Grab your loved ones because this Valentine’s Day in Orange County there are some delicious dining selections you will not want to miss. Whether it is finding romance on the water at Lighthouse Bayview Cafe or capturing your kodak moment on The Beachcomber at Crystal Cove, we’ve gathered our top 5 restaurants in Orange County that will make this Valentine’s Day the most memorable yet.
Bay View Lighthouse Cafe
Shine your love on your significant other this Valentine’s Day at the Lighthouse Bayview Cafe in Newport Beach. Offering a mouthwatering three-course meal, Executive Chef Ryan Sumner has curated a menu filled with savory dishes perfect for a romantic evening. The menu features starters such as jumbo lump crab cake full of sweet pepper vinaigrette and entrees like butter-poached California lobster tail accompanied with crispy celery salad and savory sweet pea orzo pasta.
Make sure to finish your luscious meal with an enjoyable dessert. Their Rich Chocolate Mousse topped with fresh strawberries, gingersnap streusel, and micro mint sounds amazing. Top your night off with your sweetie by ordering an amazing cocktail cocktail. You can’t go wrong with their Cosmo, made with vodka, Cobier Orange Liqueur, fresh lime juice and cranberry juice. More selections include the tasty Thoroughbred made with Bullet Rye Whiskey. Cocktails can now be found on the Lighthouse Bayview Cafe’s all-new full bar menu.
Reservations (949)933-1001 or visit lighthousenb.com.
Lucky for you, you do not have to go far to enjoy some delicious dining on Valentine’s Day in Orange County. While enjoying the cotton candy clouds and sound of relaxing beach waves, Beachcomber at Crystal Cove has put together an impeccable Valentine’s Day menu that will leave you smiling from ear to ear. The four-course prix-fixe menu offers starters such as Rosemary pear confit crostini with divine , tomato coulis blonde, and fabulous frisse salad. For an entree you will love their Pan roasted jidori chicken with crispy applewood bacon and a hint of rosemary au jus. End your picture-perfect date with a fresh fruit tart which includes savory seasonal fruit covered in heavenly chantilly cream.
Reservations (949) 376-6900 or visit thebeachcombercafe.com
Oak Laguna Beach
Oak Laguna Beach has been a well known hot spot since its opening. This Valentine’s Day they are featuring a $75 pre-fixed 3-course dinner featuring some delicious selection. Diners can start with an Albacore Cru accompanied with papaya relish or enjoy some crispy duck drums. For entrees you can never go wrong with their Chilean Sea Bass or Filet, however, I’m eyeing their Seafood Duet. This new entree features salmon with 3 shrimp cassoulet, cream gnocchi, and a tropical fruit relish. For dessert, their Champagne Brulee has intrigued my curiosity.
In addition, Oak Laguna Beach will be making everyone’s Valentine’s Day extra special. As if delicious cuisine wasn’t even, guests will be entered to win a diamond necklace and hotel stay at the elegant Surf & Sands Resort. You can check out our previous visit to Oak Laguna Beach here.
Reservations (949) 940-3010 or visit oak-lagunabeach.com/
Five Crowns has always been a favorite of ours. Like their name, they are offering a 5-course pre-fixed dinner this Valentine’s Day. Beginning with an Amuse-bouche, diners will start their meal with a Gougères stuffed with potato and parmesan truffle tuile. Next, you can select between their Warm Kale Salad or Cauliflower Soup. For starters, you can enjoy their Avocado Crab Mash or Steak Tartar with truffle chips. For entrees, it wouldn’t be Five Crowns without their amazing Prime Rib dinner. However, their Seared Salmon and Pappardelle Pasta with steak ragu are also excellent options. Finally, for dessert, you would be insane to not try their Profiteroles with ganache, strawberries, and almonds. This dessert alone is reason enough to make a reservation!
For Reservations (949)760-0331 or for more information visit http://lawrysonline.com/five-crowns
Back Bay Bistro
At Back Bay Bistro you can treat your Valentine to a romantic evening on the waterfront featuring a gourmet feast courtesy of Executive Chef Daniel Jimenez and a special performance by vocalist Mandy May Blest. We attend their amazing brunch frequently and this special Valentine’s Day dinner sounds superb. Your five-course meal will begin with an amuse bouche. Then you”ll be presented with decadent options like Lobster Bisque for starters and a world-class Ahi Poke for your second dish. Main entrees include their out of this world rack of lamb and there is even a seared Barramundi with wild mushroom risotto. Finally, guests can conclude their meal with an adorable heart-shaped chocolate cake with fresh raspberries. This five-course experience with live music is only $85 and reservations typically fill up early.
For Reservations contact 949-729-1144 and for more information visit http://www.newportdunes.com/event/valentines-dinner-back-bay-bistro/
What are you and your honey doing for Valentine’s Day in Orange County?