We’ve checked with the locals, and realized just how romantic our city really is!  We have some of the most amazing restaurants in La Mesa, CA, but the Italian eateries have won out on the romance factor on this list.  If you’ve never tried any of these great, local spots before, we suggest you plan a romantic evening out at one of these restaurants. Many of these have special Valentine's Day menus that you won't want to miss.

Tiramisu Trattoria 

Address: 8273 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa, CA 91942

Phone: (619) 698-0096

Website: www.tiramisutrattoria.com

This casual eatery opened in May of 2004. Since then, its goal has been to provide customers with an authentic, multi-regional menu, focused on the dining experience as a whole with special emphasis on impeccable service, fabulous atmosphere and excellent value.


Bo Beau Kitchen + Garden

Address: 8384 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa, CA 91942

Phone: (619) 337-3445

Website: www.cohnrestaurants.com/bobeaukitchengarden

Love is in the air at BO-beau in La Mesa.  Treat your Valentine to our fabulous 3-course and try BO-beau favorites such as New York Strip or Seared Scallops.  Don’t forget the shared dessert - Chocolate Mousse Cake, Chocolate Ganache and more!  Our Valentine’s Day menu is priced at $49.95 per person.  For reservations, please call 619-337-3445.   To view the menu, click here.


Antica Trattoria

Address: 5654 Lake Murray Blvd La Mesa, CA 91942 b/t Baltimore Dr & Aztec Dr

Phone: (619) 463-9919

Website: www.anticatrattoria.com

Antica Trattoria, a San Diego authentic, multi-regional Italian dining destination opened in 2001, maintains its reputation with award-winning homemade Italian recipes. The family-owned and operated hidden Italian gem is found in La Mesa ,Antica Trattoria presents fine dining with a pleasant ambiance. Classical Italian dishes and highly-heralded flavorful down-home recipes are prepared by Owner and Chef Francesco Basile, which include these favorites’ Ravioli Montecarlo, the penne alla Norma, the Vittelo, the Brasato all’Antica and so much more! If you ask Chef Basile what his secrets are to exquisite authentic Italian cuisine, he will tell you he uses only the freshest of ingredients in every dish he prepares.


The Vine Cottage

Address: 6062 Lake Murray Blvd., Ste 101A, La Mesa, CA 91942 - b/t Dugan Ave & El Paso St

Phone: (619) 462-1425

Website: www.thevinecottage.com

Located in the heart of La Mesa, Vine Cottage Bistro serves comfort food celebrating the roots of Mediterranean cuisine and the diverse culinary traditions of those countries. Newly renovated and reopened, our chef brings his passion for food to the neighborhood we love and call the "Jewel of the Hills".  


Terra American Bistro

Address: 7091 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115, b/t 70th St & 71st St

Phone: (619) 293-7088

Website: www.terrasd.com

Terra Restaurant was in Hillcrest from May 1998 to April 2011. We have since moved to the East College District of San Diego to bring farm to table dining to the east county. Chef Jeff’s commitment to local, sustainable agriculture and the bounty of San Diego and Riverside Counties not only shows in his cookbook “From Terra’s Table,” but also in the plates coming out of the kitchen. The restaurant’s focus on local, sustainable and organic extends to the bar as well, which features seasonal fruit and herb-infused vodkas made in house, an interesting array of local craft beers and a wine list that offers more than 80 bottles of mostly California wines. The cuisine at Terra has been labeled as New American food with an emphasis on ingredients and preparation styles from North, South and Central America. Whether you are joining us for a special night out, a light lunch, a few Terra Specialty Cocktails or a Chef’s Farm To Table Dinner, we know you’ll feel right at home at Terra American Bistro. The restaurant interior is a very comfortable atmosphere with polished concrete, a wall garden, brick, wooden beams and a captivating chandelier over the Chef’s communal farm table.


Hooley’s Irish Pub

Address: 5500 Grossmont Center Dr., Ste 277, La Mesa, CA 91942, b/t Havenhill Rd & La Mesa Blvd

Phone: (619) 713-6900

Website: www.hooleys.com

In the mid-1980s while touring Europe, Craig MacDonald, owner and founder of Hooleys, made his first visit to Ireland. So taken was he by the Pub Culture of the Emerald Isle he decided there and then that he would one day import the warmth and charm of an old Irish Pub to his hometown in San Diego, California. With the help of two great friends (now partners), Craig realized his dream, and on Saint Patrick’s Day of 1999 the doors to Hooleys Irish Pub & Grill first opened in Rancho San Diego.

As many Irish natives will attest, Hooleys Irish Pub & Grill captures the true magic of an authentic Irish Pub. From the polished brass whiskey still to the old church pews supporting the bar, all the interior was shipped from Ireland to Rancho San Diego. Ten years later, Hooleys in La Mesa was established, bringing a piece of old Ireland to the heart of Grossmont Center. Much of the decor and character also comes from the old country, which defines Hooleys as one of the premiere Irish Pubs in San Diego County.