Dining out on Valentine’s Day: Austin and Hill Country


Give yourself and your Valentine a break from the kitchen and let the pros take care of the cooking this year. Here’s a list of places where you can dine on Valentine’s Day in Austin and the Hill Country. Be sure to make reservations and call ahead!



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Emmer & Rye

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Emmer & Rye will offer a special prix fixe dinner menu on Thursday, February 14, from Executive Chef Kevin Fink. The dinner will be priced at $100 per person, with reservations beginning at 5 p.m. and ending at 10 p.m. The prix fixe menu will feature dishes like Oyster & Citrus Mignonette, White Sonora Ravioli and Caramel Chocolate Mousse. With dinner, they will also be offering an optional wine pairing for an additional cost. Website, 512.366.5530


Fonda San Miguel 

Enjoy a Mexican Valentine’s meal at Fonda San Miguel. Open from 5:30 – 10:30 p.m., dine on their regular dinner menu along with their happy hour from 5-7:00 p.m. in their cocktail area and at the bar for drink specials and half-price appetizers. Website, 512.459.4121


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Foreign & Domestic

Make your Valentine’s Day a day to remember at Foreign & Domestic. They will be cooking a three-course prix fixe menu for $60 per person. For more information on their special offerings, give them a call! Website, 512.459.1010


Hudson’s Hill Country

Make your Valentine’s Day extra special with this prix fixe menu designed to please! Add a wine pairing if you’re feeling adventurous. Complimentary valet, long stem roses for the ladies, live music and complimentary Champagne with dessert is available during Valentine’s Day Dinner Service from 4:30pm-10pm. Website, 512.266.5644


Jack Allen’s Kitchen

Bring your friends and family and celebrate Valentine’s Day at Jack Allen’s Kitchen. At all their locations, they will be serving their regular menu and will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m with their happy hour from 3-7 p.m. Website, multiple locations


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Pitchfork Pretty

Pitchfork Pretty has created a specialty 7-course menu in honor of Valentine’s Day this year. The menu is $75 per person and features items like Caviar, Scallops with Frozen Radish and King Salmon poached in oyster butter with a complimentary round of bubbles. Website, 512.494.4593


Salt Traders Coastal Cooking

Let Salt Traders Coastal Cooking take care of you and your loved ones on Valentine’s Day. They will be serving their regular menu and will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m on the special day along with their happy hour from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Website, 512.351.9724



Spice things up this year at Sway. Try the tingling, spicy food at this Thai hotspot which will be open Valentine’s Day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m, serving its regular menu. Website, multiple locations


Texas French Bread Restaurant

This Austin staple has been churning out freshly-baked artisan breads, pastries, and desserts for almost 40 years, and they want to make your loved one swoon on Valentine’s Day. Open for dinner from 5 – 10 pm with happy hour from 5 to 6 pm and featuring 50% off all beer, wine and cider, dine on delicious options like the Texas Wagyu Beef Burger or Pan Seared Trout. Website, 512.499 .0544


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Urban an American Grill 

Join Urban an American Grill for a romantic night to remember! For Valentine’s Day, they will be serving a featured menu including baked brie, stout braised short rib, as well as a rich dark chocolate creme brulee. Bring your loved ones to enjoy a candlelit night with fine dining & romance! Website, 512.490.1511


Wild Kitchen + Bar

With over seven acres of fun, you’ll be able to spend Valentine’s Day with the whole family, including the little ones, at Wild Kitchen + Bar. You’ll want to check out their crowd-pleasing wild game dishes, like the Venison Jalapeño Poppers, while the kids explore the mini golf course and jungle gym. Website, 512.263.8099


Hill Country


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Badu 1891

Enjoy an intimate, three-course, prix fixe dinner in a historic bank-turned-steakhouse at Badu 1891. From 4:00pm-5:30 p.m., their three-course dinner is $60 per person. After 5:45 p.m., it is $70 per person. Please note that on this day, our full dinner menu will not be available, lunch will end at 2 p.m, and dinner will begin at 4 p.m. Website, 325.247.1891


Becker Vineyards

Treat your sweetheart to a Valentine’s vintner dinner! Their annual Valentine’s Dinner is being held on two nights — Friday, February 15th and Saturday, February 16th in the Lavender Haus Reception Hall. The Welcome Reception begins at 6:00 PM with dinner to follow at 6:30 PM. Enjoy a four-course menu paired with Becker Vineyard’s award-winning wine. Website, 830.644.2681

Fall Creek Vineyards

Wine and romance are on the menu at Fall Creek Vineyards. Create art over a glass of wine at Fall Creek Vineyards in Driftwood on Valentine’s Day, guided by a professional artist and party host. For $45 before promo discount from 6:30-8:30 p.m., grab your friends or your Valentine and spend two hours drinking, laughing, and flexing your creative muscles. Then, on Saturday, February 16th at noon, they will be hosting their spectacular annual Winemaker’s Valentine Luncheon at Fall Creek Vineyards at Tow. Enjoy selections like House Smoked Salmon and
Tartelettes au Limon Curd for $23 per person and buy a bottle of your favorite Fall Creek wine to share! Art Event (2/14), Luncheon (2/15), 325.379.5361


Palmer’s Restaurant in San Marcos

Enjoy a romantic getaway at the lush garden courtyard at Palmer’s Restaurant in San Marcos. Open from 11am – 9:30 p.m., dine on their classics like the Palmer’s Signature Salmon and Pecan-Crusted Chicken. Want to make it an overnight trip? Stay the night at the Palmer’s Guest House located in the historic district of San Marcos, just next door to the restaurant and 4 blocks from downtown. Website, 512.353.3500


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Head to the small town of Fredericksburg for Valentine’s Day. Vaudeville is offering two dining options for the occasion at Supper Club and The Bistro. From February 14th-16th, Supper Club will have a seven-course menu for $225 per person which includes a glass of Champagne per guest. For something a little more low-key, The Bistro is offering a three-course menu on February 15th & 16th for $75 per person with one glass of cava per guest. Website, 830.992.3234

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