Santee’s Most Romantic Restaurants

There are plenty of romantic restaurants close to our Santee hotel.

Reserve a table at Mama Rosa, located at 1773 E Main St, El Cajon. The intimate trattoria has an impressive wine menu for your Lady and the Tramp style dinner, with authentic Italian dishes prepared fresh daily. Try the chicken cacciatore, gnocchi with pink sauce, calamari steak, or linguine.

The Brigantine Seafood Restaurant, located at 9350 Fuerte Dr, La Mesa, is a local seafood chain known for their oysters on the half shell and surf and turf specials. Order the fish tacos for a shared starter and stick to the oyster bar for a lighter—and very romantic—dinner out. The wok-charred ahi, daily fresh catch, and shrimp and crab louie are also excellent picks.

Antica Trattoria is a Sicilian hotspot in a surprisingly upscale setting with murals flanking the walls. You’ll find it at 5654 Lake Murray Blvd, La Mesa. The three-course fixed meal for $75 per person is always a wise move, or design your own dinner with entrees like risotto and poached pear, ravioli with wild mushrooms, or a tender calamari steak.

BO-beau Kitchen + Garden at 8384 La Mesa Blvd, La Mesa blends French and Californian cuisine in a post yet industrial-style setting. Pair a craft cocktail with their roasted fresh catch with capers, rotini and cheese, slow-roasted pork shank, or one of their many flatbreads.