“Bae don’t play” – Beyonce
When it comes to date night in San Diego, you have no shortage of options. But – everyone’s been in the spot where they have a date coming up and they just aren’t sure where to go. We think you can’t wrong with any of the choices below – so go on, take a gander.
1. The Red Door
Their menu is seasonally driven by the farmers in San Diego. Chef Miguel develops his menus based on what they are growing and the garden is providing. The goal is to serve all produce from local farmers or our their garden; it tastes better, reduces carbon footprint and keeps food dollars in our community.
- This restaurant was once a house before it was converted into a restaurant. Beautiful and rustic.
- Phenomenal Mini Banana Cream Pie
At Addison, acclaimed Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef William Bradley presents his artisanal approach to cooking, combining local ingredients with contemporary French influences. The elegant, European setting features a decadently appointed bar with a richly upholstered backdrop, a commanding marble bar, intimate library and terrace seating. Framed by magnificent arched windows, the stunning main dining area affords beautiful golf course views, while the wine cellar – strategically located in the center of the room – punctuates the importance of Addison’s extensive wine collection and its world-class wine tasting environment, replete with ideal glassware, perfect wine storage and knowledgeable service.
- They have two options for the menu:
- Chef’s Tasting Menu – prices may vary due to seasonal ingredients
- Four Course Menu – which includes three savory dishes and one sweet dish
3. Mister A’s
Born in rural southwest France, Bertrand Hug, Mister A’s owner, started his own restaurant career in La Jolla, in 1973, as the managing partner of Le Cote d’Azur. In over a decade, Bertrand became involved in the ownership of several restaurants: Mon Ami, La Mediterranean, Bertrand’s and La Maison du Lac. In 1984, finally on his own, Bertrand bought the property he coveted for years: Mille Fleurs, in Rancho Santa Fe which attracted national attention & awards (being named top 25 in America by Food & Wine magazine), helping to bring San Diego’s dining scene to the forefront which is now known as Mister A’s.
- Featured in Best of 2009 Southern California Meetings + Events Magazine and won Diner’s Choice 2016 by OpenTable
- They contribute to San Diego’s non-profit organizations through sponsorship of special events, donations, education and more like Scripps, The Old Globe, Foundation for Women, American Red Cross, Rady Children’s, etc.
- Their rooftop deck features an incredible view (but dress warm, it can get cold up there!)
4. Bleu Bohéme
- Their menu reflects traditional and seasonal bistro food as well as country classics, prepared and served by very friendly staff.
- Award-wining restaurant including: Restaurateur of the Year by California Restaurant Association 2011, Best French Restaurant by San Diego Magazine 2010-2017, Diners French Choice Winner by OpenTable 2010-2016
- Low lighting, burning candles, stone walls and oversized wood tables give Bleu a gorgeous, rustic charm
- Awards include: Diner’s Choice 2017, Fit For Foodies – San Diego, Fit For Foodies North San Diego and Californian – North San Diego by OpenTable
- Don’t be fooled by the unassuming exterior; once you walk in you’ll be greeted by the luxury of plush seats, dark gold ambient lighting, live piano and fellow diners enjoying wine over the hum of romantic conversations
6. Vin De Syrah
Celebrated local designer Michael Soriano completely reinvents the downtown urban lounge with his botanical chandeliers, thick 50 year old wine vines, 12 foot natural wood candlelit tasting table, and semi-private plush sitting rooms complemented by amazing cheeses, desserts, and a friendly wine list
- Every Friday they have a burlesque show at 9:30pm
7. Solterra Winery & Kitchen
Solterra is situated a couple of blocks from the beach in beautiful north county San Diego. The sophisticated yet casual charm of this beach winery bistro provides the perfect place to unwind and spend an intimate time with your loved one.
- Solterra Owner and Winemaker Chris Van Alyea has been making wine for the last 16 years from grapes sourced from Sonoma county, Lake County, Paso Robles, San Diego County, and Baja Mexico and his wines have garnered Golds and Best of Class at top competitions in California
- Their food is pure, organic and natural. We love their Cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts
- Request their patio in front of the fireplace to kick up the romance by a notch
8. Juniper & Ivy
- Top Chef: All Stars winner Chef Richard Blais and his team are among the best in the industry
- The place is modern, trendy, and luxurious all at once; definitely worth checking out
9. Civico 1845
- We’re super impressed by their gluten-free and vegan menu options they even have a separate kitchen and equipment to cook it. Very meticulous and attentive with special requests – a rarity these days
10. Salvatore’s Cucina Italiana
A native of Rome, Raffaella opened the doors to Salvatore’s Cucina Italiana soon after her arrival in the United States in the late 1980’s. From that moment on, Raffaella and her staff, have worked tirelessly to develop Salvatore’s into one of San Diego’s best fine dining restaurants.
- Ranked in the Top 10 Most Romantic Restaurants in America by Yelp, Diner’s Choice Winner 2014-2016 by OpenTable and Certificate of Excellence 2013 & 2016 by Trip Advisor
- Classic candlelit environment with soft music and a live harp playing in the background on the weekends
11. Parq Restaurant
- Excellent live shows – check their website to see who is performing on your date night
- The interior and décor are enchantaing – they’ve got light up trees adding a romantic and magaical feel to dinner.