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Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Santa Barbara


Valentine's Day in Santa Barbara at Bella Vista Restaurant. Lovers eating outside on tables and chairs lit up at dusk with ocean in the background and two beautiful trees.

Bella Vista Restaurant

Romance is in the air all year long in Santa Barbara so it’s not surprising that local restaurants are pulling out all the stops to make this Valentine’s Day in Santa Barbara is one of the record books. Think about it. Over the years, the American Riviera has been a magnet for lovebirds who 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 in Santa Barbara, an energetic yet laid back, bohemian, easy-going attitude that attracts love. Make your reservation now to spend the evening of February 14 at any of these fine dining establishments.

Bella Vista 

Cost: $214/Couple; $15/Child age 12 and under
The popular Bella Vista restaurant located inside the Biltmore Santa Barbara Four Seasons Resort is the perfect location for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day dinner. Guests are invited to indulge in a romantic four-course menu created by Executive Chef Marco Fossati. Toast your love with a complimentary glass of champagne. Bring your whole family and take advantage of the resort’s complimentary childcare. There is even a special children’s menu of kid favorites.


Cost: $65/Person
Does roasted artichoke with Parmesan crust, broiled Atlantic salmon on cedar, and chocolate pot de crème, sound good to you? Then make your reservations now to bring your love to the popular Jane Restaurant for Valentine’s Day in Santa Barbara. Both locations will be serving up a special Valentine’s Day menu. Choose the location in the heart of Santa Barbara’s Theatre District or the one in Goleta at the Calle Real Marketplace to celebrate.

opal restaurant & bar 

Cost: $79-$109/Person, not including alcohol, tax, or tip.
On Valentine’s Day at the opal restaurant + bar, you and your significant other are invited to indulge in a four-course menu. Some of the delicious items to choose from include duck confit and Portobello mushroom ravioli, tiger prawn paella, and vanilla bean crème brûlée. The restaurant will be tastefully and elegantly decorated for the day of amour, the perfect backdrop for some great selfies of you and your love.

Bacara Bar

Cost: Varies per menu item
How about nibbling on love at Santa Barbara’s renowned Bacara Bar located in the coveted  The Ritz-Carlton Bacara? You and your lover will be able to select your favorites from the menu that features items. I like the bar’s Kumiai oysters with strawberry champagne mignonette, duck and chanterelle croquettes with lime crème fraîche and, of course, caviar. Make your reservation at dusk so the two of you can enjoy a spectacular Valentine’s Day in Santa Barbara sunset. 

The Bistro 

Cost: $105/Person, not including tax or tip. Limited to two guests, reservations recommended
Not into the bar scene? Then why not enjoy a luxe dinner for two at Baccara’s eatery, The Bistro. This is the place you and your beau can savor whole Maine lobster, juicy steak, creamy potatoes au gratin, crispy spigarello, and tender turnips paired with a seasonal salad. Then there’s the decadent dessert bar. Need I say more? 

Angel Oak

Cost: $135/Person, not including tax or tip. Additional wine pairings $85/Person. Reservations recommended
Seven courses of culinary delights? Yes, this Valentine’s Day at the acclaimed Angel Oak restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara is serving a delicious seven course dinner created by Chef Alexander Bollinger. Dining here is defiantly an unforgettable experience any night but especially on Valentine’s Day in Santa Baarbara when your meal includes wine pairing by the resort’s master sommelier. 

The Monarch

Cost: $125/Person
Celebrate the occasion with your loved one or your single friends at The Monarch. Dine on the memorable Valentine’s Day family-style tasting menu that includes exquisite dishes such as beet gnocchi with walnut sage butter, oysters with caviar, and 72-hour short rib with a red wine glaze. The perfect ending to a perfect dinner? The restaurant’s house-made chocolate bonbons. Yum!

S.Y. Kitchen 

Cost: Varies per menu item
Even Cupid will be drooling over the flavorful menu served on Valentine’s Day at S.Y. Kitchen. Come early and warm up by the crackling fire pit. Maine Lobster is just one of the delicacies Chef Luca Crestinelli has created for his special Valentine’s Day menu. Neither you nor your loved one will leave hungry!

Santa Barbara Valentine’s Weekend

Here’s something for those of you who would rather wait until the weekend to celebrate. 

Barrel Room Dinner at Sanford Winery 

February 23, 2019

Cost: $150/Person ($125 for club members)
Sanford Winery’s renowned Barrel Room is serving a four-course Valentine’s Day dinner the weekend after the big day for you and your love. Enjoy brilliantly curated meals paired with estate-grown wines. During dinner, couples can enjoy live music. Reserve your space now because this event usually sells out quickly.

Valentine’s Day Events

Maybe you’d rather skip the traditional V-Day dinner this year and instead, attend one of Santa Barbara’s sweet, unusual events. Here are three of my favorites:

Double Dolphin Valentine’s Day Sunset Cruise 

Cost: $75/Person; Ages 21+ only
The Double Dolphin invites you to enjoy the ultimate Santa Barbara Valentine’s Day Sunset cruise. Marvel at the sky’s fiery reds and pinks as you and your sweetheart feel the romance of being out on the water. Starry-eyed couples will enjoy some light appetizers together from C’est Cheese and the bottomless bubbles served in a keepsake reusable nautical Champagne flute, something to take home and remind you of the amorous experience.

Romantic Sunset Paddle at Santa Barbara Waterfront 

Cost: $89; Tickets must be purchased 48 hours in advance
For you active valentines, why not paddle the harbor with your honey? Want more? This sunset paddle includes a lesson in astrology from a knowledgeable guide who will be accompanying you out on the water. Breath in the fresh, ocean breeze and witness one of Santa Barbara’s breathtaking sunsets. This casual two-hour kayak trip is a local favorite. 

A cute adoptable kitten looking up at the camera with a red heart by his side to show Galentine's Day at Cat Therapy

Cat Therapy

Galentine’s Day Party at Cat Therapy 

February 13, 2019
Cost: $30/Person; Ages 21+ only

If you are single this year, how about attending the Galentine’s Day Party at Cat Therapy? Skip the stress of dressing up for a date and bring your gal (or guy) pals to enjoy bottomless, unconditional kitten love, along with bubbles and sweet treats with the furry friends at Cat Therapy. Everyone’s invited to cuddle with the rescue cats who live at the unique, no-kill sanctuary while they look for furever homes. Also, throughout the week of February 11-17, take 15% off a visit for two with the code VALENTINESDAY. What a purrrfect celebration! 

By the way, you can also tune up your body and mind during an all levels yoga class at Cat Therapy led by a certified instructor among the adoptable cats.

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 here, please have a look at my portfolio of Featured Listings, then give me a call at +1 (805) 886-9378 or email me at May you and your love have a Happy Valentine’s Day!


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