The winter months are designed for romance as the temperatures drop and the desire to cuddle grows stronger, even in San Diego where near perfect temperatures have you staring at the calendar finding it hard to believe that it is February and you are still wearing shorts! But no matter what the temperatures are on the thermometer tacked to the post of your gazebo in your San Diego backyard, it will always be a good day for a boat ride, especially for our Carefree Boat Club members! And because the fastest way to anyone’s heart is with a really romantic meal, this guide to the most romantic waterfront restaurants in San Diego will help you combine three of your favorite things; the love of your life, the thrill of a Carefree Boat Club ride across the water, and a hearty meal destined to feed your soul as it fills the empty spaces in your stomach!
Vigilucci’s Seafood and Steakhouse, 3878 Carlsbad Boulevard in Carlsbad
White tablecloths and red brick accompanied by the scents and aromas of your favorite Italian style surf and turf dishes greet you when you step inside Vigilucci’s Seafood & Steakhouse for the very first time, but it’s the views from the patio that will make you fall in love. Offering views of the water that will take your breath away, especially when the sun sinks into the horizon in a fiery blaze of color, this special restaurant has been an important part of the San Diego romantic restaurant scene almost since the day it first opened!
George’s at the Cove, 1250 Prospect Street in La Jolla
Anyone who has spent more than a few minutes in San Diego has heard of George’s at the Cove and if you haven’t been before, we have to ask, what are you waiting for? We’re sure you and your lovely bride or handsome groom already have your next four trips on the books for your Carefree boat, so instead of wandering aimlessly (not that there is anything wrong with wandering the seas!) why not make George’s your destination? Offering a menu filled with sweet treats from the sea, holding hands with your sweetest while offering up a toast to the beauty that is your life is destined to be your most favorite thing to do this month!
JRDN Restaurant, 723 Felspar Street in San Diego
Sleekly chic and highly modern, JRDN is where couples go to enjoy the views, people watching and each other’s company! A wall of windows allows diners unobstructed views of the sea on days when the weather may be less than stellar, but on a normally gorgeous San Diego day, the outside patio is where you will want to be! Located next to a popular walking path, JRDN is a people watching haven, but trust us, you will forget all about the characters walking by outside when you get your first taste of their California inspired menu that is sushi and seafood-centric and if you are looking for a romantic start to your weekend adventures, their breakfast menu is designed to impress!
Tom Ham’s Lighthouse, 2150 Harbor Island Drive in San Diego
The sight of a lighthouse light sweeping over the dark waters of a sea at night providing a beacon for ships and boats in distress is quite romantic in its own right, but when you add a stellar dinner menu, mouthwatering desserts, handmade cocktails, and the person who makes your heart skip a beat, you must be talking about a dinner at Tom Ham’s restaurant. Located inside a still functioning lighthouse, this romantic restaurant has been the spot where important questions are popped, milestone anniversaries are celebrated, and love and happiness is embraced since opening day in 1971. Every menu item is guaranteed to be your favorite but be sure to save room for a chocolate brownie designed to be shared by couples in love!
Waterfront Restaurants in San Diego: Il Fornaio Coronado, 1333 1st Street in Coronado
Popular with young lovers of all ages, Il Fornaio offers a menu that is as scrumptious as its patio views! Located on Coronado, this special restaurant has been the site of engagement parties, rehearsal dinners, and even after wedding meals for years and its Italian dishes add an old country charm to all events that take place there, even if you are just enjoying a romantic dinner a deux! Be sure to ask for a table by the window and as the sun sets in the sea that is just steps away from your perch overlooking the water, you can enjoy a Disney style pasta dinner (a la a couple of dogs we all know and love!) to be washed down with a really excellent bottle of wine!
Carefree Boat Club Believes in Romance
All these meals can be enjoyed after a simple car ride, but where’s the romance in that? Sign up to be a Carefree Boat Club member today and wow the love of your life with a day on the water followed by a delicious meal at any of the above listed restaurants!