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Whether You’re Broke or Rollin’ in Dough, These Spots Will Make Your Boo Swoon

Written By: Symphony Barnes and Chelsea Raineri

That special day to celebrate your loved one is right around the corner and Orange County is a great place to spend it. From the coast to the city and even some of the “higher points” of the region, we’ve got you covered with great suggestions for what to do on Valentine’s Day. So whether you prefer fine dining or an outdoor adventure, here are some ideas you’re sure to enjoy.

Valentine’s Day OC

Fifty Shades of Champagne

Instead of heading to your usual theater, why not try Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas? With locations in Laguna Niguel and Rancho Santa Margarita, the cinemas promise “an intimate, comfortable, and friendly atmosphere.” That doesn’t just mean reserved seating, but luxuries like reclining premium seats, a full bar offering prime selections and in-theater waiter service. That’s right, with just the push of a button on your armrest, movie-goers can experience ‘at-your-seat’ waiter service, including gourmet appetizers and entrees.

Native Knowledge: Sign up for their rewards program and you get a 85 oz butter popcorn for you and your date!

Cinépolis
32401 Golden Lantern
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
949.373.7900

30632 Santa Margarita Pkwy
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
949.835.1888

 I “Sea” You

Along with their a la carte menu, The Cannery will have a four-course, chef’s tasting menu for couples. It includes a seafood platter, land and sea offerings for the main, an intermezzo and dessert. If you’re looking for the prime seating to spend your date night, check out the patio. “The patio is always popular especially around dusk, and with this dreamy weather we’ve been having, it’s sure to be highly sought after,” General Manager Alyssa McDiarmid said.

Native Knowledge: Head down to The Snug Bar after dinner for their 50 percent off 50 wines deal!

The Cannery
3010 Lafayette Rd
Newport Beach, CA 92663
949.566.0060

 

 

 Get Island Fever With Your Honey

If you’re looking for a quick getaway, check out Catalina Island. The island offers two romance-themed packages. Its Island Romance Package is always available, but the Love and Luxury Package is only available throughout the month of February. It includes helicopter transportation to and from Catalina, two nights at either Pavilion Hotel or Mt. Ada, a picnic experience, a couples massage, Catalina Aerial Adventure and dinner at Avalon Grille. This trip will be one for the books!

Native Knowledge: If you head there, get in the spirit while you’re en route, listening to “26 Miles (Santa Catalina)” by The Four Preps, which was written about the island.

Native Knowledge: If you choose to stay at Mt. Ada, you’ll get a complimentary golf cart to use for the duration of your stay!

Catalina Island Company
877.778.8322

 

 Habana, Ooh Na-Na

Habana offers Cuban and Latin-inspired cuisine in Costa Mesa’s eclectic Lab Anti-Mall and in Irvine’s buzzing Irvine Spectrum. The restaurant offers a delicious menu including appetizers like Empanada de Platano, a black bean sofrito, roasted corn and sweet pepper slaw, and mains like Vegetals Encobijado, a seasonal vegetable ragout and desserts such as Bunuelos and Pineapple Crudo.

Native Knowledge: Head to Habana for their drool-worthy breakfast with items like French Toast al a Habana made with cornflake crusted brioche soaked in rum custard and topped with guava jam and coconut syrup.

Habana
2930 Bristol St
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714.556.0176

708 Spectrum Center Dr
Irvine, CA 92618
949.419.0100

 

 Spend the Night “Inn”

If you really want to treat your special someone this V-Day, stop in at Five Crowns. The restaurant is modeled after one of old England’s country inns, and is complete with period pieces and welcoming fireplaces. And for Valentine’s Day, they will be offering a Valentine’s dinner for two. Each couple will start with gougeres and then choose between three delicious appetizers. From there, pairs will then choose one first course, one entrée and then end the night with a sweetheart dessert for two—we have our eye on the Profiteroles Nutella.

Native Knowledge: Loved your dinner? Come back for OC Restaurant Week in March for discounted menu items!

Five Crowns
3801 East Coast Hwy
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
949.760.0331

 

 Staycation’s All I Ever Wanted

Love is in the air at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel! Reserve the Sunset Romance Package for a romantic escape and enjoy Champagne, chocolate-covered strawberries, daily breakfast for two and complimentary resort fee. While you’re there, head to the spa for the Salt Creek Couple’s Massage or dine at enoSTEAK.

Native Knowledge: Surprise your partner with a rose petal turndown in your room!

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel
1 Ritz Carlton Dr
Dana Point, CA 92629
949.240.2000

Love at First Bite

If your significant other’s favorite meal includes a top-notch steak, Grasslands Meat Market BBQ & Churrasco is the place to dine for Valentine’s Day! For $99 per couple, plus tax and gratuity, you can enjoy a four-course meal with your loved one. Enjoy a delicious butter lettuce salad for your first course, and choose from smoked duck breast with currant jam or house smoked salmon with capers and dill for your second course. With an entree of tenderloin and lobster tail with a white chocolate cheesecake, chocolate-dipped strawberries and a glass of Champagne for dessert, this will be one Valentine’s Day you won’t soon forget!

Native Knowledge: Add a bottle of Champagne to your meal for only $15!

Grasslands Meat Market BBQ & Churrasco
Anaheim GardenWalk
400 West Disney Parkway, Ste 199
Anaheim, CA 92802
657.208.1133

 

 So Good, I Mexi-can’t Even

Located at lovely Fashion Island, Red O Taste of Mexico is perfect for Valentine’s Day. For the holiday, the restaurant will be featuring an a la carte menu with chef’s special features. All are invited to “dine under the stars, in the pavilion…and dance to Latin music,” General Manager TJ Williams said. The celebration will take place from 4 p.m. to midnight on February 14, so be sure you make your reservations in advance!

Native Knowledge: Looking to spend the night in? Order Red O Taste of Mexico online and pick it up for you and your loved one to share at home.

Red O Taste of Mexico
143 Newport Center Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660
949.718.0300

 

 Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

If you prefer exploring the outdoors or you’re looking for a more laid-back experience, Top of the World in Laguna Beach is a great spot to go with your loved one. The lookout features unbeatable views of the surrounding areas and coast. Once there, you can take one of the many trails branching out from the vista, or just walk a short distance to the actual apex.

Native Knowledge: There’s picnic tables available, so bring a basket and dine with a view!

Top of the World
3300 Alta Laguna Blvd
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

 

 Stop “Playin,’” Take Your Date Here

Nothing says Valentine’s Day like a romantic meal at the all-new Leatherby’s Café Rouge steakhouse. They will be serving a special menu with several starters, grain-based dishes, land and sea offerings and vegetable options. Plus, they will also have a Valentine’s Day Special that includes a dozen oysters paired with a bottle of Patina Cuvee. Plus, according to General Manager Cherie Yuen, petit fours and special treats are in store for the special evening.

Native Knowledge: Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge is located at Segerstrom Center for the Arts! Come back with your date and enjoy a show on the weekend.

Leatherby’s Café Rouge
615 Town Center Dr
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
714.429.7640

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