On Valentine’s Day, almost every restaurant feels the pressure to put on a production by way of prix fixe menus with wine pairings and the essential chocolate accent. And this year, oysters have a place on almost every menu, with the majority of restaurants starting with a few of these mollusks on the half shell. It’s no surprise: February’s cold waters make this prime oyster season in the Northwest. And while those centuries-old claims that oysters are an aphrodisiac are tenuous at best, Seattle restaurants seem to include them in Valentine’s menus almost as much as chocolate and bubbles. So we decided roll with it: Here, a list of menus with oysters on the 14th. Reservations are recommended.
The three-course menu begins with Treasure Cove oysters with a mustard caviar mignonette. Caviar and oysters? A tried and true way to show your date a good time ($32)
Anchovies & Olives
Add three oysters and a glass of champagne to the four-course meal for $17 to pop things off. The rest of meal includes seafood centered dishes like hamachi crudo, Dungeness crab, and black cod ($80)
Shigoku oysters with cucumber ice and champagne mignonette start the four-course meal, followed by beef tenderloin and English Pea risotto. End on a sweet note with classic Italian tiramisu ($80)
The vietnamese restaurant adds a little heat and festive color with two of each Shigoku and Kumamoto oysters with pink grapefruit and nuoc cham vinaigrette for $13 as a special V-day dish.
Grapefruit champagne mignonette atop Kusshi oysters are one of three options to start the three-course meal, or perhaps the more indulgent Snow crab fondue with Meyer lemon butter, chives, and black olive focaccia ($110)
Hit the bar for the best oyster deal around town– $1 oysters all night, plus a small à la carte menu. If more formal seating is preferred, the restaurant will offer four-courses including options of steak and frites and Steelhead salmon ($55)
Volunteer Park Cafe
The neighborhood cafe will offer a menu of five dishes starting with a duo of local oysters then Dungeness crab salad, potato gnocchi, rack of lamb, and the essential chocolate torte ($95)
Le Petit Cochon
An oyster amuse-bouche with horseradish yogurt, ikura roe, and cured egg yolk begins the four-courses of sweetbreads and escargot, coco nib rubbed loin of tuna, bacon and clams, and coconut custard ($79)
The first of four courses begins with an option from six different sharing dishes including half shelled oysters, crab bisque, and blue cheese bruschetta. Entree options include carrot-goat cheese ravioli or Oregon lamb ($95)