Posted: Tuesday, Feb 7th, 2023

By Visit Ventura

How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Ventura

Valentine’s Day planning in Ventura is gearing up! If you haven’t figured out where you are going to take your special someone yet, we’ve got you covered. 

From special Valentine’s Day menus at local restaurants to activities sweethearts would enjoy, keep reading for 10 ideas to make your V-Day truly special while in town. 

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Cafe Fiore

Pasta and cocktail from Cafe Fiore

A local favorite for authentic, handmade Italian food, Cafe Fiore is a great choice to take your significant other for a romantic night out. Enjoy live music from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm as you sip on drink specials and eat their Valentine’s Day dinner specials. Sit at the cocktail bar or sit outside on their beautiful patio. Reservations are recommended.

The Cave

Wine and Pasta dinner from the Cave

One of the most unique wine shops and restaurants on the east side of Ventura, a meal at The Cave is a must. Do yourself a favor and buy their wine card and experience their self-serve wine machine. The Cave is serving a special 3-course meal for Valentine’s Day dinner along with a complimentary chocolate box. Reservations required. 

Valentine’s Day at the Crowne Plaza

Wine with two classes from the Crowne Plaza overlooking Surfer's Point
Image courtesy of the Crowne Plaza

Experience Valentine’s Day oceanside as the sun dips below the horizon. The Crowne Plaza is Ventura’s only hotel right on the beach and they are offering a special package for the Valentine’s Day Weekend! Find out what the package includes here

Blue Agave

The bar of Blue Agave
Image courtesy of Blue Agave Restaurant

Located in the historical district of Ventura, the Blue Agave offers Mexican cuisine from the South of Mexico. Enjoy a special three-course meal and their tequila flights special.

Rubicon Theatre Company’s Happily Ever After(Ish)

Flyer for the play Happily Ever After(ish)
Image courtesy of Rubicon Theatre

Looking for a night full of love and music? Singing at the Rubicon is Broadway power couple Andrew Samonsky and Kate Reinders. Andrew is a Ventura native and has starred in Lt. Cable on Broadway and on PBS in South Pacific. Kate has starred in Something Rotten and Wicked along with Disney’s “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series. They will return to Ventura on Valentine’s Day to share their love and sing various Disney songs.  

Barrel 33 

Inside bar of Barrel 33
Image courtesy of Barrel 33

Barrel 33 is serving a mouthwatering Valentine’s Day Special Menu which includes one bottle of red or white wine from their special wine menu. 

Art Is Passion Paint and Sip Love Birds

Flyer for Paint and Sip event with painting of two birds
Image courtesy of Art is Passion Gallery

Have fun and get creative during Art Is Passion’s Paint & Sip series. On February 11 from 06:00 pm to 08:00 pm, Art Is Passion is hosting a guided painting workshop to paint love birds and a hand-carved birch tree. No experience is required and all supplies will be provided. Complimentary wine and beer. Find out more here

Valentine’s Day at Lovewell

Valentines Day themed coffee
Image courtesy of Lovewell Coffee

For a short and sweet Valentine’s Day celebration head over to Lovewell for some sweet treats and an XOXO latte. A great choice for Galentine’s day, a friend’s Valentine’s celebration, or a casual outing with your SO. Lovewell will be open in the evening from 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm. 


Outside patio of Peiranos market
Image courtesy of Peirano’s Market

Peirano’s is a local favorite for Italian food and the perfect spot for gathering all the food supplies you need for a picnic on the beach. It’s no surprise that Pierano’s would also be a great choice for Valentine’s Day. They are serving a special three-course menu on Friday, February 10, and Saturday, February 11.

Cafe Zack 

You can definitely count Cafe Zack in as a great date night option — for Valentine’s Day or an intimate Thursday night dinner. But this year, Cafe Zack is offering a special four-course Valentine’s Day menu which promises to deliver a truly unforgettable evening of romance and intrigue. An 8 Oz. Filet Mignon? Or Grilled Vegetable Lasagna? Yes, please! Space is limited, and reservations are suggested.

Winchester’s Grill 

burger at winchesters

Winchester’s Grill does rustic charm like no place else. For Valentine’s Day, they are offering a special four-course menu for $69.

Water’s Edge 

Brownies with berries from Waters Edge
Image courtesy of Water’s Edge

Recently re-opened with a new food and drink menu, Water’s Edge offers harborside views and a unique eating experience. Live music and a special five-course menu will be offered on Valentine’s Day this year. Reservations required.

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