Outdoor patrons pack Blanco Tacos Tequila on the second floor of Fashion Valley on Feb. 6, 2021. Photo by Chris Stone

Indoor dining is still out amid COVID, but restaurants across San Diego County are reopening their patios and decks and offering creative takeout meus. Here are 10 ideas for a romantic Valentine’s Day celebration.

Serẽa at the iconic Hotel Del Coronado will reopen it’s outdoor patio on Thursday, just in time for the special day. You can enjoy executive Chef JoJo Ruiz’ seafood dishes with a Mediterranean flare while taking in the expansive views of the Pacific Ocean.

Hornblower is restarting its signature two-hour cruises on San Diego Bay in time for Valentine’s Day, with champagne and hors d’oeuvres journeys during sundown on Saturday and Sunday, and brunch cruises on both days. Special safety measures are in place aboard the boats amid the pandemic.

Lionfish in the Pendry San Diego Hotel in the Gaslamp is reopening its outdoor patio on Wednesday. The restaurant offers both sustainable seafood cuisine and prime meat selections.

Also reopened for outdoor dining in the Gaslamp is Mezé Greek Fusion. The ancient Greeks had six words for love, and this restaurant offers plenty of choices for a romantic meal.

The chimichurri grass-fed steak entree from Urban Plates. Courtesy of the restaurant

Not vaccinated and worried about a new surge in COVID? Consider takeout options like Urban Plates‘ three-course dinner for two. The choices include soup or salad; steak, salmon, or chicken; and desert. It’s available in Carlsbad, Del Mar, and La Jolla.

Looking for more elaborate takeout? Chef Cesarina Mezzoni has crafted a five-course takeout package that is available for pre-order at her eponymous restaurant in Pt. Loma. Her “Lady and the Tramp” package includes the Fagottino Pere e Pecorino, a honey-glazed puff pastry filled with Pecorino and pears; Agnolotti di Manzo stuffed with beef and ricotta; and the Delizia al Limone, an indulgent lemon cake dessert.

Bleu Bohème in Kensington will celebrate Cupid’s favorite day with a three-course ‘Saint Valentin’ dinner and specialty cocktail, available for both takeout and outside dining on Feb. 14. The restaurant has expanded it’s heated outdoor seating onto the sidewalk.

Blanco Tacos Tequila in Fashion Valley is offering a casual Valentine’s Day dinner, with both outside dining and family-meal takeout, along with an extensive choice of wines and Tequila cocktails.

Say ciao! to the lockdown in Little Italy. Many of the restaurants have expanded outdoors into “parklets,” creating a COVID-safe dining experience while enhancing the neighborhood’s vibrant street life. More than 33 restaurants offer outdoor dining.

However you celebrate Valentine’s Day, don’t forget a treat. Beginning Thursday, the recently-revived bakery Con Pane in Liberty Station will be offering a lineup of freshly baked Valentine-themed treats, including Pane Cioccolata Teddy Bears, Double Chocolate Shortbread Cookies and Heart-Shaped Baguettes.

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