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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.
Wine & Dine your Valentine
Valentine’s Day Lunch at Wine Cask
Avoid the dinner crowd on Valentine’s and bring your sweetheart to lunch at Wine Cask. Upon arrival, enjoy rose petals on the table, and a complimentary glass of bubbly and chocolate truffles to complete your romantic lunch. Learn More
Valentine’s Day Dinner at Opal Restaurant & Bar
Join opal restaurant and bar for an elegant evening affair this Valentine’s Day. Nothing will make your date swoon more than a four-course menu in the heart of Downtown Santa Barbara. Be sure to dress to impress your lucky someone, as opal will be decorated in true romantic style. At the end of the meal, opal will share the love by gifting $10 gift certificate to use on your next visit. Learn More
Valentine’s Tasting Menu at Boathouse
Let cupid lead the way to a night of seaside kisses, painted skies and lovely food at Santa Barbara’s most romantic dinner location this Valentine’s Day. The Boathouse at Hendry’s Beach is offering a special tasting menu that can be enjoyed together with your darling as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean. Delight in savory seafood such as Scottish Salmon or Vegetarian Spice Rubbed Tofu, and end the night with a sweet dessert like Key Lime Pie or a classic chocolate cake. The Boathouse also offers special pricing options for groups of two or more. Bring the family and gather with all of your loved ones. Learn More
Valentine’s Day at Hotel Californian
Galentine’s Day wouldn’t be complete without an intimate dinner with your friends. What better place to celebrate than Santa Barbara’s latest cosmopolitan hub, Hotel Californian. Executive Chef Alexander La Motte is offering a three-course prix-fixe menu, ranging from Italian, Korean and locally inspired dishes. Bring your friends together, indulge in delicious food and cheers to your lovely friendship! Learn More
The Lark Celebrates Valentine’s Day
Cozy up in The Funk Zone neighborhood’s farm-to-table restaurant, The Lark. Their outside seating area, voted the “Most Romantic Patio” by USA Today, is the perfect spot to indulge in Chef Paluska’s enticing Valentine’s Day menu with your loved one. Satisfy your palate with local Butter-Poached Lobsters or Grilled Pork Belly as the romance flows through the night. Learn More
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Loquita
Tempt Cupid with a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner at Loquita, Santa Barbara’s Spanish haven for (food) lovers. Enjoy Chef Lee’s seductive four-course Valentine’s menu, and satisfy your desires with oysters and carpaccio de porchetta at this cozy and sensual Funk Zone restaurant. Before dinner, toast to Valentine’s Day with a specialty cocktail created by Bar Manager Gavin Koehn– Hierbas del Amor with Tarragon and Ginger-Infused Gin, Jerez Blanco Vermouth, Lemon, Campari, Rosé and Egg White. Learn More
Valentine’s Day at Belmond El Encanto
A paradise for romantics, The Dining Room and Terrace at Belmond El Encanto is the ultimate venue for a passionate evening under the stars. Enjoy a special three-course Valentine’s Day menu curated by Executive Chef Johan Denizot, and admire the gorgeous view of Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean as your love grows to the skies. Learn More
Valentine’s Day at Rodney’s Grill
Rodney’s Grill is a lover’s holiday with an unforgettable three-course menu. Featuring delicious seasonal starters, savory entrées such as Alaskan Halibut and Prime Rib, and delectable desserts including Rose Water Creme Brûlée, Rodney’s cozy and intimate ambiance is the perfect backdrop to your romantic evening. Learn More
Valentine’s Day at The Bear and Star
For a warm and intimate night with your special someone, The Bear and Star in Los Olivos led by Chef John Cox is hosting a dreamy Valentine’s Day dinner made from the freshest local ingredients. Pamper your partner (and your taste buds) with savory Deviled Farm Eggs and Parker Ranch Wagyu Short Ribs in front of the glistening fireplace. Learn More
A San Valentino Dinner at S.Y. Kitchen
Tucked in the heart of Santa Barbara wine country, S.Y. Kitchen’s Valentine’s Day dinner is designed for a night of romance in Santa Ynez. Chef Luca and his culinary team have perfected the recipe for romance, which includes a menu of alluring holiday dishes and custom Valentine cocktails by the one-and-only Mixologist Alberto Battaglini’s. Start your night coupled together in the Cocktail Courtyard with the Rossini, Prosecco & Strawberry Puree, followed by a night of seasonal specials made for couples to savor.
It’s Almost Valentine’s Day Pop Up!
Looking for a special something for your special someone? Municipal Winemakers is here to the rescue with their pre-Valentine’s Day pop-up shop on February 9. The Golden State Store, Charlotte Jones Shoes, Chocolate Maya and more will be available with goods and items for purchase. For those unattached this Valentine’s day, local matchmaker Lisa Amador will be in attendance to assist in those who are searching for love in time for the big day. Learn More
Valentine’s Weekend Chocolate & Wine Pairing
Nothing pairs with wine better than chocolate, especially Jessica Foster Confections’ Chocolate Truffles. Celebrate Valentine’s Day early and head to the Funk Zone neighborhood February 10-11 to join DV8 Cellars on for their annual chocolate truffle and wine pairing. Learn More
Chocolate and Wine for your Valentine
Only the finest for you and your Valentine! For a limited time (February Only) Jamie Slone Wines is offering two special chocolate and wine pairings created by owner Kym Slone with chocolates from Santa Barbara’s Best Chocolatier, Jean Michel of Chocolats Du Calibressan. This experience is designed for the serious Chocoholic who loves wine and the opportunity to discover some amazing wines to add to your cellar. Learn More
Valentine’s Day Wine Tasting Package with Grapeline Wine Tours
Been struck by Cupid’s arrow? Treat the desire of your affections to a Cupid-inspired day in Santa Barbara wine country with Grapeline Wine Tours. Available February 10-18, your day in wine country will include wine tasting flights at four local wineries, a catered picnic and worry-free transportation. Romanti-size your experience with a special Valentine’s Day upgrade that includes a box of 6 gourmet mini cupcakes and a bottle of Firestone Rosé. Learn More
Sweets for your sweetheart! Located in the heart of Los Olivos, join Bien Nacido Vineyard on February 17 for a wine and chocolate truffle pairing, featuring Bien Nacido’s small production estate wines, expertly paired with Jessica Foster Confections’ delicious chocolate creations. Satisfy all your senses with a complimentary long stemmed red rose. Learn More
Cupcakes and Wine for Valentine’s Day
Join Carr Winery on February 18 for a special wine and cupcake tasting in the Carr Winery Barrel Room. Three decadent cupcakes by Violette Bakeshop will each be paired with a delicious Carr wine. Learn More
Eros Valentine’s Day Wine Release Celebration
Escape to Sunstone Winery for this annual celebration, February 17-18! Enjoy barrel tastings of the highly- anticipated 2016 Eros with the option to add-on specially paired chocolate truffles to your hand-crafted tasting flight. On Saturday, a gourmet food truck will serve up a delicious menu that compliments Sunetone’s wonderful wines. Bringing a significant other? Don’t forget to take a photo in the “kissing” booth inspired by the Eros label “The Kiss” by James Paul Brown.
Book your spot at the exclusive Eros Vertical Seated Tasting in Linda’s Library where you’ll enjoy a 90-minute experience with other Eros connoisseurs tasting through the history of Sunstone’s flagship Bordeaux blend. Guided by a dedicated wine host, taste the ‘11, ‘12, ‘14, ‘15 and ‘16 vintages of this award-winning blend while enjoying an artisan cheese and charcuterie platter. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as these wines are very coveted and extremely limited in availability. Learn More
Valentine’s Day in Wine Country
Three unique ways to wine taste with Santa Barbara Adventure Company. For couples with a sweet tooth, experience the original wine and cupcake tour. Nibble on six tasty cupcake flavors in between wine tasting throughout Santa Ynez Valley. Couples seeking a little adventure can opt for the wine country biking tour, where you’ll get to ride along the scenic back roads as you make your way from stop-to-stop. Love birds wanting a relaxing, leisurely afternoon, can sit back and relax while Santa Barbara Adventure Company takes care of all the details on a traditional wine tour of Santa Ynez Valley. All tours include a delicious deli-style lunch and all transportation and tasting fees. Learn More
Love at Sea
Valentine’s Day Sunset Champagne Cruise
Romance and something sparkling always go hand-in-hand. This year, let your love shine while sailing the seas (at sunset) and sipping on sparkling champagne. Your ticket includes bottomless champagne served in a reusable nautical glass and light appetizers from C’est Cheese. Learn More
Prefer something more intimate? Santa Barbara Sailing center offers private sailing charters for up to 6 people. Spend a few hours or the whole day aboard a yacht sailing the Pacific Ocean. You can even learn how to sail the boat yourself with couple sailing lessons. Learn More
Valentine’s Day Kayaking Channel Islands
Explore the natural wonders of the Channel Islands National Park this Valentine’s Day. Show your love for the environment by spending the day beside the crystalline waters around Santa Cruz Island. For adventurous couples, this is your opportunity to paddle though the arches and caves of one of Santa Barbara’s greatest outdoor treasures. Book your tour with Santa Barbara Adventure Company and leave it to them to provide all kayaking and paddling gear, a friendly and informative guide and the experience of a lifetime. Learn More
Belmond El Encanto’s Santa Barbara Love Package
Show your love for Santa Barbara during the month of February by booking the ultra-romantic “Santa Barbara Love” Package. Including luxury accommodations, couples massage, bottle of Belmond El Encanto Signature Champagne and a candlelight, rose petal turndown, you’re in for a getaway that you and your sweetie will never forget.
By booking this package, $10 per day will donated to Direct Relief, who has been aiding to restore the Santa Barbara and Montecito communities as a result of the Thomas Fire and Montecito mudslide. Now that’s what we call Santa Barbara love. Learn More
AMAZING VALENTINE’S SCAVENGER HUNT 20% OFF
Valentine’s Day isn’t just for lovers. Gather together your friends, family or that special person for an afternoon scavenger hunt throughout Santa Barbara. Discover hidden gems as you make your way through the city, unraveling clues and completing challenges as you enjoy your own amazing race adventure. Only $39.20 for a team of up to 5 people. Be sure to use promo code: VALENTINESB. Learn More
Eat This! Shoot That! Valentine’s Day Special
Treat your sweetie to a tasty food tour through Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone neighborhood this Valentine’s Day. On February 14, Eat This! Shoot That! is offering their Funk Zone Food & Photo Tour tickets at a discounted rate of $89 per person. Like the saying goes, the best way to to anyone’s heart is through their stomach! Ask about special prices for kids. All-ages are welcome on this food lover’s tour. Learn More
Valentine’s Day Savings at La Cumbre Plaza
Shop and dine with your Valentine at La Cumbre Plaza. Simply show your out-of-town driver’s license, passport or hotel room key to the La Cumbre Plaza Guest Services to receive a complimentary Visitor Savings valued at $250 in special savings and offers at participating stores and restaurants. Learn More