Romantic Dining Delights to Celebrate Love Santa Barbara Style
The Lark invites you to a memorable Valentine's Day with chef Jason Paluska's special a la carte menu, featuring West Coast oysters (pictured above), goat milk ricotta agnolotti pasta, and grilled Santa Barbara spiny lobster. Top off the evening with a dark chocolate pot de crème and the exclusive "Call Me Rose" cocktail. ❤️
From February 9th to 17th, El Encanto, a Belmond Hotel, invites lovers to savor a romantic Prix Fixe Dinner by executive chef Alex Bollinger and pastry chef Too Luna. Immerse yourself in the city's most romantic setting, complete with ocean views and captivating sunsets, all under a starlit dome. Indulge in a delightful menu featuring fresh seafood, plant-based dishes, and locally sourced ingredients.
Bouchon sets the stage for a starry-eyed and delicious February 14th, offering a three-course seasonal menu of wine country cuisine adorned with rose petals and candlelight. Choose from a range of options, including the chef's specially crafted romantic specials.
For a family-friendly celebration, Brass Bear Uptown presents a customizable four-course menu with entrees like cordon bleu and bourbon-glazed salmon. The deliciousness includes a la carte options for children and features a jumpy house to keep them busy and face painting.
Indulge in an exquisite V-day dinner at The Stonehouse, San Ysidro Ranch. Nestled within the walls of a 19th-century citrus packing house at the renowned San Ysidro Ranch, the Stonehouse Restaurant, honored as the top restaurant in Santa Barbara by OpenTable, emanates the charming rustic atmosphere of its historic locale. The dreamy, rustic ambiance sets the stage for special four-course prix fixe, with a separate children’s menu.
Celebrate love at La Paloma Café with a curated dining experience for stary eyed twosomes. The official VD a la carte entrée for two features spice-crusted & oak-smoked Chateaubriand with herbed Amorosa fingerling potatoes, grilled chicory, and red chili-truffle sauce.
Vega Vineyard and Farm invites you to an unforgettable and dreamy dinner that Cupid would be envious of. The special menu features seared ahi, herb-crusted rack of lamb, potato-wrapped halibut, and a flourless dark chocolate torte, and of course, wine parings.
The Funk Zone’s Lucky Penny offers an expression of adoration in the form of a heart-shaped pizza (cheese or pepperoni) paired with refreshing frosé on February 14th. Choose between a romantic evening on their heated patio or a cozy night in with takeout orders.
Loquita sets the stage for romance with a curated a la carte menu designed to enchant. Indulge in Spanish-style dishes like Kumamoto oyster with sangria granita, A5 New York steak, Galician style lobster tail, and a spiced Mexican chocolate pavlova with passion fruit curd and charred blood orange, with prices varying by menu item.
Finch & Fork at Kimpton Canary Hotel presents the "Wild About You" adoring dinner on the day reserved for couples. You’ll fall in love with Chef Nathan Lingle curated three-course menu for both plant- and ocean-lovers alike. Each reservation includes a handcrafted ceramic vase with a wildflower bouquet.
Celebrate The Nectar of the Gods
Santa Barbara boasts a number of restaurants with amazing wine lists to sip your way through the entire month. But perhaps you’d like to indulge in a wine lover's paradise at the World of Pinot Noir (WOPN) hosted at The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, taking place from February 29 to March 2. This is the ultimate celebration of one of the world’s most popular red wines, bringing together global winemakers, chefs, and wine enthusiasts for a weekend dedicated to the art of tasting and exploring the nuances of Pinot Noir from around the world. Join this immersive experience to savor exceptional wines and deepen your understanding of this exquisite varietal.
In February, the Lobero Theatre kicks off a month filled with captivating performances, including Opera Santa Barbara's presentation of Il Trovatore (Feb. 9), a mesmerizing show by Latin instrumentalist Ottmar Liebert of Luna Negra (Feb. 18), a delightful evening with French classical artist Hélène Grimaud (Feb. 22), the talented Youth Symphony of Santa Barbara (Feb. 25), and a soulful performance by country musician Sarah Jarosz (Feb. 29).
At the Granada Theatre, February brings a series of diverse performances, starting with American soprano Renée Fleming (Feb. 1), followed by Mountain Stage featuring Kathy Mattea (Feb. 4), a family-friendly show with Paw Patrol Live (Feb. 6 and 7), the enchanting Serenade for Strings presented by the Santa Barbara Symphony (Feb. 17 and 18), and a matchless interpretation of Alice in Wonderland by MOMIX (Feb. 20).
If you love to shop and have an affinity for vintage treasures, don't miss the Santa Barbara Antique, Decorative Arts, and Vintage Show & Sale at Earl Warren Showgrounds from February 23-25. This Antique show, the sole remaining one in Southern California, has been running for more than 35 years. This year, more than 60 renowned dealers are taking part, showcasing a diverse mix of treasures, from 17th-century rarities to mid-century marvels, including furniture, jewelry, art, and more, this event is sure to captivate collectors and enthusiasts alike.
Hollywood Comes to Santa Barbara
For cinephiles and fans of the silver screen, February brings the Santa Barbara International Film Festival to The American Riviera® from February 7 – 17, 2024. Immerse yourself in the magic of Hollywood right in your own backyard as the city becomes a hub for acclaimed films and their stars. Join the festivities and catch a glimpse of the glamour, excitement, and cinematic excellence that define this prestigious event.
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