Like just about everything else, Valentine’s Day and weekend are going to be observed a little bit differently this year. But COVID or not, there are things to do, places to go and special deals for romantic interludes to be had in coastal restaurants from Pacific Beach to La Jolla.
Jodi Rudick, executive director for La Jolla Village Merchants Association, had several ideas for what to do in “the Jewel” to celebrate the mid-February holiday classic.
“A romantic stroll through the art galleries is one of the most romantic ways to spend some time with the one you love,” Rudick suggested. “Art is a great way to get to know someone on a different level. Whether you’re enjoying the incredible photography of Peter Lik, Thomas Mangelsen, Ian Elly, or Nathan Myhrvold (Modernist Cuisine Gallery), or prefer the whimsy of Dr. Seuss, Keith Haring or Roy Lichtenstein, La Jolla boasts dozens of galleries, jewelers and boutiques that are perfect for browsing with Galentines, Valentines or on your own.”
And don’t forget the wildlife.
“Of course, La Jolla is famous for its seals, sea lions and sunsets – a trifecta of nature’s perfection,” pointed out Rudick. “Nothing is more fun than watching seal moms teaching their brand new pups to swim and surf in the waves. It’s not only mesmerizing but a reminder of how lucky we are to access the coast.”
Added Rudick: “For those looking for incredible dining with a view, nothing beats La Jolla’s selection of restaurants, eateries and cafes. Whether you want to grab-and-go for a picnic at the Cove, or are looking for al fresca options, La Jolla literally has something for all budgets and tastes.
- La Valencia Hotel at 1132 Prospect St. is serving up love with a coursed meal prepared by chef Timothy Ralphs with specialty Valentine's cocktails. Enjoy an amuse bouche starter, choice of beef or salmon entree, and dessert for $89 per person. Finish your romantic evening with a sweet take-home gift when you dine at the Pink Lady. Now accepting reservations through OpenTable.
“Order a La Valencia gift card online and treat the one you love to a La Jolla getaway with no expiration date,” said hotel marketing manager Annalise Dewhurst. Feeding San Diego supporters can make a donation and send a special e-card to a loved one this Valentine's Day, with all funds helping to provide nutritious meals for people facing hunger. ESET is generously matching all e-card donations up to $20K. Learn more about the campaign at feedingsandiego.org/spreadlovesandiego.
- Why keep romance to just one day? Feel the love and connection this February at Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa at 9700 N. Torrey Pines Road as you reconnect with your special someone all month long. Whether you’re looking for tasty cocktails, couples yoga or private dinners, your stay will be filled with love. Guests and locals alike can taste the flavors of love with Greenfinch Bar’s specialty Valentine cocktails to-go menu. Additionally, the hotel will be having an Aphrodisiacs & Oysters event on Saturday, Feb. 13 and 20, which will feature French 75s and live oyster shucking.
- Beaumont’s at 5662 La Jolla Blvd. in is pulling out all the stops this year with it’s “Night In Paris” Valentine’s menu. The special menu includes choice of starter, entrée, and dessert. Wine pairings available. Reservations encouraged.
- Roberta at Piazza 1909 will feature a special four-course menu, with choices for starter, taste of a pasta or gluten free option, entree and a dessert to share prepared by the pastry chef. Seatings start at 4 p.m., with last seating at 9 p.m.
- A Valentine's weekend kayak/SUP paddle event will take place at noon Saturday, Feb. 13. Starting point is between Bahia Point and Mission Bay Yacht Club. Suggesting launching area: Bahia Point (behind the Bahia Hotel). Paddle will be from Bahia Point to the Catamaran Hotel and back. This event is free and open to the public (wear something red). This is a social distance event (everyone is on their own kayak/SUP), and masks are required.
- Watch the sun set at Crystal Pier or at one of the many outdoor dining options that border the immediate beach area and provide a spectacular ocean overlook.
- Maybe you don’t have a special someone, but but still feel love for tacos? Or if you want to share with special friend, savor tacos for two this Valentine’s Day at City Tacos. The taqueria will holdits signature Love + Tacos special, featuring two tacos per person, two drinks, and two churros for $22. Pair your meal with any beverage including aguas frescas, micheladas, or a classic Mexican soda, and end on a sweet note with churros. City Tacos Pacific Beach is at 4516 Mission Blvd. and is currently open for outdoor dining, take-out, and delivery.
- Nothing says love quite like brunch, and Mavericks Beach Club relaunched its weekend brunches just in time for Valentine’s Day. On Sunday, Feb. 14, surprise your sweetheart by taking them out for delicious dishes and deals. From 10 a.m.-1 p.m., celebrate with $15 bottles of champagne or rosé, Bloody Mary's, Bloody Beers, and Bubble Slushie Buckets. Chow down on Loaded Avocado Toast or The Cali Dude Breakfast Burrito. Mavericks is at 860 Garnet Ave.
- PB Fish Shop wants to treat you and your loved one to a specialty Tequila Lime Linguini on Valentine’s Day this year. Available for outdoor dining or takeout, from 11 a.m.-9 p.m., you can enjoy linguini pasta with sautéed shrimp and bay scallops tossed in a decadent tequila lime crème sauce. Pair with any of the wines found on the menu, or local beers, including the beer of the month - Gravity Heights Oatmeal Stout. PB Fish Shop will also have desserts made by The French Gourmet. PB Fish Shop is at 1775 Garnet Ave.