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Valentine’s Day in Santa Barbara

Romance is at the heart of what makes Santa Barbara tick. Lovebirds have been flocking to The American Riviera® for honeymoons and romantic retreats for well over a century. The city’s signature red-tile roofs, white-washed buildings and lush gardens—nestled between a dramatic mountain range and the sparkling sea—evoke the topography and architectural aesthetic of the European Riviera. And it’s not simply about looks —there’s something quite special about how Santa Barbara makes people feel. The buoyant joie de vivre of our laid-back city by the sea is contagious and Santa Barbara’s seductive qualities are no joke. Simultaneously sophisticated and bohemian, easy-going and energetic, Santa Barbara is truly a place to revive.

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This Valentine’s Day, whisk your special someone to Santa Barbara for a romantic retreat along the Riviera. Fill your days with fine wines, leisurely dinners and of course, long sunset-lit walks on the beach.

For those needing a little romantic-inspiration, we’ve curated a list of the best Valentine’s Day happenings, even Cupid would be proud of.

Be sure to check back as more events will be added as details become available.

Valentine’s Day Dinners in Santa Barbara

Cheers to your loved one at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara. Photo Credit: Blake Bronstad

Valentine’s Day Dinner at Bella Vista February 14, 2019
Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara’s coveted restaurant Bella Vista sets the perfect scene for an intimate and cozy Valentine’s Day dinner with your loved one. Executive Chef Marco Fossati has arranged an enchanting four-course menu accompanied by a sparkling glass of bubbly for you and your beau to indulge inn. Make it a family affair and include your children in your night out with the resort’s complimentary childcare and special children’s menu. Learn more
Cost: $214/Couple; $15/Child age 12 and under. Reservations required.

Valentine’s Day at Jane Restaurant February 14, 2019
With locations in both the heart of Santa Barbara’s Theatre District and Goleta’s bustling Calle Real Marketplace, Jane Restaurant is a sublime spot to celebrate your love this Valentine’s Day. Jane’s specially crafted Valentine’s Day menu features the likes of roasted artichoke with Parmesan crust, broiled Atlantic salmon on cedar, and three delectable homemade petite dessert jars, including lemon meringue, chocolate pot de crème, and tiramisu. Don’t wait to reserve your spot, as Jane Restaurant is highly popular and sure to book up. Learn more
Cost: $65/Person. Reservations recommended.

Celebrate Love at opal restaurant + bar February 14, 2019
Romance the night away over a four course meal at opal restaurant + bar, where you have the choice between three different seatings and a myriad of tasty menu offerings. The eatery will be elegantly decorated, and you can indulge in items such as duck confit and portobello mushroom ravioli, tiger prawn paella, and vanilla bean crème brûlée. With so many ways to savor, there’s no doubt you will have a Valentine’s Day dinner to remember. Learn more
Cost: 
$79-$109/Person, not including alcohol, tax, or tip. Reservations Required.

Bacara Bar Valentine’s Day Specials February 14, 2019
Luxuriate in a “couple” of tapas at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara’s renowned Bacara Bar, including Kumiai oysters with strawberry champagne mignonette, as well as duck and chanterelle croquettes with lime crème fraîche and caviar. Grab a bite while sipping on top-of-the-line refreshments as you gaze out at the sunset with your loved one. Learn more
Cost: Varies per menu item.

Valentine’s Dinner for Two at The Bistro February 14, 2019
Treat yourself and your beau to a luxe dinner for two at The Bistro at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara. Savor whole Maine lobster, juicy steak, creamy potatoes au gratin, crispy spigarello, and tender turnips paired with a seasonal salad. Save room for sugar, because the dessert bar will leave your sweet tooth satisfied. Learn more
Cost: $105/Person, not including tax or tip. Limited to two guests, reservations recommended.

Valentine’s Day Decadence at Angel Oak February 14, 2019
Relish in seven courses of culinary delights this Valentine’s Day at the acclaimed Angel Oak restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara. Chef Alexander Bollinger will cook to impress, and you’re sure to experience an unforgettable meal with your love. Sip on wine perfectly paired by the resort’s master sommelier, and top the night off with a moonlit walk on the property’s seaside bluffs. Learn more
Cost: $135/Person, not including tax or tip. Additional wine pairings $85/Person. Reservations recommended.

Valentine’s Day Tasting Menu at The Monarch February 14, 2019
The Monarch is opening its doors for a memorable Valentine’s Day family-style tasting menu that will please your palate and heart. Celebrate the occasion as a couple or with friends, and dine on exquisite dishes such as beet gnocchi with walnut sage butter, oysters with caviar, and 72-hour short rib with a red wine glaze. End the night with a selection of house-made chocolate bon bons that are sure to have even Cupid drooling. Learn more
Cost: $125/Person.

San Valentino Dinner at S.Y. Kitchen February 14, 2019
Indulge in an evening of romance at S.Y. Kitchen, where Chef Luca Crestinelli has prepared a flavorful menu for couples to savor on their intimate night out. Warm up by the fire pit with the Valentino–an infusion of Aperol, vanilla-infused vodka, lime, raspberry and prosecco. The pappardelle with sweet onion, scallops, and caviar or the duck confit with Jerusalem artichokes, broccolini, and port are two of the four specials available to enjoy. Learn more
Cost: Varies per menu item.

It’s Amore at Bettina February 14, 2019
Montecito’s newest Italian love affair, Bettina has certainly made a splash in Santa Barbara’s culinary scene. Come experience a romantic night out with your love or a laughter-filled get together with friends on Valentine’s Day, and see what all the fuss is about. From naturally-leavened wood fired bread and creamy burrata to fresh farmers market veggies and meatballs al forno, Bettina pulls out all stops when it comes to classic Italian cooking. Try the specially curated Valentine’s Day cocktails, and ordering a few sizzling pizzas is a must! Learn more
Cost: Varies per menu item.

Valentine’s Day Dinner at The Lark February 14, 2019
Executive Chef Jason Paluska is known for his incredible flavor combinations, and his Valentine’s Day dinner menu is sure to set the mood. Designed for sharing, The Lark’s Valentine’s Day specials complement the restaurant’s standard market-driven menu, and will feature plates like grilled globe artichoke with slow cooked duck egg and lobster roe hollandaise, as well as spring lamb agnolotti with sheep’s milk ricotta and crispy lamb belly. Learn more
Cost: Varies per menu item; Reservations recommended.

Romance the Night Away at Loquita February 14, 2019
Toast to the holiday of love at Loquita with “La Rosa,” a specialty Valentine’s Day cocktail made from Sipsmith gin, Genepy des Alpes, Fever Tree aromatic tonic, strawberry rose garnish, and finished with a tableside spray of rosewater. The accompanying prix fixe menu will leave your taste buds tingling, and includes Grassy Bar oysters with winter citrus granita, mejillones with chorizo aioli, and kaffir lime panna cotta to name a few. Learn more
Cost: $75/Person; Additional wine pairing $35/Person. Reservations highly recommended.

Get Lucky with Lucky Penny February 14, 2019
Sizzling pizza in the shape of a heart? What more could a secret admirer ask for? Send your crush a delicious valentine that is almost too cute to eat! Lucky Penny will be delivering pre-ordered pizzas for Valentine’s Day, and you can make the deal even cheesier with a sweet love note included in the delivery. Orders will only be accepted between February 1-13 at the Lucky Penny counter, so be sure to get yours in soon. Learn more
Cost: Varies per menu item. Delivery applicable towards pizzas only. Orders accepted up until 12:00 pm on February 13, 2019.

Tyger Tyger Shares the Love February 14, 2019
Chef Daniel Palaima’s exotic Valentine’s Day menu is sure to heat things up between you and your love. Try the beet spring roll with blood orange sabayon, watercress, and rose, or dig into chilled Dungeness crab with long beans, kohlrabi, yuzu aioli, and mint. These tasty shareable plates combined with some of Tyger Tyger’s signature items like the Northern Thai curried pork are a match made in heaven. Learn more
Cost: Varies per menu item; Specials range $12-$36. 

Get Cozy at Finch & Fork February 14, 2019
Flirt it up at Finch & Fork this Valentine’s Day, where you can savor an incredible five-course meal prepared by Executive Chef Peter Cham. Only ten tables of two are available for booking, so this rooftop dinner is bound to be an unforgettable experience. Guests can enjoy a welcome cocktail and hors d’oeuvres upon arrival, and specially curated menu items include burrata with winter chicories, lobster with caviar, and braised short rib. End your night on a sweet note with buttermilk panna cotta, macarons, and chocolate bon bons. Learn more
Cost: $200/Person; Optional wine pairing $75/Person. Reservations required.

Seaside Romance at The Set Restaurant February 14, 2019
Wine and dine the love of your life at The Set Restaurant at Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort. Indulge in fresh oysters and savory caviar as you watch the sunlight reflect off the ocean waves, and celebrate your love with a glass of bubbly. Choose from an assortment of rich entreés like Dungeness crab risotto or Kobe style eye of ribeye, and finish off the night with decadent truffles, macarons, berry tarts and chocolate eclairs. Learn more
Cost: Varies per menu item.

Valentine’s Weekend Barrel Room Dinner February 23, 2019
Sanford Winery’s renowned Barrel Room is elegantly lit and ready to host their gorgeous four-course Valentine’s Day dinner for you and your love. Dine on brilliantly curated meals paired with estate-grown wines, and enjoy live music on the expansive Sanford property. Be sure to purchase tickets soon as they will sell out quickly. Learn more
Cost: $150/Person ($125 for club members).

Valentine’s Day Wine Experiences

Valentine’s Weekend at Presqu’ile Winery February 15-17, 2019
Soak up the sun while savoring delectable cheeses, chocolate and wine with Presqu’ile Winery’s Valentine’s Weekend Package. Bring your amour to the rolling hills of Santa Maria Valley on Friday to enjoy songstress Jineanne Coderre’s set of alluring love ballads, and nibble on an exclusive oyster pairing to heighten the night. Through the rest of the weekend, splurge on your romance with an artisanal cheese plate, dandelion chocolate bar, and bottle of Presqu’ile Pinot Noir for two. Learn more
Cost: $60/Couple. Reservations recommended.

Valentine’s Weekend at Brick Barn February 16-17, 2019
Santa Barbara is known for its seemingly year-round warm weather, and what better to celebrate both the beautiful outdoors and Valentine’s Weekend than wine tasting at Brick Barn Wine Estate? On both Saturday and Sunday, enjoy lively tunes and food truck delights from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. as you taste crisp varietals and enjoy time with your loved ones. Learn more
Cost: Admission is free.

Eros Celebration at Sunstone Vineyard February 15-17, 2019
Eros, the Greek god of love, is ready to string his bow this coming Valentine’s Day. Help Sunstone Vineyard celebrate their annual Eros vintage release with vertical tastings all weekend, accompanied by live music, a kissing booth, wine discounts, chocolate pairings, and savory paella from the Got Paella food truck. The Eros vertical tasting experience is a 90-minute journey through Sunstone’s oenological history, and includes six exclusive wines as well as an artisan cheese and charcuterie platter. Book your tasting now as slots will fill up quickly! Learn more
Cost: Sunstone admission is free; Eros Vertical Tastings are $75/Person plus an 18% gratuity. Each session limited to 8 guests; Ages 21+ only. Reservations required.

Eat This, Shoot That! Valentine’s Weekend Wine Tour February 16, 2019
Link arms with your amore and stroll through Santa Barbara’s historic downtown this Valentine’s Weekend, all while you taste at various boutique wineries, learn about wine tasting and the local wine industry, and enjoy small bites along the way. Taste your way through all of Santa Barbara’s French-style wines -Burgundian, Rhone, and Bordeaux- while your local guide/wine expert helps you find the type of wines that suit your palate best. You’ll also enjoy a chocolate and truffle tasting to round out your Valentine’s Day experience. Learn more
Cost: $109/Person; Ages 21+ only. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Valentine’s Day in Wine Country February 13-18, 2019
Whether you prefer wine tasting by van, bicycle, or with cupcakes on the side, Santa Barbara Wine Country Tours will take care of every detail so you can gaze into your love’s eyes instead. Sip varietals from all over Santa Barbara Wine Country, and enjoy a fresh deli style lunch while learning about the natural and human history of the area from a knowledgeable guide. Should you choose the cupcake pairing tour, you can expect to be treated to a variety of sweet wine-infused cupcakes that will elevate your wine experience. Learn more
Cost: $109/Person; Ages 21+ only. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Valentine’s day activities and special offers

All You Need Is Love Scavenger Hunt February 1-28, 2019
Explore the beach side haven that is Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort with the apple of your eye, and discover a trail of romantic lyrics penned by the likes of Taylor Swift, Elton John, The Beatles, and more. Get inspired by the love notes and post your finds on social media to receive a complimentary sweet treat at The Set Restaurant. Learn more
Cost: Admission is free.

 

Valentine’s Wreath Making Workshop at Brick Barn February 10, 2019
Put your green thumb to work and create a gorgeous heart-shaped flower wreath with the help of Santa Ynez Valley Botanical Gardens. Sip on flavorful wine and munch on a delicious charcuterie platter while you craft your romantic décor, and leave with a gorgeous gift for that special someone. All tools and materials needed to craft the wreaths are included in ticket purchase. Learn more
Cost: $50/Person ($40 for Brick Barn Club Members).

Galentine’s Day Party at Cat Therapy February 13, 2019
Skip the stress of planning a gal pal party or a date with your beau and come enjoy bottomless bubbles and sweet treats with (furry) friends at Cat Therapy this Valentine’s Day. Cuddle with rescue cats and enjoy that special someone’s company while donating to a good cause. Also, throughout the week of February 11-17, take 15% off a visit for two with the code VALENTINESDAY. What a purrrfect celebration! Learn more
Cost: $30/Person; Ages 21+ only.

Double Dolphin Valentine’s Day Sunset Cruise February 14, 2019
Let your worries float away and set sail with those you care most for on the Double Dolphin Valentine’s Day Sunset cruise. Nibble on light appetizers from C’est Cheese while you sip on bottomless bubbles in a keepsake reusable nautical Champagne flute. Relax in the glorious glow of sunset in the arms of loved ones as the boat navigates the waves. Reserve your spot soon because spaces will fill up! Learn more
Cost: $75/Person; Ages 21+ only.

Romantic Sunset Paddle at Santa Barbara Waterfront February 14, 2019
Paddle the harbor with your honey, and get a lesson in astrology from a knowledgeable guide while out on the water. Watch as the mesmerizing colors of sunset reflect off the waves, and breathe in the salty ocean breeze. It’s no wonder this casual two-hour kayak trip is a local favorite. Learn more
Cost: $89; Tickets must be purchased 48 hours in advance.

Romance on the Reef at Bacara February 14, 2019
Combine your love for science and each other at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara screening room this Valentine’s Day. Resident Marine Biologist Sara Welsh will highlight romantic inspired clips from Jean-Michel Cousteau’s underwater explorations, where you will learn about various reproduction cycles in the ocean. This hour-long interactive experience will cover a diverse range of sea creatures, from sea horses to sea anemones, and will include images and short videos appropriate for a mature audience. Learn more
Cost: Admission is free.

Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure February 14-17, 2019
Explore Santa Barbara in a whole new way with friends, family or that special someone. Discover hidden gems as you traverse through the city, unraveling tailor-made clues and completing thrilling challenges as you enjoy your own amazing race adventure. Use the code VALENTINESB for a special discount for a team of 2-5 people. Learn more
Cost: $39.20/Team; Other additional charges may apply.

Valentine’s Day Getaway at Channel Islands National Park February 14-18, 2019
Calling all adrenaline junkies! Bring your adventure buddy out to the Channel Islands for an extra exhilarating Valentine’s Day celebration. Think kayaking, hiking, and snorkeling as well as whale watching on your trip to and from the islands. February 14 through February 18 only, take 10% off ticket prices using the code CHILOVE10 at checkout. Learn more
Cost: Varies per activity.