Date Night

By Nora Heston Tarte

5 Romantic Dinner Spots in San Joaquin County

Grab your sweetie and hit the town! We’ve rounded up some of San Joaquin County’s most romantic dining locations with ambiance, food, and libations that set the scene for falling in love again and again.

Midgley’s Public House

At Midgley’s Public House, a family owned and operated Lincoln Center gem, guests can enjoy a high-end meal without pretense. Order specialty cocktails like the huckleberry lemon drop or the bourbon and shrub as precursors to your top-shelf meal. The filet mignon and bacon chili and the tomahawk ribeye are both cold-weather favorites perfect for a chilly February day. 296 Lincoln Ctr., Stockton

Papapavlo’s

There’s nothing quite as dreamy as dining al fresco on a warm February day with your sweetheart. At Papapavlo’s, the outdoor patio offers the most romantic seats in the house. Dine on a mix of Mediterranean, Italian, French and American cuisine. Every meal should start with an order of saganaki “flaming cheese,” a dish of cheese set aflame and served with pita bread. Finish your meal with glasses of traditional Greek wine in white or red. 1320 Standiford Ave., Modesto

The Dancing Fox

What better place to spend Valentine’s Day than the local winery and restaurant that was born out of its own love story? Share a slice of decadent cheesecake topped with fresh berries and paired with wines from the estate vineyard that Gregg and Colleen Lewis built when they began their love story back in the early 1980s. 203 School St., Lodi

Towne House

Nestled in the heart of Lodi sits Towne House Restaurant, part of the Wine & Roses property. The menu is filled with seasonal dishes made from local ingredients with a focus on food to share. Fill your stomachs with plates of roasted duck breast and king salmon paired with one of the restaurants more than 70 wines from the Lodi Appellation. When you’re finished, book a room at Wine & Roses to end the night on a high note. 2505 W Turner Rd., Lodi

Pietro’s Trattoria Dive into authentic Italian food in the cozy interior of Pietro’s elegant dining room or enjoy the open-air dining experience on the patio under the stars. You can’t go wrong with the pasta trio or the gnocci cotto, but the seafood is to die for, too. Serving up farm-to-fork cuisine rich with culture and flavor, Pietro’s is the perfect place to wine and dine your Valentine. 317 E. Kettleman Ln., Lodi

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