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!
Scholz Garten – 1607 San Jacinto Blvd., 512.474.1958
Looking for a more relaxed vibe? Stop by the oldest Biergarten in America’s oldest bar, restaurant, and live music venue in Texas at Scholz Garten. On February 14, in addition to its regular menu, Scholz will feature a special candlelit three-course steak and wine dinner that will include a cured meat and cheese board with house-pickled veggies, 10-oz prime ribeye steak with whipped sweet potatoes and white asparagus, and dark chocolate and caramel mousse. All guests will receive a glass of complimentary bubbles.
Emmer & Rye – 51 Rainey Street, Suite 110, 512.366.5530
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Emmer & Rye will offer a special seven-course prix-fixe dinner menu on Friday, February 14, from executive chef Kevin Fink for $100 per person. The prix-fixe menu will feature dishes like French breakfast radish, beurre rance, beef tallow, paddlefish caviar, White Sonora ravioli, and citrus sorbet, and the option to add wine pairings for an additional $55 per person.
Garrison Grill at the Fairmont Austin – 101 Red River St.. 512.524.4700
Just for a very special Valentine’s Day, Garrison will offer a special 5-course tasting menu on Friday, February 14 from chef de cuisine Jordan Sanchez. The dinner is $110 per person, plus an additional $50 for wine pairings. Enjoy courses like seared scallops, Akaushi NY striploin, and an iced coffee mousse.
Fonda San Miguel – 2330 North Loop, 512.459.4121
Enjoy a Mexican Valentine’s Day meal at Fonda San Miguel. Open from 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m., dine on their regular dinner menu, or from 5 p.m.-7:00 p.m. sit in their cocktail area and at the bar for happy hour drink specials and half-price appetizers.
Salt Traders Coastal Cooking: Multiple locations
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.-10 p.m on February 14, with happy hour from 3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Foreign & Domestic – 306 E 53rd St., 512.459.1010
Make your Valentine’s Day one to remember at Foreign & Domestic. They will be cooking a three-course surf & turf menu for two for $65 per person with an optional wine pairing for $35 per person. For more information on their special offerings, give them a call!
La Condesa: 400A West 2nd St., 512.499.0300
Treat your sweetie to an incredible Valentine’s Day at La Condesa. This Mexico City meets Austin spot has specials just for the day including beef heart tartare, braised beef-tongue tacos, potato- and cheese-filled flautas, and chocolate mousse.
Texas French Bread Restaurant: 2900 Rio Grande St., 512.499 .0544
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. Join them for dinner between 5 p.m.-10 p.m. and dine on delicious options like the Texas Wagyu beef burger or pan-seared trout, or pop in for happy hour between 5 p.m.-6 p.m. and enjoy half-off all beer, wine, and cider.
Sway Thai – 1417 South 1st St., 512.326.1999
Spice things up this year at Sway. Try the tingling, spicy food at this Thai hotspot which will be open Valentine’s Day weekend, February 14-16 from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., serving its regular menu along with a few special menu items. Just for you and your sweetie, enjoy a ruby red Beetlini or coconut mushroom ramen and end the evening with the “Berry Me in Chocolate”—a dark chocolate tart with raspberry sauce, white chocolate crémeux, fresh strawberries, raspberries and cherries, and raspberry sorbet.
Badu 1891 – 601 Bessemer Ave., Llano, 325.247.1891
On Valentine’s Day, enjoy an intimate, three-course, prix-fixe dinner in a historic bank-turned-steakhouse at Badu 1891, instead of their regular menu. From 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m., their three-course dinner is $60 per person; after 5:45 p.m. the price is $75 per person.
Urban an American Grill – 11301 Domain Dr., 512.490.1511
Join Urban an American Grill for a romantic night to remember! On Valentine’s Day from 5 p.m.-10 p.m. they will be serving a prix-fixe, three-course meal with favorites like chicken Milanese, braised short ribs or seared striped bass as well as a Love’s Bavarian Cake & Milk Chocolate Semifreddo for $65 per person. Live music by Isaac Routh will also create a romantic atmosphere from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.