Where to Eat on Valentine's Day

FYI, it's on a Friday.

Hermann ParkCruise

6001 Fannin, 713-526-0077

Want to be super-romantic this Valentine's Day? Book a cruise for you and your Valentine for $50 per couple. Well, it's not a huge cruise ship. Instead, couples can cruise around ­McGovern Lake on pedal boats after a picnic dinner in Hermann Park. Pinewood Cafe will provide the food for the lunch or dinner. Seatings for lunch will occur between noon and 2 p.m., and dinner seatings are available between 5:30 and 7 p.m. Enjoy hummus and pita chips, falafel and vegetable sticks for the appetizer, followed by picnic-style foods for the main course, such as a hamburger, Caesar or Greek salad or wrap, chicken sandwich, or a special grilled cheese sandwich. Soft-serve parfaits will be served for dessert, as well as chocolates. Purchase beer and wine at the Pinewood Cafe.

Rustic romance at Rainbow Lodge
Rustic romance at Rainbow Lodge
Mr. Peeples has caviar.
Troy Fields
Mr. Peeples has caviar.


4100 Westheimer, 713-960-8472

If you love long, extravagant dinners, then reserve a date at Kiran's for the six-course dinner for $85. Kiran's will offer a shot of mushroom soup complete with black truffles, chaat masala plantains and a chimichurri sauce for the first course, followed by either baked oysters or sabudana veda (a tapioca pearl patty), with a chutney made with mint and apple for the second course. The third course will be a roasted beet and blood orange salad with spicy cashews, followed by the fourth course (intermezzo) of Champagne and mango sorbet. The main-course selections include tandoor-roasted Colorado lamb, poached domestic Dover sole, and red kidney beans with saffron rice. Finally, if you're not completely stuffed, enjoy mascarpone and Valrhona chocolate ice cream in a white chocolate heart, chocolate-covered strawberries, or milk chocolate and Earl Grey pudding for dessert.

Reserve 101

1201 Caroline, 713-655-7101

If you're a couple who loves whiskey, then this is the Valentine's Day dinner for you. Reserve 101 will offer a five-course whiskey-pairing dinner beginning with a Champagne welcome and artisan cheese plate at 8 p.m. Be mindful that this special dinner is open to only 15 couples, so act fast. Each course will be paired with whiskeys from Glenmorangie. Progress from lemon-herb shrimp in a garlic butter sauce and a ten-year original Glenmorangie to white wine cherries prosciutto flat bread with Nectar D'or, followed by strawberry-honey glazed grilled satay with LaSanta and blackened chicken and risotto with Quinta Ruban. Reserve 101 will pair the Glenmorangie Signet with chocolates to conclude this $150 per couple meal.

Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen

4611 Montrose, 713-807-8883

Make a reservation at Danton's for a $62 three-course meal featuring favorites from the Gulf. Enjoy a cup of gumbo or half a dozen oysters on the half-shell for the first course, followed by a 14-ounce rib eye topped with jumbo lump crab, baked crab Balinese, or grilled market fish topped with either crab or shrimp. Finish the entire meal with key lime pie, white chocolate bread pudding or crème brûlée.


2040 West Gray, 832-200-1492

21 Waterway Avenue, The Woodlands, 281-367-1492

For $79 per person, Américas will offer a three-course menu February 13-16 beginning with an appetizer of lobster corn dogs, bacon-wrapped quail taquitos or corn-smoked crab fingers paired with Casteller Cava. The second-course options include an Angus beef tenderloin with chimichurri sauce, plaintain-crusted chicken, sous vide pork shoulder and grilled shrimp, and arroz paella — each main course is paired with Cordúa Corazón Red Blend or Ave Sauvignon Blanc. Dessert options are tres lechesdelirio de chocolate and alfajores.


2055 Westheimer, 713-527-8300

9705 Westheimer, 713-952-1988

1520 Lake Pointe Parkway, Sugar Land, 832-532-5300

947 North Gessner, Suite B290, 713-231-1352

Enjoy a three-course Valentine's dinner February 13-16 with wine for $69 per person at all Churrascos locations. Kick the meal off with beef or chicken empanadas or Peruvian blue tilapia with Gulf shrimp and calamari, paired with Casteller Cava, then move on to the main course of an 8-ounce beef tenderloin (10-ounce and 12-ounce available), pan-roasted Gulf coast red snapper, plaintain-crusted chicken, or grilled salmon and shrimp. Each main course is paired with Cordúa Corazón Red Blend or Ave Sauvignon Blanc. Choose from three desserts to conclude this romantic and filling meal — tres leches, delirio de chocolate or alfajores.

Monarch Bistro at Hotel ZaZa

5701 Main, 713-526-1991

Wine and dine at Monarch Bistro inside Hotel ZaZa this Valentine's Day — you can even stay the night with the Valentine's Stay Package starting at $459. But if you just want the dinner for $75 per person, you can enjoy a rosé champagne gel with caviar and cream for the amuse-bouche, followed by a selection of appetizers: baby radish with Texas goat cheese and volcanic salt; pomegranate with poached baby pear, Rogue River blue cheese and pistachio brittle; or a crispy duck salad with citrus and lavender. It already sounds like a romantic meal.The second course includes gnocchi with pancetta, zucchini ravioli (it's finely shredded) with black truffle ricotta and beet saffron puree, seafood gratin with scallop, shrimp, blue crab, crema poblano and Gruyère. Third-course selections include Chinese barbecue pork with bok choy and fried rice, or Strauss veal short ribs with a Parmesan grit cake. Top the meal off with a slice of strawberry cheesecake drenched in chocolate, a raspberry chocolate mousse brownie torte or a frozen coconut soufflé.

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