Valentine’s Day is all about celebrating love. And what we here at CultureMap especially love is food. We sifted through special prix fixe menus, deals, and our favorite romantic spots to help you plan out the special day.
Whether you're with a big group of people or the love of your life, enjoy the company of your choice on the 14th with our top dining picks. And seeing that Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, brunch is most definitely in order. If you’re not bruncher, not to worry, we’ve got the best dinner options too. Just remember to make those reservations.
New East Austin restaurant Juniper will serve brunch from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm on Valentine's. The restaurant dishes up unique savory plates like oxtail and rosemary lasagna, grilled fingerling potatoes and pancetta, and kale and herb frittata, as well as apple fritters or honey-dipped doughnuts for those with a sweet tooth. During the holiday brunch, Juniper will offer half off all bubbles.
One of the most iconic Sunday brunches in the city, Green Pastures delivers a delicious buffet on its beautiful property steeped in rich history. For $42, guests can take in the all-you-can-eat offerings with coffee, tea, milk, and juice included. With a large variety of meat, veggie, egg, and side dishes, this is a great option for families or a big group with a little something for everyone.
Blue Dahlia Bistro
There’s nothing more relaxing than a morning spent on Blue Dahlia’s back patio at its East 11th Street location. Its Westlake branch is equally as charming, so take your sweetie out for a brunch with favorites like rotating egg frittatas, French crepes, Belgian waffles, and smoked salmon and herbed cream cheese tartines.
Breakup brunch at Living Room Lounge
Double your Sunday Funday pleasure with W Austin Hotel’s Breakup Brunch from noon to 2 pm. Grab the girls — or your guys — and savor an all-you-can-eat pancake bar, mimosas, and build-your-own Bloody Marys. DJ iwannabeher provides the soundtrack to the event. Tickets are $25, which include tax and gratuity.
One of Austin’s best-kept secrets serves its normal prix fixe menu on Valentine’s Day. For the romantic couple that desires an intimate experience, the adorable French restaurant serves a dinner bargain hard to pass up: three courses for $32.50. The set menu highlights appetizers, entrees like grilled salmon and sirloin, and desserts like chocolate mousse. Chez Nous also has an incredible wine list with affordable bottles so that you can indulge in the holiday without completely wiping out the bank account.
From February 12 through 14, guests can partake in Uchi’s omakase, a chef-selected multicourse tasting menu. For $150, the meal can be shared between two people, but Uchi’s regular menu will also be available. To tease the evening, Uchi is giving a special takeaway item for diners who join them on Saturday or Sunday of Valentine’s weekend. This will also be offered at sister restaurant, Uchiko.
East Side Showroom
On Sunday, head to East Side Showroom for a lively and romantic dinner. The Vaudeville-style decor paired with farm-to-table food and craft cocktails make it a memorable date night spot. This Valentine’s Day, East Side Showroom will serve its daily menu and a prix fixe option. Don’t miss out on the $10 mussels or the jazzy sounds of crooner Sarah Arenella, who begins performing at 7 pm.
For $200 per couple, The Townsend is offering a four-course meal with cocktail or wine pairings. With two seatings (6:30 and 8:30 pm), enjoy live jazz music and an internationally focused menu utilizing Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, Mediterranean, and Southeast Asian flavors. Tickets are still available.
At Dai Due you can expect great things coming from Chef Jesse Griffiths. Guests eating on Valentine’s Day get the choice of either a butcher shop or seafood multicourse menu, each priced at $85 per person. Venison ceviche, strip steak, oysters, and grilled amberjack are just a few of the highlights.
Fork & Vine
Fork & Vine is the unassuming trendy restaurant tucked away on Anderson Lane. On February 14 from 5 to 10 pm, diners can savor a special four-course menu for $125 with pairings, $75 without. Classic dishes like salmon and New York strip with unique twists will make an appearance.
Spend your Valentine’s Day at Vox, the New American-style restaurant in the Lamar Union complex. Executive Chef Joe Anguiano has prepared an exclusive prix fixe menu for $75 per person. Guests can enjoy the modern interior while sipping an expertly crafted cocktail and sampling smoked Tasmanian trout, oysters and caviar, roasted monk fish, or glazed duck breast.
No Va Kitchen + Bar
Don’t miss Valentine’s Day at Rainey Street’s modern restaurant. No Va is upscale yet casual with a menu that is so good it’s almost embarrassing. For $45 on February 13 and 14, guests at the eatery will either select two appetizers and one main or one appetizer, one main, and one dessert. Items include mussels with chorizo, caramelized Brussels sprouts, New York strip, seared salmon, beignets, and much more.