Valentine’s Day Menus in Newport Beach
Whether you’re looking forward to a romantic evening with someone special, a Galentine’s dinner with your girl squad, or anything in between, Newport Beach has you covered. I mean, what better way to celebrate love than with food? Don’t even worry about doing the research, we did it for you. Here are 8 great places to enjoy this Valentine’s Day.
Back Bay Bistro – From beautiful views of the water to live jazz music performed by Darnell Wyric, this waterfront restaurant at Newport Dunes is a great destination this Valentine’s Day. Choose your 4 course meal, with menu options including a seafood risotto, filet mignon or chicken picata. The best menu choices, in my opinion, are for dessert. If you’re a sweet-lover like I am, you’ll have a hard time choosing between creme brulee with chocolate covered strawberries or homemade bread pudding with caramel sauce. And for those from out of town or wanting to create a fun staycation, look into their cottages – you won’t have far to go after dinner.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse – Fleming’s is offering their Valentine’s menu from February 7-18, so it’s a great option for anyone who can’t (or doesn’t want to) go out on the 14th. They also have a convenient online form to make your reservation. Order from their special Valentine’s menu including a filet mignon and your choice of lobster or shrimp. To make it an extra special experience, upgrade to one of their “sparkling” packages that include a sparkling gift and sparkling premium champagne with dinner.
The Winery – With one of the largest Valentine’s menu selections, it won’t be hard to please everyone at your table. Their three course menu includes entree selections such as lamb venison and sea bass, to name a few. With optional add ons like a seafood tower and caviar, you can make it as indulgent as your heart desires. Enjoy Newport Beach with views of the water and a wine selection few can rival – their cellar can hold more than 6,000 bottles!
Marche Moderne – The french are known for romance, so enjoy a truly romantic dinner menu with three courses of french perfection, each with wine pairings. Main course options include rack of lamb, veal, scallops and prawns, and sea bass. Marche Moderne is a modern fine dining restaurant located in Crystal Cove with plenty of seating in the dining room and a spacious bar.
Pescadou Bistro – Another French restaurant for a romantic meal is Pescadou Bistro. Their Valentine’s menu is three courses featuring a Chilean sea bass fillet in lobster sauce or roasted New Zealand lamb rack with a dijon mustard herbs crust. For dessert, a “duo” of Red berries crème brulee and mini chocolate mousse. “Bon appetit,” loves! Whether you’re a duo, a group, or enjoying a solo dinner, you’ll be in for a treat at this French bistro.
Café Jardin – Don’t miss a special opportunity to enjoy a romantic dinner surrounded by the gardens at Cafe Jardin in Corona Del Mar, February 14 or 15 from 6 to 8PM. A berry-themed menu will serve dishes like strawberry salad with baked brie toast, berry sorbet with cassis liquor, and roasted duck breast with duck confit lardons and grape cognac sauce. Other options include lobster cake with creamy lobster bisque and grilled local halibut with sauce vert. Before or after dinner, be sure to take a few minutes for a romantic stroll through the garden. For you “Netflix and Chill” types, Cafe Jardin is offering a Valentine’s take home menu.
Nobu – Try something different with a Valentine’s omakase – or chef’s choice – dinner at Nobu. This omakase consists of 7 courses plus an appetizer at the beginning and dessert at the end. Highlights include pan seared lamb loin with carrot ginger puree and roasted beet foam; toro, kindme dai, scallop, and atsuyaki nigiri; and uni abalone and clam miso with sweet potato dumpling. If you’ve never experience omakase, I highly recommend the experience. Plus, Nobu is a beautiful restaurant with a contemporary atmosphere, combining japanese simplicity with unique modern elements.
IL Barone Ristorante – If you want to honor Roman Saint Valentine with an authentic Italian meal, there’s Il Barone and their four course dinner. The menu looks delicious and offers multiple options for each course. I’m not saying I’ve already made my selections, but one might consider the beef carpaccio to start, followed by a caprese salad, a 14 oz boneless center cut ribeye, and espresso tiramisu for dessert. Saying “ciao” to my diet for the night!
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Written By: Laura TerKeurst