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Valentine's Day

Where to Woo Your Date in Dallas This Valentine’s Day

The SideDish guide to swanky prix fixe dinners—if that's your romantic jam.

Valentine’s Day is like avocado toast. People either love to hate on it, or they’re ponying up a pretty penny for it. But the wine-and-dine dating model is everlasting. So, should your Valentine’s Day require food, drink, and a special someone, we’ve got some date night dinners* for your consideration. And in case it’s not abundantly obvious, you’re going to want to make reservations.

Al Biernat’s
The usual, date night–worthy menu will be available—osetra caviar, escargots and tortelli, steak tartare, wagyu carpaccio—but two Valentine’s Day cocktails are on special; one’s rich with chocolate and coffee notes, while the other’s all vodka and prosecco, with cranberry and lemon. Prices a la carte, 214-209-2201 (Oak Lawn), 972-239-3400 (North)

Cured hamachi with an option to add caviar and uni toast, lobster bisque, beef filet with black truffle fondant potation, salmon poached in olive oil, chocolate raspberry crémeux. $145 per person ($95 for wine pairing), reservations online**

City Hall Bistro
Four-course dinner includes tuna crudo, cauliflower soup, grilled beets, locally sourced quail. $49 per person ($30 optional wine pairing), 214-651-3686

Commons Club at the Virgin Hotel
Five courses (a la carte menu available) which includes oysters with beurre fondue, or radishes with seaweed butter and bottarga to start; butter lettuce with squash and local goat chevre; ricotta tortelloni in charred onion brodo and white truffle, juniper-cured venison, soft camembert cheese with fresh strawberry and beer gastrique, and much more. $90 ($60 wine pairing), 469-436-7150

Cut and Bourbon at Arlington’s Live at Loews Hotel
Choose between a three- or four-course menu: baby caesar salad in a brioche nest, sea bass, burrata custard with strawberry compote, layer cake for two. $65 and $85, respectively, 682-277-4950

Four-course menu with lobster bisque, Maine lobster and asparagus risotto, crawfish ravioli, rosemary-crusted rack of lamb, pan-seared scallops, molten chocolate cake. $60 per person,

Enjoy a glass of brut rosé in the Bullion lounge. Photo: Sebron Snyder Photography

Norwegian king crab, wagyu carpaccio, wood grilled Hawaiian moon fish, plus a cheesecake and mousse duo for dessert. $95 per person, ($175 per person with wine pairing), 214-953-1717 or online**

Pan-seared halibut with butter-poached king crab, barbecue-spiced prime beef, chicken fried Maine lobster, dark chocolate mousse with fleur de sel cookie, passion fruit creme brulee, and more. $125 per person, 214-922-4848 or online

Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck
Six-course prix fixe meal includes caviar bao amuse, big eye tuna tartare, Maine lobster cooked robata style over hot charcoal, pan-seared halibut, dark chocolate and passion fruit baked Alaska. $135 ($35 for wine pairings), 214-571-5784**

400 Gradi
Scallops, gnocchi, tagliatelle alla bolognese, pan-seared branzino, eggplant parmigiana, chocolate torte. $55 ($20 optional wine pairing), 972-850-9053

The French Room
Three-course dinner: smoked oysters, roasted chestnut crepe, A Bar N Ranch wagyu short rib, citrus and elderberry cheesecake. $80 ($45 optional wine pairing), 214-651-3615

The Mansion
Four-course tasting menu with Maine lobster fagottini, seared diver scallops, petit filet, and either a flourless chocolate cake or vanilla-rose panna cotta for dessert. $150 per person, 214-443-4747

Meddlesome Moth
Oysters or wagyu carpaccio, oxtail with goat cheese polenta, “love chicken” with honey-chipotle glaze, mushroom bolognese (vegan), creme brulee with fig gastrique, chocolate-covered strawberries. Prices a la carte ($20 beer and wine flights), 214-628-7900 or online

Miriam Cocina Latina
Four-course prix fixe menu: chicken tostones, bleu cheese filet mignon with poblano mashed potatoes, grilled mahi mahi, chile relleno with guajillo sauce, bread pudding. $55 per person

MoMo Italian Kitchen
Lamb and parsley soup, beet salad, braised rabbit pappardelle, tortelli formaggio, tiramisu. A la carte or three-course menu for $80 per couple (includes sparkling wine), 972-234-6800

Share a slice of tiramisu at Momo Italian Kitchen.

A5 wagyu, white truffle caviar, and more among a 21-course omakase sushi menu—plus, champagne! $125 per person (there’s also lunch seatings for a 14-course omakase at $65 per person), reservations online

Luxurious seven-course omakase menu with roasted Maine lobster with truffle yuzu aioli, and a trio of oysters. $195, 214-252-7000 or online**

Ocean Prime
Roasted sea bass over Alaskan king crab gnocchi with champagne cream, in addition to the regular dinner menu. Prices a la carte, 214-965-0440

Perle on Maple at the Stoneleigh Hotel
A prix fixe menu of champagne-poached oysters, gold potato cakes with caviar and gold leaf, lobster bisque with lobster ravioli, wild mushroom risotto, duck breast with foie gras bread pudding, double cut pork chop, chocolate lava cake. $95 per person, 469-375-5846 or online

Sea Breeze Fish Market and Grill
Mini crab cakes or tuna nachos to start, Chilean sea bass with lobster butter, blackened red snapper with crawfish cream, chocolate cappuccino cheesecake. $80 per person ($20 optional wine pairing), 972-473-2722, Plano

Sushi Marquee
Chef’s choice sushi, aka omakase, with edamame, miso soup, dessert, and champagne for two. NY strip steak or swordfish steak, with sides and dessert for two. Wagyu filet with heirloom fingerling potato, sides, and champagne for two. $150 and $200, respectively,  972-833-608 or online, Frisco

TJ’s Seafood Market
Four-course prix fixe dinner: crab cake, brown butter salmon with creamy cauliflower rice, beef tenderloin, pappardelle pasta in a mushroom cream sauce, Nutella creme brulee. $65 ($35 with wine pairing), the Preston Royal location (214-691-2369) will serve the special menu while Oak Lawn will only have the regular menu (214-219-3474)

The seafood restaurant will be rife with the ocean’s bounty per usual (ceviche, tuna tartare tower, two pounds of Alaska king crab legs with garlic butter) but a dry ice smoke–topped cocktail is the special treat for this holiday of love. Prices a la carte,  (McKinney Avenue) 214-220-2401, (Southlake) 817-912-0500

Ten-course omakase dinner for two: oysters with kumquat mignonette, hamachi crudo, wagyu carpaccio, chef’s choice nigiri, and much more. $185 (covers both diners), 214-855-5454**

Eight-course omakase for two: oysters with pickled fennel, scallop crudo, octopus carpaccio or terrine, bison with sous vide egg and kohlrabi, tartare and caviar handroll. $140 (for both diners), 214-855-5454**

*Editor’s note: We name-check a few dishes on offer, but this is by no means a comprehensive rundown of each restaurant’s full offerings for Valentine’s Day.
**Can’t do a Friday night dinner? Some restaurants will run specials on Saturday, too.

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