Valentine's Day is not a holiday in the same way that Thanksgiving or New Year's is a holiday. But outside forces beyond our control have decreed it a day to celebrate your loved one. You can chafe against society's conventions, an unquestionably worthy endeavor — or you can just go with the flow and have a nice dinner.
Should you choose option 2, we have a list. All meals take place on February 14 unless otherwise noted.
Here are all the Dallas restaurants hosting special events on Valentine's Day:
Steakhouse is mixing up two specialty drinks for the occasion: the “Bold and Beautiful” combines Knob Creek, chocolate brandy, coffee brandy, brown sugar syrup and bitters; “Paris Romance” mixes Tito’s vodka, cranberry syrup, lemon juice, and prosecco. Holiday specials include red velvet pancakes at brunch for $14. Oak Lawn 214-209-2201, North Dallas 972-239-3400.
Four-course dinner includes oyster with garlic parmesan crust, salad, surf & furf with filet mignon and lobster tail, and for dessert a choice of white raspberry cake or chocolate espresso tart. $79. 214-267-4815.
Special menu with a la carte choices from fritto misto, Roquefort gnocchi, lasagna, shrimp & mussels scampi, black truffle & portabella mushroom ravioli, pistachio-crusted halibut, tenderloin, Diver scallops & shrimp with asparagus risotto, and special desserts. 5-11 pm. 214-871-4955.
Special dish for the holiday is the crispy oyster taco, featuring crispy served on a corn tortilla with remoulade sauce. $3.50. 469-405-8226.
Blue Mesa Grill
Free flourless chocolate cake with warm Mexican chocolate, strawberry-poblano, and coconut rum cajeta sauces, with vanilla ice cream and chile pecans with the purchase of two entrees. 214-387-4407.
Allen restaurant is offering a four-course meal with choices from oysters, shrimp cocktail, house salad, blackened rib eye with bourbon-blrown sugar glaze, stuffed Cajun chicken Rockefeller, redfish Pontchartrain with crabmeat beurre blanc, crawfish ravioli topped with jumbo shrimp, and chocolate-covered strawberries. February 14-15. $55 per couple. 972-678-4550.
Carrabba's Italian Grill
Four-course Surf & Turf dinner for two includes choices from tomato caprese with fresh burrata, mozzarella marinara, Caesar, Italian salad, Sicilian chicken soup, minestrone, sausage & lentil soup, 6-ounce sirloin, chicken bryan, chicken marsala, pollo rosa maria, crab cake, lobster ravioli, spiedino di mare, cannoli cake for two, and sogno di cioccolata. February 10-16. $60.
Chef's Palette at Canvas Hotel
Three-course menu features oysters on the half shell, grilled bun cha pork meatballs, 14-ounce ribeye with pommes puree, bouillabaisse with halibut, scallop, shrimp, and mussels, chocolate mousse, and lemon tartelette. 6-9 pm. $70, or $125 with wine pairing by Savage + Cooke Spirits and Orin Swift Wines.
City Hall Bistro
Four-course dinner features tuna crudo, salad, grilled beets, cauliflower coup, prime fillet, lockhart quail, salt baked sweet potato, and seasonal desserts. $49, with $30 wine pairing option. 214-651-3686.
Kitchen in Commons Club, the eatery at the Virgin Hotels Dallas headed up by Chef Matt McCallister, will feature a five-course dinner with choices from oysters, Texas farm radishes, spinach or butter letuce salad, short rib cappellaci, ricotta tortellini, venison with celeriac and Brussels sprouts, black cod en papilloe, soft camembert, cranberry-apple sorbet, dark chocolate ganache bar, or raspberry-rose cheesecake. February 14-15 5:30-10:45 pm. $90, plus $60 wine pairing. Regular menu is not available but guests can order a la carte from the set menu. 469-436-7150.
Cru Food & Wine Bar at Watters Creek
Four-course dinner includes choice of Maine lobster & asparagus risotto or pan-seared Diver scallops, with optional wine pairing. $60. 214-880-9675.
Cut & Bourbon
Two options include a three-course dinner for $65 or a four-course dinner for $85. Highlights include Caesar salad in a brioche nest, burrata custard with strawberry compote, Chilean sea bass, spring pea & goat cheese culingionis, and layer cake for two. 682-277-4950.
Dallas Chop House
Three-course menu includes choices from shrimp cocktail, roasted cauliflower soup with pine nuts, Prime beef tartare, Heirloom beet salad, salmon with English pea, airline chicken breast, Berkshire pPork chop, petite filet and King crab, 12-ounce dry-aged ribeye, strawberry and dry figs, chocolate tart, and black cherry crème brulée. $75, plus $35 for wine pairing. 214-736-7300.
Dallas Fish Market
Three-course meal includes choices from clam chowder, rice crusted trout, smoked salmon with everything pancakes, beef tataki, heirloom beets, ginger–miso white soy swordfish with basmati rice, cod with littleneck clams, duck breast with plums, prime flat iron steak chimichurri, scallops with cauliflower three ways — cauliflower purée, roasted cauliflower, raw cauliflower salad — cheesecake in a jar, olive oil cake, chocolate cake. 6-10 pm. $75, plus $35 for wine pairing. 214-744-3474.
Dodie's at The Harbor in Rockwall
Four-course meal includes choices from oyster, shrimp cocktail, house salad, blackened rib eye, redfish Pontchartrain, crawfish ravioli, and chocolate-covered strawberries. February 8-16. $55 per couple. 972-771-0004.
Four-course meal features Norwegian king crab, A Bar N Texas Wagyu carpaccio, wood grilled Hawaiian moon fish, and cheesecake and mousse dessert duo. February 14-15. $95, or $175 with wine. 214-953-1717.
Elm Street Cask & Kitchen
Three-course menu includes choice of spinach & artichoke fondue, crab stack, shrimp & Andouille stuffed pheasant, 5-peppercorn au poivre filet, Bay of Fundy salmon, tres leches cheesecake, or chocolate molten lava cake. February 14-15. $38.
Three-course prix fixe menu features Fearing's classic items, plus a vegetarian option; no a la carte options will be available. 5-10 pm. $125. 214-922-4848.
Four-course meal at Statler Dallas hotel restaurant features choices of ahi tuna amuse, electrified lobster claw, blue crab & ginger bisque, Fine China slaw, teriyaki Wagyu strip, caradamom pistachio crusted sea bass, sweet & sour duck, sesame panna cotta, Kaffir lime cheesecake, and wasabi dark chocolate tart. 6-10 pm. $55. 469-320-8996.
Three-course menu includes choice of appetizer, salad, pie, and a bottle of wine from select wine list for $35. Regular menu will also be available. February 7–16. Available at all locations. At the Inwood Road location only, a three-course prix fixe menu paired with cocktails featuring Frankly Organic Vodka. February 12, 7-9 pm. $40. 972-707-0591.
Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck
Six-course menu includes a chef’s amuse of caviar bao followed by big eye tuna tartare, Maine lobster robata, Alaskan halibut, braised Wagyu-ex short rib, and dark chocolate & passion fruit baked Alaska. February 10–16. $135, plus $35 for wine pairings. 214-571-5784.
Four-course prix fixe menu includes scallops, gnocchi di luigi, tagliatelle alla Bolognese, grilled 6 oz. tenderloin filet, pan seared branzino, eggplant parmigiana, chocolate torte with rose gelato and more. Regular menu will also be available. Reservations suggested. 5-11 pm. $55, plus $20 for wine pairings. 972-850-9053.
The French Room
Three-course dinner includes smoked oysters, passionfruit risotto, roasted chestnut crepe, A Bar N Ranch wagyu short rib, Scottish salmon, white chocolate & chocolate ganache, and citrus & elderberry cheesecake. $80, or $145 with wine pairing. 214-651-3615.
Three-course special menu by Curtis Stone & executive chef Toby Archibald. 5-10 pm. $120. 469-466-8263.
Four-course meal at Carrollton's Coyote Ridge Golf Club includes Hatch chili crab cake, lobster chopped salad, roasted corn chowder soup, beef filet oscar with truffle whipped potatoes, goat cheese stuffed chicken with charred lemon broccolini, and a dessert sampler. 5-9 pm. $48 or $99 for couples, plus $15 for optional wine pairings. 972-395-0786.
Harry's at The Harbor
Sweetheart Special features Oscar filet and rock lobster tail with garlic rosemary mashed potatoes and julienned vegetables, plus dessert. $70. Regular menu will also be available. February 14-15, 5-9 pm. 214-592-0240.
Three-course meal includes choices from porcini-morel mushroom soup, spicy tuna & crispy rice, shrimp cocktail, Brussels sprouts Caesar, short rib potstickers, lamb T-bones, Scottish salmon, chicken-ricotta dumplings, braised short rib, sea bass, Wagyu hanger steak, harvest bowl, peanut butter molten cake, chocolate-dulce de leche cake, warm croissant bread pudding, and glass of Champagne. 5-10 pm. $60, plus $30 for wine pairings. 972-677-9560.
Herman Marshall Whiskey Distillery
Pop up dinner features four-course meal by chef Ian Tate of The Lake House, with candied jalapeno toast, charcuterie, Gulf oysters with Spanish chorizo, pork belly with grits, surf & turf with lobster and Kobe flat iron, and a dessert trio with bourbon cherry cheesecake, pecan pie with salted rye caramel, and whiskey ice cream Coke floats with bacon-chocolate chip cookies. Bottle your own bourbon for an additional $30. Guests are encouraged to remember the era by dressing up in 1920s Prohibition-style attire. 7-10 pm. $100 for 2. 803 Shepherd Dr., Garland.
Holy Grail Pub
Four-course dinner includes roasted mushroom orecchiette with pistachio pesto spinach & arugula salad with pomegranate and feta; pork chop with blackened zucchini; and chocolate layer cake with strawberry cream. February 14-15, 7-10 pm. $50. 972-377-6633.
Houlihan's Restaurant & Bar
Four-course menu includes choices from giant cheesy tots, spinach artichoke dip, ahi tuna, avocado fries, tortilla soup, baked potato soup, house or Caesar salad, stuffed chicken, meatloaf, salmon, shrimp pasta, cauliflower stir fry, seared georges bank scallops, petit filet, brownie batter cake, peanut butter cup, or salted caramel gooey butter cake. February 14-16. $50 for two. 972-530-7804.
Four-course menu includes fried green tomatoes, crawfish corn beignets, gumbo, 13-ounce Texas Angus ribeye, wood grilled chicken, redfish, and butterscotch budino. The menu comes with a bottle of wine with a choice of red, white or rosé. February 14-16. 11 am–11 pm. $100 per couple. 214-377-8227.
Four-course meal goes on a culinary ride through Mexico. Drink specials and wine pairings will also be offered. 5-10 pm. $50. 214-443-5183.
Local Yocal BBQ & Grill
Farm-to-table restaurant will be hosting a three-course dinner, crafted by chef Adam West, and half a bottle of wine. $75. February 14-15, 5-11 pm. 469-225-0800.
Lockhart Smoke House
Special tomahawk steak for two ($70) or rack of lamb chops ($50), served with choice of two sides and dessert. A la carte menu also available. 4-10 pm. Plano 972-516-8900, Oak Cliff 214-944-5521.
Maggiano's Little Italy
Special "That’s Amore!" three-course prix fixe dinner-for-two menu offers choice of starter or two side salads, two entrees, and dessert. February 7-16. Plano 972-781-0776, Dallas 214-360-0707.
Mansion on Turtle Creek
Four-course tasting dinner from executive chef Sebastien Archambault includes Maine lobster fagottini, Diver scallops, petit filet, and choice of flourless chocolate cake or vanilla-rose panna cotta. February 13-15. 214-443-4747.
Valentine specials include oyster trio, Wagyu carpaccio, chocolate-coffee crusted oxtail with goat cheese polenta, Pontchartrain snapper with saffron dirty rice, honey chipotle chicken with corn succotash, vegan meatless mushroom bolognese with lentil loaf & diavolo sauce, vanilla scented créme brûlée, and dark chocolate covered strawberries. Specialty wine and beer flights available for $20. 214-628-7900.
Mi Dia From Scratch
Special entree for Valentine's Day weekend is lobster two ways, consisting of wood grilled skirt steak, Dos Equis fried lobster tail topped with sautéed lobster, onion, sweet corn, sun-dried tomatoes, cilantro, and a chipotle and roasted jalapeño-lime reduction, $44. February 14-16. Plano 972-403-7474, Flower Mound 972-874-4747.
Miriam Cocina Latina
Four-course menu includes choices from black bean sopecitos, chicken tostones, casa de campo, punta mita, filet mignon with poblano mashed potatoes, mahi mahi with mango basil sauce and grilled vegetables, vegetarian chile relleno with guajillo sauce, stuffed with portobello mushroom and Impossible meat, Mexican style bread pudding, or volcano chocolate cake. 11 am-9:30 pm. $55. 214-855-5275.
MoMo Italian Kitchen
Three-course menu served with two glasses of complimentary sparkling wine. Courses include lamb & parsley soup, beet salad, rabbit pappardelle, tortelli formaggio, tagliatelle cacao, modo mio, and tiramisu. February 13-15. 5:30-10 pm. $80 for two. 972-234-6800.
Morton's The Steakhouse
Special Valentine's dish will be served from February 8–15. Steak & lobster Oscar is an eight-ounce filet topped with a whole Maine lobster and Bearnaise sauce. $59. 5-11 pm. 214-741-2277.
Authentic Edomae-style omakase will feature specialty ingredients, including Japanese A5 Wagyu, white truffle caviar, and exclusive fish. Edomae-style omakase means that everything comes from Japan. February 14 lunch, $65. Dinner February 14-15, $125.
Special omakase, $195, plus a limited a la carte menu. 5-10 pm. 214-252-7000.
Four-course meal for two includes choices from fried provolone sticks, fried mushrooms, arden salad, fried catfish with fried shrimp, Angus ribeye with fried shrimp, and strawberry pie. Includes one beverage per person, wine or bubbly BYOB. $40 for two. Also limited time strawberry pie and pink lemonade pie, $18. At all locations in Oak Cliff, North Dallas, Park Lane, Frisco, and Plano.
Three-course meal includes appetizer, entrée, and dessert, with choices from lobster Caprese with lobster tail, burrata, heirloom cherry tomatoes, shaved fennel, and basil pesto; blue crab risotto with lemon saffron and English peas; Bolognese with meat sauce, tagliatelle noodle, grana padano, and truffle ricotta; double-cut Berkshire pork chop with roasted squash, Swiss chard, and mascarpone polenta; salted caramel budino with crème fraiche; and dark chocolate tart with hazelnut toffee and Nutella mousse. 11 am-11 pm. $60. 972-619-3770.
Special menu includes half rack of lamb with heirloom marble potatoes, pan seared chicken with truffles pommes frites, braised short rib with mashed potatoes, prime beef tenderloin with Maine lobster, micro vegetables entrée for vegetarians, pan seared halibut, and more. 5:30-10 pm. 469-730-2400.
Ocean Prime Dallas
In addition to the regular dinner menu is a special sea bass over Alaskan King crab gnocchi with Champagne cream, topped with baby carrot salad in a preserved lemon pepper vinaigrette. $62. Friday and Saturday 4-11 pm, Sunday 4-9 pm. 214-965-0440.
Restaurant at Sheraton Dallas hotel in downtown Dallas has special dishes including seared scallops with parsnip purée and roasted wild mushrooms, $24; pistachio pie with rose mousse and strawberry sorbet, $7; Manjari chocolate cremeux with cocoa nib tuile and salted caramel, $9; and a Rosé based cocktail, $10. 214-922-8000.
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
Optional Valentine’s Day menu includes choices from house or Caesar salad, soup, filet Oscar with crabmeat & béarnaise, mashed potatoes, jumbo asparagus, filet & shrimp with mashed potatoes & haricot vert, and red velvet brownie. February 13-16. Roses will be given on February 14. $99. 214-366-2000.
Three-course prix fixe menu features Partenope favorites with a glass of prosecco. Regular menu will also be available. Reservations required. 5-11 pm. February 14-15. $55. 214-463-6222.
Perle on Maple
Four-course meal includes choices from Champagne-poached oysters, gold potato pancakes with caviar, lobster bisque, wild mushroom risotto, beet salad with goat cheese and pistachios, chilled grilled mission figs with prosciutto and arugula, duck breast, double cut pork chop with candied pecan studded east texas yams, braised Wagyu beef short rib with butter-poached lobster, chocolate lava cake, or fallen angel cake with hazelnut mousse. 5-10 pm. $95. 469-375-5846.
Perry's Steakhouse & Grille
Three-course prix fixe menu features favorites with new items. (Regular full dinner and lunch menu will be available until 4 pm.) $60 for 5:30 pm and earlier; $75 for 5:45 pm and later. Frisco 214-494-4645, Plano 214-494-4645.
Pluckers Wing Bar
$2 Bud Lights and 75 cent wings.
Four-course prix fixe menu with choices from pan-roasted diver scallops in a lobster risotto, Angus filet mignon Rossini, rosemary crusted rack of lamb, red velvet tiramisu, white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake, and panna cotta trio. 5-10 pm. $55. On Saturday February 15, Valentine's chef's specials will be served. Preston Royal Village 214-739-5959, Plano 972-378-9463.
Kids' buffet with games, crafts, activities, Valentine’s Day cupcakes, and goodie bags. 5-10 pm. $10. 972-539-5001.
"Love on the Rooftop" includes bubbly with a wide selection of chocolates. 6-10 pm. $40 per couple.
Sauce Pizza and Wine
A "2 for $25" date night includes salad, choice of 12-inch pizza or entree, and two glasses of wine. The Hill Dallas 972-685-5789, Las Colinas 469-206-0166, Prosper 469-481-6455.
Sea Breeze Fish Market & Grill
Four-course meal with choices from mini crab cakes, tuna nachos, shrimp cocktail, sea scallops with raspberry gastrique, Chilean sea bass with lobster butter, blackened red snapper with crawfish cream, cedar-planked steelhead trout with herb salad, flounder with crab carrot butter & arugula pesto, lobster thermidor, asparagus and sugar snap peas, carrots & radishes with dill, whipped potatoes with horseradish & sour cream, pineapple carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, key lime pie, and chocolate cappuccino cheesecake. 5-10 pm. $80, plus $20 for wine pairings. 972-473-2722.
Five Days of Valentine’s includes specialty cocktails and desserts, and dinner for two. Monday February 10 features a special lobster ravioli appetizer with Maine lobster, shiitake mushrooms and sherry-lobster sauce. Tuesday February 11 is a Raspberry Rosé Martini, with vodka, rosé, St. Germain, and lemon. Wednesday February 12 is a Red Velvet Raspberry Rose Mini Indulgence, with red velvet cake, raspberry white chocolate mousse, and raspberry purée. Thursday February 13 i a pairing for two with filet mignon, Maine lobster tail, sea scallops to share, and two glasses of Vanderpump Dry Rosé for $99. On February 14, couples who get engaged at Seasons 52 will be celebrated with a complimentary toast at their table every time they dine for a year. Dallas 214-361-5252, Plano 972-312-8852.
Spice in the City
Vegan Valentine mixer includes 100% plant-based food from Lucky Cat Vegan with Chef Navin from Food Network, champagne and cocktails, music, and singles' mix and mingle games. Passed appetizers include chili cauliflower bites, plum tofu skewers, BBQ "meatballs," Beyond Meat kebab with tikka sauce, vegetable egg rolls, poblano fritters, mini samosas with mango chutney, and banana egg rolls for dessert. 6:30-9 pm. $50 in advance, $65 day of. 214-554-0348.
Stampede 66 by Stephan Pyles
Restaurant at Delta Hotels by Marriott Dallas Allen & Watters Creek Convention Center will serve three-course menu for two with four entrée options and an assortment of appetizer selections and dessert. Options include lobster bisque, crab cake, spinach salad, bone-in rib eye, black cod, pistachio-crusted lamb, stuffed acorn squash, and a layered chocolate-peanut butter pate February 14-15. $110 per couple plus $30 for wine pairings. 469-675-0800.
Four-course menu includes choices from blue crab spinach and artichoke dip, house salad, chicken portobello, Kung Pao fried lobster, white chocolate bread pudding, and chocolate-covered strawberries with champagne. $40. Regular menu also available. 469-439-5666.
Four-course meal includes choices from shrimp cocktail, crab cake, proscuitto-wrapped asparagus, lobster bisque, house salad, Caprese salad, hearts of palm salad, surf ‘n turf, steak delmonico, filet mignon, fish en papillote, shrimp scampi, stuffed flounder, crème brûlée, dark chocolate torte, or New York style cheesecake with strawberries. February 12-15. $85. 972-789-9558.
Tacos and Tequila
Fajitas for Two (steak, chicken, or combo), a bottle of champagne, and an order of the Chocolate Volcano: flourless chocolate cake, warm Mexican chocolate, strawberry-poblano and coconut rum cajeta sauces with vanilla ice cream and chile pecans. $50 for two.
Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill
Menu specials include beer steamed shrimp, maple butternut squash and arugula salad, grilled shrimp and butternut squash risotto, Korean baby back ribs, blackened ribeye steak, whiskey Bing cherry bread pudding. Prices a la carte. Irving 214-496-0400, Euless 817-283-9000.
3Eleven Kitchen & Cocktails
Four-course meal with choices of giant crab cake, carpaccio bites, poke cups, walnut salad, beef bacon ceasar, surf and turf, streak and frites, seasonal harvest. For dessert, choice of chocolate covered strawberries or bread pudding. 10 pm-2 am. $65. 214-744-1423.
TJ’s Seafood Market
Preston Royal location will feature a four-course dinner including jumbo lump crab cake, brown butter seared salmon, spice rubbed-beef tenderloin medallions, pappardelle pasta, and TJ’s key lime cheesecake. Oak Lawn location will serve their regular menu. 5–11 pm. $65, plus $35 for wine pairings. Preston Royal 214-691-2369, Oak Lawn 214-219-3474.
Regular menu is enhanced by cocktail created just for Valentine's day: The TruLuv, with dry ice smoke, Vodka, cava, Chambord, pineapple juice, and raspberries. A roaming photographer can provide a complimentary polaroid. Truffles are complimentary. Uptown 214-220-2401, Southlake 817-912-0500.
Three-course menu includes watercress-citrus salad with blood orange and shaved fennel; red snapper with purple sweet potatoes and sauteed zucchini; and English toffee cake with vanilla ice cream. $55.
12 Cuts Brazilian Steakhouse
Full churrasco experience and market fresh organic salad bar will be available for lunch and dinner, February 14-15. $46.85. 469-779-7012.
Uchi and Uchibā
Both restaurants feature special Omakase menus designed for two people. Menu items include oysters, scallop crudo, hand roll, smoked rib eye, Wagyu carpaccio, and smoked rib eye. February 13-15. $140-$185. 214-855-5454.
Upside West Village
Canopy Dallas Uptown will host a Valentine’s Day-themed weekend brunch featuring breads & pastries, coddled egg with sweet potato hash, 38 pecan salad (with mixed greens, jicama, carrots, peppers, mango, goat cheese), bacon, Kuby’s house beef sausage, avocado toast and strata brulee with vanilla custard and caramelized bananas. Optional Build Your Own Mimosa Bar plus regular cocktail menu and wine list. February 15-16, 11 am-2 pm. $20.20. 469-904-1278.
V-Eats Modern Vegan at Trinity Groves
"My Vegan Valentine" is a four-course meal with choices from smoked egg plant & jack fruit salad, Caprese salad, cauliflower soup, beef and cheese ravioli with Impossible crumble and spinach, citrus-chili glazed chicknun with wok-fried rice & baby bok choy, shaved truffle risotto and scallops with grilled asparagus, and choice of dessert from strawberry cream cake, apple turnover cream, or chocolate lava cake. 6-10 pm. $42.50-$85. 214-377-6009.
Exclusive Love-a-Rita cocktail mixed with Lunazul Blanco Tequila, Triple Sec, and lime juice is made to share. With the purchase of a Love-a-Rita comes a complimentary Queso Blanco served in a 400-degree molcajete bowl. 972-215-0640.
Four-course meal includes choices from field green salad, shrimp crab bisque, shrimp & grits, Texas quail over cheesy grits, Deep Ellum pimento cheese fritters, chicken fried lobster, Buffalo filet mignon, smoked prime fib with mashed potatoes, petit filet & chicken fried lobster, Norwegian halibut filet, New Zealand King salmon, crab-fried rice and lobster sauce, zucchini noodles with veggies in a coconut red curry broth, chocolate flourless cake, Jack Daniels pecan pie, lemon cheesecake with blueberry compote, or prickly pear sorbet. 4-6 pm $60, 9-11 pm $75. 214-744-3287.