*updated January 2021
The big V-Day is right around the corner so if you’ve been wanting to ask out that girl or guy, do it now before they’re taken.
As always, I’ve done my research and rounded up the 7 best date ideas for Valentine’s Day in Austin including all the restaurants that are offering Valentine prix fixe dinners. Seal the deal with bae this Valentine’s.
SUP Date at Rowing Dock
For those that are looking to spend their day in the Austin sunshine, stand up paddleboarding on Lady Bird Lake is a must-do. Head on over to Rowing Dock for a perfect day date – you can rent their SUPs, kayaks and canoes on a first-come, first-serve basis. Pro tip: bring a picnic basket for snacks! Ladies, this is also a great Galentine’s Day option.
Visit this page if you’re interested in any group activities. Use the code “PADDLEWKOKO21” in the reservation request form and you’ll get 15% off any pre-booked group reservation (applies to group bookings, guided tours, and teambuilding & games).
Prestige Picnics is a luxury picnic service that creates unique and unforgettable experiences filled with beautiful decor, tasty treats, and picture-perfect opportunities. Whether it be date nights, birthdays, brunches, proposals, bridal showers, or more. They can host your picnic anywhere in Austin, TX and its surrounding areas, It could be at a public park, a specific venue (extra fees may apply), your backyard, or inside your living room.
20% OFF any spa service at Aloe Skin
I just got a massage + hydrafacial at Aloe Skin + Body last week and it felt SO good. Aloe Skin is offering 20% off any spa service when you refer a friend so treat you & a girlfriend!
Choose from: HydraFacial®, Massage, Lash Service, Sugaring, Lumecca IPL, or Diolaze Laser Hair Removal. Call (512) 344-9394 for more info
*Referral must be a new client. Appointments not required to be on the same day. Must purchase service in February 2021, series/packages can be redeemed later in the year. Limit 1.
Amanda Deer x Mozart’s Coffee
This one’s for all the coffee lovers out there. Amanda Deer Jewelry and Mozart’s coffee teamed up to create a limited edition Dark Chocolate Truffle coffee blend and an adorable ’To the Moon and Back’ necklace available for the month of February. Enjoy a brew of this special edition coffee roast on one of Mozart’s beautiful outdoor decks and pick up some adorable jewelry while you’re at it. Each special blend bag has a coupon on the bottom for 20% off all jewelry at Amanda Deer for the month of February.
Glamping with Collective Retreats
I just went glamping with the boo this past weekend in Wimberly at Collective Retreats on the scenic Montesino Ranch in the heart of Texas Hill Country. It was about an hour’s drive from Central Austin and the drive to Montesino Ranch was quite scenic and we were greeted with the cutest cows.
The safari tents are HUGE – there are 12 of them on the property, each with its own scenic view. I was super cozied up with the fire crackling, heater on, and tucked into bed with the electric blanket on while reading a book. The stay includes a complimentary breakfast in the morning and s’mores by the fire at night. You can opt for a farm-to-table dinner or a DIY grilling kit for $120 per box and serves 2 people
Collective Retreats has a promo right now until 2/10/2020. If you book any Friday night stay, you’ll receive Thursday night on them, and book any Saturday night stay and receive free Sunday night on them!
7431 Fulton Ranch Rd, Wimberley, TX, collectiveretreats.com/retreat/collective-hill-country/
Alamo Date Night
Your XOXO Alamo Date Night Package kit, which is available at select Alamo Curbside locations, includes a fun at-home Alamo experience with dinner and a movie – pizza, bubbles, chocolate cake, with two limited-edition XOXO, Alamo champagne glasses, a Mondo puzzle and a movie (via Alamo On Demand).. all inside a cute Alamo tote bag.
Credit: Rick Cortez Photography
Osome’s At-Home Omakase
A romantic date night option, Osome’s at-home omakase features some of the best fish the world has to offer. Starting at $250 per person for 15-23 courses of nigiri, crudos, yakitori, and a seasonal dessert. Book your omakase experience at www.osomeatx.com
Last-minute Valentine’s Day Shopping? Kendra Scott has you covered, Texas! From February 12-14, shop Kendra Scott exclusively on the Favor app and add a $25 flower bouquet from a local female florist to your purchase for the perfect gift delivered to their doorstep within one hour!
Kendra Scott has jewelry this VDay for a special someone, a bff, or to treat yourself! The Ansley Heart Collection brings a trendy twist to the classic heart style, bringing love to any look. If you’re looking for a gift that says forever, the Sterling Silver or Gold Vermeil Ari Heart Pendant Necklace will have them head over heels! Get it engraved (for free!) to make it even more personalized.
In an effort to share the love, for every bouquet + jewelry gift purchased through Favor, Kendra Scott and Musicians On Call will deliver a gift of jewelry and flowers (up to 300) to frontline workers at select hospitals in Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio.
Valentine’s Day Omakase Dinner at home
Uroko is closed for dine-in but they’re offering a special omakase dinner at home by Chef Také and Masa for $65/person.
- Mini Appetizer
- Sashimi starter
- 5pcs Nigiri
- (add-on) Handpicked premium sake from Japan
Pick up at 6pm
atxGALS Galentine’s Daytime Pop-Up At The Cathedral
Grab your gals and join atxGALS’ for their 5th Annual Galentine’s Art Show! Shop art by 9 local women artists, sip on complimentary margaritas from Dulce Vida Tequila and listen to live music by local musicians.
Taking an intimate approach to their usual art-pop us, the event will kick off Saturday, February 13th and will run through Sunday, February 14th. Event schedule:
DAYTIME POP-UP: Saturday, February 13th and Sunday, February 14th from 11am-5pm
This event will feature the work of several emerging women artists, music, and an open bar compliments of Dulce Vida Tequila, Austin Eastciders and Waterloo Sparkling Water.
VALENTINE’S SWEETS IN AUSTIN
Valentine Cookie Tin ($23) featuring two varieties of handmade cookies:
- Raspberry Rose Sandwich Cookies (3) – Shortbread cookie sandwiched with raspberry jam, decorated with pink rose icing
- Chocolate & Raspberry Shortbread (3) – Chocolate shortbread dipped in raspberry chocolate, dusted with freeze-dried raspberries
Launching on the website for curbside, delivery, and national shipping on Sunday!
Uchiko Valentine’s Day Sweet Box
Limited Edition “Uchiko Valentine’s Day Sweet Box” ($70) created by Ariana Quant, the Executive Pastry Chef of the Uchi restaurants. The collection of carefully curated sweets is the perfect gift to treat a loved one on this special day. Pre-order by February 11th, 2021.
Each Uchiko Valentine’s Day Sweet Box includes the following:
- Passion fruit Marshmallows
- Pâte de fruit strawberry guava
- Chocolate Nougat Currants, pistachio, cherry
- Chocolate Bon Bon strawberry, ruby chocolate
- Chocolate Bon Bon raspberry, feuilletine
- Blueberry Dragées white chocolate, hibiscus
Uchi and Uchiko Curbside Caviar Package ($120)
- Smoked trout roe and hybrid caviar
- 2 caviar spoons
- Large section – chip/vessel
- 4 jars – 2 will be sauce, 2 will be yakumi
- 750ml Raventos Blanc de Blancs
Pre-order by February 11th, 2021. No substitutes will be available for the Caviar Box Available while supplies last; Call (512) 916-4808 between hours 3:30PM-Close. Pickup will be available February 13th and 14th, 2021
While Cookbook remains closed for dine-in and takeout service, the pastry team is excited to bring you a special Valentine’s Day popup with a limited edition dessert menu available for pickup Valentine’s weekend. To celebrate, we commissioned local artist, Billie Buck, to create a photo-worthy mural at Cookbook that will be displayed until February 28.
The menu includes raspberry sweetie rolls, personalized cookie cakes, a dozen “roses,” a mimosa kit, and wines by the bottle. We’re offering easy online ordering with contactless curbside pickup from Cookbook located at the Austin Public Library. Just select your preferred pickup day and time and your pastries will be fresh and ready upon arrival.
Chicken Salad Shoppe’s Valentine’s Sixer
Chicken Salad Shoppe is bringing back their famous Sixer for Valentine’s Day! A 6-pack of monster 1/2 lb stuffed cookies. Available for pickup and delivery. Includes Valentine’s decor and light up in box upon delivery. Order Valentine’s Sixers online here.
Sweeten this year’s Galantine’s and Valentine’s Day (or just a treat-yourself-day 😉!) with some Tiny Pies.
- Heart Creme Brûlée Pie⠀
- Heart Chocolate Tart⠀
- Cherry Love Letter Hand Pie⠀
- Heart Cherry Pie⠀
- Valentine’s Day Gift Box (perfect sweet & savory date night for two!)⠀
- D-I-Y At Home Pie Kit⠀
- Heart Cherry Pie⠀
- Pecan Pie Bites⠀
Cookie Rich is offering a limited-time flavor, Dark Chocolate Dipped + Gold Dusted Strawberry Cheesecake for pick-up or delivery on dates between February 10 to 14 by placing an order here.
Amy’s Ice Cream
- Chocolate Covered Strawberries ($14.99) – a half-dozen (6 ct) sinfully delicious strawberries completely covered in Belgian Callebaut chocolate with a white chocolate drizzle packaged in an adorable gift box. Also available in Double-Dark Chocolate (Vegan) and a mixed Combo Dozen for $29.99
- Chocolate Truffles ($24.99) – what’s sweeter than a box of chocolate? Gift an elegant Tiffany Blue box full of Chocolate Truffles in four flavors including Belgian Dark Chocolate, Biscoff Cookie Butter, house-made salted caramel and chocolate orange. Tied neatly with a white bow this makes an excellent addition to some berries.
- Love You S’mores Date Night Kit ($19.99) – like biting into a chocolate-covered strawberry, these flavors and sensations will create lasting memories to look back on with fondness. We combined decadent Callebaut dark chocolate and our new strawberry marshmallows, enveloped in the embrace of buttery, caramelly Biscoff cookies.
- Belgian Chocolate Bark Trio – ($15.99) inspired by the flavors of Chocolate Covered Strawberries! This is the ultimate Valentine’s Gift for the chocolate lover in your life. Each bag has a trio of three different variations on Chocolate Covered Strawberry Bark using our favorite Belgian Callebaut chocolates: Dark, White, and Ruby.
- Nationwide Shipping: Sweet Indulgence Pint Collection – ($119) in 2021 the only way you can make Valentine’s memorable is not just with Chocolate Covered Strawberries but the most enchanting combination of ice creams. Perfect for everyone in the house. Enjoy the moment with these ice cream only available in February as apart of The Sweet Indulgence Pint Collection.
You can find the entire Valentine’s Gift Collection online at https://crsh.in/valentines
Available February 1 – 14th for Nationwide Shipping, Local Delivery, and Store Pickup.
VALENTINE’S DAY PRIX FIXE DINNERS
Here are Austin restaurants that are offering special prix fixe Valentine’s Day dinners. Please call ahead for reservations.
The Peached Tortilla’s Valentine’s Day menu will be available for dine-in and curbside Friday, February 12th through Sunday, February 14th. 3 COURSES FOR 55 | OPTIONAL WINE PAIRINGS FOR 29
Bar Peached will feature a three-course Valentine’s Day menu for dine-in Friday, February 12th through Sunday, February 14th. We are only offering the menu for takeout on Valentine’s Day.
South Congress Cafe
South Congress Cafe will be offering guests a three-course prix-fixe Valentine’s Day menu on Feb. 13 and Feb. 14 from 5-9 p.m. The $85 menu for 2 will be available for dine-in, take out, and delivery via Grubhub. Reservations are encouraged, but not required.
Austin Proper’s In-Room Valentine’s Day Dinner
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Austin Proper will debut their first-ever in-room dining experience on Sunday, February 14. The private dinner offering for $200/pp includes a self-service bar with libations such as Louis Roederer Brut Champagne, Recanti Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and cocktail fixings like Letherbee Gin, Casamigos Tequila and Maker’s Mark Bourbon. Contactless service of The Peacock’s special three-course pre-fixe dinner will be delivered upon arrival and guests will be given the option to stay the night in the beautifully appointed suite at no additional cost. Guests can also opt to add a custom floral arrangement from local floral studio Serracinna for an additional $100. Limited reservations are available via Tock through Fri/Feb 5.
Rosewood is celebrating Valentine’s weekend for 3 nights – Friday, February 12th-Sunday, February 14th for a pre-fixe 4-course dinner for $65 a person or a 7-course dinner for $90 a person.
For reservations, call 512-838-6205 or make a reservation on OpenTable.
Valentine’s Day Pre-Fixe at The Peacock
This Valentine’s Day, Austin Proper’s ground-floor Mediterranean restaurant, The Peacock, will offer a special pre-fixe menu accompanied by festive wine pairings. For $150/pp, guests will enjoy a romantic three-course meal featuring dishes such as Trio of Dips with fresh baked pita, Red Snapper Tartare with herbs, shallots and avocado, Mixed Grill Kebab and Traditional Baklava with walnut, pistachio and cardamom syrup. Tickets are available via Tock with optional add-ons such as a custom floral arrangement by Serracinna ($100) and a 4-piece baklava gift box from The Peacock ($20). The Peacock lounge and patio will also be open for a la carte dinner service.
Second Bar + Kitchen
4-course meal to-go plus plenty of delicious add-ons, including bottles of bubbles, breakfast for the next morning, and chocolate covered strawberries. The feast for two is $125 and can be ordered via ChowNow before 2pm Tues., Feb.9. All orders will be ready for pick up between 2-4pm Sat., Feb. 13.
34th Street Cafe
34th Street Cafe will be offering two Stay-At-Home Valentine’s Day menus by Chef Kirsten Blessing for pick up or delivery Sunday, Feb. 14th. Order for pick up via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 512.415.1752. Orders must be received by Noon, Feb. 10th.
The Italian staple is offering a takeout Valentine’s menu and a dine-in option. Takeout options include a four-course brunch menu for pickup on Feb. 13 & Feb. 14, as well as a four-course dinner menu for pickup on Feb. 13 & Feb. 14. Order Valentine’s to go brunch or dinner and view menu here and reserve Valentine’s dine in table here
Old Thousand’s Valentine’s Hot Pot & Dinner for Two
Valentine’s takeout options at Old Thousand include a “Horny For Hot Pot” multi-course dinner for two ($110) with choice of mala beef tallow broth or smoked vegetable umami broth, a variety of meats, vegetables, noodles, signature sides and desserts; and an Old Thousand Dinner for Two option ($75) is available for preorder and takeout and includes a variety of signature dishes such as Xiao Main noodles, General Tso’s, Smoked Pork Belly Char Siu, green beans, and cucumber salad. Available for pickup at both locations. “Free Adult Gift” included with both Hot Pot and Valentine’s Dinner for Two (Refreshing Beverage). Hot Pot Table Top Cooking Vessel available for an additional $40. Preorder by calling your nearest Old Thousand location
Sala & Betty
Sala & Betty is serving a pre-fixe 3-course meal for $50 and 4-course for $55. Call at 512-645-0214 to preorder your menu and the pick up time is on Valentine’s Day from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Limited seating on the patio from 5pm – 7pm.
Southside Flying Pizza’s $14 Heart-Shaped Pizzas
Pizza is great, but showing your love in the form of a heart-shaped pie is better. Southside Flying Pizza is offering heart-shaped 1-topping pizzas for $14, for takeout and delivery, Feb 12 through Feb 14. Order from your nearest Southside Flying Pizza location at www.southsideflyingpizza.com
Taco Fuego “Eat Your Feelings” Valentine’s Day Pop Up at The Cavalier
The bodacious pop up with nostalgic Taco Bell-inspired noshes is coming to The Cavalier with an “Eat Your Feelings” pop up on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. Taco Fuego is taking over The Cavalier from 6-9 pm. First come, first serve, order at the bar.
TLC Austin’s Surf & Turf For Two To Go
$250 per couple. Treat you and your boo to an amazing dinner including two 8oz tenderloin filets, two crab-stuff lobster halves, tarragon lemon butter, rosemary fingerling potatoes, asparagus, chocolate-covered strawberries, and a bottle of Taittinger Brut Champagne. Preorder here.
Olive & June
Pre-Fixe Dinner for 2 Dine In & Takeout | $90 for 2 people
- Mixed Kale Salad – pickled strawberries, candied walnuts, herb goat cheese, white balsamic vinaigrette
- Ravioli – herb ricotta, sun dried tomato, sage, parmesan Reggiano
Second Course (choice of):
- Slow-braised Texas Short Rib – truffle potato puree, foraged mushroom, grilled spring onion
- Truffle butter chicken breast – Rosemary couscous, roasted broccoli, charred lemon
- Vegetable side: crispy potatoes – herb butter, green onion, pecorino Romano
- Triple chocolate mousse cake – raspberry, hibiscus, candied cocoa nib, pistachio
Pre-Fixe Dinner for 2 | $70 per person
First Course: texas green leaf salad, valley citrus, walnut vinaigrette
Second Course (choice of):
- Roasted half-rack of lamb, black winter truffle, baby arugula
- Roasted red snapper, purple carrots, roasted potato, tomato, saffron
- Family Style Side: roasted brussel sprouts, orange glaze, bread crumb
Dessert: triple chocolate mousse cake, raspberry, hibiscus, candied cocoa nib, pistachio
The Backspace on Anderson Ln.
Valentine’s Specials Offered Feb. 12-14 for dine-in or to-go
- Baked Atlantic Oysters (6ea) – artichoke soffritto, herbs, breadcrumb, pecorino ($16)
- Tagliatelle – black truffle, meyer lemon, pecorino ($21)
- Raspberry Chocolate Mousse Cake ($9)