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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. Fill your days with fine wines, leisurely dinners and long walks on the beach.

Need some romantic-inspiration? Below is a 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

Valentine’s Eve Dinner Concert with Shawn Thies & Friends at SOhO, February 13, 2020
Spend “Valentine’s Eve” with acclaimed vocalist Shawn Thies and her band at SOhO Restaurant and Music Club. One of Santa Barbara’s best kept secrets, Shawn Thies has been singing in and around California’s Central Coast for over 25 years. Shawn and her band will serenade you with a special blend of jazz, blues, and Americana. This is a seated show with tables in SOhO’s stage room. Learn More
Cost: $15 per person for concert; Dinner is sold separately and is a required purchase for table seating.  

Valentine’s Day at Caruso’s, February 14, 2020
Reconnect over an intimate four-course prix-fixe dinner for two at Caruso’s at Rosewood Miramar Beach. For Valentine’s Day, the beachside oceanfront restaurant will channel the seductive glamour and passion of the Italian Riviera with fine wine, candlelight and captivating views. Learn More
Cost: $225 per adult; Additional wine pairing: $85 per adult

Valentine’s Day at Malibu Farm, February 14, 2020
Indulge in an evening of romance at Malibu Farm at Rosewood Miramar Beach. Celebrate the occasion with a memorable three-course prix-fixe menu that will please your palate and heart. Learn More
Cost: $105 per adult; Additional wine pairing: $55 per adult

Valentine’s Day Dinner at Bella Vista, February 14, 2020
Bella Vista at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara sets the mood for an intimate and cozy Valentine’s Day dinner with your loved one. Executive Chef Michael Patria has arranged an enchanting four-course menu with options like black trumpet risotto, chicken-tarragon agnolotti or braised Wagyu short rib and cherry cordial for dessert. Make dinner extra special by adding a wine pairing and truffle.  Learn More
Cost: $125 per adult; $75 wine pairing, add truffle for $35

Valentine’s Day at Convivo Restaurant, February 14, 2020
Convivo Restaurant is a dreamy location for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner. With oceanfront views and the option to dine alfresco, Convivo’s ambiance is sure to make your hearts flutter. Chef Peter McNee has created a special “nomad” Italian three-course menu for the evening, with antipasti options including crispy pork belly, chanterelles, and ahi tuna carpaccio. Watch the sunset while enjoying mouthwatering mains like the lemon and ricotta caramelle pasta with Santa Barbara stone crab and sea urchin butter or short rib with celery root purée, brussel sprouts, horseradish and chanterelles. Save room for dessert and consider taking the meal next-level with wine pairings.
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Cost: $65 per person; $20 wine pairing

Valentine’s Weekend at bouchon Santa Barbara, February 14 and 15, 2020
Romantic lighting, balloons and rose petals for all! Valentine’s Day is so popular at bouchon Santa Barbara, the restaurant will be celebrating for two nights. Chef Murphy offers a Seasonal Wine Country Cuisine dinner menu in a three-course format, with a first, main entrée and dessert. Choose from the entire menu, including Chef’s romantically-inspired specials. Learn More
Cost: $85 per person

Valentine’s Day at Jane Restaurant, February 14, 2020
Located in the heart of Santa Barbara’s Theatre District, 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 a basil crust, broiled petrale sole, and seven delectable dessert options, from coconut chiffon cake to vanilla panna cotta and strawberry compote. Learn More
Cost: $65 per person

Festa di San Valentino at Olio e Limone Ristorante, February 14 and 15, 2020
Live la dolce vita with a three-course Valentine’s feast at Olio e Limone Ristorante, offering innovative artisanal Italian cuisine. Tickle your tastebuds with special dishes by Executive Chef Alberto Morello like Lasagnetta ai Frutti di Mare (Seafood lasagna), Ravioli Cuore-a-Cuore (scallop and shrimp-filled heart-shaped ravioli) and Petti di Pollo Saltimbocca alla Romana (chicken-breast with prosciutto). Finish the evening with dessert. The Cuore di Cioccolato (heart-shaped chocolate-raspberry torte) is a Valentine’s favorite. Learn More
Cost: $85 per person, children age 12 and under may order a la carte 

Celebrate Love at opal restaurant + bar, February 14, 2020
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, slow-roasted braised short ribs 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 to $109 per person

Valentine’s Day Decadence at Angel Oak, February 14, 2020
Relish in six courses of culinary delights this Valentine’s Day at the acclaimed Angel Oak restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara. Experience an unforgettable meal by Chef de Cuisine Alexander Bollinger. The special menu includes a pizza margarita amouse bouche followed by spicy hamachi tartare paired with Champagne, beet salad, squid ink cavatelli, roasted moulard duck breast, surf and turf and a Valrhona dark chocolate heart for dessert. Angel Oak will also offer a special Valentine’s Day vegetarian menu. Top the night off with a moonlit walk on the seaside bluffs. Learn More
Cost: $175 per person. 

Valentine’s Weekend at The ‘O’ Bar + Kitchen, February 14 to 15, 2020
Oh me, oh my! The ‘O’ Bar + Kitchen at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara features California Central Coast cuisine with a Mediterranean flair. This Valentine’s weekend, share small plates including clam toast, duck confit ragout and dark chocolate caramel fondue for two. Grab a bite while sipping on a “Heart’s Desire” specialty cocktail with rosemary vodka, green chartreuse, sorrel and grapefruit 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, 2020
Treat yourself and your beau to a casual dinner for two in the dining room or on the oceanfront terrace at The Bistro at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara. Savor organic Mary’s chicken with truffle stuffing, rustic baby potatoes, charred broccolini, braised turnips, roasted garlic, fennel and chicken jus. And save room for sweets with your sweetie, the dessert bar will leave you both satisfied. Learn More
Cost: $105 for two people. 

Spice Up Valenine’s Day at Bibi Ji, February 14, 2020
Bibi Ji owners Alejandro Medina and three-time James Beard Award winner Rajat Parr are spicing up the menu for Valentine’s Day with a couples-only menu filled with dishes like locally caught purple sea urchin biryani, line caught local halibut with market tomato, green curry leaf, turmeric; and Thali Curry Platter comprised of butter chicken, goan lamb curry, coconut curry, and more. After the exquisite Indian feast, each table will be served a dark chocolate truffle two-pack box made by local chocolatier, Jessica Foster Confections. The special collaborative truffle is made with Bibi Ji’s house-made Indian five spice Panch Phoron and then topped with candied fennel. Parr has selected an optional top-notch wine pairing to accompany the meal. Learn More
Cost: Dinner for two, $75 per person ; $30 per person wine pairing

Bob’s Well Bread Presents Valentine’s Dinner, February 14, 2020
Bob’s Well Bread Bakery in Los Alamos is offering a spectacular Valentine’s Day dinner filled with fun, romance and good food. The evening starts with passed hors d’oeuvres and complimentary sparkling wine followed by a sit-down dinner. Chef David Jeffers romantic menu begins with a choice of lemon risotto with warm crab, fresh herbs and jus or little gem lettuce with bacon lardons, pickled red onion and Green Goddess dressing. For the main course, guests may select from entrées of beef wellington, crispy filet of salmon or vegetable wellington. The evening for lovers is complete with Head Baker Scott Smith’s decadent holiday dessert. Learn More
Cost: $80 per person for menu only, wine is available for purchase, $10 corkage fee for bringing your own wine

Rooftop Valentine’s Day Dinner at Kimpton Canary Hotel, February 14, 2020
A complimentary sunset toast begins Valentine’s festivities atop Kimpton Canary Hotel’s scenic rooftop. Finch and Fork Executive Chef Peter Cham has prepared a decadent 7-course tasting menu to delight in beneath the stars. Only ten tables of two are available for booking, so this rooftop dinner is bound to be an unforgettable experience. Learn More
Cost: $150 per person

Meat & Potatoes Valentine’s Dinner at Glass House, February 14, 2020
An interactive dinner experience that will satisfy the taste buds of an amateur foodie and impress the experienced, awaits at Glass House. This Valentine’s Day, indulge in an epic “meat & potatoes” grazing style feast, with dishes like sautéed fingerling potatoes, prawns in lemon garlic parsley butter and delicious handmade linguiça. Coupled up? A Premium Pass for two includes a set, private bistro table for two hours, a split of sparkling wine on arrival, and a 4 oz. filet mignon cooked to perfection. Flying solo? The Garden Pass includes the grazing feast but, seat yourself (first come, first serve) in one of the comfy couch lounge spaces in the cocktail garden.
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Cost: $180 per couple, Premium pass; $69 per person, Garden pass; Cocktails, wine and beer will be available for purchase separately at your table. Must be over the age of 21.

Valentine’s Dinner at Roof Top Bistro & Bar at Hilton Garden Inn Santa Barbara Goleta, February 14, 2020
Spend a night with your loved one gazing into each other’s eyes or up at the night sky at the Roof Top Bistro & Bar at Hilton Garden Inn Santa Barbara Goleta. Snuggle up by the fireplace with a Valentine’s Day cocktail or dine in style at one of the restaurant’s bistro tables. Learn More
Cost: Varies based on menu choices.

Romance Abounds at The Set at Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort, February 14, 2020
Flirt over a lovely four-course menu featuring your choice of surf and turf, pan-seared Chilean sea bass, duck confit pappardelle or butternut squash ravioli. Dinner is served with a crab cake or salad and a delicious selection of sweet treats. Dine bistro-style or cozy up by the outdoor fire pits with a specialty cocktail and ocean views. Learn More
Cost: $60 to $85 per person based on main course order. 

Love at First Bite at The Wayfarer, February 14, 2020
Treat yourself and your significant other to a romantic night of wine-and-dining at The Wayfarer Santa Barbara. Get hands-on with a cooking experience at The Kitchen featuring a three-course menu. The hotel has partnered with local wineries to hand-select the perfect pairings for each course, prepared by an experienced husband and wife team of private chefs from Poe & Co. The night starts with a delicate citrus salad, to a filling roasted chicken breast entrée and ends on a sweet note with rich chocolate almond cake. It’s sure to be love at first bite! Learn More
Cost: $75 per person, includes three-course dinner and wine pairing for each course

Valentine’s Day Dinner at The Lark, February 14, 2020
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 porchetta di testa, 30 day dry-aged prime ribeye for two and buttermilk bavarois for dessert. Learn More
Cost: Varies per menu item; Reservations recommended

Romance the Night Away at Loquita, February 14, 2020
Try to resist Loquita’s seductive Spanish Valentine’s Day menu sure to leave your taste buds tingling. The prixe fixe meal includes tapas for the whole table like scallop crudo and fried oysters, a local California citrus plate, Wagyu Bavette steak and dessert pintxos. The restaurant’s regular à la carte menu will also be available. Learn More
Cost: $75 per person

Pearl Social Sparks the Perfect Mix for Romance, February 14, 2020
Pearl Social invites lovers to enjoy expertly hand-crafted cocktails by Gavin Koehn and snacks by Chef Jason Paluska in an intimate cocktail and music bar. Paluska’s Valentine’s Day snack menu is sure to heat things up between you and your love. Try the Pacific Gold oyster shooter with Santa Barbara sea urchin emulsion, Goleta finger lime and lemon verbena. For something sweet, order the dark chocolate pot de creme with whipped crème fraîche, charred strawberries, candied peanuts and chocolate mint. Learn More
Cost: Varies per menu item

Anti-Valentine’s Day at Tyger Tyger, February 14, 2020
When love doesn’t come your way, Tyger Tyger will be your shoulder to cry on. This Valentine’s Day, the “fast-fine” Thai-Vietnamese restaurant is offering a free wine shot and small snack with an entree purchase for solo diners to dull the heartache. For all you star-crossed, thwarted and bitter romantics, it’s an anti-Valentine’s Day at Tyger Tyger. Learn More
Cost: Varies per menu item

Italian-American Classics at Bettina, February 14 to 16, 2020
Have a romantic night out with your love or a laughter-filled get together with friends this Valentine’s Day weekend at Bettina in Montecito. From à la carte specials like Italian wedding soup, kabocha squash lasagna and veal parmesan to classic tiramisu, Bettina pulls out all stops when it comes to classic Italian cooking. Try the special curated Valentine’s Day menu or order a few sizzling pizzas from Bettina’s daily market fresh menu. That’s amore! Learn More
Cost: Varies per menu item

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Valentine’s Day Wine & Beer Experiences

Valentine’s Day Special at Babcock Winery & Vineyards, February 9 to 16, 2020
Escape to Babcock Winery & Vineyards in Santa Barbara wine country with your loved one, best friend or partner for a special 2018 Love Garden rosé or 2017 Love Among the Ruins grenache for just $20 a bottle. Spice things up with two-for-one tasting flights with varietals including sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon and more. With expansive outdoor seating and cozy corners for intimate conversations, the tasting room and winery is the perfect location for a Valentine’s Day toast.  Learn More
Cost: Free admission; Tasting fee varies.

DV8 Cellars Valentine’s Wine & Chocolate Truffle Pairing, February 14-16, 2020
DV8 Cellars in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone will offer a special Valentine’s Wine and Chocolate Truffle pairing. Pair four DV8 Cellars wines with four handmade gourmet chocolate truffles from local chocolatier, Jessica Foster Confections. Learn More 

Live Music with the Jason Campbell Band at Carr Winery, February 14, 2020
Sip on your favorite Carr wines alongside delicious, handcrafted empanadas from Buena Onda and live music from the Jason Campbell Band. Whether you’re looking for the perfect pre-dinner entertainment or a casual night of live music and good wine, don’t miss this one-of-a-kind performance from local favorites. Learn More
Cost: Free admission; Food and tasting fees sold separately. Must be over the age of 21. 

Tap Takeover at The Garden with Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co., February 14, 2020
If beer makes your heart “hoppy,” head to The Garden inside the Santa Barbara Public Market for a Valentine’s Day Tap Takeover with local favorite Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co. What’s on tap? Zero to Sexy, 9th Anniversary and more Fig favorites guaranteed not to break your heart. Learn More
Cost: No admission. 

Santa Barbara Winter Wine Walk, February 14 and 15, 2020
Be sweet to your honey at the Santa Barbara Winter Wine Walk. Stroll hand in hand to eight wine tasting rooms in the historic Presidio Neighborhood of Santa Barbara. Each winery tasting room will feature a delicious food pairing along with a single tasting of one white and one red wine. Participating tasting rooms are Au Bon Climat, Barden Wines, Cebada Wine, Frequency Wine Company, Grassini Family Vineyards, Happy Canyon Vineyard, Jamie Slone Wines and Silver Wines. Learn More
Cost: $64 per person; Tickets are limited and valid for only one day. Choose your day to enjoy the experience (either Friday or Saturday). Must be over the age of 21.

Valentine’s day activities and special offers

Valentine’s Perfume-Making Workshop at the Wildling Museum, February 8, 2020
Join the Wildling Museum in Solvang for a natural Valentine’s perfume-making workshop led by artisan perfumer and owner of Sol Aromotics, Susan Farber, MFT. Attendees are invited to learn about the dynamics of natural perfume and will discover how to intertwine scents with their own personal body chemistry. Participants will use oils extracted from ylang ylang, chocolate, jasmine, rose, sandalwood, and vanilla to create their own custom Valentine’s Day fragrance. Learn More
Cost: $95 per person, which includes all required materials

Galentine’s Day Purrty at Cat Therapy, February 9, 2020
Skip the stress of planning a gal pal party or a date with your beau and enjoy bottomless bubbles and sweet treats with (furry) friends at Cat Therapy during the annual “Galentine’s Day Purrty.” Cuddle with rescue cats and enjoy that special someone’s company while donating to a good cause. What a purrfect celebration! Learn More
Cost: $30 per person; Must be over the age of 21

Love Potion Cocktail Class at Eureka, February 11, 2020
Love is in the air. Grab your favorite gal pal or Valentine for an interactive cocktail class at Eureka. Learn how to make a “Love Potion” cocktail while enjoying mouth watering appetizers and a few other goodies. Muddle and mix to your heart’s content! Learn More
Cost: $25 per person; Must be over the age of 21

Valentine’s Day Henna Workshop at Hotel Santa Barbara, February 13, 2020
Explore the romantic traditions of henna with a beginner-friendly, interactive art workshop by Wanderlust Wildcraft’s Rachel Meeker at Hotel Santa Barbara. During the workshop, use henna to decorate paper, fabric, wood and skin. All supplies necessary will be provided including 100% natural henna paste, applicators and gift options for participants to decorate. Learn More
Cost: $45 per person; Hotel Santa Barbara guests will receive a 10% discount.

Valentine’s Day Kids Club at the Santa Barbara Zoo, February 14, 2020
While parents take the evening off for a Valentine’s Day date night, kids (ages 3 to 12) can take over the Santa Barbara Zoo for dinner, special animal encounters, night tours, s’mores and other fun activities. Learn More
Cost: $30 per child, $20 each additional sibling.

Valentine’s Day Sale at Catherine Gee, February 14, 2020
Wear your heart on your sleeve this Valentine’s Day…literally. Local womenswear boutique Catherine Gee is offering 35% off the designers’ best-selling blouses and tees featuring a  signature heart and lip print. Continually inspired by the southern California palette and climate, Catherine Gee’s designs are informed by the light and tone of the Mediterranean and European lifestyle. Learn More

Valentine’s Champagne Sunset Cruise, February 14, 2020
Set sail with those near and dear on Santa Barbara Sailing Center’s Double Dolphin Valentine’s Day Sunset cruise. Nibble on light appetizers from C’est Cheese while sipping on bubbles. Relax in the glorious glow of the sunset in the arms of your loved one as the boat navigates the waves. Learn More
Cost: $75 per person. Must be over the age of 21.

Valentine’s Day Private Charter with a Captain, February 14, 2020
Love is on the water in Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara Sailing Center invites couples to start your evening of romance with a Valentine’s Day sunset cruise aboard a private charter with a U.S. Coast Guard Certified Captain. Consider an intimate cruise for two or gather friends and family (6 passengers maximum) for a private group experience. Have fun and enjoy the magic of sailing along Santa Barbara’s pristine coastline. Learn More
Cost: Prices vary. 

Animal Liberation Orchestra Tour D’Amour at SOhO, February 14, 2020
Grab your boo and spend Valentine’s Day at SOho Restaurant and Music Club with California rock band Animal Liberation Orchestra (ALO) for Tour D‘Amore with an opening set by Ben Morrison (of Brothers Comatose). Must be over the age of 21. Learn More
Cost: $30 per person

Valentine’s Painting Class at The Painted Cabernet, February 14, 2020
With a wine glass in one hand and a paintbrush in the other, create your own Valentine’s-themed masterpiece at The Painted Cabernet. In this class, attendees will head to Lover’s Lane on February 14. Taught by local artists, each class provides step-by-step instructions for all skill levels to achieve the final result. Learn More
Cost: $42, admission includes a free glass of wine or beer. Must be over the age of 21 to attend.

Valentine’s Day at Surreal, February 14, 2020
Escape into another world this Valentine’s Day at Surreal Virtual Reality Studio. Users don headsets and CPU backpacks to jump between over 15 different digital worlds in games like “Fruit Ninja” where the player is the ninja to underwater moments with awe-inspiring sea creatures in Wevr’s “TheBlu” to premium pursuits like popular “John Wick Chronicles” or “The Raft” and many more. Learn More
Cost: $15 to $25; Experiences are buy one, get one free using promotional code: LOVE at checkout.

Valentine’s Day at Float Luxury Spa, February 14-16, 2020
Let your worries float away at Float Luxury Spa. What could be better than spa treatments with a loved one on Valentine’s Day? How about spa treatments with a loved one, along with complimentary Champagne and chocolate? Even better, book a couple’s massage to savor side by side or the two-hour Couples Retreat that includes a couples massage and facials. The spa menu offers a variety of treatments to choose from including massages, facials and body treatments. Learn More
Cost: Varies per spa treatment booked; Champagne and chocolate is complimentary. 

Valentine’s Day Channel Islands Kayaking, February 14 to 18, 2020
Prisoners Harbor, named for the convicts kept on the island in the early 1800s, will only hold your heart captive. Santa Barbara Adventure Company is offering a Valentine’s Day Channel Islands kayaking special for those with an adventurous spirit. Book a Prisoner’s Harbor kayak tour with discount code CHILOVE10 and save 10% on your trip. Learn More