Bubbly cocktails floweth this Saint Valentine's evening. Image via Shanik

If the movie adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey replete with gratuitous lip biting, heavy breathing, and a BDSM awakening is somehow not your ideal way to spend your Valentine’s Day, then perhaps a champagne-filled dinner is more your speed. Deftly avoid the theater and bring your date to any of these restaurants offering Valentine's Day menus for less than $75.

Agrodolce
Sicilian four-course menu includes pork rillette, grilled top sirloin, and Theo Chocolate custard ($65)

Bar Cotto
Celebrate Birthentine’s Day with Lambrusco for only $6, pizza, and specials like pappardelle with braised pork shoulder (prices vary)

Bastille
Champagne flights, specials such as roasted scallops and Hama Hama oysters (prices vary)

Bell and Whete
Norman-style four-course features Waygu beef zabuton and chocolate mousse ($55)

Bottlehouse
Live gypsy jazz, special menu, and $12 reservation includes glass of bubbly and cheesemonger amuse bouche (prices vary)

Cafe Flora
Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options including mushroom ravioli and Theo dark chocolate hazelnut cheesecake ($65)

Cafe Pettirosso
Kushi oysters on the half shell, grass-fed hangar steak with frites, duck cassoulet with duck confit ($65)

Chippy’s Fish and Drink
Oyster shooters, smoked salmon toast, blood orange sorbet ($50)

Cupcake Royale
$13 gets you one Deathcake (sea salt caramel ganache layered chocolate bomb) and two coffee bar drinks.

Frank’s Oyster House
For the bivalve-slurpers: blue pool oysters ($10), steak tartare, branzino with smoked barley risotto ($65)

Golden Beetle
Four-course Eastern Mediterranean menu features rabbit samosas and beef cheek tagine ($65)

Hale's Ales
Four-course meal with beer pairings; details here ($65) 

Il Corvo Pasta
A four-course sea-centric menu with handmade pasta ($60)

Local 360
Three-course prix fixe features Oregon rabbit confit ($40)

Monsoon
Wokked Maine lobster with truffle oil, grilled lamb chops with tamarind sauce, regular menu also available (prices vary)

Pair
Lobster and black caviar lentil salad, ribeye with pink peppercorn foie gras butter ($65; cocktail pairing $33)

Ray’s Boathouse 
Lobster salad, filet mignon, Dungeness crab cake (prices vary)

RockCreek
Shigoku oysters with caviar, whole fried crab, plus regular menu (prices vary)
Or celebrate early at brunch with mimosas and oysters benedict (prices vary)

Shanik
A four-course menu of modern Indian cuisine ($50; wine pairing $30)

Single Shot
Four prix fixe courses, tons of choices, like fancy pub cheese, lobster and burrata, and chartreuse and chocolate chip ice cream. The menu is available Friday and Saturday night. ($60)

Stoneburner
Selection of champagnes, Tuscan fish stew, spinach ricotta and truffle ravioli (prices vary)

The Tin Table
Steak tartare with quail egg, pan-roasted rib eye steak for two, plus dancing across the hall at Century Ballroom (prices vary)

Tom Douglas Restaurants
From deluxe peppermint patties to gnocchi with king crab, chefs across the T-Doug realm are doing some special a la carte entrees, appetizers, and desserts over Valentine's weekend. Here's the full rundown.

Volterra
Beef carpaccio, wild boar ragu, chianti and rosemary glazed beef tenderloin ($70)

 

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