Oh there are places with far better than decent food in the SCV. Two that come to mind are The Vines at The Hyatt which is hosting a very nice Mother's Day Champagne Brunch (check their site or call to inquire about menu, always a well done affair). We have been there for regular Sunday brunches as well as for a Thanksgiving.. never a disappointment.
There is a somewhat more casual spot called The Roast House which is a hidden little gem run by two brothers originally from Chicago who are very old school with their service.. Steaks, Seafood, I've not had a single item that wasn't fabulous and their creme brule is to die for - and I am a chocoholic! One of the owners, Michael, can often be found walking from table to table introducing himself and asking how everything is.. you just don't get that too often anymore. The food is amazing, they frequently have live entertainment ranging from Jazz to Rock to stuff in between.. a great bar, too.. it's a surprise located in a shopping center parking lot, but once you go you will be back again! Awesome place even for a non-special occasion.
There are SO many other places in SVC that are fabulous.. just depends on what it is you're looking for. Good luck and I hope you find something that you both love!