Romantic restaurants in La Jolla perfect for Valentine’s Day

The most romantic day of the year is just around the corner, and the restaurants in La Jolla are some of the most romantic restaurants in San Diego, ready to dazzle you and your special someone on Valentine’s Day.

When dining at one of La Jolla’s most romantic restaurants, you can look forward to top-notch service, incredible food, stunning ocean views, and electrifying La Jolla sunsets.

We’ve selected the sweetest restaurants in La Jolla Cove, La Jolla Shores, and the Torrey Pines area that are all perfect for your Valentine’s Day date night, with most offering special menus curated in the name of love. And if you need help with where to watch the sunset on Valentine’s Day, we’ll also give you some tips for that.

Restaurants in La Jolla Cove

1. The Mediterranean Room at La Valencia

The Mediterranean Room in the historic La Valencia Hotel brings a mix of coastal California glamor and a romantic dinner in the Mediterranean Islands. It’s safe to say that spending your Valentine’s Day date night here will have you swooning. The views from the dining room are spectacular and only rivaled by their incredible food, with a seasonally driven menu with locally sourced ingredients. Order a bottle of wine to share and enjoy! 

See their menu and make reservations here.

2. Eddie V’s La Jolla

1270 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA 92037

Eddie V’s La Jolla easily earns its place as one of the most romantic restaurants in La Jolla Cove, with epic coastal views, a reputation for outstanding service, and exquisite food. Enjoy the freshest seafood or a perfectly cooked steak, a refreshing cocktail, and intimate jazz music for the ultimate sultry mood. 

It’s a top contender for anyone looking to celebrate something or someone special, and this Valentine’s Day, you can expect the place to be beaming with love. They usually craft a fantastic Valentine’s Day menu, so stay tuned, or if you’ve heard enough, grab your reservation here.

3. Marisi

The inspiration for Marisi was born out of the love between grandparents, Marila and Isidoro Lombrozo. The family’s Italian roots and passion for the art of Italian cuisine bring guests an incredibly authentic dining experience with bold flavors and a colorful ambiance. 

This year they invite you to celebrate love with them with their Valentine’s Day 4-course prix fixe menu, featuring yellowfin tuna with citrus and pomegranate, grilled halibut with artichoke, capers, herbs, and more. The special is $125 per guest with the optional cocktail and wine pairings for an additional $55, excluding beverages, tax, and gratuity. 

Head to their Instagram post to see the full menu, then make reservations here.

4. George’s at the Cove

George’s at the Cove is a multi-level restaurant in La Jolla Cove with panoramic views from almost every table. This Valentine’s Day, you and your Valentine can enjoy outdoor dining on their ocean terrace with the glistening water below, a colorful sunset, and a complimentary glass of champagne so you can cheers to love. 

Their 3-course prix fixe meal will include Baja striped bass, mushroom ragu lasagna, lamb loin, and more! The special is $95 per guest, which includes a glass of champagne and a box of truffles. See the full menu and more details here.

5. Birdseye Rooftop Restaurant and Bar at The Cormorant

There’s something about being on a rooftop that automatically feels special, and the ocean views from the rooftop at the Birdseye elevate the experience even more. The Birdseye Rooftop Restaurant and Bar at the Cormorant Boutique Hotel is an intimate space perfect for you and your date.

To help you celebrate love this Valentine’s Day, they’ll have a prix fixe 4-course dinner that includes a glass of champagne at $85 per person. Head to their Instagram to see what’s on the menu, then make reservations here.

6. The Brockton Villa

The Brockton Villa is one of La Jolla’s most popular breakfast and lunch restaurants in La Jolla Cove, with outdoor dining, ocean breezes, and delicious food. So if you want to celebrate Valentine’s Day over breakfast this year, try their award-winning fluffy French toast, chilaquiles, and Bloody Mary. You’ll love it. 

The Villa is one of La Jolla’s original beach cottages, built in 1894, and later transformed for use as a restaurant in the 1990s. It has been a favorite spot among locals and visitors ever since and would be the perfect spot to start your Valentine’s Day. Explore their menu and make reservations here.

7. The Manhattan of La Jolla at The Empress

7766 Fay Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037

The dim and romantic lighting of The Manhattan La Jolla, paired with vibey jazz music and delicious food, makes it a hot spot for special occasions and date nights. They are an award-winning New York Style Italian Steak and Chop House, and this Valentine’s Day, they welcome guests to celebrate your Valentine with them. Their 4-course menu is $95 per person and includes options like crab cake, pan-seared branzino, homemade fresh pasta, and chocolate raspberry cheesecake. Make your reservation here.

Restaurants in La Jolla Shores

8. The Marine Room

If The Marine Room has been on your list, we recommend going on the most romantic night of the year. This incredible upscale dining experience will give you all the feels any day of the year, but this Valentine’s Day, they’ll roll out the heart-shaped carpet for an extra special Valentine’s Day dinner.

The Marine Room rests at the southernmost end of La Jolla Shores Beach, with beautiful views of La Jolla Cove. It’s perfect for the romantic setting you’re looking for, with a splash of excitement as the restaurant is at eye level with the surf. 

Enjoy their prix fixe menu that features winter truffle risotto, Okra king salmon tataki, bone-in filet mignon, lobster tail, chocolate lava cake, optional wine pairings, and more. Snag your spot at $150 per person or $225 for the added wine pairings. See the full menu and make reservations here

Restaurants in Torrey Pines

9. A.R. Valentien at The Lodge at Torrey Pines

A.R. Valentien and Executive Chef Kelli Crosson make sure every occasion is special, and for Valentine’s Day, you can expect a specially curated menu in honor of love. The elegant dining experience at A.R. Valentien provides farm-to-table classic and modern French cuisine with quality, locally sourced ingredients. 

Their timbered indoor and outdoor dining area overlooks the pristinely manicured Torrey Pines Golf Course with the Pacific Ocean in the distance for the perfect quiet, romantic date night. See their menu and make reservations here.

Places to Watch the Sunset in La Jolla on Valentine’s Day

La Jolla sunsets are the best in San Diego at any time of the year and a romantic activity to share with your sweetie this Valentine’s Day. The sun setting over La Jolla’s unique coastline will give you all the feels. Enjoying the sunset right from your table on Valentine’s Day is always a great option, but if you have time either before or after your reservation to catch the sunset, here are a few of our favorite sunset hot spots:

Coast Blvd.

You’re in the right place if you’re anywhere along Coast Blvd. during the sunset. Starting from La Jolla Cove Beach, you can walk South along Coast Blvd to various viewpoints where you can stop to take in the view. There are also benches sprinkled along Coast Blvd to use:

The Coast Walk Trail

The Coast Walk Trail starts at The Cave Store, East of La Jolla Cove Beach. It’s a 0.6-mile easy trail with several great spots to stop and watch the sunset. Metered parking is available along Coast Blvd. or free neighborhood parking.

Torrey Pines Glider Port

Watch the sunset from atop the towering bluffs. Enjoy unobstructed views up and down the coast and maybe even some paragliders flying overhead. Parking is plenty and free! 

Torrey Pines Natural State Reserve

Getting to the reserve is an uphill trek, and once at the top, there are several trails with lookout points that are perfect for watching the sunset. The gates close at sunset, so parking at the North Beach parking lot and walking up is your best bet.

Mt. Soledad

This popular spot towers above it all. Take the curvy drive up to Mt. Soledad for incredible 360° views. Once there, you’ll likely be joining others with the same idea. The parking is minimal, so keep that in mind.

When to Watch Sunsets in La Jolla

This Valentine’s Day, February 14, the sun sets in La Jolla at 5:34 pm.

To check the predicted sunset time for any other day, go here.

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Valorie Hirsch

Valorie Hirsch is a Content Manager and writer at lajolla.ca, helping readers discover the best of La Jolla, from things to do, dining, events, and more, so visitors and locals can have the best experience and stay connected. A San Diego native, you can usually find her enjoying live music shows, hiking local trails, tackling the world's most difficult reads, or catching up with her favorite Instagram cat celebrities.
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Valorie Hirsch

Valorie Hirsch is a Content Manager and writer at lajolla.ca, helping readers discover the best of La Jolla, from things to do, dining, events, and more, so visitors and locals can have the best experience and stay connected. A San Diego native, you can usually find her enjoying live music shows, hiking local trails, tackling the world's most difficult reads, or catching up with her favorite Instagram cat celebrities.

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