Romance in Oakland!!

Happy Summer in February!

As in love we all are with the weather, this too shall pass. The rains are coming and so is Valentine’s day. If you still need reservations, try the below places- you may also want to stay home and make your loved ones some warm and comforting food. Hit the Grand Lake farmers market tomorrow morning and get cracking for Monday the 14th!! Spread the love to everyone you know, and Oakland will be an even better place!!


The Pasta Shop – Rockridge Market Hall
Offering a Valentine’s Menu of takeout foods from February 10-14, including grilled salmon with Meyer lemon sauce and beef roulade with wild mushrooms and roasted shallots.
5655 College Avenue, Oakland, 510-547-4005

Cocina Poblana
Chef-owner Lito Saldaña is cooking up a $39 three-course prix fixe dinner Sunday and Monday nights
4 to 10 pm
499 Embarcadero West in Oakland

Bay Wolf
Offering a prix fixe, three-course dinner at $68 a person. Choose oysters Rockefeller with cucumber-potato salad and chive crème fraiche to start, liberty ranch duck a l’orange with baby turnips and chocolate-caramel tart with sea salt and nougatine shards.
3853 Piedmont Avenue, Oakland (510) 655-6004,

Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill
Dinner begins at 5 p.m., and includes both fixed-course meals and a-la-carte items. Try the grilled filet mignon and jumbo tiger prawns with roasted garlic potato mousseline, or the grilled strawberry and argula salad with candied walnuts and blue cheese. Top off your meal with a meyer lemon semifreddo bombe.
1520 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, (510) 208-5253,

$150 per couple seven-course prix fixe menu. Courses include Tuna “Yukke”, a yellow fin tuna sashimi with apple garlic soy and quail egg, “Meoto” sukiyaki, a thinly sliced prime tenderloin with cabbage and tofu, and finish the evening with strawberry and chocolate wrapped with mochi. If you don’t want the full meal, you can order from a limited menu in the lounge or sushi bar.
2251 Broadway, Oakland, (510) 286-9866,

Paramount Movie Classics: “Casablanca” (1942)
8 – 10 pm/$5
Paramount Theatre: 2025 Broadway, Oakland

Valentine’s Day at Marica
$65 / person
First Course
Love Shot of Soup: Lobster & Corn Bisque Or Five Mushroom Sherry Crème
With Organic Mixed Greens, Point Reyes Bleu Cheese, Beets, Organic Strawberry Vinaigrette.
Second course:
Tuna Tartar, Avocado Wasabi, served Over Cold Shanghai Noodles, Cucumber Frisee, Tahini sauce
Or… Beef Carpaccio, Reggiano mustard mayo, capers served with Meyer Lemon Panna Cotta
Or… Jumbo Tamarind Chipotle Prawns, Served over Celery Root & Apple Purees
Or… Warm Maui Sweet Onion Tart, Gruyere Cheese served with Greek Spinach Salad
Third Course
Twice Cooked Maine Lobster, Splash fried & Sauteed, Ginger, Cilantro, Five Spice, Carrot Parsnip Puree
Or… Beef Tenderloin with Wild Chantrelles, Port Demi Glace, with Potato Cake
Or… Skewer of Chilean Seabass Day Boat Scallops, Jumbo Prawns. Passion Fruit Beurre Blanc, served with Organic Crispy Potatoes, Haricot Vert
Fourth Course
Small Dark Chocolate Belgian Soufflé with Vanilla Ice Cream
Or… Crème Fraiche Cheese Cake, Raspberry Sauce, Toasted Pistachio
Or… Trio Sorbet: Strawberry, Biscotti, Trifle
5301 College Avenue, Oakland, CA (510) 985. 8388

Enhancing the regular menu with His & Hers Oysters 2 ways + pink bubbly; Filet Mignon for 2; and White Chocolate fondue to share (or not.)
2295 Broadway, Oakland, CA (510) 834-1000