Austin Restaurants You’ll Love for Valentine’s Day

The best dining spots in town are booking reservations and preparing meal kits with romance in mind

By Aaron Parsley
Valentine’s Day Restaurant Guide

Gusto

The Italian kitchen and wine bar has prepared a four-course menu of dishes made with aphrodisiacs, including grilled oysters, salad with candied walnuts and pomegranate seeds, grilled ribeye with charred asparagus and chocolate budino with strawberries and orange liqueur whipped cream. These specials are available from February 11th until the 15th for dine-in, take-out or delivery. Book a reservation for guaranteed great Italian fare and a chance at romance.

Hestia

They are pulling out all the stops for romance. Their pre-fixe dinner menu includes red snapper, embered beets, scallops, sweet potatoes and wagyu center cut ribeye for $150 per person with a $75 wine-pairing option. Make a reservation online. They’re also taking orders for Valentine’s Day dinner kits to pick up on Sunday and enjoy at home. It’s a feast! It includes pizelle chips and smoked trout roe with crème fraiche, roasted potatoes with smoked goat’s milk cream, snapper ceviche and much more. The kit is $200 and serves two. Pickup is on Sunday, starting at 11 a.m.

Juliet Italian Kitchen

The relaxed Zilker Park eatery has a special menu available February 12 until February 14. It includes scrumptious options like sweet potato ravioli with brown butter sage sauce, marinated shrimp tartare, salmon Florentine stuffed with goat cheese and spinach, osso bucco with mushroom polenta, and chocolate heart with raspberries and Nutella. Sip a special cocktail with your special someone – the Roses Are Red is prosecco, pamplemousse liqueur, strawberry syrup and rosewater mist, and the Night Cap, which serves two, is made with creme de menthe, sambuca and Campari. Make an online reservation.

Launderette

If you believe brunch is better, the Holly Street restaurant by chefs Rene Ortiz & Laura Sawicki has Valentine’s Day kits to satisfy the sweet and savory side of the middle-of-the-day meal. The kit serves two and includes blueberry coffee cake, a kit within the kit to make shakshuka (which comes with spiced tomato sauce, parsley zhoug, feta, crispy potato, eggs, a cast iron pan and instructions to reheat), fennel salad, hummus, focaccia and brownie doughnuts with chocolate glaze. Pick up your kit on Saturday, February 13, so you’re ready to impress on Valentine’s morning … or afternoon. Pre-order now.

Photo by Andres Bernal

34th Street Café

Chef Kirsten Blessing has two menus for two in the works for Valentine’s Day – and each comes with a bottle of sparkling rosé. For $120, you and your date can dine on smoked king salmon with tomato relish and lemon dill creme fraiche, shaved Brussels sprouts with honey, lemon, olive oil and capers and iced cookies and lemon curd with raspberries for dessert. For $135, enjoy smoked beef tenderloin with spicy Romesco sauce, scalloped potatoes, steamed asparagus and butternut squash and a dessert of “Flourless Chocolate Heart Shaped with Red Icing.” Orders are for pick-up or delivery. Submit your order here, email goodfood@34thstreetcafe.com or call 212 415 1752 by noon on February 10th.

Juniper

The Northern Italy-inspired, renowned favorite for sophisticated dining in a has a lengthy menu of incredible options for a Valentine’s date night. Highlights include: Kampachi crudo with Texas grapefruit relish, celery and green olives; chicory salad with Fuji apple, hazelnut and Honey Doe Farms feta; lobster ravioli with Meyer lemon, smoked trout roe and chives; Koji aged 44 Farms center-cut ribeye with winter greens, brown butter jus and rose vinegar; chocolate ganache tarte with olive oil gelato and raspberry. Make a reservation on Open Table

Josephine House

The beloved Clarksville cottage – and sister restaurant to Jeffrey’s next door – will seat pairs of guests on Valentine’s Day in its intimate dining room and outside for a three-course, prix-fixe menu. Choose prime filet, snapper or sweet corn mezzaluna and enjoy wine pairings with your courses. The price is $100 per person. Book online before it fills up.

Carpenters Hall

Located in a pecan tree grove along Zilker Park, the restaurant at the charming Carpenter Hotel will serve divine dishes from an exquisite Valentine’s Day menu that features oysters and champagne, Surryano ham and Perigord truffle, grilled beef heart, roasted duck breast and poached apples with vanilla ice cream. Dinner for two is $120. Reserve a table for two on the patio through Resy. 

Central Standard

The South Congress bar and grill is accepting reservations Friday through Sunday of Valentine’s Day Weekend with an enhanced menu for the holiday. Specials include roasted beets with raspberries, goat cheese crème, mache lettuce and honey-pistachio vinaigrette and wild mushroom and red wine risotto with spinach, marscapone cheese and tarragon. They’ve got drinks specials, too: The Bitter One is made with gin, rose, prosecco, prickly pear, lime and grapefruit; The Sweet One is made with vodka, yellow chartreuse, velvet falernum, crème de violette, lemon and grapefruit; and The Boozy One has bourbon, grand marnier, pomegranate, lemon and egg white. Check out their reservations page

Rosedale Kitchen & Bar

The restaurant, which boasts “vibrantly healthy dishes mixed with American comfort foods and a slice of Texas flare,” has a Valentine’s Day three-course menu available Friday through Sunday for indoor or patio dining as well as curbside and delivery. Choose ahi tuna sashimi or beef tartare, grilled hanger steak or seared scallops and dark chocolate pots de crème or raspberry swirl cheesecake. The in-person option is $75 per person; the to-go or delivery options are $95 for two. Wine-pairing and cocktails are also available. Order pick-up or delivery here and make in-person reservations on Open Table or by calling 512 729 0052.

Photo by Jackie Lee Young

Summer House on Music Lane

The recently opened restaurant inside the stunning, tree-house inspired Hotel Magdalena has a prix-fixe menu for Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Valentine’s Day Weekend. Beef tartare toast and ceviche are the choices for the first course. Lamb sugo and oak grilled swordfish follow on the second. For dessert, couples can share a white chocolate budino with dark chocolate glaze and toasted sesame ice cream. Book a reservation online.

South Congress Café

This café’s menu – available Saturday and Sunday – contains appetizers like veal roulade and prosciutto-wrapped asparagus. For main courses, savor the duck breast, grilled ribeye, swordfish or stuffed squash. And then finish off your meal with brandied crème brûlée or dark chocolate truffles. Diners can select items a la carte or choose an app, two entrees, a dessert and two featured cocktails, like the cucumber pear lemonade, for $85. Make a reservation here.

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