Valentine’s Day Ideas: Date Night in Downtown Alameda

There are a number of wonderful restaurants that have been in existence in the historic Park Street district for a many years. These restaurants have a well-earned reputation for being a place to go for special occasions. The restaurant owners pride themselves in offering fresh cuisine and impeccable service. Perfect for a night out with your Valentine!

Guide to Classic Dining in Downtown Alameda

Asena Restaurant Alameda


Asena (2508 Santa Clara Ave, 510-521-4100)
An Alameda favorite since 1996, this Zagat-rated restaurant features seasonal cuisine that is influenced by the owners’ Mediterranean roots and infused with wonderfully delicate flavors. Each dish is lovingly prepared and graciously served.

C’era Una Volta (1332 Park Street, 510-769-4828)
This authentic Tuscan Italian restaurant is a neighborhood gem tucked away in Redwood Square. It boasts an elegant environment and features classic dishes like Spiedini and Risotto Mare e Monte. The restaurant’s name translates to “Once Upon a Time.”

Gold Coast Grill Alameda

Gold Coast Grill

Gold Coast Grill (1901 Park Street, 510-522-5388)
Gold Coast Grill opened its doors in 1992 and was the first restaurant in Alameda to feature Greek cuisine. Enjoy a wide variety of appetizers, salads, pastas, steaks, seafood dishes, and their popular rack of lamb. Other house made delights include Moussaka and Souvlaki.

Kamakura (2549 Santa Clara Ave, 510-521-9121)
Alameda’s original Japanese restaurant since 1981, where traditional and authentic Japanese cuisine is enjoyed along with innovative and creative dishes not found anywhere else. Fresh ingredients are combined with their award-winning hospitality. (Feb 2017 Update: Kamakura is currently closed for repairs)

Linguini’s Pasta & Vino (1508 Park Street, 510-865-5101)
Linguini’s is a fine Italian restaurant. Dine on classic pasta dishes paired with a wonderful selection of wine. Specialties include fettuccine al pesto, penne burina, spaghetti bolanese, and portabella ravioli.

Speisekammer German Restaurant Alameda


Pappo (2320 Central Ave, 510-337-9100)
Pappo is an award-winning bistro located in the heart of Alameda’s Park Street district. Their menu of New American food is based on the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients that are produced sustainably, locally and, whenever possible, organically.

Speisekammer (2424 Lincoln Ave, 510-522-1300)
Patrons enjoy the authentic German food at Speisekammer for many years. The Bavarian menu features hearty dishes like Sauerbraten and Schweinebraten. Other menu choices include a German take on grilled salmon and roasted chicken. 

Valentine’s Day Specials at Downtown Alameda Restaurants (2016)

Valentine’s Day is a special night in Downtown Alameda. Local restaurants are putting together special menus and events for you to share with that special person in Alameda’s historic Park Street district. It’s a good time to start making plans since restaurants are now taking reservations for the special day.

Pappo Restaurant_downtownPappo is offering a special “Market Dinner” for St. Valentine’s Day 2016. The 4-course dinner allows guests to select a starter (smoked mushroom mousse), soup or salad (crab bisque or chicory salad), an entree (filet mignonette, pan seared scallops, or mushroom risotto), and a dessert (chocolate tart or strawberry-lemon bread pudding). Price is $55 per person. (Reservations: 510-337-9100)

A special menu for Valentine’s Day is in the works at East End. They’re not ready to give away any surprises yet, but they will gladly serve you and your sweetie a heart-shaped pizza upon request. (Information: 510-263-9630)

C’era Una Volta is making it easy to celebrate Valentine’s Day any time during the weekend. Brunch is being served on Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 2:00pm with a special 4-course menu ($30/person). In the evening, two special Valentine’s Dinner Performances will be held each night. Early seatings are at 4:00pm and later seatings start at 6:00pm. The dinner includes a 4-course meal, sparkling wine, and music provided by Daniel Maya and Thomas Perry. Cost is $40-$70 per person, depending on night and seating time. (Reservations: 510-769-4828)

Wine & Waffles Alameda Valentine CruiseTreat your Sweetheart to a romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner & Movie Special. Cinema Grill has put together a special package that includes a pre-fixed menu (appetizer, entree, and dessert), glass of wine or bubbly, and a movie at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex. Guests will avoid the Box Office lines as they will have movie tickets in hand and enter the theatre through a private VIP corridor; the “Back Stage Pass”. Cost is $120 per couple. (Reservations: 510-769-2000)

Wine & Waffles is taking to the waters by putting together a romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise aboard the “Chardonnay” yacht. You and your sweetie will be surrounded by the beautiful bay night and live music while cruising along the estuary and into the Bay. Stop by for more information or give them a call. (Reservations: 510-523-2301)

Alameda’s historic downtown shopping district is also a wonderful place to find a special gift — from flowers and treats to handmade art. For a complete list of restaurants and gift stores, visit our new website at

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