romantic san diego restaurants - Marine Room
San Diego

It’s February (can you believe it?), so that means it’s time to get romantic! With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I sat down and took a look at the most romantic San Diego restaurants. I will be completely honest with you, this was not an easy decision to make. One of my favorite parts about San Diego is all of the culinary creativity that is happening all over the city. Everyone knows about the incredible dining scenes in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, and I love visiting those areas and experiencing everything the food and beverage world has to offer there. But, let me tell you, San Diego gives those cities a run for their money.

This city is full of ideas, and its residents aren’t afraid to put pen to paper (or spatula to frying pan, if you will), and see what works. I have visited so many incredible restaurants during my time in San Diego, many of which are not just delicious, but beautifully decorated and have such an eclectic feel to them.

Here are my top 3 romantic date spots in San Diego.

Photo courtesy of Chez Loma Restaurant

First on my list is just up the street from Loews Coronado Bay Resort, an adorable restaurant in Coronado called Chez Loma. This romantic bistro is located inside a delightful converted Victorian house in the heart of Coronado, a town known for its quintessential small town charm. The service is impeccable; they really take their time and provide you with the best experience. One of my favorite things on the menu is their French Onion Soup, it’s the real deal, one of the most flavorful soups I’ve ever had. (I’ve heard rumor that their Sunday Brunch is great too, it’s on my list to check out).

Photo courtesy of Kettner Exchange

Another one of my favorite restaurants is Kettner Exchange. Upon first glance, this isn’t the most “romantic” spots, but the dining experience is second to none. Their menu is made up of lots of small plates (and a few large plates, but we didn’t even get that far — too many temptations on the small plates menu) and they were all superb.

I think my favorite dish here was the Hot Oil Seared Salmon. I’ve never had anything like it. The architecture at this restaurant is also incredibly interesting; we couldn’t stop admiring every nook and cranny of the 2-story space. This spot is downtown and perfect for a more low-key date night.

Photo courtesy of The Marina Room

The last spot on my list is most likely the most beautiful restaurant in San Diego, the Marine Room. Voted “Best of (insert amazing award here)” year after year, this restaurant is spectacular. The food is delicious (I’m a sucker for chimichurri anything, and their chimichurri rubbed chicken is full of flavor), and the service stellar, but the true gem of this spot is its location. The Marine Room has become famous for the pounding surf that creates dramatic displays outside the restaurant windows.

Naturally, reservations are recommended. If you can, get a table window-side during high tide, and you can enjoy your meal while the waves of the Pacific beat against your window. (Check out their live webcam of all of the beauty) It’s a dining experience like no other.

Like I said before, my favorite date nights have been the evenings when we go out and try something new together. The San Diego food scene leaves very little to be desired, and I welcome you to join me in trying to conquer it all!

Olivia