Is it too soon to have romance on your mind? Some would say never. If you're wise in the ways of love, you know that restaurants fill up on Valentine's Day, and you get your reservation in early. These restaurants are already planning, and so might you.
Here's our list of restaurants ready to serve up some romantic dining on Valentine's Day. All dinners take place on February 14, unless otherwise noted.
Specials include oysters on the half shell ($19), beet gnudi with goat cheese and hazelnuts ($20), and squid ink spaghetti with mussels, clams, and rock shrimp in San Marzano tomato sauce ($22). For dessert, Italian cream cake and pistachio-strawberry opera torte. February 10-14. 214-261-4600.
Three-course meal with oysters, kale salad, and choice of rib eye with asparagus and truffle potato or tuna with forbidden rice. Desserts include choice of passion fruit tart in a jar or chocolate lava cake. 5-10 pm. $60 or $90 with wine pairing. 214-267-4815.
Four-course dinner begins with an amuse-bouche and champagne, followed by choices such as Blue Point oysters, pork cheek croquettes, eggplant bruschetta, lobster bisque, strawberry beet salad, rack of lamb, sea bass, quail cordon bleu, and osso bucco. Dessert options include red velvet trifle, a "reversed" banana muffin, and a bourbon-glazed bacon brownie. 5-10 pm. $90, plus $30 for wine flight. 817-332-2473.
Special menu includes Atlantic oysters, sweet red shrimp, potato-leek soup, lobster risotto, surf and turf, and chocolate cake with raspberry coulis. $16-$58. 214-420-3900.
Four-course menu includes choices from beef tartare, shrimp and grits, quail with collards, flatbread, and local greens salad. Desserts include white-chocolate rum tile and brownies. 214-367-9367.
Canary By Gorji
Four-course dinner includes choices such as mussels, venison, Caesar salad, filet with garlic-gorgonzola smashed potatoes, trout and poached shrimp, lamb and quail, wild boar and scallop, or spinach lasagna. Desserts include flourless chocolate cake or kefir cheese butterfly. 5-10 pm. $99. 972-503-7080.
Chateaubriand steak for two with frisee salad and potato gratin is $90. Other specials include pork chop, beef tartare, wild mushroom pasta, and chocolate crinkle cookie sandwich with rocky road ice cream and burnt marshmallow fluff. February 11 and February 14. 214-261-4500.
Five-course Italian-centric dinner with mezzelune ravioli filled with beets and ricotta cheese; and pan-seared scallops with cream of corn. An alternate farm-to-table menu with choices such as hangar steak is a la carte. 5:30-8:30 pm. 214-653-2426.
Three-course menu includes Texas quail with mole sauce, choice of duck breast or beef Wellington, and raspberry soufflé. $80 per couple. 214-397-4111.
Four-course menu includes choices from potato blinis; vol au vent; jumbo shrimp; asparagus salad; lobster salad; filet of sole with crawfish; beef tenderloin with pommes puree; lamb loin; and sea bass with celery root puree, sautéed spinach, and shaved black truffles. Desserts include chocolate bombe, sauternes sorbet, or chocolate fondue for two. 5-10 pm. $55. 214-526-9463.
Del Frisco's Grille
Special menu includes two pairings featuring bone-in rib eye with fried oysters for $65, or crab-stuffed lobster tail with garlic grits, for $49. Raspberry chocolate ganache tart is a special Valentine’s Day dessert. Regular menu is also available. February 10-14. Dallas 972-807-6152, Fort Worth 817-887-9900.
Three-course romance menu includes peekie-toe crab soup with dumplings, beef wellington, and a dessert duo featuring dark chocolate cake with raspberry chocolate filling, and vanilla panna cotta with passion fruit champagne sauce. February 10-14, 6-10 pm. $75. 214-922-4848.
Four-course dinner has choices such as oysters, chicken-fried quail, baked Brie, arugula salad, corn bisque, fried chicken, oscar wellington, lamb, and dessert for two. $65. 972-232-1728.
Options include steaks for sharing as well as a cherry-chocolate cocktail with Luxardo amaretto, cherry liqueur, creme de cacao, vodka, and cranberry. Special dessert is dark chocolate raspberry roulade, with raspberry foam, dark chocolate ganache, raspberry sorbet, and dehydrated chocolate mousse. February 10-14. 214-443-9339.
Three-course meal includes lobster roll, wagyu filet with crispy oysters and Brussels sprouts, and a chocolate cloud cake for dessert. $39. 214-749-7002.
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
Three-course dinner with choices from Caesar salad, soup, filet oscar, filet with shrimp, and red velvet brownie for dessert. February 10-14, 5–10 pm. $75. 214-366-2000.
Candlelight buffet with imported and domestic cheeses and nuts; Caesar salad, chicken breast, butternut squash risotto, jalapeño macaroni and cheese, New York strip loin, garlic potato puree, rolls. Dessert buffet includes dark chocolate cake, milk chocolate hazelnut crumble, crème brulee, red velvet cheesecake with white chocolate sauce, and glass of champagne. February 11 and 14, 6 and 8:30 pm. $250. 214-712-7043.
Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
Three-course dinner begins with welcome cocktail and amuse. Choices include tenderloin, venison, duck, quail, lobster risotto, butternut squash tortellini, and vegetable couscous. Desserts include chocolate cake, yuzu mousse, or apple tart. Seatings at 5:30, 7:45, 9, and 9:30 pm. $150. 214-443-4747.
Three-course dinner includes a "three-heart" salad with artichoke, palm, and strawberry hearts, and surf and turf with lobster tail and beef tenderloin. Dessert is a chocolate-themed confection with "chocolate pets de nonne," dark chocolate mousse, chocolate-caramel tart, and a shake with white chocolate and Licor 43, accompanied by a glass of Ruinart blanc de blancs. February 10-14. $75. 214-252-9604.
Three-course dinner with choices from corn bisque, tenderloin, diver scallops, chicken, or mushroom ravioli. Vanilla bean creme brulee for dessert. 6–9:30 pm. $125 or $200 with wine pairings. 972-450-2978.
SER Steak + Spirits
In addition to à la carte classics like tartare deviled eggs, 28-day aged black rib-eye, and diver scallop purloo will be a menu of special "for two" dishes including oyster and tequila pairings ($36), porterhouse, and tomahawk steak. A dessert lounge will feature an array of confections for $12. Live music and dancing will be available in a special “speak easy lounge” featuring top-tier champagne selections. February 10-14. 214-761-7479.
Three-course menu includes oysters, baked Brie, lobster bisque, short ribs, salmon with quinoa, pork osso bucco, and roasted chicken. Desserts include choice of cheesecake, crème brûlée, or ice cream. February 10-18. $80 for two, with champagne toast. 469-232-9771.
Special menu includes petit oysters; salad with smoked salmon, crispy avocado, arugula, goat cheese, grapefruit, blood oranges, and olives; Nova Scotia halibut; beef wellington; and spicy Valrhona dark chocolate fondue. $12-38. 214-520-8999.
Whisk Crepes Cafe
Three-course meal with choice of two savory crepes and one dessert. Options include French copa with parmigiana, mozzarella, fig, and hazelnuts. Desserts include the Parisian pink with raspberry whipped cream, lemon sorbet, raspberries, and white chocolate. 5-10 pm. $50. 469-407-1899.
Dinner for two with prime rib and lobster tail carved tableside. $99 for two. 214-744-3287.