Bay Area Valentine’s Day dining Part 2: East Bay & North Bay restaurants

A previous dish at FIVE in Berkeley: Crispy rolls with julienne vegetables, quinoa salad, heirloom tomato, cucumber, fried kale, butter lettuce Photo Credit: FIVE Facebook page

A previous dish at FIVE in Berkeley: Crispy rolls with julienne vegetables, quinoa salad, heirloom tomato, cucumber, fried kale, butter lettuce
Photo Credit: FIVE Facebook page

Here are highlights for Valentine’s Day menus at selected East Bay and North Bay restaurants including one with optional hotel accommodations.

Also see this article on San Francisco Valentine’s Day venues.

I’ll publish more restaurant information — including the South Bay with a few in the Santa Cruz and Monterey regions — over the next couple days.

East Bay
A16 Rockridge (Oakland)
Celebrate amore Italian-style this Valentine’s Day at A16 Rockridge with Chef Rocky Maselli’s special 5-course prix fixe menu. Diners are invited to enjoy Southern Italian delicacies such as Burrata with prosciutto di san daniele and crostini, Raviolo with Quattro formaggi in tomato sauce with basil and ricotta salata, and Wood Roasted Ribeye with potato, baby fava greens and salsa verde. For dessert, guests can choose between two romantic dishes: Layered Cake with white chocolate mousse, dark chocolate pudding, blood orange butter cream and a salted chocolate cookie crumble or Honey and Rose Panna Cotta with Champagne granite, hibiscus sauce and candied rose petals. The prix fixe menu will be served at a cost of $85 per person with optional wine pairings for an additional cost.

Bocanova (Oakland)
Bocanova is serving a prix fixe dinner in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Executive Chef John Jackson has created a special menu for two, with dishes such as Mushroom & Fresh Cheese Soup with bacon, saffron, parmesan, deep fried mushrooms and a spicy aioli; Dungeness Crab, Mango & Papaya Salad with a citrus dressing; Spicy Shortribs Asada Negro braised in chocolate, cacao and red wine; and Prickly Pear Sorbet. Dinner is $48 per person and reservations can be made online or by calling 510.444.1233.

FIVE Restaurant (Berkeley)
FIVE is serving a four-course Valentine’s Day prix fixe dinner. Selections include grilled beef filet mignon with truffle sauce, twice baked potato, lobster and sour cream, fried artichoke heart and sautéed spinach, and crab stuffed sole baked in papillote with julienne vegetables, heart of palm, and blood orange sauce. Dinner is $60 per person with one glass of sparkling wine included. Optional wine pairings are available for an additional cost. Make reservations through or by calling 510.225.6055.
North Bay
Fast Food Francais (F3)
Celebrating its one-year anniversary on Valentine’s Day, Fast Food Francais (F3) is looking back at the past year and changing the full menu. From February 7-21, the restaurant is bringing back favorite, classic dishes from the past year and making them available for a limited time. It will also offer a $50 truffle burger, which includes seven grams of truffle and seven ounces of wagyu beef served with gilded fries. Reservations can be made online or by calling 415.887.9047.

Silverado Resort & Spa (Napa)
The beauty of Napa Valley is wonderful for a romantic dinner. Wine and dine your Valentine in style at Silverado with a dinner reservation in The Grill or Royal Oak. Reservations for both restaurants are required so please call 707-257-5431 or email

Valentine’s Day; February 14th 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Treat your loved one to a three-course dinner with a glass of sparkling wine for just $60 per person.  A limited a la carte menu is also available.
February 15th and 16th 5:30 pm – 9 :00 pm – Enjoy a la carte dining featuring “Sweet Specials.”

February 14th – 15th from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm – The Royal Oak will be serving a special four-course dinner for $78 per person. Additional wine pairing for $25

Be My Valentine Package:
A cozy bedroom, plus champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries on your arrival night and a delicious breakfast each morning. The Be Our Valentine Package includes:

  • Deluxe Accommodations
  • Continental breakfast for Two in The Grill
  • Sparkling Wine
  • Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Buckeye Roadhouse (Mill Valley)
Buckeye Roadhouse is serving a $69 prix fixe dinner menu for Valentines Day. Dishes include crab bisque with cognac crème fraiche and chives, Dungeness crab cocktail with Meyer lemon, avocado, and red amaranth, crusted Hampshire pork chop with bacon, bread crumbs, capers, and lemon, and braised lamb shank “gremolata” with saffron couscous and pine nuts. Make reservations on the restaurant’s web site or by calling 415.331.2600.

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