Valentine’s Day in the Inland Empire

Valentines Day - 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:




  • Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse – 2533 S La Cadena Dr
  • Sayaka – Sushi and teppanyaki-1060 S Mt Vernon Ave
  • Le Rendez-vous Cafe – 201 E Valley Blvd. The spiritual successor to San Bernardino’s legendary Le Rende-Vous Restaurant, boasting the same head chef and a more informal dining atmosphere. French/Creole cuisine., vegan/gluten-free friendly.



Linguini Fini

Tutti Mangia

  • Le Pain Quotidian -Breakfast, baked good, and amazing desserts.
  • Tutti Mangia– Italian-102 Harvard Avenue
  • Uno Tre Otto -Claremont- Formerly La Picoletta, the same owners re-opened under a new name, with a new (and still authentically Italian) menu.

Lake Elsinore:




  • Kellogg Ranch – (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.
  • Pomona Valley Mining Company – Pomona- Candlelight dinner & dancing. $160/couple!

Rancho Cucamonga:


  • Caprice Café- Beautiful indoor and outdoor seating. Special Valentines menu.
  • Citrone – Fresh food in a bistro like setting. Vegetarian options, and you can request a tasting menu.
  • Rok N Fondue – 3 types of fondue- cheese, chocolate, and a broth, perfect for dipping!
  • The State – Gastropub with fun food and mixologists
  • Time in a Bottle – Good for drinks and apps.


  • Cafe Sevilla – Offers a Valentine’s special 4-course dinner and flamenco dancing.
  • Creolas Restaurant – A Riverside Top 25 restaurant. Home cooking!
  • La Chat Noir– A French restaurant in downtown Riverside with amazing food! Prix Fixe Valentines Day Menu & Special Valentines Day Weekend Menu
  • Mario’s Place – This Italian favorite in Riverside offers a special annual Valentine’s menu. Offering a prix fixe for $69/person.
  • Mission Inn – a perfect place for a romantic meal is one of the Inland Empire’s classiest spots.
  • Salted Pig – An upscale Riverside favorite

San Bernardino

  • Castaway – Dinner with spectacular views in the hills of San Bernardino. Offering a fix prix this month!
  • Miyagi Sushi – San Bernardino-Check out the excellent reviews on Yelp!




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

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

Carriage rides

  • Downtown Riverside
  • Victoria Gardens – Rancho Cucamonga



  • 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



  • 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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  1. […] If you are looking for a romantic night out for Valentine’s Day, there are plenty of places that you and your significant other can enjoy together in the Inland Empire. From the Mission Inn in Riverside that is offering a 3 course prix fix menu for $100 a couple to the Jazz Café in Ontario that offers live Jazz music and drinks, you are sure to find the perfect place to spend the night. You can find plenty more ideas on what to do online. […]