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Where to Eat on Saint Valentine's Day 2014: FYI, It's on a Friday

Be great and make reservations at a Houston restaurant for Valentine's Day.
Be great and make reservations at a Houston restaurant for Valentine's Day.
Photo by Raymond Bryson

This year, Valentine's Day is on a Friday. In other words, everyone will be vying for a reservation at one of the many Houston restaurants offering a special meal on the day of romance. Don't be that guy or gal who forgets to make a reservation in advance, especially if your special someone is expecting a romantic evening with incredible and decadent food.

Let one of these Houston restaurants help you out on Valentine's Day this year. All you have to do is get the flowers, the chocolates and write something sweet in a card; they'll do the cooking for you.

Enjoy the Torta Helada, a Peruvian-style cold Red Velvet Cake served with strawberry gelatin, rhubarb rocoto coulis and blood orange sorbet.
Enjoy the Torta Helada, a Peruvian-style cold Red Velvet Cake served with strawberry gelatin, rhubarb rocoto coulis and blood orange sorbet.
Photo by Renato Rimach

Latin Bites 5709 Woodway, 713-229-8369

For $75 per person, Latin Bites will offer a three-course Valentine's dinner featuring pork belly and South American corn dough, duck cannelloni prepared two ways (leg confit and wine demi-glaze breast), and a Venezuelan chocolate mousse served with passion fruit cream and hazelnut gelato. Latin Bites will also serve a complimentary glass of prosecco to each diner.

Brennan's of Houston 3300 Smith, 713-522-9711

Head to Brennan's for a truly romantic evening and enjoy a $75 three-course meal between 5 and 9:45 p.m. on Valentine's Day. Brennan's will offer a Matagorda Bay oyster shooter with pickled vegetables before the meal begins. Choose from a variety of starter options, including the crispy oyster BLT, classic turtle soup au sherry or a strawberry wine-poached foie gras torchon with a foie gras mousse-stuffed fig, duck confit and foie gras rillette peanut butter brioche. Entree selections include dishes such as pecan crusted mahi mahi, lamb chops and Louisiana jumbo lump blue crab cakes. Order the table-side bananas foster, or indulge your sweet tooth in a strawberry shortcake, strawberry white chocolate cobbler, or chocolate Doberge cake plated with mint julep ice cream. You may also order a Mardi Gras Mambo King Cake complete with a Creole cream cheese filling. Add a bottle of sparkling Rosé from Sonoma/Napa for $55, a Russian River Chardonnay for $70, or Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast for $62. Brennan's is also offering a special cocktail made with Godiva chocolate vodka, crème de cacao and dark cherry sirope for $11.

Caracol 2200 Post Oak Blvd, Ste 160, 713-622-9996

Check out the new restaurant from Hugo Ortega this Valentine's Day. Caracol will offer a $79 meal (per person) complete with a complimentary Champagne toast. Starter options range from creamy corn and poblano soup to garlic mushrooms with griddled bollilo. Enjoy spicy hashed fish turnovers with cilantro cream or small herb-marinated crab tostadas for the second course, and butterflied boneless whole fish wood-grilled in a basket, or fire-roasted lobster served with flour tortillas and playa la ropa beans for the entrée. Choose from a variety of sweet treats, such as the chocolate coconut shell with coconut butter cream, coconut ganache, coconut streusel and whipped coconut, or the assortment of Mexican cookies and chocolates.

Caracol will also offer a Valentine's Day Weekend menu for couples. The entire meal for two costs $105 and includes items such as a shareable tuna ceviche made with plantain, lime and cilantro cream, a watercress salad with grapefruit and avocado, mixed shellfish with frog legs and rice, and Ruben's Dessert Platter to share.

Charivari 2521 Bagby, 713-521-7231

Choose from two five-course prix fixe Valentine's Day menus at Charivari, each costing $65 per person. The first menu features an amuse bouche of eggplant with American sturgeon caviar canapes, broiled maple-miso glazed Chilean sea bass with winter greens for the entree and Swiss hazelnut chocolate tart with homemade bourbon vanilla ice cream for dessert. The second menu begins with Berkshire pork rilletes for the amuse bouche, and grilled filet mignon with munster cheese, verjus reduction and roesti potatoes for the entree. End the meal with a blood orange cobbler and homemade bourbon vanilla ice cream.

Rainbow Lodge 2011 Ella Blvd., 713-861-8666

A meal at Rainbow Lodge is unforgettable. Reserve a spot for you and your special someone at this four-course meal for $75 per person on Valentine's Day. Start with southern fried Texas quail with an acorn squash tart, then move on to a second course of smoked duck gumbo with andoille sausage and wild rice pilaf or a roasted beet salad with butter lettuce, Texas goat feta and fig vinaigrette. For the entree, enjoy duck prepared two ways (roasted breast and confit leg) or a duo of venison loin with grilled wild boar chop served with jalapeno and French brie bread pudding with Brussels sprouts and a wild huckleberry sauce. End on a sweet note with warm croissant bread pudding with bourbon caramel, vanilla bean ice cream and an almond tuille, or a dark chocolate pot de crème with mint chocolate truffles and a blood orange chantilly.

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Enjoy the mini tampiquena platter at Sylvia's for the entire Valentine's Day week.
Enjoy the mini tampiquena platter at Sylvia's for the entire Valentine's Day week.
Photo courtesy of Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen

Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen 6401 Woodway, 713-334-7295 12637 Westheimer, 281-679-8300

Beginning on Monday, February 10, Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen will offer a week-long Valentine's menu at both locations (Woodway and Westheimer). The Sweetheart Menu includes an appetizer dish of picomole and an entree. Choose from carne asada beef fajita steak with a cheese enchilada, a mixed grill platter for two featuring quail, shrimp, chicken and carne asada, or Sylvia's Enchilada Culinary Tour with four small enchiladas from north and south of the Mexican border, for the main course. Dessert options include either a white chocolate or chocolate tres leches cake. Sylvia's will also offer diners a complimentary house margarita if they order off the Sweetheart Menu between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Backstreet Cafe 1103 S. Shepherd, 713-521-2239

Make it a romantic evening in the backyard at Backstreet Cafe with a four-course meal for $75 per person. Begin with beef carpaccio or pan-seared scallops with a fennel and orange salad, followed by a butter lettuce salad with bacon, hard-boiled egg and a creamy basil dressing, or warm up with a roasted poblano pepper soup with cornbread croutons. Enjoy Texas Gulf shrimp with stone-ground cheese grits for the main entree, or pan roasted snapper with a warm cous cous salad with orange and grapefruit. Delight yourselves with a sweet vanilla crème brulee topped with orange whipped crème fraiche, or a deep dark chocolate cake topped with raspberry sauce and chocolate ice cream for dessert.

Backstreet Cafe will also offer a special couples' menu on the 15th and 16th for the Valentine's Weekend. Share burrata topped with warm tomato, olives, basil and garlic, then order dirty-rice beignets with andouille sausage and crawfish for an appetizer. Fill up on short ribs risotto or coq au vin blanc served with fingerling potatoes for your entree. Share Ruben's Dessert Platter, complete with Nutella doughnut holes, chocolate-orange cookies, and miniature versions of crème brulee and lemon tart. This special weekend dinner menu costs $95 per person.

Hugo's 1600 Westheimer, 713-524-7744

Kick off this special Valentine's Day meal with a light ceviche verde, followed by crispy potato tacos with napa cabbage, pickled onions and an avocado tomatillo salsa for the second course. Move on to a grilled rack of lamb with red mole sauce and butternut squash puree or a petite strip steak for the main entree. Top it all off with caramel-filled crepes with dulce de leche ice cream and candied pecans, or milk chocolate and coconut mousse with passion fruit and raspberries. This meal costs $75 per person.

Hugo's will offer a special Valentine's Day Weekend menu for $95 per couple. Head over to the Houston favorite on Saturday or Sunday for a scrumptious meal complete with grilled tuna tacos and guacamole, roasted quail with rose petal sauce and Ruben's Dessert Platter to share.

Prego 2520 Amherst, 713-529-2420

This Valentine's Day, Prego will begin seating at 5 p.m. for the special three-course dinner for $46 per person. First course selections include items such as a blue-crab salad with heirloom tomatoes, avocado, local mushrooms and lemon salsa, and beef carpaccio with arugula, tomato and truffle. Entree options include a pan-seared Chilean sea bass with jumbo lump crab meat, tomatoes, spinach and Yukon gold mashed potatoes, and gnocchi with Texas Kobe short ribs topped with a fried egg. Top it all off with devil's food cake and chocolate cremeux with strawberry gelato, an update to the classic chocolate-covered strawberries.

Mockingbird Bistro 1985 Welch, 713-533-0200

Mockingbird's Valentine's Day menu will be offered on Thursday, February 13, and Friday, February 14. The three-course dinner for $65 per person features duck confit and saffron risotto with Gulf shrimp for appetizers, and beef filet with cipollini onion risotto, pan-seared scallops with Brussels sprouts and a bouillabaisse with a bountiful variety of crustaceans and fish for the main entree. Choose from a puff pastry with vanilla cream and strawberries, flourless chocolate cake served with peanut brittle and banana brulee, chocolate mousse, or apple bread pudding for dessert. Enhance the meal with sommelier wine pairings for an additional $30 per person.

Osteria Mazzantini 2200 Post Oak Blvd., Ste. 140, 713-993-9898

On both Friday, February 14, and Saturday, February 15, Osteria Mazzantini will offer a three-course romantic Italian dinner for $65 per person (or $95 per person with wine pairings). Begin with a black winter truffle risotto cooked with braised rabbit and pecorino, or enjoy a light arugula salad with sunchokes and ricotta salata, tossed in a walnut vinaigrette. Then, enjoy Texas Quail with roasted figs, turnips and polenta, or scallops coated in fennel, served with cauliflower, capers and pancetta, for the entree. Finally, share (or have one all to yourself) a light champagne panna cotta or pistachio torta with rose cream and candied rose petals for dessert.

Line & Lariat 220 Main St., 832-667-4470

This $65 per person three-course meal begins with "Hot & Spicy" first course plate selections, such as bacon-wrapped quail prepared like wings served with a cucumber, celery and blue cheese salad, and a mustard-spiced crab cake with scallion remoulade. The second course, "It's on Fire," includes sage-braised rabbit with serano peppers and carrot puree, as well as a chile marinated grilled pork tenderloin. The dessert course, "Cool Down or Heat Up," features roasted cranberry pear tart and pumpkin panna cotta.

The Bistro at Hotel Sorella 800 Sorella Court, 713-827-3545

The Bistro will offer a $79 per person five-course Valentine's dinner featuring pan-seared duck breast, oysters with leeks and bacon on the half-shell, and fired gala apple pie served with salted caramel ice cream and pecan brittle.

ARA Restaurant - Royal Sonseta Hotel 2222 West Loop South, 713-627-7600

For $88 per couple, you and your special someone can enjoy a four-course Valentine's dinner beginning with a soup and salad, followed by an entree showcasing 44 Farms products. Don't forget to enjoy a special dessert and a glass of sparkling wine.

Eleven XI Restaurant & Bar 607 West Gray, 713-529-5881

You and your Valentine have two menu options on Valentine's Day at Eleven XI. Choose either a three-course meal for $190 per couple, or a four-course meal for $225 per couple. For the three-course dinner, enjoy soup or salad to start, followed by a main course of two 6-ounce filet mignons with one 16-ounce broiled lobster tail to share. Choose from a variety of confections prepared in-house for the dessert. If you choose the four-course meal, you will receive the entire three-course menu items, as well as your choice of Gulf shrimp cocktail, jumbo lump crab cake or buffalo carpaccio. Add wine, beer or cocktail pairings to each course for $50 or $100 extra.

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Sparrow Bar + Cookshop 3701 Travis St., 713-524-6922

For $150 per couple, Chef Monica Pope has prepared a four-course Valentine's menu featuring tuna sashimi tempura with orange chili sauce, wasabi and roe, a cutlet of antelope with red onion-red eye cream gravy, and shiitake mushroom dumplings with a blue cheese-honey cream sauce. Enjoy white chocolate challah bread pudding with passion fruit custard sauce for dessert. Add wine pairings for $30 per person.

Triniti Restaurant + Bar 2815 S Shepherd, 713-527-9090

Triniti will offer a six-course Valentine's dinner perfect for sharing with someone for $100 per person. The option to pair wines with each course is available for $50 per person.

Hubbell & Hudson Bistro 24 Waterway Ave, 281-203-5641

This Valentine's Day, Hubbell & Hudson Bistro will offer a four-course dinner for $84 per person. It will feature braised short rib ravioli covered in a parmesan truffle sauce, red wine-braised octopus served with crispy pork, and Akaushi strip served with a parsnip puree. Indulge your sweet tooth with deconstructed s'mores for dessert.

Frank's Americana Revival 3736 Westheimer, 713-572-8600

Enjoy down-home classic dishes at Frank's Americana Revival for Valentine's Day. The restaurant will offer a $65 (per person) four-course prix fixe meal with options ranging from country ham white bean and mustard green soup for the starter, a fried Gulf oyster salad with corn, jalapeno relish and spicy buttermilk dressing, buffalo tenderloin with jalapeno cheese grits, a butternut squash taquito and smoky chili aioli, and a warm double chocolate brownie cake with vanilla bean ice cream.

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar 2405 W. Alabama, 713-520-5959 1201 Lake Woodlands Dr. (Suite 305), 281-362-0103 788 W. Sam Houston Parkway N., 713-827-1120

Fleming's will offer a two-course special prix fixe Valentine's menu from February 13th until the 15th. Feast on pan-seared scallops with goat cheese polenta and grape tomatoes, and the Fleming's salad or the Caesar salad to begin the meal. Main-course selections include a petite filet mignon with baked blue crab, a Bearnaise sauce, potatoes, and either pecan-crusted salmon or an 8-ounce lobster tail. Conclude the meal with sweet cinnamon sugar doughnuts with a lemon custard and blueberry dipping sauce. Each item is priced individually.

Enjoy these delicate scallops in a saffron cream sauce from Sale-Sucre.
Enjoy these delicate scallops in a saffron cream sauce from Sale-Sucre.
Photo courtesy of The Epicurean Publicist

Sale-Sucre 2916 White Oak Drive, 713-623-1406

Take your loved one to Sale-Sucre on Valentine's Day for a three-course prix fixe dinner for $53 per person. Select from either sauteed scallops with saffron cream or a goat cheese chestnut salad for the first course, followed by either almond trout and vegetables or a filet mignon with mushrooms and mashed potatoes for the entree. Dessert selections include either St. Valentin strawberries or chocolate mousse.

Funky Chicken 181 Height Blvd, 832-924-4655

Say I love you with a Southern meal complete with fried chicken and all the fixings, plus a bottle of wine! Funky Chicken will offer a Valentine's Day dinner for two featuring a whole chicken, two sides and two buttermilk biscuits with a bottle of Vueve Clicquot Rosé for $99.95. Enjoy this meal during the week of Valentine's Day, beginning on Monday, February 10. Side options include mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, funky slaw, roasted baby carrots, Brussels sprouts, potato salad, quinoa salad and fries. Of course, any Valentine's meal wouldn't be complete without something sweet, so Funky Chicken will have vanilla bread pudding and an "Every Funky Thing" cookie.

Tila's 1111 S. Shepherd, 713-522-7654

Take your honey to Tila's for a romantic a la carte meal (a guitarist and vocalist will help set the mood). Choose an appetizer -- "ceviche negro," Swiss cheese souffle, or lump crab meat tostada - followed by a main course, including beef tenderloin medallions, grilled shrimp enchiladas, or chicken manchego. Dessert options include coconut flan and ancho fudge pie Valentine hearts. Pair this meal with a full or half bottle of champagne to make the night uber-special.

Carmelo's Italian Restaurant 14795 Memorial, 281-531-0696

Make reservations for a Valentine's dinner on either Friday, February 14, or Saturday, February 15. This Memorial Drive Italian restaurant will offer a variety of antipasti dishes, such as crispy cheese ravioli and carpaccio di filetto, as well as a selection of pasta plates and main dishes -- lobster ravioli, potato gnocchi, rigatoni con pollo and osso bucco. Share a couple pastries for dessert, or just enjoy the complimentary chocolate truffle and biscotti.

Etoile Cusine et Bar 1101 Uptown Park Blvd., 832-668-5808

If you can't head to Paris for Valentine's Day, make a reservation at Etoile - it's the next best thing to being in France. Etoile will serve a three-course dinner with starter options of tuna tartare, lobster bisque, warm goat cheese salad or seared duck foie gras. Main-course options include Chilean sea bass, scallops with butternut squash, beef tenderloin and beef short ribs (one meal!), or a foie gras-stuffed pheasant breast. The two dessert options are divided into one option for the lady and one for the man (or whatever) -- however, you may make your decision as you please. For the madame, Etoile will offer a raspberry and white chocolate entremet with vanilla ice cream, and for the monsieur, Etoile will offer a molten chocolate cake with passion fruit sauce and coconut sorbet. Hermann Park Cruise 6001 Fannin St., 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 12 p.m. and 2 p.m., and dinner seatings are available between 5:30 p.m. 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! BYOB is encouragedPurchase beer and wine at the Pinewood Cafe.

Kiran's 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 sabutdana veda, AKA 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 10-year original Glenmorangie to white wine cherries prosciutto flat bread with Nector 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 Blvd., 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 brulee.

Americas 2040 W. Gray St., 832-200-1492 21 Waterway Ave, 281-367-1492

For $79 per person, Americas 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 Cordua Corazon Red Blend or Ave Sauvignon Blanc. Dessert options are tres leches, deliro de chocolate and alfajores.

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Empandas from Churrascos, anyone?
Empandas from Churrascos, anyone?
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Churrascos 2055 Westheimer, 713-527-8300 9705 Westheimer, 713-952-1988 1520 Lake Pointe Parkway, 832-532-5300 947 N 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 either an eight-ounce beef tenderloin (10-ounce and 12-ounce available), pan-roasted Gulf coast red snapper, plaintain-crusted chicken or grilled salmonand shrimp. Each main course is paired with Cordua Corazon 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, 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 bleu cheese and pistachio brittle; and a crispy duck salad with citrus and lavender. It already sounds like a romantic meal.The second-course includes gnocchi with pancetta, zucchini ravioli (aka it's finely shredded) with black truffle ricotta and beet saffron puree, and seafood gratin with scallop, shrimp, blue crab, crema poblano and Gruyère. Third-course selections include Chinese BBQ pork with bok choy and fried rice, and 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 souffle.

Mr. Peeples 1911 Bagby, 713-652-0711

If coconut-crusted shrimp, lamb lollipops and double pork chops sound like an enticing and exciting meal to you, then make a reservation at Mr. Peeples for $85 per person. Enjoy a four-course meal with add-on options for the main course, such as an Oscar topping or port wine and mushroom sauce, and even an ounce of Petrossian caviar. Conclude the evening with a choice of cheesecake, carrot cake or Valentine's chocolates - whatever suits your fancy.

Tony Mandola's 1212 Waugh, 713-528-3474

This Valentine's, Tony Mandola's will offer a four-course dinner with a complimentary glass of Champagne for $149 per couple. First-course options include broiled oysters, tuna tartare and roasted quail; second-course selections include an arugula salad with candied pecans, balsamic vinaigrette and gorgonzola cheese, or a beet salad with EVOO, a peppercorn gastrique and local chevre . Feast on pan-seared scallops with risotto, veal scallopini with capers, artichokes and kalamata olives, or surf and turf of lobster and a 6-ounce filet mignon. Delight yourselves in a chocolate raspberry truffle with crushed pistachios or a light coconut panna cotta for dessert.

Bistro Provence 13616 Memorial, 713-827-8008

On Thursday, February 13, and Friday, February 14, Bistro Provence will serve a $65 (per person) three-course meal with seatings every half hour from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., and one final seating at 9 p.m. The dinner has been divided into three sections: The Seduction (first course); The Passion (second course); and Happily Ever After (dessert). Begin the meal with a selection of foie gras crème brulee, lobster bisque, baked oysters or a Belgian endive salad with walnuts, then order a main course of honey and tarragon duck breast, lemon sole and seafood vol au vent, or a filet mignon with cocoa sauce. End on a sweet note with either anise-poached pear with cinnamon and Champagne sabayon or Elias's surprise. Each party will receive a complimentary glass of sparkling Rosé with dessert.

Sorrel Bistro 2202 W. Alabama, 713-677-0391

Fill up your stomachs with a six-course prix fixe meal on Valentine's Day at Sorrel Bistro, or simply order off of the special a la carte menu. The prix-fixe menu will begin with seared Gulf Coast scallops served over a potato cake, followed by plates of Texas T wagyu ribeye sashimi, marinated jumbo lump crab cake with avocado, sweet corn sorbet and oscietra caviar, duck confit bruschetta with vanilla oil on rye toast, and slow-roasted prawns with a soft poached quail egg and crab bisque. The meal concludes with a sweet brandied cherry chocolate cake with cardamom whipped cream. The prix fixe meal costs $100 and can be upgraded with wine pairings for $130.

Texas de Brazil 822 Town & Country Blvd., 713-730-3013

If you truly want a feast for Valentine's Day, might we suggest you reserve a spot at Texas de Brazil? Along with meat carved table-side and the never-ending salad bar, you and your date can enjoy special cocktails, such as the Brazilian Rose, made with guava juice, Grand Marnier and cachaça , or the Brazilian Kiss, made with Ciroc vodka, Cointreau, Chambord and lime juice, as well as the special sparkling moscato for the evening from Terra Andina for $10 per glass and $40 per bottle. Dessert options include a Brazilian cheesecake, triple-layer chocolate mousse cake, key lime pie, Bananas Foster pie, flan carrot cake, coconut cheese pie, pecan pie, papaya crème and crème brulee.

Harvest Organic Grille 1810 Fountain View Drive, 713-243-0900

For $49 per person, you and your Valentine can enjoy a four-course meal complete with hors d'oeuvres such as salmon and caviars with crostini and cheese puree, walnut and goat cheese-filled dates, and organic beet hummus. After you snack on baked zucchini cakes, dream veggie puffs or Mediterranean meatballs for the mid-course, choose from lamb chops, salmon, steak and a vegetable casserole for the main course. End with a chocolate cake and chocolate-dipped strawberries for dessert.

Ouisie's Table 3939 San Felipe, 713-528-2264

For the entire Valentine's Day weekend (February 14-16), Ouisie's Table will offer a special a la carte dinner perfect for a truly romantic evening. Along with the specially designed menu, Ouisie's Table will offer flowers, chocolates and sparkling wine for an extra charge. So, just in case you forget to buy that box of chocolates or can't remember which types of flowers your special someone adores, Ouisie's Table has got your back.

The Bird & The Bear 2810 Westheimer, 713-528-2473

Just as its sister restaurant, Ouisie's Table, is doing, The Bird & The Bear will offer its special Valentine's menu February 14-16. This a la carte menu features lobster bisque, fried oysters, crab cakes for two, goat cheese salad, chicken piccata, smoked double pork chop, shrimp and cheese grits, and four incredibly sweet and divine desserts: lemon meringue, banana chocolate cake, raspberry cheesecake and dulce de leche parfait.

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832-668-5808

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713-526-0077

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832-200-1492

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