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Valentine's Day dining in Orange County, Calif.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
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,
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.
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,
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.
Romance your valentine with the chef's classic three-course set menu. Appetizers: lobster bisque or heirloom beet salad; entrée selections: seared
Leatherby's Cafe Rouge,
Charlie Palmer at Bloomingdale's
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.
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.
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
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.
This unique Italian and
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,
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,
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 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:
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The Winery Restaurant and Wine Bar,
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.
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