Restaurant Recommendations for Valentine’s Day by Bevans Branham

Bevans Branham here, and just in case you haven’t realized it yet (or your significant other hasn’t hinted it to you quite yet) Valentine’s day is just around the corner.  I was reading through one of the Zagat Blog’s latest articles on the 10 must-visit romantic restaurants around the world.  Not only did they name some amazing restaurants that you and your better-half need to try ASAP, but I was extremely excited to see that California-based restaurants were represented very heavily in the article as well!

If you’re like us and based in California, it might be worth your time to check out some of these delicious restaurants and (possibly, if you’re lucky) get some reservations for this Thursday.  Some of my favorites on the list:

Stonehouse Restaurant, Santa Barbara, CA
900 San Ysidro Ln., Santa Barbara; 805-565-1724

The Stonehouse Restaurant is a 19th-century stone house, with a built-in wood burning fireplace- making this restaurant one of the most atmospheric places to have a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner.  You and your special guy or gal can eat beneath the stars on Stonehouse’s ocean-view patio (if the weather permits) and can enjoy some California cuisine- complete with a palette of herbs and veggies harvested from the on-site garden.

Auberge du Soleil, Napa, CA
180 Rutherford Hill Rd., Rutherford; 707-963-1211

Restaurants in Napa have their own special hint of romanticism, but Auberge du Soleil, featuring California/French cuisine stands out from among the crowd. Their outdoor-patio offers breathtaking views of the surrounding wine hills that make this location superb for romantics and wine-lovers alike.

Joël Robuchon, Las Vegas, NV
3799 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas; 702-891-7925

Well, ok, it’s not in California but it’s close enough for us.  If you’re willing to make the drive from LA to Las Vegas you will not be disappointed.  Joël Robuchon’s decadent plates of New French cuisine and the restaurants absolutely breathtaking atmosphere bring this restaurant to the apex of fine dining in and around the state of California.  Along with the exquisite food, the purple-velvet curtains and golden chandeliers will make you and your partner feel like royalty.

These are just some of our recommendations for this coming Valentine’s Day, if you have any other recommendations please don’t hesitate to leave them for our other readers in the comments section below- and we’d love to hear about them as well!  Have a wonderful day, and we hope that you and yours have a wonderful, loving Valentine’s Day.

-Bevans Branham