Valentine’s Day Hotspots

Readers share their favorite places to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Amber Waves Restaurant

Amber Waves Restaurant

Buena Park

“We went to Knott’s Amber Waves Restaurant for their Valentine’s deal … and it blew us away! The price: unbelievable. The service and food was amazing. They gave each woman a rose as you left. It was so nice. We have three children, so our date nights are close to the house and quick. We are hoping they do it again … because it was perfect.”

Kaylyn Ramirez, Buena Park

The Ranch

The Ranch


“The Ranch in Anaheim! The chef’s menu is always spot on, the ambiance is intimate — cozy yet lively. You can have dinner then go next door to their saloon for a night of line dancing and country music. Dinner and activity all rolled into one.”

Amber Rachi, Garden Grove

The Deck on Laguna

Laguna Beach
“The Deck [on Laguna] at Laguna Beach! Beautiful views and delicious eats. Perfect ambiance.”

Lorelai Estrada Fabro, Lake Forest

Chart House Dana Point

Chart House

Dana Point
“Chart House in Dana Point! Hilltop view of the sunset and ocean, good food and great service! Hubs and I love it!”

Gina Johnson, Laguna Niguel

The Beachcomber at Crystal Cove

Newport Beach
“[The Beachcomber at Crystal Cove] … It’s a gorgeous location for cocktail or brunch, and a romantic stroll on the beach afterwards.”

Yuki Shida, Orange

Orange County Great Park

Orange County Great Park

“The balloon ride in [Orange County Great Park in Irvine]. How romantic to soar up into the night sky and be able to view OC for miles and miles! Great for a significant other, friends or even kiddos!”

Brenda Rios, Anaheim


Newport Beach
“I love to dress up and go to a nice restaurant like Fleming’s in Newport Beach for Valentine’s Day.”

Surbhi Kasbaum, Coto De Caza

Tutu Fresco

Tutto Fresco

Rancho Santa Margarita
“Tutto Fresco restaurant in Rancho Santa Margarita: It has great food, awesome service and beautiful decor. Perfect for a Valentine’s date night.”

Joanna Trice, Lake Forest

Mama’s on 39

Newport Beach
“Mama’s in Newport! Food is so delicious and ocean view — two of the best things during Valentine’s.”

Natasha Duran, La Habra


Provisions Deli & Bottle Shop

Corona Del Mar
“Little Corona Del Mar is somewhat isolated, so go with a picnic basket packed [with] goodies from Provisions Deli & Bottle Shop from Orange.”

Heather Jacobs – Orange

Compiled by Jessica Peralta and Molly Cabrera