Immodest Proposals: Where to go for romantic V-Day dining? Here’s my answer. Gabriella Cafe chef Rebecca King and her sous-chef, Ben Howard (both veterans of Chez Panisse) offer lovers a four-course Valentineâ€™s odyssey, accompanied by two glasses of Italian bubbly, for $85 per person. And since Gabriella CafÃ©, 910 Cedar Street, is arguably the most romantic dining spot in Santa Cruz (as Theoâ€™s is to Soquel), one must reach immediately for the phone to make February 14 reservations, at (831)457-1677. And speaking of Theoâ€™s, Roger Romano tells me that reservations are rapidly filling up. V-day dinner â€” $75 per person, not including tax & tip. Just know that chef Nicci Tripp will make the experience a benchmark in romantic gastronomy. Feast on the Valentine’s menu at www.theosrestaurant.com/ and then pray there’s still a table! Theo’s, 3101 N. Main – Soquel: 831.462.3657. . . Since hyper-romantic (in that nostalgic way) Shadowbrook has probably long since stopped taking reservations for dinners, I can pass along a tip. Try grabbing a seat in the upstairs Rock Room Lounge, where Terry Riversong will be singing on Valentine’s eve. There’s a wood-burning oven, and a separate food menu, plus with the first come/first served, no res policy, this is a great option for those who couldn’t get a dining room reservation. Vibrant and definitely romantic atmosphere. The Shadowbrook, at 1750 Wharf Road, in Capitola: 831/ 475-1511.