Whether you wholeheartedly embrace the cheesiness of Valentine’s Day or you’re just in it to keep your honey happy, a February 14th dinner reservation is a must (and some chocolates wouldn’t hurt, either). Here are 10 restaurants in Philly with sweet Valentine’s Day specials, from low-key spots perfect for keeping it casual to romantic splurge-worthy destinations.
1208 Frankford Avenue
Come hungry to Fette Sau and Bluebird Distilling’s Valentine’s Day coupling. For $80, you’ll be digging into a five-course, pig-centric meal, with each dish from Fette Sau’s Jason Goodman paired with a cocktail from the local distillery. So while you’re watching the ham with pear mostarda be carved tableside, you’ll be sipping on a spiced bourbon pear punch. But be warned: You might need a very un-Cupid-like nap after pigging out at this one.
211 N. 11th Street
You’ll have a choice of dishes during Yakitori Boy’s four-course dinner, but don’t skip out on the Instagram-worthy heart-shaped sushi roll appetizer. At $40, with entrees like the surf and turf plate with steak, shrimp and veggies and a crème brulee cake for dessert, this is one of the cheaper prix fixe menus that still feels like a treat.
1234 Locust Street
Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran’s cozy Italian spot is serving up a four-course dinner for $55, starting with mozzarella di bufala with roasted garlic, olives, and grilled bread, moving onto dishes like Little Nonna’s not-to-be-missed meatballs and a veal osso bucco, and finishing up with a very tempting dessert list.
The Little Lion
243 Chestnut Street
Toast to Cupid with this Champagne dinner for $75 at the Little Lion in Old City. Each of the four courses, from the lobster soup to the Double Chocolate Stout cheesecake, is paired with a different bubbly Champagne cocktail, like the Lemon Fizz or the Lavender Drop.
509 S. 2nd Street
The four-course prix fixe Valentine’s Day dinner at juke joint Twisted Tail comes with a side of live music. For $70, feast on sirloin beef carpaccio, sweet and sour veal breast, crispy rabbit leg and more hearty, Southern-inspired plates.
1521 Spruce Street
This one is a splurge at $90, but Andrew and Kristin Wood’s five-course prix fixe menu highlighting local and seasonal ingredients will definitely impress your Valentine. It’s BYOB, so bring along a bottle of wine (or two) to share.
718 South Street
Let Brauhaus Schmitz fill you up on Valentine’s Day for $35 for three courses, or add an extra course for $39. The German-influenced menu includes a choice of pan-roasted sirloin, roasted duck breast and pan-seared scallops for your main dish and plenty of desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth.
1516 South Street
Go for Southern decadence at Rex 1516 on South Street. The three-course, al la carte Valentine’s Day menu includes seared scallops and cold-smoked duck breast, followed by sweet treats like a layered cake made with caramelized apples, almond frangipane, and maple and thyme ice cream. For a celebratory drink, order the $10 Pink Squirrel: It’s a cocktail designed for two, with a mix of almond-flavored crème de noyaux, chocolaty crème de cacao, and cream. (Photo is featured above)
High Street on Market
308 Market Street
The $65 prix fixe Valentine’s Day menu at High Street on Market is made to share, with a lineup of inventive small plates from Chef Jon Nodler. And since this is a special occasion, you’ll want to add the beverage pairing ($35), featuring cocktails, wine and Amari to go with your meal.
Taproom on 19th
2400 S. 19th Street
If you don’t have anyone to snuggle up with, grab a few single friends and head to Taproom on 19th for an anti-Valentine’s Day edition of Taco Tuesday. For just $1, get a Bitter Greens and Porky Dreams taco, or go for the Angry Chicken or the In a Single Pickle. Wash it down with a $5 sour beer or a Kick ’em to the Curb Kentucky Mule cocktail.