With Valentine’s Day coming up in just less than two weeks, and with travel restrictions in full force in the midst of the pandemic, it may still be a while before some of us can jet away to a romantic destination. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t celebrate the special night with a delicious meal, right?
I personally have handpicked 10 of the most romantic luxury Valentine’s Day restaurants, in the most beautiful of settings, to make for an unforgettable February 14 for you and your Valentine. So, if you’re looking for a fine place to celebrate the special day, I highly suggest for you to get on the phone and give one of these restaurants a ring and have your table reserved!
The Mansion Restaurant features an innovative fusion of new American and French cuisine served in an elegant European setting. Their menu varies depending on which ingredients are currently fresh and are in season. On Thursdays to Saturdays, the restaurant brings the catch of the day seafood directly on your plate – from Porgy and Fluke to Pink Scallops and Cove Oysters.
They also boast an impressive wine selection from sparkling wines, whites, and reds, every bottle carefully hand-picked by a resident sommelier. While some guests find the dishes a little expensive, they claim the service, ambiance, and the taste of the food made every penny worth it!
Celebrate love in an ambiance of timeless charm. The Mansion Restaurant offers a special five-course tasting Valentine’s dinner menu on February 12 (Friday), February 13 (Saturday), and February 14 (Sunday). Executive Chef Sebastien Archambault’s culinary highlights include Maine Lobster Ravioli, Dover Sole Cioppino, and Wagyu Culotte from A BAR N Ranch. Pastry Chef Jaquelynn Beckman offers the choice of a flourless chocolate cake or a white chocolate cheesecake.
2821 Turtle Creek Blvd, Dallas, TX 75219. Call (214) 443-4747. Visit The Mansion Restaurant for more information.
Overeasy is a farm-to-table cafe featuring an all-day breakfast, brunch, and lunch menu. It boasts a vibrant and relaxing dining space with spectacular views of the Main Street Garden Park, a comfortable, co-working encouraged lounge where you can have a sip of good coffee while working on your laptop, and a gourmet coffee bar when you can grab an espresso and pastry to go.
Their menu features morning fare like breakfast tacos, toasts like avocado toast, omelets like farmstead omelet, greens like Texas caesar, sandwiches like citrus chicken, and desserts like banana pudding jars. The beverage program includes an assortment of brunch cocktails, coffees, and fresh-pressed juices.
1914 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75201. Call (469) 320-8998. Visit Overeasy for more information.
Situated at the corner of San Jacinto Boulevard and Fifth Street, Stella San Jac is a farm-to-table restaurant featuring upscale, American-Southern cuisine in a casual environment. Serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, the menu features morning fare like pecan praline french toast, lighter options like grapefruit curd parfait, appetizers like deviled eggs, salads like kale & brussels, sandwiches like gulf shrimp and lump crab roll, entrees like pan-seared chicken, and desserts like chocolate s’more cake. The beverage program, on the other hand, features a few varieties of beers and an extensive selection of wines.
310 E 5th St., Austin, TX 78701. Call (512) 792-5648. Visit Stell San Jac Restaurant for more information.
Trace uses fresh ingredients from the region’s surrounding farms to make flavorful dishes including an appetizer crab and avocado toast, shrimp and grits, duck chilaquiles, and more. Trace is situated at W Austin is a modern, sophisticated farm-to-table restaurant serving the finest flavors of Central Texas. You can also check out the three-course lunch if you can’t decide what to eat and if you’re open to new distinct flavors. The menu of the three-course lunch varies every week depending on ingredients that are fresh and in season. If a combination of music and wine sounds appealing to you, visit Trace during Rosé Wednesdays Happy Hour to enjoy live music and rosé sangria at a happy hour price.
200 Lavaca St, Austin, TX 78701. Call (512) 542-3660. Visit Trace for more information.
Meadow Neighborhood Eatery and Bar is a family-owned restaurant that has been in close partnership with local farmers and ranchers. It offers a menu that showcases the beautiful products our local farmers and ranchers grow and continuously change and evolves through the seasons, featuring snacks like creamed corn fritters, greens like baby lettuce salad, shareable plates like seared scallops, and entrees like grilled pork loin. Boasting a fun, comfortable dining area along with a gorgeous”outdoor patio, this restaurant makes a great place for happy hour, which runs from 5 pm to 7 pm, Tuesday – Friday.
555 W Bitters Rd, Suite 110, San Antonio, TX 78216. Call (210) 481-4214. Visit Meadow Neighborhood Eatery and Bar for more information.
Clementine is a family-owned neighborhood restaurant that boasts a spacious dining area with huge tables that seats up to 12 guests, an open kitchen for folks who would love to witness masterpiece creations in progress, and a dedicated team with a goal to consistently create memorable experiences. Serving lunch and dinner, they offer an ever-changing menu largely driven by fresh, seasonal ingredients. The menu features appetizing starters like hushpuppies, shareable plates like east coast oysters, organic salads like white mushroom salad, savory entrees like Spanish mackerel, and succulent desserts like blueberry almond tart. They also feature an extensive wine list along with a selection of beer on tap.
2195 NW Military Hwy, San Antonio, TX 78213. Call (210) 503-5121. Visit Clementine San Antonio for more information.
Caliente is a chef-driven, quick-serve Mexican Restaurant serving Tex-Mex recipes made fresh in house daily. This restaurant takes great pride in its natural way of cooking, from locally sourcing top-quality ingredients that are in season to thoughtful and honest preparation of food. The menu features enchiladas, tacos, fajitas, soup & salad, and grilled meat & seafood, among other items. There’s a lot happening at Caliente; on Monday nights, you can get 4 chicken enchiladas or 4 ground beef tacos for only $25, 4 fajitas for only $40 on Tuesday nights, free kid’s meal for every one adult’s meal purchased on Wednesdays, and social hour on weekdays from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
790 W. Sam Houston Parkway, Suite 112, Houston, TX 77024. Call (713) 464-1601. Visit Caliente for more information.
Nobie’s Restaurant is committed to sourcing ingredients from local farms and Gulf Coast seafood delivered fresh daily. This restaurant values transparency and honesty in cooking food that their purveyors are public knowledge. They feature a constantly changing menu that is largely based on the available ingredients. They offer an extensive menu, featuring starters, bread, pasta, seafood, steaks, wines, beer, cider, and more. Visit during happy hour and you can enjoy sweet deals such as a 50% discount on oysters and $5 wines by the glass and beers. Happy hour takes place during the first and last hour of service 7 days a week.
2048 Colquitt St, Houston, TX 77098. Call (346) 319-5919. Visit Nobie’s for more information.
Ellerbe Fine Foods offers elegant, innovative, farm-to-table cuisine highlighting the freshest local and seasonal ingredients. The restaurant boasts a spacious, classy dining area and outdoor patio, making it the perfect location to linger for an evening of good food and wine, meet for business lunch, enjoy dinner with friends and families, and celebrate special occasions. It provides a frequently-changing menu to ensure the freshness of ingredients. The menu features soups like cowtown market tomato soup, salads like garden peach salad, appetizers like assorted artisanal cheese and charcuterie, entrees like sauteed wild Alaskan halibut, and desserts like chevre panna cotta.
1501 W Magnolia Ave, Suite 4105, Fort Worth, TX 76104. Call (817) 926-3663. Visit Ellerbe Fine Foods for more information.
Cafe Modern believes that great food starts with fresh, naturally-produced ingredients, that include whole grains and organic vegetables, cage-free shell eggs, and naturally-raised chicken and beef. Its kitchen is committed to making everything from scratch daily to produce delicious food that is honestly and thoughtfully prepared. It offers an extensive menu, featuring appetizing starters like zucchini corn fritters, traditional brunch fare like avocado toast with salmon, hearty salads like berries and greens, handmade sandwiches like turkey sandwich, savory entrees like berkshire pork tenderloin, and luscious desserts like chocolate cake with tangerine glaze. It also offers a wide variety of wines and a separate kid’s menu.
3200 Darnell St, Fort Worth, TX 76107. Call (817) 840-2157. Visit Cafe Modern for more information.
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