Cupid’s Arrow Strikes the California Coast this Valentine’s Day

Pacifica Hotels invites love-struck duos to spend Valentine’s Day on the California Coast with indulgent candlelight dinners and packages.

Marina del Rey is one of the most romantic sea-side cities along the coast. Ocean breezes, passing boats and a serene setting make it an ideal place to snuggle up. Leave it to Marina Grill and Bar and Beachside Restaurant to craft tempting menus for the occasion. At Marina Grill and Bar, pairs can enjoy two complimentary glasses of champagne with a divine four-course meal for $80 per couple:


Soupe A l’Oignon Au Fromage (French Onion Soup)


Lobster Bisque with Handmade Rustic Croutons



Tuna Tapas

Seared Tuna with Wasabi Mayonnaise served atop Crispy Wonton Diamonds


Belgian Endive and Asian Pear Salad

with Saint Agur Blue Cheese, Arugula, Candied Walnuts and Lemon Dressing



Braised Shortribs with Wasabi Mashed Potatoes

Slow Cooked, Seared Shortribs

served on a Bed of Wasabi Infused Mashed Yukon Gold Potatoes


Mahi Mahi En Papillote

Tender Mahi Mahi Baked in Parchment Paper

served with Sautéed Kale, Leeks, Sweet Carrot Faro and Lemon Pepper Sauce


Creamy Parmesan and Mushroom Risotto

Slow Cooked Arborio Rice with Aged Parmesan Cheese and Crimini Mushrooms



Crème Brûlée


Chocolate Bread Pudding

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Situated in the newly unveiled Hilton Garden Inn, Marina Grill and Bar is an upscale-casual restaurant with an indoor/outdoor design, allowing couples to enjoy a tranquil setting with glimpses of the Marina waters. For more information or to make a reservation, call (310) 310-2000 or visit:

To continue the romance, couples can enjoy overnight accommodations at the new Hilton Garden Inn Marina del Rey. Those who book the Valentine’s Day package will also receive a romantic in-room amenity of chocolate-dipped strawberries and champagne. Available through March 1, 2014.

Across the way at the Jamaica Bay Inn’s water-front Beachside Restaurant, Valentines can be seduced with a gourmet three-course meal for two. The menu ranges from $62 to $125 per couple and includes:


Salmon sashimi

Wild kumquat, jalapeno, orange infused olive oil

& fennel pollen


Crab Cake Appetizer

3 mini crab cakes, lemon aioli

sweet corn & arugula salad


Grapefruit, Avocado & Shrimp Salad

Green leaf lettuce & sesame lime vinaigrette

ENTRÉE (Shared)

Cedar Planked Chateaubriand of New Zealand King Salmon

Parsley fingerling potatoes, roasted broccolini

& Blood orange hollandaise


Surf and Turf

2 ea. 5 oz Filet Mignon” Oscar”

Shared Steamed 1 1/2 # Maine Lobster

Scalloped potatoes, grilled asparagus

Sauce Béarnaise & drawn butter


Herb Roasted Baby Rack of Lamb

Porcini mushroom risotto

Brandy & tart cherry demi


“Tin Roof” Hot Fudge Sundae for Two

Tahitian Vanilla Ice cream, salted Spanish peanuts, hot fudge & whipped cream

The indoor-outdoor restaurant and bar boasts large windows, which seamlessly bring the beach, gardens and marina inside. The outdoor patio features cozy fire pits looking out toward the ocean, making it an excellent spot to cuddle up. For more information or to make a reservation, call (310) 823-5333 or visit:


Meanwhile, a bit further south, one of TripAdvisor’s highest-rated Manhattan Beach restaurants, Second Story, is luring lovebirds with decadent dishes. The prix-fixe menu is $90 per couple and includes:


Grassy Bar Oysters on the Half Shell

Spicy Raspberry Mignonette


Yellow Tail Sashimi
Avocado, Jalapeno, Ponzuo Sauce


Baby Spinach Salad
Candy Walnuts, Humboldt Fog, Sliced Pears



Grilled New Zealand Lamb Chop
Carmelized Onions and Mushrooms, Herb Roasted Potatoes, Grilled Vegetables, Mint Pesto, Demi-Glaze


Pan Seared Scallops
Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes, PEI Mussels, Plum Relish, Citrus Cream Sauce


7 Vegetables and Ricotta Tortellini
Steamed Vegetables sautéed with Garlic and Truffle Oil, Basil Parmesan Sauce



Fresh Fruit and Berries Tart
Chambord Cream


Caramel Fudge Brownie Cheesecake
Fresh Berries


Cheese Plate and Pear Chutney

Located inside The Belamar Hotel, Second Story Restaurant combines classic food, creative cocktails, a dynamic wine list and a vibrant setting, to create the ultimate Valentine’s Day feast for two.

For more information or to make a reservation, call (310) 750-0312 or visit:

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