*updated January 2020
Photography by Gina Park Photography
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.
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’s 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 $38.
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/
Lonely Hearts Club + Vintage & Handcrafted Market – FEB 8
An afternoon of shopping, socializing and brunching at this Eastside pop-up at the parking lot of Kinda Tropical with 30 plus fabulous local artisans, makers & vintage collectors.
Killer coffee, lovely libations and tasty bites provided by Kinda Tropical.
Kinda Tropical, more info
GALENTINE’S DAY AT YUYO
Yuyo is featuring a special menu created by El Chile Group’s two favorite women- Chef Maribel Rivero of Yuyo, and Chef Alma Alcocer of El Alma. The dinner is a blend of both Peruvian and Mexican cuisine and is made to be shared! Both chefs will be in the kitchen and dining room at this event. Wine pairings are available! All the gals will also get a special Llama cookie to take home.
Tickets: $65 per person and include tax and gratuity. Buy here
VALENTINE’S MARKET AT SOUR DUCK MARKET
Join Sour Duck Market and shop for gifts for your loved one, your lovely self, or even your furry friends on Sunday, February 9 from 3 to 6 p.m. Enjoy happy hour, featuring $3 Texas drafts, $6 draft cocktails, and half-off select menu items. Live music will be rocking and rolling in the background, courtesy of Aubrey Hays Band.
Sour Duck Market, 1814 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Love & Lizzo: Galentines Cookie Decorating Class
We’re taking our cues from Lizzo this year and celebrating the love we have for ourselves and all our best gals and (DUH) we’re doing it with cookies! Grab your bestie and come learn to speak our love language! Over the course of about 2 hours, Mindy will take you step by step through the process of decorating sugar cookies with royal icing, no experience necessary. Here’s what you’ll leave with:
- a box of 8 beautifully decorated cookies per person
- a packet with sugar cookie and royal icing recipes, complete with ingredients and instructions
- a list of all our favorite tools
- the knowledge and skills necessary to go out and create your own cookie masterpieces!
Easy Tiger, 709 East 6th Street, tickets
Beer My Valentine
Independence Brewing Co., has collaborated with Garrison Brothers Distillery to host Beer My Valentine – a local celebration of love for everyone. The one-night event is free and open to the public and will feature a limited-edition beer bottle release, free bourbon tastings, Texas two-step dance lessons, flowers, chocolates, a live bluegrass band, and 2 for 1 beer specials.
While the event itself is free, attendees can pre-order a “Beer My Valentine Kit” that includes:
2 Indy draft beers
1 small bouquet of assorted flowers from Lovelily Flowers
1 small assortment of chocolates from Crave Artisan Chocolate
Date: Friday, February 14 | 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Independence Brewing Co. Tap Room, 3919 Todd Lane #607
VALENTINE’S SWEETS IN AUSTIN
Treat your sweetheart with a decadent coffee date at Easy Tiger. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Mocha has met its true match with our seasonal Strawberry Chocolate Truffle Cookies and visit the Beer Garden on February 14th for Heart-Shaped Pretzels all day long!
Spending the night in? Preorder and pick up any of our bakery treats like our New! Valentine’s Day Gift Set featuring a selection from Antonelli’s Cheese Shop and Housemade Strawberry-Ginger Preserves.
Maggie Louise Confections
Maggie Louise Confections’, ATX based luxury chocolatier, chocolates make the perfect gift for any occasion. Her Valentine’s chocolates this year are no exception. There are so many fun designs to choose from (chocolate flowers, lipsticks, even bacon), the Texas-themed box and the “Special Delivery” box. You can visit her store on East 6th or order online (they are also available in select Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus’)!
Amy’s Ice Cream
Reservations for Amy’s Ice Cream Chocolate Covered Strawberries are here! They sold out last year so make sure to guarantee your order soon. NEW: Ruby Chocolate Drizzle is a relatively new and exclusive cocoa bean. It has a natural bright ruby red tone with fruity flavor notes. It’s a visual upgrade to your Chocolate Covered Strawberries.
All through February Mighty Fine Burgers, Fries & Shakes will feature “The Love Shake”, a chocolate strawberry shake. February also marks the launch of the Swiss Mushroom Burger, available through the end of March.
Load up on Sweet Sensations this Valentine’s Day at Walton’s Fancy & Staple and Order Roses, too!
- Strawberry Pop Hearts (2/14-2/16)
- Raspberry Rose Japonaise (2/14-2/16)
- Red Fruit Tart (topped with all raspberries – 2/1)
- Heart Moonpies (chocolate shortbread with a house-made marshmallow filling dipped in chocolate – 2/14-2/16)
- Grapefruit Tiramisu (2/1)
- Chocolate Brownie Tart (2/1)
- Red Velvet Cake (available now)
- Lemon Cake (2/1)
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.
EMMER & RYE
Emmer & Rye will be offering a $100 pre-fixe menu with $50 optional wine pairings. Reservations for dinner can be made by calling (512) 366-5530 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. *Valentine’s Day Menu can be found HERE.
Price: $100 pre-fixe menu with $50 optional wine pairings.
Hestia will be offering a $100 pre-fixe menu with optional wine pairings. Reservations can be made by calling 512-333-0737 or emailing email@example.com.
Price: $100 pre-fixe menu with optional wine pairings.
Garrison will offer a special 5-course tasting menu from Chef de Cuisine Jordan Sanchez. The dinner will be priced at $110 per person, plus an additional $50 for wine pairings. *Valentine’s Day Menu can be found HERE.
Price: 5-course tasting menu at $110 per person, plus an additional $50 for wine pairings.
Olamaie will be offering a $95 three-course pre-fixe menu to help all of you sweethearts crush it for your crushes. Join them for a menu of favorites (with some special touches, of course).
Price: $95 three-course pre-fixe menu
Revelry On the Boulevard
The Brentwood restaurant is hosting a nautical “Love Boat” themed Valentine’s Dinner complete with wine pairings. The menu includes Blue Point oysters, crab and avocado toast, lamb chops, and chocolate mousse cake.
Price: a four-course meal with wine pairings for $100 per couple
The Clarksville classic is serving a romantic four-course Valentine’s Menu with choices like Wagyu beef tartare, grilled scallops, and Texas lamb meatballs.
Price: The prix fixe menu is $85 per person with optional wine pairings for an extra $45 per person.
The north Austin Italian spot is celebrating “amore” with a four-course aphrodisiac Valentine’s dinner. The prix fixe menu features aphrodisiac ingredients with selections like oysters with salmon caviar, lobster risotto with saffron white wine sauce, and chocolate mousse with raspberries.
Price: Dinner is $85 per person/$100 per person with wine pairings.
Mongers Market + Kitchen
First: Choice of Lobster bisque, apples, manzano chile, scallion oil; Spicy Ahi Tartare, black truffle, yuzu creme fraiche; Roasted Butternut Squash, mint, aged Monterrey jack, salsa macha; Cupid’s Choice Oysters (5), sweet onion salsa
Second: Choice of Crab Stuffed Flounder, leeks, fingerling potatoes, herbs; Glory Bay Salmon, potato crust, red chard, grain mustard jus; 44 Farms Tenderloin, pomme Anna , broccolini, tarragon butter or Gulf Grouper, celeriac purée, black garlic butter, arugula, crispy capers
Third: Choice of Buttermilk Creme Caramel; Brown Butter Almond Cake; or Chocolate Torte
Price: $65 per person
Olive & June
First: Seafood Tasting for Two: Atlantic Salmon tartar, potato frico, chive; Red prawn, Navel orange agrodolce, chiogga beet; Cupid’s arrow oyster, Caviar
Second: Lobster Linguini, Espagnole’, Pancetta, Leek, Red Kale for Two
Third: Choice of: Gulf Red Grouper, Endive, Haricot Verts, Celeriac, Green Garlic; Braised Texas Short Rib, Fregola, Carrots, Parsnips, Preserved Lemon; or Grilled 32oz Tomahawk Ribeye, roasted potato, caramelized onion, salsa verde for Two Additional $30
Dessert: Dark Chocolate Mousse, Rose Gelato, Strawberries, Raspberries for Two; Box of house made chocolates: white chocolate raspberry and dark chocolate cocoa nib
Price: $90 for two ppl
Optional Starter: Dozen French Kiss Oysters, Pomegranate Foam, Ginger Mignonette $28 add on1: Canape Tasting for Two: Lamb tartare, sweet potato chip; Smoked salmon tartine, crème fraiche; House made pita, lebneh
Second: Local Baby Greens Salad, Texas strawberries, fromage blanc, walnut brittle
Third: (choice of) Grilled Ruby Red Trout, asparagus, spring fava beans, fine herbs, green garlic; or Braised Beef Short Rib, foraged mushrooms, meyer lemon, spring onion, heirloom corn grits
Dessert: Dark Chocolate Mousse, raspberry, hibiscus, pistachio for two; Box of Chocolates for Two
Price: 90 for two ppl, includes a complimentary polaroid photo taken at your table
The bar will feature a Lover’s Menu of special bubbles and booze. Lot’s of chocolates. Lots of love decor. Luis Banuelos – Luis will be playing in the Mezcaleria from 8pm-12. Burlesque Performances- Between 8-10:30 in the Mezcaleria; and four pop-up burlesque performances within the intimate space; with main performance on the main bar around 11pm. No cover.
The Clarksville bar-focused restaurant will be offering a special prix fixe menu for Valentine’s Day.
The Peached Tortilla
The Burnet brick-and-mortar location will also be offering a special prix fixe menu for Valentine’s Day.
The Roosevelt Room
On Valentine’s Day, ehe award-winning downtown cocktail bar will feature complimentary bubbles for couples and singles are entitled to discounted mystery shots for $5.
Lost Draw Cellars:
Lost Draw Cellars will host an intimate four-course dinner accompanied by a special wine menu including libraried wines selected by Lost Draw Cellars winemakers. Additionally, the dinner will include an exclusive barrel tasting of an unreleased wine. Tickets are $115 and can be purchased HERE.
Treat your Valentine to a night at Barley Swine! The restaurant will be offering an enhanced tasting menu priced at $125pp, with custom pairings for $70. Guests must call the restaurant at (512) 394-8150 and speak to the host to make a reservation.
Price: $125 per person, with custom pairings for $70
Juniper is hosting a 5-course menu for $85 this Valentine’s Day. The dinner menu begins with an appetizer of either Puffy Potato with whipped dijon or Kampachi Crudo with toasted pistachio, meyer lemon, chive and olive oil. The second course gives the option of a Gem Little Lettuce salad or Stracciatella with warm focaccia. The third entree offers Cacio e Pepe, Aleppo Malfadini with braised lamb and anise hyssop or Casonsei with bagger flame beets and a poppy salad. The fourth entree offers Grilled Branzino, Ranger Cattle Striploin or Pan Roasted Cauliflower. Finally, the fifth course offers dessert options of Tiramisu or Ricotta Torte.
Price: 5-course menu for $85
From Thursday, Feb 13 through Saturday, Feb 15, L’Oca d’Oro will be offering their Valentine’s Mash-Up Vol. IV – Beastie Boys v. Madonna. Guests will have the choice between the vegan Beastie Boys menu or the omnivore Madonna menu featuring playlists and videos to set the mood. Each couple chooses which menu they’d like to share and can supplement with options from the other menu. The dinner is $100 per person (which includes menu, hospitality charge and sales tax). Beverage pairings are available as an add-on. Cancellations with full refund are available until Feb 11. After February 11, there is a charge of $20 per person cancellation fee.
Price: $100 per person
Galentine’s Day on Thursday, February 13: Guests can enjoy bubbly cocktails, half off wine and a special menu for $22 per person, featuring deviled eggs, pimento cheese, chicken and waffles, and a sweet treat.
Valentine’s Four-Course Dinner, Friday, February 14: Colleen’s will be hosting a special evening of Southern hospitality with an intimate, fun setting decked out with candles, flowers and vintage valentines, and offering a special four-course meal. Reservations are $60 per person and available starting at 5 p.m. Guests can add on optional wine and craft cocktail pairings. Reservations are bookable via OpenTable or by calling 512-580-2413.
Price: $60 per person
Alamo Drafthouse Mueller
Alamo Drafthouse in Mueller will be offering several special viewing parties and events in the month of February, including a Valentine’s Ghost Dinner Party on Thursday, Feb 13, which includes a viewing of Ghost and a three-course meal featuring a decadent cheese plate, chicken saltimbocca served with potato “pottery,” and a warm, flaky apple-pear galette
Alamo Drafthouse will also offer $5 Love Notes for Friday, Feb 14, where guests have the opportunity to compose short notes that will display on the big screen ahead of the feature film. The money will be donated to charity, and Alamo Drafthouse will match donations up to $10,000. Those who participate will also be entered to win the Ultimate Schmalentine’s Day Package, which is comprised of two Season Pass memberships, each valid for an entire year; one for the winner and one for a recipient of the winner’s choice. Plus, the package will be delivered by someone dressed as a movie character of the winner’s choice.
Fall in love with curated specials for Valentine’s Day. La Condesa is giving its heart this year, including “Corazon,” beef heart tartare — heart on a plate. Enjoy a celebratory mezcal-based cocktail titled “La Dama Roja,” with Del Maguey Vida, Amaro Nonino, lime ambrosia, and smoked hibiscus foam.
This Valentine’s Day, Pitchfork Pretty is serving up a six-course prix fixe menu for $85 per person (not including tax + gratuity). Menu highlights include aged duck with red cabbage, cranberry, and orange, or caviar, smoked egg yolk, and cultured cream. Executive Chef Max Snyder is also featuring his signature fried chicken for 2. The menu includes a complimentary round of bubbles. At 9:30pm, the Love Bird Special kicks in, which knocks the $85 per person price tag down to $65 per person. Reservations can be made at pitchforkpretty.com.
Price: $85 per person