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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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,.
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.
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
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.
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
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,.
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.
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
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,.
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,.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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