Go on, have a ball. 84 Yesler will lean into strawberries and chocolate for its Valentine's menu dessert.

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Valentine’s Day falls on a Monday this year, and restaurants around the city are rising to this weird occasion with brunch, classic fancy dinners, and tasting menus served on heated and covered patios. If you’re looking for special meals available for takeout, we’re tracking that, too.

Communion

Central District

Chef Kristi Brown’s Valentine’s Day dinner not only includes her famous fried okra, but also a mixed grill (lamb chops, seared duck breast, and garlic shrimp), some oysters,and jambalaya stuffed inside an ash roasted squash. Make reservations on Resy.

Mbar

South Lake Union

The culinary destination that also happens to be on a stunning rooftop will offer its regular winter menu alongside a three-course Valentine’s tasting for $75. The menu starts with a shared lineup of salad and bites, with your choice of duck confit, scallops, or stuffed cabbage as an entrée. The special menu will be available February 11–14. You definitely want to make reservations.

Ethan Stowell Restaurants

Ballard, Belltown, Capitol Hill, Madison Park, Madrona, Queen Anne, Wallingford

The restaurateur has a sweeping list of Valentine menu options at his restaurants sprinkled across town, with set menus that hover around $85 per person, and some options for patio reservations. Check out this very comprehensive list of options.

Paragon

Queen Anne

A special Valentine’s edition of the restaurant’s recurring supper club happens February 12. This one is dedicated to street food—a nice, relaxed spin on an occasion that usually skews fancy. The three-course menu gives you choices among dishes like Takoyaki, loaded truffle fries, a king crab roll, and foie gras s’mores. Carly Ann Calbero provides some live music.

Ascend Prime

Bellevue

For the weekend, Bellevue’s steakhouse offers a four-course special that comes equipped with plates for sharing. Options include an almond crusted sea bass coupled  with miso eggplant, plus panoramic views of the city from the 31st floor. Does it get any better? It does—the bar has a cocktail devoted to Betty White. Reservations here.

The Lakehouse

Bellevue

Monday the 14th arrives with two five-course dinner specials: omnivore and vegetarian. Each is $105, with an option of wine pairins from the sommelier for an additional $45 (or a reserve wine pairing for $75). Both meals finish with a valrhona chocolate mousse bomb and pink champagne cake. Tables can be reserved online.

Daniel’s Broiler

Various

The Schwartz Brothers’ Seattle chain can’t get any more Valentine-y than its already-existing menu of filet mignons and lobster tails. But if you wanted to branch out from tradition, they also have tempura ahi tuna and a kurobuta pork rib chop. Save a spot on their website, where a take-out and delivery option are also available.

Japonessa

Downtown, Bellevue

The $150 Valentine’s dinner for two includes a chef’s choice sushi and sashimi, in addition to three specialty rolls, strawberry pistachio cake, and a bottle of wine. The special is available for dine in.

Elliott’s Oyster House

Waterfront

The Pier 56 restaurant that has oyster shucking on lock, features a “Venus Celebration for Two” ($46), which includes scallops, prawns, crab claws, and, you guessed it, oysters. Specialty cocktail “Love Potion” ($15) blends Tito’s with champagne, while “Cupid’s Arrow” ($12) dons an edible flower. Finish the meal with a concoction of pound cake and raspberry white chocolate mousse assembled into a chocolate tower ($10). Make a reservation here.

Bluwater Bistro

Leschi

The 19-year-old spot on the Leschi marina kicks off its lakeside Valentine festivities on the 10th. The $54 special ($44 before 3pm) consists of a six-ounce lobster tail alongside an eight-ounce sirloin. Also included: a glass of champagne. Available for lunch or dinner.

Beach Cafe

Kirkland

At the Woodmark Hotel’s waterfront restaurant, Chef Brian Doherty delivers an $85 menu including black truffle dumplings, and a smoked akaushi striploin, a massive prawn, and some jumbo asparaguses. Reservations should be made on OpenTable.

Taku

Capitol Hill

Single this year? Chef Shota Nakajima and company are throwing a “Singles Awareness Day Party” (Feb 12) which includes a DJ and a specialty chocolate cocktail (tickets will be available on their website). But for the lovers, February 14 will offer a $50 “Taku for two” menu with two sides, dessert, the option to add sake or sparkling wine for $35, and, of course, karaage.

Cafe Flora

Madison Valley

The completely gluten free and vegan $75 four course dinner highlights wonton crisps and artichoke croquettes, finishing with a dessert tower using Theo’s chocolate mousse. Reservations for the 14th are required; call the restaurant at 206-325-9100.

Ray’s Boathouse and Ray’s Cafe

Ballard

One of our favorites spots for seafood continues to deliver special bites all weekend. Parties that book downstairs can tuck into a three-course menu ($70), equipped with tempura fried oysters and tagliatelle; meanwhile, folks upstairs can dine on special a la carte Valentine’s entrees that include coriander crusted albacore tuna or tenderloin accompanied by butter poached prawns. Both specialties exist alongside the regular dinner menu; reservations strongly encouraged.

Monsoon

Capitol Hill/ Bellevue

Eric and Sophie Banh’s longstanding Vietnamese eatery (a member of our Best Restaurants list) will serve a handful of specialty a la carte dishes from a crispy lobster wonton all the way to chocolate dumplings. Make reservations online for Monday February 14.

Beach Cafe

Kirkland

Views of Lake Washington make for a romantic backdrop. Make it ten times better with chef Brian Doherty’s menu ($85 per person) that consists of black truffle dumplings and a smoked striploin. Save a spot on OpenTable

Eden Hill

Queen Anne

Maximillian and Jennifer Petty’s original, most creative restaurant has a five-course dinner menu that ranges from foie gras torchon to sea urchin pain perdu, sturgeon or duck breast, and caramel cake with pink peppercorn yuzu sorbet. Dinner is $175 per person (not including beverages). Reserve for indoors, outdoors, or bar seating.

Cook Weaver

Capitol Hill

This under-heralded mural-bedecked hideaway is going big with seven courses and a special Monday night service on Valentine’s Day proper. Tasting menus come in omnivore and vegetarian iterations, but get in touch regarding other dietary restrictions.

Conversation

Downtown/Pike Place Market

The restaurant at the Thompson Hotel, across from Pike Place Market, will serve five courses with your choice of entree (filet with foie gras jus, moulard duck breast, ling cod, or sweet potato gnocchi) and a dessert sampler for two. Dinner is $95 per person; if you’d rather dine over the weekend than on Valentine’s Day proper, a special three-course $75 menu lets you channel the magic on Friday and Saturday night.

Kricket Club

Ravenna

Hallmark’s holiday is an excellent excuse to visit Preeti Agarwal’s new restaurant, which translates its high-end Indian ethos into a multicourse dinner that includes everything from champagne to fancy tacos to a palate cleanser course of guava mojito lollies. The restaurant does two seatings (5 and 8pm) and dinner is $125 per person, with an optional $45 wine pairing.

Surrell

Madison Valley

Dungeness and wagyu, caviar and foie gras all star in a multicourse $225 menu on one of the town’s most charming, Covid-compliant patios (it’s also small, so book fast). Meanwhile, chef Aaron Tekulve has the same menu going on indoors; both setups are available February 10–12.

The London Plane

Pioneer Square

A special Valentine’s Day brunch happens February 12 and 13, shifting the occasion more into mimosa, savory crepe, and salmon beignet territory. Brunch is $65 per person with your choice of croissant benedict or fancy sourdough toast (plus dessert, starters, and a beverage).

Carrello

Capitol Hill

Nathan Lockwood’s newest spot offers up four courses, served on February 12 or 14. Dinner is $125 per person, and Tock promises vegetarian and gluten-free versions are “readily available.” (Related: Book on Tock.)

84 Yesler

Pioneer Square

This newish restaurant is very good at special occasions, as evidenced by its plans for a seven-course $175 Valentine’s tasting menu, available February 11, 12, and 14. The menu embraces everything from ceviche to venison tortelli to strawberries with dark chocolate, and can come with wine pairings or pours of grower champagne.

Le Coin

Fremont

A four-course $95 meal, equal parts Washington wagyu and local seafood, is available at the covered sidewalk tables, as well as indoors in the dining room and at the chef’s counter, where the menu includes a few extras for a slightly higher price. Over in the patio and dining room, add-on options include foie gras, black truffles, and a half dozen baked oysters with crab.

Frank’s Oyster House and Champagne Parlor

Ravenna

For $100 a person, indulge in six courses centered on your choice of short ribs with pomegranate molasses barbecue sauce, or dungeness crab pappardelle. The Valentine’s menu is available Friday and Saturday, February 11 and 12.

Cépaé and L'Experience Paris

Bellevue

The Francophile tasting room and cafe has assembled a special menu ($95 per person) studded with crab cakes, foie gras terrine, and your choice of scallops or braised short ribs. Also exciting: a course of three artisan cheeses. Valentine reservations are available Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, February 12–14.

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