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Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Santa Barbara


Restaurant patio with beach view in Santa Barbara

Romance is in the air all year long in Santa Barbara. Think about it. The American Riviera is a magnet for lovebirds. Couples flock here for their honeymoons and romantic retreats. The city even looks the part, with our signature red-tile roofs, the sparkling Pacific Ocean, and dramatic mountain ranges.

There is definitely a special, romantic feeling here; an energetic yet laid back, bohemian, easy-going attitude that attracts love. And those of us lucky enough to live here have lots of celebrations to choose from this Valentine’s Day in Santa Barbara; from romantic dining to adventures everyone will love.

Romantic Valentine’s Dining

It’s not surprising that local Santa Barbara restaurants are pulling out all the stops to make this Valentine’s Day one of the record books. Make your reservation now to spend February 14th at any of these fine dining establishments.

Valentine’s Day Dinner at Bella Vista  Cost: $75 per person (not including tax and gratuity), $30 wine pairing The popular Bella Vista restaurant, inside the Biltmore Santa Barbara’s Four Seasons Resort, is the perfect location for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day dinner. To help make the special occasion truly unforgettable, Bella Vista owner Alejandro Medina and three-time James Beard Award winner, Rajat Parr, are offering a ‘couples only menu’ filled with delicious, unique meals like purple sea urchin, dark chocolate truffle with house-made Panch Phoron, and French sparkling wine.

Lovers can also indulge in a special top-notch wine pairing menu which includes Friuliano Mitja Stirk Bianco IGT, Friuli IT 2018 (a white wine); Fer Servadou Nicolas Carmarans Minimus, Aveyron FR 2018 (a pink wine); and Mondeuse Jaimee Motley Argillet, Santa Maria Valley CA 2017 (a red wine).

Valentine’s Day at Jane Restaurant  Cost: $65/Person to Start Make your reservations now to bring your love to the popular Jane Restaurant for Valentine’s Day in Santa Barbara. Located in the heart of Santa Barbara’s Theatre District, Jane Restaurant is a sublime spot to celebrate your love. Jane’s specially crafted Valentine’s Day menu features the likes of roasted artichoke with a basil crust, broiled petrale sole, and seven delectable dessert options, from coconut chiffon cake to vanilla panna cotta and strawberry compote.

Amor at Loquita Santa Barbara Cost: $75/Person Loquita serves authentic Spanish food including hot and cold tapas, wood-fire grilled seafood and meats, and seasonal paella. The Mediterranean climate and terroir of Santa Barbara County mirror that of Spain, making the translation of locally sourced produce, meats and seafood an ideal match, especially on Valentine’s Day. Chef Peter Lee presents a seductive Spanish prix-fixe dinner menu for Valentine’s Day in Santa Barbara, Friday, February 14th. Enjoy an entrancing multi-coursed Valentine’s Day menu served in addition to their a la carte dinner menu.

Anti-Valentine’s Day at Tyger Tyger Cost: Varies Santa Barbara doesn’t leave singles out of the Valentine’s Day in Santa Barbara celebration. If you’re not attached this year, just head to the Funk Zone to attend Tyger Tyger’s Anti-Valentine’s Day for singles only. Tyger Tyger will be your shoulder to cry on with a free wine shot and small snack with every entree purchase. Tyger Tyger features coastal Asian cuisine in a casual and convivial environment. Street foods inspired by food carts from Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam will be made from the year-round local bounty of fresh produce, seafood, and other meats.

Rooftop Valentine’s Dinner at the Canary Hotel Cost: $150/Person. Does intimate Valentine’s dining beneath the stars sound good to you? Then why not enjoy a seven-course tasting menu prepared by Executive Chef Peter Cham. Make your reservations now because this meal will be served exclusively to only ten couples. Festivities kick off at 6 pm with a complimentary sunset toast, they ask that all guests arrive at 5:45 pm. There are additional surprises in store, which makes me ask what better way to show your significant other a memorable Valentine’s Day in Santa Barbara?

Valentine’s Day Decadence at Angel Oak Cost: $175/Person. Reservations recommended Six courses of culinary delights? Yes, this Valentine’s Day at the acclaimed Angel Oak restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara is serving a delicious six-course dinner created by Chef Alexander Bollinger.

Dining here is definitely an unforgettable experience any night but especially on Valentine’s Day, with a menu that includes a pizza margarita a mouse bouche followed by spicy hamachi tartare paired with Champagne, beet salad, squid ink cavatelli, roasted moulard duck breast, surf and turf and a Valrhona dark chocolate heart for dessert. Angel Oak will also offer a special Valentine’s Day vegetarian menu. Top the night off with a moonlit walk on the seaside bluffs.

Valentine’s Adventures

Maybe you’d rather skip the traditional V-Day meal this year and do something different to celebrate the day of love:

Valentine’s Day Kids Club at the Zoo Cost: $30/child, $20 each additional sibling This year’s kickoff Kids Club meeting is on Valentine’s Day! Parents can take the evening off while their kids take over the Zoo and enjoy dinner, special animal encounters, night tours, s’mores, and more fun activities. There is no better place to celebrate love than at the Santa Barbara Zoo. That is because the Zoo is dedicated to the preservation, conservation, and enhancement of the natural world and its living treasures through education, research, and recreation. Plus, who doesn’t want to spend the evening with amazing animals?

Channel Islands Kayaking  Cost: $149/adult + ferry transportation For you active valentines, why not kayak the Channel Island Kayaking Tour with your honey? From Channel Islands Adventure Company, explore the pristine waters, kelp forests, stunning coastlines and rich history.  Some of the most beautiful views in the world can be found in Channel Islands National Park. Let the experienced guides outfit you and your lover for a fun day of exploration on the water. Rated the #1 Outdoor Tour on TripAdvisor!

If one can fall in love with a place, I’d be the first to say: “I love Santa Barbara!” If you do, too, and are looking for a new home in Montecito, Hope Ranch or any of Santa Barbara’s upscale communities, give me a call at +1 (805) 886-9378 or email me at May you and your love have a Happy Valentine’s Day in Santa Barbara!


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