We know you can't go just anywhere for your Valentine's victuals, so we've rounded up all the Valentine's Day events in town (like a French-inspired six-course menu at Maximilien and a Japanese comfort food feast at Adana) so that you can choose your own adventure. Follow the links below for full menus and reservation links, and, for even more inspiration, check out our complete Valentine's Day calendar.
Note: We advise you to make your reservations as soon as possible, as many of these locations may already be fully booked and deadlines are fast approaching for pickup orders. Call ahead to make sure.
THURSDAY, FEB 14
Ada's chefs will prepare a four-course prix-fixe vegetarian dinner, along with wine pairings, a full bar, and specialty cocktails that "blend romance with brilliance."
Ada's on Phinney
Ada's on Phinney's menu features a glass of Veuve Clicquot Brut, truffled Dungeness crab custard, pan-seared Peking duck breast, an organic seasonal mixed greens salad, prime steak tenderloin, and lobster.
At Adana on Capitol Hill, James Beard Award–nominated chef and owner Shota Nakajima, who bested the titular celebrity chef on the Food Network show Beat Bobby Flay, is a master of Japanese comfort food that's modern yet elegant. For Valentine's Day, he'll prepare a seven-course meal, with dishes like temari sushi, lotus-root dumpling, egg katsu with caviar, black cod, duck, and tempura.
Want something totally unexpected for Valentine's day? Try INSANIS, chef Eric Rivera's "twenty-course tasting menu with no concept."
Former Cutthroat Kitchen and Master Chef competitor Emme Ribeiro Collins will prepare a five-course Brazilian-meets-Pacific-Northwest meal with optional beverage pairings, accompanied by live music.
Alderbrook Resort & Spa
If you're looking for a Valentine's Day getaway, this Hood Canal resort and spa is offering a menu with either beef tenderloin with foie gras or king crab housemade ravioli, accompanied by live guitar from Tarik Bentlemsani.
Ascend Prime Steak & Sushi
Ascend's luxurious four-course prix-fixe menu offers optional upgrades like fresh-shaved white Alba truffle and deconstructed lobster pot pie, as well as a dizzying 360-degree view of the Seattle skyline and Cascades.
Go for surf and turf with Bluwater Bistro's special Maine lobster tail and filet mignon, complemented by stunning views, live jazz, and red roses on all the tables.
Consume lobster in a myriad of preparations at Bramling Cross's lobster-themed meal, with lobster bisque, lobster fritters, lobster bruschetta, lobster deviled eggs, and whole wood-grilled lobster. For even more luxury, add on sustainable caviar or filet mignon.
The luxury hotel's five-course menu includes celeriac potage, cured duck bresaola, and brown-butter basted sea scallops, with passionfruit panna cotta and raspberry chocolate galette for dessert.
For a decidedly unconventional Valentine's Day beyond the played-out lavish dinner and bouquet of roses, look no further than Atlas Obscura's entomological dinner at beloved dive Darrell's Tavern, where local "insect evangelist" David George Gordon (who is also known as the "Bug Chef" and has authored The Eat-A-Bug Cookbook) will prepare a feast using insects such as waxworms, grasshoppers, and crickets. Belly up to the bar for some insect-based cocktails before witnessing a cooking demonstration from Gordon and clips from Ian Toew’s documentary Bugs on the Menu.
Dine on a French-inspired menu of foie gras torchon, herb gougères, nicoise salad, filet mignon, sea bass, ratatouille, and rosemary chocolate ganache tart as you take in a "Paris in the Springtime"-themed burlesque cabaret show hosted by ringmaster Armitage Shanks.
The Growler Guys
Spend Valentine's Day enjoying food and drink specials with whomever you choose (even it's just yourself). This event promises a beer flight, a four-piece dessert, champagne, a selection of "fancy" chocolate bars for sale, and complimentary rosé "for all single women." They'll also be pouring a special Brut IPA.
The Georgian Revival: Perfect Pairings & Epic Duets
Take in a "romantic and witty" evening of duets about "epic couples" provided by the 5th Avenue Theatre paired with a five-course New American menu by the Fairmont Olympic Hotel's executive chef Andrew Whiteside.
Goldfinch Tavern's four-course "romantic feast for two" includes a variety of starters like Dungeness crab bisque and hamachi crudo, followed by a shareable pasta course for your Lady and the Tramp moment and entrees like beef tenderloin and sockeye salmon.
The restaurant known for their inventive food and cocktail pairings will serve luxe dishes like Dungeness crab custard and Muscovy duck breast alongside special libations inspired by jcoco chocolate.
Sip a cozy fireside cocktail called the Hollywood Paper Plane, made with Woodinville Whiskey Co. bourbon, then enjoy a feast of oysters and sustainably sourced seafood.
Hot Stove Society
Expletives are highly encouraged at this colorful cooking class, which will feature a demonstration from chef Ashley Ewing and instructor Annie Elmore. After a "hungry heart cocktails and appetizer" reception, guests will be treated to a demonstration of a "Love Potion" cocktail and a dinner with salt and pepper duck tongue salad, scallops with fennel, classic carbonara, and smoked duck breast, all the while sipping cocktails and enjoying the results. Finally, the night ends with a bubbly aperol spritz float.
How to Cook a Wolf
Ethan Stowell's M.F.K. Fisher-inspired Italian restaurant How to Cook a Wolf will serve a four-course menu with hamachi crudo with radish, pomegranate, and Meyer lemon granita; tagliarini with uni butter; duck leg confit; lobster thermidor; and dark chocolate pot de creme.
Chef John Sundstrom's fresh, bright four-course prix-fixe menu includes options like blood orange, endive, and frisée salad with pistachios, yellowfin tuna crudo, Wagyu hanger steak, grapefruit sorbet, and pineapple tarte tatin, with an optional selection of pairings from wine director Jennifer O’Neil.
Seafood-and-pasta pro Brian Clevenger will highlight what he does best with a menu that includes hamachi crudo, scallops, Snake River Zabuton steak, and capelletti with ricotta, black garlic, and prosciutto.
Thierry Ratureau's award-winning modern French restaurant offers a three-course prix-fixe with dishes like braised pork belly, venison medallions, root vegetables en croute, and pear tarte tatin.
Savor a three-course prix-fixe menu from chef Thierry Rautureau, with chestnut soup, smoked sturgeon with a buckwheat blini, semolina pappardelle, pan-seared steelhead, coconut bavarois, and chocolate pot de crème.
At Marine Hardware's five-course dinner, start your night off snacking on a sampler of apps like crispy pork rillettes and duck liver crostini, then move on to tagliarini with Dungeness crab, sea scallops with shaved fennel, and New York striploin with black trumpet mushroom puree and fingerling potatoes, and finish with an assortment of truffles and cookies.
Sara and Bruce Naftaly's cozy Capitol Hill restaurant will serve a prix-fixe menu of their signature French-inspired comfort food, including oysters on the half shell with yuzu mignonette, blintzes filled with Kurt's Flora cheese with a side of wild mushrooms, grilled quail, and a dessert for two from Amandine Bakeshop.
Enjoy a romantic French-inspired six-course menu of dishes like fennel and parsnip bisque and roasted Chilean sea bass while being serenaded with accordion music from Bonnie Birch.
Mkt.'s four-course dinner will feature shared dishes such as burrata salad with grilled chicories, ricotta ravioli, seared duck breast, carnaroli risotto, chocolate malted pudding, and seasonal sorbet.
The downtown bar serving "weird beer and good food" will live up to its reputation with a four-course menu of raw scallops, endive salad, dry-aged smoked duck breast with pan-roasted leeks, and whipped dark chocolate, with optional beer pairings available.
The downtown hotel bar and restaurant Outlier will serve a menu with multiple options, including wild mushroom lasagna and dry-aged sirloin, with wine-poached apples with short bread and apple jack ice cream for dessert.
Opt for a plant-based prix-fixe with this vegan three-course dinner from Plum Bistro.
Jerry Traunfeld's bright, cheerful, Indian-influenced Pacific Northwest spot's three-course menu features options for the first and second courses such as nettle ravioli, lemongrass braised beef short ribs, and eggplant panisse with blue oyster mushrooms, followed by a dessert thali two with a choice of various enticing desserts and ice creams.
Madrona's Red Cow is serving a sumptuous four-course menu with foie gras crostini, crab ravioli, seared sea scallops, and yogurt panna cotta.
Rione XIII's four-course dinner includes starter options like burrata and nduja arancini, pasta options like rigatoni and white truffle ravioli, mains like pork belly and black truffle risotto, and desserts like lemon zeppole and cranberry orange sorbet.
Michael Mina's upscale four-course prix-fixe tasting menu includes oysters, truffled cauliflower soup, Maine lobster ravioli, braised rabbit risotto, and white chocolate petit gateau.
Romantic Valentine's Day Cooking Class
Sip wine and graze on snacks while taking in cooking demonstrations from chef Eric Olinsky, with hands-on learning opportunities. The meal will consist of a chef's market board with local cheese, meats, and smoked salmon procured from Pike Place Market, plus mussels, roasted pork tenderloin, lemon basil honey sorbet, and chocolate rose pots de creme.
James Beard Award-winning chef Edouardo Jordan has assembled a thoughtful five-course chef's tasting menu with caramelized sunchoke agnolotti, black bass, dry-aged ribeye, and lemon thyme olive oil cake.
The team at Tom Douglas's Serious Pie and head brewer Dru Ernst of Snoqualmie's Dru Bru Brewery invite you to celebrate "wuv, dru wuv" with their five-course beer dinner created by chefs Tony Catini and Jenn Metcalf. Pairings include a tangy citrus and beet salad with Dungeness crab and pickled avocado alongside Dru Bru's citrusy Hop Session IPA and a pizza topped with acorn squash, beer-braised short ribs, and charred chicory alongside a toasty award-winning Serious Bru Pilsner, designed especially to complement the pizza at Serious Pie.
Capitol Hill's Piedmontese restaurant will serve rich, hearty dishes like duck confit, herbed arancini, braised short rib pasta, taleggio cappelletti, black truffle potato puree, and chocolate cake truffles.
Staple & Fancy
Staple and Fancy's refreshing-sounding four-course supper involves items like oysters with citrus champagne mignonette, parsnip and pear soup, ricotta-leek ravioli, duck confit, and lemon ricotta cheesecake.
Sushi Kappo Tamura
The venerated sushi spot will feature a special Valentine's dinner omakase (chef's selection) with "local and sustainable" ingredients and traditional Japanese seasoning.
Tavolata will serve burrata, roasted Brussels sprouts, braised beef short ribs, funghi pizza, and ice cream sandwiches with chocolate gelato as part of their four-course menu at both their locations.
Chef Tamara Murphy's "earth-to-plate" restaurant will serve an a la carte menu for the holiday.
The homey Wallingford restaurant will prepare a four-course prix-fixe dinner that includes options such as seared scallops with romanesco, carnaroli risotto with foraged mushrooms and Washington truffles, venison with baby turnips, and even a peanut butter and jelly cannoli for dessert.
The Tin Table
The Tin Table's menu commences with a "chef's surprise nibble" and continues with dishes such as pork rillettes, ahi tuna tartare, a rosy "pink salad" with roasted beets and grapefruit, filet of beef tenderloin, crispy red snapper, and porcini pappardelle. Save room for a bittersweet chocolate tart crisp.
The downtown restaurant will serve an a la carte menu that includes oysters with guava mignonette, white asparagus with poached egg and truffle butter, orecchiette, crab risotto, Kurobuta pork shank, and duckling with caramelized pear and cracklings.
In addition to their usual house menu, the Neapolitan pizzeria chain will serve a special "sweetheart-themed" tiramisu for two for $10 and throw in a complimentary Baci Perugina (an Italian chocolate covered-hazelnut "kiss" with a love quote hidden in the wrapper) to share with your date.
Urbane's locally sourced menu will feature ricotta gnocchi and seared sea bass, with a special surprise for guests on Valentine's Day.
At the three-course dinner at chef Brian Clevenger's Italian restaurant, choose between starters like albacore tartare and nettle agnolotti; main dishes like black cod, pork belly, and risotto; and desserts like chocolate budino, cheesecake, and seasonal sorbet.
As you tuck into a three-course prix-fixe meal at Maslow's with dishes such as parsnip and apple soup, Bosc pear and blue cheese salad, coq au vin, butternut squash ravioli, buttermilk panna cotta, and flourless chocolate cake, you'll be supporting FareStart's admirable efforts to reduce hunger, poverty, and homelessness by providing culinary job training programs.
Enjoy a lush Spanish-style Valentine's Day with flamenco dance by Rafael Vargas and Esther Marion, quejio (flamenco lament) music and fast rhythms by Luis de la Tota and Estefania La Ishi, direct from Spain. Your ticket includes a three-course Mediterranean meal and bubbly.
Chef Nathan Lockwood's elevated seasonal restaurant will create a tasting menu for Valentine's Day.
Take a jaunt to eastern Washington for chef Jason Wilson's locally sourced multi-course menu at Eritage, with a choice of Maine lobster cakes or zucchini and green chickpea cakes for the starter, Meyer Ranch prime New York steak with truffle butter or grilled portobello steaks with chimichurri for the shared main course, and dark chocolate tarte with spiced blackberry coulis for dessert.
Executive chef Paul Duncan's three-course seafood menu includes poke tacos, Alaskan halibut, lobster tail, seared ahi steak, and mousse Napoléon with caramel and vanilla mousse and sponge cake.
Ray's Cafe Valentine's Day
Ray's Cafe will offer an a la carte menu with dishes like Dungeness crab toast, filet of beef and lobster tail, grilled mahi mahi, and "chocolate indulgence" with fresh raspberries.
Seattle Blind Cafe Experience
Spend Valentine's Day dining in the dark with the Blind Cafe, a traveling pop-up experience that hosts sensory tasting dinners in 100% darkness to raise awareness for social issues. For this event, they've partnered with Airbnb to hold the event at a secret location and will greet guests with dark chocolate and red wine by candlelight before they are engulfed in darkness for a vegetarian meal and music from Rosh & the Blind Cafe Orchestra.
On this cruise, feast your eyes on views of Lake Washington and Lake Union while you dine on a four-course menu with a choice of filet mignon, sockeye salmon, or herbed gnocchi. Add on V-Day staples like roses and chocolate-covered strawberries.
All Water Seafood & Oyster Bar
Chef Benjamin Closson will whip up a special Valentine's Day menu featuring appetizers like oysters on the half shell and Dungeness crab; entrees like seared scallops, braised short ribs, and smoked sablefish ravioli; and dessert options like orange blossom panna cotta.
At the Capitol Hill bakery Sémillon, the Indian pop-up Meesha will provide a five-course tasting menu with their "unique and modern take on traditional recipes that have been carried through generations," with an optional wine pairing and vegetarian option.
SATURDAY, FEB 16
You and your date can roll sushi in style with this class led by Frank Sicilia, who'll school you in the fundamentals of sushi and then let you DIY your own rolls for dinner, served with miso soup, edamame, and mochi ice cream for dessert.
Spirit of '76
Climb aboard the Spirit of '76 and you'll be proffered a complimentary glass of bubbly before tasting some wines from Washington vintners, including Page Cellars and Good Ridge Winery. Plus, taste artisan cheeses and participate in a truffle tasting courtesy of Intrigue Chocolates.