Valentine’s Day is looming, so those who are eager to impress their significant other with a romantic gesture had best start planning their surprise.
If a romantic dinner is what you had in mind, check out this helpful list of restaurants offering special Valentine’s Day menus on this global day of love.
Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, so be sure to call ahead of time for a reservation.
Come Valentine’s Day, Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar will trade in its regular à la carte dinner service to play host to an exclusive four-course ‘Yours & Mine’ Valentine’s Menu prepared by award-winning Executive Chef Alex Chen and his team.
Address: 845 Burrard Street (at the Sutton Place Hotel)
Renowned for its farm-to-table offerings, this West 4th dining destination will offer a special four-course menu for two on February 14. Priced at $50 per person (plus tax and gratuity) Fable’s Valentine’s Day menu will showcase delicious eats like baked oysters, an octopus salad, 48 hour braised short rib, and a hot chocolate mousse. Reservations are available from 5 to 9:30 p.m.
Address: 1944 West 4th Avenue
Loved-up couples can parade their non-single status at Chinatown’s Sai Woo restaurant. Not only will the East Pender locale be offering their first ever brunch service, featuring a range of brunch time essentials and $7 Caesars, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., but it will also be hosting a special Valentine’s Day dinner, from 5 p.m. onwards. Couples can savour a specially crafted menu, priced $50 per person, which will include eats like beef Carpaccio, pan-seared ling cod, mango mousse, and truffle.
Address: 158 East Pender Street
Eat your heart out at Beach Bay Café on Valentine’s Day with delectable West Coast fare. Diners can choose from a four-course tasting menu ($49 per person, wine pairings available at an additional cost), or order à la carte. Prepared by Executive Chef Felix Zhou, menu highlights include seared albacore tuna with carrot escabeche and saffron; scallops with sea urchin and granny smith apple; a duo of duck with lentils, mushroom ragout and kale; and coconut sorbet with apples and raspberries. Diners can also opt for Bar Manager Adrian Lindner’s special Valentine’s Day cocktail, The French Affair – a seductive mixture of sparkling wine, lillet, jasmine, chamomile and fresh green apple.
Address: 1193 Denman Street
Farm-to-table-focused Royal Dinette will host an exclusive Sunday dinner service on Valentine’s Day, with a romantic multi-course dinner available for $65 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Optional beverage pairings available for an additional $45.
Address: 905 Dunsmuir Street
This casual yet intimate traditional British tavern on Alberni Street, will offer a Valentine’s Day feature dish, rather than an entire set menu. It is composed of peppered ox heart steak, hand cut chips, spinach, bone marrow, and a breadcrumb sauce ($23).
Address: 1616 Alberni Street
This charming French-inspired bistro, ideal for an intimate rendez-vous, is offering a special three-course table d’hôte dinner menu on Valentine’s Day, available for $33 per person. Guests will have the choice of an appetizer (bistro mixed greens salad or soup du jour), an entrée (Ribeye Steak, Pan Seared Salmon Provencal, or Mussels with fries or/and salad), followed by a Chocolate Terrine dessert.
Address: 216 Abbott Street
This Valentine’s Day, L’Abattoir will be offering a special four-course dinner in the private dining room. Executive Chef Lee Cooper has designed a set menu, which will include classic dishes along with his own additions, including baked Pacific oysters, lightly smoked duck breast, braised short rib, and Black Forest gateaux with dark chocolate mousse, milk chocolate cremeaux, and cherry sorbet for dessert.
Address: 217 Carrall Street
Vancouver’s acclaimed vegetarian restaurant, The Acorn, is excited to be offering full reservations on Valentine’s Day, for an early, middle, and late seating. The eatery will have a three-course set menu at $45 per person, with optional wine pairings ($20) and cocktail features. What’s valentines day without truffles? The Acorn has got that covered too. Call 604-566-9001 to book.
Address: 3995 Main Street
This stylish, award-winning downtown restaurant will be offering a six-course dinner on February 14, for $158 per person, and an additional $58 for wine pairings (tax and gratuity not included). Highlights of the six-course meal include Yukari cured hamachi, pickled purple vegetables, and coconut emulsion; Spanish turbot, tomato tarragon fish nage, and crispy potato; roasted Alberta beef tenderloin, and a dessert of dark chocolate, raspberry, and citrus.
Address: Located in the Hotel Rosewood Georgia, 801 West Georgia Street
In celebration of the global day of love, Rainier Provisions is hosting a pop-up Valentine’s three-course dinner themed on the film 50 Shades of Grey, which premiered on Valentine’s Day last year. The Gastown eatery even appeared in the film; it was the setting where Christian Grey and Anastasia had their very first coffee date. The Valentine’s Day set menu is priced at $40 per person, and reservations are encouraged. To book email [email protected]
Address: 2 West Cordova Street
This dark and sultry West End Spanish tapas bar is fantastically romantic. Diners who visit on Valentine’s Day evening will have the chance to order the restaurant’s specially prepared dish of grilled ox heart, crispy fingerling potatoes, garlic, rosemary, lardo, and romesco sauce ($13). España won’t be accepting reservations, so seating will be based on a first come, first serve basis.
Address: 1118 Denman Street, West End
Downtown’s Joe Fortes restaurant is a wonderful choice if you’re looking to wine and dine your special someone. The Thurlow Street seafood and chop house is currently accepting reservations for Valentine’s Day. Special menu items include the Seafood Trio (steamed lobster tail, grilled sockeye salmon, and jumbo prawns), a Classic Salmon Wellington, and a West Coast Platter. Comprised of lobster, snow crab, jumbo scallops and prawns, wild sockeye salmon, oyster rockefeller, steamed mussels, pico de gallo, and drawn butter, this feast is great for sharing between two.
Address: 777 Thurlow Street
Treat your special someone to a five-course dinner at the Peak of Vancouver. Enjoy breathtaking views overlooking the city, while savouring a range of appetizing fare. Available on February 14, The Observatory Restaurant will offer a vegetarian menu, in addition to a regular prix fixe menu, both priced at $115 per person.
Address: Located in the Peak Chalet at Grouse Mountain, 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Vancouver
Notch8 will feature a decadent five-course Valentine’s dinner. The meal will begin with an amuse, followed by a starter, a sharing plate, a main of tenderloin and lobster thermidor, and then finish with either scotch or bubbly and an incredible chocolate sensory experience for dessert. The set menu is available from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m on both February 13 and 14, and is priced at $95 per person.
Address: Located in The Fairmont Vancouver, 900 West Georgia Street
This Valentine’s Day, Forage plans to host a romantic prix fixe dinner, on Sunday February 14. The four-course prix fixe menu is priced at $75 per person (not including taxes, gratuity, or drinks) and will be served alongside a range of library wines from Meyer Vineyards.
Address: 1300 Robson Street