Rocklin restaurants serve up romantic meals

By: Lauren Weber, The Placer Herald
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Rocklin restaurants and businesses must know that the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. Many are enticing customers with deals for dining out, or in, in Rocklin for Valentine’s Day. Whether it’s a romantic night out with dinner and dancing or a quite meal in under candlelight, the options are right here. For a romantic, all-inclusive night out, Rubino’s Ristarante on Pacific Street is a place to be. Their Valentine’s Day special includes dinner and dancing with seating beginning at 8:30 p.m. and dancing until midnight. For $120 a couple, the restaurant serves up options of Italian fare including choices of stuffed chicken, filet, veal, salmon or shrimp scampi. All entrees include soup or salad and a choice of risotto or roasted red potatoes. Dessert and a glass of champagne promise a perfect end to the night. Rubino’s waiter Franz Blanchard said diners have dessert choices, which include bread pudding, gelato, tiramisu, white chocolate cake, cannelloni and more. What Blanchard expects will attract customers to Rubino’s for Valentine’s dinner is the restaurant’s food quality. Instead of using line cooks, like many other restaurants, Rubino’s has one chef and assistant that give individual attention to each meal. “Every plate should be coming out looking perfect,” Blanchard said. Another recently opened restaurant, Wood’ys Grill & Bar, is serving up a Valentine’s deal – a complimentary bottle of wine served with dinner. Even though the cupid-inspired holiday falls on a Saturday, Wood’ys also offers the deal Feb. 12 through Feb. 15 and includes a special Valentine’s menu. Wood’ys hostess Sarah Resnick said the menu isn’t finalized yet, but may include a steak meal. The restaurant is taking reservations for Valentine’s and through the weekend. Another route to go for a pre-celebration is with wine tasting at Wine Styles. From 5-10 p.m. on Friday, the establishment will pair four wines with four courses of small plates from surrounding restaurants like Cabos Platillos de Mexico restaurant and Prime Wok Express. “We wanted to give everyone a little exposure” in the shopping plaza, said Wine Styles employee Stacey O’Brien. Sparkling wine, white and red wines will be paired with cheese and Kung pow chicken, calamari, tri tip with mushroom sauce and a brownie with a dollop of cream, O’Brien said. The night costs $40 per person, $35 per person for Wine Club members and reservations are required. If you opted out of reservations and prefer a night in, Bel Air has just the answer. They’ve made it easy by offering easy-to-prepare four-course meals – the Ultimate Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two. If baked Brie in a pastry with fig preserves, filet mignon topped with fresh Dungeness crab and chocolate-dipped strawberries sound too easy to mess up at home, don’t worry – the meal comes with cooking instructions and should take only 30-45 minutes of prep. People can order the meal at Raley’s and Bel Air through Feb. 13 for $49.99 while supplies last and available for pick up Feb. 13 and 14. If the price sounds out of reach, meal orders placed online at will receive a $5 printable coupon to redeem at the store, or by purchasing a bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne, customers will receive a $10 discount on their dinner for two. With so many dining choices in Rocklin for Valentine’s Day, it’s possible no one will leave hungry. Rubino’s Ristarante Where: 5015 Pacific St. Info: 624-3401 or Wood’ys Grill & Bar Where: 6502 Lonetree Blvd. Info: 789-7808 or Wine Styles Where: 6508 Lonetree Blvd. Info: 789-0300 or Bel Air Where: 2341 Sunset Blvd. 632-0180 or Contact Lauren Weber at