Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Dinner Ideas

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If you haven’t figured out something nice to do with your significant other yet for Valentine’s Day, there’s still time!  Haute Living presents 20—count them—20 sumptuous reasons to taste “I Love you”.

1.  Gary Danko

800 North Point, San Francisco 94109


Seating from 4:00 to 10:30 PM with these same extended hours on February 13 as well. Serving an $87.00 four-course prix fixe menu with choices, plus optional wine pairings available starting at $58.00. All tables will receive complimentary roses and chocolates.

2.  La Folie

2316 Polk Street, San Francisco CA 94109


Seating from 4:30 to 10:30 PM. Serving a $165.00 five-course prix fixe menu with main dish choices of Pan Seared Prime Creekstone Beef Tenderloin with Béarnaise croquette, bone marrow custard (Kobe Wagyu option for an additional $60.00) or Wild Black Bass with braised leeks and oxtail short rib. Chocolate treat for every table.

3.   Epic Roasthouse

369 The Embarcadero  San Francisco, CA 94105

Three course menu with choices such as Red Oak and Upland Cress Salad, Wood Oven Roasted Seafood Paella, and Rhubarb Strawberry Doberge Cake.

4.  Alexander’s Steakhouse San Francisco

448 Brannan Street, San Francisco CA 94107


Open from 5:00 to 10:00 PM. Serving a $150.00 four-course prix fixe menu with choices, plus optional wine pairings available starting at $65.00. Prix fixe entrée choices will include a 10 oz. filet or a 12 oz .New York Strip. All tables will receive complimentary roses.

5.  Garcon!

1101 Valencia Street, San Francisco CA 94110


Open 5:30 to 10:00 PM. Serving a special a la carte dinner menu with main course entrées including “Cote de Boeuf” with prime, 21 day dry aged, bone-in ribeye (for two), and a whole Maine Lobster with Meyer lemon risotto. Every table will receive a complimentary flower.

6.  Le Colonial

20 Cosmo Place, San Francisco CA 94109


Open 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Serving their regular a la carte dinner menu with specials of the day, plus a $65.00 three-course prix fixe dinner menu with choices. The prix fixe entrée choices will be Grilled Australian Lamb Chops with watercress, Fuji apple and pomegranate vinaigrette; Pan-Seared Hawaiian Albacore Tuna with green garlic, pea shoots and a preserved lemon and carrot-ginger emulsion; or Stuffed Eggplant Clay Pot with kohlrabi, gai lan and preserved bean curd. Special a la carte dinner entrées will include “Land and Sea” for two with pan seared sea scallops and red wine-braised Coloradolamb shank with truffle celery root purée. Every table will receive a complimentary rose.

7.  Le P’tit Laurent

699 Chenery Street, San Francisco CA 94131


Open 5:00 to 10:30 PM. Serving a $65.00 three-course prix fixe menu with Champagne with dessert and entrée choices of Sautéed Scallops with asparagus risotto and lobster sauce; Filet Mignon with potato gratin, green beans and shallot sauce; Rabbit Normande with carrot puree and Normande sauce; or Chef’s Choice Vegetarian. Every table will receive a complimentary rose.

8.  Piperade

1015 Battery Street, San Francisco CA 94111


Open 11:30 AM to 10:00 PM. Serving a $70.00 three-course (with a glass of cava) prix fixe dinner menu with entrée choice of Roasted Chicken with parsnips and chestnuts; Filet of Beef with chimichurri and spicy Basque fries; Seared Duck Filet with sunchokes, green olives and an orange sauce; Striped Bass with salsify and black truffle vinaigrette; or Steamed Pacific Rockfish with spinach and fried garlic vinaigrette.

9.  Madera at Rosewood San Hill

2825 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025


On Valentine’s Day Executive Chef Peter Rudolph is offering Madera guests a four-course tasting menu.  The Michelin-starred signature restaurant at Rosewood Sand Hill offers a beautiful romantic setting with a picturesque view of the Santa Cruz Mountains.  The cost for the Valentine’s menu is $95 per person with the option to add wine pairings for $50 per person.

10.  Dry Creek Kitchen at Hotel Healdsburg

317 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA 95448


Charlie Palmer’s celebrated Dry Creek Kitchen will offer an elegant six-course Valentine’s Day Gala Dinner for $99 per guest or $178 with wine pairings. The “Valentine’s Wrap Around Weekend Menu” will be offered Friday, February 10th through Tuesday, February 14th. Menu highlights include Chilled Oyster with Meyer Lemon Sorbet and Encapsulated Red Verjus; Crimson Ivory Soup with Roasted Red Beet, Slow-cooked Walla-Walla Onion, and Cured Duck Breast; Roasted and Butter Poached Maine Lobster with Exotic Potato Mousseline and Passion Fruit Beurre Blanc; and for dessert, a Red Velvet Torte with Raspberry Champagne and Passion Fruit Foam.

11.  Bluestem Brasserie

1 Yerba Buena Lane (at Market Street), San Francisco


Bluestem Brasserie, Yerba Buena Lane’s newest restaurant offering a lively, all-day dining experience and rooftop bar, will offer a four-course prix-fixe Valentine’s menu with delicious options for $75 per guest, which includes a celebratory glass of sparkling wine. This special dinner menu will be available on Friday, February 10, Saturday, February 11 and Tuesday, February 14, in addition to the regular menu.

12. La Toque at The Westin Verasa

1314 McKinstry Street  Napa, CA 94558


For Valentine’s Day at La Toque, couples can enjoy a romantic atmosphere filled with flower petals, an exclusive Valentine’s dessert, and Mignardises for a sweet finish. The full menu will be served, so diners can select from all of their favorite choices.

13.  Postrio

545 Post Street  San Francisco, CA  94102


Chef Michael Reining will be serving a special delectable dinner menu on Valentine’s Day. The special menu will run from Friday Feb 10 – Sunday Feb 19.

First Course: Halibut Crudo | arugula, smoked almonds, avocado, dried apricot vinaigrette.  Entrees: Pesto Rubbed New York Steak | asparagus, mint dressing, rosti potatoes, veal demi; Salmon Coulibiac | rice with dill and saffron, spinach, mushrooms, saffron cream sauce  Dessert:  Chocolate Banana Almond Cake | whipped mascarpone cream, chocolate sauce, berries

14.  Aurea

905 California Street  San Francisco, CA  94108

(415) 989-3500

Chef Albrecht will be preparing a three Course meal for $70.00, with wine pairing $105.00; a la carte available.  Artist michael leclerc ,who recorded a five song album released this past year with Platinum/Gold Producer Jim Wirt (Incubus, Fiona Apple, Live, Hoobastank) will be playing during service.

15.  Schooners

400 Cannery Row, Monterey, CA 93940

(831) 646-1706

Guests can enjoy the beautiful new Schooners Coastal Kitchen & Bar, residing in the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa, for a delicious Valentine’s Day dinner running from February 10-14th.  The four course pre-fix menu features delicious local seafood and wine pairings, $130 per couple / $170 per couple with wine (tax and gratuity not included).

16.  Pican

2295 Broadway, at 23rd Street  Oakland, CA 94612


Pican will be offering a romantic $75 rib-eye steak dinner for two.

17.  Lafitte

Pier 5  San Francisco, CA 94111

(415) 839-2134

For Valentine’s Day 2012, Chef Russell Jackson will be serving a decadent five-course menu for $89. With stunning water views, the restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy a romantic dinner.

18.  Luella

1896 Hyde St.  San Francisco, CA


Chef Ben de Vries will be preparing a four course dinner for $55 with wine pairings for an additional $25. The guests will have a choice of an appetizer, a pasta, a main dish and a dessert.

19.  FIVE

2086 Allston Way  Berkeley, CA  94704


Enjoy the four course meal for $55 per person; four course meal with libation pairings $85 per person.  A Jazz trio playing on Valentine’s Day.

20.  Grand Café

501 Geary Street  San Francisco, CA  94102

415 292 0101

Join Grand Cafe for a romantic evening with a special menu prepared by Chef Alicia Jenish and paired with flights by Master Sommelier Emily Wines. With an iconic dining room and impeccable service, plan on an evening you will never forget!

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