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By Miriam Raftery

February 5, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – Several  of East County’s most popular restaurants are offering specials for sweethearts on Valentine’s Day. Below are the delicious details. 

Casa de Pico, Grossmont Center (La Mesa)

Casa de Pico’s special Valentine’s Day menu includes a 17.5 ounce House Margarita, a delicious Surf & Turf entrée featuring 4-ounce portions of both steak and salmon, served with arroz verde and sautéed vegetables in achiote sauce, plus a Chocolate Lava Cake that’s almost too good to share! Treat your loved one to this Mexican feast for $31.95. To make a reservation, call 619-463-3267

5500 Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa 

Giardino Neighborhood Cucina (Lemon Grove)


The charming and cozy Italian restaurant is the perfect place to head on Valentine’s Day Weekend. Chef Marco Provino is offering an a la carte dinner menu in addition to a 3-course menu for $40. The preset menu features dishes such as Lobster Bisque, Salmon San Remo and Short Rib. End the meal with a Heart Shaped Chocolate Cake. The Valentine’s Day menu will be available from Feb. 14-16. 


8131 Broadway, Lemon Grove


Di Giorgio’s at Ram’s Hill Golf Club (Borrego Springs)


Award-winning chief Jeremy Manley is offering a prixe fixe menu at Di Giorgio’s at Ram’s Hill on Valentine’s Day for $63 per person.  Start with choice of appetizers (Oysters Rockefeller, asparagus, wild mushroom truffle soup, or arugula salad), followed by entrée options including Muscovy duck, Faroe Island salmon, flat iron steak, or sweet potato ravioli.  Choose from Triple chocolate cheese cake or apple tart for a sweet ending to your feast.  Chef Manley recently won both the Critics Award and People’s Choice award at Taste of Borrego.

1881 Rams Hill Road, Borrego Springs

San Pasqual Winery tasting room (La Mesa)

The San Pasqual Winery tasting room in La Mesa will host a Valentine’s truffle and wine pairing on Feb. 14 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Feb. 15 from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.  Chocolates from Andrea’s Truffles will be paired with the locally-produced wines. Cost is $25 per person + tax in advance or $30 day of event, space permitting. Wine club members get a $5 discount. RSVP Feb. 14thRSVP Feb. 15th.

9364 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa

If you have a restaurant east of I-15 with a Valentine’s Day specials, send us one-paragraph writeup with your address and website to add to this story.

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