Thursday, January 30, 2014
39 Valentine’s Day restaurants you’ll love
Are you kidding me? You don’t have Valentine’s Day dinner reservations yet? It’s time to make plans -- and quickly!
Special dinners abound at some of Dallas’ most esteemed restaurants, many with several courses and wine pairings. If your valentine likes beer, you might consider the Meddlesome Moth, which offers gastropub dishes paired with seductive sips like Lakewood Brewing Company’s Raspberry Temptress. At Cook Hall, another gastropub, you can add some fizz to your night with a champagne cocktail kit for two. Of if you’re looking for something more sweet than savory for your sweetie, Dallas Beer Kitchen is hosting a chocolate and beer tasting after dinner hours.
All of the Valentine’s Day specials below require a reservation. Now get to it.
ASADOR A three-course dinner in the Renaissance Dallas' dining room starts with Gulf oysters or a salad; then come tuna tempura or grilled flatiron steak. Dessert is warm chocolate cake or Key lime curd. $40 per person, or $60 per person with wine pairings. A special cocktail called Romantic Red, with blood orange juice, St. Germain, prosecco and cranberry bitters, is extra. The hotel also offers a $259 package with a hotel room for two, sparkling wine and chocolate-covered strawberries, $50 towards dinner or room service and breakfast the following morning. 5 to 10 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15. 2222 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas. 214-267-4815. asadorrestaurant.com.
BELLY AND TRUMPET An amuse of oysters with pickled beet mignonette precedes chef Brian Zenner’s four-course Valentine’s dinner. Choose monkfish, prime beef tenderloin or braised butternut squash for your main course. For dessert, there’s chocolate beignets or blood orange panna cotta. $75 per person, or $110 with wine pairings. 4 to 11 p.m. 3407 McKinney Ave., Dallas. 214-855-5551. bellyandtrumpet.com.
BIRD CAFE One of Fort Worth’s newest restaurants, in Sundance Square, hosts a four-course dinner on Valentine’s Day. Diners choose their first, third and fourth course; second course for everyone is truffle pudding. $65 per person or $95 with wine pairings. 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. 155 E. 4th St., Fort Worth. 817-332-2473. birdinthe.net.
BOLSA The a la carte Valentine’s Day menu (with prices higher than Bolsa’s everyday dinner menu), includes snazzy starters like oysters with a trio of gazpachos or “faux gras” pâté with crispy duck tongues and mustard seed-quince marmalade. For main courses, there will be duck leg confit with sweet potato-celery root gratin and Brussels sprout leaves; butter-poached Maine lobster with confit fingerling potatoes; hen-of-the-woods mushrooms and more. Seatings are every 30 minutes from 5:30 to 11 p.m. 614 West Davis St., Dallas. 214-367-9367. bolsadallas.com.
BONNELL’S FINE TEXAS CUISINE Chef Jon Bonnell created a “perfect marriage of land and sea,” he says, with his main course of roasted tenderloin served with diver scallops and crabmeat potatoes au gratin. But first: A sampling of appetizers such as venison tartare and a crispy fried quail leg. Dinner ends with his and hers chocolate cake, plus dark chocolate mousse, paired with a glass of sparkling Rosa Regale. $90 per person. 5 to 10 p.m. 4259 Bryant Irvin Road, Fort Worth. 817-738-5489. bonnellstexas.com.
CAFE ON THE GREEN The dining room at the Four Seasons invites lovebirds to a four-course dinner. Parsnip risotto with lobster and black truffle crème fraîche, and cocoa dusted duck two ways are among the choices. $95 per person, not including wine pairings. 6 to 10 p.m. Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas, 4150 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving. 972-717-2420. fourseasons.com/dallas.
CANARY BY GORJI Chef Mansour Gorji proposes a $69-per-person four-course menu at his Addison-area restaurant. Choices include a tenderloin filet with garlic mashed potatoes, and lamb and quail served with tabbouleh and tzatziki. 5 to 10:30 p.m. 5100 Belt Line Road, Dallas. 972-503-7080. chefgorji.com.
CHAMBERLAIN’S FISH MARKET GRILL The set menu starts with seafood chowder, shrimp Rockefeller or a salad. Entrees include filet mignon with lobster-crabmeat béarnaise, almond-crusted trout or pan-roasted salmon. Lobster tail can be added to any entrée for $29.95. For dessert, choose between chocolate peanut butter pie, crème brûlée and several others. $69.95 per person. 5 to 10 p.m. 4525 Belt Line Road, Addison. 972-503-3474. chamberlainsseafood.com.
COOK HALL The W’s gastropub offers a special champagne cocktail kit for two for $10. Food specials include a chilled seafood platter for two, mushroom ravioli and caramelized beef tenderloin. Dishes are priced a la carte. 5 to 11 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15. W Hotel Dallas, 2440 Victory Park Lane, Dallas. 214-397-4111. cookhalldallas.com.
CRÚ FOOD & WINE BAR Guests will be “teased” with a caramelized foie gras medallion to start the evening. The three-course menu proposes options like goat cheese beignet salad, oysters Rockefeller, New Zealand lamb chops and fondue for two. $55 per person. 5:30 p.m. to midnight Feb. 14 and 15. Three locations: 3699 McKinney Ave., Dallas (214-526-9463); 7201 Bishop Road, Plano (972-312-9463); and 842 Market St., Allen (972-908-2532). cruawinebar.com.
DALLAS BEER KITCHEN When you’re in love, who needs real food? Dallas Beer Kitchen is partnering with Dude, Sweet Chocolate for a five-course pairing. An example is chocolate truffles matched with a coffee vanilla imperial porter. $30 for one person; $50 for two. 9 p.m. 1802 Greenville Ave., Dallas. 214-484-2481. dallasbeerkitchengreenville.com.
DEE LINCOLN STEAK & BURGER BAR Dinner is $50 per person at the more casual sibling of Dee Lincoln’s Dining Room and Bubble Bar. Burgers are not on the special Valentine’s Day menu, but beef tenderloin carpaccio and roasted tandoori chicken are. 5:30 to 11 p.m. 2626 Howell St., Dallas. 214-754-4949. deelincolnsteak.com.
ELLERBE FINE FOODS This Magnolia Avenue restaurant hosts a four-course dinner that starts with a savory profiterole filled with escargots in garlic butter. Next come dishes such as quiche au Roquefort, boeuf à la bourguignonne, pork chop with mustard-peppercorn sauce and île flottante. No substitutions. $75 per person or $110 with wine pairing. 5 to 10 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15. 1501 W. Magnolia Ave., Fort Worth. 817-926-3663. ellerbefinefoods.com.
FEARING’S A prix fixe “romance menu” in celebrity chef Dean Fearing’s dining room includes dishes such as green apple and avocado gazpacho, cheddar fondue for two and bone-in beef tenderloin. $95 per person. Feb. 13 from 6 to 10:30 p.m., Feb. 14 and 15 from 6 to 11 p.m., and Feb. 16 from 6 to 10 p.m. 2121 McKinney Ave., Dallas. 214-922-4848. fearingsrestaurant.com
FIVE SIXTY BY WOLFGANG PUCK The panoramic views come free with the special five-course Asian fusion menu at Five Sixty, atop Reunion Tower. $125 per person or $175 including wine pairings. 5 to 11 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15; 5 to 10 p.m. Feb. 16. 300 Reunion Blvd. East, Dallas. 214-741-5560. wolfgangpuck.com/restaurants/fine-dining/3917.
FM SMOKE HOUSE Hopheads could consider a four-course dinner paired with Lakewood Brewing Company suds. Dishes include a skirt steak tempura roll and a duck breast with smoked IPA reduction. $48 per person. 7 p.m. 660 Walnut Ridge Drive, Irving. 972-751-6633. fmsmokehouse.com.
GARDEN CAFE It’s BYOB on V-Day. Cranberry-chipotle glazed pork belly bites and acorn squash cake are a few items on the four-course special menu. 7:30 p.m.$45 per person. 5310 Junius St., Dallas. 214-887-8330. gardencafe.net.
HILTON DALLAS PARK CITIES Grain, the Hilton's dining room, hosts a four-course dinner for two. Items include shaved beets and garden greens, filen mignon with garlic mashed potatoes and sugar-snap peas and creme brulee and flourless triple chocolate cake for dessert. $120 per couple, or $160 with a bottle of sparkling wine. 6 to 11 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15. A hotel package is also available, for $299 per couple, and includes dinner at Grain, a room with a king-sized bed, sparkling wine and strawberries, and breakfast buffet. 5954 Luther Lane, Dallas. 214-368-0400. grainrestaurantandbar.com.
LARK ON THE PARK The restaurant across the street from Klyde Warren Park serves a four-course dinner with items like braised short ribs and pancetta-wrapped Carolina mountain trout. $85 per person. $125 per person with wine pairings, or $100 per person with wine pairings for double dates. [Clarification: Discount only available for two couples -- 4 people.] Whiskey flights are also available. 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. 2015 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas. 214-855-5275. larkonthepark.com.
LAVENDOU Chef-owner Pascal Cayet is cooking a meal that might start with a cream of brie soup or duck-liver terrine. Second-course choices include salmon, scallops and spinach en croûte; chicken breast with marsala sauce and linguini; beef tenderloin with blue cheese sauce; or braised lamb shank. $64.95 per person. 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. 19009 Preston Road, Dallas. 972-248-1911. lavendou.com.
MAX’S WINE DIVE The motto at this Dallas eatery is “why the hell not?!” Dinner from the five-course menu might include hamachi tartare, diver scallops with vanilla-port reduction and an adult milkshake. $100 for two. Add $50 for wine pairings for two people. 4 p.m. to midnight. 3600 McKinney Ave., Dallas. 214-559-3483. maxswinedive.com/dallas-mckinney-ave/.
THE MEDDLESOME MOTH The Design District gastropub offers three courses paired with V-Day-themed beers, such as Lakewood Brewing Company’s Raspberry Temptress and Brewery Ommegang’s Adoration Ale. Entrée choices include shiitake-stuffed chicken breast, chicken-fried lobster tail or rotisserie-smoked prime rib. $110 per couple at 5:30 p.m. $130 per couple at 7 and 9 p.m. For beer pairings, add an additional $15 per person. 1621 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas. 214-628-7900. mothinthe.net.
MI PIACI CUCINA ITALIANA The six-month-old Preston Center restaurant serves three courses on Feb. 14 and 15, with items like Roman-style egg drop soup, chicken scaloppini and black spaghetti with butter poached crab and chile butter. $55 per person. 5 to 11 p.m. 8411 Preston Road, Dallas. 214-774-9584. mipiaci-dallas.com.
NORA At his lower Greenville Afghani place, chef Matt Pikar is offering a special $50-per-person menu with items like scallops and sun-dried tomato; surf and turf kabobs; lamb shank with rice; and baklava. 5 to 11 p.m. 1982 Greenville Ave., Dallas. firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations. 214-828-0095. noradallas.com.
OAK A special four-course Valentine’s Day menu might start with oysters with absinthe, white chocolate and caviar; or crab salad with sea urchin, sea beans, nasturtiums and citrus. Dessert is what pastry chef Lucia Merino calls “study of chocolate.” $80 per person or $120 with wine pairings. 5 to 11 p.m. 1628 Oak Lawn Ave., Dallas. 214-712-9700. oakdallas.com.
PRINCI ITALIA The North Dallas Italian spot divides its Valentine’s Day menu into “blissful beginnings,” “main attraction,” “sweet ending” and “kiss goodbye.” Dishes include lobster tortelloni, grilled branzino and Sicilian pistachio cake. $45 per person. The regular a la carte menu is also available. 4 to 10 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15. 5959 Royal Lane, Dallas. 214-739-5959. princiitalia.com.
PYRAMID RESTAURANT A special four-course dinner includes dishes such as Hudson Valley duck breast with figs and sherry vinegar, châteaubriand for two and a lychee-scented raspberry tart with a three-chocolate crunch bar. Sommelier Hunter Hammett will pair wines. $75 per person, or $105 with wine. 6 to 10 p.m. Fairmont Dallas Hotel, 1717 N. Akard St., Dallas. 214-720-5249. fairmont.com/dallas.
Q DE CHEVAL At the Intercontinental Dallas' restaurant, dinner comes with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and a rose for the ladies. The four-course menu features a choice of herb-crusted beef tenderloin, poached Chilean sea bass or lemon rosemary roasted chicken for main dishes. Dessert is chocolate fondue for two. $79 per couple. 6 to 10 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15. 15201 Dallas Parkway, Dallas. 972-386-6000. icdallas.com.
SAVOR Though the regular menu is also available, the Klyde Warren Park restaurant offers a prix-fixe four-course menu that starts with chicken-fried pickled oysters and citrus salad, with a finale of chocolate-orange mousse, roasted strawberries and flourless chocolate cake. For a main course, choose between pan-roasted halibut with cauliflower two ways or grilled beef tenderloin with potato-parsnip lyonnaise, roasted mushrooms and foie gras. $65 per person. Special cocktails with names like Kiss After Dark and Lonely Heart are extra. 11 a.m. to midnight. 2000 Woodall Rodgers Freeway, Dallas. 214-306-5597. savor-relish.com.
SECOND FLOOR BISTRO The four-course Valentine’s Day dinner ends with a sweet dish to share. But first: deviled eggs; crab coconut bisque; pumpkin seed Scottish salmon; shrimp and grits and the like. $130 per couple. Add $30 per person for wine pairings. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15. Westin Galleria Dallas, 13340 Dallas Parkway, Dallas. 972-450-2978. thesecondfloorrestaurant.com.
SER STEAK AND SPIRITS A five-course dinner with live piano music is on the menu at the steakhouse with a view. So are squash-red curry bisque, filet of beef and chocolate cake. $80 per person; $125 per person with wine pairings. Spring for a bottle of Champagne, and they’ll give you window seats. 5-11 p.m. Feb. 14, 15 and 16. 2201 N. Stemmons Freeway, 27th floor, Dallas. 214-761-7470. sersteak.com.
SERA DINING AND WINE The new Spanish restaurant in Fort Worth offers a special menu Feb. 14 and 15 that includes a la carte items like braised short ribs, whole roasted snapper and chocolate Napoleon. 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. 2418 Forest Park Blvd., Fort Worth. 817-927-7372. facebook.com/serafw.
SISSY’S SOUTHERN KITCHEN AND BAR A “bucket and bottle” -- of fried chicken and Champagne -- is the Valentine’s Day special. Choose Moët et Chandon Brut and chicken for $75 or Moët et Chandon Rosé and chicken for $95. 5 p.m. to midnight. 2929 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas. 214-827-9900. sissyssouthernkitchen.com.
SPOON BAR AND KITCHEN Chef John Tesar devised a special aphrodisiac tasting menu for Valentine’s Day. It includes a selection of East Coast oysters, osetra caviar, live diver scallop served in its shell with shallot brown butter and more. $125 per person. The regular menu will be available as well. 5 to 11 p.m. 8220 Westchester Drive, Dallas. 214-368-8220. spoonbarandkitchen.com.
STEEL RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE A special $65-per-person Asian-accented Valentine’s menu includes dishes such as octopus sashimi and miso-sake Chilean sea bass. Dessert is a choice of banana split, strawberry-balsamic sorbet or flourless chocolate cake. 5:30 to 10 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15. 3180 Welborn, Dallas. 214-219-9908. steelsushi.com.
III FORKS The “sweetheart menu” includes a salad or lobster bisque, followed by two 6-ounce filet mignons with lobster tails and a chocolate dessert to finish. $155 per couple. Available Feb. 8 to Feb. 15, 5 to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 6 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 5 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday. 17776 Dallas Parkway, Dallas. 972-267-1776. iiiforks.com.
TOKO V A four-course Valentine’s Day menu comes with options like sushi and sashimi, braised short rib, lemon-soy- marinated chicken and chocolate pomegranate pavé. $69 per person. 5:30 to 11 p.m. 33 Highland Park Village, Dallas. 214-522-6035. toko-v.com.
URBANO CAFÉ This one might appeal to singles, or to couples who don’t mind celebrating Valentine’s Day dining elbow-to-elbow with strangers. Guest chef Sharon Hage is making a seven-course (including amuse and intermezzo) BYOB dinner, with diners seated at communal tables. Crab Louie; a market fish with “flavors of cioppino”; Sonoma foie gras over bitter greens with blood oranges, dates, pistachios and cracklin’s; and rack of lamb with artichokes and hearts of palm are among the dishes. $85 per person. 7 p.m. 1410 N. Fitzhugh Ave., Dallas. 214-823-8550. urbanodallas.com.
VILLAGE KITCHEN The Highland Park Village restaurant offers a three-course Valentine’s dinner, plus amuse. Appetizer choices are lobster bisque, poached pear salad or burrata and butternut squash. For a main course, choose from salmon with mushroom risotto, braised veal cheeks and pork with polenta, or smoked duck breast with yam purée. Finish sweetly with chocolate pomegranate pavé or pavlova with ice cream. $69 per person. 5:30 to 11 p.m. 33 Highland Park Village, Dallas. 214-522-6035. hpvillagekitchen.com.