Tuesday, February 5, 2013 , Updated 3:04 p.m., February 14, 2013
UPDATEDx2: 35 places to dine for Valentine’s Day
Romantic dinners aren't only available on February 14.
Would you love not to have to cook on Valentine’s Day? Make plans with our events roundup. Reservations may be required or recommended at some locations below.
Afghan Grill: Begin this three-course, prix fixe dinner with a choice of items such as garlic shrimp or Afghan salad; follow up with a main course including a veggie combo, filet mignon kebab, chicken with yogurt or lamb korma chalao; and complete your meal with baklava or firnee (custard dessert). Feb. 14 at 17370 Preston Road (near Campbell Road), Dallas. Seatings at 6 and 8 p.m. $80 per couple; includes dinner and a bottle of wine. 972-818-0300. afghangrilltx.com.
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Aventino's Italian Restaurant: The special a la carte menu consists of some customer favorites throughout the years. Choose from appetizers ($5.50-$16.50); a variety of pasta and sauces ($11-$15); baked, specialty or seafood dishes, such as eggplant parmigiana ($13), chicken Florentine ($17.50), veal scaloppini $19.75), tilapia caperi ($17.50) and shrimp diablo ($17.50), served with a house salad and bread. Feb. 14 from 5 to 9:45 p.m. at 5800 Lovell Ave., Fort Worth. 817-570-7940. aventinos.com.
Blue Goose Cantina: Celebrate with fajitas for two ($24.95) and with $3 specials on house margaritas, well drinks and all beers. Feb. 14 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at 2905 Greenville Ave., Dallas. 214-823-8339. Additional locations in Addison, Frisco, Highland Village and Plano. bluegoosecantina.com.
Boulevardier: Selections from the specialty menu include starters such as foie gras ($18), ox heart tartare ($12) and a farm-to-market salad ($9); entrees include wood-grilled dry-aged rib-eye ($42), Georges Bank scallops ($34) and pappardelle with lobster ($32); desserts include flourless chocolate cake roulade ($12) and hand-rolled truffles with chocolate-covered strawberries ($10). Feb. 14 from 5:30 to 11 p.m. at 408 N. Bishop Ave., Dallas. The bar opens for drinks at 4:30 p.m. 214-942-1828. dallasboulevardier.com.
Buttons Restaurant: Chef Keith “Buttons” Hicks will offer a three-course, prix fixe meal of Southern- style cuisine. Choose from items such as oysters, fried green tomatoes, chicken and waffles and porterhouse pork, with a brownie, peach cobbler or sweet potato pie for dessert. Addison: $30 per person Feb. 11-13; $40 per person Feb. 14. Fort Worth: $40 per person Feb. 11-13; $50 per person on Feb. 14.
Canary by Gorji: Chef Mansour Gorji’s four-course menu starts with grilled chilled avocado or Bulgarian feta, followed by a traditional Caesar or spinach salad, and a choice of entrees (including prime tenderloin of beef, prime pork chop, Pacific salmon or lamb and quail). For dessert, try the chocolate liqueur cake or the four-berry sorbet. Feb. 14 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at 5100 Belt Line Road, Dallas. $69 per person; pre-payment required. 972-503-7080. canarybygorji.com.
Central 214: Chef Graham Dodds will offer a four-course prix fixe Valentine’s menu. Entrees include seared duck breast, Carolina hog, red snapper paella, flatiron steak and butternut squash Parmesan. Choose chocolate cake, crème brûlée or hazelnut brittle for dessert. Feb. 14-16 from 5 to 10 p.m. at 5680 N. Central Expressway, Dallas. $75 per person; includes a glass of sparkling wine. 214-443-9339. central214.com.
Chamberlain's Fish Market Grill: This three-course dinner includes a choice of starters; an entree such as grilled Angus rib-eye, almond-crusted trout, pan-roasted salmon or peppered filet mignon; and a dessert option, including chocolate peanut butter pie, vanilla cheesecake or raspberry crème brûlée. Feb. 14 from 5 to 10 p.m. at 4525 Belt Line Road, Addison. $69.95 per person. 972-503-3474. chamberlainsseafood.com.
Chamberlain's Steak and Chop House: Begin this three-course meal with an appetizer such as shrimp and lobster bisque, beef tenderloin pot stickers or seared ahi tuna. Entree options include filet mignon, rib-eye steak, pecan-wood-smoked prime rib of beef and macadamia-crusted sole with sauteed shrimp, followed by a choice of desserts. Feb. 14 from 5 to 10 p.m. at 5330 Belt Line Road, Dallas. $69.95 per person. 972-934-2467. chamberlainssteakhouse.com.
Cru Food and Wine Bar: This romance-themed four-course dinner begins with a smoked salmon paté “tease,” and then a “first kiss” choice of potato gnocchi, foie gras, arugula salad, shrimp, oysters or lobster bisque. For “the courtship,” select from entrees that include filet mignon, duck breast, a rack of lamb, sea bass or scallops. “Sweet endings” include molten chocolate lava cake, crème brûlée, white chocolate mousse or chocolate fondue for two. Feb. 14-16 from 5 to 11 p.m. at 3699 McKinney Ave. (in West Village), Dallas. Other locations in Plano and Allen. $50 per person. cruawinebar.com.
Dallas Fish Market: Highlights from chef Anupam “AJ” Joglekar’s four-course dinner include a choice of pan-roasted striped bass, pan-seared Scottish salmon, Angus 6-ounce filet with lobster or free-range chicken; and vanilla cream puffs or lime cheesecake for dessert. Feb. 15-16 from 5 to 11 p.m., Feb. 17 from 5 to 9 p.m. at 1501 Main St., Dallas. $65 per person; Chandon Étoile Rosé for an additional $40. 214-744-3474. dallasfishmarket.com.
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House: Chef David Holben’s holiday menu features an 8-ounce filet and 8-ounce lobster tail for $79 with additional steak toppings ($6), Champagne beurre blanc ($6) and a Godiva chocolate mousse cake ($12). Side dishes include spinach supreme, lobster macaroni and cheese, potatoes au gratin and sauteed mushrooms ($7-$16). Feb. 14 from 5 to 10 p.m. The specialty menu will also be offered on Feb. 15 from 5 to 11 p.m. in addition to the restaurant’s regular menu. 5251 Spring Valley Road, Dallas. 972-490-9000. delfriscos.com.
Delta Charlie's: Impress your sweetie with a three-course dinner and a private, 30-minute sightseeing flight with views of Dallas. Entrees include a choice of 8-ounce rib-eye with cabernet mushroom sauce, tilapia with rice, grilled marinated chicken breast with linguine, or rotini vegetable pasta. Desserts include chocolate brownie sundae, cheesecake or pineapple upside-down cake. Feb. 15-17 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. at 5303 Challenger Drive, Dallas. $175 per couple. Reservations must be made by phone. 214-623-9944. dinnerflight.com.
Fearing's: This Valentine’s-inspired four-course menu features Georges Bank lemon sole, Texas Wagyu strip loin and a dessert duo of chocolate cherry ice cream "heart" sandwiches and heart-shaped cookies. The prix fixe dinner will be offered for four consecutive days alongside the restaurant’s a la carte menu. Feb. 14-17 starting at 6 p.m. at the Ritz-Carlton, 2121 McKinney Ave., Dallas. $95 per person. 214-922-4848. opentable.com.
Frankie's Sports Bar and Grill: Take a photo or letter from your ex to shred for one free drink (up to a $6.50 value) at an all-day Anti-Valentine’s Day Party geared toward the lovelorn. Wear black to receive happy-hour prices on an assortment of alcohol, beers and mixed drinks. Drown your sorrows with a choice of four themed cocktails — Love Stinks, Stupid Cupid, Bitter End and Arrow Through My Heart — for $3 each. Feb. 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. at 3227 McKinney Ave., Dallas. Additional locations in Lewisville and Fort Worth. 214-999-8932. frankiesbar.com.
The Front Room: A Park Cities Diner: Executive chef Nick Amoriello will offer a romance-themed four-course prix fixe menu that starts with “The Kiss” (oysters on the half shell), followed by “Foreplay” (white asparagus salad). It gets “Hot and Heavy” with a choice of red snapper or filet of beef entrees and ends with “Lust” (an assortment of chocolates and confections, chocolate mousse cake, or chocolate-covered flavored marshmallows). Diners can also choose from the regular all-day menu. Feb. 14 from 5 to 11 p.m. at 6101 Hillcrest Ave., Dallas. $55 per person; additional $20 for wine pairings. 214-219-8282. thefrontroomdallas.com.
FT33: Chef Matt McCallister will offer four- and five-course menus paired with wine selected by sommelier Ryan Tedder. The five-course menu includes a glass of Champagne. Feb. 14 at 1617 Hi Line Drive, Dallas. Four-course menu seatings at 6, 6:30 and 7 p.m.; $75 per person with optional $40 wine pairings. Five-course menu seatings at 8, 8:30 and 9 p.m.; $90 per person with optional $50 wine pairings. 214-741-2629 or email email@example.com. ft33dallas.com.
The Gin Mill: This four-course dinner paired with Texas beers or Texas wines features ratatouille bruschetta, orange and fennel salad, roast pork and chocolate cherry torte with brews from Peticolas, Four Corners, Revolver and Deep Ellum Brewery or pours from East Texas winery Times Ten Cellars. The regular dinner menu will also be available. Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. at 1921 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas. $60 per person. 214-824-3343. ginmilldallas.com.
The Grape: Enjoy a romantic three-course meal with optional wine pairings, designed by chef de cuisine Danyele McPherson. Feb. 14 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at 2808 Greenville Ave., Dallas. $65 per person; $20 for wine pairings. Additional a la carte Valentine’s specials will be offered on Feb. 15-16. 214-828-1981. thegraperestaurant.com.
Hannah's Off the Square: Chef Sheena Croft will offer a pre-Valentine’s Day Champagne dinner and tasting served European-style that includes a selection of Champagne and sparkling wine with commentary from Larissa Line of Republic National Distributing Co. Menu highlights include ceviche with yellow tomato, chilled strawberry soup, herb- and almond- cookie-crusted pork tenderloin and a bittersweet chocolate cake. Feb. 6 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at 111 W. Mulberry St., Denton. $180 per couple. 940-566-1110. hannahsoffthesquare.com.
Highland Park Cafeteria: Celebrate with live piano music and a special dinner, such as beef tenderloin, grilled salmon or baked chicken breast, and a free glass of merlot. Feb. 14-17 from 5 to 8 p.m. at 1200 N. Buckner Blvd. (in Casa Linda Plaza), Dallas. $15.99 per person. Regular menu available from $6.99. 214-324-5000. highlandparkcafeteria.com.
Humperdinks: The three-course special for two begins with one of four appetizers to share followed by a choice of a full-size entree including chicken or steak and garlic shrimp, chicken fettuccine Alfredo, blackened tilapia, Southern-fried shrimp or top sirloin and a dessert. Specialty drinks and the full menu will also be available. Feb. 8-17 from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. at 6050 Greenville Ave., Dallas. See website for other locations in Addison, Dallas, Richardson and Arlington. $39.99 for two. 214-368-6597. humperdinks.com.
Jack Mac's Swill and Grill: A dinner geared toward singles features four courses including dessert paired with Texas spirits infusions. Feb. 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. at 19009 Preston Road, Dallas. $50 per person; couples are welcome. 972-267-2782. jackmacsswillandgrillvday.eventbrite.com.
Lanny's Alta Cocina Mexicana: This prix fixe menu starts with an amuse-bouche. That’s followed by a first course of lobster agnolotti or seared scallops; a main course of prime rib-eye or Tasmanian steelhead trout; a choice of panna cotta or hazelnut and poached pear chocolate cake for dessert; and assorted chocolate truffles. Feb. 14-16 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at 3405 W. Seventh St., Fort Worth. $95 per person. 817-850-9996. lannyskitchen.com.
Max's Wine Dive: Executive chef Patrick Russell’s five-course, Dive-In Together dinner for two includes a choice of oysters or soup and family-style dishes including frisée salad, ricotta mezzaluna, pan-roasted sirloin and seared diver scallops. For dessert, diners can share a chocolate torte and Max’s sherry milkshake. Feb. 14-15 from 4 to 11 p.m. at 3600 McKinney Ave., Dallas. $100 for two; $50 for additional wine pairings for two. 214-559-3483. maxswinedive.com.
Mi Piaci: Dine by candlelight at a table covered with rose petals, and choose your dinner from the specialty four-course menu that features some of this Italian restaurant’s signature dishes. Entrees include pollo alla Marsala, Chilean sea bass, osso buco, veal scaloppini, fontina-cheese-filled tortelloni with king crab, and petite filet mignon. A trio of torte di cioccolata, tiramisu and torte di nonna with strawberry is offered for dessert. Feb. 14 from 5 to 10 p.m. at 14854 Montfort Drive, Dallas. Reservations required. $65 per person. 972-934-8424. mipiaci-dallas.com.
Mimi's Cafe: This French-inspired, three-course menu for two includes soup, garden salad or Caesar salad; a choice of entrees such as chicken Madeira, beef bourguignon or four-cheese ravioli; and Mimi’s Classic Ensemble dessert trio. Feb. 15-17 from 4 to 11 p.m. at 810 W. McDermott Drive, Allen. $26.99 for two. Additional area locations in Arlington, Fort Worth, Grapevine and Lewisville. 214-547-1440. mimiscafe.com.
Nora: This three-course dinner begins with a choice of items such as garlic shrimp or Afghan salad; the main course includes a veggie combo, filet mignon kebab, chicken with yogurt or lamb korma chalao; and final course options include baklava or “Love Apple Dessert.” Feb. 14 at 1928 Greenville Ave., Dallas. Seatings at 6 and 8 p.m. $100 per couple; includes meal and a bottle of wine. 214-828-0095. noradallas.com.
NYLO Dallas South Side: Enjoy a prix fixe dinner for two at Terrace Bistro with live music. Chef Jerry de la Riva’s menu includes a choice of appetizers; lamb osso buco, “MoonFish” or honey-soy glaze quail; and a choice of desserts. The meal comes with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine, and diners can opt for wine pairings for an additional $20. Feb. 14 from 4 to 10 p.m. at 1325 S. Lamar St., Dallas. $60 per person. Room packages available starting at $227. 214-421-1080. nylohotels.com/dallas.
OCHO Kitchen and Cocktails: Dine by candlelight and choose from the a la carte menu plus several specialty entrees with recommended wines and love-themed drinks. Afterward, continue celebrating upstairs in the 8bar until late. Dinner is Feb. 14 from 5 to 10 p.m. at 8411 Preston Road at Northwest Highway, Dallas. Entrees and specialties $16-$32. 214-217-0888. och8.com.
Princi Italia: Chef Kevin Ascolese’s five-course, prix fixe menu begins with a lobster ravioli amuse, then lobster tortelloni. Heart-shaped Scottish salmon follows, then sweets. Feb. 14 from 4 to 10 p.m. at 5959 Royal Lane at Preston Road (northwest corner), Dallas. $40 per person. 214-739-5959. princiitalia.com.
Q de Cheval: A four-course dinner with a complimentary Champagne toast will include a choice of raw Blue Point oysters on the half shell or a Champagne lobster shooter for the first course; a mixed green salad or lobster bisque for the second; grilled beef tenderloin or baked halibut for the entree; and a chocolate heart for two filled with raspberry mousse for dessert. Feb. 15-16 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Hotel Intercontinental Dallas, 15201 Dallas Parkway, Addison. $69 per couple. 972-386-3061. icdallas.com.
Sea Breeze Fish Market and Grill: Celebrate Valentine’s Day and the following weekend at home with a prepared lobster dinner to go. Dinner for two includes stuffed lobster, salad, a specialty vegetable and dessert. Reservations must be made by Feb. 11. Feb. 14-17 from 1 a.m. to 9 p.m. at LakeSide Market, 4017 Preston Road (between Spring Creek Parkway and Parker), Plano. $59.99. 214-473-2722. seabreezefish.com.
Steel: Highlights from an Asian-inspired four-course menu include a choice of appetizers; seafood bisque or Eurasian salad; and roast Chilean sea bass, shaken beef, Bangkok chicken or Singapore noodles; plus Grand Marnier-marinated strawberries, chocolate ganache cake or a red velvet cupcake for dessert. Feb. 14 from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at 3180 Welborn St., Dallas. $60 per person; includes a complimentary sparkling-wine toast. 214-219-9908. steelsushi.com.
Victory Tavern City Grill: Chef Jim Oetting’s three-course menu highlights include snow crab claws, lump crab cake, Chilean sea bass, pepper-crusted beef tenderloin, Niman Ranch boneless pork chop and a choice of dark-chocolate mousse, coconut cream pie or a strawberry cream tartlet for dessert. Diners can also order from the a la carte menu. Feb. 14 from 5 to 11 p.m. at 2501 N. Houston St., Dallas. $40 for the prix fixe dinner. 214-432-1900. victorytavern.com.
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