Valentine’s Day treats in the Inland Empire

Who allowed Valentine’s Day to fall during the week?

Doesn’t that just mess with everyone’s plans?

Inland Empire restaurants nonetheless are offering up indulgent treats (and specially-priced deals) for lovebirds.

Follow the jump to see a sampling.

Splurge a little

  • Ra Pour: The upscale Victoria Gardens restaurant and lounge will have two Valentine’s events. Tonight (Febtuary 11) beginning at 9 p.m., singles can send $5 cocktail candy grams with sweet – or sexy – messages to the cutie across the way, enjoy small bites and appetizers, and party into the night with KGGI’s DJ ODM. The restaurant will offer a special four-course meal on Valentine’s Day, with either black cod with creamed leeks and potatoes or sliced beef tenderloin with a truffled celery root pure as an entre. Cost is $49 per person.
  • Yard House: The restaurant bar is has unveiled its annual Aphrodisiac Menu featuring a selection of seductive appetizers, entres and desserts priced from $7.95 to $26.95. The special menu will be available through Valentine’s Day at all locations, including Rancho Cucamonga and Chino Hills.
  • Palm Springs Tramway: The tram’s Peaks Restaurant will serve a special menu through Valentine’s Day. Dinner includes an amuse-bouche, soup or salad, a choice of entre and a shared dessert. Cost of dinner is $45 per person. Tram admission, gratuity and tax are not included. Reservations are recommended by calling 760-325-4537.
  • Roy’s Restaurant: Through Valentine’s Day, guests can send a uniquely designed e-card to as many friends, family and loved ones as desired by visiting the restaurant’s website or Facebook page. Recipients will receive one of three gifts: Complimentary Lobster Potstickers, a Chocolate Souffl (each with purchase of entre) or a $50 gift certificate. The 10 guests who share the most love by sending Roy’s e-cards will receive $100 off their next visit. This weekend (February 11 and 12), Roy’s will offer a “Couples Menu” for a $89
    which includes petite filet mignon and half lobster served with fingerling potatoes and Thai basil barnaise for the entre. Couples who dine on Valentine’s Day will receive a $20 bonus card, valid from February 15 through March 31. The sole Inland Empire Roy’s is at 71959 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage.

On a budget

  • BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse: Through Valentine’s Day, select two specialty entres for $29.95, plus get half off all bottles of wine.
  • Bob’s Big Boy: Through Tuesday, two can dine for $20. Dinner includes two endless soup, salad and fruit buffets, two entres from a select menu, and a hot fudge cake to share. Bob’s can be found in Moreno Valley, Calimesa and Norco.
  • Boston’s Restaurant and Sports Bar: Through Valentine’s Day, Boston’s (11260 Fourth St., Rancho Cucamonga) is baking heart-shaped pizzas. $1 from each pizza purchased goes to a local charity.

Penny pinchers

  • Qdoba Mexican Grill: On Valentine’s Day, purchase an entre at a participating Qdoba restaurant and then share a kiss with a significant other, friend, family member or understanding stranger at the cash register and receive a second entre of equal or lesser value for free. I.E. locations in Redlands, Upland, Ontario and Moreno Valley.
  • The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf: It’s a BOGO on VD at CBTL! On Valentine’s Day, buy one beverage at participating locations, get another of equal or lesser value for free.

Update: The fine folks over at IEShineOn have few more suggestions. See them here.