Valentine's Day 2014 Restaurant Specials Round-Up

We had some perfect suggestions for wine pairings for the home-cooked Valentine's Day dinner but if you're more inclined to go out, here are a handful of places near us that are doing specials for that heartful day. If you want to see some great wine pairings, take a look here.

Dominique's Kitchen
Redondo Beach
A four-course menu for $59.99 (tax and tip not included). All reservations are allocated up to two hours. Please call to make reservations.

1st Course:
Wild mushroom soup
Smoked duck breast salad with pan seared polenta, baby heirloom tomatoes, arugula, Belgian endives in a raspberry vinaigrette

2nd Course:
Filet mignon with porcini and port wine reduction, potato gratin, farmer's market vegetables
Chilean sea bass with saffron crushed potatoes, baby summer squash, tomato and caper infusion
Organic greens and champagne risotto

3rd Course:
Strawberry tart
Assorted French macarons

Lark Creek Newport Beach
Fashion Island

Lark Creek Newport Beach celebrates Valentine’s Day in true couple’s fashion with a four-course prix fixe menu priced at $110 for two. Diners will delight in a dozen oysters on the half shell with horseradish granite; Dungeness crab cakes with shaved fennel and pickled papaya; 10oz. fillet mignon with Perigord black truffle potatoes and charred baby carrots; and indulge in a milk chocolate croissant bread pudding with white chocolate ice cream. To make reservations, please call the restaurant at 949.640.6700. Located below the shopping center’s Island Cinema, Lark Creek Newport Beach is the perfect spot to celebrate a night out with dinner and a movie.

Pinot Provence
Costa Mesa
Choice of 3 or 4 courses ($75/$85)

  • Warm Potato Terrine, Crème Fraîche, Quail Egg, Herb Salad
  • Pork Belly, Collard Greens, Goat Cheese, Polenta, Beef Sauce
  • Roasted Scottish Salmon, Dandelion Greens, Garlic Purée, Harissa Gremolata
  • Strawberries ‘N’ Cream, Vanilla Mouse, Strawberry Paper, Rose Water Meringue, Strawberry-Yogurt Sherbet

Santa Ana
Choice of 3 courses alone or with wine pairings ($48/$65)

  • Scarborough Farms Baby Beet Salad with salt roasted baby beets, hydro mâche, Manchego cheese, toasted hazelnuts, truffle honey vinaigrette
    Pairing: Sauvignon Blanc, Quivira, Dry Creek
  • Artic Char with caramelized cipollini onions, sautéed broccolini, sunchoke purée, lemon thyme nage
    Pairing: Chardonnay, William Fevre Champs Royaux, Chablis, France

Ways & Means Oyster House
Old Town Orange

Ways & Means invites guests to dine with their loved ones all weekend long, with their Valentine’s Day menu available from Friday, February 14 to Sunday, February 16. The six-course prix-fixe menu includes Oysters on the Half Shell with mignonette, lemon, and Tabasco; the restaurant’s signature Salmon Rillettes with red onion, watercress, and lemon aioli; housemade Lobster Ravioli with goat cheese, basil, and bisque-style stew of peppers; Pan Seared Scallops with hon shimeji mushrooms, sautéed spinach, and celeriac remoulade; a choice of roasted duck or chicken; and Raspberry Eat n Mess with crème Chantilly and meringue for dessert. The Valentine’s Day menu is $65 per person, and reservations can be made by calling 714.516.1800.

Prix fixe three course menu ($55)

  • Lobster Bisque with Coconut Panna Cotta, Ginger Essence
  • Seared Diver Scallops with Creamed Parsnips, Frisee, Vanilla Oil, Bacon Powder, and Crispy Parsnip Curls
  • Roulade of Crispy Chicken, Asparagus, Sunchoke, Petite Herbs, Truffled Chicken Jus
  • Smore’s Kiss, Dark Chocolate Center, Milk Chocolate Chantilly, Mallow Fluff, Graham Crumble

Prix fixe three course menu ($34)

  • Fried Mozzarella with Spicy Marinara and Spring Mix Salad
  • Shell Pasta with Shrimp and Asparagus in a Creamy Saffron Sauce
  • Tiramisu Classico with Ladyfinger Cookies, Mascarpone Cream and Espresso

Splashes at the Surf and Sand Resort
Laguna Beach

This Valentine's Day, impress the one you love with a romantic dinner and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy an unforgettable escape on the most romantic day of the year at Splashes where you can focus on each other while they handle the rest! Savor menu items such as: Fromage Blanc and Wild Strawberry Tartelette, Thai Shellfish 'Chowder' with Mint and Coconut, Oyster Mushroom Ragout and Gnocchi, and Coffee-Chocolate Dusted Lamb Rack. Finish off your meal with a choice from three delicious desserts: Dave's Wedding Cake with belgian buttercream and preserved strawberry, Honey Crème Brûlée with fresh Thompson grape-ice wine sauce, and Bittersweet Chocolate Velouté with allspice ice cream and chocolate mint waffle. Non-hotel guests can make reservations for 5-6:30pm. Cost is $125 per person. For reservations, call 877.741.5908.

Tortilla Jo’s
Prix fixe three course menu($30)

  • Carmarones Poblanos with Sautéed shrimp Poblano style with Homemade Pasta, Chile Pasilla sauce, micro greens and radish
  • Grilled Prime Rib with Bacon Smashed Potatoes, Grill Corn on the Cobb and Chipotle Butter
  • Torta de Corazaon with Sweetened Cream Cheese Layered Puff Pastry, Vanilla Stewed Strawberries and Raisins topped with Vanilla Ice Cream

Leatherby’s Café Rouge
Costa Mesa
Choice of nine course Chef’s Tasting Menu at 9pm ($90) or “Ruby Red” three course menu ($60)

  • Oyster with Raspberry and Caviar
  • Big Eye Tuna on Red Himalayan Salt
  • Lobster Bisque with Red Thai Curry
  • Red Agnolotti with Parsnip and Ricotta
  • Red Artic Char
  • Ruby Red Grapefruit Intermezzo
  • Kobe Ribeye Cap and Prime Beef Short Rib
  • Artisanal Cheese Selection
  • Vanilla Mousse, Strawberry Jam, Lemon Sponge


  • Butternut Squash Risotto with Diver Scallop and Red Ruby Grapefruit Sauce, Pomegranate, Pancetta and Sage
  • Kansas City Steak with Lobster Hollandaise, Truffle Mash Potatoes, Baby Red Carrot, Spinach, Red Wine Sauce
  • Strawberries ‘N’ Cream, Vanilla Mouse, Strawberry Paper, Rose Water Meringue, Strawberry-Yogurt Sherbet