Looking for a special way to celebrate Valentine’s Day this Feb. 14?
Forget the chocolate and flowers. How about taking your love out for a fancy dinner for a special night to remember?
If you decide to go out this Valentine’s Day and you’re in Southwest Riverside County, look no further than the Temecula Valley, where several restaurants have special menus to celebrate the holiday of Love. Don’t wait until the last minute to firm up plans, however, as spokespeople at the restaurants say reservations are needed and many of these dinners will sell out early.
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The Temecula Valley Wine Country is a pretty and romantic place to head for an evening out. Wilson Creek Winery is hosting a special dinner on Thursday Feb. 14 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. with music as well as a five-course prix-fixe meal. Diners can dance to a DJ and also will be serenaded during dinner by saxophone music from Mark Norris. As a special gift, each couple will receive a special bottle of champagne to take home. The dinner is $80 per person (plus tax and tip) and $72 for Wine Club member. For reservations, call 951-699-9463.
“It’s definitely upscale. It’s going to be good. We had a really good turnout last year so this year we’re going to make it even better,” said Wilson Creek spokeswoman Stephanie Richards.
Thornton Winery’s “Romantic Rendezvous” is also on Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. and is $90 per person. Dinner at Café Champagne includes a petit filet mignon and shrimp dinner, salad with salmon, selection of Thornton’s own wines and champagnes (a 2005 Brut Rose, 2010 Chardonnay and 2010 Estate Syrah) and dessert. For reservations, call 951-699-0099.
The Vineyard Rose Restaurant at South Coast Winery is offering a special, four-course Valentine’s Day dinner. The first course is a cheese plate, followed by a salad, choice of filet mignon or scallops for an entree, and dark chocolate mouse for dessert. The price is $75 per person without wine or $95 each with a bottle of a South Coast Winery wine per couple. Call 587-WINE (9463).
The Temet Grill at the Temecula Creek Inn, located at 44501 Rainbow Canyon Road in Temecula, also is having a special dinner for the holiday. The restaurant is offering the regular menu and a special menu Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 16. Entrees on the special menu include chicken, filet mignon, homemade lobster ravioli and a New York steak. Call 951-587-1465for reservations.
Also, in Old Town Temecula, The Edge restaurant at 28544 Old Town Front Street will have a special dinner menu and entertainment for Valentine’s Day but details aren’t firm yet, a spokeswoman said. Call 951-506-3343 for more information.
For something really different, consider taking a romantic dinner cruise around San Diego Bay. Hornblower Cruises & Events out of San Diego is offering several Valentine’s Day packages on the holiday this year. Consider the Cupid’s Dinner Cruise, which offers a four-course dinner at a private table, plenty of champagne and live music while cruising around the bay from 7 to 10 p.m. The cruise leaves from San Diego’s Grape Street Pier, 1800 N. Harbor Dr., at 7 p.m.; boarding time is 6:30 p.m. For more information about the Hornblower cruise packages, call 1-888-467-6256.
Amy Bentley is a local writer and regular contributor to SWRNN.