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Where to Dine This Valentine's Day

Your guide to prix fixe menus, special offerings, and other romantic stuff.

By Timothy Malcolm February 4, 2020

Cheers. What you should expect this year at Emmaline.

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Valentine's Day is a little more than a week away. Don't despair—plenty of Houston's restaurants and hangouts still have available tables. Below is a list of many of the prix-fixe dinners and special offerings you'll find on V-Day this year. Happy hunting!

1600 Bar + Grille: Three-course dinner featuring either shrimp scampi, grilled chicken breast, or braised short rib. $45 per person. Offered Feb. 14 and 15. Visit here.

a'Bouzy: Regular dinner menu, but add a specially priced bottle of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs ($69) or Ruinart Brut Rosé ($79). Visit here.

B&B Butchers (The Butcher Shop): Five-course take-home menu including two appetizers, entree, three sides, two desserts, and chocolate-covered strawberries. $130. Available Feb 13–16 with 48-hour notice.

Bacaro Kitchen: Three-course dinner featuring grilled quail with rose petal plum sauce, surf and turf, and blackened red snapper. $65 [er person, includes a flute of sparkling rosé. Offered Feb. 13-15. Visit here.

Backstreet Cafe: Four-course dinner featuring duck confit, striped bass filet, and pepper-crusted tenderloin. $79 per person. Also, Couple's Menu of three courses offered Feb 10–13, 15–16. $110 per couple. Call to reserve.

Benjy's: Six-course dinner featuring smoked trout caviar and champagne, wagyu steak, and saffron-poached halibut. $60 per person. Visit here.

Brasserie du Parc: Three-course dinner featuring beef tenderloin, duck leg confit, and striped sea bass. $62. Call to reserve.

The Capital Grille: Regular menu, plus complimentary Veuve Clicquot Brut or Rose and hand-dipped chocolate-covered strawberries. Visit here.

Caracol: Four-course dinner featuring fire-roasted lobster, wood-grilled beef tenderloin, and slow-roasted pork shank. $85 per person. Also, Couple's Menu of four courses offered Feb 10–13, 15–16. $110 per couple. Call to reserve.

CRÚ: Four-course meal featuring Prime filet mignon, rosemary-crusted rack of lamb, and pan-roasted Chilean sea bass. $60 per person. 

Dandelion Cafe: Special Southern dinner service with 10 courses including fried chicken and cornbread, lobster etouffee, seafood gumbo. $125 per person. Visit here.

Dario's Steakhouse & Seafood: Three-course dinner featuring Canadian cold-water lobster and Norwegian salmon. $65–75 per person. 

Harissa-dusted cornish hen at Davis St. at Hermann Park, one of our favorite dishes of 2019.

Davis St. at Hermann Park: Three-course dinner featuring Thai-style fried snapper, harissa-dusted cornish hen, and oysters Yvonne.

The Domain: Three-course meal for two at $99. Add a bottle of champagne for $50 more. Live band 8 p.m.-11 p.m. and lounge with DJ from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Call 832-902-8932.

Eddie V's: Regular menu, plus complimentary Chambord truffles and a glass of Moet imperial Brut or Moet Rose.

Eight Row Flint: Regular menu, and a taco and wine special: two tacos with a glass of William Chris white wine for $20.

Emmaline: Four-course dinner featuring lamb chops, squid ink linguini, and cacio e pepe. $75 per person. Visit here.

Étoile Cuisine et Bar: Four-course dinner featuring roasted duck breast, beef tenderloin, and Maine lobster bisque. $78 per person. Call to reserve.

Eugene's Gulf Coast Cuisine: Full menu, but select wines will be on offer for $30 with the purchase of an entree.

Fig & Olive: Four-course dinner featuring braised veal osso bucco and grass-fed filet mignon. $65 per person. $35 wine pairing also available. Visit here.

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse: The "Wine, Dine & Sparkle" prix fixe special includes a four-course dinner featuring petite filet mignon with lobster tail scampi or crab-stuffed shrimp scampi, or prime surf and turf for two that includes a tomahawk. Also, jewelry gift options. $500 or $1,000 per couple. Visit here.

The General Public: Complimentary champagne and local chocolates with food purchase. 

The Health Museum: Chefs David Cordua and Jason Hayes will prepare a three-course meal featuring corn and cricket arepas, pan-seared chicken and cricket mole negro, and a dessert trio. Non-cricket options also available. $59 per person, $75 with wine pairings. Visit here.

Hugo's: Four-course dinner featuring fire-roasted lobster, wood-roasted beef tenderloin, and pan-seared scallops. $79 per person. Also, Couple's Menu of four courses offered Feb 10–13, 15–16. $110 per couple. Call to reserve. 

Indianola: Special Valentine's Day menu featuring wood-grilled filet mignon and fettuccine Nero. Visit here.

Jonathan's The Rub: Regular menu plus specialty menus for couples including surf and turf, Chilean sea bass, Pontchartrain and scallops, and Chateaubriand and shrimp. Specialty cocktails also available. Both locations participating. Call to reserve.

King's BierHaus: Five-course dinner featuring any entree from the menu, plus schmatz, gourmet deviled eggs, and shots of German schnapps. $60 per couple.

Maggiano's Little Italy: Three-course dinner offered Feb 7–16. 

Marvino's Italian Kitchen: Three-course dinner featuring filet mignon, Chilean seabass, and red velvet cheesecake. $55 per person.

The Palm: Three-course dinner featuring Nova Scotia lobster with Prime New York strip or filet mignon. $195 per couple. Visit here.

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse: Three-course dinner featuring filet Oscar or filet and shrimp. $99 per person. Visit here.

Peli Peli: Condensed menu plus specials including lobster Thermidor, parmesan-crusted sea bass, and lobster mac n' cheese. All locations participating. Visit here.

Perry's Steakhouse & Grille: Three-course dinner featuring lobster bisque, filet Perry, 14-ounce Prime ribeye, lobster truffle risotto, and Perry's Famous Pork Chop. $60–75 per person. Specialty wines also available. Visit here.

Potente: Four-course dinner over two seatings. $95 per person. Visit here.

Prego: Regular menu, plus off-menu specials and desserts. Call to reserve.

Quattro: Four-course dinner featuring wagyu beef tenderloin or frutti di mare; a la carte also offered with dishes for two (tomahawk steak). $85 per person for prix fixe.

Stuffed rainbow trout at Rainbow Lodge.

Rainbow Lodge: Three-course dinner featuring seared duck breast, stuffed rainbow trout, and South Texas Nilgai antelope loin. $85 per person. Call to reserve. 

Rosalie: Five-course dinner featuring roasted quail, ricotta gnocchi, and torta caprese. $70 per person. 

State Fare Kitchen & Bar: Dinner specials include steak and lobster duo (petite filet with lobster two ways—truffle poached and Southern fried) with white chocolate mousse for $49. Visit here.

Strato 550: Four-course dinner featuring beef tenderloin or halibut. $80 per person. 

Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen: Parrillada Special for Two featuring chicken and beef fajitas, grilled quail, jumbo shrimp, sides, chocolate tres leches to share. $48.95. Call to reserve.

Third Coast: Three-course lunch and dinner featuring pan-seared snapper, filet mignon, and shrimp and grits. Call to reserve.

Tony's: Four-course meal in three separate, distinct seatings featuring Maine lobster, 55-day dry-aged ribeye, and Kuroge Washu wagyu striploin. $85–155 per person. Visit here.

Traveler's Table: Three-course dinner featuring beef cheek ravioli, Prime ribeye, and whole-roasted branzino. $65 per person.

Truluck's: Regular menu, but specialty cocktail of dry ice smoke, vodka, cava, Chambord, pineapple juice, raspberries offered. Both locations participating. Call to reserve.

Uchi: Ten-course omakase dinner featuring kaluga caviar, nigiri, venison capaccio, and A5 wagyu and taraba. $205 per couple. Call the restaurant to reserve.

Weights + Measures: Four-course dinner featuring pan-seared swordfish, wood-grilled beef tenderloin, and wood-roasted quail. $75 per person, includes sparkling cocktail. 

Xochi: Four-course dinner featuring pan-seared beef tenderloin, grilled red snapper with huitlacoche rice, and scallops in mole verde. $79 per person. Also, Couple's Menu of four courses offered Feb 10–13, 15–16. $110 per couple. Call to reserve.

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