All of these Austin Restaurants offer a Valentines Day night to remember…
The raw materials are all in place: beautiful settings, dim lighting, amazing drink and exquisite food. Now it’s up to you to put the pieces together and make the magic happen.
Carmelo’s has a saying … Nothing says “That’s Amore” more than Italian food, Italian wine and Italian music. Unless, of course, you speak Italian. This Valentine’s Day, find the key to your lover’s heart and treat their senses to a romantic feast at Carmelo’s Ristorante Italiano serving a special dinner menu Thursday through Sunday, February 12-15.
Carmelo’s guests will enjoy succulent options from Tuna Tartare and Lobster Bisque to Carmelo’s infamous Ossobuco and more. To complete the mood, dinner includes a “Romance 101” card with top Italian phrases to impress that special someone such as Amore mio (my love), Tesoro mio (my darling), Ho bisogno di te (I need you), Ti adoro (I adore you), Ti amo (I love you), and for the person ready to pop the question, Mi vuoi sposare? (Will you marry me?).
Reservations at Carmelo’s Ristorante Italiano are open for dinner seating on Friday, February 13 at 5 p.m., 7 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, February 14 at 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.; plus open seating during regular dinner hours Thursday and Sunday, February 12 and 15.
“This is my favorite celebration of the year,” said Carmelo Mauro, owner of Carmelo’s Ristorante Italiano. “While food is love everyday at Carmelo’s, Valentine’s Day sets a different mood. Suddenly, everyone is Italian and ready for romance while enjoying good food and wine with their true love.”
504 East 5th
photo by Nicolai McCrary
In true Austin form, Hillside Farmacy brings an antique-chic eatery in a historic building for thoughtfully sourced eclectic fare. If you’re looking for a less stuffy easy date night, Hillside offers a quaint layout with a very approachable atmosphere. For Valentines Day they are offering a three-course dinner that features dishes including roasted gulf oysters and shrimp, beef tenderloin, ricotta ravioli, seared grouper and creme brulee. $55 per person, including a glass of cava and chocolate truffles. Two seatings: One at 7 p.m. and the other at 9:30 p.m.
1209 East 11th Street
Foreign & Domestic has a Valentine’s Day theme: EAT YOUR HEART OUT … and you will want to. Owner/Chef Ned Elliott’s mantra is “ it’s all in the details”, which you will see in everything from their spec ham and warn cornbread app to their Louisiana flounder. Bring your sweetheart in for a Valentine’s Day treat. F&D is offering a special four-course dinner prepared including a glass of rose’ bubbly. Additional wine will be available for purchase. $70 per person + tax and tip. Not accepting reservations.
306 East 53rd
Fabi & Rosi brings the flavor of Europe to Austin with it’s Chef’s Table communal style seating. Fun, conversation and community are encouraged. Love will be in the air and with the Valentine’s Day offerings of Aged Waguy Tenderloin, Duck Liver Mousse Pomme Puree and Mushroom Duxelle (along with an app and a decadent dessert). This ambient room will fill with the air of romance as the Chef’s Table fills with lovers and lovers of fine food alike. There will be three seating times available: 5:00, 7:00 and 9:00. $100 per person. Reserve your tickets now.
509 Hearn Street
If you are thinking downtown, think Trace at the W Austin. Lovebirds will enjoy a romantic dinner at this beautiful locale in the heart of downtown Austin. Whether you are celebrating with a new date, an old flame, or a best friend, they’ve got something to tempt every palate. Take a gander at the Willie Nelson statue, take a moonlit stroll on 2nd Street and settle in with this three-course or four-course prix fixe menu featuring luxurious favorites like lobster, oysters and even red velvet ice cream. $75 per person. Served 5pm to 11pm. Reservations required.
200 Lavaca St.
Green Pastures is housed in a beautiful Victorian mansion amid immaculately landscaped peacock clad grounds, it is easily one of the most romantic restaurants in Austin. If you’re in the mood for crisp white linens, fine china and French inspired gourmet cuisine, this is your spot. From their rack of lamb to their renowned bananas foster (prepared tableside), you will not be disappointed. They are offering a five-course Valentines Day dinner on February 14th from 6 to 10pm. $90 per person.
811 West Live Oak
An Austin favorite since 1982 and run by two Normandy natives, Chez Nous manages to capture the look and feel (lace curtains, fresh flowers in bottles and French posters and mural) of a casually romantic bistro on Paris’ Left Bank. You want romance with sincerity, this is your destination. Start with one of the delicious house-made pâtés, an order of escargots or the ever-popular salade Lyonnaise. Main courses can include simple but spectacular seafood specials (salmon with pesto, for instance), veal, duck, roast chicken and steak. On Valentines Day they will be serving a very special all “a la carte” celebration dinner that will be sure to please. “Chez Nous beckons to couples for romance, to friends for conversation, to gourmands for good food” – Austin American Statesman
510 Neches Street