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Valentine’s Day Restaurant Options At The Aventine In La Jolla

Planning the perfect Valentine’s Day dinner is difficult,  but what if you could find a single location in San Diego that housed some of the best restaurants in town?  Even better, what if each of those places offered special, prix fixe menus catered around this romantic occasion?

(Photo Credit: Aventine)

A Deluxe Lover’s Feast, Cupid’s Cocktail and sharable desserts are just a few of the festive offerings found at the Aventine’s four esteemed restaurants:  Truluck’s, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, Cafe Japengo and The Melting Pot.  Each restaurant has created its own special Valentine’s Day menu, promising to set the mood for an evening of intimate wining and dining with your significant other.  With four restaurants serving up a variety of gastronomical specialties, you’re sure to find the perfect fare to tantalize even the pickiest of sweethearts.

(Photo Credit: Truluck’s)

Truluck’s offers a true wooing for the seafood connoisseur. The restaurant boasts the freshest catch, delivered from their fisheries to your table in less than 24 hours.  They have consistently been voted Best Seafood in several San Diego publications and this Valentine’s Day, couples can indulge in Truluck’s renowned Stone Crab, as well as other seafood selections from their prix fixe, three-course menu.  Sips and sweets include the Red Door, a raspberry and St. Germain cocktail, and your choice of enormous, sharable desserts. Prepare to spoon each other decadent bites of Chocolate Malt Pie.  See the full menu here.

8990 University Center Lane
San Diego, CA 92122
Ph. 858-453-2583

HOURS: Valentine’s Day: 5 to 10 p.m.

(Photo Credit: Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar)

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar gives busier couples a second chance for a Valentine’s Day dinner date, extending their special prix fixe menu to Sunday, Feb. 17.  This award-winning restaurant offers couples a Celebration Menu, featuring sumptuous lobster or crab that pairs wonderfully with their flirtatious Valentine’s cocktails.  Try the Mint To Be, a concoction of Gentleman Jack Tennessee Whiskey, ginger liqueur, pomegranate juice and fresh mint.  Another sweet something in honor of love is a $25 Dining Card that Fleming’s will gift couples during the holiday.  More details and the full menu can be found here.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
8970 University Center Lane
San Diego, CA 92122
Ph. 858-535-0078

HOURS: Valentine’s Day: 5 to 10 p.m.

Melting Pot

(Photo Credit: The Melting Pot)

The Melting Pot will be offering a five-course prix fixe menu of its famous fondue.  Indulge in a Deluxe Lover’s Feast of lobster tail and Filet Mignon, and be sure to try the Cupid’s Cocktail, a blend of Citron Vodka, Amaretto, Triple Sec and fruit juices for a sweet treat that complements the interactive feasting.  Finish the night by dipping into chocolate fondue. After all, the couple that cooks together, stays together. Click here for fondue fun this Valentine’s Day.

The Melting Pot
8980 University Center Lane
San Diego – La Jolla, CA 92122
Ph. 858-638-1700

HOURS: Valentine’s Day: 5 to 10 p.m.

(Photo Credit: Cafe Japengo)

Cafe Japengo gives your night of romance a touch of the exotic with tastes from the Pacific Rim.  The a la carte Valentine’s Day menu will offer teasing bites like Ahi Duet Two Ways and Grilled Porterhouse Vintage Steak.  The restaurant’s innovative, Asian-fusion dishes have been hailed by San Diego Magazine as the Best Pacific Rim Cuisine” and “Best Sushi” in the city.  For the special night, Café Japengo will offer a Raspberry Blossom cocktail, made with fresh fruit, Chambord and raspberry vodka to further titillate the senses.  For more information to make your Valentine’s Day dinner date a memorable one, click here.

Cafe Japengo
8960 University Center Lane
San Diego – La Jolla, CA 92122
Ph. 858-450-3355

HOURS: Valentine’s Day: 5-9:30 p.m.

Extra special tip:  if you’re looking to make your partner really swoon, the Aventine is also home to the AAA Four Diamond Hyatt Regency, as well as the world-class Sporting Club and The Spa at The Sporting Club.  Make a mini getaway for two out of this luxurious, inclusive lifestyle complex located in one of San Diego’s classiest neighborhoods, La Jolla.

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