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Perfect Valentine’s Day Restaurants — and Hot Hotel and Bar Deals

Houston’s Romance Guide

BY // 02.03.16

The Super Bowl isn’t the only big name taking over a Sunday this February. Valentine’s Day makes its 2016 debut the following week, proving Sundays really are for lovers.

Whether you’re in the mood for a romantic dinner by candlelight or an action-packed Sunday brunch, there’s something for everyone this year (even a brunch just for singles). Here are 10 offerings — from six-course tasting menus to a scotch and chocolate tasting to a romantic cooking class — sure to make your Valentine’s weekend unforgettable.

ANVIL BAR AND REFUGE
1424 Westheimer Road, 713.523.1622 
Reservations are usually a rarity at Anvil, but this Valentine’s Day, the beloved cocktail bar is making an exception. For $75 per person, reserve one of Anvil’s bar-top tables in two-hour windows. Each reservation includes cocktails, bar cart service and pours of grower Champagne accompanied by jazz and roses.

Reservations are available at 6 pm, 8 pm and 10 pm, and must be made in person at Anvil.

CACAO AND CARDAMOM
5000 Westheimer Road, 281.501.3567
Skip the dinner and go straight for dessert with Cacao and Cardamom’s new aphrodisiac-inspired confections. Flavors like Red Roses — a layer of pistachio ganache and raspberry pate de fruit topped with a crunch of pistachio nougatine — and Sweetheart Purple — a dark chocolate shell filled with milk chocolate ganache infused with star anise and local honey — make a fitting Valentine’s Day gift for that special someone or a romantic post-dinner treat. 

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Head to Cacao and Cardamom for unique, sweet treats this Valentine’s Day.

CENTRAL MARKET
3815 Westheimer Road, 713.993.9860
Central Market isn’t limiting this year’s Valentine’s festivities to the 14th. The grocery emporium’s cooking school is blocking out the entire month of February for a series of classes sure to prove that love is in the air.

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  • Wayne Smith
  • Cle Du Peau - Nail Polish
  • Mariquite Masterson
  • Museum of Fine Arts Houston
  • Elaine Turner - GiGi Flats
  • Loeffler Randall - Shoes
  • Bond No 9 - Candle
  • Elaine Turner - Felicia Stole in Magenta
  • Mariquite Masterson
  • Bond No 9 - Perfume
  • Cotton Club
  • Loeffler Randall - Clutch
  • Wayne Smith
  • Asher Gallery
  • Oscar De La Renta - Earrings
  • Cotton Club
  • Oscar De La Renta - Clutch
  • Cle Du Peau - Lip Gloss

On February 6, cookbook author and pastry chef Alice Medrich will lead a cooking class (chocolate included!) On February 8, try a discovery series class on the most romantic wines for Valentine’s Day. View Central Market’s full February class schedule here.

CRU FOOD AND WINE BAR
2800 Kirby Dr., 713.528.9463; 9595 Six Pines Dr., 281.465.9463
Can’t decide between Valentine’s Day brunch or dinner? Cru Food and Wine Bar has both menus on tap. Enjoy a four-course prix-fixe dinner menu including lobster bisque, ricotta gnocchi, pan-roasted Blue Point oysters, herb-encrusted rack of lamb, seared filet mignon, chocolate fondue for two and raspberry crème brûlée.

The three-course sweetheart brunch features options like steak and eggs, a mascarpone and goat cheese omelet, brioche french toast, short rib hash, breakfast pizza and crab cake Benedict. Cru will also offer its prix-fixe dinner menu on Saturday, February 13, for those wanting to beat the Valentine’s Day rush.

THE DURHAM HOUSE
1200 Durham Dr., 713.864.5600
The Durham House rings in its first Valentine’s Day with a four-course prix-fixe menu courtesy of new executive chef Mike McElroy. If McElroy’s recently debuted lunch, dinner and brunch menus are any indication of what to expect, guests are in for a special treat.

Expect dishes like local greens served with heirloom carrots and house pickles topped with a champagne and pink peppercorn vinaigrette; smoked tartare made with grass-fed dry-aged New York strip, house-pickled vegetables and house-cured egg yolk; pheasant served with parsnips, heirloom carrots and heirloom oil-cured baby tomatoes; and dark chocolate pot de crème topped with smoked chili anglaise

THE FOUR SEASONS
1300 Lamar St., 713.650.1300
If you’re in search of some major R and R this Valentine’s Day, take advantage of The Four Seasons’ Valentine’s Weekend Getaway package. The mini staycation includes luxury accommodations, a three-course wine-pairing dinner at Quattro Restaurant, complimentary valet parking and late checkout on Valentine’s Day morning.

Did we mention chilled Prosecco and chocolate-covered strawberries await you in your room? For reservations, call 713.650.1300.

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Grab a seat at State of Grace’s oyster bar on Valentine’s Day.

RESERVE 101
1201 Caroline St., reserve101.com 
If you’re over the traditional dinner date, switch it up this Valentine’s Day with a night of scotch and chocolate pairings at Reserve 101. The World’s most awarded single malt Scotch whisky, Glenfiddich, will be accompanied by artisan chocolates from Cacao and Cardamom.

Reserve is offering 8 pm and 10 pm seatings on Saturday, February 13, and a 7 pm seating on February 14. RSVP for the event here

STATE OF GRACE
3258 Westheimer Road, 832.942.5080 
If you haven’t made it to State of Grace yet, Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to sample the menu. The restaurant will offer a four-course prix fixe menu including the signature lobster hushpuppies, mushroom toast, crawfish enchiladas, gulf blue crab gumbo, Bobwhite quail (stuffed with Chinese sausage, kimchee braised greens and a scallion pancake), whole hearth-roasted Maine lobster, and chocolate layer cake (chocolate cake layered with chocolate frosting, vanilla ice cream, Oreo crunch and salted caramel). View the full menu here

TRINITI RESTAUARANT AND SANCTUARI BAR
2815 S. Shepherd Dr., 713.527.9090 
Triniti has something for everyone this Valentine’s Day, starting with a six-course tasting menu from Friday, February 12 through Sunday, February 14. For $110 (additional $55 for wine pairing), enjoy dishes like an amuse bouche of oysters and pearls; lobster bisque served with lobster bread pudding, vanilla bean cream, olive oil and sherry drops; Moroccan lamb t-bone finished with artichoke, lemon, pine nuts and feta cheese; and foie gras foster, made with caramelized banana custard, strawberry bacon compote and rum cake toast.

But Triniti knows everyone doesn’t belong to a pair this Valentine’s Day, so the restaurant will also host a singles brunch on Sunday, February 14, serving its regular brunch menu alongside specials like the hungry man brunch, breakfast pizza, sloppy Joes and cake frosting milk shakes. Specialty cocktails include the “Always a Bridesmaid”, “Walk of Shame”, “Cougar Tears” and the “Third Wheel”. 

THE WEST END
5320 Westheimer Road, 713.590.0616
Looking for a more casual vibe this Valentine’s Day? Head to Westheimer public house The West End and brunch on its expansive patio. Get ready for favorites like raspberry cheesecake-stuffed French toast, crab cake Benedict served on a croissant, crab grits, house-made granola and yogurt, and lemon cheesecake pancakes. Guests can also enjoy an array of Valentine’s Day-themed cocktails like the Cupid Float (vanilla ice cream topped with cherry vanilla vodka and Sprite) and the Berries and Bubbles (champagne mixed with fresh strawberry purée and topped with fresh berries).

 

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