There’s lots to love about February on Vancouver Island. The month usually marks a change from the rains and plummeting temperatures to mild weather and sunnier skies. It’s during this month that the new buds begin to form on bare trees and early spring flowers pop out of the soil to welcome the burgeoning spring season. This is also the month of love and romance with Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s time to start planning where you’re going to take your special someone out for dinner. All over the Island, there are incredible restaurants where you can find gorgeous dishes and fabulous cocktails, perfect for a memorable evening. With so many to choose from, it can be overwhelming to find the perfect restaurant so we’ve done the heavy lifting for you! Here are our top ten restaurants nearby EMR rentals to ensure that your Valentine’s Day on Vancouver Island is magical.
Tucked away in Waddington Alley right in the heart of old town and just around the corner from The Corazon, you’ll find one of the most romantic restaurants in Victoria. For nearly 30 years, Il Terrazzo has been known for its incredible ambience, service and menus, and is the perfect place for an intimate dinner with your Valentine.
Another long-standing local favourite in downtown Victoria is Tapa Bar. Known for its extensive food menu filled with small, shareable dishes, warm, intimate dining room and incredible cocktail and wine list, Tapa Bar is a fun and unique place to take your special someone on Valentine’s Day. Make an extra special night of it and walk from Landmark Sub-Penthouse, Reef Executive Condo or Harbourview Executive at the Reef, past the twinkling lights on the Legislature, through the quiet Inner Harbour and up busy Government St.
If you’re staying at Miraloma 209, you’re right around the corner from one of the best restaurants in Sidney! Sea Glass Waterfront Grill is a restaurant perched on the edge of the water at the upscale Van Isle Marina just north of Sidney town centre. With a menu that reflects the abundance of Vancouver Island, a carefully curated wine list and incredible ocean views, this is a restaurant made for special occasions.
On the other side of the Peninsula, just around the corner from Oceanside Lodge on Saanich Inlet, Pendray House and not far from Heron’s Landing and Patricia Bay Beach House you’ll find elegant, upscale dining at Deep Cove Chalet. Offering impeccable French inspired cuisine and a wine list created by a Sommelier, this restaurant caters to those looking for memorable fine dining in an intimate, beautiful oceanfront setting.
If you’re staying at the Malahat Mountain House, Beachside Cottage on Saanich Inlet, Beachside Living at Cherry Point or Cowichan Valley Wine Country Retreat, and want to take your special someone somewhere upscale and unique for Valentine’s Day, you’ll want to book a table at Alpina at the Eyrie. With food inspired by the cuisine of the Italian, Swiss, German and French alpine regions and informed by the incredible ingredients found on Vancouver Island, Alpina creates unique and inspired dishes that will thrill and surprise you. Plus, with unparalleled views of the Saanich Inlet, Southern Vancouver Island, the Olympic Mountain Range and majestic Mount Baker from almost every table in the dining room, an evening here is simply unforgettable.
Hidden away on the long, winding road out to Lake Cowichan, guests of Marble Bay Lakefront House and Lake Cowichan Escape will rejoice to find the quaint, country dining room at Farm Table Inn. With the farm-to-table philosophy underpinning every dish that co-owner and executive chef George Gates creates and serves at this lovely restaurant a wine list filled with local, Cowichan Valley vintages, this is the perfect place to really get a taste of the Cowichan Valley and celebrate a special evening.
If you’re looking for something really special while you’re staying at Hammond Bay Executive Stay or Nanoose Bay Country Home, you’ll want to be sure to get a reservation at The Nest Bistro. Husband and wife team, Jen and Nic both have illustrious hospitality industry experience and have channelled all of their passion and expertise into opening one of the best restaurants north of Victoria. For superb service, romantic ambience and incredible food and wine, Nest is the place to go in Nanaimo.
Looking for a more casual and lively way to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Nanaimo? Simonholt has you covered! With a great menu filled with local favourites and casual dishes, this popular live music venue is a fun way to spend a date night!
Parksville and Qualicum Beach
This gorgeous log cabin restaurant near White Heron Oceanfront Estate and Columbia Beach House is the ideal way to experience true West Coast Canadian dining. With a gorgeous interior, friendly staff and extensive menus featuring fresh seafood and expertly prepared meat dishes, Kalvas is sure to impress.
This upscale, casual bistro in the heart of the Comox Valley is the perfect place to take your Valentine while you’re staying at Kye Bay Winter Beach House. With perfectly prepared bistro classics made with locally sourced ingredients, fresh seafood and globally inspired flavours in a beautifully appointed dining room, Avenue Bistro is sure to make your night a special one.