February 7, 2012
Roundup: Our Top Picks For Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinners At Restaurants In Philadelphia With Reservations Still Available
Valentine’s Day is now only a week away, leaving you with just enough time to plan that perfect romantic evening out in the city, including a wonderful special-occasion meal at one of Philadelphia’s many amazing restaurants.
One catch: reservations at many of Philadelphia’s top restaurants are booking up fast.
So to help you in your search, we’ve put together a list of some of the city’s most romantic (and delicious) Valentine’s Day dinners. At least two seats are still available in the restaurants listed below (we did our research), but you should make reservations soon!
Check out our top picks:
• 10 Arts: Impress your Valentine with a sumptuous six-course meal presented by 10 Arts’ Chef de Cuisine Nathal Volz. Your delicious dinner comes to an end with an indulgent progressive chocolate tasting. $195 per couple; $275 per couple with a Moët & Chandon champagne pairing. Availability is very limited, so make your reservations soon.
• a.kitchen: Feast on a special five-course prix fixe tasting menu with delectable bites including date-glazed foie gras bon bons, lobster ravioli and chocolate layer cake with carmel sauce. $65 per person.
• Barbuzzo: Reservations are extremely limited for Barbuzzo’s four-course Valentine’s Day dinner. If you’re hoping to woo the one you love with one of Barbuzzo’s incredible budinos, reserve your spot online now. $65 per person.
• Bistro St. Tropez: Savor the flavors of the French Riviera coast with Chef Patrice Rames’ three-course Valentine’s Day dinner at Bistro St. Tropez. The romantic meal will be available from February 11-14, with a special three-course Valentine’s Day brunch available on Sunday, February 12. $25-55 per person.
• Ela: Normally closed on Mondays, Ela will open their doors on Monday, February 13 and Tuesday, February 14 for a special four-course prix fixe menu of exciting dishes from Chef Jason Cichonski, including fluke tartare, lobster risotto, Robiola Bosina cheesecake and more. $65 per person. Optional wine pairing available for $30 per person.
• Chifa: Inspire romance with the bold Peruvian/Cantonese flavors of Chifa. Choose from two Valentine’s Day menus offering pork belly bao buns, pan seared foie gras, coconut panna cotta and more. $60-75 per person. Wine flights available for $30-45 per person.
• Distrito: You and your sweetheart will be all smiles after a festive Valentine’s Day dinner at Distrito in University City. Choose from two tasting menus ($45 and $65 per person) featuring Distrito’s famed ceviches, tacos and more. Add an optional Valentine’s Day cocktail pairing for $25 per person.
• Fare: Celebrate your love with a special Valentine’s Day dinner of high quality organic and sustainable cuisine at Fare restaurant and wine bar in the heart of Fairmount.
• Fond: Fond is planning a delicious four-course meal featuring New American cuisine for Valentine’s Day. Don’t miss out as seats go fast at this cozy East Passyunk BYOB. $65 per person.
You can find more romantic dining options, below.
• Fork: Have a romantic evening at Fork with a special three-course, prix fixe Valentine’s Day Menu created by Chef Terence Feury. $70 per person.
• Garces Trading Co.: Chef Jose Garces’ eatery and market is celebrating Valentine’s Day with two tasting menus offering fresh seafood, delicious pizzas and more. $45-65 per person. Optional wine pairing available for $25 per person.
• Granite Hill Restaurant: Make your Valentine’s Day dinner a masterpiece with an indulgent prix fixe menu at Granite Hill at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Friday, February 10. $45 per person, includes a complimentary glass of sparkling wine.
• JG Domestic: Comfort food is on the menu this Valentine’s Day at J.G. Domestic. Choose from two tasting menus featuring wood oven flatbreads, Maryland crab croquettes, Country Time Farm Berkshire Pork Chops and more. $65-85 per person.
• Lolita: Get spicy at Lolita, a BYOT (Bring Your Own Tequila) on 13th Street, with a three-course meal of Mexican favorites. $45 per person.
• London Grill: Fairmount’s London Grill is showing the love with a special four-course menu from Chef Michael McNally. $45 per person.
• Mercato: Mercato is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a four-course chef’s tasting menu featuring braised duck and housemade pappardelle, 21-day aged black Angus strip steak, artisanal cheeses and more. $65 per person.
• Meritage: Enjoy an evening of contemporary seasonal cuisine in Rittenhouse Square with a special five-course Chef Tasting menu at Meritage for $49 per person.
• Modo Mio: In addition to their normal menu of rustic Italian cuisine, Modo Mio will be offering a special four-course Valentine’s Day dinner. $50 per person.
• Monsu: Chef Peter McAndrews’ restaurant in the Italian Market normally is closed on Tuesdays, but the doors will be open this Valentine’s Day for a special four-course “Sweetheart Dinner.” $40 per person.
• Moshulu: Step aboard the Moshulu for a romantic evening on the Delaware River including a special four-course prix fixe menu for $85 per person.
• Pumpkin BYOB: Cozy up for a Valentine’s Day dinner in the newly renovated dining room. Let Chef Ian wow you with four beautiful courses for $50 per person.
• R2L: Sweep your date off their feet at R2L with fine dining and some of the best views of the city. Enjoy a four-course prix fixe menu or share your meal with a seven-course menu for two. $85-145 per person.
• Sabrina’s Café: All three incredibly popular Sabrina’s locations are offering a fantastic three-course Sweetheart Dinner for Valentine’s Day. Menu options vary by location, so be sure to check out sabrinascafe.com for more information. $25–35 per person.
• Sbraga: The incredible (seriously: it’s incredible) new restaurant from Chef-Owner Kevin Sbraga will be hosting a special six-course prix fixe menu all week long (February 11-17) with sure-to-please dishes including orecchiette pasta with braised rabbit and a chocolate tart with Grand Marnier ice cream.
• Spirit of Philadelphia: Set sail for romance aboard the Spirit of Philadelphia and celebrate Valentine’s Day with dinner, dancing and unmatched views of the city from the Delaware River. Both lunch and dinner options are available. $44.90-$169.90 per person.
• Square 1682: Executive Chef Guillermo Tellez is going all out this Valentine’s Day with a decadent six-course Valentine’s Day tasting menu. Feast on bacaloa fritters and Peking duck breast before ending your meal with sinful strawberry s’mores. $65 per person; $100 per person with optional wine pairing.
• Varga Bar: Romance is in the air at Varga Bar this Valentine’s Day. Share the love with a four-course dinner that includes oysters, braised short ribs and an ice cream sandwich trio. $55 per person.
• Vedge: Newly opened Vedge, a locally-sourced “modern vegetable restaurant,” will be serving a special, four-course, prix fixe menu for Valentine’s Day.
• Verdad: Why wait to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Verdad is launching a five-course Lover’s Menu starting Sunday, February 12. $40 per person.
• Water Works: Enjoy first-class service and gourmet cuisine with Water Work’s $75 Cupid Menu available Valentine’s Day weekend (February 11, 12, 14). Sweeten your romantic experience with the Water Wheel-chocolate lover’s dream.
For even more romantic Valentine’s Day dinners, be sure to check out Visit Philly’s Guide to Valentine’s Day Dining in Philadelphia.