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Aerial Yoga for Lovers

There are only six slots available to this 90-minute, partnered movement class helping to "awaken your core." Is that a euphemism? Thu., Feb. 14, 7pm. $75 per couple.

Four Elements Yoga and Fitness, 314 Congress #200, 900-9247

www.fourelementsaustin.com

Alamo Valentine Feasts

Two movies with accompanying meals pour on the romance. Frank Capra's classic It Happened One Night shows at the Lake Creek location. For something with a bit more, uhh, Ethan Hawke there's Before Sunrise at the Alamo on Slaughter Lane. Like any Alamo event this will likely sell out, so reserve your seats online. Thu., Feb. 14, 7pm. $65.

www.drafthouse.com

Bob Schneider & the Moonlight Orchestra

Austin's lovable and scruffy chanteur taps an orchestra and the Tosca Strings to make sure hearts are broken and reassembled before the night is through. Thu., Feb. 14, 8pm. $25-55.

ACL Live at the Moody Theater, 310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd., 512/225-7999

www.acl-live.com

Drive-In Romance

Drive-In Romance

Get your evening of wooing and wanting kickstarted or finished off with outdoor screenings of The Princess Bride at 6pm, Breakfast at Tiffany's at 8:45pm, and Midnight in Paris at 11:15pm. Meals, smores, or the Ultimate Valentine's Package can be purchased at extra cost. Thu., Feb. 14,. $7-55.

Blue Starlite Drive-In at Austin Studios, 1901 E. 51st, 512/850-6127

www.bluestarlitedrivein.com

Drunk Dial's V-Day Blind Date Scavenger Hunt

DD and Team ProHomo want to set you up, wild-style. Go looking for love or whatever and come back with who knows (hopefully no one with the initials S, T, or D). Plus, drunk craft night. Thu., Feb. 14, 9pm. Free, RSVP via email.

Cheer Up Charlies, 900 Red River, 512/431-2133

www.cheerupcharlies.tumblr.com, drunkdialgirls@gmail.com

FETISH: A Valentine's Affair

FETISH: A Valentine's Affair

Expect "solos, sexy duets, and sizzling group numbers" here as Austin's finest aerial acrobats perform on poles, lyras, chairs, silks, trapeze, and aerial chains. Choreographed scenes of aerial passion ask the burning question, "Which fetish will you prefer?" Thu., Feb. 14, 10:30pm. $20-$190 per person.

The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6406 N. I-35, 512/454-2000

www.themarchesa.com

Get Married on Valentine's

For those of you with a "go big, or go home" outlook on V-day you can get hitched at this romantic chapel surrounded by flowers and dripping with commitment. You must get your marriage license from the County Clerk 72 hours ahead of time, which means the last day to book your wedding is Feb. 11. Thu., Feb. 14,. $175 and up.

Hopper Art Deco Emporium & Florist, 4208 Manchaca, 638-0128

hopperdeco.com

I Hate Valentine's Day Gathering

The Liberty will be its usual self, devoid of any chintzy hearts or cardboard cupids on the walls. What they will have are half-priced drinks to fill your lonely heart. Thu., Feb. 14, 5pm-1am. Free.

Liberty Tavern, 500 E. Fourth, 682-2739

www.libertytavernaustin.com

In.gredients Singles Mixer

Unpaired folks abound as you enjoy food and drink deals as well as card and board games to facilitate flirting. Thu., Feb. 14, 7-10pm. Free.

In.gredients, 2610 Manor Rd., 275-6357

www.in.gredients.com

Love Bites! Runway Horror Fashion Show

For all you black-hearted folks, leave the pink duds at home and dance to industrial jams while sex appeal and gore converge on the runway. Thu., Feb. 14, 9pm-2am. $7.

Elysium, 705 Red River, 923-9604

www.facebook.com/events/417176715031114/

Palentine's Day

Don't have a date for Valentine's and find the whole event too heteronormative anyway? Join your pals at MonkeyWrench Books for a screening of a rom com about Chinese American lesbians and a few vegan snacks to keep you satiated. Thu., Feb. 14, 7pm.

MonkeyWrench Books, 110 E. North Loop, 512/407-6925

www.monkeywrenchbooks.org

Science Under the Stars: Sex in the Animal Kingdom

The Integrative Biology department at UT breaks down the many ways in which bugs, beasts, and birds make whoopee. From one to 100 mates, animals have it all. Thu., Feb. 14, 7:30pm. Free.

Brackenridge Field Lab, 2907 Lake Austin Blvd.

www.scienceunderthestars.org

Secret Society Ball

Secret Society Ball

Break out the suit and/or pearls for an elegant evening of 20s-era excess with the proceeds going to Austin Pets Alive. Thu., Feb. 14, 9pm-12mid. $50 ($40, advance).

Swan Dive, 615 Red River, 512/994-2819

www.secretsocietyball.eventbrite.com

Singing Valentines

The A Cappella Texas chorus will send one of its award-winning barbershop quartets to sing to your loved one this Valentine's Day. Call to schedule a time for something a little romantic and a little humiliating. Thu., Feb. 14, 9am-9pm. $50 & up.

477-7664

www.acappellatexas.org

Soul Train Prom

Break out the wide lapels and platform shoes and prepare for a disco dance-off. Thu., Feb. 14, 8pm-2am. Free.

Handlebar, 121 E. Fifth, 344-9571

www.handlebaraustin.com

Una Noche Romantica

Texas Folklife invites Los Tres Reyes to seduce your ears while your palette is treated to wine, chocolate, and hors d'oeuvres. Thu., Feb. 14, 7pm. $50.

Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River, 441-9255

www.texasfolklife.org

Valentine's Concert With Feathers

Chocolates, tarot readings, and synth-pop. Get in the mood. Thu., Feb. 14, 6:30pm. Free.

Patagonia, 316 Congress, 320-8383

www.patagonia.com/austin

Bat City Bombshells Anti-Valentine's Burlesque

Sexy shimmying without all that roses and hearts nonsense. It's all thighs and bosoms here. Fri., Feb. 15, 10pm. $7-15.

Spider House Ballroom, 2906 Fruth, 552-9018

www.batcitybombshells.com

Jeff Lofton's Jazz Supper Club

A four-course meal and open bar accompany the usual stellar jazz from Austin's premier trumpeter. He'll be joined by vocalists Suzi Stern on Thursday and Hope Morgan on Friday. Wear your dancing shoes. Thu. & Fri., Feb. 14 & 15, 8-11:30pm. $80.

Shoal Crossing Event Center, 8611 MoPac N., 512/261-0142

www.jefflofton.com

Helicopter Tours

Helicopter Tours

It's not quite a mile high, but you can have an elevated Valentine's Day as you soar above Austin getting bird's eye views of Austin landmarks. Plus, you can whisper sweet nothings into your headset if you don't mind the pilot hearing too. Thu.-Sat., Feb. 14-16, 6:30pm. $230 per couple.

www.austinhelicoptertours.com

Lascivious Love Songs

Sexy strings, ballsy brass, and wicked woodwinds put you in the mood. Fri. & Sat., Feb. 15 & 16, 8pm. $25 ($20, advance).

First Presbyterian Church, 8001 Mesa, 512/345-8866

www.austinchamberensemble.com

Mortified's Doomed Valentines Show

What better way to celebrate a day of love then to watch folks bare their souls by sharing their diaries, poems, and home movies from childhood to a crowd? You could be that crowd. Fri. & Sat., Feb. 15 & 16, 8pm. $15 ($12, advance).

Spider House Ballroom, 2906 Fruth, 972/523-5107

www.eventbrite.com/event/5127271808

Sing to Love

Sing to Love

Performances of some of opera's greatest romantic numbers come to the stage courtesy of Spotlight on Opera. Bring a hankie or two. Sat., Feb. 16, 7pm. $10 ($7, students, seniors).

Bachus Conservatory, 800 Anderson Square, 210/296-5412

www.spotlightonopera.com

The Dinner Detective

Four courses of food and a murder mystery? Put a little danger in your romantic evening. Thu., Feb. 14, 7-10pm; Sat., Feb. 16, 6-9:30pm. $60.

Marriott Courtyard Hotel, 300 E. Fourth

www.dinnerdetective.com

Valentine Sweetheart Dance

Get out those semiformal duds for an evening of DJed sounds for your dancing and romantic approval. Sat., Feb. 16, 6-9pm. $10 ($5, advance).

Anderson Mill Community Center, 11500 El Salido Pkwy.

www.amld.org/index.cfm?load=event&event=1085

Bitterfest: For People Sick of Hearing About Love

Improvised rants and songs, stand-up faceoffs, and a dash of slam poetry help you snap out of the trance that is Valentine's Day. Sat., Feb. 1, 8, & 22, 8pm. $12.

Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury, 512/895-9580

www.theinstitutiontheater.com

The Secret Society Ball

Get transported back to a more elegant time as the Swan Dive is transformed into 20s-era Hollywood. So get your black tie and pearls out to make sure you look good for the red carpet and the dance floor where the Violet Crown Serenaders will provide the tunes. Money raised goes to Austin Pets Alive! Thu., Feb. 13, 9pm-1am. $75.

Swan Dive, 615 Red River, 512/994-2819

www.eventbrite.com/e/the-secret-society-ball-tickets-9521610393

ValenPugs Gala

Get ready for C-day with a wine tasting, buffet, dessert, and romantic music. Proceeds go to the Pug Rescue of Austin. Thu., Feb. 13, 6-10pm. $65.

Max's Wine Dive, 207 San Jacinto, 512/904-0111

www.austinpugrescue.com

Achy Breaky Heart Party

Achy Breaky Heart Party

It's business on top and a party in the back at this celebration of all things Billy Ray Cyrus. If your loved one is going to this unironically, you might want to rethink your relationship. Food and two drinks are included. Fri., Feb. 14, 7-11:30pm. $45.

Max's Wine Dive, 207 San Jacinto, 512/904-0121

www.maxswinedive.com/austin-san-jacinto-blvd/event/the-achy-breaky-heart-valentines-day-party/

Anti-Valentine's Party at Rattle Inn

Bring your pet for a "Pawty on the Wooftop", including the popular "Doggy Photobooth," an appearance by local celebrity snout, Sid, the Regal Beagle, and $2 domestics and $3 well drinks. Fri., Feb. 14, 4-8pm.

Ray Benson's Rattle Inn, 610 Nueces, 512/373-8306

www.therattleinn.com

Bob Schneider & the Moonlight Orchestra feat. Tosca Strings

Bob Schneider & the Moonlight Orchestra feat. Tosca Strings

Take your sweetie to see Mr. Romance himself, along with his Moonlight Orchestra. Schneider welcomes guests Sarah Jaffe, Charlie Mars, Matthew Mayfield, Max Frost, and Lex Land. Fri., Feb. 14, 6:30pm. $25-55.

ACL Live at the Moody Theater, 310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd., 512/225-7999

www.acl-live.com

Date With Bollywood

Start with the three-course meal and work off the calories on the dance floor if you aren't too intimidated by the masterful work of the Mayur Dance Team. Fri., Feb. 14, 7-10pm.

The Westin, 11301 Domain Dr., 512/765-6676

www.monsoondance.com/bollywood-date

FETISH: A Valentine's Affair

For those who think V-day is more about ropes and cuffs than hearts and chocolates, this showcase has 18 acts covering a wide range of sensual scenes. Dance, song, aerial acts, pole performance, and much more serve as two hours of foreplay. Fri., Feb. 14, 10:30pm-12:30am. $20-190.

The Marchesa Hall & Theatre, 6406 N. I-35, 512/477-7653

www.brass-ovaries.com

Kids Night Out

The Art Garage 11190 Circle Dr Suite 202 78736 Fri., Feb. 14, 6-9pm. $30 ($20 each additional member of the same family).

Austin Art Garage, 2200-J S. Lamar, 512/852-9900

www.theartgarageaustin.com

Love & War

Love & War

Celebrate the Ransom Center's "The World at War, 1914–1918" exhibit while enjoying a signature cocktail and small bites. It's a classy way to start a possibly less-than-classy evening. Fri., Feb. 14, 7-9pm. $20 (members free).

Harry Ransom Center, 300 W. 21st, 512/471-8944

www.hrc.utexas.edu/love

Lovefest

It's the rosier counterpart to Bitterfest and features improvised songs and stories to get you feeling warm and fuzzy. Enter the code "PerfectCouple" to get two tickets for $20. Fridays through Feb. 21, 8pm. $12.

Institution Theater, 3708 Woodbury, 512/895-9580

www.theinstitutiontheater.com/shows/96/lovefest-celebrate-love-at-the-institution

Non-Valentine's Day Celebration

No hearts, no red roses, just dinner and dancing with single and coupled folks who want to avoid the usual schmaltz. Fri., Feb. 14, 7-11pm. $55.

Contigo, 2027 Anchor, 512/614-2260

www.contigotexas.com/austin

Subterranean Series Ain't Love a Drag

Enjoy this irreverent and interactive drag show celebrating the ups and downs of love. It's comedy, performance, and much more and it's only happening once. Fri., Feb. 14, 9pm. $20.

The Historic Victory Grill, 1104 E. 11th

www.presentcompanytheatre.com

V-Day Lady Love Spectacular

Four lady-centric bands supply the love in the for of rock & roll to help raise money for the Women's Community Center of Central Texas. Fri., Feb. 14, 7-11pm. Donations welcomed.

The Center Spot, 213 W. North Loop Blvd.

www.northloopcenterspot.com

Valentines Parents Night Out

If you find it hard to feel romantic with the kids around, send them away for a play date they'll enjoy and you'll appreciate. For ages 3-12. Fri., Feb. 14, 6-9pm. $20 per child.

Cedar Park Recreation Center, 1435 Main St., Cedar Park, 512/401-5500

www.cedarparktexas.gov/index.aspx?page=839

A Blue Starlite Valentine

A Blue Starlite Valentine

In the weekend before and of Valentine's Day this outdoor drive-in will have a lineup of classic romantic flicks like Say Anything, Casablanca, The Notebook, and Breakfast at Tiffany's.

Blue Starlite Drive-In at Austin Studios, 1901 E. 51st, 512/850-6127

www.bluestarlitedrivein.vbotickets.com/events

Austin Harmony Singing Valentines

Is a card not going to cut it this year? Perhaps a song and a rose delivered to your loved one's office or home will do the trick? Fri.-Sat., Feb. 14-15, 9am-8pm. $50.

512/858-0741

www.austinharmony.org, ljeanholt@gmail.com

Cupid's Undie Run

Wear your "bedroom best," raise money for the Children's Tumor Foundation, and just be thankful you're in Texas and not, say, Maine. See website for details. Sat., Feb. 15, noon-4pm. $25.

Ray Benson's Rattle Inn, 610 Nueces, 512/644-1517

www.cupidsundierun.com

I Love You So Much

This improvised play shows all the facets of love from the transcendent to the exasperating. Kinda like Love, Actually without the script. Fri. & Sat., Feb. 14 & 15, 8pm. $12.

The Hideout Theatre, 617 Congress, 512/443-3688

www.hideouttheater.com

Mortified ATX: Doomed Valentine's Show

Mortified ATX: Doomed Valentine's Show

For the uninitiated, Mortified is equal parts comedy, theater, & therapy, as grownups such as yourself share their most embarrassing and real childhood letters, lyrics, journals, home movies, and artwort in front of standing-room only strangers. For ages 18 and up; first come, first served seating. Fri., 7:30pm, Sat., 7:30 & 9:30pm. $12.

Spider House Ballroom, 2906 Fruth, 512/480-9562

www.spiderhousecafe.com

Partner Yoga

It's not quite erotic, but it feels good regardless. Sat., Feb. 15, 10am-noon. $55 per couple.

Clear Spring Studio, 605 Copeland, 512/695-0746

www.clearspringstudio.com

Valentine X

The Halloween haunted house has something special prepared for lovers out there. It's the sordid and bloody experience of an obsessed lover on a rampage. Just remember fear brings couples closer together, literally. Fri.-Sat., Feb. 14-15, 7:30-10:30pm. Free.

House of Torment, 523 Highland Mall Blvd., 512/407-9449

www.houseoftorment.com

Ballet Austin presents The Glass Project

Ballet Austin presents The Glass Project

Following The Bach Project and The Mozart Project comes inspiration from the work of composer Philip Glass. The third work in Stephen Mills' composer-centered series features live accompaniment, and promises an evening of compelling and provocative dance. Fri.-Sat., Feb. 14-15, 8pm; Sun., Feb. 16, 3pm. $12-54.

Ballet Austin

www.thelongcenter.org

Dining

Abuelo's Mexican Food Embassy

is running a Valentine's special of fajitas for two, plus a free dessert, from Thursday, February 14 through Sunday, February 17. Thu., Feb. 14,. $29.

Abuelo's Mexican Food Embassy, 2901 S Capital of Texas Hwy, 512/306-0857

www.abuelos.com

Bar Mirabeau

If you're looking for an affordable, but festive time, Chef Bill McGrory has a menu for you. A made-from-scratch, four-course prix fixe menu featuring beef carpaccio, Red Snapper with Crawfish Tomato Relish, or Pappardelle and Mushroom Ragu; and fried oysters (!). End the night on a sweet note with Chocolate Strawberry Mousse Torte and a handcrafted cocktail or an espresso drink. Thu., Feb. 14,. $50.

Bar Mirabeau CLOSED, 800 W. Sixth, 512/436-9633

www.barmirabeau.com

Black Star Co-op Pub and Brewery

Four courses include Texas citrus and local greens; Niman Ranch Beef Tartare; Broken Arrow Ranch Elk roast with seasonal vegetables; and house-made chocolates and local cheeses. Thu., Feb. 14,. $50 per couple.

Black Star Co-op Pub and Brewery, 7020 Easy Wind #100, 512/452-2337

www.blackstar.coop

Cafe Josie

Dinner begins with soup; followed by a salad; then a small plate such as Crab Crepes or slow-roasted pork shoulder; and ends with a large plate like a New York Strip or Verlasso Salmon. Within each course, choose from a variety of dishes, including gluten-free and vegetarian options. An optional dessert course is available if you choose to enjoy a five-course evening. Thu., Feb. 14,. $50.

Cafe Josie, 1200 W. Sixth, 512/322-9226

www.cafejosie.com

Cherry Street

Standouts from this à la carte menu are Arancini with Saffron, Chiles, and Goat Cheese; Polenta Fries with Crispy Mushrooms & Gorgonzola Aioli; Blue Crab-Filled Swordfish Involtini with Capellini & Pesto; and Gnocchi Carbonara. This place is known for Italian craft cocktails, a range of sweet and dry concoctions infused with a variety of herbs and fruits. Thu., Feb. 14, 4pm.

Cherry Street, 1612 Lavaca, 512/284-9954

www.cherrystaustin.com

Cipollina

Why order from the regular menu when a lover's three-course, prix fixe menu awaits here? La bouche est amusé with oysters on the half shell, before moving on to Striped Bass Crudo and Antelope Shortribs. Finally, if the oysters didn't do the trick, the chocolate cake will. Thu., Feb. 14,. $40.

Cipollina, 1213 West Lynn, 512/477-5211

www.cipollina-austin.com

Corazon at Castle Hill

This is a Valentine's Day menu fit for foodies with the flavors of Interior Mexico and the Southwest from Chef Michael Taddeo. Roasted red bell pepper bisque with basil crème fraîche, Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Madeira and Wild Mushroom Sauce, Roasted Duck Breast with Pasilla Chile and Blackberry Sauce, and a Garlic Grilled Shrimp Linguine with Crab and Brie Sauce are all appealing. Chocolate Truffle Hearts away! Thu., Feb. 14, 5-9:30pm. $37.95-$41.95.

Corazon at Castle Hill, 1101 W. Fifth, 512/476-0728

www.corazonatcastlehill.com

Foreign & Domestic

Let Ned and Jodi prepare a lovely four-course prix fixe menu for your intended. Tartine of Mushrooms & Chestnuts stands out to us, as do Roasted Scallops with Sunchoke Veloute and Mustard-Ham Relish and the Beef Loin with Potato Marmalade & Oran Juice Jones. End with Lovely Lemon or Charming Chocolate. Thu., Feb. 14, 6:45pm, 8:15pm. $50.

Foreign & Domestic, 306 E. 53rd, 512/459-1010

www.fndaustin.com

Gusto Italian Kitchen + Wine Bar

Pop open one of over 60 wine selections and enjoy a special three-course prix fixe menu. Slurp up some oysters on the half shell, arugula and tomato salad with goat cheese, and a choice of either grilled lamb chops with a red wine reduction and risotto, or whole-grilled branzino with a chickpea and fennel salad. A chocolate panna cotta for $8 sounds like a happy ending to us. Thu., Feb. 14, 4-10pm. $49.

Gusto Italian Kitchen + Wine Bar, 4800 Burnet Rd., 512/458-1100

www.gustoitaliankitchen.com

Hillside Farmacy

If you're looking for gustatory adventure, you can find it here, in the form of Oyster a la Brolatti (roasted Gulf oysters, Champagne beurre blanc); Quail Rafael Revenga with red carrots, bacon, and Madeira; Pierced Heart with quail eggs and roasted mushrooms; and Crepe Terrine for dessert. The prix fixe also includes a glass of Cava, chocolate truffles, and more. Thu., Feb. 14, 7pm, 9:30pm. $55.

Hillside Farmacy, 1209 E. 11th, 512/628-0168

www.hillsidefarmacy.com

Paggi House

Guests are treated to à la carte dinner specials like Cast Iron Quail or flavorful Pine Nut Crusted Lamb. Top off the evening with Strawberry Soup or a Texas Honey Cheese Plate and raise a glass to each other. Thu., Feb. 14, 5pm.

Paggi House CLOSED, 200 Lee Barton, 512/473-3700

www.paggihouse.com

Peche

Peche

promises a night orchestrated by Cupid himself. Chef Jason Dodge's à la carte temptations include caviar and blinis, Smith and Smith Farms' Lamb Heart Tartare, Pecan-Crusted St. Andre triple-cream brie, and Fennel-Dusted New England Scallops. Thu., Feb. 14, 4pm.

Peche, 208 W. Fourth, 512/494-4011

www.pecheaustin.com

Restaurant Jezebel

Be one of eight tables served, as Chef Parind Vora focuses on intimate dining. A "couture dinner" will include five courses, as well as foie gras, caviar, and a small cheese course. This one sounds like a winner. Due to limited seating, be sure to make reservations early. Thu., Feb. 14,. $200 not including alcohol.

Restaurant Jezebel, 800 W. Sixth #100, 512/436-9643

www.restaurantjezebel.com

Russian House of Austin

has prepared a six-course menu for Valentine's Day. Of course there is a special on Rose and Chocolate-Infused Vodka! Seatings are limited, so make your reservations now. Thu., Feb. 14,.

Russian House, 307 E. Fifth, 512/428-5442

www.russianhouseofaustin.com

Satellite Bistro & Bar

Enjoy live music by Continental Graffiti and a four-course special menu. You'll get a rose for your lover as well. Thu., Feb. 14,.

Satellite Bistro & Bar, 5900 Slaughter #400, 512/288-9994

www.satellitebistroandbar.com

Sobani Restuarant & Wine Bar

Look for an imaginative menu, clean flavors, creative concepts, and well-executed cooking here. For Valentine's Day, you'll find an à la carte menu featuring Steak Oscar with Bacon Hollandaise and Lobster Bisque with Shrimp Toast. Thu., Feb. 14,.

Sobani Restaurant & Wine Bar, 1700 R 620 N., #110, Lakeway, 512/266-3900

www.sobani620.com

Southwest Bistro at the Hyatt Regency

Executive Chef Paul French is in a romantic mood. Using locally-sourced ingredients to inspire dishes like Coriander-Crusted Pork Belly, pan seared sea scallops, roasted winter squash soup, steamed trout and mussels, Richardson Farms chicken, and fire-roasted vegetable enchiladas. Finish with a decadent Chocolate Mousse Pavé and Salted Caramel Popcorn; Blood Orange Tart with Basil Macaroon and Candied Ginger; or Sweet Grass Dairy’s Green Hill Cheese and Rose Gelée. Thu., Feb. 14, 5:30pm. $49.

Southwest Bistro at the Hyatt Regency, 208 Barton Springs Rd., 512/477-1234

The Vintage House at Messina Hof

Experience three specially prepared courses here, including Sauvignon Blanc Crab Bisque, the "Love Birds" (two grilled quails in flagrante delicto), heart-shaped ravioli, and Chocolate Marbled Tulip Cup. If you can't make it that night, call and inquire about the Sweetheart Dance Party and Dinner on February 16. Thu., Feb. 14, 6:30pm.

The Vintage House at Messina Hof, 9996 Hwy. 290 W., Fredericksburg, 830/990-4693

www.messinahof.com/mhhillcountry

Trace at the W Hotel

Cozy up to Scallops a la Plancha with Red Beet Nage, or a Beef Duo with a Fig Balsamic Reduction here, but save room for the dessert trio of Red Velvet Ice Cream, Spiced Chocolate Truffle, and Strawberry Champagne Sorbet. Thu., Feb. 14, 5:30pm. $75.

Trace at the W Hotel, 200 Lavaca, 512/542-3660

www.traceaustin.com

TRIO at the Four Seasons

This is billed as an "aphrodisiac-inspired", five-course odyssey with stops at Duck Tart, prime beef, seared scallops, and Champagne with strawberries or Chocolate Caramel Passion. Thu., Feb. 14,. $95.

TRIO at the Four Seasons, 98 San Jacinto, 512/685-8300

www.trioaustin.com

Verde Supper Club

starts the Dia de San Valentin celebration with complimentary Paloma cocktails at 7pm sharp for a tour of the Mexic-Arte Museum's current exhibit. Afterwards, enjoy seated courses of Chef John Cain's Corn Soup with Huitlacoche, Picadillo Poblano with a Walnut and Pomegranate Sauce, Seared Scallop with Coriander Sauce, Rack of Lamb with Rose Petal Mole, and Banana Empanada with Coconut and Raspberry Sauce. BYOB. Thu., Feb. 14, 7pm. $85.

Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress, 512/480-9373

www.mexic-artemuseum.org

Zed's

will be serving a special Valentine's Day four-course prix fixe menu. Choose the $100 option and have salad; an oyster, duck, tuna or lobster appetizer; and an entrée of sea bass, beef, scallops, or a whole game hen. For $80, you and yours can enjoy a salad; a lobster, goat cheese, or shrimp appetizer; and a beef, salmon, chicken, or trout entrée. You may have to compromise over a choice of Mascarpone crème brulee or warm chocolate pudding. Thu., Feb. 14, 5-11pm. $80-$100 per couple.

Zed's, 501 Canyon Ridge, 339-9337

www.zeds.bz

34th Street Cafe

bills this prix fixe occasion as a "Couples Retreat". Executive Chef Jason Tallent offers three courses with selections such as Texas Redfish with Green Garlic Whipped Potatoes, Confit Leg of Duck, Fritto Misto, and Butternut Squash Ravioli. Add a decadently sweet ending for $9. Thu., Feb. 14-Sat., Feb. 16. $49.

34th Street Cafe, 1005 W. 34th, 512/371-3400

www.34thstreetcafe.com

Manuel's

Chef Gomez will be serving his special strawberry tres leches while it lasts, as well as a special menu for the weekend. Ramp up to it with an appetizer like shrimp tostadas, then choose among Enchiladas de Jaiba (blue crab enchiladas) or premium Angus beef tenderloin grilled and served with poblano goat cheese butter. Thu., Feb. 14-Sat., Feb. 16. $38.

Manuel's, 310 Congress, 512/472-7555

www.manuels.com

Wine & Roses Luncheon at Fall Creek Vineyards

Beautiful roses and a gorgeous vineyard view set the backdrop for Chef Rob McMahon's three-course luncheon menu. Sat., Feb. 16, 11:30am & 1:15pm. $35.

Fall Creek Vineyards, 1820 CR 222, Tow, 325/379-5361

www.fcv.com

Sullivan's Steakhouse

Start with a Kiss Royale cocktail ($10), then proceed to nom down on a three-course prix fixe menu that includes shrimp and lobster bisque, broiled Salmon Fillet Beurre Blanc or an eight-ounce Filet Mignon, asparagus with Hollandaise, and Bananas Foster Bread Pudding. You also have some additional options like Oscar-style jumbo lump crab, asparagus, and béarnaise ($15). Thu., Feb. 14-Sun., Feb. 17, 5pm. $89 per couple.

Sullivan's Steakhouse, 300 Colorado #200, 512/495-6504

www.sullivansteakhouse.com

Chocolate and Cheese?! Ask Chocolate Maker's Studio

In this class, Hyde Park chocolatier Steven Lawrence will share his delicious confections, each of which will be served with a cheese pairing. Expect sweet flavors, but also savory, smoky, salty, earthy, nutty, and fruity, as well. Taste six to seven cheeses and chocolate pairings, accompanied by olives, nuts, and bread from Easy Tiger. Deadline for ticket purchase is February 11. Thu., Feb. 13, 7pm. $40 per person.

Antonelli's Cheese Shop, 4220 Duval St., 512/531-9610

www.antonellischeese.com

Andiamo Ristorante

Andiamo Ristorante

In addition to a four-course menu, guests will also receive a complimentary bottle of Ultra Premium Olive Oil from Con’ Olio Oils and Vinegars. Fri., Feb. 14,. $65 per person, $80 with wine pairings.

Andiamo Ristorante, 2521 Rutland, 512/719-3377

www.andiamoitaliano.com

Be Moonstruck at Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline

Be Moonstruck at Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline

Nothing says "I love you" like watching Cher slap Nicolas Cage while taking on an abbodanza feast of Alamo proportions. Spoiler alert: We start with Italian wedding soup, that tangle of meatballs and greens in broth. Moving on to Olympia's sometimes overheated kitchen, there is egg-in-a-hole, followed by steak and pasta, and a dessert involving Champagne Zabaglione and dark chocolate. The man in the moon says, "Mangiamo!". Fri., Feb. 14, 7pm. $65 per person.

Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline, 14028 U.S. 183 N., 512/861-7070

www.drafthouse.com/austin

Becker Vineyards

If Chef Ariel Dvorin's yellow-fin tuna wontons, bacon-wrapped beef tenderloin, and flourless chocolate torte sounds appealing, make sure to arrive in time for 2013 Provencal reception wine at 6:30 sharp. Fri., Feb. 14, 6:30pm. $115 per person.

Becker Vineyards, 464 Becker Farms Rd., Stonewall, 800/946-9463

www.beckervineyards.com

Bliss Out at Bess Bistro

Candlelit fireside dining under chandeliers with fresh roses sounds about right. So do the two courses and holiday-inspired cocktail. Appetizers include Lobster and Bacon Mac and Cheese; and beet salad with apple, Marcona almond, goat cheese, and mint. Special entrees include butter-poached lobster with ravioli, roasted baby carrots, shiso mint, and blood orange beurre blanc; and black pepper crusted beef filet with seared foie gras, pommes purée, caramelized cipollini onion, and port reduction. Fri., Feb. 14,.

Bess Bistro on Pecan, 500 W. Sixth, 512/477-2377

www.bessbistro.com

Cafe Josie

You can partake of the regular menu if you must, but consider celebrating with Chef Brandon Fuller's five-course Fri., Feb. 14,. $70 per person, $100 per person with wine pairings.

Cafe Josie, 1200 W. Sixth, 512/322-9226

www.cafejosie.com

Carmelo's Ristorante

A la carte at Carmelo's is just how we like it. There are plenty of favorites, like ossobuco, Colorado lamb chops, and Bananas Foster for dessert, unless you opt for the bakery cart, or do both. Thu.-Sun., Feb. 13-16, 5, 7, & 9pm.

Carmelo's Ristorante, 504 E. Fifth, 512/477-7497

www.carmelosrestaurant.com

Central Market

This year, the popular Dinner for Two includes options such as lobster tails with parsnip whipped potatoes and olive confit; beef tenderloin; pan-seared salmon and jumbo shrimp; Herb de Provence Chicken; and pan-seared sea bass. Each dinner comes with brie and fruit, walnut salad, a brioche loaf, one mini Anthony’s Chocolate Mousse Cake, mixed berries, and four macaroons. Taking orders until February 13. Call the Sweetheart Hotline at 512-206-1044 (North), and 512-899-4332 (South) to make your arrangements. Fri., Feb. 14,.

Central Market North, 4001 N. Lamar; Central Market South, 4477 S. Lamar

Copper Restaurant & Dessert Lounge

You're advised to spoil your crush with a menu divided into sections such as "The Wink," "The Flirt," and "The Kiss". For your, er, main course, choose from beef tenderloin, seared scallops, and pork tenderloin. For "The Kiss," pucker up for Chocolate Savarin. Fri., Feb. 14,. $45 per person, $85 per couple.

Copper Restaurant & Dessert Lounge, 3401 Esperanza Crossing, Ste. #104, 512/215-3633

www.copperaustin.com/

Corazon at Castle Hill

Corazon at Castle Hill

Drawing on the flavors of Interior Mexico and the Southwest, Chef Michael Taddeo's menu includes crab cakes over mixed field greens; Tuna Tartare tossed in Rice Wine Vinegar; and Fried Goat Cheese Discs with an Ancho Reduction. Move on to mains such as Grilled Beef Tenderloin with a Port Wine and Balsamic Vinegar Sauce; Farm Raised Redfish with Key Lime Aioli; or classic Pecan-Crusted Shrimp and Grits in an Etouffee Sauce. Save room for dessert, which includes a Chocolate Truffle Heart; Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cups; and White Chocolate Cheesecake. Fri., Feb. 14, 5-10pm. $39.95 to $45.95 per person.

Corazon at Castle Hill, 1101 W. Fifth, 512/476-0728

www.corazonatcastlehill.com

Dolce Neve

Valentine’s Day treats for the month of February include a special gelato flavor – dark chocolate, with black cherry marmalade; heart-shaped gelato on a stick filled with strawberry marmalade, stracciatella gelato and covered with Valrhona white chocolate; and heart-shaped gelato cakes, filled with your choice of gelato flavors, covered with either Valrhona white chocolate or dark chocolate. Specials begin February 12. Cake orders must be made 24 hrs in advance. Fri., Feb. 14,.

Dolce Neve, 1713 S. First, 512/804-5568

dolcenevegelato.com

Eat Your Heart Out at Foreign & Domestic

This three course prix fixe boasts Hamachi with marcona, Meyer lemon, chili, goat cheese and apple; Tartare of Beef Loin With Cured Egg, Brioche, Hot Sauce & Lardo; cauliflower soup with caviar; Steelhead trout; lamb shoulder; 30 oz. ribeye; and chocoloate or buttermilk pie for dessert. Reservations recommended. Fri., Feb. 14,. $65 per person.

Foreign & Domestic, 306 E. 53rd, 512/459-1010

www.fndaustin.com

Eleven Plates & Wine

Share eleven plates of Chef LaBeaud's small things from 3-5pm, then get ready for a four-course prix fixe menu that can include brûlée fois gras; fresh-shucked oysters; Roasted Red Beet and Lump Crab Napoleon; Akauski Carpaccio Roll of Ribeye with smoky bleu cheese; redfish bouillabaisse; seared scallops; and filet mignon & lobster, just to name a few items. Fri., Feb. 14, 5pm. $49, $59, and $69 per person.

Eleven Plates & Wine, 3801 N. Capital of Texas Hwy, Ste. C-200, 512/328-0110

www.elevenplates.com

Hotel San Jose

No Valentine mash notes in your mail box? That's just as well since spending $100 in the lounge gets you $50 toward a stay at the hotel. Shell out for the "Valentine" cocktail, made with Prosecco and Secrets of the Valley juice (?!). The regular bar menu will be available, as well. Fri., Feb. 14,.

Hotel San Jose, 1316 S. Congress, 512/852-2360

www.sanjosehotel.com

Josephine House

If you can't decide whether to stay in or go out for Valentine's this year, do both. On February 15, Chef Rebecca Meeker will offer a luxurious three-course menu with wine pairings by Josh Loving. Seatings begin at 5:30 by reservation. Fri., Feb. 14,.

Josephine House, 1601 Waterston, 512/477-5584

www.josephineofaustin.com

Liberty Tavern at the Hilton Downtown

Both the lovelorn and the romantic are covered this year. The Heartbreakers Cocktail Menu includes the Black Heart, a bubbly concoction of Moscato with a float of Guiness ($5.50); the Red Light, featuring Angel’s Envy bourbon whiskey, raspberry simple syrup, dry vermouth, and a splash of soda ($6); and the Stupid Cupid shooter comprised of Angel’s Envy, Malibu rum, cranberry juice and triple sec ($4). To ensure one doesn’t drown in his/her sorrows, a hearty dinner special awaits, featuring slow-roasted double bone-in pork chop with smashed potatoes and sauteed broccolini with thyme demi-glaze. Other menu items that may bring back that lovin’ feeling include a fall-off-the-bone pork shank; steamed mussels in a local hefeweizen broth; and the Crab Mac served with lump crab, cavatappi pasta and a five-cheese Parmesan crust. Try the Whistler's First Kiss, made with rum and rose-infused honey syrup. Fri., Feb. 14, 5pm.

Liberty Tavern, 500 E. Fourth, 512/493-4901

www.libertytaverntx.com

Love Is in the Juicer

Get this day off to a great start, because whether or not you have any patience for Valentine's, the Mon Cherie awaits your low blood sugar. The Mon Cheri contains almond milk, cherry, mango, agave nectar, cacao powder. Think chocolate covered cherries. Served now through Feb. 14.

Daily Juice, 205 W. Third; 3300 Bee Cave Rd., Ste. 24; Daily Juice Cafe, 4500 Duval

dailyjuicecafe.com/

Moviehouse & Eatery

The Valentine's menu here involves surf and turf. A grilled 8oz. ribeye with honey-seared scallops, asparagus, and loaded croquettes. For dessert enjoy Chocolate Pomegranite Do Berge Cake. Fri., Feb. 14,. $20 for entree; $7 for dessert.

Moviehouse & Eatery, 8300 N. FM 620, Bldg B, 512/501-3520

www.themoviehouse.com/austin/

North by Northwest

The lilting voice of Liz Morphis soothes you through cocktails, until you're ready to order from this four-course menu. Chef George Powell invites you to enjoy the ambience inside, or that of the heated, enclosed pavilion. Oyster Rockefeller Soup rules the first course, while it seems impossible to choose between Beef Carpaccio and Lobster champagne risotto for the second. Grilled beef tenderloin and Ruby Red Trout round out the mains. Fri., Feb. 14, 5-10pm. $45 per person, or $80 per couple.

North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery, 10010 Capital of TX Hwy. N., 512/467-6969

www.nxnwbrew.com

Olamaie

Make your sweetheart swoon with an Olamaie Biscuit, Venison Heart & Sunchoke Tartare, Day Boat Fish, Rutabega Spoonbread, Biscuit Wellington, and Chocolate Cremeux. Fri., Feb. 14,. $80 per person, $45 for wine pairings.

Olamaie, 1610 San Antonio St., 512/474-2796

www.olamaieaustin.com

Sagra

Celebrate your ardor with Chef Gabriel Pellegrini's four-course traditional Italian dinner. Enjoy oysters baked pancetta and parmesan. Choose from filet of beef with gorganzola, truffle risotto, and seared scallops. Save room for profiteroles for dessert. The special menu will also be offered alongside the regular menu on February 15. Reservations recommended. Fri., Feb. 14,. $39.95 per person; additional $15 for wine pairings.

Sagra Enoteca & Trattoria, 1050 E. 11th, 512/535-5988

www.sagraaustin.net

Satellite Bistro & Bar

Celebrate each other with a "chef-created, prix fixe menu," and a rose for your date. Reservations recommended. Fri., Feb. 14,.

Satellite Bistro & Bar, 5900 Slaughter #400, 512/288-9994

www.satellitebistroandbar.com

Searsucker and Heartbreak for Charity

For Cupid's Dinner on the 14th, start with the "It Takes Two to Tango" champagne toast, and move on to "Squid Sweet Heat” with apples and cilantro; or artichoke hearts with gruyere and truffle. Main course choices include N.Y. strip and scallops with pork belly hash; Gulf red snapper with pistachio; or Texas venison and wild mushrooms, pecans, and herbs on Arborio rice. Come back on Sunday for the “Heartbreak Brunch”, as 15% of all proceeds are slated for the Human Rights Campaign. Fri., Feb. 14,. Dinner: $100 per couple; Charity Brunch: à la carte.

Searsucker, 415 Colorado, 512/394-8000

www.searsucker.com/austin

Sullivan’s Red Over Heels Martini

We're not sure what the name of this cocktail implies, but wearing protective undergarments may be prudent. Fri., Feb. 14,.

Sullivan's Steakhouse, 300 Colorado #200, 512/495-6504

www.sullivansteakhouse.com

The Bonneville

The Bonneville

We're glad that husband and wife duo, Chris Hurley and Jennifer Costello, find cooking romantic, because this four-course prix fixe is a challenge: The amuse is Lobster Nidimi (Little Nests); among the second choices is a shaved foie gras salad with pickled kumquats; and on the third course, make a decision between Roasted New Zealand Lamb Rack; Pan-Seared Local Striped Bass with Artichoke Barigoule; and Toasted Fazzoletti Pasta with Roasted Shiitaki Mushrooms. You'll receive bubbly on your way in, but you might want to try the "St. Valentine's Day Massacre," featuring Al Capone's favorite Templeton Rye, as well as Sicilian blood oranges, and Tillen Farms Badda Bing cherries. Fri., Feb. 14,. $65 per person, an additional $20 for wine pairings.

The Bonneville, 202 W. Cesar Chavez, 512/428-4643

www.thebonnevilleaustin.com

The Wild Onion Ranch

Chef Dustin Koerner has planned a five-course, classic French dinner. You'll find Cold Water Oyster en Gelee d’Esplette; Salad Lyonnaise with Lardons; Lobster Thermidor with Dijon Hollandaise and Parmesan Tuille; Tournedos of Beef, Brioche Crouton and Sauce Perigeaux served with Pommes Daupinoise and Carrot-Ginger Puree; Gateau l’Opera with Champagne Strawberries and Espresso Ganache. Be there at 7pm sharp for passed hors d'oeuvres. Fri., Feb. 14, 7-10:30pm. $75 per person.

The Wild Onion Ranch, 12112 Old San Antonio Rd., 512/590-8393

www.thewildonionranch.com

TRACE at the W Hotel

The four-course prix fixe here includes potato and leek soup with caviar; foie gras with apple, almond, and brioche; oysters on the half-shell (hands on the table, please). Mains include grilled Niman Ranch filet of beef; South Texas antelope loin; and seafood risotto. Save room for Sweethearts Coconut and Basil Escape and Hearts Full of Love Raspberry Gateaux. Fri., Feb. 14,. $85 per person.

Trace at the W Hotel, 200 Lavaca, 512/542-3660

www.traceaustin.com

Walton's Fancy and Staple

Walton's Fancy and Staple

They have pre-boxed Parisian macaroons in an acrylic box filled with red, white, and pink macaroons and tied with a bow. Also find boxes of flourless chocolate hearts. Both the macaroons and the chocolate hearts are gluten free. Additionally, over 1000 roses are being flown in to sell at Walton’s for Valentine’s Day. Fri., Feb. 14,.

Walton's Fancy and Staple, 609 W. Sixth, 512/542-3380

www.waltonsfancyandstaple.com

Zed's

Zed's House or Caesar salad; two filet mignons; one lobster tail to share; and one dessert for sharing. Fri., Feb. 14,. $75 per couple.

Zed's, 501 Canyon Ridge, 512/339-9337

www.zeds.bz

Cru A Wine Bar

Relive your love's timeline with courses named Tease, First Kiss, The Courtship, and Sweet Endings. You'll be having caramelized foie gras medallions; lobster bisque; Oysters Rockefeller; New Zealand lamb chops; and five-spice crusted duck breast. For dessert have fondue for two, white chocolate mousse, or pistachio cake. Fri., Feb. 14-Sat., Feb. 15,.

Crú A Wine Bar, 238 W. Second; 11410 Century Oaks Terrace #104

www.cruawinebar.com

Fleming's

Begin with pan-seared scallops served over goat cheese polenta, move on to a petite Filet Mignon paired with a choice of an 8-oz lobster tail or Pecan-Crusted Salmon. For an extra charge, the "French Kiss '75" cocktail is a must, but definitely end the night with housemade cinnamon-sugar doughnuts with homemade lemon custard and blueberry dipping sauce. Thu.-Sat., Feb. 13-15. $59-69 per person.

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine, 320 E. Second, 512/457-1500

www.flemingssteakhouse.com

Goodall's Kitchen & Bar

The "You Had Me at Hello" appetizer is Gulf Oysters Texasfeller, and eventually you'll have an "Endorphin Rush," consisting of sear-scallop and a N.Y. strip. "The Ultimate Reason"? That would be chocolate terrine, vanilla coconut milkshake, or red velvet brioche. Reservations strongly recommended. Fri.-Sat., Feb. 14-15. $109 per person, including drinks.

Goodall's Kitchen & Bar, 1900 Rio Grande St., 512/495-1800

www.goodallskitchen.com

Max's Wine Dive

This innovative three-course, prix fixe menu created by Chef Erica Beneke features housemade saffron ravioli with ricotta, basil and pancetta; grilled halibut with fennel and leek succotash; Strawberry Balsamic Compote with thyme biscuits, citrus zabaione and violet. The separate Achy Breaky Heart Party starts at 7pm, and includes appetizers and two dink tickets. Reservations required. Fri.-Sat., Feb. 14-15, 4pm-12mid. Dinner: $50 per person; Achy Breaky Heart Party: $45 per person.

Max's Wine Dive, 207 San Jacinto, 512/904-0111

www.maxswinedive.com

The Carillon

The Carillon is celebrating for three nights this year, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The three- and five-course custom menus feature items like Hamachi Crudo, Hawaiian Blue Prawns, Wagyu Ribeye, and Chocolate Terrine. Thu.-Sat., Feb. 13-15, 5:30-10pm. Three courses: $130 per couple, $200 with wine pairings; five-course: $190 per couple, $300 with wine pairings.

The Carillon, 1900 University Ave., 512/404-3655

www.thecarillonrestaurant.com/

Fogo de Chão

Guests who visit from Friday through Sunday will receive a Valentine’s Card, good for a complimentary lunch or dinner on the next visit. Fri.-Sun., Feb. 14-16.

Fogo de Chão, 309 E. Third, 512/472-0220

www.fogodechao.com

Hill Country Pasta House Weekend of Love

Chef Passiano's repast includes Pistachio-Encrusted Sea Bass topped with lemon butter sauce, and served with garlic mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus; and Rosemary Pesto Lamb Chops. Serving Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Reservations suggested. Fri.-Sun., Feb. 14-16.

Hill Country Pasta House, 3519 FM 620 N., 512/266-9445

www.hillcountrypasta.com

Goodall's Kitchen & Bar

This three course prix-fixe menu offers a variety of Goodall's creations, including Katama oysters, muscovy duck, and warm vanilla pudding cake. Sat., Feb. 14, 5-11pm. $70 per person.

Goodall's Kitchen & Bar, 1900 Rio Grande St., 512/495-1800

www.goodallskitchen.com