Valentine’s Day Ideas in Orange County


Valentine’s Day, celebrated annually on February 14th, is recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of love in many regions around the world. According to legend, Saint Valentine of Rome, imprisoned by the Roman Empire for performing weddings to soldiers and Christians, had apparently restored sight to the blind daughter of his judge and executioner. He wrote the child a letter and signed it “Your Valentine” as a farewell. In 18th Century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards known as Valentines. In France, Saint Valentine’s Keys are given to lovers as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart.

Antonello Ristorante – Santa Ana have created their signature Italian cuisine with California accents like rustic Mediterranean baked sea bass, tender filet mignon topped with sliced black truffle and an indulgent red wine reduction. Among desserts to enjoy are the tiramisu and savory-sweet apple cannoli. Those looking to experience a more casual take on the cuisine can hang out in the Enoteca Wine Bar and order several Northern Italian small plates to share, including selections from a special truffle menu and a very special Valentine’s Day menu.


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Oak Grill Island Hotel – Newport Beach Their $125 per person four-course prix fixe dinner menu includes a glass of champagne or rosé, creamy lobster bisque, salad, a 12 oz. bone-in filet, shrimp & mussels, a red snapper Milanese and a strawberry au chocolate for dessert and long-stem rose for your special Valentine.


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Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa – Dana Point Spend an evening with your Valentine overlooking the cliffs at Vue Restaurant which is serving a special menu for Valentine’s Day, which includes vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free menu options a la carte.


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Silver Trumpet Restaurant and Bar – Costa Mesa Silver Trumpet is offering a four-course dinner from 5pm to 10pm for $79 per person with options like cheese fondue, and a fire-roasted king trumpet mushroom, prime New York steak, a grilled local halibut, a pan-roasted diver scallops, or chicken with roasted potatoes and mousse trifle with Madagascar vanilla bean, chocolate, raspberries, and banana crisps.


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Laguna Canyon Winery – Laguna Beach Lovers will enjoy their four-course gourmet meal that is paired with boutique wines while listening to live music.


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SHOR American Seafood Grill – Newport Beach Inside the beautiful Hyatt Regency, SHOR offers a steal at $65 per person Valentine’s Day menu with items like a 6 oz. beef tenderloin or a butter-poached Maine lobster and a dark chocolate mousse or crème brulee for dessert.


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