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Ultimate Valentine’s Dining at Pelican Hill Resort

xAndrea TerraceReady to go all-out this Valentine’s Day? So is The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach.

One of the most romantic locations in So Cal, Pelican Hill Resort is Newport Beach’s only Forbes Five-Star resort, and has garnered accolades for its décor, architecture (inspired by the Italian Renaissance), and cuisine. We’ve dined several times at all three of the resort’s restaurants, and enjoyed champagne and appetizers in a private cabana. Each time it’s exceeded our expectations.

Pelican Hill has created a handful of exceptional Valentine’s Day dining experiences that we wanted to share with you.

The one that caught our attention is Dinner of the Senses, an intimate and sensual dining experience that stimulates each of the five senses: sight, touch, taste, scent, and sound. The seven-course menu for two features “his and hers” selections. Served in a private poolside cabana, each course is eaten by hand without the use of utensils, tapping into the desire to nourish one another and share cherished moments together. Customized music, flowers and décor are available upon request. The menu includes American caviar with fingerling potatoes and crème fraiche, truffled wild mushroom ragu in a puff pastry, fanny bay oyster, lobster bisque, endive and apple salad, chicken satay, lamb chop lillipop, and lemon berry roll. Cost is $170 per person, or $220 per person with wine pairings.

Pelican Hill’s Andrea Ristorante (we’ve named it one of our top dining experiences every year) offers a special Italian lovers’ menu, offering four courses with “his andxxPelican Hill 048 hers” choices. Voted  one of America’s Top 10 Most Romantic Restaurants by GAYOT, Andrea offers a casually elegant ambiance, heated ocean-view terrace, live guitarist and exquisite selection of Italian wines. Menu options include Wagyu beef carpaccio, chestnut gnocchi, risotto with lobster, arugula tagliolini with duck ragu, New Zealand snapper, and veal tenderloin. $120 per person, or $180 per person with wine pairings. Also served Feb. 15.

Valentine’s Day Dining at Pelican Grill features a special three-course menu for two, with selections designed for him and for her. Spend an evening or afternoon on the ocean-view terrace, near the dining room fireplace or adjacent to the open-display kitchen, while tasting the best of quintessential California cuisine and wine. The menu includes sea urchin custard with caviar and champagne foam, Alaskan king crab ravioli, butternut squash gnocchi, poached main lobster, and beef wellington. $110 per person, or $150 per person with wine pairings (prices exclude tax and service charge). Also served Feb. 15.

Coliseum Pool.2Valentine’s Day Dining at Coliseum Pool & Grill features a three-course dinner menu highlighting Mediterranean cuisine. Dine amidst architectural splendor reminiscent of Italy’s iconic Coliseum, yet overlooking endless Pacific Ocean views and one of the world’s largest circular pools. Menu options include smoked trout, lobster bisque, grilled sturgeon with caviar cream sauce, jidori chicken, and filet of beef. $100 per person, or $130 per person with wine pairings.

To complete the experience, consider staying at one of the Resort’s luxurious villas or bungalows. You’ll feel like your on vacation in Italy.

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