If you live in the San Diego area and are looking for a place to start your Valentine’s evening, check out Verbena Kitchen on University Avenue.

Verbena Kitchen wants to give couples a memorable experience with a pre-fixe menu with wine and cocktail pairing options curated by its expert culinary team.

Verbena Kitchen also offers a menu of items that guests may pre-purchase for a one-stop-shop for romance.

Included is the option to purchase a bottle of champagne for $85, a small bouquet for $85, or a large bouquet for $125.

To continue the party at home, after dinner cocktails to-go, a large format cocktail created by General Manager Dallas Juanes, are also available for $32.

To save time, guests can order items on Tock before arrival.


Roasted Beet, citrus, pistachios

  • Wine Pairing: Sparkline
  • Cocktail Pairing: Beet Me To The Punch Gin, Pistachio Orgeat, Pineapple, Beet Simple, Blackberry Tangerine Shrub

First Course

Choice of + Pairing:

Little Gem Caesar, preserved lemon, herb breadcrumbs

  • Wine Pairing: Riesling
  • Cocktail Pairing: The Californian (Lavender Sauv Blanc, Grapefruit, Lemon, Sparkling)

Shrimp Bisque- Lobster oil, fennel salad

  • Wine Pairing: Chardonnay
  • Cocktail Pairing: Sea Bird (Cappelletti, Dark Amaro, Rum, Fennel Bitters, Lime, Soda)

Buratta and Citrus- hot honey, parmesan crackers, pickled herbs

  • Wine Pairing: Sauvignon Blanc
  • Cocktail Pairing: The Stinger (Gin, Honey, Blackberry Tangerine Shrub)

Oysters- tobiko, micro wasabi

  • Wine Pairing: Albarino
  • Cocktail Pairing: New Bay (Vodka, Old Bay Simple, Lime, Grapefruit, Melletti, Celery Bitters)


Choice of + Pairing:

Roman Spiced Prime Rib Eye- whipped potatoes, Black Pepper, charred seasonal Veg

  • Wine Pairing: Cabernet
  • Cocktail Pairing: Solace (Allspice Vodka, Red Wine Reduction, Pear, Lime, Bitters, Egg White)

House Made Spaghetti, crab, pumpkin seed pesto, scallion

  • Wine Pairing: Red Blend
  • Cocktail Pairing: Imposter (Gin, Cappelletti, Sweet Vermouth, Dry Vermouth, Bitters)

Parsnip and Truffle Ravioli- hazelnuts, kale

  • Wine Pairing: Pinot Noir
  • Cocktail Pairing: Winter in Manhattan (BA Tequila, Cardamaro, Sweet Vermouth, Walnut Bitters)

Seasonal Fish- tomato and seafood broth, farro, root vegetables, pesto

  • Wine Pairing: Chardonnay
  • Cocktail Pairing: Cappelletti Spritz (Cappelletti, Gin, Lemon, Sparkling, Olives)


Choice of + Pairing:

  • Pot de Creme
  • Wine Pairing: Amaro
  • Cocktail Pairing: Russian Bulldog Coffee Amaro, Vodka, Cola Coffee Foam
  • Brown Butter Lemon Curd
  • Wine Pairing: Sauvignon Blanc
  • Cocktail Pairing: No Tai Affair Light Rum, Banana Orgeat, Lime, Walnut Bitters, Coffee Amaro
  • Cheese Plate
  • Wine Pairing: Syrah
  • Cocktail Pairing: Gin Fizz Gin, Lime, Lemon, Orange Blossom Water, Heavy Cream, Egg White

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