Valentine’s Day Affairs
Stressing because you don’t have plans for this Friday yet?! Don’t you worry – AF&Co. has rounded up some of the best places to take your date this weekend.
Canela Bistro & Wine Bar | San Francisco - Executive Chef Mat Schuster of Canela Bistro & Wine Bar, located in the Castro District of San Francisco, is serving up an authentic Spanish dinner for guests on Valentine’s Day. Canela will be offering three separate Valentine’s Day seatings (5:30pm, 7:30pm or 9:30pm) for $70 per person for a four-course dinner. Chef Mat will be serving dishes like Amuse of Grape and Almond White Gazpacho, Wild Mushroom Buenuelo with Tarragon Aioli, Castilian Onion and Garlic Soup with Manchego Crouton, Braised Lamb Shank with Chocolate Lentils, Leche Frita with Creme Anglaise and Honey Poached Figs among other delicious items! Reserve your romance by calling the restaurant at 415.552.3000 or visiting their website here.
The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards | Livermore - Executive Chef Matt Greco of The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards is offering an amazing four-course dinner from February 14 – February 16 in honor of Valentine’s Day. Bring inyour partner and indulge in dishes like Tuna Tartare with caviar, celery root crème, smoked potato chips and sorrel, or Scallops with bacon, lentil, salsify and black truffle and winter citrus and pistachio napoleon with anise and coconut, among other items. For $96 per person, The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards is the perfect, romantic setting to bring your significant other! Make your reservations for this weekend now by calling the restaurant at 925.456.2450 or visiting their website here.
Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa | Monterey - For the month of February Vista Blue Spa at the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa will beoffering guests two special Valentine’s Day inspired packages. With the For the Love of Chocolate Couple’s Package, couples can experience unprecedented views of Monterey Bay while soaking in soothing lavender rose bubble baths and enjoying champagne and fine chocolate truffles. The bath is followed by a relaxing hot chocolate massage in a private candlelit couple’s room. Alternatively, guests can opt for the Chocolate & Roses Body Polish package. Guests will be exfoliated from head to toe in a special chocolate sugar scrub, followed by a relaxing application of rich rose body cream to hydrate their freshly polished skin. To top it off, the service includes a glass of champagne and chocolate truffles making this the most decadent treatment on the peninsula.
For pricing and to make your reservation, call the hotel or spa directly at 831.646.1700 or visit their website here.
The Park Bistro & Bar | Lafayette - Executive Chef Adam Carpenter of The Park Bistro & Bar, located inside the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa is serving a delicious four-course Valentine’s Day menu on Friday, February 14th. For $75 per person, diners can indulge in items like Arugula & Prosciutto Salad, Dungeness Crab & Lobster Fondue, Slow Cooked Kurobuta Pork Chop andChocolate & Fruit Tasting for two, among other items. Guests will also take home a delicious treat to enjoy after dinner. For reservations to this indulgent evening, please visit The Park Bistro & Bar’s website here, or call 925.283.7108.
Hopscotch | Oakland - Valentine’s Day will be celebrated all weekend long from February 13ththrough the 16th at popular Hopscotch in Uptown Oakland! Chef Kyle Itani will be wowing diners with very special seasonal treats on this incredible menu ($48) with an available wine and spirits pairing for an additional $25. If you are trying to “score” a little love on your plate instead of opting for the prix-fixe menu, get the “First-Base” Burger with house ground chuck, griddled beef tongue, pickled onions, sesame aioli, Kennebec chips and add soy braised pork belly for that extra something. Don’t forget the bar program either! For this Valentine’s, Co-Owner and Bar Manager Jenny Schwarz has crafted the Love & Virtue cocktail using gin, Amaro Montenegro, crème de violette and a few other surprises… What is not to love about that? For reservations and to answer any questions you might have, please call the restaurant at 510.788.6217 or visit their website here.
Bluestem Brasserie | San Francisco – In conjunction with the American Road Trip series, Executive Chef Francis Hogan has created a Fondue for Two Valentine’s Day menu. Inspired by Wisconsin, “The Dairy State”, this three-course menu will run from Thursday, February 13th through Saturday, February 15th and is available for $65 per person. Reserve your table for this magnificent evening by calling the restaurant at 415.547.1111 or visiting their website here.
Hog & Rocks | San Francisco - Executive Chef Robin Song is teaming up with nearby Craftsman and Wolves for a four-courseValentine’s Day dinner. This ham and oyster bar in the heart of the Mission will be offering a $55 per person prix-fixe menu, featuring a chocolate gratin and an off-menu secret dessert from Craftsman and Wolves pastry chef William Werner. A supplemental cocktail pairing (presented as tasters) from barman Michael Lazar will also be available for $20; full sized versions will be available a la carte. Reservations can be made by calling 415.550.8627 or visiting our website here.
Starlight Room | San Francisco – Undeniably one of the most iconic buildings in the City, the Starlight Room offers guests a refugefrom the City amongst the stars. Travel 21 floors to the top of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel on Saturday, February 15th for a night of drinking and dancing like no other. For $100 a couple, guests receive a table for the evening where they can sit and enjoy the included bottle of champagne and handcrafted chocolate desserts in style. Tickets are available here or by calling the nightclub at 415.395.8595.
Cafe Claude Marina | San Francisco – Noted as one of the most romantic restaurants in the City,Cafe Claude Marina has excelled since its opening just 5 months ago to become a staple in the Marina dining scene. Settle down in the sultry dining room for a fabulous meal that starts with a Lobster Flan with butter poached crab. Enjoy three courses for $65 and person and after dinner, enjoy a delicious digestif from their impressive collection. For reservations, call the restaurant at 415.375.9550 or visit their website here.
Claudine | San Francisco – Valentine’s Day has become a day of endless prix fixe menus, andClaudine wants you to know that it doesn’t have to be that way! Bring a casual date or longtime lover to Claudine this Friday for Chocolate Fondue for Two with a variety of items to be dipped into the luscious valrhona choclate, including Point Reyes blue cheese, pineapple and almond rocher. For reservations, visit their website here or call the restaurant at 415.762.2677.
Cafe Claude | San Francisco – Few things say love like live jazz, and that’s exactly what you will get when you dine at the much-loved Cafe Claude Downtown. Enjoy the sounds of Vocalist Lori Carsillo while eating your way through three courses of delicious French fare. For reservations, visit Cafe Claude’s website here or call the restaurant directly at 415.392.3515.
La Urbana | San Francisco - Redefining Mexican food since they opened, La Urbana is at it again with their 3 course Valentine’s Day prix fixe. The menu will be available for $65 a person, and features menu items such as a Scallop Wild Rice Risotto and a Dungeness Crab Tostada. There will be an available wine and spirits pairings for an additional $35. For reservations, visit the restaurant’s website here or call 415.440.4500.
Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant | Mountain View – If you find yourself in the South Bay this weekend, it is imperative to stop by the craft beer mecca that is Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant for a hard to find tipple. The bartenders have also created a fun cocktail for the holiday and have shared their recipe with you below, so you can craft this cocktail for your loved one at home. For more information and to make reservations, call the restaurant directly at 650.963.9568 or visit their website above.
1oz Cherry Grey Goose
1oz Floris Apple Beer
.25oz Simple Syrup
.25oz Lime Juice
Brandy Soaked Maraschino Cherry Sinker
Sweet & Tart Sugar Rim
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into martini glass. Cheers, and enjoy!
For a deliciously casual evening without the prix fixe, you can dine at these fabulous restaurants:
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