Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. It wouldn’t be a big deal at our house except our anniversary is the day before. I can let one or the other slide, but since they are basically on the same day, I expect something great and fabulous and by something I don’t necessarily mean a present. I’d rather have a night out doing something I absolutely love. And I do love to eat, so I give you, in no certain order, the top romantic restaurants in the Temecula Valley. The Valley consists of the cities of Temecula, Murrieta, and Wildomar, in Southern California. Some of these restaurants I have been to, while others I want to go to after hearing recommendations from friends.
Vineyard Rose Restaurant
34843 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA 92591
The restaurant is located at the South Coast Winery. I’ve eaten lunch here a couple times and it was great each time. They have a month of romance menu for February, featuring 3 courses. The wine list showcases their wine, but others are also featured. While you are there, try a wine tasting, and stay the night at their resort. The grounds are gorgeous and worth seeing if you are there during daylight.
La Bella Vita
39738 Winchester Rd, Temecula, CA 92591
La Belle Vita specializes in Italian food. They offer lunch and dinner, make their own pasta, and offer a variety of wines, many from local wineries. The menu covers a wide variety of items, while still sticking to the authentic Italian food. Friday nights offers live entertainment and other events are sprinkled throughout the month.
36068 Hidden Springs Road, Wildomar, CA 92595
An Italian restaurant that originate on The Hill in St. Louis, Tresino’s is a family owned business full of family recipes.
Crush & Brew
28544 Old Town Front Street, Temecula, CA 92590
Located in Old Town Temecula, this is a place beer lovers will enjoy. They are a restaurant and bar, focusing on featuring locally crafted beer and wine. Friday and Saturday night features live entertainment and with them being in Old Town, there is tons other stuff to do close by.
40620 Calle Contento, Temecula, CA 92591
Located at the Faulkner Winery, the Pinnacle Restaurant won Best Restaurant in 2012. They offer lunch, dinner, a vegan/gluten menu, and a panoramic view.
The Bank of Mexican Food
28645 Old Town Front Street, Temecula, CA 92530
Most people don’t think of Mexican restaurants when they think of romantic, but it’s all about the atmosphere. The Bank is located in Temecula’s historic First National Bank building, complete with vault. They have an outdoor patio and a full service bar.
32720 Rancho California Road, Temecula, CA 92591
Located at the Calloway Vineyards and Winery, the Meritage offers an extensive menu featuring locally grown food, live music on the weekends, and a panoramic view of the valley.
Cork Fire Kitchen
44501 Rainbow Canyon Road, Temecula, CA 92595
Located at the Temecula Creek Inn, they offer farm to table with as much organic as possible. Voted Best Restaurant for 2015, you can enjoy your meal at the bar, in the dining room, or on the outdoor deck.