Valentine's Day is not complete without a romantic meal and glass of bubbly. (Photo courtesy Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek)
Planning a romantic night for your significant other requires a lot of time and thought, especially when the pressure is hot on February 14. We suggest starting at the beginning — where will you eat?
From Parisian-themed cafés to exotic hideaways, these Dallas restaurants are gearing up for one amorous evening. Here are the best Dallas restaurants for Valentine’s Day.
Flora Street Café
2330 Flora St., 214.580.7000
Because no Valentine’s Day is complete without something majorly chocolatey, this three-course menu ($125) ends with a “Patricia” Morita-Praline Chocolate Bar by Dude, Sweet Chocolate‘s Katherine Clapner.
87 Highland Park Village, 214.420.3900
This Highland Park Village favorite is pulling out all the stops for you and your sweetheart. Start the night off right with chilled Atlantic oysters and Ossetra caviar, followed by lobster risotto or a Valentine’s Day surf and turf, plus “le bête noir” chocolate cake and vanilla gelato. Afterward, take a stroll around the charming Village shops.
3314 Knox St., 214.520.8999
What’s more romantic than a cozy French diner? For an unforgettable evening, this cafe and bar is offering Massachusetts sweet petite oysters with champagne mignonette, beef wellington with black truffle demi, sauteéd Nova Scotia halibut with blood orange beurre blanc, and, for dessert — Spicy Valrhona dark chocolate fondue with Chantilly cream and macaroons.
3699 McKinney Ave., 214.526.9463
A Parisian-themed evening is exactly what Valentine’s Day calls for, and that’s just what you get with this four-course menu ($55 per person). It features a gougere fois gras mousse, potato blini with smoked salmon rose and caviar crème fraîche, lobster bisque with sherry wine and black caviar, black truffle sea bass, and three options for dessert — chocolate bombe with brandied cherries and crème anglaise, sauternes sorbet, and chocolate fondue for two.
1628 Oak Lawn Ave., 214.712.9700
A three-course meal ($95 per person) in this comfortable Uptown staple might be just what you’re looking for. The premier course features rose poached pear with mustard greens and fromage blanc, followed by lobster raviolo and filet mingon, plus red velvet cheesecake with cream cheese glaze for dessert. Each course is paired with an optional wine suggestion ($45).
1201 Oak Lawn Ave., 214.741.1986
If you’re in the mood for Mexican, this colorful cocina is offering its menu prix fixe ($49) or á la carte. Begin with a seafood selection featuring shrimp, baby octopus, calamari, oysters, clams, and mussels. Treat yourself to the main course of pan-seared duck breast with grilled pears and Brussels sprouts (all covered in a chipotle and pomegranate reduction), and finish with a classic slice of chocolate cake.
1628 Oak Lawn Ave., 214.749.7002 and 7859 Walnut Hill Lane, 214.484.8772
You might not be able to jet off to Thailand, but you can come close with an evening at Pakpao. This hot spot is mixing up some special cocktails for the occasion, including a “Kwham Rak Tini”(a pomegranate martini with Cointreau) and a “Siam Passion” (passion fruit puree, hibiscus, and bitters). The restaurant’s prix fixe menu ($39) includes lobster rolls, wagyu bistro filet, and chocolate cloud cake.
1628 Oak Lawn Ave., 214.484.8702
This posh design district spot is the perfect backdrop for a sexy Valentine’s dinner. The four-course prix fixe menu ($75) features crunchy shrimp tempura rolls, tuna, salmon, crab, and scallop, your choice of filet of beef or halibut, and citrus chocolate mousse with smoked sea salt and EVOO.
2817 Maple Ave., 214.855.5454
Stop by the upscale Japanese eatery for a traditional Omakase — an eight-course tasting menu for two ($175).
2817 Maple Ave., 214.855.1354
Head upstairs to Top Knot on February 10, 11, or 14 for a special menu ($85 per couple) featuring complimentary sparkling wine and restaurant favorites like fried yucca, veggie báhn mi, chicken kimchi karaage (highly recommended), and dark chocolate PDC for dessert.
Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
2821 Turtle Creek Blvd., 214.443.4747
This iconic Texas destination is sparing no expense to make this Valentine’s Day extra special. The $150 per person prix fixe menu features a welcome cocktail, burrata tart, quail, venison with rosehip cabbage marmalade, rouen duck with farro, kumquat and carrot, and flourless chocolate cake for dessert. Enhance your meal with black truffle or Golden Osetra caviar. The Mansion Bar will feature a special music performance and will be open from 3 to 10 pm.
2121 McKinney Ave., 214.922.4848
The Ritz Carlton Dallas welcomes you to Fearing’s, February 10 through February 14, for an indulgent menu ($75 per person) featuring peekie toe crab soup and dumplings with kafir lime broth, beef Wellington with paté de foil gras and royal trumpet mushroom duxelle, and a dessert duo starring dark chocolate cake with raspberry chocolate filling and vanilla pan cotta with passion fruit champagne sauce.
4152 Cole Ave., 214.252.9604
Also February 10 through February 14, stop by Salum for a cheeky three-course menu ($75 per person) including complimentary champagne, “three heart salad” (artichoke, palm, and strawberry), surf and turf, and the flirtatiously named “Chocolate 4 Play” made with a white chocolate and licor 43 shake, chocolate pets de nonne, dark chocolate, and a mousse and chocolate caramel tart.
Bisous Bisous Pâtisserie
3700 McKinney Ave., 214.613.3570
Spending a night on the town calls for a romantic dessert at home. For the occasion, this Uptown French bakery is making red velvet, pink champagne, and white chocolate strawberry macarons, raspberry chocolate tarts, and a special bûche de l’amour. Orders must be made by February 11 in order to be ready on Valentine’s Day.