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Nothing says romance like using an arbitrary holiday as an excuse to support local restaurants that you love. Valentine’s Day is an occasion that rewards advance bookings, so thank goodness this past year has trained us all to Tock and Resy our way through meal planning. A preponderance of special takeout menus let you sidestep the typical Valentine’s tradition of chaotic, crowded dining rooms. And a very few in-person dinners (mostly on covered, heated patios) promise to make eating outdoors in February feel genuinely special. Per (the new) usual, we will update this list every few days as we hear about additional meals.

Valentine's Dinner for Takeout
 
 
Paragon

The music venue and neighborhood spot puts on a virtual supper club, a streaming variety show filled with burlesque, cabaret, and musical performances featuring artists Lily Verlaine and Isobella Bloom. The $65 event comes with a three-course meal curated to match the Valentine’s Day mood (think chocolate, rose petals, and wine). Order for pick up on Feb 13. Queen Anne

Rain Shadow Meats

What better way to process the intensity of our times than celebrating your love via a butchery? Russ Flint’s counter in Melrose Market has assembled three boxes geared toward meaty make-at-home dinners—cote de boeuf, cassoulet, or ragu with fresh noodles from the Mixtape pasta popup. Boxes come with recipe cards, some fun locally made snacks, and optional wine pairings from Marseille, Rain Shadow’s Melrose Market neighbor. Capitol Hill

Westward 

An oyster, mussel, and scallop seafood tower is only one of four courses in this Valentine’s Day dine-in experience. Reserve a table on one of the town’s most memorable patios, now in the capable hands of Renee Erickson. Wallingford 

Lil Red’s Takeout and Catering

Forget heart-shaped pizza. This outstanding smoked meat, soul food, and Jamaican destination will fill a heart-shaped takeout tin with two servings of breakfast scramble or shrimp and grits. Or jerk fried chicken and plantain waffles. Or fettucine, or even chicken wings. Preorders accepted up until February 14; more details here. Columbia City

Bateau

Renee Erickson’s steak house assembles dinner for two with dishes ranging from buttery mashed potatoes to paddlefish caviar (and even wine to match). It’s available for pre-order. Pick it up on the 12th or 13th. Capitol Hill

Spinasse

Fire up some Marvin Gaye and engage in some light prep work to reheat Stuart Lane’s four-course “sweetheart menu.” Yes, dinner involves the restaurant’s famed tajarin (with king crab!) and yes, you can add on wine or bubbles. Order by February 12 for pickup on the 14th. Capitol Hill

Sushi Kashiba

Shiro Kashiba’s Red and Black Valentine’s Dinner Box definitely wins for a dramatic packaging. But also for the assortment of pristine maki and nigiri within. The box comes with a toro bowl and tons of add-on options, from champagne to ikura. The restaurant will make 25 boxes a day in the week leading up to Valentine’s Day. Preorder online. Pike Place Market

Haymaker East and West 

Brian Clevenger’s two locations serve different menus, but plenty of pasta choices and desserts on each to make a great Valentine’s day dinner. Eastlake, West Seattle 

Eden Hill Provisions

Maximillian Petty’s two-person menu is centered on cider-braised lamb shank; add-ons include champagne, chocolate chip cookies, and most romantic of all: a kids meal to get them out of your hair. Queen Anne

Damoori Kitchen

A homey Lebanese spot built a two-person menu on Levantine fare like grilled lamb chops or eggplant maghmour, with mezze and dessert. Order online. Magnolia

Shiro’s

A $160 two-person sushi platter is stuffed with tuna, salmon, Hokkaido urchin, lobster, Japanese tiger prawns, tamago and oyster, and comes with a dessert. Reserve online (or call the restaurant) starting February 12; pick it up any time over Valentine’s Day weekend. Belltown

L’Oursin

A two-person kit that requires “minimal cooking” will yield shrimp cocktail, goat cheese salad, duck confit with duck fat potatoes, some greens (okay, they’re braised in bacon) and housemade chocolate ice cream. Pick up on the 13th or 14th. Central District

Mioposto

No, guys, not a heart-shaped pizza. The quartet of local pizzerias has assembled a cook-at-home rib eye dinner kit that comes with a video tutorial (and suggested playlist!), salad, dessert, and Washington wine. A deluxe version adds cocktails and antipasti, and a single-serving version reinforces that everyone deserves, um, fancy meat on this day, regardless of their relationship status. Order online, or over the phone starting February 7, for weekend pickup February 12–14. Admiral, Bryant, Mt. Baker, Mercer Island,

The Walrus and the Carpenter

Shuck some oysters while your braised beef shank warms in the oven; a take-home spread involves minimal prep, and comes with optional wine, bubbles, or cocktails. Order online. Ballard

Ba Bar

Valentine’s Day and Tet—a double reason to order from the weekend’s special menu of wagyu pho and red bean mochi, plus banh Tet sweetened rice cakes. Available for takeout or dine-in on the covered, heated patio February 12-14, and preorders available as of the 8th. Capitol Hill, University Village

Frank’s Oyster House  

A Valentine’s takeout menu for two ($150) gets you about a dozen small dishes to share, a main course of braised lamb shank, and more than enough dessert to go around. Order online. Ravenna 

Pioneer Square D&E

A la carte Valentine’s brunch, a fancy heat-at-home menu of salmon roulade or beef wellington for two, or some legit fried chicken. This uber versatile spot in has this occasion covered from every angle. Order online. Pioneer Square

Ray’s

The waterside seafood landmark is all about sparkling wine this year, opening up its cellar for virtual wine orders. Peruse the shop to score bottles of Bollinger, Cristal, Schramsberg, Sea Smoke, and more. Ballard

Willmott’s Ghost 

Forget cooking (okay, maybe some reheating is required), take a five-course dinner home for two from Renee Erickson’s Italian restaurant in the Spheres; the menu includes braised lamb and mint filled tortellini. Add optional cocktails or wine and pick it up over Valentine’s Day weekend. Pre-order online. Denny Regrade 

Eden Hill

Sure, the takeout tasting menu from Maximillian Petty's more fancy spot requires minor at-home prep, but it results in dungeness crab salad toast, spaetzle, braised pork cheeks, and sticky coffee cake. Preorder here. Queen Anne

El Gaucho

Classic surf and turf: The steak house’s four-course Valentine’s menu begins with prawn cocktail and Caesar salad, then moves on to chateaubriand and lobster tail. For dessert, a pair of cheesecakes from Bakery Nouveau. Even better, the price includes two bottles of wine. Order online. Bellevue, Pike Place Market

Jack’s BBQ 

Celebrate with barbecue for dinner and add wine or cocktails to Jack Timmons’s three-course prime rib meal that includes a roasted strawberry salad and chocolate pecan pie. Order online. South Lake Union, SoDo, Algona 

Monsoon

A seafood-focused dinner for two includes Dungeness crab rolls, fried rice with oysters, and pan-seared diver scallops. Why yes, you can order Champagne or Jon Christiansen’s bottled cocktails with that. Preorder online. Bellevue, Capitol Hill.

Cafe Flora

A vegan, gluten-free Valentine’s dinner box comes with four festive courses, from taro chips and butternut pate to artichoke croquettes and grilled squash, to a “chocolate tower” for dessert. Add on cocktails or wine pairings. The kitchen’s only prepping 250 boxes, so preorder online. Madison Valley

Asadero Prime

“Show your love with full blood wagyu” is one of the best Valentine’s slogans ever. Deliver on this promise with one of these special dinner packages centered on very very fancy meat. Ballard

The Whale Wins 

A duck confit cassoulet starts off a four-course meal that also includes Alaskan prawns and chocolate ganache cake. Finish the order off with champagne, or better yet, a floral bouquet and chocolates. Order the kit here. Wallingford 

Goldfinch Tavern

A two-person package starts out interactive: Chef Emmanuel Calderon leads a make-at-home gnocchi course. Then you move on to entrees—your choice of steak, salmon, scallops or eggplant osso bucco—and a dessert board. A ton of “enhancement” options include sweets, sides, caviar, cocktails, and champagne. Order online. Downtown

The Lakehouse

Jason Wilson’s four-course ode to decadence includes black truffle, lobster, filet mignon and chocolate tart. Should you require more luxe foodstuffs in your life, add-on options include caviar, foie gras, and a DIY kit to make a pair of king crab rolls. Order online. Bellevue

John Howie Steak

Two-person menus center on steak, rack of lamb, or chateaubriand—or you can just jump straight to the party package that’s all dessert and drinks. Preorder by February 9 for pickup on the 13th or 14th. Bellevue

Seastar

Seafood linguine alfredo and plank salmon drive two well-appointed takeout menus. Or go big with the ultimate version—crab cakes, champagne, a pair of filet mignons, king crab legs, and more. Preorder by February 9 for pickup on the 13th or 14th. Bellevue

Cafe Presse 

Jim Drohman’s Paris-inspired hangout offers a four-course meal for two with your choice of a roasted chicken or pork-duck sausage main dish and a bottle of wine. Order online by February 9 and pick up on February 14. Capitol Hill 

Momosan Ramen Seattle 

The selection of ramen dishes at the Seattle outpost of Masaharu Morimoto’s casual-ish chain sound like a perfect reason to avoid the cold and celebrate Valentine’s Day at home (not to mention the hot sake). Order online. Chinatown–International District 

Valentine's Dinner IRL

Meesha

Fremont’s new modern Indian restaurant is worth exploring any day of the year, but on Valentine’s Day, owner Preeti Agarwal will serve special five-course menus on the restaurant’s cozy (and covered…and heated) back patio. Reservations are essential. Fremont

Willmott’s Ghost

Renee Erickson's striking spot in the Spheres will do two seatings, one four-course menu (salumi, salad, lamb with polenta, panna cotta) that comes with wine and flowers. Denny Regrade

 
The Walrus and the Carpenter

Oysters, geoduck crudo, crab ravioli, and braised beef shank star in a six-course menu served at 4, 6:30, and 9. Reserve online. Ballard

Ba Bar

Valentine’s Day and Tet—a double reason to order from the weekend’s special menu of wagyu pho and red bean mochi, plus banh Tet sweetened rice cakes. Available on the covered, heated patio February 12-14.  Capitol Hill, University Village

Monsoon

On February 13, a special seafood menu includes Dungeness crab rolls, fried rice with oysters, and pan-seared diver scallops. Bellevue, Capitol Hill.

Frolik  

The restaurant in downtown’s Motif hotel prepares a prix fixe dinner including filet mignon and king salmon paired with Valentine’s Day themed cocktails that make a night out worth it. Get urban views with a dine-in patio reservation. Downtown

Ba Sa  

The modern Vietnamese restaurant on Winslow Way will celebrate both Valentine’s and the Lunar New Year. Try special dishes all weekend starting on the 12th like lobster pho or bun xao chay (yuba noodles with tofu and mushroom). Reserve a table in the patio here. Bainbridge Island 

 

 

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