You can get away with being a relationship loser all year long. You can forget their birthday, not take a bath for a week, and go for months without saying the obligatory I Love You.
Because you can make up for all that oversight merely by making a Valentine's Day dinner reservation. With one simple meal, you can show your loved one, not to mention the world, that you are not a romantic deadbeat. Restaurants are waiting to enable you with meals for two, chocolate desserts, and bottles of Champagne at a great, great price.
Here are your options for dining out Valentine's Day. All events are February 14 unless otherwise noted.
Four-course dinner with choices from beet salad, charred scallops, tomato soup, grilled oysters, lobster carbonara, dry-aged rib eye with marble potatoes, dark chocolate cake with candied cherries, or butter cookie cheesecake. 5-10 pm. $90, plus $35 for wine pairings. 817-332-2473.
Canary By Gorji
Four-course dinner includes choice of scallops and gazpacho, venison over avocado, berries & baby greens with roasted pistachios, Caesar with egg yolk and anchovies, petite beef tenderloin with gnocchi gorgonzola, salmon & chablis-poached shrimp over cauliflower puree, Colorado lamb T-bone & Texas quail, 3-cheese spinach lasagna, flourless chocolate cake, or Kefir cheese butterfly. 5-10 pm. $99. 972-503-7080.
Mexican restaurant chain has three-course dinner with choices from mango jicama salad, creamy vegetable soup, shrimp with spicy mango mole sauce, roasted half chicken with street corn and black beans, Angus filet mignon with black peppercorn dijon sauce, mixed berries with tequila cream, and churros. February 9-14, 11 am-10 pm. $35 plus $15 for cocktail pairings. Addison 972-458-0962, Dallas 214-265-1610, Frisco 214-618-9860, and Lewisville 972-315-8100.
Three-course dinner includes Gulf crudo, roasted turnip salad, pan seared snapper with caramelized cauliflower, cassoulet with duck confit, cote de boeuf for two (+$45), pecan chocolate torte. 5-10 pm. $55. 214-262-4500.
City Hall Bistro
Adolphus Hotel restaurant has special romantic menu items including linguini & clams and 48-hour sous vide short rib. February 9-14. $55. 214-651-3686.
Cool River Café
Three-course menu at Irving restaurant has choice of salad with Granny Smith apple, Caesar salad, Champagne-Brie soup, surf and turf with 6-ounce filet mignon and lobster tail, Boursin smashed potatoes, and steamed broccolini. Dessert is a chocolate mousse cake with hazelnuts over raspberry crème anglaise. February 9-14, 11 am-10 pm. $155 per couple. 972-871-8881.
Wine bar chain has four-course menu honoring legendary chefs. $55. West Village 214-526-9463, Shops at Legacy 972-312-9463, and Watters Creek in Allen 972-908-2532.
Downtown Dallas steakhouse features three specials: 35-ounce Prime long bone rib eye for two with garlic mashed potatoes, $135; crab-crusted Chilean sea bass with Meyer lemon risotto, sautéed arugula and sorrell, $55; Godiva chocolate mousse, with candied almonds and raspberries, $10. 5:30-10 pm. 214-740-4001.
Dallas Chop House
Three-course menu includes choice of oysters, she-crab soup, radicchio salad, tempura asparagus, beef tartare, filet for two, petite filet & crab legs, half Cornish jen stuffed with polenta, pork chop, salmon, grilled tofu with golden raisin caponata, strawberry shortcake, chocolate tart, or cinnamon bun pie. $65, plus $55 for wine or champagne. 214-736-7300.
Dallas Fish Market
Three-course menu includes choices from sunchoke soup, radicchio salad, mackerel tartare, beef tataki, lobster masala, salmon with couscous, flat-iron steak with udon noodles, miso black cod, grilled tofu with golden raisin caponata, chocolate pudding, strawberries & cream, or red miso souffle with yuzu ice cream. 5-10 pm. $65, plus $55 for wine pairings. 214-744-3474.
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse
Special three-course menu includes oysters with caviar mignonette, fish, and double bone-in rib eye. February 9–14. $90. Fort Worth 817-877-3999, Dallas 972-490-9000, Plano 972-312-9115.
Del Frisco's Grille
Special 12-ounce Wagyu bone-in steak topped with truffle butter will be available for $58. February 10-18. At Dallas 972-807-6152, Fort Worth 817-887-9900, Plano 469-661-8012, Southlake 817-410-3777.
Three-course dinner for two includes choice of salad and entrees such as filet mignon with garlic mashed potatoes, or blackened tilapia linguini pasta in lemon caper sauce. February 9-18, 4 pm-midnight. 972-655-6665.
Dodie's at The Harbor
Four-course menu at Rockwall spot includes choice of oysters, shrimp cocktail, house salad, rib eye, chicken Rockefeller, redfish pontchartrain with crabmeat butter sauce, crawfish ravioli with scallops, green beans amandine, smoked gouda grits, and chocolate-covered strawberries. 4-10 p.m. $55 per couple. 972-771-0004.
All 13 area locations will offer a three-course dinner with guacamole made tableside; fajitas for two, with steak, chicken, shrimp, baby back ribs, flour tortillas, rice, and frijoles rancheros; and nachos with strawberries and vanilla ice cream on cinnamon chips. Strawberry nachos are also available ala carte for $4. February 1-14. $30.
Four course menu at Ritz-Carlton restaurant begins with king crab on brioche; lobster coconut bisque with Thai pork dumpling; roasted heirloom beet variations; poached Maine lobster; and scallop and truffles with artichokes. Entrees include salmon on gigande bean ragout with fingerling potatoes; duck à l'orange with confit leg fried rice; BBQ-spiced filet and chicken-fried lobster with spinach taco; and Wagyu strip loin and beef cheeks. Desserts include Valrhona chocolate heart and red velvet sponge. 6-10 pm. $125. 214-922-4848.
Flora Street Café
Three-course meal with oyster amuse bouche, and choice of tuna tiradito, smoked winter root veloute with black truffle, beet salad with burrata, Wagyu rib eye, sea bass with lobster and caviar, chicken roulade, black forest chocolate cake, raspberry beet sponge, pistachio mousse, and mignardises and chocolates. 5:30-10 pm. $90, or $150 with wine. 214-580-7000.
Seven-course menu showcases luxurious ingredients such as Kagoshima Wagyu. February 10-14. $195. 214-651-3615.
Special heart-shaped pizza will be available as a take-and-bake, a regular carry-out pizza, or at all Gatti's buffets, in Mesquite, Richardson, Plano, North Richland Hills, and McKinney.
Upscale to-go package includes cashew cream sesame biscotti, red couscous salad, lobster-chestnut bisque, lemon trifle with Meyer lemon curd, British sea salt caramel truffles, a bottle of Daumas Gassac Rose Frizant, and flowers. $395. Separate caviar service includes 12 gm Petrossian Imperial Tsar Ossetra, blue corn blinis, Champagne gelée, and créme fraîche, for $125. 214-443-0600.
Three-course dinner. 5-10 pm. $67. 214-828-1981
Variety of special menus for two, with five and six courses that include shrimp, stuffed mushroom, ginger garden salad, miso soup, Angus chateaubriand and lobster tail, Angus filet mignon, sushi, steamed or fried rice, red velvet cake, and tempura ice cream, with sake or wine pairing. $80-$135 per couple. 972-620-3474.
Holy Grail Pub
Five-course beer-pairing meal includes seared scallops amuse, oyster Rockefeller soup, peach and arugula salad, duck breast, and cherry-chocolate bread pudding. 7 pm. $65. 972-377-6633.
Turtle Creek Village Mexican has four-course menu with crab salad, lobster ceviche, rabbit confit Michoacán-style, beef salpicón, New York strip, and more. 5-10 pm. $65, plus $35 with optional cocktail pairing. 214-443-5183.
Lark on the Park
Four-course dinner includes blue point oyster with strawberry caviar and choice of leek & potato soup, hearts of palm with red watercress, goat cheese & butternut squash agnolotti, poached salmon, scallops with rhubarb mousseline, quail with sunchokes, lamb loin with butter beans, Texas Akaushi porterhouse for 2, cheese, strawberry-hibiscus tea cake, or chocolate pot de creme. $95 plus $45 for wine pairing. 214-855-5275.
Lavendou Bistro Provençal
Three-course menu includes choices such as cream of wild mushroom soup, goat cheese with mixed baby greens, crab cake, fillet of sole with crawfish, chicken cordon bleu, beef tenderloin, lamb shank with vegetables and couscous, Belgian chocolate mousse cake, raspberry mascarpone mousse cake, or mixed berries in pastry with chantilly cream. $70. 972-248-1911.
Special prime rib and wine dinner for two features signature dinner experience with spinning bowl salad, prime rib or seasonal fish, mashed potatoes, Yorkshire pudding, choice of creamed spinach or corn, dessert, and two glasses of Mondavi wine. $125. 972-503-6688.
The Mansion Restaurant
Four-course menu includes truffle ravioli with wild mushrooms, Akaushi Wagyu sirloin with Brussels sprouts and beet potato terrine, and sea bass with Korean potato. 6-10 pm. $135. 214-443-4747.
Max's Wine Dive
Two-course menu with optional wine pairings includes scallops with sunchoke purée, sous vide duck breast, Nutella tiramisu, and red velvet cheesecake in raspberry sauce with white chocolate and cocoa nibs. February 14-17, 4-10 pm. 817-870-1100.
Four-course menu includes oysters, Thai vegetable spring roll, clam chowder, fig & blue rocket salad, New York strip with crab-bacon potato hash, miso black cod with Thai fried jasmine rice, guajillo roasted chicken, tart cherry cobbler, triple chocolate toffee cheesecake, or raspberry mousse cake cone sundae. 5:30 and 8pm. $70. 214-628-7900.
Special dishes include Texas redfish with potato and strawberry salad for $22; and chocolate churro with goat milk caramel Mexican vanilla ice cream for $10.
Three-course menu for two includes choice of chicken tenders, zucchini sticks, spinach-artichoke dip, shrimp pasta in lemon sauce, Tuscan grilled chicken with mashed potatoes and grilled garlic bread, salmon, rib eye steak, and chocolate molten lava cake with vanilla ice cream. February 9-14. $45 per couple.
Three-course menu includes complimentary amuse-bouche and glass of sparkling wine with choice of tuna crudo, curly endive Caesar, burrata and pesto, chicken paillard with cauliflower, braised beef with rice and grits, red snapper, rice pudding with poached quince, lemon pavlova, or chocolate espresso mousse with candied baguette. 6-10 pm. $75. 214-945-8200.
Special surf 'n' turf entree with steak and lobster tail for $59, plus The Blushing Lady cocktail with Evan Williams Black Bourbon, PAMA, cranberry juice, lime juice, and prosecco, $17. February 10-17. 214-741-2277.
Moxie's Grill & Bar
Canadian hot spot in Uptown Dallas will serve a three-course dinner with calamari and tempura shrimp, chipotle-mango chicken, New York strip, and white-chocolate brownie. 4 pm-12 am. $69 for two. 469-687-0050.
Mudhen Meat and Greens
Dallas Farmer's Market restaurant will serve a four-course vegan dinner with basil flatbread topped with tomatoes, Kalamata olives, broccolini, and macadamia nut ricotta; kale salad with red quinoa & brazil; butternut squash risotto with root vegetables and cremini mushrooms; and gooseberry cobbler with roasted quince and oat crumble topping and almond ice cream. 6-10 pm. $40 or $65 with beer or wine pairing. 214-698-7000.
Special Peach Passion cocktail with Belvedere Peach Nectar Vodka, Chambord, lime juice, and Prosecco, for $16. February 12-18. 972-759-2277.
Ocean Prime Dallas
Special dishes include Rosewood Wagyu short ribs, lobster baked potato, Texas striped bass with shrimp fried rice, and flourless chocolate cake with brown butter praline ice cream. 214-965-0440.
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse
Acclaimed steakhouse has a three-course menu with choice of salad or soup, entrée choice of filet Oscar or filet & shrimp, and red velvet brownie. February 9-14, 5 pm-close. $83. 214-366-2000.
Perry's Steakhouse & Grille
Three-course dinner includes lobster bisque, French onion soup, wedge salad, Caesar salad, kale salad, filet with crab meat, New York strip, rib eye, pork chop, salmon, chicken Oscar, surf & turf pasta, ahi tuna, and vegetable plate. All entrées will be served with whipped potatoes and seasonal vegetables; the tuna will be served with sushi rice. Dessert is choice of white chocolate cheesecake, Perry's dessert trio, or chocolate crunch. Early seating 4-5:30 pm, $60. Late seating 5:45 pm-midnight, $75. Uptown Dallas 214-855-5151, Frisco 214-494-4645.
Four-course dinner at Italian restaurant. 5-10 pm. $55. Preston Royal Village 214-739-5959, Plano 972-378-9463.
Ragin' Crab Café
Three-course dinner for two includes crab, shrimp, sausage, potatoes, corn on the cob, cheesecake or chocolate cake to share, and wine, beer, or cocktail. $90. Two-course dinner for two includes lobster tail with dirty rice, garlic butter broccoli, cheesecake or chocolate cake to share, and wine, beer, or cocktail. $90. 3 pm-midnight. 214-827-2722.
Sea Breeze Fish Market & Grill
Special dishes include oysters Rockefeller, flounder with shrimp, halibut with English pea puree, blackened red snapper, cedar-planked steelhead trout, and lobster Thermidor. Sides and sweets include a spring medley of asparagus, artichoke hearts, sugar snap peas; mushroom medley with pearl onions; truffle whipped potato; strawberry arugula salad with fennel and candied walnuts; strawberry-rhubarb cobbler with mint ice cream; and cinnamon crème brulee. 972-473-2722.
SER Steak + Spirits
Five-course menu at Anatole steakhouse, followed by a dessert lounge available from 7-11 pm with a heart-shaped ice carving display, white and dark chocolate fountains, and a large array of desserts. February 14-15. 5-10 pm. $98. 214-761-7498.
Three-course dinner with oyster on the half shell amuse and choice of smoked pork tasso taco, crab-grapefruit salad, squab, grilled beef belly with grits, fried chicken, beet carpaccio with fried goat cheese, seared snapper, cake doughnuts, butterscotch pudding, and chocolate cake with Mexican chocolate ice cream and hazelnut sauce. 6-10 pm. $60, or $80 with wine pairings. 214-550-6966.
State & Allen
Three-course dinner with steamed Spanish-style mussels with chorizo, steak and scallops with potato gratin, and red velvet white chocolate cheesecake. $45. 214-239-1990.
Party in the grand ballroom includes three-course dinner with clam chowder, spinach salad, frisee salad with goat cheese and hazelnuts, prime rib carving station, potato gratin, broccolini with romesco sauce, shrimp sauté with herbed basmati rice, and mini dessert display. 7:30-11 pm. $119. 214-459-3930.
Steel Restaurant & Lounge
Five course menu of Asian-influenced dishes includes choices such as crab legs, beef tataki, sushi, raspberry-mint sorbet, sea bass, New York strip, shaken beef, French pastries, brandy fruit foster, and glass of champagne. 6-10 pm. $86. 214-219-9908.
Four-course meal includes choices of bacon-wrapped dates, shrimp cocktail, crab cake, lobster bisque, Caesar, sea bass, surf 'n turf, steak Delmonico, filet mignon, duck breast, crème brûlée, chocolate Kahlua cake with espresso gelato, or chocolate-covered strawberries. February 9-14, 5-10 pm. Closed February 11. $75. 972-789-9558.
Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill
One-night-only menu includes ahi tuna poke, salmon with jasmine rice, Korean BBQ pork & kimchi fried rice, salmon & asparagus risotto, coffee-crusted beef short rib, rib eye with white cheddar mashed potatoes, bacon-wrapped filet mignon, and salted caramel apple cheesecake. 214-496-0400.
3Eleven Kitchen & Cocktails
New restaurant in the West End Historic District will serve four-course dinner with complimentary bottle of wine. 6-10 pm. $60. 214-744-1423.
Three-course menu includes choice of salad, lobster bisque, filet mignon and rock lobster tail, whipped potatoes, sugar snap peas, cream corn, tomatoes, spring onions, and chocolate lovers' dessert. February 9–14, 5-10 pm. $160 per couple. 972-267-1776.
Regular menu will be enhanced by table-side photos, rose petals on tables, live entertainment, and truffles. Uptown Dallas 214-220-2401, Southlake 817-912-0500.
Four-course pop-up dinner with choice of green papaya salad, loaded baked potato soup, coconut-heart of palm cevche, panko-fried mozzarella sticks, hen of woods and spinach ravioli, Thai chicken, farfalle alfredo, seared cauliflower steak, Chinese broccoli, zucchini, patty-pan squash, carrots, triple chocolate cake, rose petal gelato, or cherry torte. 5:30, 7, and 8:30 pm. $50. 214-377-6009.
Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse
West End steakhouse has a three-course menu with chicken-fried lobster and buffalo filet. 4-10 pm. $75. 214-744-3287.