Love is great and all, but hey, pass the foie gras. Here's our list of 21 places around the Valley to dine with (or without) your sweetheart on Valentine's Day.
Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails Cost: $80 per person In case you and your valentine don't have the same taste in four-course meals, Blue Hound has you covered, with a "his and hers" style menu for Valentine's Day. "His" menu consists of offerings such as bacon-wrapped oysters with an entree of pork belly and scallops, while "her" menu features chilled Dungeness crab and a plate of petite filet and short rib for the entree. The menu will be served 5:30 - 11:30 p.m. on Valentine's Day, and reservations are available online and by phone.
ZuZu Cost: Varies by plate With everything from tempura shrimp and lobster ($16) to slow-roasted beef tenderloin ($32) on the menu for Valentine's Day, ZuZu promises to make for a unique way to spend a dinner with your love interest. In case you already have plans for Valentine's Day itself, ZuZu's menu will be available the day before Valentine's Day as well, from 5:30 until 11:00 p.m. both days. Reservations can be made via phone.
T. Cook's Cost: $105-125 per person If you're looking to pull out all the tricks this Valentine's Day, T. Cook's should certainly be on the list of places you're considering. The three-course meal being served up at the restaurant known for its romantic atmosphere features dishes such as oysters Rockefeller and filet mignon, with luscious desserts including white chocolate mousse. For those with a slightly tighter budget, the meal is $20 cheaper if you go the day before Valentine's Day.
Phoenix City Grille Cost: Varies by plate From February 13 until February 15, Phoenix City Grille will be serving up its special Valentine's Day menu. The "surf-n-turf" option will contain beef tenderloin and seared scallops, while other specials include duck confit and pan-seared sea bass. If you go on Valentine's Day itself, you'll even get a plate of chocolate-covered strawberries along with your meal. Reservations are recommended.
The Boulders Cost: $50-75 per person With three different restaurants within the Boulders property, the Carefree resort will have several options for your Valentine's Day dinner plan. The Palo Verde Restaurant ($59) and the Grill Kitchen & Bar ($50) will both be serving up three-course meals, including fare such as a rib eye cap with Alaskan king crab and a petit filet with butter-poached prawns, respectively. Latilla ($75) will have a four-course meal including everything from pan-seared scallops to duck breast to its own petit filet, this time with a lobster medallion. Down the street at the Boulders' el Pedregal shopping center, Brugos Pizza ($50) will also be serving up a four-course meal that features an entree of prime rib.
MWC Bistro Cost: $40 per couple If you're not looking to make a big production out of Valentine's Day, you may want to check out one of the two MWC locations between noon and 11:00 p.m. They'll both be offering Valentine-themed flights of wine and beer to go with shared plates of meat, cheese, and/or desserts. Reservations won't be an issue, and if the flights and light fare don't fill you up, they'll have their whole regular menu available as well.
Kazimierz Cost: $40 per couple Another one of the cheaper Valentine's Day options this year will be the three-course meal at Kazimierz. Obviously, the wine isn't included, but with a menu consisting of shrimp cocktail, flourless chocolate cake, and your choice of short ribs or scallops, you could do a lot worse for $20 per person for the most romantic dinner of the year. With the menu available on February 13 and 14, you could even use the first night as a warm-up for the real thing (or to take out a different valentine).
Cowboy Ciao Cost: $40-60 per person The three-course menu at Cowboy Ciao is certain to have something for everyone on Valentine's Day. With classic options like filet mignon and duck breast, as well as vegetarian dishes, such as an exotic mushroom panfry, even the pickiest of eaters should find something to tickle their taste buds. The menu is $20 cheaper for the early seating (4:00 p.m., as opposed to 6:00 p.m.), so if you don't mind eating before sundown, you can save some money for drinks and flowers.
J&G Steakhouse Cost: $65 per person With fare including beef tenderloin and truffle fritters, J&G's four-course Valentine's Day meal promises to be a unique dining experience. For dessert, you'll have a choice between a rose macaroon and a chocolate cake, so those with a sweet tooth certainly won't leave disappointed. The menu will be available 5:00-11:00 p.m. on Valentine's Day.
Talavera Cost: $95-125 per person For those who are looking to go all out for Valentine's Day, head up to the Four Seasons in Troon to check out Talavera. On Valentine's Day ($250 per couple), Talavera will have a six-course meal including highlights such as Kumamoto oysters and Wagyu tenderloin. On the day before and the day after Valentine's Day, the menu is dropped to four courses, but the price also drops by $30 per person. Sparkling wine pairings are available all three days ($130/$90 per couple). Reservations are available by phone.
Umami Cost: $40 per couple Traditional Valentine's Day dinner isn't for everyone, so if you're looking to put an interesting spin on it this year, Umami is certainly an option to consider. For the relatively low price of $40 per couple, you'll each get a customized bowl of ramen, a bottle of sake to share and a bento box full of various dessert items to dip in melted chocolate. It might not be for everyone, but it's definitely one way to separate your Valentine's Day from everyone else's.
Los Sombreros Cost: $75 per couple Some people just want to have as many courses as possible for their Valentine's Day dinner. For those people, it's going to be nearly impossible to beat Los Sombreros' 10-course tasting menu. With a wide variety of gourmet Mexican-themed foods, such as hibiscus taquitos and pechuga rellena, there'll be a little something for both of you over the course of the menu. Obviously, everything is scaled down to tasting sizes, so you won't have to cram 10 full-sized plates into your belly on a night of romance.
Local Bistro Cost: $65 per person The four-course meal being offered by Local Bistro for Valentine's Day features several different classic dishes, such as lobster ravioli and lamb chop lollipops, as well as vegetarian options including eggplant parmesan. With an Italian-heavy special menu, diners will certainly get a taste of the old world for their romantic dinner. If that's not romantic enough, Local Bistro is one of a few restaurants also throwing in a voucher for jewelry for the first 150 couples that make a reservation to dine with them on Valentine's Day.
Central Bistro Cost: $65 per person Executive Chef Chris Mayo's three-course offerings for Valentine's Day include everything from caramelized sea scallops to crispy skinned duck breast, and much more. For those who feel that three courses isn't enough, there's an optional course for $20 more that consists of gnocchi and poached lobster. Central Bistro's meal will also include a jewelry voucher for the first 150 couples who make a reservation to dine at the restaurant on February 14.
Sumo Maya Cost: $65 per person If you're not really into the whole "relationship" thing for Valentine's Day, you may want to check out Sumo Maya, which will be offering the type of signature dishes they've become known for as a four-course meal for people with or without a date. Choose from items such as bacon-wrapped dates, chicken mole, and a filet of beef, or add some seared Wagyu beef as part of a $44 supplemental course. Unlike Local Bistro and Central Bistro, the first 150 people who make a reservation at Sumo Maya on Valentine's Day will get a voucher for jewelry, not each couple.
Rusconi's American Kitchen Cost: $55 per person For a classic Valentine's Day feast, Rusconi's will be serving up a three-course menu consisting of old favorites (lobster bisque), new twists on classic dishes (Granny Smith apple-glazed pork tenderloin), and creative desserts (grilled Anjou pear beignets). With over a dozen total plates to choose from, there'll be options for both of you to enjoy without breaking the bank too badly.
Pink Pony Cost: Varies by plate In addition to the regular menu, Pink Pony will have several special items just for Valentine's Day. With seafood options such as crab cakes ($12) and scallops ($14), as well as Pink Pony's own take on Osso Buco ($25), there'll be several gourmet options to make for a romantic evening. Dessert truffles are free on Valentine's Day, and if you're looking to add a drink, a half-bottle of champagne will only set you back $25.
TAGGIA Cost: $85 per couple With a classically Italian menu designed to share, diners at TAGGIA will be able to partake in all three courses (plus a complimentary glass of sparkling wine) on both Valentine's Day and the day after. Couples will be able to pick between two appetizers (including carpaccio), two entrees (such as risotto), and a s'mores-themed fondue for dessert. Coming in at under $100 per couple, it could be an excellent option for Sunday night if you're looking to turn Valentine's Day into a whole weekend.
Social Box Neighborhood Eatery Cost: $75 per couple For another Valentine's Day option under $100, Social Box will have a four-course fixed menu with two choices for entrees. You'll share a plate of Bruschetta, each get your own salad, choose from a stuffed pork loin or dijon-crusted escolar for each of you, and then split a chocolate chip bread pudding for dessert. As if it couldn't get much easier, the dinner even includes a glass of wine for each person. Reservations are available online or via phone.
Elements Cost: $115 per person Reservations are definitely required for Elements' four-course luxury feast that will only be available on February 13 and 14. The romantic menu includes crab bisque, coffee-rubbed duck, and warm chocolate and caramel fondue as a dessert. The steep price may deter some, but for fans of Executive Chef Beau MacMillan, there likely won't be anywhere better to dine with their loved one this Valentine's Day.
Revo PIzzabar Cost: Varies by plate Now that you've read a whole bunch of options for where you can eat on Valentine's Day, you've realized that going out to eat on Valentine's Day requires a few things, like getting dressed, and (preferably) having a date. That's where Revo Pizzabar comes in for the ladies. Instead of finding someone to go to dinner with and picking out a cute outfit, Revo will be having "dreamy" shirtless men deliver their heart-shaped pizzas on Valentine's Day. If they ever taught you about "pizza love" in grade school, we're pretty sure this is what they meant.