Romantic Restaurant in the OC (Reasonably Priced)
So I want to take this girl I've been dating out on Valentines Day for a romantic dinner that will sweep her off her feet. Problem is, as a college student, my budget is slightly lower than the nicer restaurants that I've been looking into (Splashes, Villa Nova, Ocean 21, French 75, etc.) especially with the fixed Valentines Day menus that everyone is doing.
So I was wondering if you guys knew of any other romantic/private restaurants around the OC area that would be <$120 for 2 people. I really want to impress her so any input/help would be much appreciated! Thanks!
other than the obvious-don't go on V day
Your Splashes, Villa Nova, Ocean 21 places along the beach are going to be more expesive. What part of OC do you want to be near?
If you are both 21, try Old Vine Cafe in Costa Mesa. They are having a tasting menu paired with wine for $60 per person. It's very cute and romantic. Check out the website:
If you want to do something different and very inexpensive (~$40-$50 total), you can order dinner for pickup at Pascal's Epicerie (they make a nice to go Valentine's dinner) and go have a picnic at Crystal Cove or on the cliffs at Laguna and watch the sunset. It's incredibly romantic.
It's been awhile since I've been, but the Wild Rabbit might fit the bill. Entrees will max out at about $35-40, so you should be able to get in under your $120 budget, depending on how much alcohol you consume. Atmosphere and setting is pretty ideal for a romantic evening.
The website seems to not work anymore, but here's a review from the OC Register:
Here's Gustavo's review from the OC Weekly: