By SUMMER ROGERS
Forget the roses and chocolates in heart-shaped boxes and celebrate the day of love right by eating to your heart's content this Valentine's Day. Celebrate love and affection with a loved one with a decadent dinner at any one of these romantic restaurants.
Restaurants tend to book up quickly and most require reservations, so call ahead.
Catal Restaurant and Uva Bar, 1580 Disneyland Dr., Anaheim
Located in the center of Downtown Disney, fine dining restaurant Catal is offering a three-course menu for lovers on Valentine's Day. Entrée selections include: whole wheat angel hair pasta, free range chicken, market fish, duo of beef, lamb shoulder and risotto. For dessert, choose either chocolate dacquoise or rose petal lychee raspberry cake. 5-10 p.m. Feb. 14. $55 per person. Reservations required. (714) 774-4442.
Anaheim White House, 887 S. Anaheim Blvd., Anaheim
Treat that someone special to a Romeo and Juliet menu at Anaheim White House. Enjoy a four course prix fixe menu with an appetizer of Venus ravioli, a St. Valentino salad, an entrée of beef and whitefish and a Torta di Amore for dessert. Choose one of four seating times. Regular dinner menu also available. 4-4:30 p.m.; 6-6:30 p.m.; 8-8:30 p.m.; 10-11 p.m. Feb. 14. $75. Reservations required. (714) 772-1381.
TAPS Brewery & Fish House, 101 E. Imperial Highway, Brea
Enjoy a special seafood prix-fixe menu for Valentine's Day at TAPS. The three course menu includes an appetizer, an entrée and a delectable dessert. Entrée selections include: shrimp raviolis, Chilean sea bass, drunken mahi-mahi, salmon, lobster potpie and more. 5-10 p.m. Feb. 14. Price varies by entrée: $55-$120. Reservations required. (714) 257-0101.
Five Crowns, 3801 E. Coast Highway, Corona del Mar
Romance your valentine with the chef's classic three-course set menu. Appetizers: lobster bisque or heirloom beet salad; entrée selections: seared Skuna Bay salmon or roasted prime ribs of beef; and for dessert enjoy dark chocolate cheesecake. 5-9 p.m. Feb. 14; Menu available beginning Feb. 11. $99 per couple. Reservations required. (949) 760-0331.
Leatherby's Cafe Rouge, 615 Town Center Dr., Costa Mesa
Leatherby's at Segerstrom Center for the Arts offers a warm, minimalist atmosphere for lovers along with a delicious three- or four-course dinner. Enjoy an amuse bouche, a first course, an optional second course and entrée choices of Manchester Farms quail, duet of beef, duo of milk-fed veal or vegetable ratatouille. For dessert choose between chocolate dacquoise or rose petal lychee raspberry cake. 5 p.m. Feb. 14. Three courses: $65; four courses: $78. Reservations recommended. (714) 429-7640.
Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale's South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol St., Costa Mesa
Charlie Palmer has created a six-course tasting menu for Valentine's Day. The menu includes: a duo of oysters, artichoke salad, foie gras torchon, pan seared sea scallops, slow roasted venison loin and, for dessert, flourless dark chocolate torte. And for the ladies only, dark chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne. 5-10:30 p.m. Feb. 14. $115 per person; $160 per person with wine pairing. Reservations required. (714) 352-2525.
The Cellar, 305 N. Harbor Blvd., Fullerton
Enjoy a fine-dining experience this Valentine's Day at The Cellar. This romantic venue will serve a special four-course menu with entrée selections: Braised lamb osso bucco, a duo of duck leg confit, grilled fillet and boiled gray sole. Dinner also includes a fresh, long-stemmed red rose and each guest will receive a certificate to create his or her own three-course dinner in March. 5:30 p.m. Feb. 14; Menu available beginning Feb. 10. $79. Reservations required. (714) 525-5682.
The Twisted Vine Wine Bar, 127 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton
Share the love at the Twisted Vine with a twisted trio of small bites to start, a choice of an entrée and a special dessert. Dinner also includes a choice of one of the featured wine flights. 5-8 p.m. Feb. 14. $50 per person. Reservations required. (714) 871-1200.
The Californian, in the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, 21500 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach
Share your love near the beach at The Californian restaurant this Valentine's. The restaurant has prepared a special five-course meal complete with an amuse, a first and second course, a choice of entrée and a decadent dessert made for two to share. 6-10 p.m. Feb. 14. $68 per person; $90 per person with wine pairing. Reservations recommended. (714) 845-4776.
Tuscany Mediterranee Grill, 2010 Main St., Irvine
This unique Italian and Mediterranean restaurant has created two Valentine's Day menus to choose from. Both menus include an appetizer plate with smoked salmon bruschetta, buffalo mozzarella and shrimp cocktail; a baby mixed greens salad and Tiramisu for dessert. The entrée selections vary between the two menus. Menu one: Fresh grilled salmon, New York steak and shrimp Livorno. Menu two: Surf and turf with lobster and filet mignon, chicken cordon blue and filet mignon. 4:30 p.m. Feb. 14. Price varies by entree: $49-$69. Reservations required. (949) 250-1838.
French 75, 1464 S. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach
Chef Gregory Moro has created a decadent menu to celebrate a week of love. On Valentine's Day, enjoy a four-course menu. First course: Grilled prawn salad, beet salad or lobster bisque; second course: Foie gras terrine, oysters or roasted scallops au champagne; entrées: Filet mignon Rossini, loup de mer or lobster duo. For dessert choose between rhubarb crème brulee and raspberry harlequin soufflé. The week before V-Day, enjoy the same menu with the exception of the second-course options. A red rose is included with dinner. 4:30 p.m. Feb. 14; Menu available beginning Feb. 10. $95 per person. Reservations required. (949) 494-8444.
The Resort at Pelican Hill, 22701 Pelican Hill Road South, Newport Coast
An intimate dining experience, Pelican Hill's popular Dinner of the Senses stimulates each of the five senses of sight, touch, taste, scent and sound. The five-course menu for two, served in a private Coliseum Cabana, allows each course to be eaten by hand without the use of utensils. Customized music, flowers and décor are available upon request. 7 p.m. Feb. 14; Menu available beginning Feb 10. $150 per person; $200 per person with wine pairing. Reservations required. (949) 467-6800.
The Ritz Restaurant and Garden, 880 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach
Dine at The Ritz Restaurant and Garden for a romantic Valentine's Day. Start off the meal with a seafood martini and a glass of champagne, continue with a choice of soup or salad and choose an entrée; Osso buco, rack of Colorado lamb, broiled Maine lobster tail, veal schnitzel, Australian sea bass, filet of Atlantic salmon, dover sole sauté and prime New York sirloin steak. A "Valentine sampler" will be served for dessert. 5-10 p.m. Feb. 14. $85. Reservations required. (949) 720-1800.
Manhattan Steak & Seafood, 202 S. Main St., Orange
Manhattan Steak and Seafood has created a four-course menu in celebration of Valentine's Day. Begin the meal with butternut squash ravioli, then a plate of iceberg wedge salad; entrée selections include: New York steak, lobster tail or macadamia-crusted Alaskan halibut. Dessert is a croquembouche: Cream puffs filled with ganache and layered with caramelized sugar. Reservations required. 5:30-11 p.m. Feb. 14. Dining room: $75 per person; lounge with entertainment: $90 per person. (714) 978-6161.
Tangata, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana
Share the love at Tangata at Bowers Museum this Valentine's Day with a three-course or four-course dinner menu. First-course selection: olive roasted red and gold beets or basil pesto grilled asparagus; second course (optional): Tower of Dungeness crab or lobster and shrimp roll; entrée choices: pan-roasted monkfish or grilled flat-iron steak, and for dessert chocolate dacquoise or rose petal lychee raspberry cake. 5 p.m. Feb. 14. Three courses: $49; Four courses: $55. Reservations required. (714) 550-0906.
The Winery Restaurant and Wine Bar, 2647 Park Ave., Tustin
Enjoy a special four-course menu from The Winery for Valentine's Day. Dinner includes an amuse bouche and your choice of appetizer, entrée and a dessert. Entrée selections: Seared Hawaiian sea bass, filet and wild white shrimp Napoleon, grilled Alaskan king salmon, bone in filet, wild game duo and Australian lobster tail and lemon risotto. 5-10:30 p.m. Feb. 14. Price varies by entrée: $69-$89. Reservations required. (714) 258-7600.
Article reprinted courtesy of The Orange County Register.