Reserve a table at one of these awesomely a la carte restos for V-Day, and focus on getting stuck in something other than a price-jacked prix fixe.
Maryjane's (At the Hard Rock Hotel: 207 5th Ave; Gaslamp Quarter; 619.764.6950) Keep things "anti-elitist" for your alt-girl at the playfully decorated fixture, which's serving until 3am -- more than enough time to convince your lady it's totally natural for her to eat inside another woman/drug.
Rock boots, or knock 'em at HardRockHotelSD.com
Chianti (644 5th Ave; Gaslamp Quarter; 619.235.8144) Wine and dine at the swank Gaslamp spot where they're plating a slightly condensed version of their menu amidst its candlelit Italian oil landscape paintings, while inwardly praying those are the only greener pastures on her mind.
They have other wine too! At ChiantiRestaurantSD.com.
Il Fornaio (1333 First St; Coronado; 619.437.4911) Ferry away your deserving-date to Coronado and feast among the Italian joint's skyline-showcasing 360 degree views, which'd be even cooler with a mute.
Plan your island getaway at IlFornaio.com
The Steakhouse at Azul (1250 Prospect St; La Jolla; 858.454.9616) The Brigantine Group's La Jolla jewel is waterfront-dishing their standard steak/seafood menu, as well as some TBD, deeply discounted specials, which's also what the Chargers're hoping for with Rich Bisaccia.
Avoid the blues by reserving them right here
Poseidon on the Beach (1670 Coast Blvd; Del Mar; 858.755.9345) Dine
with in the Gods at Del Mar's informal beach-fronter, where their extensive, ever-ready winelist should slowly help her see you're not totally Apoll'ing...meaning this won't be another one of your dates that ends with the Call of the Sirens!
It's the closest you'll ever get to a green flash with a Green Flash in hand, stupid beach drinking ban
Trattoria Positano (2171 San Elijo Ave; Cardiff; 760.632.0111) Cozy up at the Cardiff's neighborhood ristorante, where they'll surprise you both with their near-constantly fluxing specials, backed as always by their stalwart risotto, which'll thicken both your bond and adipose.
Get to know the family, they're going to treat you like part of it anyway