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Where to Dine in Houston This Valentine's Day 2017

Indulge in Magret de Canard (seared duck) at Etoile Cuisine et Bar.
Indulge in Magret de Canard (seared duck) at Etoile Cuisine et Bar. Photo courtesy of Etoile Cuisine et Bar
Whether you’re looking for a date that’s light and sweet or a night of over-the-top romance and passion, we’ve got the lowdown on the city’s best Valentine’s Day dining deals in Houston this year. Check out our 2017 Valentine's Day Dining Guide:

024 Grille, 945 North Gessner, 281-501-4350
Guests can enjoy a four-course dinner for $88 per couple, featuring dishes such as pan-seared scallop, cabernet-braised osso bucco and cappuccino pot de crème. Seating is available from 5 to 9:30 p.m.

Adair Kitchen, 5161 San Felipe, 713-623-6100
The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner, and offering a by-donation Flower Cart. Pick out a flower for your loved one(s) from the custom flower cart and proceeds will go towards Casa de Esperanza.

AGU Ramen, multiple locations
Chef Hisashi Uehara will be serving up the "perfect pair" this Valentine's Day from open until close at AGU Ramen’s Washington, Westchase and Energy Corridor locations. Choose from Shio or Shoyu Tonkotsu Ramen and get a Hawaiian Poke Bowl for $20, ideal for sharing with your significant other.

Andalucia Tapas Restaurant & Bar, 1204 Caroline, 832-319-6673
The romantic restaurant will be offering a special four-course prix fixe Valentine's Day menu for $100 per couple (including a complimentary glass of its signature Sangria for guests 21 and up). A limited dinner menu will also be available.

Arnaldo Richards’ Picos, 3601 Kirby, 832-831-9940
The restaurant will start its “Celebration Con Amor" on Thursday, February 9 by offering a prix fixe menu all the way through Tuesday, February 14. Cost is $95 per couple and includes dishes such as sea bass filet with cilantro mueniere, cornish hen confit and parrilla mixta for two. The restaurant will also be offering a special Valentine’s Brunch buffet on Sunday, February 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. ($29 per person, $21 for seniors, $15 for children 6 to 12, and free for children under 6).

Arthur Ave, 1111 Studewood, 832-582-7146
Enjoy an Italian-style prix fixe menu for $50 per person. Offerings will include a Roasted Beet Salad (with watercress, pistachio, garlic crostini and gorgonzola), Ricotta Gnuddi (with cherry tomato-garlic sauce and spinach) amd House-Made Pappardelle (with mushroom, parmesan crisp and black pepper).

Backstreet Cafe, 1103 South Shepherd, 713-521-2239
Backstreet Cafe, one of Houston’s most romantic restaurants, is offering a special Couple’s Menu from Friday, February 10 through Saturday, February 13, and a special Valentine’s Day menu on Tuesday, February 14. The Couple’s Menu ($95 per couple) features choices such as Gulf Coast Beignets; Lamb Chops with asparagus risotto, blackberry and red wine reduction; Sautéed Scallops with cauliflower risotto and prosciutto shards; and a dessert platter to share. The Valentine’s Day menu ($75 per person) offers four courses, with choices including Roasted Oysters with smoked piquillo butter; 3-Hour Tomato Soup with goat cheese crostini; Beef Tenderloin with charred broccolini and gorgonzola mashed potato; and Crème Brûlée with pistachio and drunken cherry reduction. Reservations required.

Barcelona Restaurant & Lounge, 110 Vintage Park, 832-698-4155
The restaurant will be offering a couple’s package for $125, featuring an appetizer and dessert to share, two entrees and two sides, and a bottle of wine. A $50 singles package features an appetizer, entrée, side and dessert.

Benjy's in the Village, 2424 Dunstan, 713-522-7602
Benjy’s in the Village Valentines Day menu will feature a special a la carte menu served from 5 to 10 p.m. Menu highlights include Pan Roasted Halibut served with English pea risotto, ham, and fire-roasted tomato; Braised Lamb served with herb dumplings and smoked spinach; and Chocolate Passion served with crumble and strawberry jam.

Benjy's on Washington, 5922 Washington, 713-868-1131
Treat your sweetheart to an evening at Benjy’s on Washington with a three-course prix fixe menu for $70 per person, not including beverages, tax or gratuity. Menu highlights include Grilled Truffle Asparagus served with Konbu butter, prosciutto and Steen’s cane vinegar; six-ounce Texas ribeye with potato gratin, haricot verts and bordelaise au jus; and Mom’s Chocolate Cake served with Mexican vanilla ice cream.

Bistro Menil, 1513 West Alabama Houston, 713-904-3537
Bistro Menil is offering an early Valentine Wine Dinner Friday, February 10 through Sunday, February 12, for a more relaxed day or weekend with your loved one. Dinner begins with a special amuse-bouche followed by a first course of roasted sea bass with crisp, braised pork belly and wild mushroom reduction. The second course features an oxtail and duck confit risotto with poached duck egg. A delicate, lemon-thyme sous vide chicken with caramelized shallots completes the third course. Lovely French and Italian wines are expertly paired with the courses and can be purchased by the bottle to take home. The final flourish consists of a raspberry pavlova with dark chocolate sauce paired with champagne, the perfect finish for that romantic evening. Reservations can be made between 4 to 9 p.m. for $74 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Regular lunch, brunch, afternoon tea and dinner menus will also be available.

Bistro Provence, 13616 Memorial, 713-827-8008
With multiple seatings of 90 minute dining periods, the evening provides a multi-choice menu and a free glass of French sparkling. From special appetizers to choose from, the culinary romance begins flirtatious enough with “The Seduction.” Things heat up with “The Passion,” a choice of main course dishes. Each of the first two course offer a menage et trois of dishes created by Bistro owner Genevieve Guy. For the grand “Happily Ever After” finale, there are desserts to choose along with a complimentary glass of Crémant de Limoux rosé, Domaine Rives-Blanques. The three-course dinner is $65 per person, not including tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and will be secured by a $40 deposit via PayPal, forfeited for not honoring the reservation. Cancellations within 24 hours of the dinner will incur a $20 per person charge. Seating times are 6, 6:30, 7:30, 8 and at 9 p.m.

Brasserie du Parc, 1440 Lamar, 832-879-2802
This newly opened French brasserie sets the tone for a romantic dinner. Guests can dine on the covered terrace overlooking Discovery Green, at the lively copper bar, or in an intimate dining nook while they enjoy an a Valentine’s Day a la carte menu and “tongue and cheek” cocktails from the bar menu including three adult punches meant to share. Highlights include mushroom ravioli in port wine sauce, cold duck foie gras terrine, pan-roasted snapper in saffron sauce, a duo de boeuf with shot rib and tenderloin, and pot au chocolat.

Broken Barrel, 1950 Hughes Landing Suite 1900, 281-719-8542
Spend Valentine's Day with a special four-course meal and a complimentary glass of bubbly for $65, including dishes such as Japanese Fried Chicken "Kaarage" with kewpie mayo and homemade ponzu or Seared Scallops with lemon orzo and orange beurre blanc; and Homemade Cocoa Pasta with lamb ragu or Confit Duck with red wine compote and rosemary potatoes.

Cafe Chino, 3285 Southwest Freeway, 713-524-4433
From 5 to 9 p.m., Café Chino will be offering live Boston lobsters and whole fish alongside its regular dinner menu. A special feature for this one night only, will be a Pacific-Rim Street Market, where the chef will make scallion pancakes to order and demonstrate how to make Chi and Pork Dumplings served with a ponzu ginger dipping sauce. Reservations are strongly suggested.

The Capital Grille, 5365 Westheimer, 713-623-4600; 840 West Sam Houston Pkwy N, 713-463-5051
The steakhouse will be offering guests the opportunity to celebrate on Valentine’s Day Eve, with complimentary pours of Veuve Clicquot alongside complimentary chocolate covered strawberries; or Valentine’s Day (complimentary chocolate covered strawberries will also be served on Valentine’s Day). It is also offering a just-in-the-nick-of-time “#ReservationRescue” table for two, whereby one lucky procrastinator will secure a 7 p.m. Valentine’s Day reservation and complimentary dinner for two. The rescue will take place through The Capital Grille’s Concierge app exclusively. Although the entry process is easy, the two-day entry window is brief (February 6 to 7). To enter, guests are simply required to download the app and select their favorite location where their #ReservationRescue” would take place. One winning entry per location will be chosen at random; the winner will be notified via the app on February 9 and will have until midnight to accept within the app.

Caracol, 2200 Post Oak #160, 713-622-9996
The authentic coastal Mexican restaurant will offer a special Valentine’s Couple’s Menu from Friday, February 10 through Saturday, February 13, and a special Valentine’s Day menu on Tuesday, February 14. The Couple’s Menu ($110 per couple) features bocadillos de langosta to share; choice of starters including cauliflower soup and braised beef cheek, with mole pasilla and blue corn tortillas; choice of entrées, such as pan-seared jumbo scallops with poblano sauce and slow-roasted pork shank; and a dessert platter to share. The Valentine’s Day menu ($85 per person) offers four courses, with choices including masa pancake topped with refritos and mushrooms, lime-cured striped bass, today’s catch in tomatillo-caper sauce, and flan de chocolate. Reservations highly recommended.

CURRENT, 2 Waterway Square Place, 832-839-5435
Chef Richard Mendoza will be serving a four-course dinner menu with intermezzo priced at $60 per person. Guests can look forward to seasonal creations with a contemporary twist and the option of a nightcap at rooftop SideBar.

Cyclone Anaya's, multiple locations
Through Valentine's Day, guests can enjoy a Fajitas Amorosas Dinner for Two ($69), featuring a mini bottle of Cupcake Prosecco, chile con queso, guacamole, seafood ceviche,  fajitas, grilled beef, chicken, crispy carnitas, bacon-wrapped shrimp and decadent sweets to share.

Damian’s Cucina Italiana, 3011 Smith, 713-522-0439
Damian’s Cucina Italiana presents a three-course Valentine’s Day dinner menu in traditional Italian-American style, priced at $55.95 per person. Begin with an antipasti option like Sweet Potato Ravioli in a sage butter sauce. Then, choose from a selection of Piatti Forti, including the sautéed Snapper Dievole served over arugula with roasted fennel cherry tomatoes and a caper basil butter sauce. Finish your meal with a choice of sweet treats like Tuscan Bread Pudding with Jack Daniel’s bourbon sauce.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, 5061 Westheimer, 713-355-2600
The Galleria steakhouse will offer guests a special Valentine’s Day Menu available February 10 through 14. The menu features include Oysters & Pearls for Two; Chateaubriand for Two; and Godiva Chocolate Mousse Cake.

Eloise Nichols Grill & Liquors, 2400 Mid, 713-554-0136
Specials to run on Friday, February 10, Saturday, February 11 and Tuesday, February 14. Enjoy a three-course meal, with dishes including Beet & Goat Cheese Agnolotti, Green Pea Farroto and Duck Confit; and White Chocolate Cornbread Cake with local strawberry compote and sour cream ice cream.

Etoile Cuisine et Bar, 1101 Uptown Park, 832-668-5808
Guests can indulge in a three-course prix fixe menu for $74 per person. Highlights include truffle mascarpone stuffed brie, seared duck with orange gastrique, duo de boeuf and desserts for him and her.

The General Public, 797 Sorella, 832-690-4450
On Tuesday, February 14, every guest will receive a complimentary tasting flight, featuring four different styles of Champagne, upon arrival.

Ginger & Fork, 4705 Inker, 713-861-8883
Ginger & Fork is celebrating love with weekend brunch and V-Day dinner offerings. The seven-course prix fixe weekend brunch will be offered on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy Egg White Beef Soup, Woodear Salad, Ha Gao “Shrimp Dumplings,” Siu Mai (pork and shrimp), Cha Siu Bao, Sticky Rice in Lotus Leaf and Hearty Red Velvet Cake, plus a glass of “Sweetheart Royale” for $45 per person. On Friday, Saturday and Tuesday, a Valentine’s Dinner for Two features six courses for $145 per couple. The menu includes dishes such as Stir-Fried Lobster Tails and Filet Mignonette with exotic mushrooms and includes two glasses of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne. Seating is limited.

Harold’s Restaurant, Bar & Terrace, 350 West 19th, 713-360-6204
Harold’s will offer a special four-course dinner on Valentine’s Day for $60 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Each table will receive a bread plate composed of housemade bread, butter, pimento cheese and pickles. Highlights from Chef Antoine Ware’s sophisticated classical French-inspired Valentine’s menu include Gulf oysters baked on the half shell with shrimp and mushrooms, fresh trout baked inside a puff pastry with Béarnaise sauce and crawfish tails, grilled ribeye steak with potato mushroom gratin, truffle butter and bordelaise sauce, and chocolate bourbon praline crème brulee. Wine or cocktail pairings may be added for $25 per person. In addition to the pre-fixe menu, items are available a la carte.

Helen Greek Food and Wine, 2429 Rice, 832-831-7133
Spend this Valentine’s Day with a “Precious Meze for Two”. The restaurant will be offering an impressive seven-course dinner with wine pairings for $75 per person, with a menu created by chef William Wright and wine pairings skillfully chosen by sommelier Evan Turner.

Holley's Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar, 3201 Louisiana, 713-491-2222
The Midtown favorite is offering a four-course menu for dinner ($80 per person), featuring specialties like the House Burrata as a lagniappe; choice of appetizers including the Snapper Ceviche, "Cupid" Yvonne Oysters or Crispy Cider Pork Belly; entrée options like Thai-Style Red Snapper for Two, Braised Beef Short Ribs or the Seafood Cartoccio for Two; and dessert options including Lemon Cheese Pie, Pipe's Apple Pie Bread Pudding, Down South Coconut Cake or Long Stemmed Strawberries.

Hugo’s, 1600 Westheimer @ Mandell, 713-524-7744
Chef Hugo Ortega is offering a special Valentine’s Day multi-course menu for $75 per person plus tax, gratuity and beverages. Feast on duck carnitas with tomatillo sauce, roasted cauliflower and almond soup, tenderloin with mole negro, and criollo chocolate flourless cake with dulce de leche cream. Reservations required.

Hungry’s, 2356 Rice, 713-523-8652; 14075 Memorial, 281-493-1520
From February 10 to the 14, Hungry's is offering a four-course prix-fixe dinner menu at both of its locations. Available from 5 p.m. onward, the menu will include shareable appetizers and desserts for $45 per person, not including tax or gratuity, with the option to purchase drink specials. Guests can make reservations by calling the restaurant directly or by email. Walk-ins are welcome, depending on availability.

Kata Robata, 3600 Kirby Dr., 713-526-8858
Sushi and sake lovers can hit Kata Robata this V-Day. The restaurant will be open from noon to 11 p.m. serving the regular menu and nightly specials. Reservations highly recommended.

La Fisheria, 213 Milam, 713-802-1712
This Valentine’s Day, La Fisheria will be offering a three-course dinner service for $85 per couple (plus tax and tip). Enjoy Tostaditas de Atun or Mini Ceviche; Tamal de Elote or Steak de Atun or Costilla de Res; Pastel de Chocolate and Cafe de Olla.

La Table, 1800 Post Oak, 713-439-1000
Diners are invited to choose from two Valentine’s Day options. Indulge in a four-course prix fixe menu at Château ($95 per person)—featuring dishes such as caramelized cheese soufflé, simply poached lobster and a Manjari chocolate mousse dome; or a three-course prix fixe menu at the casual-chic, Marché ($59 per person)—with offerings including lobster bisque, Angus filet and frites and chocolate soufflé-for-two. Both options offer raw bar and seasonal side add-ons.

Le Colonial, 4444 Westheimer, 713-629-4444
Indulge your special someone with dinner at Le Colonial, with an la carte menu or three-course offering (including an amuse bouche) for $75 per person. Valentine’s Day specials from chef Nicole Routhier include Crispy Ahi Tuna Rolls with black vinegar and ginger dipping sauce; Grilled Mongolian Lamb Chops served with stir-fried Chinese broccoli, red bell peppers and mint sauce; and Crepes Suzettes for two.

Le Mistral, 1400 Eldridge, 832-379-8322
From Friday, February 10 through Tuesday, February 14, enjoy a $90 Valentine's Day menu. The five-course menu features a canapé of Scottish gravlax salmon with crème fraîche, American caviar and poached quail egg; Maine lobster terrine with lime ginger vinaigrette and mango beignet; roasted branzino filet with Champagne émulsion sauce; pan-seared filet mignon, topped with mascarpone truffle ravioli, bordelaise sauce and caramelized salsify; and a French dessert duo of raspberry mille-feuille and Valrhona chocolate praliné éclair with chocolate chunk hazelnut ice cream and pistachio sauce. Chef David Denis is also offering a laid-back Valentine Day option at his cozy wine bar (Rouge), which offers a bottle of wine and any wood-oven pizza on the menu for $39. The select bottle list includes Champagne and Prosecco as well.

Lucille’s, 5512 La Branch, 713-568-2505
Lucille’s is offering a Valentine’s Day three-course prix fixe dinner—think lobster-stuffed filet mignon and housemade red velvet cake for two—with a special take-home gift for $60 per person on Friday, February 10, Saturday, February 11 and Tuesday, February 14. When diners call to make a reservation, they can call ahead to book a “fully dressed table”, which includes a white tablecloth with a candle, a red rose and a bottle of chilled Voirin-Jumel Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay Champagne for $115 per table.

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