1/24/2012 09:35:00 AM

7 Valentine's Day Dining Options Outside of SF

We already gave you some suggestions for where to woo 'em on Valentine's Day in the city, but how about in other parts of the Bay Area? Read on, and get booking.

Haven: For those in the 510, use the holiday as an excuse to check out the latest, greatest venture of chef Kim Alter at Oakland’s Jack London Square where she’ll be preparing a four-course tasting menu highlighting some of her already established favorites ($70 person with optional $45 wine pairing option; 510-663-4440)

Dry Creek Kitchen: If you’re in the Sonoma environs, consider Charlie Palmer’s Healdsburg haunt, which will offer an elegant six-course gala dinner for $99 per guest or $178 with wine pairings. (In fact, the so- called “Valentine's Wrap Around Weekend Menu” will be offered Friday, February 10, through Tuesday, February 14).

La Toque: Chef Ken Frank’s swanky French-inspired crib at the Westin Verasa Napa takes the cake for romance replete with flowers, exclusive Valentine’s desserts and complimentary mignardises to sweeten the deal. The full menu will be served, so lovebirds can pick and choose their favorite choices to craft custom four- and five-course meals ($74 and $90 per person, respectively, plus additional wine pairings for $48 or $62; 707-257-51570).

Madera: Silicon Valleyites and tech titans can blow their options at this Menlo Park restaurant at the Rosewood Sand Hill resort overlooking the Santa Cruz Mountains. Chef Peter Rudolph will be preparing a four-course tasting menu ($95 per person) with optional wine pairings for $50 (650-561-1540).

Nick’s Cove: Get a room, as they say, and double your pleasure at this waterside restaurant in picturesque West Marin that offers overnight accommodations in their rustic-yet-plush cottages. New chef Austin Perkins will be serving up the signature BBQ oysters and regular offerings plus a special candle-lit, three- course $65 prix fixe menu. In addition to the regular desserts, guests can order a homemade Smore’s Kit, featuring all the fixin’s for two, which can be roasted in one of fireplaces in the restaurant, cottages or on the beach. Those who want to avoid the hellacious drive home from here should inquire about the special “Nick’s Loves Love Package” overnight accommodation deals (415-633-1033).

Tavern at Lark Creek: It’s nothing but tres romantic at this converted Victorian-cum restaurant in Larkspur where Marinites can indulge in chef Aaron Wright’s take on a romantic three-course meal, featuring classics such as fried oysters, New York steak with bordelaise and lemon ricotta cake ($49; 415-924-7766).

Viognier: Peninsula patrons can pitch the woo and feed their bellies at this Downtown San Mateo perch above Draeger’s Market where chef Preston Dishman will be offering a three-course Cal-French menu specially crafted for Valentine’s Day ($65 per person, with optional wine pairings offered for $30; 650-685-3727).


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