San Diego’s Best Restaurants for Date Night

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Ditch the roses! Everyone knows that the true way to the heart is through the stomach.  Choosing a restaurant with a pleasant atmosphere and exquisite food can make all the difference between a promise for another date, or a disappearance out the bathroom window.  Whether it’s a second date or an anniversary, these restaurants are sure to impress even the pickiest of companions and ensure there will be many more dinners to come.

Playing with food…why not!? Coronado’s Shima Japanese Steakhouse  turns preparing juicy dishes into a show!  From talented Teppanyaki chefs who cook right in frontof you to a cozy patio with a beautiful view of San Diego, Shima is the ideal atmosphere to entertain any type of date.  Choose from a variety of spicy and savory specialty rolls, or upgrade to the Hibachi menu featuring seamlessly prepared steak, chicken and seafood plates big enough to share.


What could be more romantic than a candlelit French dinner?  Known as the gem of Escondido, Bellamy’s offers upscale French dining in a relaxed atmosphere.  Start off the night with the famous Foie Gras Napoleon made with smoked eel, caramelized onion, apple and fennel mouse.  Keep the elegance going with the Duck au Vin “Andre Ponsaty” lathered in port wine sauce and placed alongside glacé vegetables.  Complement these French delicacies with an endless selection of luscious French wines and travel to the City of Love.

Transport your date to the Mediterranean with divine flavors and a relaxing atmosphere at Romesco Mexiterranean Bistro in Bonita.  Enjoy an intimate dinner of crisp salads, fresh seafood and award-winning Paella prepared with shrimp, clams, mussels, calamari, chicken, port short rib and Spanish chorizo.  Looking to spice up the night?  Move to the tapas menu where you can order endless plates of mouthwatering Mexican house specialties including Bone Marrow Sope, a Mexican delicacy served with fresh habanero and chile de arbol sauce, rustic beef glaze, and fried parsley.


Turn up the heat on a night out with authentic Mexican dishes at Bracero Cocina de Raiz.  Bracero will make you feel right at home with lively street level dining, or ignite the fire with their exclusive second-floor mezzanine.  Located in Little Italy on Kettner Blvd., your date will be entranced by the vertical bar, reaching from floor to ceiling, where mixologists are exhibiting their craft on every level.  Get a real taste of Mexico with flavorful dishes like Albondigas, Crispy Brisket, and Shortrib all topped with ayocote beans caldillo, chochoyones, avocado leaf and pickled chayote squash.

Looking for a hip and inviting setting for a fun night out?  Excite your senses with San Diego’s finest Latin American inspired seafood dishes at Sirena Gourmet Latin Seafood Restaurant in Little Italy.  Enjoy scrumptious flavors from the sea with their Nikkei & Raw Bar selection featuring dishes such as the El Chileno Ceviche and the Angelmo Oysters.  For the perfect entrée to split, order the succulent Grilled Octopus with black garlic emulsion, fava beans purée, and root vegetables.

Embark on a dreamy getaway only 90 minutes south of San Diego at El Jardin de Adobe, located in the beautiful heart of the Valle de Guadalupe in Baja, California.  Only steps from the Adobe Guadalupe vineyard, you and your significant other can sip world-class wine while enjoying delicate tastes of the south prepared by the “Best Chef of Baja,” Ryan Steyn. Not to mention this haute-cuisine restaurant is al fresco, creating a romantic setting for a date underneath the twinkling stars.

Whether it’s a blind date or anniversary, these romantic hotspots ensure “love at first bite” with gourmet fare, mood-setting atmospheres, and lots of fine wine (they even may score you a kiss)!

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