Best place to grovel or impress
When you’ve blown it and are looking for another shot, or simply if you want to make a statement with that particular “wow” factor, these are the venues for you.
Maravilla at the Ojai Valley Inn
905 Country Club Rd.,
Ojai • 646-1111
$100 per person, five courses
Optional wine pairing
for $165 per person
545 E. Thompson Blvd.
Ventura • 652-7070
Chef Brooks has created this four-course menu, including a Brooks Chocolate Reward for St. Valentine’s Day only. The price is $60 per person and $90 with wine pairings (tip and tax not included). Credit card required for reservations for this event. 48-hour cancellation policy applies.
La Dolce Vita
740 S. B St.
Oxnard • 486-6878
Four courses, $48 per person plus tax and gratuity
Theresa Russell playing
Best place to smooth over the rough spots
Smooth music and a warm atmosphere make these spots soothing to those ‘not so sweet’ Valentine’s.
The Village Jester
139 E. Ojai Ave.
Ojai • 640-8001
Prix-fixe menu, $75 per couple, including wine
Tony Perry playing smooth jazz, dinner at 7:00 p.m.
My Florist Winecafé and Bakery
76 S. Oak St.
Ventura • 653-0003
Regular menu and pianist Drew Salparto 7-11
Best place to window shop in case your date goes awry
They’re trendy, hip and cool … Many will turn up and there will probably be some singles at the bar.
66 S. California St.
Ventura • 653-1266
Serving their normal menu with additional specials
185 E. Santa Clara St.,
Ventura • 648-1462
Best Valentine picnics
Prefer to get out rather than stay in? Grab some pastries and possibly the pooches and enjoy the (hopefully) amazing weather.
Solomar Beach at sunset with coffee and pastries from Le Petite Café and Bakery, 1591 Spinnaker Dr. 112, Ventura 642-1191
Visit Cemetary Park with your dogs after picking up lunch–to-go from My Florist Winecafé and Bakery, 76 S. Oak St., Ventura 653-0003
A hike and hotsprings in Ojai with treats from Oaktree Bakery and Café, 469 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai 640-1985
Best venue for singles
What better time to possibly meet an ‘other’ than when cupid’s arrows are flying on Valentine’s?
Wine fasting with a speed-dating flair at La Dolce Vita
740 S. B St., Oxnard 486-6878
For the Singles on Valentines Day we are having a special wine tasting event with a speed-dating flair from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. followed by music and dancing with DJ Mark. For more information and registration go to www.mdentertainmentgroup.com
$50.00 including dinner.
Best place to don your leather and park your hog
From wild game to leather-clad bikers, the Deer Lodge always has a little extra something to offer.
2261 Maricopa Hwy
Three courses, $55 per person includes a glass of Huckleberry champagne
Best place to relax and savor your meal
Some restaurants understand what it is to truly savor a meal
71 Palm Restaurant
71 N. Palm St.
Ventura • 653-7222
Flourless Chocolate Cake with Bittersweet Chocolate Ganache and Fresh Berries for Two
Three courses and a glass of raspberry champagne, $55 not including tax and tip, open seatings and reservations.
Jonathan’s at Peirano’s Mediterranean Cuisine
204 E. Main St. Ventura • 648-4853
Five courses, the first with a complementary glass of champagne. A complimentary long stem rose will be waiting at your table. The menu was designed and created by executive Chef Ryan Beckfeld and Chef/Owner Jason Collis. The menu will be executed by Beckfeld and Sous Chef Victor Ortega. Live romantic acoustic guitar and violin by Sunnarborg and Riviera duo will accompany $55 per person plus tax and gratuity
Best place to whisper sweet nothings
It’s an intimate, small space with lovely cuisine. The tables are close together and it offers the perfect excuse to lean over and speak softly to your date.
1095 E. Thompson Blvd.
Ventura • 643-9445
Best bets for a fresh and crunchy vegetarian Valentine’s
Vegetarian is sexy. Be healthy and happy on Valentine’s Day!
Mary’s Secret Garden
100 S. Fir St. Ventura • 641-3663
3 special menus to choose from, reservations only
Farmer and the Cook
339 W. El Roblar Ojai • 640-9608
Best place to bask in the glow (romantic lighting)
Mmmmm … mood lighting and a great wine list, need we say more?
222 E. Main St. Ventura • 652-7013
3 Seatings: 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Special three-course menu in
addition to dinner menu, $55
per person with complimentary glass of Champagne.
Best venue to mangia with your mate — Lady and the Tramp -style
Casual elegance can be found in the most unusual places. It doesn’t have to be fancy but it does have to be romantic.
3277 Ojai-Santa Paula Rd. Ojai
Share an order of meatballs and spaghetti under the oak trees with candles and Chianti.
186 E. Thompson Blvd. Ventura
Sit outside in front of the firepit and order the Xtra Special: pepperoni, sausage, mushroom, black olive, bell pepper and onion.
Best place to dine in and stay in
Add on an ocean-view room with your dinner. It’s a cruise ship without the waves.
Crowne Plaza, C-Street
450 E. Harbor Blvd. Ventura • 648-2100
Five courses, $122 per couple or $200, including ocean-view room. Taxes and service
Best place to get your sweet on and your chocolate whipped
Chocolate is both an aphrodisiac and creates endorphins that make us feel loved. Who doesn’t need some on Valentine’s?
607 E. Main St. Ventura • 648-5870
Chocolatine French Pastries Tea Room
2955 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.
Thousand Oaks • 557-0561
Fresh hot chocolate made with real melted Belgium chocolate, handmade truffles, cookies and custom French cakes. Lunch menu with quiche du jour, salads and sandwiches and authentic French crepes.
Why not wine before dinner?
Why not try wine tasting before dinner? Make the night last longer and learn something about each other.
12 S. California St. Ventura
Pre-Valentines Day Party, Feb. 13, anytime between 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. $15 per person. Importer David Fernandez will be featuring wines of Argentina, including sparkling Chardonnay, Malbec, a big Cabernet and more. Organic wines with great flavor from $13 to $29. Reservations suggested.
Feb. 14 (Thurs.), all day and night, no reservations necessary. Pre-dinner premium flights or after-dinner for some port, dessert wine and a truffle or two. Singles welcome.
Best place to speak La Langue d’Amour
Some places elicit a European flair necessary for romance. These are two of the favorites — just say, “Oui, Oui.”
2310 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Thousand Oaks • 496-7121
Four courses, $45, tax & tip not included. Vive les Amoureux!
394 E. Main St. Ventura • 667-2120
Three courses, complimentary glass of Champagne (Domaine Saint Michelle Brut)
Best place to share a (hot) dog with a sub
Not into three-courses and complexities? Just want to nibble a dog or share the perfect sub sandwich? Nona’s is for you!
Nona’s Italian Deli
1904 Ventura Blvd. Camarillo 8