Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year—aka a day when many celebration-level restaurants aren't open. Some have special dinners planned over the preceding weekend. Others are embracing February 14 proper with tasting menus, outdoor seating, even the occasional afternoon tea. If you’re looking for special meals available for takeout, we’re tracking that, too.
Maximillian and Jennifer Petty’s original, most creative restaurant has planned a five-course menu that ranges from beef tartare tuille to wagyu zabuton with bone marrow bordelaise to chocolate whiskey cake. Dinner is $155 per person (not including beverages). Reserve for indoors, outdoors, or bar seating. The kitchen has also put together a $150 meal package—salad, bread service, lamb shank, budino—that feeds two and requires only light reheating. Preorder for pickup on the 14th.
Chef Aaron Tekulve specializes in special occasions. On Friday, February 10 and Saturday the 11th, Surrell leans into truffle, caviar, oysters, and other fanciness—alongside their usual Northwest ingredients and some pairings from the restaurant’s Washington-centric wine cellar. The $195 (per person) tasting menu includes omnivore, pescatarian, and vegetarian options. Book here.
More into afternoon tea than tasting menus? This event space focuses on high tea, and it’s going big for Valentine’s Day. A special menu February 8, 10, 11, and 12 involves starters, wee sandwiches, and an entire course dedicated to scones. This holiday high tea is $46 per person; leave a message at 425-686-7670 to reserve.
Five specially selected courses of John Sundstrom’s Northwest fare dials up the special occasion factor with options like truffled fonduta with grilled ciabatta, and venison loin sourced from Maui. Each $200 dinner has vegetarian options and includes the restaurant’s signature bread service. See the menu and reserve here.
Broadway’s atmospheric house of Northwest-Italian tasting menus will embellish its usual format on the 11th and 14th with leveled-up ingredients. The kitchen can honor most dietary restrictions, even on a special holiday $235 tasting menu dinner.
Seven courses of progressive Korean fare await on February 13 and 14. The menu includes ricotta dumplings with radish broth, butter-poached lobster with gochujang beurre blanc, and dessert by hyper-talented chocolatier Jess Wang, of hédonisme.
A giant of Seattle's sushi scene that has stood the test of time, Mashiko celebrates Valentine's with a six-course omakase: two appetizer bites, five nigiri, one "kitchen course," miso soup, and a shared dessert. Dinner is $160 for two people, but you only need to throw down a $10 deposit to reserve.
Michael Mina's steak house will serve a $105 three-course menu that goes beyond beef with options like crab cakes, tagliatelle, or salmon—but also, you know, Miyazaki A5 Wagyu striploin as a supplement. Reserve here.