Where to go: Valentine’s Day

Where to go: Valentine’s Day

Looking to impress someone for Valentine’s Day? We’ve got plenty of delicious options from some of Orange County’s hottest restaurants:

FIG & OLIVE at Fashion Island

FIG & OLIVE at Fashion Island

Friday February 13, 2015-Saturday February 14, 2015

Whether you’re dining with your sweetheart or friends during Valentine’s Day Weekend, indulge in FIG & OLIVE’s three-course prix-fixe menu. The French-Riviera inspired cuisine starts with a seasonal appetizer followed by the guest’s selection of truffle risotto,  Chilean sea bass filet mignon or rack of lamb.  End the meal with a decadent Valrhona chocolate brownie. Guests can also give the gift of gourmet French Riviera flavor to their loved ones with hand crafted specialty olive oils and vinegars available in store or online.

Valentines Prix-Fixe Menu ($79 per person, additional wine pairing available for $35 per person, tax & gratuity not included)

Specialty Olive oils and Vinegar ($16-18)

Reservations: 212-924-1200 or online here.

Red O at Fashion Island

Red O at Fashion Island

Friday February 13, 2015-Saturday February 14, 2015-Sunday February 15, 2015

Red O is a red-hot destination for your Valentine’s Day dinner plans. Featuring chef Rick Bayless’ innovative Mexican-inspired cuisine with southern California flair, treat yourself to a Valentine’s Day menu featuring an array of delectable options: filet mignon accompanied by Alaskan king crab; prime New York Strip steak paired with Maine lobster tail; a tender tomahawk ribeye coupled with a whole Maine lobster or one pound of wood-grilled Alaskan king crab legs. And of course, don’t forget to wash it all down with any one of Red O’s signature margaritas made with premium tequilas.

Reservations: 949.718.0300 or online here.

CUCINA enoteca

CUCINA enoteca at in Irvine and Newport Beach

Friday February 13, 2015-Saturday February 14, 2015-Sunday February 15, 2015

O.C.’s favorite California Italian restaurant features a special three-course prix-fixe menu. Begin the evening with the first course selections of either Kumamoto oysters on the shell or shaved cauliflower salad. The second course explores three options: braised pork cheek, fennel crusted salmon or duck rigatoni. The evening becomes even sweeter with the “dolci” final course menu of bourbon caramel semifreddo or torta di cioccolato.

Reservations: 949.861.2222


Provenance at Eastbluff Village Center

February 14, 2015

Beloved local chef Cathy Pavlos has cooked up a deluxe five-course menu at Provenance that Valentine’s Day guests will truly savor. Guests still start with smoked salmon bell inis, followed by fresh corn chowder or a spring salad featuring some just-picked produce from the restaurant’s garden. Then dive into a perfectly seared filet mignon and finish with hand selected artisan cheeses and fruits. The finale of the five-course menu includes a selection of housemade pastries. Do sit out on the lovely garden patio for a serene al fresco dining experience.

Reservations: 949.718.0477


Babette’s at Crystal Cove Shopping Center

February 14, 2015

What more could you ask for than a gorgeous setting along beautiful Newport Coast? Babette’s is easily one of Orange County’s most stunning restaurants, with plenty of delicious food to back up its good looks.  Seafood lovers can indulge in pan-seared scallops with wild mushrooms in a cauliflower Amarillo, local vegetable tagine with curried carrot couscous while meat-lovers can enjoy the sake-soy marinated rib eye with shisito pepper and charred scallion bone marrow puree. While you’re there, don’t forget to take advantage of one of O.C.’s best craft cocktail programs. The Crystal Cloud is one of Babette’s signature beauts, made with Barsol Pisco Italia, Hibiscus Cordial, Egg White, Lemon, Peyschaud’s Bitters and garnished with an edible orchid. It’s like sipping the sunset. 

Reservations: 949.715.9915

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