Here is your complete list of special Valentine’s dinners all around the town. Reservations are still available except when indicated.
Feb 14 Anchovies and Olives
Amuse yourself at Ethan Stowell’s Cap Hill eater with kusshi oysters topped with horseradish granita. Follow it up with faro sea scallops, risotto nero, arctic char, cod covered in eggplant puree and puttanesca sauce, and chocolate terrine with white chocolate cream and an almond crumble crust. $75/person; reservations recommended.
Feb 14 Canlis
By now the 60-year old Seattle restaurant has reserved all of its two-top tables, but larger groups can still get in on velvety parsnip veloute, King salmon, beef tenderloins in creamy celery root puree, and a smooth chocolate creme brulee. Or opt for the vegetarian special of fennel-flavored poached eggs and handmade wild mushroom ravioli with mascarpone and black truffle foam. $125/person, vegetarian menu $95/person; reservations recommended.
Feb 14 Crush
An ideal place to bring your crush with a new Valentine’s menu of crudo, caviar, and sashimi, handmade pasta with Dungeness crab, sautéed Rhode Island black bass with Meyer lemon sabayon, grilled Wagyu beef rib steak, and poppyseed-lemon brittle, coconut truffles, and Earl Grey caramels. This event is now booked, call to be placed on wait list.
Feb 12–14 Fresh Bistro
Chef Dalis Chea embraces the culinary aphrodisiacs with a hearty Valentine’s five-course dinner featuring Kumamoto oysters, avocado, mango, and seared ahi tuna, creamy kabocha squash soup with marcona almonds, frizzled leeks, and truffle honey, Wagyu filet mignon and imported lobster from Maine. Starting at $75/person; reservations recommended.
Feb 14 How to Cook a Wolf
Stellar bay oysters with zesty lemon and black pepper are featured on the Ethan Stowell restaurant menu, preceding potato gnocchi with pork shoulder ragu, beef short rib with soft polenta, wild mushroom, and marjoram, and vanilla panna cotta sugared with wild berries. $75/person; reservations recommended.
Feb 14 The Hunt Club at the Sorrento Hotel
Choose between lobster bisque and wild mushroom soup at the Hotel’s Hunt Club, with a roasted beet salad, petite filet and grilled prawns, pan roasted quail, or seared scallops and caviar, and a champagne sorbet with strawberries doused in chocolate. $75/person; call for reservations.
Feb 14 Lakeside Bistro
Prawn cocktails paired with tempura, champagne spinach salad with teriyaki chicken, fire wok’d filet mignon, grilled mango halibut, or the bistro’s highly requested fire-roasted pork chops grace the Valentine’s menu. Or just love the raspberry white chocolate cheesecake with a covering of smooth chocolate strawberries. $85/couple; call for reservations.
Feb 14 Pomegranate Bistro
Lisa Dupar pairs a Valentine’s dinner with an array of wines, including a pumpkin and pink lady apple veloute with Dungeness crab and a glass of pinot grigio, leading up to a warm winter leek and mizuna salad with carrot butter vinaigrette, and sheep’s milk ricotta gnocchi with lamb bolognaise, and finally a warm banana brulee split paired with Marenco Pineto Brachetto d’Acqui from 2008. $65–$105/person; call for reservations.
Feb 13–14 Poppy
For these days only, Chef Jerry Traunfeld has created a three-course prix-fixe dinner. It begins with starters that include chervil lobster roll and herbed crepinette with savoy, prunes, and shallots, and moves on to a 10-dish thali for two (Anderson Ranch lamb Loin with black truffle sauce, wild sturgeon with lentils, bacon, fennel, and capers) and a dessert thali from pastry chef Dana Cree. It’s $50/person, call 206-324-1108 after 2pm for reservations.
Feb 13–14 Salty’s
From a romaine heart Caesar salad with blackened wild salmon to southern fried Jidori chicken, Salty’s on Alki and Redondo offer up a Valentine’s sea-loving menu set on the Puget Sound shores. Individual items $9–$99/person; call for reservations.
Feb 14 Six Seven Restaurant at the Edgewater Hotel
Chef Jordan Mackey of Edgewater’s Six Seven Restaurant prepares a six-course meal. Settle in with Ahi tuna crudo, an apple and watercress salad, and rose sorbet with pomegranate and lime. After the butter-roasted poussin or rich broth over a garlic rubbed baguette and slow braised oxtail with burgundy and root vegetables, complement the meal with the “bleeding heart” pavlova meringue with macerated berries. $75/person; This event is now booked, call restaurant for wait list.
Feb 12–14 Tidbit Bistro
Spice up the night with a fiery fiesta de Espana. Asturian-style beef tenderloins are on the menu, alongside patata and gamba, skewers with potato and prawn, ensalada con queso de cabra, with candied walnuts and warm hazelnut-crusted goat cheese truffles, and a white profiterole puff pastry finish. $55/person; call for reservations.
Feb 14 Volunteer Park Café
The café debuts a new heartfelt menu of blood orange, avocado and prawn salad, brown butter and sweet potato bisque, seared ling cod with Meyer lemon, ricotta dumplings, and shellfish stock nage. End with tangy strawberry balsamic ice cream with a bittersweet chocolate sauce drizzling. $65–$95/person; call for reservations.
Feb 12–15 Waterfront Seafood Grill
Fish for love with Waterfront’s seared scallops, roasted King salmon, and freshly imported lobster from Maine. Add a little sweetness with chocolate panna cotta with brandied bing cherries, molten soufflé with Chantilly cream, and ganache with mint syrup. Individual items $12–$48/person; call for reservations.
Feb 14 Zaw Artisan Pizza
Keep things casual with a Zaw pizza this Valentine’s Day, the special features the Marg and Rita pizza with halved red cherry tomatoes, roasted organic garlic cloves, fresh basil, Parmesan, and mozzarella cheese. It’s all organic, of course. Step it up with a house salad, and bottle of DSM Blanc de Blanc.