Where to Dine for Valentine’s Day 2020 in Houston
Whether you’re looking for an all-out Valentine’s Day celebration with wine and roses, or a much simpler affair with zero fuss, Houston restaurants have you covered. Here are a few recommendations on how best to woo your beloved with some of the best food and drinks the Bayou City has to offer.
SWEETS FOR THE SWEET
Double your fun on Valentine’s week — or make your loved one feel very special. This unique experience on February 11 (that still allows you to partake of other Valentine’s Day offerings on the 14th if you want) brings together eight of Houston’s best chefs. Called “Sweets For The Sweet: A Fine Chocolate & Drink Pairing Event,” it takes place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Public Services Wine & Whisky at 202 Travis. Eight Houston pastry chefs, chocolatiers and chefs are teaming up with chocolate companies Callebaut and Cacao Barry to create eight savory and sweet dishes, which acclaimed sommelier and certified cicerone Justin Vann is pairing with wine, spirits or beer. Purchase tickets online for $65 per person.
Dandelion Cafe, 5405 Bellaire: On Valentine’s Day, this casual spot is offering a 10-course, prix fixe, southern-comfort dinner at 7 p.m. Selections include seafood gumbo with grilled oysters, Cobb salad, lobster étoufée, fried chicken with cornbread and apple pie with white chocolate mousse. The cost is $125 per person and tickets can be purchased online.
Dario’s Steakhouse and Seafood, 14315 Cypress Rosehill, Cypress: Seafood lovers can enjoy a three-course Valentine’s Day dinner with favorites such as seared scallops, Canadian cold-water lobster and Norwegian salmon with Chilean blue mussels. Dessert options include chocolate-covered Grand Marnier strawberries. The early-bird seating at 3 p.m. is $65 per person; reservations are also available at 5, 7 and 9 p.m. for $75 per person. Make a reservation by calling (281) 304-1825.
Indianola, 1201 St. Emmanuel: The regular dinner menu is available, along with unique Valentine’s Day options. Look for specials such as Gulf oysters on the half shell, potato chips and American caviar, bay scallops, Fettuccine Nero, wood-grilled filet mignon and strawberry shortcake. For Valentine’s Day only, guests will also be seated in Indianola’s sister bar Miss Carousel. There is also live music from 6 to 9 p.m. and a DJ from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Reservations are highly encouraged and can be made online.
Fig & Olive, 5115 Westheimer: This Valentine’s Day, Fig & Olive is offering some south-of-France flair. The four-course, pre-fixe menu includes choices such as tuna tartare, beef carpaccio, Halibut à la Diable with crispy paella cake and chorizo, grass-fed filet mignon and a dessert tasting of Chocolate Obsession Cake and brûléed cheesecake. The cost is $65 per person, and an optional wine pairing is available for an additional $35. Reservations can be made online.
Eight Row Flint, 1039 Yale: If a multicourse meal isn’t your thing, you’ll dig the laid-back offering at Eight Row Flint. The Tacos & Wine special is two tacos with a glass of William Chris white wine for $20. The regular menu is also available.
Harold’s, 350 West 19th: Get bubbles on arrival; then order from the restaurant’s four-course, prix fixe menu. Selections include a starter of piquillo peppers stuffed with Harold’s housemade pimento cheese and your your choice of appetizers, which include chopped salad and potato leek soup. Entrée selections feature a veggie poke bowl, grilled Black Hills Meat pork chops and wild-caught Alfonsino fish. Save room for desserts such as key lime pie, chocolate-covered strawberries and red velvet cake. The cost is $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity. A credit card is required to reserve and cancellations made within 48 hours will incur a $25 fee. Reserve online.
Rainbow Lodge, 2011 Ella: On Valentine’s Day, guests can dine on a three-course meal for $85 per person in one of Houston’s most romantic venues. Dinner includes a complimentary starter glass of sparkling wine. The Lodge’s wild game forte is on display with the signature Smoked Duck Gumbo and Taste of the Wild appetizers. The latter includes small tastes of Grilled Bison with garlic-chile sauce, Crispy Quail Bite on grits with bourbon-bacon gravy and a Venison Medallion with cherry mostarda. Note that the cost does not include additional beverages, tax or gratuity, and the Valentine’s courses cannot be split. From there, move on to the beautiful Rainbow Trout with lump crab and pecan brown butter, the Seared Duck and Foie Gras, or one of several other entrée selections. For dessert, choose any of the stellar selections, including Sticky Toffee Upside Down Cake with pineapple, coconut crumble and vanilla ice cream or the gluten-friendly Lemon Ice Box Pie made with a graham cracker crust and accented with port-soaked blueberries and cardamom honey.
Chez Nous, 217 S. Avenue G., Humble: On February 14 and 15, chef Stacy Crowe-Simonson is offering “A Culinary Poem, ” a three-course dinner featuring “The Flirting” (appetizers), “The Kiss” (entrées) and “Sweet Dreams” (desserts). First course options include seafood chowder. For the entrée you can choose dishes such as filet au poivre or grilled Colorado lamb chops. Desserts include a Tropical Citrus Tart. The cost is $85 per person, excluding beverages, tax and gratuity. Seatings are available Friday and Saturday evening beginning between 5 and 5:30 p.m., 7 and 7:30 p.m., and 9 and 9:30 p.m. A credit card is required for reservations, and no shows or cancellations made within 48 hours of reservation time will be charged $50 per person. To reserve, call (281) 446-6717.
Phat Eatery, 23119 Colonial Parkway: This fun Malaysian eatery in Katy Asian Town Center is spicing up Valentine’s Day with a six-course dinner that’s perfect for sharing. For love and luck, the meal starts with Prosperity Slaw packed with Scottish salmon, pickled green papaya, mango, carrot, cabbage and lotus root served with crackers and a spicy sauce. Following up that auspicious beginning is Sarawak Black Pepper Prawns made with Malaysian black pepper, Nasi Lemak Burger (a brand-new dish) featuring pulled curry chicken and sambal, Princess Snow Pea Tips enhanced with jumbo lump crab meat and Sizzling Scallop heighted by a nyonya soy reduction. Get a cool ending with with Pulut Hitam Ice Cream with Kuih Kodak (housemade black rice ice cream and banana fritters). The dinner is $60 per person and reservations are required, as is a $50 deposit to hold the table. There is a 48-hour cancellation or party size reduction policy. Make reservations by calling (832) 913-6382.
Bistro Provence, 13616 Memorial: The three-course Valentine’s dinner is called “Three Steps of Love.” Begin with “The Seduction”: appetizer selections including a Belgian endive salad and lobster bisque. Move on to “The Passion” with entrees like duck breast and filet mignon in cocoa sauce. Finish with “Happily Ever After” and choose from selections such as profiteroles and a lemon meringue tart. Seating times are 6, 6:30, 8 and 8:30 p.m. The cost is $69 per person, not including tax and gratuity. Reservations are required as is a $40 deposit via PayPal which is forfeited for any cancellation made less than 48 hours in advance or not honoring the reservation. To reserve, call (713) 827-8008.
State Fare, 947 Gessner: Look for dinner specials such as the $49 steak and lobster duo, featuring a petite filet with lobster served served both truffle-poached and Southern-fried on a bed of mashed potatoes, followed by a Red Velvet Mason Jar with white chocolate mousse for dessert. The special is available during the restaurant’s operating hours of 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Reservations aren’t required, but are recommended.
Weights + Measures, 2808 Caroline: Beginning at 5 p.m., a four-course, prix fixe menu is available, with selections such as wood-roasted quail, pan-seared sea scallops, red beet pappardelle, wood-grilled tenderloin and a dark chocolate torte. The cost is $75 per person and comes with a sparkling wine cocktail. There are also bottle specials on bubbles and wine, as well as live music and a dance floor. To make a reservation, call (713) 654-1970.
Cuchara, 214 Fairview: This popular Mexico City-inspired café is putting a unique spin on those candy conversation hearts with cute sayings like “Be Mine” and “Love You.” Instead, it’s offering ones with phrases such as “I Just Can’t” and “Be Someone Else’s” at its adults-only Valentine’s Day party. It’s not all unromantic, though. The party also features teddy bears, roses, food and drink specials, and live music. The fun starts at 5 p.m. First come, first served.
Emmaline, 3210 West Dallas: For Valentine’s Day, there’s a four-course dinner and a glass of bubbly for $75 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). The menu includes dishes such as East Coast oysters with mignonette, a meat and cheese board, calamari fritti, squid ink linguine, lamb chops, gelato banana split and a dark chocolate espresso torta. Guests can add a romantic floral arrangement from Petals and Palette Design Co. for an additional $75. Floral orders must be placed by February 11. Contact Lisa Composto at (832) 215.1599 to place your flower order. Valentine’s Day dinner reservations can be made online.
Hugo’s, 1600 Westheimer: The ¡Feliz Dia de San Valentín! four-course, prix fixe menu includes selections such as empanadas de cameron, Duck Carnitas, ensalada roja (beet salad), Ceviche Acalpuqueño with yellowfin tuna and pineapple-habanero relish, pan-seared scallops, wood-roasted beef tenderloin, fire-roasted lobster and Almond Sponge Cake. See the full menu online. The cost is $79 per person and reservations can be made by calling (713) 524-7744.
Uchi, 904 Westheimer: For Valentine’s Day, Uchi is offering a 10-course omakase, which features Katsuo Crudo with beet, spring onion and chive flower; razor clam with tom kha (coconut ginger soup); and venison carpaccio with miso granola, huckleberry and mustard. The cost is $205 per couple. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling (713) 522-4808. A credit card will be required to reserve. Walk-ins will be accommodated at the sushi and wine bars as seating allows.
Bistro Menil, 1513 West Alabama: Chef Greg Marin created a three-course, prix fixe dinner that features wine pairings and begins with an amuse-bouche of smoked salmon tartare paired with NV Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Rosé. For appetizers, wild mushroom and white truffle bisque is being teamed with a California Chardonnay. The entrée choices are seared diver scallops or sous-vide duck breast, which are matched with 2015 Aberrant Cellars Chehalem Mountain Pinot Noir. Dessert selections include a coeur à la crème with raspberry sauce, served with an Italian Moscato. The cost is $110 per person with the wine pairings or $79 per person without, and the special menu is available on both February 14 and 15. To make a reservation, call (713) 904-3537.
The Health Museum, 1515 Hermann: For the adventurous, Chef David Cordúa is creating a three-course dinner called “Love Bugs and Love Bites,” where crickets play a starring role in the appetizer, entrée and desserts. The meal begins with Corn and Smoked Cricket Arepa, which will be followed by a pan-seared chicken with Cricket Mole Negro. The dessert trio includes the famous Cordúa tres leches with a chocolate-covered strawberry, a Cricket and Cayenne Chocolate Truffle, and churro with dulce de leche. For those who prefer their crickets outside instead of in dishes, there are non-cricket options, as well. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with cocktails, and dinner starts at 7 p.m. The cost is $59 per person ($75 with wine pairings) and valet parking is included. Tickets can be purchased online.
Roma, 2347 University: This cozy Italian spot is offering a three-course Valentine’s Day dinner. Choose from appetizers such as meatballs with mozzarella and fried gulf shrimp and calamari and entrées including portobello mushroom ravioli, veal scaloppine and grilled tuna steak over lemon risotto. For dessert, select from housemade chocolate cannoli or limoncello-infused tarts. The cost is $49.50 per person, plus tax and gratuity. To make a reservation, call (713) 664-7581.
Backstreet Cafe, 1103 South Shepherd: This romantic venue is serving special menus for almost the entirety of Valentine’s week. On Valentine’s Day, there’s a four-course prix fixe menu for $79 per person plus tax and gratuity with about 15 different dish options. First course choices include Roasted Oysters with crispy potato, leeks and spinach; second course options include Cauliflower Chowder or beef carpaccio, mains feature Pepper-Crusted Tenderloin and Duck Confit, and Strawberry Bavarois with pistachio cake, strawberry aroma cubes, rose petal cream and lemon balm is just one of the appealing dessert choices. For the rest of the week (February 10 through 13 and February 15 and 16), another special menu is offered for $110 per couple. Sherried mushroom soup, Red Salad and Pistachio-Crusted Lamb Chops are just a sample of the offerings. Reservations are required. Call (713) 521-2239.
Ouisie’s Table, 3939 San Felipe: While the menu for Valentine’s Day is à la carte with selections that combine the restaurant’s favorites and specials for the evening, diners who extend their celebration into the weekend are in for a treat. On February 15 and 16, Ouisie’s is offering a three-course, prix fixe menu with a choice of appetizers, main courses and desserts. Available for dinner only, it’s $45 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Call (713) 528-2264 or email the restaurant for reservations.
Kiran’s, 2925 Richmond: On February 14, this popular Indian restaurant is featuring a three-course, prix fixe dinner with with seatings at 5, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Offerings include Almond Saffron Soup, beet salad, Dover sole and rack of lamb. All are served with garlic naan and an intermezzo of Rosé Sorbet. The cost is $95 per person. To make a reservation, call (713) 960-8472.
Tony’s, 3755 Richmond: The Tony’s for Two menu is available on February 14, with seatings beginning at 5:30, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. The specially crafted menu includes filini (short pasta threads), Maple-Charred Hamachi and Colorado rack of lamb. The cost for the first seating is $95 per person. The second seating is $155 per person and the final seating is $85 per person. Reserve online or call (713) 622-6778.
TRIBUTE at The Houstonian, 111 North Post Oak: Several specials augment this swanky spot’s menu for Valentine’s Day. Look for a Tuna Tiradito amuse-bouche, Wild King Salmon en Croute, and a combo of Wagyu tenderloin and Maine lobster with black truffle hollandaise. Capping the evening is a Baked Alaska for two. Bonus: Valet parking is validated for restaurant guests and self-parking in the big garage is free. The special menu items are available from 5 to 10 p.m. from February 14 through 16, and can be made online or by calling (713) 685-6713.
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B&B Butchers, 1814 Washington: Guests can pre-order bouquets from John Friedman Flowers to be waiting on the table for dinner between February 13 and 16. That romantic touch is in addition to the restaurant’s stellar steaks and Valentine’s Day menu specials that were still in the works as of press time. NOTE: Flower orders require 48 hours’ notice. Learn more and select arrangements online. Reservations are a must and can be made by calling (713) 862-1814.
Broken Barrel, 1950 Hughes Landing, The Woodlands: Begin your romantic dinner with a complimentary glass of bubbles and amuse bouche. From there, the evening’s three-course prix-fixe menu includes your choice of appetizer and entrée, with chocolate tres leches for dessert. Select from options such as Roasted Cauliflower Cream with truffle oil and roasted hazelnuts, grilled mahi mahi with sun-dried tomato or Parmesan and beef risotto. The cost is $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are available from 3 to 9:30 p.m. A credit card is required for reservations and a $50 per person cancellation fee will be applied with less than 48 hours notice. Call (281) 719-8542 to reserve.
Jonathan’s The Rub, two locations at 9061 Gaylord and 12505 Memorial: Several options for two are available, each with a shared side and two jumbo chocolate-covered strawberries. Choose from Surf & Turf with two six-ounce filet mignons and two five-ounce seafood-stuffed lobster tails, served with garlic scampi, for $82 per couple; Fowl and Turf, with a 24-ounce, sliced, prime bone-in ribeye and four stuffed quail breasts, served with chimichurri for $78 per couple; Chateaubriand and shrimp for $72 per couple; or Chilean sea bass Pontchartrain and scallops for $68 per couple. The original location on Gaylord is BYOB. The Memorial location has a full bar and is offering Valentine’s Day cocktail specials. Reservations are highly recommended. Cal (713)465-8200 to reserve at Gaylord and (713) 808-9291 to reserve at Memorial.
King’s Bierhaus, multiple locations: The casual German restaurant is celebrating with an “Uncomplicated Valentine’s Day Dinner,” featuring a five-course, prix-fixe menu. Begin with a shot of schnapps, before choosing from a soup or salad, an appetizer, an entrée selection that includes a pork shank for two or any other main dish on the menu, and apple or cream cheese strudel for a sweet finish. The cost is $60 per couple.
Peli Peli, multiple locations: Chef Ryan Stewart is creating a series of specials available on Valentine’s Day weekend. Look for selections such as Lobster Thermidor, an eight-ounce lobster tail served with citrus, mushrooms, garlic and peppadews atop South African wild rice for $55, and Parmesan-crusted sea bass with a pomegranate reduction for $47. There are also Valentine’s Day-inspired cocktails such as the Love Potion, a blend of El Espolòn tequila reposado, peach schnapps and cherry and citrus juices for $12. The menu specials are available February 14 and 15. Reservations can be made online.
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille, multiple locations: All of these swanky steak locations have a three-course dinner available for Valentine’s Day. Choose a soup or salad from among lobster bisque, French onion soup and Perry’s Signature Wedge Salad. Entrées include an eight-ounce Filet Perry, Perry’s Famous Pork Chop and salmon with lemon dill butter. White Chocolate Cheesecake and Chocolate Crunch highlight the dessert offerings. The cost is $60 per person for reservations before 5:30 p.m. and $75 per person for reservations 5:45 p.m. and later. All reservations are limited to a two-hour time period and a credit card is necessary to secure a spot. There is a $25 fee for reservations after 4 p.m. cancelled after February 12.