Valentine’s Day is one of the most romantic holidays, but even so, it requires a bit of planning, preparation, and coordination. All of that can be stressful and we decided to help you out with some ideas so your Valentine’s Day can be as memorable and cute as you and your partner. After all, what really matters is spending the day with the person you love. No matter who are you taking out and what their interests are, these dates ideas are sure to spark love.
Valentine’s dates don’t have to be cliché and by the book, so we made a list of fun activities to do on this love weekend in Irvine.
Comedy Show at Irvine Improv with T. J. Miller
T.J. Miller is one of the most sought-after comedians in the world, certainly the northern part of the western hemisphere. He has been diligently working to make people laugh for over 15 years and is driven by the altruistic mission statement that life is fundamentally tragic and the best thing he can do is provide an ephemeral escapism from that tragedy that permeates everyday life by doing comedy. He has been performing his absurdist observational standup act worldwide for over 15 years and has never gone to the bathroom in his pantaloons on stage. The price is $25.
Cheat Day Land at Irvine Spectrum Center
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Take advantage of this pop-up museum while it is still in Irvine. Surprise your loved one or ones with this unique experience. Cheat Day Land is giving you an excuse to indulge and celebrate in all things cheat food and desserts inspired with their experiential space overflowing with fun, vibrant photos ops and tasty looking activities. $20 per person and tickets can be found here (link it)
Eureka – Love Potion Cocktail Class
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Bring your date to this experiential dining event where for just $25 you will learn how to make Eureka!'s, Love Potion and enjoy mouthwatering appetizers, along with a few other goodies! Be sure to get your tickets to the most ideal date night. Tickets can be purchased here.
Cupid’s Night Out at Orange County Great Park
The Orange County Great Park brings back its one-of-a-kind Valentine’s Day celebration. Dance the night away on Valentine’s weekend at the Great Park’s Hangar 244. Sign up as a couple to enjoy an hour-long swing dance lesson with Atomic Ballroom beginning at 6:30 p.m. and a commemorative photo to celebrate your evening, followed by a dance party with a live band. If you already have your moves down, come and enjoy the dance party starting at 7:30 p.m. Dance attire in the style of the 1940s is encouraged.
Cupid’s Night Out is $40 per couple for the swing dance instructions and dance party admission, or $10 per person for dance party admission only.
Romantic dinner at a restaurant is a classic for a reason, so here is the list of some great local options.
Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse
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Bring your date to Davio’s for a romantic rendezvous this Valentine’s Day Weekend. In addition to a full dinner menu, Davio’s is offering a special three-course prix-fixe menu, which includes items such as lobster agnolotti, clams, sole, fingerling potatoes, center-cut filet mignon, truffle potato gratin and more. The menu will be available on Friday, February 14th and Saturday, February 15th for $85 per person (excluding tax and gratuity) Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling 949-477-4810.
Paella topped with Lobster tails; Photo Credit: Habana Instagram
Celebrate Valentine’s Day Cuban style at Habana at Irvine Spectrum Center. The 3-course prix-fixe menu includes lobster empanadas, vegan papa rellena, paella a la Habana, pan-roasted filet mignon, Habana Caribbean flan and many more. They will have three seatings: an early seating at 4:30–5:30 pm for $55, second seating 5:45–9:30 pm for $75 and late seating at @ 9:45–11:00 pm for $55. You can add a bottle of Veuve Clicquot for $75. Reservations can be made by calling 949-419-0100.
Wine and dine with a cause at Andrei’s restaurant as 100% of the restaurant profits benefit non-profits supporting eye research, as well as local and global causes. You can choose from their special Valentine’s a la carte menu that includes oysters, ahi tartare, and truffle ragout or go with their $80 prix-fixe menu and you can add a $25 wine pairing. Reservations are available by calling
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Couples can ooh and ahh at a yum three-course dinner at Eats Kitchen & Bar this Valentine’s evening that includes one bottle of wine or two cocktails or beers. While sipping their preferred beverage, couples start with a decadent appetizer to share such as four oysters on the half shell, choose two special mains with options such as Lobster Truffle Risotto with baby artichokes and champagne foam and end with a shared dessert-like chocolate crémeux with honey-lavender, meringue. Dinner for two is $110, excluding tax and gratuity. Reservations are available by calling 949-225-6780.