Where To Eat on Valentine's Day

The best Dallas restaurants to book a table for 2 on Valentine’s Day 2016

Best Dallas restaurants to book a table for 2 on Valentine’s Day 2016

Valentine's Day
Celebrate Valentine's Day at your favorite restaurant. Courtesy photo

Valentine’s Day was made for those who must state their romantic commitment to the world. No shrinking violets here; it’s red roses and Champagne toasts all the way. This holiday is one of the most popular dining events for restaurants, as you can see by the comprehensive list below. For who does not want to be part of love and romance?

Unless noted, the special events listed are served on Valentine’s Day. Get out there and show the world — and your beloved — that you care.

Abacus
Four-course menu with choices such as buffalo Swedish meatballs, lobster bisque, salmon poke, arugula fennel salad, duck breast, tenderloin, pepper-crusted tuna, and a dessert duo with chocolate and lemon poppyseed cakes. $125. 214-559-3111.

Adolphus Hotel
Four-course dinner in the grand ballroom, paired with wines from two Napa Valley wineries, Franciscan Estate and Mount Veeder, plus a Q&A with winemaker Marla Carroll. Menu includes mini fish and chips, lamb carpaccio, oyster shooter, grilled prawns, choice of rib-eye or duck breast, Black Forest tart with Morello cherries. February 13, 7-10 pm. $135. RSVP here. 214-651-3503.

Asador
Three-course menu with oysters, Rocky's green salad, rib eye, tuna tempura, passion fruit tart, and German chocolate cupcakes. February 13, 5-10 pm. $60, plus $30 with wine pairings. 214-267-4815.

Bistro 31
Specials include oysters, shrimp with pancetta, potato-leek soup, lobster risotto, lobster and filet, and chocolate cake with raspberry coulis and vanilla gelato. 214-420-3900.

Bite
Five-course menu features choices such as grilled shrimp, lobster ravioli, short rib, baked Brie for two, butter lettuce salad, smoked salmon, butternut squash soup, filet mignon, sea bass, chicken, pork tenderloin, beet pasta, Godiva chocolate crème brulee, green tea cheesecake, or Nutella fondue. $69, plus $30 for wine pairings. 972-925-0006.

Blue Sushi Sake Grill
Specialty sashimi and maki, plus a special dessert. 972-677-7887.

Cafe Pacific
Four-course menu includes watercress salad with burrata and prosciutto, cream of artichoke soup, beet and crab salad, crispy duck breast, scallops, squid Ink linguini with crab, filet mignon, rack of lamb, salmon with gnocchi, strawberry Shortcake, chai crème brulée, and chocolate ganache tart. $95. 214-526-1170.

Cadot
Three-course menu with mushroom-Brie soup, veal osso bucco, filet mignon, filet of sole, chocolate heart with meringue, creme brulee, and lemon-lime cheesecake. February 13, 5-10 pm, February 14, 4-9 pm. $65. 972-267-5700.

Cafe on the Green
Three-course menu at Four Seasons Resort with options such as lobster tail, duck breast, oysters gratin, butternut squash grits, and more. $98, plus $35 for wine pairings. 972-717-2420.

Canary By Gorji
Four-course menu with choice of avocado and poached shrimp, feta with pomegranate, Caesar salad, tenderloin with garlic Gorgonzola smashed potatoes, Arctic char and shrimp, lamb T-bone and quail, wild boar tenderloin and scallop, flourless chocolate cake, or four-berry sorbet. 5 pm. $89. 972-503-7080.

Cantina Laredo
Three-course menu includes mango and jicama salad, vegetable soup with chicken, shrimp with spicy mango mole sauce, peppered filet mignon, strawberry buñuelos, or churros with Grand Marnier cajeta to dip. February 12-14. $35, plus $15 for cocktail pairings. Available at all six locations.

Capitol Pub
Special brunch offerings and drink specials such as eggs Florentine with chocolate dipped bacon, half-price prosecco, and $6 Deep Ellum Cherry Chocolate Stout with complimentary glass while supplies last. 214-887-9330.

CBD Provisions
In addition to regular dinner menu, a selection of Valentine’s Day specials including seafood deluxe, with oysters, clams, shrimp, and mussels, New York strip and crab; and chocolate salted caramel cake. 214-261-4500.

Cook Hall
Four-course menu includes ceviche, winter garden salad with watermelon radish, pickled beets, carrot and asparagus ribbons, and rutabaga spread, crab cakes, choice of seafood stew or beef Wellington, ricotta and mascarpone cake, and chocolate soufflé, plus glass of sparkling wine. February 13, 5 pm. $130. 214-397-4111.

Cool River Cafe
Three-course menu with III Forks salad, Caesar salad, soup du jour, filet and lobster Thermidor, and Italian cream cake. February 6-14. $135. 972-871-8881.

Dakota's
Special dishes include bison filet with butter-poached lobster tail, Chilean sea bass with Meyer lemon beurre blanc, and mini red velvet bundt cake with cream cheese and white chocolate glaze. February 12-14, 5:30-10:30 pm. 214-740-4001.

Dallas Chop House
Three-course menu includes lobster bisque, steak Tartare, beet salad, filet mignon, salmon, duck breast, lobster ravioli, Portuguese crème brûlée, chocolate terrine, banana cream pie. $65, plus $25 for wine pairings. 214-736-7300.

Dallas Fish Market
Three-course menu or à la carte, with fried oysters, beet and goat cheese, grilled Caesar, tuna tartare, cauliflower soup, scallop ceviche, swordfish, salmon, redfish, shrimp and flat-iron steak, scallops, lamb, chocolate tart, strawberries and cream, or white pot au chocolate. $65, plus $25 for wine. 214-744-3474.

Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House
Special menu of guest favorites includes lobster mac and cheese, salmon, and steak, including a filet and lobster tail combo for $79. February 12-14. 972-490-9000.

Del Frisco's Grille
Extended brunch features red velvet Belgian waffle, The Grille Benedict, chocolate brownie with chocolate pudding, and a cocktail with Stoli Razberi and pomegranate juice. Lunch and dinner will feature regular menus, plus prime rib and a steak-and-lobster-tail combination. Feb 13-14, 11 am-3 pm. 972-807-6152.

Dish Cedar Springs
Three-course meal includes choices from lobster bisque, tuna poke, beet salad, rib eye, salmon, cauliflower steak, chocolate salted caramel, and passion fruit coconut custard. February 13-14. $65. 214-522-3474.

Dish Preston Hollow
Three-course menu includes choices from shrimp bisque, burrata cheese, salmon, fried chicken, tenderloin, saffron linguine, lemon sole, chocolate salted caramel, and passion fruit coconut custard. February 13-14. $65. 214-363-3474.

El Bolero
Three-couse menu includes crab croquettes, filet mignon, lobster Veracruz, salmon, and bunuelos. $50. 214-741-1986.

Eureka
Seasonal desserts include chocolate espresso souffle and butterscotch rum pudding, plus two special cocktails: Buffalo Trace bourbon, strawberry syrup, lemon juice, and chocolate bitters; and Anchor Junipero gin with beet sumac syrup and jalapeños. February 12-14. $12. 972-993-2222.

Fearing's
In addition to regular menu, special dishes include oysters, lobster and ricotta ravioli, short ribs with farro risotto, coconut custard parfait, and chocolate soufflé tart. February 12-14. $100. 214-922-4848.

Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck
Five-course menu includes Asian pear salad, lobster tail, duck breast, and New York strip. $125 plus $30 for wine pairing. 214-741-5560.

Flying Saucer The Lake
Special tappings of Nebraska Mélange a trois reserve series aged in French oak chardonnay barrels, Adelbert’s Vintage Series #3 Barrel of Love Imperial Stout, Deep Ellum Vertical Darkest Hour ’14 and '15 Imperial Stout, plus a flight pairing with a strawberry brownie kabob. 2 pm. 972-226-0725.

Flying Saucer Addison
Special flight boards of cheese and chocolates, with Southern Tier Mokah Stout, Southern Tier Creme Brulee, Southern Tier Choklat, AleSmith My Bloody Valentine, Karbach's Bourbon Barrel Aged Hellfighter, and Boulevard Brewing Company's Chocolate Ale. 972-991-7093.

Front Room Tavern
Three-course menu with choices from beet salad, duck consommé, tuna tartare, oysters , lamb, tuna, pheasant, mascarpone tortellini, passion fruit tart, chocolate doughnuts, strawberry shortcake, and peanut butter cookies. February 13-14. $75. Plus Valentine's Day brunch buffet with salads, fruit, deviled eggs, omelet and carving station, dessert buffet. 10 am-3 pm. $50, or $20 for kids. 214-219-8282.

FT33
​Three-course menu with chef's special dishes. February 13, 6-11 pm, February 14, 6-10 pm. $95, plus $50 for wine pairing. 214-741-2629.

Garden Cafe
Special dinner event with open-mic poetry features three-course menu with Bibb lettuce salad, beef tenderloin with sweet-potato purée, and cocoa-crusted chocolate fondant cake with raspberry caviar and pistachio dust. February 13, 7:30 pm. $45, BYOB. 214-887-8330.

The Grape
Three-course menu with choices from crab and rock shrimp cakes, mango-avocado-watercress salad, lamb tartines, beet and ricotta ravioli, strawberry spinach salad, cauliflower soup, smoked tenderloin, braised rabbit with cavatelli pasta, redfish, lemon poundcake, banana rum crisp, crème brulee, cassis-soaked chocolate cake. 5-11 pm. $67. 214-828-1981.

Hard Rock Cafe
Drag brunch with entertainment, mimosas, and bloody Marys. 11 am. $5 cover. 469-341-7625.

Hibashi
Five- and six-course dinners includes choices from shrimp, miso soup, filet mignon, lobster tail, sushi, edamame, gyoza, red velvet cake, cheesecake, Key lime pie, with hot sake or wine. February 13-14. $90 for two. 972-620-3474.

The Hospitality Sweet
Special menu items include French macaron gift boxes, red velvet cake in a jar, and chocolate-covered strawberries. 214-999-6704.

Jasper's Plano
Four-course menu with focaccia, blue cheese potato chips, crab cakes, short rib ravioli, onion-mushroom tart, Caesar salad, wedge salad, Kansas City strip, halibut, salmon, filet, and a menage a trois dessert with cheesecake, shortbread cookies, and chocolate-dipped strawberries. 5-11 pm. $95. 469-229-9111.

Kitchen LTO
Three- and six-course menu with beef meatball soup, burrata salad, tacos de carnitas, redfish, short rib, dessert for two with chocolate covered strawberries, churros, chocolate, and coconut flan. $45 plus $15 for wine pairings, or $75 plus $30 for wine pairings. February 12-14. 214-377-0757.

Knife Dallas
Special options include Akaushi ribeye, 240-day dry-aged ribeye, and strawberry panna cotta. 214-443-9339.

Lark on the Park
Four-course menu with choice of crab legs, asparagus with poached egg, celery salad, avocado with arugula, Little Gems with green goddess, salmon with frisee, porterhouse, duck confit, Parmesan risotto, dark chocolate terrine, orange pound cake, white-chocolate peanut butter brownie. Seatings at 5, 6, 7:30, and 9:15 pm. $85, plus $45 for optional wine pairings. 214-855-5275.

Lavendou
Three-course menu with choices from cream of mushroom soup, goat cheese with mixed greens, crab cake, terrine with duck liver and figs, sole with crab, chicken breast with wild mushrooms, tenderloin, lamb shank, chocolate ganache mousse cake, white chocolate cheese cake with raspberry sauce, chocolate mousse, mixed berries in pastry with Chantilly cream. $70. February 13-14. 972-248-1911.

Madrina
Four-course menu features spinach salad, lobster bisque, escargots, chicken breast, scallop, filet with mushroom gratin, chocolate pave, champagne toast. $75. 469-513-2505.

Meddlesome Moth
Four-course menu with choice of fried oyster, spring roll, lobster fra diavolo, bisque, mache and radicchio salad, pork belly, cod, short rib, chocolate espresso tart, raspberry linzer, mango passion rruit cake. Seatings at 5, 7, and 9 pm. $90. 214-628-7900.

Meso Maya
In addition to the complete dinner menu, a special dish of jumbo sea scallops with portabella mushrooms and red potatoes. $30. February 12-13, 4-11 pm, February 14, 4-10 pm. 214-484-6555.

Mignon Plano
Three-course menu with choices such as shrimp cocktail, bacon-wrapped quail, bibb salad, chicken-spinach soup, filet mignon, New York strip, sea bass, halibut, chicken, rack of lamb, bread pudding, creme brulee, chocolate mousse cake. February 13, 4:30-11 pm, February 14, 4:30-10 pm. $80. 972-943-3372.

Oak
Four-course menu with oysters, angel-hair pasta, filet mignon or turbot, and frozen passion fruit mousse for dessert. Vegetarian option available. February 12-14. $85, plus $45 for wine pairings. 214-712-9700.

Olivella's
Free chocolate salami dessert with order of metro-style Roman pizza and large salad. Chocolate is rolled in a salami-like tube with bits of almond and orange peel, and served with mascarpone. 214-522-9898.

Paul Martin's American Grill
Special dishes include crab legs, filet mignon, and black cod. February 11-15. 214-521-0116.

Penne Pomodoro Lakewood
Specials include seafood salad, arugula salad with prosciutto, figs, and goat cheese, lobster ravioli, shrimp risotto, surf and turf with filet mignon and Diver scallops, and white chocolate budino with raspberry gelato. 214-826-6075.

Penne Pomodoro Preston
Specials include clam chowder, wild arugula salad, veal osso buco over fettuccini, halibut, lobster-stuffed ravioli, and blackened shrimp risotto. 214-368-3100.

Penne Pomodoro Snider Plaza
Specials include lobster bisque, arugula salad, Chilean sea bass, rack of lamb, scallops on risotto, lobster-stuffed ravioli served with shrimp, and heart-shaped chocolate cups filled with chocolate mousse and fruit. 214-373-9911.

Proof + Pantry
Four-course menu features endive salad, mussel soup, beet salad, pork belly, rock shrimp risotto, short rib stroganoff, maple-glazed quail, poached salmon, chocolate cremeux, champagne toast. $75. 214-880-9940.

R Bar & Grill
Four-course menu features tomato basil soup, blood orange and pomegranate salad, lobster Thermidor with beef tenderloin, and chocolate and raspberry Napoleons. February 12-13, 11 am-midnight; February 14, 11 am-11 pm. $60, plus $20 for wine pairing. 817-640-4711.

Ragin' Crab
Special dinner for two with crab legs, snow crab, shrimp, sausage, red new potatoes, corn on the cob, cheesecake, and bottle of Clos du Bois Chardonnay or Clos du Bois Cabernet Sauvignon. February 13, 11 am-midnight, February 14, 11 am-10 pm. $120. 214-827-2722.

Rapscallion
Four-course menu with choice of duck gumbo, butter lettuce salad, pork cheek, crab salad with smoked trout roe, ricotta cavatelli, chicken and dumplings, pork rib eye, beef tenderloin, grouper, fried pecan pie, or dark chocolate mousse cake. February 13-14. $95, plus $35 for wine pairing. 469-291-5660.

Resto Gastro Bistro
Special menu items include lobster ravioli, lobster tail, veal and chanterelle casserole, and red velvet lava cake. February 12-14. 214-584-6747.

Roma's Italian Pizza & Italian Restaurant
Special dishes include calamari, salmon, angel hair pomodoro, spicy chicken and penne, sampler with lasagna, chicken parmigiana, and fettuccine alfredo, pizza, chocolate mousse cake, Italian rum cake, and bellini on the rocks. 214-373-0500.

Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
Three-course menu includes oysters, heirloom kale, rabbit terrine, ribeye rossini, venison, tea-smoked pheasant, black bass, lobster risotto, and three desserts: apple tart, red heart, and chocolate brownie. February 12-14. $150, plus $65 for wine. Brunch February 13-14 from 11 am-2 pm with bottomless mimosas and spicy bloody Marys. 214-443-4747.

Second Floor
Five-course menu with rack of lamb, salmon, tenderloin, s'mores dip dessert, and glass of rose champagne. $70, plus $30 for wine pairing. 972-450-2978.

Ser
Four-course menu with scallop, kobe tataki, choice of New York strip, surf and turf, John Dory, porchetta, and dessert. February 12-14, 5-11 pm. $95, or $145 with wine. 214-761-7479.

Sevy's
Three-course menu include lobster bisque, tuna and avocado roll, crab Caesar salad, shrimp cocktail, burrata cheese and wild arugula, salmon, strip steak, sea scallops, duck breast with duck confit, lamb chops, sea bass, short ribs, and tenderloin with lobster tail. Desserts include berry parfait, apple crisp, dark chocolate chip mousse cake, citrus pie, and flourless chocolate torte. $67. 214-265-7389.

Silver Fox
Three-course menu includes III Forks salad, lobster bisque, filet mignon and rock lobster tail, served with whipped potatoes, sugar snap peas, creamed corn, and a chocolate dessert. February 6-14. $160 per couple. All branches.

Sissy's
Five-course menu features oyster, she-crab soup, pear and butter lettuce salad, tenderloin and lobster tail, and flourless chocolate cake. February 11-13, February 15. (Closed February 14.) $45, plus $30 with wine pairing or $40 with cocktails. 214-827-9900.

Society Bakery
Special Valentine's sweets include chocolate heart shortbread cookie, iced heart sugar cookies, “lip” iced sugar cookie, Scandinavian heart cakes, pink champagne cupcake, and dark chocolate covered strawberries. 214-827-1411.

Steel
Three-course menu includes oysters, lamb dumplings, scallop, crab cake, roast duck with egg noodles, halibut, Korean fried chicken, filet mignon, sea bass with jasmine rice, chocolate ganache cake, cheesecake, strawberries and Champagne cake. February 12-13, 5-11 pm; February 14, 5-9 pm. $70. 214-219-9908.

Stephan Pyles
Four-course menu with choice of lobster bisque, carrot truffle composition, venison tartare, duck confit corizetti, blue corn tamale tart, snapper crudo, tenderloin, scallops, pheasant roulade, white chocolate cheesecake, chocolate gateau, and vanilla panna cotta. February 12-13, 6-11 pm; February 14, 5-10 pm. $95, or $145 with wine pairings. 214-580-7000.

Steve Fields' Steak and Lobster Lounge
Four-course menu with shrimp cocktail, crab cakes, wedge salad, Caesar salad, crab and corn chowder, filet mignon, sea bass, prime rib, and desserts including red velvet cake, carrot cake, chocolate cake. February 12-14. $62. 972-596-7100.

Sundown at Granada
Four-course menu with beet salad, seafood cheesecake, choice of boneless duck or seared scallops, and chocolate hazelnut dessert. $35 plus $35 with wine pairings. Four-course vegetarian menu with beet salad, butternut squash bisque, eggplant moussaka, and vegan chocolate brownie bites with coconut ice cream. $28 plus $35 with wine pairings. 214-823-8305.

Taverna Dallas
Specials include cannellini bean soup with pancetta-wrapped shrimp, scallops with lentils, lobster salad, pasta with mushrooms and crab, risotto with ricotta, branzino, tenderloin, and gianduja chocolate mousse with raspberry confit and Champagne sauce. 214-520-9933.

III Forks
Three-course menu includes III Forks salad, lobster bisque, filet mignon and rock lobster tail, served with whipped potatoes, sugar snap peas, creamed corn, and a chocolate dessert. February 6-14. $160. 972-267-1776.

Toulouse Café and Bar
Specials include oysters, beet and blood orange salad, Diver scallops with Meyer lemon risotto, lobster and crab soufflé, lamb lollipops, and Valrhona dark chocolate fondue. 214-520-8999.

Uchi
Omakase multicourse chef's tasting menu features savory and sweet courses. February 12-14. $150 for two. 214-855-5454.

Y.O. Ranch
Three-course meal includes smoked salmon, house salad, wild game trio, seafood bisque, filet mignon, chicken fried lobster tail, salmon, buffalo filet, chocolate torte, and lemon blueberry cheesecake. February 13-14, 5-10 pm. $125 for two. 214-744–3287.