Love is in the air for restaurants this Valentine’s Day | Bakersfield life


Even if your Valentine’s Day plans don’t include flowers, chocolates or gifts, dinner is definitely on the agenda.

Enjoying a romantic dinner is essential, so you need to book those reservations now.

Here are some options for celebrating with your valentine this year.

At KC Steakhouse, love is already in the air. Co-owner Cassie Bittle said the Valentine’s Day decorations were put up in mid-January ahead of the holiday weekend.

In addition to this Monday’s big day, specials will be offered starting the previous Thursday with options like half-shell oysters, shrimp cocktail and steak and lobster for two to share.

Bittle said more seasoned diners come on the weekends while those on the first wave of love make sure to head out on Valentine’s Day.

Reservations are available from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on February 14.

“We will make sure to feed anyone who wants to go out that evening,” she said, noting that reservations were the best solution.

There may be walk-in availability if some reservations are cancelled, but she recommends that you take no chances.

On the big day, the steakhouse will be filled with balloons (“It’s definitely filled with love.”) and Jimmy Gaines and Bobby O will play from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., providing a dance-perfect mix of classics and contemporary favorites.

The bar will also be catered with specialty wines and themed cocktails like Cupid’s Arrow, made with Plush plum vodka, cranberry juice, lime juice and triple sec with a sink of Chambord raspberry liqueur.

In addition to dining out, Bittle encourages people to take advantage of the area’s other offerings, enjoying pre- or post-dinner drinks or other entertainment. She said the influx of new businesses has been exciting.

“I love the camaraderie we have downtown.”

KC Steakhouse is at 2515 F St. Call 661-322-9910 for reservations.

For Nick Hansa, owner of Chef’s Choice Noodle Bar, Valentine’s Day plans start with when you want to celebrate.

“This year, Valentine’s Day is on a Monday. We’re starting to have Valentine’s Day specials throughout the weekend; if people want to celebrate a little earlier, they can,” he said. he declares.

Hansa said there are couples, like him and his wife, Pum, who have been together long enough that they don’t mind celebrating near but not during the holidays while others want the whole package.

“This crowd is a little different. Valentine’s night is when they want all the fixings.”

At Chef’s Choice, that means a rose for every table reserved and live music throughout the evening as well as dinner specials including lamb lollipops, lobster bisque and surf and turf. There will also be discounts at the bar as well as a special drink for Valentine’s Day.

Those celebrating the weekend will also be able to order the specials and the themed cocktail.

Hansa said that in addition to the specials, which will include starters and desserts, the restaurant’s full menu will also be served. He said that’s because many customers have their favorite foods or dietary restrictions and rely on their ability to stick to the classics.

He said many couples split the difference, with one ordering a special dish and the other choosing the regular menu and they split.

Bookings start around three weeks with early seating, from around 5 p.m. for early risers and parents with limited childcare options, and later for those who make it overnight.

Chef’s Choice Noodle Bar is at 1534 19th St. Call 661-325-1234 for reservations.

Other options

The Hotel Padre (1702 18th St.): The downtown hotspot will serve a five-course Valentine’s Day dinner ($95 per person) with optional wine pairing Feb. 11-14.

Jennifer Johnson, general manager of the hotel, said guests staying during this time can add champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries to their room. Visit or call 661-427-4900 for dinner and hotel reservations.

The kitchen (1317 20th St.): The Teaching Kitchen and Downtown Event Space will host a Valentine’s Day celebration from 5-8 p.m. on February 14. Rest assured that the four course dinner will be in demonstration form so guests can sit down and enjoy the evening including a surprise. Cost is $79 per person (excluding tax and tip). An optional wine pairing is available for $48. Book on

Chef Lino at Pour House Bar & Grill (4041 Fruitvale Ave.): Chef Lino Gonzalez continues to bring his gourmet touch to Rosedale Bar and Valentine’s is no exception. This year, it will offer a menu that includes Filet Wellington, Lobster Tail and other Chef Lino favourites. The evening will also include live music by Mauro Vizcarra. Call 661-589-9300 or email [email protected] for reservations.

Cuyama Buckhorn (4923 Primero St. in New Cuyama): If you’re up for a road trip with your sweetie, reserve a seat at the resort town dinner on Feb. 14. The seasonal three-course dinner for two ($155) starts with beets with cucumber, carrot, pickled radish, local SZ Ranch egg, herbed yogurt and lemon oil. Diners can choose a Cattle Co. 3H Top Sirloin Entree Grilled over Red Oak, served with Whipped Mashed Potatoes, Balsamic Glazed Asparagus, CB Garden Herb Butter, and Half Red Wine Risotto or Cheese Risotto. artichokes, smoked parmesan, white wine, served with balsamic glazed asparagus and spicy Rancho Gordo chickpeas with chili, onion, Brussels sprouts. For dessert, guests will enjoy cast-iron baked strawberry clafoutis and a strawberry white chocolate salad with a sweet pistachio vinaigrette.

Those who want to make it a weekend getaway can book a stay and add on the Buckhorn Beloved package which includes a special welcome gift of homemade chocolate truffles rolled in local pistachios and a bottle of champagne.

Stefani Dias can be reached at 661-395-7488. Follow her on Twitter: @realstefanidias.


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