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5 Romantic Date Night Ideas for Valentine’s Day

February 5, 2015

This year Barristers Ball doesn’t fall on Valentine’s Day, which means we have to come up with our own plans for celebrating Valentine’s Day. Here are 5 romantic ideas to get the wheels in your head turning (on things not related to law school related). 

Remember, Valentine’s Day is a HUGE day for the hospitality industry so be sure to make reservations early and if you want to beat the crowds try to go for an early dinner. The sun is to set at 5:30 p.m. which means dinner at 4:30 p.m. would be totally acceptable.

1. La Jolla Cove
Grab or make an early dinner and watch the sunset at the cove. Follow it up with a long walk on the beach and some cuddling. La Jolla is a great place for dates and has restaurants on all ranges of the pricing spectrum. If you can’t afford one of the steak houses, there is an awesome crepe place that would be perfect for a post-sunset dessert!

2. Hotel Del Coronado
Few places are more romantic than the Hotel Del Coronado. Partner that with the beautiful beach and tons of outdoor dining and drinking, and you’ve got the perfect date idea. Additionally, you can woo your partner with dreams of post-law school debt grandeur. If you don’t want to eat at the hotel, Coronado Island has tons of beautiful restaurants that are right on the water and make for another nice backdrop for your date, I recommend Il Fornaio Coronado.

3. Balboa Park
For Balboa Park I would recommend eating at the Prado. The food is fantastic and the atmosphere is great. Plus, after dinner you can walk around the park and listen to the musicians playing or walk through one of the museums. It is such a beautiful place and you don’t have to worry about running out of things to talk about.

4. Bertrand at Mister A’s
Bertrand is on every romantic dining restaurant list I have seen. It’s in Bankers Hill and has breathtaking bay and skyline views. It’s pricey but apparently it’s the best of the best. After this I would suggest a Netflix marathon and maybe a back rub for whoever bought dinner.

5. Gondola Rides on Mission Bay
Take your significant other for a Gondola ride on Mission Bay. Companies give private hour-long rides daily that go until 11 p.m. Watch the sunset and then take your date to see a movie. I can almost guarantee she wants to see 50 Shades of Grey and you probably do too, then go home and reenact the scenes. My suggestion would be the one where she gets hired for a job right out of college.