Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and if you don't yet have a dinner reservation, you'd better act fast. Whether you're looking for the perfect place to impress your newfound crush or a hot deal for a night of Netflix and chill, here are 15 of the best places to eat and drink on Sunday, February 14 in metro Phoenix.
Nothing says "Valentine's Day" like chocolate, so to celebrate the occasion, chef Gio Osso has created an all-chocolate menu for his Virtu restaurant in Scottsdale. The three-course menu costs $100 per person and includes options such as charred octopus with spiced ceci, bittersweet chocolate brown butter, hazelnut, oro blanco, and grapefruit; dark cocoa braised short rib with sour cream and chive potatos, raspberry espresso demi, and chipotle; and white chocolate panna cotta with chamomile honey orange marmellata and cinnamon lavender biscotti. For reservations, call 480-946-3477. You can view the complete menu online.
Chef Justin Beckett's Southern Rail in Phoenix will serve a $39 prix-fixe menu in addition to offering half-off all Arizona wines. The three-course menu includes an all-local blood orange salad; "Grits & Sausage & Shrimp"; and "Snowball," for dessert — that's a local red wine and chocolate cake with pink coconut, marshmallow buttercream, and red wine syrup. The special menu will be available from Friday, February 12, to Sunday, February 14. Half-off Arizona wines will be available on Sunday only. For a reservation call 602-200-0085 or visit the Southern Rail website.
Christopher’s and Crush Lounge
Go fancy this year at Christopher's at the Biltmore Fashion Park, where chef Christopher Gross will serve a tasting menu featuring four courses such as Black River caviar or cassoulet of mushrooms and confit vegetables. Entrée options will include boneless rack of lamb with herb crust and a sous vide filet cold-smoked with essence of white truffles. The menu costs $115 per person with the option to add wine pairings for an additional $35. Call 602-522-2344 for a reservation or visit the Christopher's and Crush Lounge website.
Scottsdale's Roka Akor restaurant will offer a Valentine's Day menu intended to be shared, featuring dishes such as king crab sashimi with housemade truffle ponzu butter; Niman Ranch beef tataki with enoki mushroom truffle jus; yuzu miso black cod with pickled red onions, grilled asparagus with wafu dressing; and white chocolate panna cotta with champagne foam and rose macarons, among others. Couples can also upgrade to the “Aphrodisiac” option ($30), which includes premium oysters, caviar, and fresh truffles. The restaurant is offering three seating times at 5 p.m., 7 p.m., and 9 p.m. with the early seating costing $69 and the later seatings priced at $98. A limited a la carte menu also will be available. Call 480-306-8800 for reservations or visit the Roka Akor Scottsdale website.
Kazimierz World Wine Bar
From Friday, February 12, to Sunday, February 14, Kazimierz World Wine Bar in Scottsdale has a sharable menu that includes jumbo shrimp cocktail with housemade cocktail sauce; either braised bison short ribs with sweet potato puree, orange gremolata, and maple-bourbon gastrique or pan-seared jumbo scallop with elote, cilantro, and lime; and chocolate bouchon "cork" with chocolate streusel and chocolate sauce. The menu costs $44 per couple. Reservations are available from 6 to 8 p.m. on all three nights. For more information, call 480-946-3004 or visit the Kazimierz World Wine Bar website.
Go big or go home with the Valentine's Day menu at Talavera at the Four Seasons in Scottsdale. The upscale restaurant will serve a six-course menu that starts with Osetra Caviar with white asparagus and a seven-minute egg, followed by Dungeness crab salad, sweet corn bisque, Wagyu short rib ravioli, pancetta-wrapped veal loin, and milk chocolate panna cotta. The menu costs $130 per person, including a sparkling wine toast upon arrival. Wine pairings will be available for an additional $70 per person. For a reservation, call 480-513-5085.
Who wants to sit through dinner when we all know the best part of Valentine's Day is what goes down when you get home? That's why Marcellino Ristorante in Scottsdale is offering Baskets of Amore to go, which include a complete three-course dinner with reheating instructions. Dinners range from $85 to $105, and choices include Pasta Lovers, Fish and Fowl Lovers, and Meat Lovers baskets. For more information, call 480-990-9500 or visit the Marcellino Ristorante website.
The Phoenician resort's steakhouse has a three-course menu available from Friday, February 12 to Sunday, February 14. For $75 a person, diners can choose from options such as shrimp satay with sweet and sour sauce; warm oysters with basil cream and crispy potato crumbs; seared red snapper with baby leeks, Brussels sprouts, and chili-garlic emulsion; and raspberry and rose pavolva with crisp meringue and raspberry sorbet. For reservations, call 480-214-8000 or visit the J&G Steakhouse website.
Gertrude's at the Desert Botanical Garden will have a number of special menu items available from Friday, February 12 to Sunday, February 14. The weekend's specials will include Kushi and Beau Soleil oysters with pineapple mignonette, ginger cocktail sauce, and charred lime for $3.25/each; dry-aged rib eye for two with bordelaise sauce, béarnaise, cassoulet of vegetables, and black truffle potato purée for $90; and a candy bar dessert with blood orange, hazelnut crust, milk chocolate, and gold leaf for $15. The Valentine's Day specials will be available from 4 to 9 p.m. Call 480-719-8600 or visit the Gertrude's website.
Sharing is caring, so Los Sombreros in Scottsdale will have a sharable tasting menu available for $39.95 per couple. The deal includes two cups of cream of cauliflower soup; shrimp and papaya salad; roasted pork loin with manchamanteles salsa; salmon with mole verde; chicken breast with huitlacoche, goat cheese, and tomato chipotle sauce; and one Bailey’s flan or one damiana flan. For a reservation call 480-994-1799 or visit the Los Sombreros website.
Impress the pants off your food-loving date this year with dinner at James Beard Award-nominated chef Kevin Binkley's namesake restaurant in Cave Creek. The chef will craft a set menu for $150 per person with optional wine pairings for $75 or sommelier pairings for $150, as well as a chef's selection menu for $225 per person. The Valentine's Day menus will be available from Friday, February 12 to Sunday, February 14. Reservations can be made by calling 480-437-1072.
There's hardly a more romantic spot in the Valley than the Royal Palms Resort, and T. Cook's restaurant at the iconic hotel has a three-course Valentine's Day menu available on Sunday, February 14. For $125 per person, the menu includes your choice of courses such as forest mushroom risotto, T. Cook’s lobster bisque, ratatouille nicoise, grilled filet mignon, chocolate panna cotta s’mores, and more. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 602-808-0766 or visiting the T. Cook's website.
Pizza is love. Which is why both locations of Eklectic Pie (Mesa and Chandler) will offer two 11-inch pizzas, two drinks (including beer and wine), and a dessert for $19.99 this Valentine's Day. For details, check the Eklectic Pie website.
Chef Matt Zdeb and the SumoMaya team will create you and your boo a special omakase — as in, chef's choice — menu for two is Valentine's Day. The menus will be based on each couple's dining needs and preferences, as well as budget with pricing starting at $55 per person. Reservations for the omakase menus are available beginning at 5 p.m. on Sunday, February 14. The restaurant's regular dinner and sushi menus will also be available. For a reservation, call 480-397-9520 or visit the SumoMaya website.
Rusconi’s American Kitchen
Head to Rusconi's American Kitchen, where chef Michael Rusconi will have a three-course menu available for $55 per person. Options will include wild arugula and house-smoked Scottish salmon, lobster bisque, or boneless short ribs with green chile risotto to start, followed by grilled Red Bird Farms breast of chicken with creamy white corn polenta, French beans, and baby portobello mushrooms; pan-roasted sea bass with cauliflower potato puree, small green beans, and herbed butter sauce; or pecan wood-grilled beef tenderloin filet with spaghetti squash, wilted spinach, goat cheese gnocchi, and red wine gastrique. Dessert options include grilled Anjou pear and dark chocolate beignets for two, red velvet cheesecake, and strawberry and coconut budino. For a reservation, call 480-483-0009 or visit the Rusconi's American Kitchen website.
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