Oh, l'amour. Valentine's Day, the day of love, is fast approaching. Do you know where you'll be dining? You could stay in and cook your valentine a delicious meal or you could leave it to the pros and choose to dine out at one of these romantic venues perfect for that special Valentine's Day meal.
Belotti Ristorante e Bottega
Hands down our favorite Italian restaurant in Oakland. This beautiful and intimate little restaurant in the Rockridge neighborhood serves up some of the best homemade pastas we've had in the states. Order a plate of the Agnolotti de Lidia to share and be prepared to have a Meg Ryan "When Harry Met Sally" moment in your chair.
Flora Restaurant & Bar
Transport in time with your main squeeze to an era where dining was as much an event as the shows in nearby venues. This Uptown Oakland eatery serves up classics like braised rabbit, flatiron steaks, and heirloom ratatouille. They do an exceptional job marrying nostalgia with the contemporary and always offering locally-sourced ingredients.
For a bit of Paris in Oakland, head to our favorite Grand Lake French eatery, Michel Bistro. Located on the hopping Lakeshore Ave, this little bistro serves up simple and classic bistro dishes. Our favorite is the Pommes Dauphine where they marry truffles and cheese in a sinfully good truffle fondue.
This little shop is often overlooked when talking about "romantic venues". But this small and intimate, retro diner meets all of our requirements for a romantic meal. Small, intimate space? Check. Mood lighting? Check. Sick beats? Check. We think this is the perfect venue for a quiet meal for two. Plus, what is more romantic than sharing a piece of perfectly fried chicken? We rest our case.
Happy dinning everyone!
About the Author
Raquel Navarro is the founder of See.Eat.Love. a food and drink tour company that offers food lovers intimate culinary strolls through Oakland’s diverse neighborhoods. Raquel takes guests on gourmet adventures to meet the makers, and discover delicious edible treasures one bite and sip at a time. She lives in the Grand Lake District with her husband, four year old son, dog and three chickens, Louise, Gertrude and Agnes.