Badolina Bakery's artisan heart shaped cake. 

THE DAY FOR LOVERS IS ALMOST HERE, and you don't want to get caught behind on plans. In a foodie city like Houston, there's a plethora of places to wine and dine your significant other, and Houstonia has a guide to the best deals for you and your budget. 

If you're spending the holiday with your gal pals or simply riding solo, we have a list of specials for all occasions. 

Following  find a list of restaurants and deals to act on ahead of Valentine's Day. 

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse

The meat display case at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse. 

Both Houston-area locations of Pappas Bros. Steakhouse will offer a dinner for two. The dinner is a three-course prix-fixe meal, which includes a choice of house salad or soup of the day, an entree and a choice of desserts. 

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, Westheimer location, 5839 Westheimer Road. Downtown, 1200 McKinney St. Feb. 12-14. Dinner for two $99.95 per guest, plus tax and gratuity. For more information, visit the website

Valentine's Day Is Trash at Angel Share

Join Angel Share on V-Day for their anti-celebration. 

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Angel Share is calling all the singles to the floor for Valentine's Day. In the anti-celebration of Cupid's holiday, the restaurant will serve a Rum Old Fashioned and Negronis for $6, as well as a Drink Yo Feelings cocktail. Angel Share makes it clear that it is [not] celebrating all weekend, so come in and enjoy your solitude on Friday, Saturday and Monday. 

Angel Share, 924 Congress St. Valentine's Day is Trash specials available on Friday, Saturday and Monday. For more information, visit the website. 

Molina's Cantina

The Cupid's Combo at Molina's Cantina. 

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If you're looking for something simple this year, Molina's Cantina is keeping it simple with signature Tex-Mex dishes. Molina's will offer a Cupid Combo for both dine-in and takeout, which features beef and chicken fajitas with sides and house-made flour tortillas, four Cancun shrimp (stuffed with jalapeños and Chihuahua cheese, wrapped in bacon and grilled), one whole grilled Texas quail and one slice of Tres Leches cake.

Molina's Cantina, Westheimer, 7901 Westheimer Road. Bellaire, 3801 Bellaire Blvd. Cupid Combo, from Feb. 11-14. $49.95, plus tax. For more information, visit the website. 

 

Dessert Gallery

Valentine's Hot Cocoa Bombs at Dessert Gallery. 

If you'd rather stay home for Valentine's Day this year, but still want to give your significant other a sweet treat, head to Dessert Gallery for its V-Day specials. The bakery has multiple specials that are perfect for that secret admirer of yours. You can purchase a "Heart-Cuterie" Board Kit for $89.50, Valentine's Hot Cocoa Bombs for $8.95, Red Velvet Cupcake-in-a-Jar for $5.95 and Hand-Decorated Heart Butter Cookies for $4.75 each. 

Dessert Gallery, 3600 Kirby Drive, Suite D. Prices will vary. For more information, visit the website.

Hidden Omakase

Hidden Omakase's Aged Otoro with kaizame. 

Japanese restaurant Hidden Omakase, which is typically open Thursday through Sunday, is opening its doors for the lovebirds. Chef Niki Vongthong has curated a special menu for Valentine's Day, which includes aged otoro with kaizame, complimentary bubbles, and a rose and heart-shaped chocolate cookie. Plus, those who reserve their spot are also able to BYOB (with a small corkage fee).

Hidden Omakase, 5353 W. Alabama St. #102. Thursday, Feb. 10 through Monday, Feb. 14. Seating is offered at 6:30 and 9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and 5 and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday. On Monday, Feb. 14, seating will be at 6:30 and 9 p.m. To reserve your seat, visit the website. 

Badolina Bakery & Cafe

Heart shaped cake at Badolina Bakery & Cafe. 

Satisfy your crush's sweet tooth with the perfect cake from Badolina Bakery in Rice Village. For lovers’ day, the sweets shop is offering a heart-shaped cake. Customers can choose from a Raspberry Rose or Chocolate Mousse heart cake for $50.

Badolina Bakery & Cafe, 5555 Morningside Drive #110. Heart cakes start at $50. It's recommended to place an order at least 24 hours in advance to secure your selection. For more information, call (832) 649-5909 or visit the website.

Thirteen

 

Thirteen's Fried Oysters. 

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James Harden's signature restaurant, Thirteen, is opening on Monday to serve on Valentine's Day. The new American restaurant will have a prix-fixe menu, plus an extensive selection of fine wine, champagne and hand-crafted cocktails all evening. The menu will include small plates such as the Fried Oysters and Deviled Eggs with Pickled Shrimp and Crispy Shallots. Entrees include a 38-ounce Dry-Aged Tomahawk Steak and Whole Red Snapper.

Thirteen, 1911 Bagby St., Suite 100. Monday Feb. 14 from 4 to 10 p.m. Thirteen’s prix-fixe Valentine’s Day dinner is $300 per couple. Reservations can be made online at www.thirteenhou.com or by phone at (281) 888-2541.  Limited seating is available. 

Ember & Greens Restaurant and Bar

5 Piece Skewers at Ember & Greens.

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If Cupid's bow happened to miss you this Valentine's Day and you're looking to fill the void, head to Memorial and dine at Ember & Greens Restaurant and Bar. The healthy comfort food spot is offering some healthy yet filling options for the holiday. For Valentine’s weekend and Valentine’s Day, a special three-course menu is available for dine-in and to-go.  The dine-in options include a three-course meal, glass of house wine or beer with the first course, and a glass of Prosecco or coffee with the third course.  The Takeout for Two option includes two three-course meals and a bottle of house red or white wine. 

Ember & Greens Restaurant and Bar, 9403-B Katy Freeway. Specials available Valentine's Day and Valentine's weekend. Dine-in pricing starts at $49, takeout $95. For more information, visit the website

La Table

We all know France is a place for romance, and La Table is bringing a taste of amour to Houston for Valentine's Day. On the 14th, the French eatery will offer a romantic, three-course tasting menu with additional à la carte add-ons available. The prix-fixe menu will feature options like Artichoke Truffle Soup, Tuna Tartare, Beef Cheek Bourguignon, Crab-Stuffed Branzino Paupiettes and a Chocolate Tart.

La Table, 1800 Post Oak Blvd. Monday, Feb. 14, from 5 to 9:30 p.m.  $110 per person. Reservations can be made on Resy or by calling the restaurant at (713) 439-1000. 

Rainbow Lodge

Taste of the Wild at Rainbow Lodge. 

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Rainbow Lodge is heralded as one of Houston's most romantic restaurants, and the log cabin-style eatery will keep up the tradition for St. Cupid. The restaurant is offering a three-course menu for dinner, which includes lump crab cakes and seared sea scallops for starters, and main courses like a grilled six-ounce Beef Tenderloin Filet, Seared Duck Breast and Foie Gras. 

Rainbow Lodge, 2011 Ella Blvd. Valentine's Day special from 5 to 10 p.m. Three-course menu dinner, $89 per person plus tax, gratuity & additional beverages. Reservations highly recommended. For more information, visit the website. 

Prego

Try the Pescatore at Prego for Valentine's Day. 

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Modern Italian restaurant Prego in Rice Village will help you say "Ti voglio bene" this Valentine's Day, which simply translates to I love you. The Italian eatery will serve the regular menu plus off-the-menu specials, including Halibut with Gulf Shrimp and Osso Bucco with Mushroom Risotto, and Veal Chop Milanese. Prego will also have wine and cocktail specials. 

Prego, 2520 Amherst St. Valentine's Day special. Reservations are highly recommended. For more information and to make reservations, visit the website

Backstreet Cafe

Eggplant Parpadelle at Backstreet Cafe. 

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One of Houston's most romantic restaurants to dine at is Backstreet Cafe. Chef Hugo Ortega is helping set the scene for V-Day weekend by offering a special Couple’s Menu and a Valentine’s Day dinner menu, both with four courses. 

Backstreet Cafe, 1103 S. Shepherd Drive. Couple's Menu, $120 per person, available Feb. 11-12. Valentine's Menu, $85 per person, available Monday, Feb 14. Reservations highly recommended. For more information, visit the website. 

State Fare

Cupid sliders at State Fare Kitchen & Bar for Valentine's Day. 

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If you're just hanging with the girls this year, bring in Galentine's Day the right way at State Fare. Both Houston-area locations will be serving Cupid Sliders, which are fiery-hot fried chicken in between Red Velvet Waffles with two eggs and hash browns. And it wouldn't be brunch without cocktails, so State Fare will also have Rosé Flights. 

State Fare, Memorial, 947 Gessner Road Suite B190. Sugar Land, 15930 City Walk. Cupid Sliders for $17, Rosé Flight $16 or Mimosa Carafe $20. For more information, visit the website.

 

Caracol

Valentine's Arroz Negro con Mariscos at Caracol. 

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Looking for seafood on V-Day? Caracol is the place to be. The restaurant will offer a special couple’s menu and Valentine's dinner menu for the holiday. With seafood dishes hailing from the six coastal regions of Mexico, menus for both evenings include Molotes de Pato, oval plantain cake filled with shredded duck, beans, crema, fig mole, and Ceviche de Langosta; thin-sliced lobster tail, red apple, salsa bruja and berries. 

Caracol, 2200 Post Oak Blvd. #160. Couples menu offered Feb.11 & 12 ($120 per couple plus beverage, tax and gratuity), and a Valentine’s dinner menu on Feb. 13 ($85 per person plus beverage, tax & gratuity). The restaurant will also be open on Valentine’s Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday dinner hours are 3 to 9 p.m. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, visit the website

Liberty Kitchen

We all know that oysters are an aphrodisiac, and Liberty Kitchen (both locations) has a wonderful weekend planned for Houstonians. The oysterette will serve an elegant three-course, prix-fixe menu featuring dishes like Lobster Bisque paired with Moet & Chandon Rosé Imperial Brut, Filet with Seared Foie Gras paired with Moet & Chandon "Imperial" Brut and Chocolate Covered Strawberries. If you swing by the Memorial location for the weekend, you'll also get to enjoy live music. 

Liberty Kitchen, Memorial, 963 Bunker Hill Road. River Oaks, 4224 San Felipe. Feb. 11-14. three-course, prix-fixe menu for $175 per couple. For more information, visit the website. 

Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen

Parrillada Special for Two at Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen. 

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If you want the fiery love you have for your partner to align with your V-Day meal, Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen has the ideal menu filled with Tex-Mex favorites. For Valentine’s Day, Sylvia’s (both locations) will be offering a Parrillada Special for Two, which includes a half-pound of chicken and beef fajitas, two grilled quail and four jumbo shrimp, served with rice, beans, guacamole, pico de gallo, cheddar cheese, sour cream and tortillas, plus one chocolate Tres Leches cake to share.  

Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen, Eldridge, 1140 Eldridge Parkway. Woodway, 6401 Woodway Drive. Parrillada Special for Two, $49.95 plus tax and gratuity. Available dine-in and to-go. To make a reservation, visit the website.

URBE

Spiral churros available at URBE. 

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To celebrate its very first Valentine's Day, URBE has a Valentine's Day menu for two, in addition to its regular dinner menu. The curated menu includes Barbacoa, Enchiladas and Arrachera. To pair with the cuisine, URBE will also offer pitcher cocktails, drink flights and special cocktails for the night, plus the in-house bakery will be making special pastries like heart-shaped Conchas and cookies, and selling artisan house-made chocolate boxes from its sister restaurant.

URBE, 1101 Uptown Park Blvd. Open Valentine's Day weekend. Closed on Valentine's Day. Cost for the special menu is $75 plus beverages, tax and gratuity. For more information and to make a reservation, visit the website. 

Xochi

Valentine's Day at Xochi includes the Aguachile de Fresa. 

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Taste the flavors of Oaxaca, Mexico, at Xochi for the holiday. The restaurant, located inside the Marriott Marquis in Houston, will offer a four-course meal for Valentine's Day and weekend. The bill of fare includes Taquitos de Papa, Camarones Tatemados and Ensalada Roja. 

Xochi, 1777 Walker St. Couple’s Menu on the nights of Feb. 11 & 12, four courses for $120 per couple plus beverages, tax and gratuity. Valentine's Day menu, four-course menu for $85 per person plus beverages, tax and gratuity. Reservations highly recommended. For more information, visit the website. 

Etoile Cuisine et Bar

Etoile's Foie Gras. 

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Join Etoile for an evening of enchantment for Valentine's Day, whether at home or in person. Offered is  a special four-course Valentine’s menu on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, in addition to the a la carte menu, and exclusively on Monday, Valentine’s Day. The menu includes Four Gras Au Torchon, duck foie gras “au torchon,” prune mousseline, toasted brioche and Filet Boeuf Angus Aux Morilles, made with beef tenderloin, truffle mashed potatoes, vegetables and morel mushroom sauce. 

Etoile Cuisine et Bar, 1101-11 Uptown Park Blvd. Specials available all weekend long. Cost of the Valentine’s menu is $85 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are recommended. For more information, visit the website.

 
Hugo's

The Carne Brava available at Hugo's. 

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Chef Hugo Ortega is wishing Houston a happy Valentine's Day with a four-course dinner menu throughout the weekend and on Valentine's Day. The authentic Mexican restaurant will serve dishes such as Carne Brava, Flautitas de Papa and Ceviche Rojo. The menu is available for dine-in and to-go.

Hugo's, 1600 Westheimer Road. Couple’s Menu, Feb. 11 and 12 ($120 per couple plus beverage, tax and gratuity) and Valentine’s Day menu ($85 per person plus beverage, tax and gratuity). For more information, visit the website

Truluck's

Lobster Ravioli at Truluck's.

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What better way to say, "I love you," than with a little surf and turf? Truluck's will offer a dine-in special for Valentine's weekend with a menu that will include a Maine Lobster Ravioli made with a butter poached tail, handmade lobster ravioli, artichokes, mushrooms and spinach with smoked pecorino cream and tomato confit.

Truluck's, 5350 Westheimer Road. Valentine's Day and weekend special. For more information and to make a reservation, visit the website. 

 
Perry's Steakhouse

Perry's Steakhouse is rolling out the red carpet for V-Day weekend. On Valentine's Day, Perry's will offer a three-course prix-fixe menu with some of its signature dishes, featuring lobster bisque, 8-ounce filet Perry and white chocolate cheesecake. But that's not all. Perry’s is offering a Valentine’s Candlelit Dinner for Two from Feb. 11-14. The dinner for two is an evening of romance. It includes a choice of two salads, 12-ounce Candlelight Filet Mignon Roast, sides of whipped potatoes and thick-cut chargrilled vegetables, half a dozen chocolate-dipped strawberry kisses, rose petals, and a votive candle and holder.

Perry's Steakhouse, 7 Houston area locations. Prix-fixe menu, $65 per person before 5:30 p.m. and $85 per person at 5:30 p.m. Candlelight dinner $175 per couple for dine-in and to-go for $125. For more information and to make a reservation, visit the website. 

Kenny & Ziggy's

Kenny & Ziggy's famous "Beauty and the Beef."

Image: Paula Murphy

Whether you're celebrating love or riding solo this year, slide on over to Kenny & Ziggy's for a satisfying meal. The New York-style deli will be serving sky-scraping sandwiches, entree salads, smoked fish, comfort foods like stuffed cabbage, Hungarian goulash, chicken soup, chopped liver, Romanian steak and, if you still have room for dessert after all that, its  famous cheesecake is also on the menu. 

 

Kenny & Ziggy's 1743 Post Oak. Specials for Valentine's Day only. For more information, visit the website

Brasserie 19

Seafood tower at Brasserie 19. 

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In addition to its traditional menu, Brasserie 19 will have a special lineup of dishes that will have you swooning the entire day. Off-menu items for Valentine's Day include Jumbo Asparagus & Burrata dressed with a black truffle vinaigrette, a Prime New York Strip with smoked onion soubise, roasted mushroom, Seared Scallop & Jumbo Shrimp over black forbidden rice, and Roast Breast of Duck with roasted beet and carrot, preserved lemon and Ras El Hanout spiced jus.

Brasserie 19, 1962 W. Gray St. To view the Valentine's Day menu or to make a reservation, visit the website.

Tony's

Tony’s classic Bolognese Bianco. 

Image: Tony's

Tony’s has an evening of love waiting for Houstonians. Tony's will offer a four-course, multi-choice prix-fixe dinner for dine-in and three-course, multi-choice prix-fixe dinner for takeout. Tony’s has also curated an exclusive Valentine’s Day wine list featuring special selections. The V-Day menu includes caviar service, Tony’s classic Bolognese Bianco, and Chef Kate's Spaghetti Marechiaro with PEI Mussels, San Marzano Tomato- and Sangiovese. 

Tony's, 3755 Richmond Ave. On Valentine's Day, Tony’s will offer seatings at 5:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m., featuring a four-course, multi-choice menu. For more information, visit the website. 

 

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