The biggest date night draws near with the return of Valentine's Day on February 14. All sorts of restaurants are getting into the game with an array of dinner options that are varied and, in some cases, surprisingly affordable. You can show that someone you love them and not break the bank.
These are the Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants offering Valentine's Day specials. Note: All events are on February 14, unless otherwise noted.
Four-course menu includes choices from stuffed mushrooms, venison empanada, tuna tartare, tempura crab roll, shrimp-crawfish bisque, Little Gem salad, Wagyu beef carpaccio, ratatouille lasagna, swordfish Oscar, short rib, lobster Thermidor, beef tenderloin, and a dessert duo with chocolate covered strawberry dome and dark chocolate ganache tart. February 14-15. A la carte menu will not be available. 6-10 pm. 214-559-3111.
Fajitas for Two features up to four flavors of fajitas including marinated steak, marinated chicken, and Yucatan shrimp plus sides and one dessert to share. Bacon-wrapped stuffed shrimp may be added for an extra charge. February 11-14. $33. Regular menu also available. Five locations in Dallas-Fort Worth.
Three-course menu includes strawberry and feta salad with baby greens and pecans; plus choice from brined pork with salted apple marmalade and sweet potato puree, or salmon with braised greens and crispy mushrooms, and abuelita chocolate cake for dessert. 5-10 pm. $65.
Four-course dinner offers choices in each selection in addition to an a la carte menu featuring Bird Cafe's most popular dishes. Choose from lobster bisque, raspberry gazpacho, Brussels and orange, charred tomato ravioli, pan-seared monkfish, Akaushi ribeye with cheddar polenta, chocolate silk, or sugar cookie cheesecake. 5-10 pm. $75, plus $35 for wine pairing available. 817-332-2473.
Black Walnut Cafe
Three-course meal includes choices from chicken nachos, spinach-artichoke dip, lobster-shrimp mac, fish tacos, steak Orleans, chipotle chicken pepper pasta, crab-stuffed branzino, and any dessert to share or two small gelatos. February 9-17. $38 and up. Regular menu also available.
Four-course menu from chef-owner Bruno Davaillon, chef de cuisine Toby Archibald, and pastry chef Ricchi Sanchez includes choices from French onion soup, peekytoe crab and caviar, sweet potato tatin, boeuf & pomme de ferre, St. Jacques & sunchoke, celery & truffe, and raspberry poached apple with ginger crème brule ice cream. Special appetizer of East Coast oysters is $18. Featured cocktails and champagne include cosmopolitan; Jungle Love with Cruzan Black Strap rum, Campari, and passionfruit; and NV Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé. 5-10 pm. $135, plus $58 for wine pairing, or $135 for optional prestige wine pairing. 972-698-4250.
Blue Mesa Grill
Special menu for two includes 64-ounce jar of margaritas, plus choices from panko-crusted crab & shrimp cakes; shrimp, red chile salmon, blue crab, and shrimp enchilada with chipotle cream sauce; beef medallions with chimichurri, asparagus, and potato-chile tart; chocolate-dipped strawberries; and two glasses of sparkling wine. Feb 14-16, starting at 5 pm. $75 per couple. Dallas, 972-934-0165; Plano, 214-387-4407; or Fort Worth 817-332-6372.
Three specials for Valentine's Day celebrations include filet & lobster Thermidor with filet mignon and jumbo shrimp topped with lobster in a creamy Thermidor sauce, with choice of two sides; martini with passion fruit, pineapple, Reyka vodka, and Aperol liqueur; and a chocolate lava cake.
Buca di Beppo
Special feature consists of a heart-shaped lasagna, served with choice of a mixed green or Caesar salad, garlic bread, and two mini cannoli. 5-10 pm. $50 for two. 214-361-8462.
The Cajun Place
Four-course meal for two includes house salad and choices from oysters on the half shell, shrimp cocktail, blackened rib eye with bourbon glaze, stuffed Cajun chicken Rockefeller, redfish Pontchartrain, or crawfish ravioli with shrimp, served with green beans Amandine and smoked gouda grits. (Crawfish ravioli is served with French Bread.) For dessert, chocolate-covered strawberries. February 8-14. $55. 972-678-4550.
Three-course meal includes choices from mango-jicama salad, chicken-vegetable soup, lump crab enchiladas, chicken in mole sauce, filet chimichurri, mixed berries, or flan. February 8-14. $35. Dallas, 214-265-1610; Addison, 972-458-0962; or Fort Worth, 817-810-0773.
Carrabba's Italian Grill
Four-course dinner for two comes in three options, with choices from tomato Caprese with burrata, mozzarella marinara, calamari, lasagna, linguine Positano with chicken, spaghetti & meatballs, shrimp & scallops linguine alla vodka, sirloin Marsala, chicken Bryan, tomato basil salmon, or rib eye with spicy Sicilian butter. Desserts for two include choice of cannoli cake or ogno di cioccolata. February 4-17. $45-$65.
Three-course meal includes choices from grass-fed beef tartare, squash salad, pimento cheese toast, linguine with lump crab, Gulf catch with sunchokes, chicken ballotine with pumpkin, 44 Farms cote de boeuf for 2 ($45 supplement), and chocolate raspberry torte. 5-10 pm. $60, plus $25 for optional wine pairing or $15 for beer. 214-261-4500.
Cedar Creek Brewery
Three-course meal includes French onion soup topped with Gouda, served with French baguette; 8-ounce ribeye steak with shrimp and jasmine rice; and raspberry cobbler with ice cream and berries. Beer pairings come with each course and the meal includes a custom-etched glass for each diner. February 13, 6 pm, 7 pm, or 8 pm. $100 per couple. 903-432-2337.
Cool River Cafe
Three-course meal includes choice of Caesar or Cool River salad with apple, bleu cheese, and candied pecans; filet & lobster for two with Boursin smashed potatoes and steamed broccolini; and chocolate mousse cake. February 13-19. $155. 972-871-8881.
Cotton Patch Cafe
Sirloin special features 6-ounce Angus sirloin, garlic mashed potatoes, and side salad. February 14-17. $11.
Four-course dinner includes lobster bisque and choices from asparagus & burrata salad, crab-stuffed shrimp, lobster capellini, butter lettuce & poached pear salad, filet mignon, scallops, rack of lamb, potato-wrapped sea bass, red velvet tiramisu, white-chocolate mousse, or molten chocolate cake. 5-11 pm. $55. Four locations in Dallas, Plano, Allen, and Fort Worth.
Dee Lincoln Prime
Four-course meal with choices from crab cake, grilled quail, spicy tuna rainbow roll, jumbo shrimp, spinach salad, kale & Romaine Caesar, lobster bisque, 8-ounce filet, 16-ounce rib eye, salmon, sea bass, white-chocolate cheesecake, chocolate cake, or red velvet cake. Regular menu also available. February 14, 5 pm, 7 pm, and 9 pm; February 15, regular seating times. $85. 214-387-3333.
Doc B's Restaurant + Bar
Complimentary glass of champagne to every couple celebrating the holiday. 469-998-2330.
Three-course dinner for two includes tableside guacamole, fajitas with steak, chicken, shrimp, and baby back ribs, plus tortillas, rice, frijoles rancheros, pico de gallo, and sour cream. Dessert is cheesecake nachos – cheesecake & whipped cream on sweet cinnamon chips, with walnuts, chocolate, and cajeta. February 13-17. 5-10 pm. $33 per couple. At 7 El Chico locations in Flower Mound, Granbury, Mesquite, Pantego, Richland Hills, and Rockwall.
Three-course meal at Carrollton Square restaurant begins with choice of elevated margarita infused with pomegranate liquor or gin with lemon juice and pomegranate. Appetizer consists of brisket gorditas. Choose entrees from Veracruz tilapia or 8-ouce ribeye steak with bacon cheese potato and adobo sauce. Dessert choices include strawberry cake layered on top of flan, or churros served with cajeta. 11 am-9 pm. $40. 469-892-6429.
Empire Baking Company
Special Valentine’s Day treats include chocolate cake in loaf pan for $12; blueberry loaf for $10; and Linzer cookies for $5. February 10-14. 214-350-0007.
Limited-edition True Romance cocktail is made with Spring44 vodka, Copper & Kings Immature Brandy, passion fruit syrup, pineapple juice, St. George Raspberry Liqueur, egg whites, lemon juice, Peychaud's, and rose water. February 7-17.
Three-course dinner includes choice of starter, main course, and dessert. Entree selections choices include Alaskan duo with halibut and king crab; lamb chop with rainbow chart; buffalo tenderloin on jalapeno grits; and filet and chicken-fried lobster on whipped potatoes and soft spinach taco. Vegetarian options available. 6-11 pm. $125. 214-922-4848.
Three-course tasting menu. $70 plus $25 for wine pairing. Seatings are for 2 hours begin at 5 pm-10 pm. 214-828-1981.
Grill on the Alley
Three-course meal begins with Love Potion #9 made with prosecco and pomegranate syrup, and choices from layered tomato salad, Maine lobster salad, filet mignon with lobster- and shrimp-stuffed portobello, seafood mixed grill with scallop, salmon, shrimp, swordfish, herb polenta, and baby vegetables. Desserts include Godiva chocolate ganache fondue with marshmallows, strawberries, pineapple, macadamia nut cookies, and chocolate brownies; or chocolate dipped strawberries and Bailey's whipped cream. $150 for two. 214-459-1601.
Hyatt Regency Dallas
Four-course dinner at hotel restaurant Parrino's Oven includes half dozen oysters to start followed by choices from brown-butter sunchoke soup, grass-fed beef tartare, beet salad, Texas Akaushi beef tenderloin, mushroom risotto, lobster newberg, and tartufo for two. Diners can also add table-side linguine, served in a parmesan wheel with shaved black truffles. February 14-16. $75. 214-712-7144.
Special Spanish four-course menu includes pan con tomate, choice of broccoli or pescaditos, choice of tortilla or meatballs, and brownie for dessert. Includes two drinks per person. Tickets sold for parties of 2 and 4 only. $80. 214-712-8118.
Four-course meal includes tuna crudo, halibut in cacao butter, pork chop mole, and chocolate cake with drunken cherries. 5-10 pm. $60 plus $35 for drink pairings. 214-443-5183.
Four-course meal includes choices from signature favorites such as pork belly, short rib ravioli, clam chowder, beet & goat cheese salad, lobster salad, surf & turf, halibut, beef tenderloin, pasta fruiti di mare, and chef's dessert trio with chocolate-covered strawberries, white and dark chocolate tiramisu, and mascarpone red velvet cheesecake. February 14-15, 5-10pm, $75. 214-716-2610.
Sylvan Thirty bar's specials include a classic cocktail and caviar combo: two Botanist gin martinis with an ounce of sturgeon caviar, $100. The Love Potion cocktail has Hennessy VSOP, peach brandy, lemon, violette, and egg whites; $13. The French Inception has Hennessy VSOP, amaretto, and bitters; $12. February 9-14. 214-238-2643.
LAW Restaurant at Four Seasons Resort Dallas
Special "The Food We Love" a la carte menu includes deviled eggs, crispy oysters, charcuterie, wedge salad, corn veloute with masa fritters, angel hair with crab, crispy masa with avocado and black beans, whole red snapper, 36-ounce porterhouse, lobster mac, and lamb chop. Personalized Moët & Chandon bottle of Brut or Rose, with two pink glass flutes to take home, can be pre-ordered. February 14-16. 972-717-2420.
Four-course dinner for two includes shrimp cocktail, spinning bowl salad, prime rib or salmon, mashed potatoes, choice of creamed corn or creamed spinach, and choice of chocolate-covered strawberries or flourless cake. Complimentary glass of Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon or Sauvignon Blanc. February 14-17. $150 for 2. 972-503-6688.
Complimentary dessert with purchase of two entrees, and $5 glasses of champagne all day long. 214-522-3500.
Three-course meal from chef Robbie Lewis includes hearts of fire & spinach with roasted beets, yellow curry leek & squash, porcini-braised Wagyu short rib with grits, brown butter turnips and greens, seared Diver scallops with crab and shrimp sausage and sweet potato puree, meatless vegan meatloaf with olive oil Yukon gold mash, mixed berry pavlova, double chocolate brownie tart, or strawberry rhubarb crumble with lavender vanilla bean ice cream. $50. 214-628-7900.
choices include goat cheese & carrot, pickled shrimp & crab, rutabaga agnolotti, pork loin and belly with squash, filet of beef with cauliflower, spinach, and mole bordelaise, apple pie, and pavlova. 5-10 pm. $85, plus $60 for optional wine pairing. 214-945-8200.
Morton's The Steakhouse
Special entree of steak & lobster Oscar, an 8-ounce filet topped with a whole Maine lobster & Bearnaise sauce. February 9-16. $59. 214-741-2277.
Eight-course menu includes two sashimi, five hand rolls from choices such as toro, salmon, blue crab, and lobster, plus dessert. Two seatings at 6:30 or 8:15 pm. $50.
Four-course meal for two includes beverage plus choice of appetizer, salad, and entrée from fried catfish and shrimp, or Angus ribeye steak and shrimp, plus personal limited-edition strawberry pie for dessert. BYOB policy means you can bring wine. $40 for two.
Oceanaire Seafood Room
Special cocktail called the Flirt has Tito's Handmade Vodka, Grand Marnier, strawberry cordial, lime juice, edible glitter, and Maschio Prosecco. $16. 972-759-2277.
Special Dinner for Two includes soup or salad, breadsticks, choice of entrée for two from five-cheese ziti or chicken Alfredo (+$6), and choice of dessert for two from mousse cake or tiramisu. Now through February 14. $35 and up.
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
Three-course dinner February 8-14. $90. Full menu also available. 214-366-2000.
Perle on Maple
Four-course menu. Moet & Chandon Rosé for $20 per glass and a special Kir Royale Valentine’s cocktail for $10. February 14-16, 5-10 pm. $95 or $125 with wine pairing. 469-375-5846.
Set menu will be offered on February 14. 5:30-11 pm. $75.
Special "Meatball to My Spaghetti" is a one-pound meatball made from wagyu & brisket blend, filled with mozzarella and topped with ricotta. $20. Specially-priced carafes for $20 include rosé, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, pinot noir, and sauvignon blanc. Pairing options include Caesar for two ($8) and strawberry cheesecake cobbler ($7). February 8-16. At Plano, Las Colinas, and Allen.
Ragin' Crab Cafe
Two options include a $90 feast for two with lobster, dirty rice, and broccoli; or an $80 feast for two with crab, shrimp, sausage potatoes, and corn on the cob. Meal comes with choice of wine, beer, or cocktail, and dessert choices from cheesecake or chocolate cake. 214-827-2722.
Three-course dinner includes set menu with choices. Regular menu will not be available. 5-11 pm. $65. 214-613-6425.
Three-course meal includes shrimp and crab bisque, salad, filet-and-shrimp duet, and choice of chocolate toffee torte or white chocolate cheesecake. 4 pm-2 am. $55.469-467-3393.
Different offerings in the week leading up to Valentine's Day include glass of Loveblock Pinot Noir and flatbread for $15 on February 11; mini bottle of Riondo Prosecco for $5 on February 12; and bottomless Riondo Prosecco for $15 with entrée on February 13. Get engaged on Valentine’s Day and receive a complimentary champagne toast for one year. Plano and NorthPark. 214-361-5252.
Four-course dinner begins with complimentary glass of champagne and a cheese fondue appetizer with vegetables, breads, and fruit. Choice of salad precedes main course with tenderloin, bourbon-chicken kabobs, salmon, garlic chicken, shrimp, and stuffed mushrooms. Dessert is chocolate fondue. $74. 214-827-8878.
Special Valentine's Day dinner includes one-meat plate with two sides or baked potato, dessert, and 16-oz drink. $25 for two. At all 21 locations.
Four-course meal includes choices from bacon-wrapped dates, shrimp cocktail, jumbo lump crab cake, beef carpaccio, lobster bisque, house salad, caprese salad, wedge salad, sea bass, surf ‘n turf, steak delmonico, filet mignon, veal cordon bleu, crème brûlée, dark chocolate torte, or lemon cake. February 8-9 and 11-16. $75. 972-789-9558.
Taverna Rossa Craft Pizza and Beer
Five-course dinner features wines from Orin Swift Cellars, as follows: ceviche dumpling with Fragile Rosé; Peking duck sopes with Slander pinot noir; lo mein pastor with Abstract GSM; bulgogi strip NY strip steak with Eight Years in the Desert Red Blend; and a flan tartlet with wine-poached Asian pear and Ayate tequila cocktail. 6:30 pm. $85. 972-403-3321.
Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill
Special dishes include chipotle cherry BBQ pork tenderloin, shrimp & butternut squash risotto, salmon, filet mignon, blackened rib eye, maple-roasted butternut squash & arugula salad, spicy fried cauliflower, and whiskey bing cherry bread pudding. Toyota Music Factory location only. 11 am-11 pm. 214-496-0400.
Five-course menu at Preston Royal location includes amuse-bouche of caviar on roasted marble potato and choices from cream of purple cauliflower soup, frisée Salad with pomegranate and candied walnut, jumbo lump crab cake, fried green tomato Caprese, surf & turf with beef tenderloin medallions and Maine lobster tail, Bay of Fundy salmon, butternut squash tortellini & spinach Alfredo, cheesecake with chocolate graham crust, or apple berry crisp. Oak Lawn location will not feature a special menu but is open regular hours. 5-10 pm. $65, plus $35 for optional wine pairings. 214-691-2369.
TNT/Tacos and Tequila
Dinner for two includes 64-ounce pitcher of margaritas, queso fundido (drunken veggie or ground beef-chorizo), and choices from chile-crusted salmon, with mango salsa, grilled veggies, and ginger rice; or steak and fries with grilled veggies. For dessert, chocolate volcano with Mexican chocolate, strawberry-poblano, coconut rum, cajeta, and vanilla ice cream. February 14-16, 5 pm. $75 for two. 469-518-7888.
Special dishes include surf and turf ($45) with NY strip steak, a hibiscus lime cooler cocktail, and triple chocolate cake. February 14-16. 214-501-3600.
Exceptional dish selections for sharing include Florida stone crab; chilled seafood with shrimp, oysters, crab cocktail, and crab claws; Maine lobster; miso-glazed sea bass with crab fried rice; redfish Pontchartrain with crawfish tails, shrimp, blue crab, Creole sauce, and rice pilaf; Alaskan king crab; and a specialty cocktail named TruLuv with vodka, orgeat, strawberry rhubarb syrup, and Aperol. 11 am-2 pm, 5-10 pm. Dallas 214-220-2401 or Southlake 817-912-0500.
Four-course meal includes Thai corn chowder; choice of green papaya salad with candied peanuts or spicy watermelon salad with arugula; choice of entree from red & white lasagna with Impossible crumble and spinach, red curry chick'nun with fried rice & baby bok choy, or shaved truffle risotto with squash and wild mushroom medley. Dessert choices include Frangelico cream cake, raspberry torte with plum wine gelato, or butter pecan torte. 5:30-10:30 pm. $37.50. 214-377-6009.
Four course menu includes choices from oyster on the half shell, butternut squash soup, portakal salata, Lefkada style clams with white wine and leeks, spanakorizo with leeks and garlic yogurt, lamb saddle roulade with artichokes and carrots, Wagyu Beef, potato and olive stew with tomato sauce, and portokalopita for dessert with bahar spiced ice cream. 11 am-10 pm. $85. A la carte menu also available. 972-324-3060.