from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., while dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The restaurant recommends making reservations for dine-in, but takeout and delivery will also still be available.

Photo Credit: Haley Hill. Courtesy of Madison.

The Gluten Free Baking Co.

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Dessert on Valentine’s Day is as essential as the air we breathe. Whether you’re celebrating with your SO or some friends, The Gluten Free Baking Company is offering a special Valentine’s Day menu, featuring gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan options for breakfast or dessert. You can place V Day orders up until February 9, with pickup available from February 12 through the 14th.

Photo Credit: Lindsay Kreighbaum. Courtesy of The Gluten Free Baking Company.

RustiCucina

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RustiCucina’s Valentino Dinner features a choice of appetizer and entree plus a sexy chocolate covered strawberry dessert for two. A bottle of prosecco tops off the meal for a total of $135 per couple. This meal — or a $75 per couple meal of oysters or charcuterie board — is available for patio dining or takeout from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Valentine’s Day.

Photo Credit: Eckis Marketing. Courtesy of RustiCucina.

Juniper & Ivy

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Juniper & Ivy re-opened their outdoor dining patio just in time for Valentine’s Day, featuring an “Under the Stars” theme. Takeout is available for those that would rather enjoy their romantic meal at home. Specials include a four-course prix fixe dinner for two, a virtual cocktail kit, a candy box crafted by the restaurant’s pastry team, and a partnership with Allen’s Flowers that gets patrons $15 off a bouquet of red roses to have waiting at their table or with their pick-up order.

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Barbusa

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Barbusa’s Valentine’s Day menu includes options such as lollipop lamb chops, ribeye, pasta, and more. Takeout and delivery is available, as is the patio for outdoor dining.

Photo Credit: John Dole. Courtesy: Barbusa.

Extraordinary Desserts

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The bakery and dessert cafe’s locations in Little Italy and Bankers Hill and offering pre-ordered treats that can be picked up on Saturday, February 13 or Sunday, February 14, including a Truffle Framboise Cake finished with fresh raspberries decorated with a gold-painted rose and the Perfect Pair Dessert Box that holds a slice each of their Shangri-la and La Bete Noir cakes with signature sauces. Over Valentine’s Day weekend, there will also be themed desserts available for takeout, ranging from the coconut passionfruit Xanadu Cheesecake for two to fresh local strawberries dipped in chocolate. Adding a bottle of champagne to any order is icing on the cake.

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Garibaldi

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The popular rooftop bar and restaurant, Garibaldi, will offer patio dining or takeout options for the weekend of Valentine’s Day, with a special menu available on February 13 and 14. The dine-in menu will cost $95 per couple, while the takeout will cost $75. Add a bottle of wine, starting at $30. Make sure to place to-go orders ahead of time.

Photo Credit: Lucianna McIntosh. Courtesy of Garibaldi.

You & Yours Distilling Co.

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You & Yours is offering a special Galentine’s Day afternoon tea, ideal for girlfriends who want to celebrate each other on February 13. The takeout special features savory and sweet dishes plus scones. For drinks, enjoy two champagne cocktails and holiday hot tea bags. Orders should be placed online by 10 a.m. on Friday, February 12. Pickup on the 13th will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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Jeune et Jolie

Photo Credit: Devin Castaneda. Courtesy of Jeune et Jolie.

This Carlsbad eatery is offering a six-course prix fixe meal for takeout this Valentine’s Day, with directions included from the chef so that you can finish the dish at your place. The cost is $100 per person.

Photo Credit: Devin Castaneda. Courtesy of Jeune et Jolie.

Harumama Teriyaki & Bao

Photo Credit: Hiba Khalid. Courtesy of Harumama Teriyaki & Bao.

Strawberries are a Valentine’s Day staple. Score Teriyaki & Bao’s special Valentine’s Day Owl Bao Buns filled with strawberries and nutella to bring home for a delicious dessert. Harumama, their sister restaurant, will be offering Puppy Buns from February 8 to 22, a sweet treat with red velvet cream cheese filling.

Photo Credit: Hiba Khalid. Courtesy of Harumama Teriyaki & Bao.

Ranch 45 Local Provisions

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A stunning three-course meal for two is available for takeout from Ranch 45, featuring options from filet mignon to cauliflower ravioli. Add a wine pairing for $55. Orders can be places up until February 11, and you can pick up your romantic meal any time from February 12 to 14.

Photo Courtesy of Ranch 45

International Smoke

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International Smoke is offering a romantic Valentine’s Day Box For Two special, which will feature a four-course meal. Add-ons include a home cheese fondue kit as well as Cupid’s Blush, a cocktail of vodka, elderflower, meyer lemon, and rosé. Available for takeout and delivery. Make sure to place your order ahead of time.

Photo Courtesy of International Smoke

A.R. Valentien

Photo Courtesy of A.R. Valentien

If there’s ever a time to splurge, let Valentine’s Day take the cake. A.R. Valentien’s holiday special is a takeout prix fixe, offering a stellar menu with options like lobster and chicken available for entrees, while embellishments include caviar, sticky buns, and more. Order by February 8 and pickup on either the 13th or 14th. The cost is $95 per person, with a two person minimum required.

Photo Courtesy of A.R. Valentien

Kitchens For Good

Kitchens for Good [Official Image]

If you’re not quite feeling the traditional dinner for two, Kitchens for Good is offering virtual tasting kits for Valentine’s Day instead. The kits include chocolate, cheese, and spirits with enough for two people to share. The well-equipped kit features two pre-batched bottled cocktails, a stunning cheese plate, and six chocolates to try, costing $75 total. Sign up before February 7 for the February 11 event, starting at 5:30 p.m.

Kitchens for Good [Official Image]

Bleu Bohème

Photo Courtesy of Bleu Bohème

Bleu Bohème is known for its romantic atmosphere. This Valentine’s Day, the restaurant will be open for those that want to enjoy the location’s outdoor dining patio (featuring heaters), and takeout and delivery for those that would prefer to enjoy their romantic evening in the comfort of their own home. The three-course prix fixe dinner will cost $75 per person, while the speciality cocktail is $14.

Photo Courtesy of Bleu Bohème

Madison

Photo Credit: Haley Hill. Courtesy of Madison.

Street-side patio dining is available at Madison on Park, which is offering a Valentine’s Day brunch special from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., while dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The restaurant recommends making reservations for dine-in, but takeout and delivery will also still be available.

Photo Credit: Haley Hill. Courtesy of Madison.

The Gluten Free Baking Co.

Photo Credit: Lindsay Kreighbaum. Courtesy of The Gluten Free Baking Company.

Dessert on Valentine’s Day is as essential as the air we breathe. Whether you’re celebrating with your SO or some friends, The Gluten Free Baking Company is offering a special Valentine’s Day menu, featuring gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan options for breakfast or dessert. You can place V Day orders up until February 9, with pickup available from February 12 through the 14th.

Photo Credit: Lindsay Kreighbaum. Courtesy of The Gluten Free Baking Company.

RustiCucina

Photo Credit: Eckis Marketing. Courtesy of RustiCucina.

RustiCucina’s Valentino Dinner features a choice of appetizer and entree plus a sexy chocolate covered strawberry dessert for two. A bottle of prosecco tops off the meal for a total of $135 per couple. This meal — or a $75 per couple meal of oysters or charcuterie board — is available for patio dining or takeout from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Valentine’s Day.

Photo Credit: Eckis Marketing. Courtesy of RustiCucina.

Juniper & Ivy

Juniper & Ivy [Official Photo]

Juniper & Ivy re-opened their outdoor dining patio just in time for Valentine’s Day, featuring an “Under the Stars” theme. Takeout is available for those that would rather enjoy their romantic meal at home. Specials include a four-course prix fixe dinner for two, a virtual cocktail kit, a candy box crafted by the restaurant’s pastry team, and a partnership with Allen’s Flowers that gets patrons $15 off a bouquet of red roses to have waiting at their table or with their pick-up order.

Juniper & Ivy [Official Photo]

Barbusa

Photo Credit: John Dole. Courtesy: Barbusa.

Barbusa’s Valentine’s Day menu includes options such as lollipop lamb chops, ribeye, pasta, and more. Takeout and delivery is available, as is the patio for outdoor dining.

Photo Credit: John Dole. Courtesy: Barbusa.

Extraordinary Desserts

extraordinary desserts Courtesy photo

The bakery and dessert cafe’s locations in Little Italy and Bankers Hill and offering pre-ordered treats that can be picked up on Saturday, February 13 or Sunday, February 14, including a Truffle Framboise Cake finished with fresh raspberries decorated with a gold-painted rose and the Perfect Pair Dessert Box that holds a slice each of their Shangri-la and La Bete Noir cakes with signature sauces. Over Valentine’s Day weekend, there will also be themed desserts available for takeout, ranging from the coconut passionfruit Xanadu Cheesecake for two to fresh local strawberries dipped in chocolate. Adding a bottle of champagne to any order is icing on the cake.

extraordinary desserts Courtesy photo

Garibaldi

Photo Credit: Lucianna McIntosh. Courtesy of Garibaldi.

The popular rooftop bar and restaurant, Garibaldi, will offer patio dining or takeout options for the weekend of Valentine’s Day, with a special menu available on February 13 and 14. The dine-in menu will cost $95 per couple, while the takeout will cost $75. Add a bottle of wine, starting at $30. Make sure to place to-go orders ahead of time.

Photo Credit: Lucianna McIntosh. Courtesy of Garibaldi.

You & Yours Distilling Co.