Where to Eat Valentine’s Day Dinner in Austin
Take a date, friends or yourself to one of these restaurants offering special menus in honor of Feb. 14
By Avery Tanner
Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is nearly here. There are many options around Austin to find an extraordinary meal and romantic ambience to enjoy with a partner, friends or on your own. Learn about how some of the best spots in town are creating special menus and take-out options made with love.
Mueller’s L’Oca d’Oro will host its fifth annual Love v. Hate Valentine’s Dinner with a music-inspired menu that pits yacht rock against grunge. The chefs and bartenders have put together a creative menu honoring the music of bands such as Steely Dan, Nirvana and Hall and Oates, among others. All dishes are shareable, and each couple will receive the entire menu. Meals will cost $85 per person with optional beverage pairings. To reserve a spot, guests can call 737-212-1876 or book on OpenTable.
Desert Door, a sotol distillery located in Driftwood, will host its Wild Card Series on the 14th, a perfect option for the social butterflies who want to mix and mingle with fellow guests. Wild Card is a monthly event that features chefs who come to Desert Door to cook items that are not found on its regular menus. For this edition, Chef Sarah Abernathy of Justine’s Secret House will serve up doughnuts and kolaches from 5 to 8 p.m. Come with a partner or make new friends at Desert Door’s bar, where you can indulge in a number of holiday-inspired cocktails featuring the signature sotol. Tickets are available here.
A truly special occasion option, guests at Canje will enjoy an eight course meal for $100 per person, with optional $50 cocktail pairings and $40 mocktail pairings. Canje recently opened in East Austin with food inspired by executive chef Tavel Bristol-Joseph’s Guyanese roots. Highlights of the Valentine’s Day menu include the Red Snapper Crudo and Dry Aged New York Strip. Book your spot on Canje’s website.
Rosewood, a former Tribeza Restaurant Pick, is serving a delicious four-course tasting menu in honor of Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14. Items include Duck-Filled Tortellini and 40 Day Dry-Aged Ribeye. The meal will be $75 per person, or $120 with wine pairings. For reservations, visit Rosewood’s website or call 512-838-6205.
Carpenters Hall is typically closed for service on Mondays and Tuesdays, but will be open for Valentine’s Day lunch and dinner. A prix fixe menu featuring Beef Tartare, Crispy Halibut and Carrot Cake will be available for dinner at $58 per person plus tax and gratuity, with the restaurant’s typical menu available for lunch. To get the full experience, book a night at the Carpenter Hotel for a relaxing stay-cation. Make your reservations here.
Chef Fermín Núñez and his team have created a Mas(a)mor Valentine’s Day Dinner featuring botanas (small bites), three savory courses and dessert to celebrate the holiday of love. Núñez, one of Tribeza’s 2021 People of the Year, has taken the Austin food scene by storm with his epic food, created with local ingredients and Mexican cooking techniques. All reservations for the pre-fixe, five-course meal will include a complimentary sparkling rosé toast. Tickets are priced at $120 per person. with an optional $50 beverage pairing (tax and gratuity not included). Reserve your spot here.
Garbo’s Fresh Maine Lobster
Although typically closed on Mondays, Garbo’s Fresh Maine Lobster will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 14 with a special Valentine’s Day menu. Dishes include the White Truffle Lobster Roll, 44 Farm Wagyu Ribeye and Caviar and Chips. It’s the perfect stop for those looking to indulge. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make your Valentine’s reservations.
Summer House on Music Lane
Summer House on Music Lane, Hotel Magdalena’s full-service restaurant, will serve a three-course dinner for lovers this year at $58 per person. Summer House serves sophisticated but casual food, and the Valentine’s menu features items such as Prawns Scampi Toast and Chocolate Torte. Make a reservation on Summer House’s website.
Old Thousand has created the ultimate take-out option for Valentine’s weekend with its Valentine’s Packs, available for $88 each. The meals come with Hainanese Quail with Ginger Scallion Sauce and Herbs, Pork and Kimchi Dumplings, Chicken Fat Rice, Dry Fried Asparagus and Chocolate Mooncake. A limited number of packs will be available for pickup at both Old Thousand locations on Feb. 11, 12 and 13. To preorder, call 737-222-6637. You can also add a bottle of bubbles for an extra charge!
Although not offering a special prix fixe menu, eastside Italian restaurant Intero will be open especially for Valentine’s Day. Make a reservation here. The restaurant, which is led by husband-and-wife team Krystal Craig and Ian Thurwachter, will also offer a chocolate and Amari pairing box for pick-up from Feb. 9 to 14. Boxes will include two tasting glasses, three selected Amari varieties, artisan chocolates, a description sheet and Amaro recipes for $85. The box is meant for two. Pre-orders for the chocolates are available here.
Bonus Treats for Your Sweet Tooth:
Cookies a La Carte Cookie Boxes
Possibly the most decorative option on this list, Cookies A La Carte is offering La Vie en Rose cookie boxes for the holiday. The cookie box is full of limited edition chocolate flavors, created with high-quality ingredients. Cookies a La Carte was recently founded by friends Hyacinthe Romain and Sabrina Michel, who are creating gourmet cookies with French inspiration.
Pie-lovers can get their fix with Tiny Pies’ Valentine’s menu, available for pre-order through Feb. 9 and for pick-up from Feb. 11 to 14. For the full experience, get the Date Night Box, with Surf and Turf Pies and Strawberry Chocolate Cream tiny pies. A perfect gift for your Galentines is the Cherry Love Letter, with cherry filling stuffed inside love letter created from Tiny Pie’s signature pie crust. Other options include the Not So Tiny Rose Apple Tart, Honey Almond Panna Cotta and LOVE YOU Tiny Pie Gift Box. Place your order here.
Walton’s Fancy and Staple will offer festive pastries, floral arrangements and mimosa carafes over Valentine’s Day weekend. Treats include chocolate strawberries, pink and white macarons and cupcakes. When visiting, customers can pick up a pre-made floral arrangement or call ahead to customize their own.
Tiny’s Milk and Cookies Cookie Dough
Tiny’s Milk and Cookies is a local favorite, and now you can send a box of Tiny’s signature chocolate chip cookie dough to your long distance friends or Valentine. Order by Feb. 8 to ensure mail delivery before Feb. 14. For Austinites, you can visit the shop for its classic cookies, as well as its brownies, pastries and coffee.