Dine on rack of lamb, lobster bisque, golden beets and bittersweet chocolate mousse at CRÚ Food & Wine Bar,.
Photo by Robert Tsai
Love is in the Houston air, y’all. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, now is the time to make reservations for the special day. From decadent, prix fixe meals for two to a la carte affairs complete with chocolate and bubbly, these Houston restaurants are ready to bring the love this Valentine’s Day on Friday, February 14:
The Annie Cafe & Bar, 1800 Post Oak, 713-804-1800
Hit this reimagined classic to enjoy a romantic dinner with festive food and cocktail specials all weekend long. Plus, pre-order a beautiful arrangement from John Friedman Flowers, which is available with your reservation on Thursday, February 13 – Saturday, February 15 with a 48-hour notice.
ARA Restaurant + Axis Lounge, 2222 West Loop South, 713-627-7600
Located in Royal Sonesta Houston, ARA is serving up a Valentine’s Day appetizer plate on for V-Day, featuring a half-dozen raw oysters on the half shell, served with caviar and champagne gelée, along with two glasses of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne for $35.
Arnaldo Richards’ Picos, 3601 Kirby, 832-831-9940
The restaurant is showcasing the culinary traditions of Spain in its Valentine’s Day menu. For $85, the Valentine's Menu features classic Paella for two including tapas, charcuterie board and churro and Mexican cookie service.
Artisans, 3201 Louisiana, 713-529-9111
From 5 to 10 p.m., lovers can enjoy a multi-course French meal, with dishes from smoked butter baked oysters to foie gras torchon, beef wellington to pan-seared sea bass, and Neapolitan mousse cake.
B&B Butchers & Restaurant, 1814 Washington, 713-862-1814
Diners have the option of pre-ordering flowers to be on the table when they arrive and to choose from a few menu specials. These options are available with your reservation on Thursday, February 13 - Sunday, February 16 with a 48-hour notice.
B.B. Italia, 14795 Memorial, 281-531-0696
Treat your sweetheart to a romantic dinner at B.B. Italia with festive food and cocktail specials all weekend long. Make it extra special with a beautiful pre-ordered arrangement from John Friedman Flowers for $65, which is available with your reservation on Thursday, February 13 – Sunday, February 16 with a 48-hour notice.
Backstreet Cafe, 1103 South Shepherd, 713-521-2239
The charming restaurant is offering a special Couple’s Menu on the nights of February 10, 11, 12, 13, 15 and 16 ($110 per couple plus beverage, tax and gratuity) and a special Valentine’s Day menu on February 14 ($79 per person plus beverage, tax and gratuity). There will be live jazz by the Bob Chadwick Trio on Valentine’s night. Dine on sherried wild mushroom soup, roasted oysters, pistachio-crusted lamb chop and milk chocolate truffle cake; and on V-Day, go for choices like Gulf Coast beignets, cauliflower chowder, duck confit and strawberry bavarois and pistachio cake.
Benjy's, 2424 Dunstan, 713-522-7602
A special six-course menu will be available February 14 starting at 5 p.m. for $60 per person plus tax and gratuity. Enjoy dishes such as Forest Mushroom Dumplings, Saffron Poached Halibut, and Wagyu Steak with
Truffle French Fries.
Bisou, 4444 Westheimer, 713-955-3855
This Valentine’s Day, the chic River Oaks District spot introduces a four-course tasting menu for $79 per person, offered from 5 p.m. to midnight and featuring chef selections like Wagyu Beef Carpaccio with wild mushroom salad, Truffle Mushroom Risotto, Chilean Sea Bass, Steak with Bacon Wrapped Shrimp and a decadent dessert trio.
Bistro Menil, 1513 West Alabama, 713-904-3537
The bistro is offering an extended and customizable Valentine’s Day special from February 14-15. Beginning with a special amuse-bouche of smoked salmon tartare paired with a NV Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Rosé, guests can choose from dishes such as wild mushroom and white truffle bisque, seared diver scallops with beurre blanc, caviar and creamy lemon risotto, and an ethereal Coeur à la crème with raspberry sauce. The Valentine’s Day Special with wine pairings is available for $110 per person plus tax and gratuity or without wine pairings for $79 per person plus tax and gratuity.
Bistro Provence, 13616 Memorial Drive, 713-827-8008
Bistro Provence will a multi-choice menu and a free glass of French sparkling wine this V-Day, with options from lobster bisque with American caviar to roasted duck breast and chocolate cake with passionfruit coulis.
Seating times are 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., with two hours allowed for dining times at each slot. The three-course dinner is $69 per person, not including tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and will be secured by a $40 deposit via PayPal which is forfeited for any cancellation made less than 48 hours in advance or not honoring the reservation.
Brasserie du Parc, 1440 Lamar, 832-879-2802
Set on Discovery Green, Brasserie du Parc offers a special three-course menu for $62 plus tax and gratuity. The menu is available Friday and Saturday, February 14 and 15, with options including Maine lobster bisque, escargot, beef filet au poivre and dark chocolate lava cake.
Brennan's of Houston, 3300 Smith, 713-522-9711
Celebrate V-Day with a special dinner menu ($75) and seatings from 5 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
Brick House Tavern + Tap, multiple locations
Brick House Tavern + Tap is offering a four-course, dinner for two available from Friday, February 14 through Sunday, February 16. Guests can enjoy a choice of a snack, soup & salad, entrée and dessert for $49, with choices including Knockout Shrimp, French Onion Soup, Drunken Chops and Mahi Mahi. Add a bottle of Meiomi Pinot Noir or Bollini Pinot Grigio for an additional $25.
Broken Barrel, 1950 Hughes Landing, 281-719-8542
Enjoy a prix fixe Valentine’s Day Menu including a glass of bubbly and amuse-bouche, plus three courses for $75 per person. Choices include Wagyu carpaccio, grilled mahi mahi, parmesan and beef risotto and tres leches cake.
Caracol, 2200 Post Oak Boulevard, 713-622-9996
Caracol will offer a special Valentine’s Couples’ Menu on February 10, 11, 12, 13, 15 and 16 ($110 per couple plus beverage, tax and gratuity) and a special menu for Valentine’s night, February 14 ($85 per person plus beverage, tax and gratuity). Dine on things like wood-roasted Gulf oysters, pan-seared jumbo scallops, lobster rice and the famed El Coco dessert.
CRÚ Food & Wine Bar, 9595 Six Pines #650, 281-465-9463; 2800 Kirby, 713-528-9463
Reminisce with a gourmet four-course dinner ($60) and optional wine pairing, available on Friday, February 14 and Saturday, February 15. Dine on lobster bisque, golden beet carpaccio, crawfish ravioli, filet with burgundy truffle sauce, bittersweet chocolate mousse and more.
Davis Street at Hermann Park, 5925 Almeda, 877-328- 4778
Chef Mark Holley presents a prix fixe Valentine’s Day dinner, featuring appetizers such as Spicy Lobster Bisque and Yvonne Oysters, as well as entrée choices including Grilled Lamb Chops, Thai-Style Fried Snapper for Two and Harissa Dusted Cornish Hen. The meal is completed with a choice of decadent desserts including CiCi’s Chocolate Trio, Long Stemmed Strawberries or Down South Coconut Cake. The menu is $80 per person.
Ember & Greens, 9403 Katy Freeway, 713-465-3333
This Memorial restaurant and bar is offering a Valentine's Day special from February 14-16. For $55, guests can enjoy a four-course meal for two including their choice of one shareable, two house salads, two entrées and one dessert.
Emmaline, 3210 West Dalla, 713-523-3210
Enjoy four courses and a glass of bubbly for $75 per person (tax and gratuity not included), a and add a romantic floral arrangement to your dinner reservation with lush, seasonal florals by Petals and Palette Design Co ($75 Luxe Floral Package with complimentary delivery to your reserved table, orders must be placed by Tuesday, February 11, call 832-215-1599 to place your order).
Etoile Cuisine et Bar, 1101-11 Uptown Park, 832-668-5808
Join Etoile for an evening of amour and a special four-course prix fixe menu for $78 per person plus tax and gratuity. The menu will be available on Friday and Saturday, February 14 and 15. Optional wine pairings available for $28 per person supplement.
Fielding’s local kitchen + bar, 26400 Kuykendahl, 281-351-2225
Fielding’s local kitchen + bar will host its Valentine’s celebration all weekend long. Beat the crowds and enjoy a special prix-fixe menu for two, in addition to the full menu. Saturday and Sunday will also have brunch features for you and your sweetheart.
The General Public, 797 Sorella, 832-690-4450
The General Public will start off your date night with complimentary champagne and finish it off with local chocolates with food purchase.
Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, multiple locations
For the ultimate date night combo, guests can opt for the Sausage & Wine-Braised Onion Pizza from Grimaldi’s seasonal Pizza & Pozzi menu, which pairs perfectly with Villa Pozzi‘s Nero d’Avola wine. Finish with slice of rosy Red Velvet Cheesecake big enough to share (or not).
The Grove Houston, 1611 Lamar, 713-337-7321
The Grove Houston will offer a special three-course dinner to celebrate Valentine's Day, with courses including arugula salad with toasted pecans, seasonal fruit and mustard vinaigrette; live oak grilled NY strip and lobster tail with roasted garlic-herb butter, local grits and asparagus; and mole torte with Valrhona chocolate, strawberries, almond and ancho chile, all served family-style for $100 per couple. In addition to the special menu, the restaurant will offer its full dinner menu and a number of prime meat specials from a bone-in ribeye with veal demi to a double tomahawk pork chop in sage-butter. Reservations are available and encouraged from 5 to 10 p.m.
Helen Greek Food and Wine, 2429 Rice, 832-831-7133
Enjoy a $90 Dinner for Two or $115 with a bottle of wine, with three courses to be shared (choice of salad, lamb shank or whole plaki fish, and choice of dessert).
Helen in the Heights, 1111 Studewood, 832-582-7146
Helen in the Heights will have special featured entrees available during Valentine’s Day weekend, including a grass-fed ribeye from D'artagnan with Greek yogurt hollanhdaise, a featured V-Day dessert, wine specials and specialty cocktails from the bar.
Hugo’s, 1600 Westheimer, 713-524-7744
Chef Hugo Ortega’s namesake restaurant will offer a special Couple’s Menu on the nights of February 10, 11, 12, 13, 15 and 16 ($110 per couple plus beverage, tax and gratuity) and a special Valentine’s Day menu on February 14 ($79 per person plus beverage, tax and gratuity). There will also be live music by Viento on Valentine’s night.
Indianola, 1201 St Emanuel, 832-582-7202
Indianola will have a special Valentine’s Day Menu the weekend of February 14, in addition to its regular menu. Dine on\ Gulf Oysters on the Half Shell, Potato Chips & American Caviar, Bay Scallops Fettuccine Nero, Wood Grilled Filet Mignon and Strawberry Shortcake. Reservations will be spread throughout Indianoala and Miss Carousel. Friday night will be accompanied with live music by Jalen Baker Trio from 6-9 p.m. and a DJ from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
La Lucha, 1801 North Shepherd, 713-955-4765
La Lucha’s three-course prix fixe dinner for Valentine’s Day is $49.95 per person. Start with a
potato pancake with caviar, deviled egg with pickled shrimp and Thai marinated crab fingers, followed by “perfect greens” salad for the table and either Texas Toast burrata, tuna poke or cast-iron cornbread. Family style entrees include fried chicken biscuits, roasted winter squash, sweet potato spoonbread, braised greens and mushroom fricassee. End the night with a sweet treat from pastry chef Chrysta Poulos.
La Table, 1800 Post Oak, 713-439-1000
For $95 per person, indulge in La Table’s Valentine’s Day four course prix-fixe menu. Signatures include L’Hamachi sashimi with cilantro guacamole and yuzu dressing; Lobster Ravioli; Venison with caramelized salsify, wild mushrooms and pomegranate; and a strawberry passion fruit Vacheron with French meringue, passion fruit sorbet, vanilla Chantilly and strawberries. The Valentine’s Day menu will be available at both Marché at La Table downstairs and Chateaux at La Table upstairs from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Le Colonial, 4444 Westheimer, 713-629-4444
Start downstairs in the main dining area and enjoy a three-course Valentine’s Day menu
featuring many of the restaurants signature dishes including Tuna Tartare, Truffle & Squash Dumpling, Pan Seared Sea Bass, Roasted Hudson Valley Duck, and Crispy Noodles & Tofu. Following dinner, wander upstairs to the buzzy lounge and enjoy a cocktail (or two) as you overlook the picturesque streets of the River Oaks District. Menu priced at $85 and reservations are suggested.
Lucienne, 1070 Dallas, 713-242-8555
Guests can enjoy a two-course brunch menu on Friday, February 14 and Saturday, February 15 from 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. for $35 per person. Reserve a seat after sunset either evening to enjoy a savory, three-course dinner priced at $80 per person with the option of a $45 wine pairing. Spots are available throughout the night at 5 p.m., 7p.m. and 9 p.m. with complimentary valet included.
Jonathan’s The Rub The Original, 9061 Gaylord, 713-465-8200; Memorial Green, 12505 Memorial, 713-808-9291
Jonathan’s The Rub will be offering several specials and a Valentine’s Dinner for Two in addition to their regular menu at both locations. Enjoy dishes a lineup of surf and turf options, from filet and lobster to Chilean sea bass pontchartrain and scallops.
Kenny & Ziggy’s, 2327 Post Oak, 713-871-8883; 5172 Buffalo Speedway, 832-767-1136
Hit the deli for sky-scraping sandwiches, sizable salads authentic Eastern European entrees and more this Valentine’s Day.
King's BierHaus, 2044 East T C Jester, 281-990-3042
Enjoy the German restaurant and bier garden's "Uncomplicated Valentine's Dinner." For $60 per couple, King's will set the scene with a candlelit five-course dinner, classic love songs and service staff dressed to impress.
KUU Restaurant, 947 Gessner, 713-461-1688
The sleek Japanese spot will be offering an open menu and live music this Valentine’s Day.
Le Bistro, Culinary Institute Lenotre, 7070 Allensby, 713-358-5079
Bring your special someone to Le Bistro for a romantic three course meal with live music. There will be two seatings each night, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., on February 13-15.
Mastro’s Steakhouse, 1650 West Loop South, 713-993-2500
Mastro's beloved butter cake gets a chocolate twist for the holiday.
Photo by Ralph Smith Photography
The elegant steakhouse invites you to fill your heart (and stomach) with its Warm Chocolate Butter Cake, a twist on a its signature featuring devils food butter cake baked with a cocoa and cream cheese glaze, then topped with chocolate ice cream and drizzled with raspberry sauce and white chocolate ganache.
Morton’s The Steakhouse, 1001 McKinney, 713-659-3700; 5000 Westheimer, Suite 190, 713-629-1946
From Saturday, February 8 through Saturday, February 15, diners can fall in love with Morton’s Steak & Lobster Oscar special, a succulent eight-ounce filet topped with a whole Maine lobster and bearnaise sauce for $59.
The Oceanaire Seafood Room, 5061 Westheimer, Suite 8050, 832-487-8862
Dine at The Oceanaire and cozy up to the The Rose d’Amour cocktails, a blend of Wheatley Vodka, Reàl Raspberry Puree, Monin Rose Syrup, Maschio Prosecco and Fresh Lemon Juice, garnished with fresh raspberries for $16.
Ouisie’s Table, 3939 San Felipe, 713-528-2264
Ouisie’s Table will be celebrating Valentine’s by offering an extensive a la carte menu, including restaurant favorites and specials made for the occasion. On Saturday night, February 15, and Sunday night, February 16, Ouisie’s will also be offering a three-course, prix fixe Valentine’s Weekend menu in addition to its regular menu. Featuring a choice of appetizers, main courses and desserts, the Valentine Weekend menu will be $45 plus tax and gratuity.
Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, 1200 McKinney, 713-658-1995; 5839 Westheimer, 713-780-7352
Both Pappas Bros. Steakhouse locations will have a special Valentine’s Day Menu from February 13 through February 16, in addition to its regular dinner menu. The menu includes a choice of a salad or soup of the day, choice of filet Oscar or Filet & Shrimp and a Red Velvet Brownie for dessert. Roses will be given on Valentine’s Day. Reservations are $99 per guest.
Peli Peli, multiple locations
All four Peli Peli locations will offer a condensed menu on Thursday, February 14 and Friday, February 15, featuring its most popular dishes as well as Valentine's specials from chef Ryan Stewart. Dine on Lobster thermidor, Lobster Mac & Cheese and Parmesan Crusted Sea Bass.
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille, multiple locations
Perry’s offers a Valentine’s Day Special Prix Fixe menu, featuring choices such as Lobster Bisque, French Onion Soup and Harvest Salad, followed by mains from eight-ounce Filet Perry and 14-ounce Prime Ribeye to Perry’s Famous Pork Chop and Lobster Truffle Risotto. The meal finishes with White Chocolate Cheesecake, Dessert Trio or the Chocolate Crunch. Cost is $60 per person for reservations at 5:30 p.m. and earlier, and $75 per person for reservations at 5:45 p.m. and later.
Potente, 1515 Texas, 713-237-1515
Celebrate your love with an indulgent four-course prix fixe menu ($95) this holiday.
Prego, 2520 Amherst, 713-529-2420
For Valentine’s Day, Prego will serve its regular menu plus off-the-menu specials and desserts.
Quattro at the Four Seasons Houston, 1300 Lamar, 713-276-4700
Quattro will be offering a decadent Valentine’s Day Menu for two from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday during Valentine’s weekend. Dine on blini and caviar, beet ravioli or ahi tuna, frutti di mare or truffle butter Wagyu and a buffet-style dessert bar. Cost is $170 per couple or $250 with a bottle of Moët.
Rainbow Lodge, 2011 Ella, 713-861-8666
Set in a historic 114-year-old log cabin on an acre of beautiful grounds, Rainbow Lodge is offering a special three-course menu (and glass of bubbles) for $85 per person plus tax, gratuity and other beverages. Dinner menu highlights include Lodge favorites such as Smoked Duck Gumbo, Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes, Field and Stream Duo, Lobster and more. Seating times are offered from 5 to 10 p.m.
Robard’s, 2301 North Millbend, 281-364-6400
The luxury boutique steakhouse is debuting a special Yours and Mine menu featuring executive chef Paul McCabe’s mouthwatering dishes, including Butter Poached Maine Lobster, Dry-Aged Tenderloin, Colorado Lamb Loin and a Chocolate Sundae for Two, complete with Chocolate truffles, locally sourced strawberries and warm churros.
Rosalie Italian Soul, 400 Dallas, 713-351-5790
In addition to the regular menu, guests can indulge in a prix-fixe dinner menu that includes Devilish Eggs, Arugula Salad, Ricotta Gnocchi, Roasted Quail and Torta Caprese for $70 per person.
Shun Japanese Kitchen, 2802 South Shepherd, 832-409-5888
Shun Japanese Kitchen will be offering an array of special Valentine’s Day dishes, including a Seafood Tower ($85) with raw oysters, crab claws, ceviche, boiled shrimp, cold mussels and lobster; and Surf and Turf (MP), which will include a four-ounce offering of Australian wagyu and a lobster tail. The restaurant will make the offerings available to guests through out the entire weekend.
Strato 550, 1415 Louisiana, 43rd floor, 832-280-8977
Strato 550 invites guests to dine among the stars, as the 43rd-floor lunch destination known for its Mediterranean-inspired cuisine and panoramic views of downtown will open its doors for a one-time-only Valentine’s Day dinner pop-up. Guests will be greeted with an amuse-bouche of caviar and Champagne, followed by a four-course dinner with eats from beef tartare and halibut with preserved lemon saffron couscous to chocolate terrine with raspberry, pistachio and rose. Reservations are available on Friday, February 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. for $80 a person.
Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen, 6401 Woodway, 713-334-7295; 1140 Eldridge, 832-230-3842
Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen will be offering a Parrillada Special for Two, featuring a half-pound of chicken and beef fajitas, two grilled quail and four jumbo shrimp, with rice, beans, guacamole, pico de gallo, shredded cheese, sour cream and tortillas, plus one chocolate tres leches to share for $48.95++.
Third Coast, 6550 Bertner, 713-749-0400
Enjoy a three-course Valentine’s menu, available during lunch (along with an a la carte menu) and dinner (special menu only) on Valentine’s Day and on Saturday, February 15 during dinner service (along with an a la carte menu). Options include jumbo lump crab cake, lobster bisque, filet and shrimp, lobster pasta and salted caramel pot de crème.
Tony's, 3755 Richmond, 713-622-6778
The Houston institution and old-school fine-dining spot invites guests and their loved ones to an intimate occasion, crafted by Tony Vallone and chef Austin Waiter, with three seatings to choose from (5:30-7 p.m.; 7:30-9 p.m.; 9 p.m.). Standout dishes include Filini, Maple Charred Hamachi and Colorado Rack of Lamb. The meal will also be highlighted by Tony’s expert wine manager. Cost is $95-$155 per person.
Traveler’s Table, 520 Westheimer, 832-409-5785
Celebrate the universal language of love with a three-course culinary journey and sparkling cocktail toast at Traveler’s Table this Valentine’s Day ($65++).
UB Preserv, 1609 Westheimer, 346-406-5923
UB Preserv will be serving up its regular menu in addition to Valentine’s Day specials the entire week of February 14. Thursday will be crawfish crawl day, and Sunday, February 16, will be the Parks & Rec Inspired Galentine’s Day Brunch. Expect to see Parks & Rec classics, such as Chicky Chicky Parm Parm, All the Bacon, Breakfast Calzone, The Leslie Knope Waffle and Four Horsemeals of the Egg-porkalypse.
Verandah Progressive Indian Restaurant, 3300 Kirby, 281-501-0258
On V-Day, Verandah is putting aside its regular dinner menu to offer a very special Chef’s Tasting Menu created just for the day. The four-course, prix fixe menu ($75 per person including a complimentary glass of champagne) represents all of India’s regions with multiple choices for each course. For an additional cost, Verandah will add paired wines. Reservations are required and there are specified, two-hour seatings at 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. The restaurant will also be offering an a la carte version of the same menu for lunch and dinner on Saturday, February 15 and Sunday, February 16.
Weights + Measures, 2808 Caroline, 713-654-1970
Enjoy four courses ($75 per person), including a welcome sparkling cocktail and amuse bouche. Choices range from Wood Roasted Quail and Pan Seared Sea Scallops with Preserved Meyer Lemon Cream to Beef Tenderloin with Black Truffle Polenta and Dark Chocolate Torte.
Xochi, 1777 Walker, 713-300-4440
Featuring the favors of Oaxaca, Mexico from chef Hugo Ortega, Xochi is offering a special Couple’s Menu on the nights of February 10, 11, 12, 13, 15 and 16 ($110 per couple plus beverage, tax and gratuity) and a special Valentine’s Day menu on February 14 ($79 per person plus beverage, tax and gratuity). Guests can also enjoy live music by Media Luna on Valentine’s night from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
We will be updating this list leading up to Valentine's Day. Restaurants can send holiday details to [email protected]