Date Night

Valentine's Day Dinners: First Dates

Forget the box of chocolates—here is what you should be eating on February 14.

By Malcolm Griffes January 29, 2014

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Chalky candies are great and all, but nothing beats a nice dinner out. Photo via purpleappple428's Flickr.

Looking for a place to dine out on Valentines Day? We’ve got you covered with our first installment of dinners around town. Make your reservations now!

Fall in love with the small plates, seasonal dishes, and intimate feel that make Lark an ideal Valentine's date spot. Four-courses, $95 per person, optional wine pairings. Reservations via phone: 206-323-5275.

Three courses followed by dessert at star chef Michael Mina’s downtown French restaurant is a sure bet for Valentine’s Day, with starters like ahi tuna tartare, or lobster risotto, and mains such as roasted black cod, squash pot pie, or rabbit. Saving room for dessert may be hard, but definitely worth it: think chocolate fondue for two. $85 per person, optional wine pairings. Reservations via phone: 206-456-7474.

Romance and an Italian dinner go hand-in-hand. Altura offers fine Italian dinning, and for Valentine's Day is hosting a four-course set menu that is sure to ignite a romantic evening—if not with you and your date, then with you and your food. $162 per person, optional wine pairings. Reservations via phone: 206-402-6749.

Captivating views of the city only add to the ambiance of this French gem tucked away in Pike Place Market. A six-course menu that starts with caviar and ends with chocolate cake for two will ensure a romantic evening. Live accordion serenading will also be on hand. $95 per person, optional wine pairings. Reservations via phone: 206-682-7270.

The special four-course Valentine's menu doesn't include Ma’ono’s famed fried chicken, but you won’t be missing it. Feast instead on poached oysters, hearts of palm salad, Chinese barbequed duck for two, and a Haupia custard brulee for dessert. $89 per couple, optional wine pairings. Reservations via phone: 206-935-1075.

It’s Northwest Indian food made for lovers. The Valentine's Day menu delivers individual starters followed by thali for two, and finished with Poppy's popular dessert thali to share. $100 per couple. Reservations via phone: 206-324-1108.

Tucked in the corner of the romantic Loveless building, this cozy bistro’s Valentine’s Day dinner starts with a choice of two appetizers, like sunchoke soup, a squash ravioli, and sea scallops with a parsnip puree. For the main-course, choose from crab ravioli, strip steak, or an empanada stuffed with fabada beans, mushrooms, spinach, and tomato. Finish with dessert to share. $50 per person. Reservations via phone: 206-322-0409.

Views of the water are accompanied by a three-course menu with starters like duck confit or crab rangoon, mains like, beef tenderloin or nori-wrapped ahi tuna, and, for dessert, chocolate terrine or apple tartlet. $65 per person. Reservations via phone: 206-284-3000.


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