Valentine’s Day in the Inland Empire

The best Valentines Day date ideas are here in the Inland Empire! No need to drive for v-day out with your special someone! St. Valentine has blessed the Inland Empire with plenty of surprises for your lady or guy. Here are a few we found:


  • Mission Inn-Riverside- a perfect place for a romantic meal is one of the Inland Empire’s classiest spots.
  • Sayaka restaurant -Colton
  • Eureka Burger – Redlands / Claremont-Not necesarily romantic, but it has a hip vibe, great food and good beer.
  • Kabuki - Rancho Cucamonga- Sushi bar
  • Castaway- Dinner with spectacular views in the hills of San Bernardino.
  • Creolas Restaurant- A Riverside Top 25 restaurant. Home cooking!
  • Mario’s Place – This Italian favorite in Riverside offers a special annual Valentine’s menu.
  • Citrone - Redlands- Hip, yet casual with a great wine selection.
  • Le Rendez-vous – This very romantic restaurant in San Bernardino serves up French specialties.
  • Antonino’s Italian Restaurant & Bar-  Rancho Cucamonga- Dine on specialties from northern and southern Italy in their elegantly-decorated dining room.
  • Kings Fish House- Corona/Rancho Cucamonga- Seafood galore
  • Flemmings- Rancho Cucamonga- Great steakhouse!
  • Jazz Cafe- Ontario- Jazz & drinks!
  • Caffe Allegro- Upland- Warm and cozy with great wine, and even better food.
  • Le Pain Quotidian – Claremont- Breakfast, baked good, and amazing desserts.
  • La Piccoletta- Claremont- Authentic Italian cuisine
  • Hip Kitty Jazz & Fondue- Claremont- A swanky and intimate jazz supper club and lounge located in downtown Claremont’s Village.
  • Miyagi Sushi - San Bernardino-Check out the excellent reviews on Yelp!
  • Rumble Fish- Montclair-  Sushi & Saki!
  • Take-out from Vince’s Spaghetti
  • Cafe Sevilla - Riverside- Offers a Valentine’s special 4-course dinner and flamenco dancing.
  • Taps Fishouse & Brewery- Corona- Great restaurant with an oyster bar!
  • Pomona Valley Mining Company – Pomona- Candlelight dinner & dancing
  • Kellogg Ranch – Pomona (at Cal Poly)-This unique restaurant is operated and managed by Cal Poly’s students, but is no slouch when it comes to food and atmosphere.
  • Spaghetti Eddies- Glendora- Great Italian food and spumoni.
  • Salted Pig – Riverside – An upscale Riverside favorite.
  • Valentine’s dinner at various Temecula Wineries
  • Magdaleno’s Restaurant – Upland – French and Italian.

Weekend getaways

  • Idyllwild- The cabins are pretty affordable, even for those on a budget
  • One night stay at the Mission Inn with dinner for two


  • Drinks at a local brewery
  • Wine tasting
    • Temecula
    • Filippi Winery
    • San Antonio Winery
    • Wine tasting in Racho Cucamonga
    • Buy a bottle of wine. Trader Joe’s has plenty, and there are numerous local wine stores.

Day trips

  • Dinner at the top of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. City lights, snow and cold weather for cuddling
  • Apple picking
  • Couples massage at Glen Ivy
  • Day spas in the Inland Empire
  • Ice skating
  • Walk on the beach
  • Hot air balloon ride in Temecula

Carriage rides

  • Downtown Riverside
  • Victoria Gardens – Rancho Cucamonga


  • Hockey / Reign game


  • Watch a good band
  • Play acoustic and write a song


  • Movie night at home with chocolate and ice cream
  • Drive-in movie theater
    • Jurupa Drive-In
    • Riverside (Van Buren) drive-in
    • Grab some food at your favorite restaurant in a to-go box, share a blanket, and cozy up to your honey to watch a double-feature for super cheap
  • Nachos and Netflix
  • Romantic comedy from the Redbox


  • Fro-yo
  • My Delight Cupcakes – Ontario
  • Cheesecake Factory
  • Chocolate covered strawberries
  • Champagne
  • Ice cream sundae for two


  • Snuggling
  • Lookout at the city lights at the top of Haven in Rancho Cucamonga
  • Heading up Highway 18, park in a turnout and enjoy looking down at the city lights.
  • Massage oils
  • Sunset picnic atop numerous mountains in the Inland Empire – Mt. Rubidoux (Redlands), Sapphire Falls (Rancho Cucamonga) , Etiwanda Falls (Rancho Cucamonga), Rim of the World Drive near Arrowhead/Big Bear and more.


  • Without the kids!
  • With the family
  • As long as you’re with someone special

Outside the Inland Empire

  • Las Vegas for the weekend
  • Go onboard the Queen Mary
  • Harbor boat ride and Salt Creek Grill in Orange County
  • Whale Watching
  • Disneyland
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