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Valentine’s Day Restaurant Guide: 2013

Posted on: February 1st, 2013 by Amy Martin 1 Comment

Because Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and nearly every Valley restaurant is offering a special dinner or prix-fixe meal to celebrate the holiday, we’ve compiled the ultimate dining guide to (hopefully!) make your choice a bit easier.

No matter if you plan to drop a couple Benjamins on a lavish multiple-course dinner or if you’re on a tight budget, but still looking for something cozy and romantic, we’ve got some options for you all across the Valley.
Be sure to make your reservations timely as these restaurants are expected to fill up quickly.

  • Alchemy Restaurant | Valentine’s Day Dinner

When: February 14
Where: Alchemy Restaurant at CopperWynd Resort & Club in Fountain Hills
Details: Dining with the best views in Scottsdale-Fountain Hills at Alchemy Restaurant. Chef Paul O’Connor will offer a three-course prix-fixe Valentine’s Day Dinner menu. They’ll offer plenty of selections for you to choose from within each course. Call 480-333-1880 for reservations.
Cost: $70 per person and includes champagne toast.
More Info: Visit copperwynd.com.

  • Afternoon Valentine-Themed Tea at the Arizona Biltmore

Where: The Arizona Biltmore
Details: Poured 12:30pm-2:00 pm Thursdays through Sundays in February in the Lobby Tea Lounge, the gracious Afternoon Tea features trendy tea sandwiches, popular teas and special Valentine’s Day-themed chocolate desserts.
Cost: $36++ per person for the Biltmore Grand Tea; $46++ per person for the Biltmore Royal Tea with Kir Royal or Mimosa.
More Info: Visit arizonabiltmore.com.

  • Arrowhead Grill | Valentine’s Day Specials

When: February 14-17
Where: Arrowhead Grill in Glendale
Details: Enjoy the 5-course Valentine’s Day menu all weekend.Each course will present couples with numerous choices, like Shrimp Cocktail, Crab Leg Cocktail, Pretzel Fondue, and Rhode Island Style Calamari for starters, and a choice of chopped salad and Caesar salad for the second course. The main course offers eight of Arrowhead Grill’s most desirable entrees, including a savory New York strip steak, the famous Delmonico steak, prime rib or a half chicken, the succulent pork porterhouse and a decadent rack of lamb. Lobster tail and king crab legs will also be available for an additional $15, and entrees may be paired with sides such as sautéed broccoli, mashed potatoes, sautéed asparagus, creamed corn and sautéed mushrooms with caramelized sweet onions.The five-course menu even includes dessert. Guests can choose from butter cake, flourless chocolate cake, strawberries and chocolate fondue, and a choice of strawberry or raspberry cheesecake. Call 623-566-2224 for reservations.
Cost: $69.99 per person.
More Info: Visit arrowheadgrill.com.

  • Blanco Tacos + Tequila | Valentine’s Day Specials

When: February 14
Where: Blanco Tacos + Tequila in Scottsdale
Details: Cozy up next to a fire pit on the patio at Blanco Tacos + Tequila while contemplating their shared menu for two. Each guest can choose from south of the border favorites including crab and shrimp ceviche, grilled fish tacos and green chili pork enchiladas. Blanco’s prix fixe menu is available 4 p.m. – close, costs $45 for two people and includes appetizers, entrées, beverages and a shared dessert.
Cost: $45 for two people.
More Info: Visit foxrc.com.

  • Brugo’s Pizza Company | Valentine’s Day Dinner

When: February 14, 5-9pm
Where: Brugo’s Pizza Company in Scottsdale
Details: Brugos Pizza Company at el Pedregal celebrates the Valentine’s Day holiday with a pre fixe, six course, festive Italian Dinner for two. Menu items include: Maryland Crab Cakes house roasted and fired with red bell pepper and served with house made remoulade; Fresco Astoria Salad served with house greens, tender slices of chicken, cranberries, candied walnuts, gorgonzola crumbles and pomegranate balsamic dressing; Lemon Rosemary Gelato; Top Shelf Prime Rib with red wine braised aus jus convect and
horseradish cream sauce; Tiramisu Gelato; Warm, Peach Dessert Pizza with homemade brandy whipped
cream served with Italian roasted coffee.
Cost: $100 per couple..
More Info: Visit brugospizza.net.

  • Cafe 24/7 | Valentine’s Day Specials

When: February 14, 3-9pm
Where: Cafe 24/7 at Lone Butte Casino
Details: Enjoy the following: Choice of the following starters; tossed caesar salad with crisp romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese and our caesar house dressing or cream of asparagus with homemade croutons; Choice of one of the following entrees; grilled chicken with grilled asparagus and port wine sauce or grilled ribeye topped with blue cheese crumbles and fried onion; (all entrees served with choice of roasted garlic mashed or wild rice pilaf and sautéed vegetable medley with warm roll and butter included); Choice of one of the following desserts; slice of cheese cake topped with strawberries or slice of chocolate cake with mixed berry compote.
Cost: $19.99 per person.
More Info: Visit wingilariver.com.

  • Cafe 24/7 | Valentine’s Day Specials

When: February 14, 2-10pm
Where: Cafe 24/7 at Wild Horse Pass
Details: Enjoy the following: Arugula salad with pears, bleu cheese, candied walnuts and maple sherry vinaigrette; Choice of one of the following entrees; grilled beef sirloin or cranberry goat cheese stuffed chicken breast with herb roasted fingerling potatoes and medley of baby vegetables; Dessert of chocolate roulade with raspberry cream.
Cost: $13.95 per person.
More Info: Visit wingilariver.com.

  • Carefree Station | Valentine’s Day Dinner

When: February 14
Where: Carefree Station in Carefree
Details: On Valentine’s Day, February 14, enjoy a romantic dinner at Carefree Station. Cozy up in the climate controlled greenhouse-style atrium or enjoy the twinkling lights from the courtyard garden. Carefree Station’s Executive Chef, Thomas Nasworthy and Pastry Chef, Heather Nasworthy, have created a variety of a decadent dinner and dessert specials that are sure to make your Valentine feel spoiled. In addition to Carefree Station’s regular dinner menu of globally inspired dishes, select from: Supreme Oscar: Red Bird free range chicken, all natural chicken breast, topped with jumbo lump crab and béarnaise sauce, served with heart-shaped mushroom ravioli and candy beets. Surf ‘n Turf: A 5 oz. petite filet is paired with a 9 oz. cold water lobster tail, served with his and hers potato rings and hearts of grilled vegetables. Lobster Tail: The ultimate indulgence! A giant 18 oz. cold water lobster tail is poached in butter and served with lobster mashed potatoes, toasted butter, and hearts of palm and beets. The Ensemble: A decadent dessert platter meant for sharing featuring Red Velvet Cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, Frozen Chocolate Soufflé, Berry Bellini, Sugar Cookie Hearts, and Chambord and Amaretto filled Chocolate Covered Strawberries.
Cost: Varies.
More Info: Visit carefreestation.com.

  • Cork | Valentine’s Day Dinner

When: February 14
Where: Cork in Chandler
Details: Acclaimed for seasonal menus of perfected, polished cuisine and an extensive worldly wine selection, Cork is the perfect setting for a romantic Valentine’s dinner that will not be forgotten. Chef Brian Peterson along with Pastry Chef Danielle Morris have crafted a luscious menu fit for lovers just for the holiday. Paired with wines or bubbly by in-house Sommelier Robert Morris in an intimate, warm setting, Cork is a go-to for lovebirds this February 14. Call 480-883-3773  for reservations.
Cost: $75++ per person.
More Info: Visit corkrestaurant.net.

  • Davanti Enoteca | Valentine’s Day Dinner

When: February 14, 15 & 16
Where: Davanti Enoteca in Scottsdale
Details: Davanti Enoteca is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a menu of Amore a Prima Vista (love at first sight). Chef Peter DeRuvo has created a very special menu that starts with a glance and ends with a kiss. Enjoy your choice of the following: Glance (choice of Butternut squash soup+ crème fresh+ chives+ hazelnuts; Parmesan Sformato+ spinach fondue+ new oil; Duck liver pate+ cherry mostarda+ pistachios; Oyster’s two ways), Hug (choice of: Tortellini di ricotta+ black truffle+ Italian butter+ chervil; Gnocchi di patate+ wild boar ragu+ pecorino Toscana; Fettucini al Burro+ farm egg+ caviar+ Italian butter), Peck (choice of: Crispy Duck+ amarena cherries+ cara cara oranges+ hazelnut’s+ local greens+ duck sauce; Dry aged NY strip + potato puree+ creamed greens+ wild mushrooms+ crispy onions+ porcini demi; Georges bank scallops+ cauliflower+ raisins+ pine nuts+ spinach+ vin cotto), and the ‘Kiss’ (Italian Baked Alaska+ stewed cherries+ nutella).
Cost: $65 per person, additional $30 for wine pairing. The first 50 couples who RSVP will be treated to a 375ml bottle of Banfi Rosa Regale (a light sparkling red wine) and house made truffles.
More Info: Visit davantienoteca.com.

  • District American Kitchen and Wine Bar | Valentine’s Day Dinner

When: February 14
Where: District Kitchen in at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel
Details: Guests will enjoy an amuse from the chef, an appetizer, a main course “Dynamic Duo Scented with Passion,” and dessert served with a long-stem red rose. Guests can enjoy a live acoustic guitarist and romantic vocals by ShouTheory. Add some “pop” to the night with the Valentini – a sweet martini made exclusively for Valentine’s Day. Complimentary three-hour self-parking validation is available. Call 602-817-5400 for reservations.
Cost: $55 per person, additional $20 for wine pairing.
More Info: Visit districtrestaurant.com.

  • Dominick’s Steakhouse | Valentine’s Day Dinner

When: February 14
Where: Dominick’s Steakhouse at Scottsdale Quarter
Details: Cozy up with your sweetie at one of the swankiest joints in town. Culinary signature delights perfect for two include the chef’s cut filet mignon and eight ounce lobster tail, Maryland style jumbo lump crab cakes, or the porterhouse for two with classic side dishes such as Dominick’s au gratin potatoes, lobster gnocchi and steakhouse tater tots. Pair your favorite dishes with a Valentini, Dominick’s Steakhouse specialty cocktail for the evening featuring Framboise Raspberry Liqueur, Cointreau and Grey Goose Vodka topped with Tiziano Prosecco and garnished with raspberries. Complete your meal with a decadent sweet dessert, such as the four-layer chocolate espresso cake or the warm caramel butter cake. While you wine and dine, enjoy sweet tunes from dynamic musical duo, Jym Caputo and Charity Lockhart.
Cost: Regular menu prices
More Info: Visit dominickssteakhouse.com.

  • El Chorro | Valentine’s Day Dinner

When: February 14
Where: El Chorro in Paradise Valley
Details: Capture the romance of El Chorro’s picturesque setting at the base of Camelback and Mummy mountains as you celebrate Valentine’s Day with beautiful views, charming surroundings and  the iconic Paradise Valley restaurant’s three-course “Romance in the Desert” menu. Created by El Chorro Executive Chef Charles Kassels, the menu features a choice of Hearts of Romaine with lobster vinaigrette or Roasted Valentine Pepper Bisque with crispy red beets to start. Entrée choices include a Lovebird Duo of pan-roasted chicken breast and leg confit with herb crust, accompanied by roasted fingerling potatoes, cauliflower and baby carrots; a Center Cut Filet with Sweet(heart) Potato Gratin and asparagus bundles, and Chilean Sea Bass with Wild-for-you Mushroom Ravioli and haricot vert. For lovers with a sweet tooth, Chef Kassels is offering a decadent choice ofChocolate Hearts featuring a dark chocolate cake served with white chocolate mousse and milk chocolate ganache as well as a Strawberry Shortcake with berry compote and sweet whipped crème. As part of the El Chorro tradition, the menu, priced at $105 for two excluding tax and gratuity, will include El Chorro’s Famous Sticky Buns, handcrafted bread and butter, coffee and tea. Chef Kassels has also created a special menu of wine pairings to accompany the dinner, which is priced at $25 per person.
Cost: $105++ for two, additional $25 per person for wine pairings.
More Info: Visit elchorro.com.

  • Frank & Albert’s | Valentine’s Dinner

When: February 14, 5-10pm.
Where: Frank & Albert’s at The Biltmore
Details: A special three-course holiday menu with optional wine pairing. Enjoy the following courses: Lobster Bisque with puff pastry, sherry and brandy or Petite Baby Greens Salad with Crow’s Dairy goat cheese, dried apricots, candied walnuts, Schriners bacon, blood orange vinaigrette. Wine Pairing:  Napa Cellars Chardonnay, Napa Valley; Surf-n-Turf with filet mignon, garlic herb jumbo shrimp, blue cheese gratin and grilled asparagus. Wine Pairing:  Bordelaise BV Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley; Strawberry & Chocolate Martini Chocolate Cake with dark chocolate pudding and sugared strawberries. Wine pairing:  JCB #69 Brut Rose, France.
Cost: $65++ per person, additional $25 for wine pairing.
More Info: Visit frankandalberts.com.

  • Il Terrazzo at The Phoenician | Valentine’s Day Prix-Fixe Dinner

When: February 14-16
Where: Il Terrazzo at The Phoenician in Scottsdale
Details:  Il Terrazzo at The Phoenician will present a signature three-course prix fixe dinner menu on Valentine’s Day, as well as on Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16. The special holiday weekend offering will feature roasted beet and goat cheese salad with arugula, candied walnuts and golden beet vinaigrette; and two delectable entrées. Choose between chile and rosemary-roasted New York steak, served with smoked cheddar polenta, roasted cipollini, baby carrots and aged sherry jus; or pan-seared Skuna Bay salmon with butternut squash, brown rice risotto, persimmon and pistachio.   Top off the evening with a premier dessert from The Phoenician’s award-winning Executive Pastry Chef, Roy Pell, showcasing a chocolate buffet on Feb. 14; and a Chocolate Budino (chocolate pudding with caramel cream) on Feb. 15 and 16.
Cost: $49++ per person.
More Info: Visit thephoenician.com.

  • Latilla at The Boulders | Valentine’s Day Prix-Fixe Dinner

When: February 14 6-9:30pm
Where: Latilla at The Boulders in Carefree
Details: The signature Latilla Restaurant at the Boulders Resort celebrates the Valentine’s Day holiday with a savory, three course aphrodisiac delight, an intermezzo and live entertainment all evening long! The menu is complimented with romantic ambiance, picturesque views of the cascading waterfall and cozy hand-sculpted booths. Menu options include: Lobster Bisque with Cognac Cream and Chives; Raspberry & Arugula Salad served with Pine nuts, Pecorino, and a Creamy Champagne Vinaigrette; Passion Fruit Sorbet; Marinated Beef Tenderloin with Honey & Molasses, Spicy Pecans, Glazed Sweet Potatoes, Spinach and Wild Mushrooms; Arctic Char kissed with Tomato and Fennel, Artichoke Heart, and a Lemon Thyme Butter Sauce; Chocolate Obsession.
Cost: $65 per person.
More Info: Visit theboulders.com.

  • Mark’s Cafe | Valentine’s Day Dinner

When: February 14, dinner seatings at 5pm, 6:30pm, and 8pm.
Where: Mark’s Cafe in Tempe
Details: Mark’s Cafe is hosting a special 4 course Valentine’s Day Dinner sure to please the foodie you love. Guests will start the evening off with upscale crab cakes and salad, with entree choices Filet Medallions, Macadamia Nut Crusted Salmon, Chicken Piccata and Roast Pork Loin with Chocolate Cake with raspberry sauce for dessert. One of the highlights of dinner is Mark’s BYOB linsese allowing guests the freedom to bring wine or beer into the establishment free of charge. The menu features a Crab Cake with Remoulade Sauce appetizer,  Mixed Green Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing, Rolls and Butter, Choice of entree served with roasted red potatoes and green beans almandine: (Filet Medallions with Black Pepper Brandy Sauce $46; Macadamia Nut Crusted Salmon with Orange Hollandaise Sauce $44; Chicken Piccata $42; Roast Pork Loin with Raspberry Chipotle Sauce $40) and a dessert of chocolate cake with raspberry sauce. Call 480-839-6455 to make reservations.
Cost: Prices range from $40 to $46 per person and include Mark’s fantastic four course meal along with non-alcoholic beverage, tax and tip.
More Info: Visit markscafeaz.com.

  • NoRTH | Valentine’s Day Specials

When: February 14
Where: NoRTH in Scottsdale & Arcadia
Details: A sweet and lovely three-course meal at North starts with a variety of flavorful Italian starters and entrees. The third course offering includes heavenly tiramisu or rich and decadent butterscotch pudding sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. The prix fixe menu is available from 4:30 p.m. – close and costs $40 per person. North has two Phoenix-area locations: Kierland Commons in Scottsdale and on 40th St. just south of Camelback in the Arcadia neighborhood.
Cost: $40 per person.
More Info: Visit foxrc.com.

  • Pig & Pickle | Valentine’s Day Menus

When: February 14
Where: Pig & Pickle in Scottsdale
Details: The newly-opened and already much applauded Pig & Pickle has curated a menu fit for passionate pig lovers looking for a unique gourmet holiday dining experience with three and five course options. Enjoy your choice of the following: Starter – family style (choice of charcuterie, pickles and bread; mushroom and goat cheese bruschetta to share), Appetizer (choice of oysters with tobiko and ponzu; tuna tataki, white bean hummus, sriracha; duck confit springrolls stuffed with greens, goat cheese and cranberries), Salad (choice of frisee, bacon, sherry vinaigrette and crispy pig ears; endive with burgundy wine poached pears, blue and candied nuts; the dump truck salad), Main (choice of braised short ribs, red b potatoes and chausseur; pork loin schnitzel with warm potato salad; not really bouillabaisse; chicken ‘pot pie’ … sage gnocchi, roasted roots, brown sauce), and Dessert (choice of pineapple upside down cake with ham brittle; chocolate tarte with rocky road and cherry sauce; hunk-a-hunk-a burnin’ love … the elvis).
Cost: $29 per person for 3-course (starter, main & dessert); $49 per person for 5-course (includes champagne toast).
More Info: Visit pigandpickle.com.

  • Prado | February Tasting Menu

When: The month of February
Where: Prado at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale
Details: Prado’s Chef Kristian Markland has created a memorable tasting menu for the month of February. Why celebrate love on one day, when guests can wine and dine with a special someone all month long? Delight in a four-course taste of Montelucia for $60 per person, or include wine pairings for $85 per person.
Cost: See above.
More Info: Visit montelucia.com.

  • Prado | Valentine’s Day Dinner

When: February 14
Where: Prado at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale
Details: For a memorable Valentine’s Day dinner that will ignite the senses and satisfy the soul, savor in the special Valentine’s menu at Prado. Enjoy decadent Mediterranean-inspired plates and desserts to please every palate. For dinner reservations at Prado, call 480-627-3004.
More Info: Visit montelucia.com.

  • Roaring Fork | Valentine’s Day Dinner

When: February 14, 4-11pm
Where: Roaring Fork in Scottsdale
Details: Roaring Fork celebrates the Valentine’s Day holiday in rustic style with an assortment of specialty menu items by Executive Chef, Michael Bouwens. All selections will be served a la carte in addition to the regular menu. Featured cuisine includes: Sole stuffed with crabmeat served with a red pepper beurre blanc; Rotisserie Roasted Prime Rib; Lobster Bisque; Holiday flavored crème brulee; Tuxedo (white and milk chocolate) strawberries
Cost: Varies.
More Info: Visit roaringfork.com.

  • Roka Akor | Valentine’s Day Dinner

When: February 14-16; 3 seatings: 5pm, 7pm and 9pm.
Where: Roka Akor  in Scottsdale
Details: The Valentine’s Day Menu will feature 5 different courses, beginning with Bay Scallops served with Black Tobiko and Frantoio Olive Oil. Lobster Tartare will accompany the fresh scallops, as well as Sudachi Citrus and Plantain Chips. Diners will be able to nosh on Roka Akor’s acclaimed sushi during course number two, the chef’s premium sashimi selection. Enoki Mushroom Tempura with Duck Tensuyu, followed by Bison Short Ribs with Braised Daikon, will comprise course number three. After an Intermezzo consisting of Aged Artisan Vinegars, the fourth course will feature Yuzu-Miso marinated Black Cod with pickled red onion. The fifth and final course will showcase Roka Akor’s Prime Niman Ranch Ribeye with Wafu dressing, accompanied by wild boar bacon with crispy Brussels sprouts. No meal would be complete without dessert, which will conclude the dining experience with a delicious flourless chocolate torte with salted-raspberry-cashew ice cream.
Cost: $98 per person. An optional premium upgrade, at $30 per person, includes Caviar, Toro Sashimi & Japanese Wagyu Beef.
More Info: Visit rokaakor.com.

  • SASSI | Valentine’s Day Dinner

When: February 14, 5:30-10pm
Where: SASSI in Scottsdale
Details: The evening will begin with a rose for all ladies, accompanied by a four course prix fixe meal including an Antipasti, Primi Piatti, I Secondi and Dolci for two. Specialty holiday wines by the bottle & glass will be available in addition to a selection of romance cocktails including the signature, Amore Smooch. Holiday menu items include: A choice of Antipasti Misti for Two- Cured meats and salumi by Creminelli, artisanal cheeses, house made pickles, marinated olives; Caprese Salad for Two- Mozzarella di Buffala, heirloom tomatoes, basil, and extra virgin olive oil; Risotto Alla Milanese with saffron risotto, veal ragu and Parmigiano; Rigatoni Alla Norma with tomatoes, eggplant, smoked mozzarella & basil baked in the wood oven; Wood Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Parmigiano and truffle potato gratin, roasted baby heirloom carrots, and wild mushroom marsala sauce; Baked Stuffed Lobster wood oven roasted with a crab and herb stuffing, red lentils and wilted greens; Chicken Cacciatore Style wood oven roasted with porcini mushroom and heirloom tomato ragu and creamy polenta; Flourless Chocolate Cake with amarena cherry cream, brandied cherries and dark chocolate sauce; Tiramisu with espresso soaked lady fingers, creamy mascarpone, chocolate espresso beans and biscotti
Cost: $149.00 per couple – includes four courses and non alcoholic beverages
More Info: Visit sassi.biz.                 

  • Shula’s Steak House | Valentine’s Day Dinner

When: February 14, 5-10pm
Where: Shula’s Steak House at Wild Horse Pass
Details: Enjoy a Valentine’s Dinner with the following: Shared appetizer – salmon, spinach, and ricotta stuffed roasted red pepper raviolis in a three cheese cream sauce accompanied by grilled shrimp; Salad – mixed greens with strawberries and candied walnuts, blackberry balsamic vinaigrette garnished with white chocolate shavings; Shared entrée – 24 oz. Shula cut porterhouse, grilled lobster tail and Alaskan king crab legs; Shared dessert – Godiva chocolate crème brule with fresh berries.
Cost: $140 per couple includes the above menu (add paired wines for $30.00 per person).
More Info: Visit wingilariver.com/shulas.

  • Taggia | Valentine’s Day Dinner

When: February 14-16
Where: Taggia at FireSky Resort in Scottsdale
Details: Taggia, the coastal Italian dining destination located inside Firesky Resort in Scottsdale is offers a sexy Valentine’s Day menu you can enjoy all weekend. Start off with an Amuse & Glass of La Marca Prosecco, then your choice of appetizer (arugula, beets, smoked goat cheese, blood orange, shallot –honey dressing or lobster “cappuccino” pickled ginger, honey spuma), your choice of entree (scallops, celery root, braised winter greens, honey-garlic veloute or braised short ribs, honey roasted baby winter vegetables, and rosemary- pine jus or mushroom ravioli with, leeks, morels, and truffle honey butter), and your choice of dessert (lavender – honey semifreddo with cocoa roasted figs, and almond honey milk or honey glazed zeppole with strawberry mousse and white chocolate chocolate strawberries and cocoa nibs)
Cost: $65++ per person.
More Info: Visit taggiascottsdale.com.

  • The Cove Trattoria | Valentine’s Day Menu

When: February 14-17
Where: The Cove Trattoria in Scottsdale
Details: The Cove Trattoria, a family-owned restaurant located in Scottsdale’s Seville shopping center on the northeast corner of Indian Bend & Scottsdale Road, will be serving a three-course meal, in addition to its regular dinner menu, on Valentine’s Day and throughout the entire weekend. The special Valentine’s menu is priced at $39 per person or $69 per couple and includes: Choice of Appetizers (Beef Carpaccio – Thinly sliced beef, drizzled with olive oil, capers and shaved parmesan; Homemade Mozzarella in Carrozza with spicy marinara, each bread slice is dipped in egg and flour and lightly fried and wrapped around fresh mozzarella and topped with marinara), Choice of Entrees: (Seafood Risotto complete with a delightful trio of scallops, salmon and halibut; Grilled Lamb Chops served with pesto sauce and sautéed radicchio, asparagus and snow peas; Sliced Hanger Steak with Cognac Sauce served with creamy polenta and grilled asparagus), Dessert (A sinful, homemade chocolate raspberry torte), and cocktails a la carte (“Absolut Kiss” – Absolut Vodka, Raspberri Vodka, Chambord Raspberry Liqueur with a splash of pineapple juice and grenadine – $9.50; St. Germain Champagne Cocktail – St Germain liqueur and sparkling wine garnished with fresh strawberry and/or lemon twist – $9.50). Call 480-951-8273 for reservations.
Cost: $39 per person or $69 per couple.
More Info: Visit thecovescottsdale.com.

  • The Herb Box | Valentine’s Day Specials

When: February 14
Where: The Herb Box in Old Town Scottsdale or North Scottsdale at DC Ranch
Details: On Valentine’s Day, February 14, enjoy a prix fixe dinner for two at The Herb Box in Old Town Scottsdale or North Scottsdale at DC Ranch. In addition to the dinner special, both locations will be serving their regular dinner menu.  The Herb Box has created a special three-course dinner meant for sharing. The prix fixe dinner is $69 per couple, and it includes a choice of a Strawberry Darling cocktail or a glass of Prosecco per person. Begin the evening with an appetizer of Duck Confit Crepes with Sweet Corn and Poblano Maque Choux, and Apple Slaw. For a main course, enjoy Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi on Heirloom Tomatoes, Lemon Zest, Kale and Basil Pesto. For dessert, share a Chocolate Beet Cake with Bittersweet Chocolate Ganache.
Cost: Contact for pricing.
More Info: Visit theherbbox.com.

  • The Herb Box | Have Valentine’s Day Dinner at home!

When: February 14
Where: The Herb Box in Old Town Scottsdale
Details: Skip the crowds on Valentine’s Day, and enjoy a chef-prepared meal in the privacy of your own home. Order a Valentine’s Dinner Basket or a Valentine’s Nosh Basket from The Herb Box Market, and you can spend more time enjoying one another’s company and less time shopping, cooking, and cleaning! Choose one of two baskets for pick-up or delivery. The Valentine’s Dinner Basket is $75 for two people and includes an entree choice of Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi on Heirloom Tomatoes, Lemon Zest, Kale and Basil Pesto; or Roasted Free Range Chicken, Tomato Gorgonzola Butter, Roasted Root Vegetables and Fried Spinach. Also choose one dessert: a Chocolate and Beet Cake with Bittersweet Chocolate Ganache for Two; or Pink Meringue Cupcakes with Raspberry Curd. Completing the meal, the dinner comes with either a select bottle of wine or Prosecco, plus rose petals for creating a romantic setting. For a lighter meal, order the Valentine’s Nosh Basket, which includes a romantic spread for two for $55. The basket features a Cheese and Charcuterie Board, with House Fig and Port Jam, Sugared Nuts, Dates, and Bistro Crackers. For dessert, enjoy a Chocolate and Beet Cake with Bittersweet Chocolate Ganache for two. Completing the meal, the dinner comes with either a select bottle of wine or Prosecco, plus rose petals for creating a romantic setting. Call The Herb Box Market SouthBridge in Old Town at 480-289-6161 to place an order. The deadline for orders is February 12 by 5 p.m. Orders can be requested for delivery for an additional $25 and must be within 15 miles of The Herb Box. Deliveries will be made between 3 and 6:30 p.m. on February 14. Pick-up orders will be available between 2 and 7 p.m. on February 14.
Cost: $55-$75.
More Info: Visit theherbbox.com.

  • The Melting Pot | Valentine’s Day Dinners

When: February 12-16
Where: The Melting Pot’s Valley locations
Details: The Melting Pot will be offering a menu filled with love for the entire week of Valentine’s Day. Come celebrate this special day with the person you heart and shower them with chocolate and more at Melting Pot’s three locally owned and operated locations in Scottsdale, Glendale and Ahwatukee. Enjoy a 4-course dinner (cheese fondue, salad, entree and chocolate fondue) and a special Valentine’s Day cocktail.
Cost: Contact your local Melting Pot for details.
More Info: Visit meltingpot.com.

  • Thirsty Lion Pub and Grill | Valentine’s Day Dinner

When: February 14-16
Where: Thirsty Lion at Tempe Marketplace
Details: Featuring entrée specials including Rock Salt Crusted Prime Rib, Crab Stuffed Atlantic Salmon, Grilled Sirloin and Scampi Prawns and Oven Roasted Lamb Shank you’ll be sure to impress your date with an upscale dinner without the upscale price. Call 480-968-2920.
Cost: Varies.
More Info: Visit thirstylionpub.com..

  • TQLA | Valentine’s Day Pre-Fix Menu

When: February 14-17
Where: TQLA in Mesa
Details: All you need is love. And an appetite. Oh, and a table at TQLA. This lays the foundation for a fantastic night but there’s more.Enjoy a special pre-fixe Valentine’s Day menu for two with a starter of fresh field greens, pumpkin seed crusted goat cheese, pickled onions, tomatoes and cucumber, then follow it up with a beef and chicken fajita platter entree course for two where you’ll get a full pound of chicken and beef, a 5oz lobster tail with chipotle butter, plus rice, beans, sour cream, cheese, pico and guac. Then, finish off with four chocolate-dipped strawberries and fresh whipped cream. Call 480-813-8752 for reservations.
Cost: $49.95 for two.
More Info: Visit tqla.com.

  • True Food Kitchen | Valentine’s Day Specials

When: February 14
Where: True Food Kitchen in Scottsdale & Phoenix
Details: True Food Kitchen is offering a heart healthy Valentine’s Menu that includes a shared first course with mouth-watering starters like chicken sausage pizza or herbed hummus with pita bread, tomato, onion and feta, individual entrees like roasted chicken farro, pan-seared sea bass or trout and a dessert trio to share ($25 per person). True Food Kitchen has two Phoenix-area locations: Scottsdale Quarter in Scottsdale and the Biltmore Fashion Park in Phoenix.
Cost: $25 per person..
More Info: Visit foxrc.com.

  • Palm Court | Valentine’s Day Dinner

When: February 14, 6-10pm
Where: Palm Court at the Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center
Details: Enjoy a four-course prix fixe dinner with choices: Starter (Smoked Salmon Rose or Duck Ravioli), Soup-Salad (Palm Court Lobster Bisque or Baby Watercress Salad), Entree (Prime Beef Tenderloin, Pasture Raised Veal Osso Buco, Chilean Sea Bass, Crispy Seared Chicken Breast or the Chef’s Vegetarian Entree), and Desserts (Grand Mariner Crème Brûlée or Flourless Chocolate Cake). Complimentary valet parking.
Cost: $92 per person.
More Info: Visit thescottsdaleresort.com.

  • Province | Lover’s Lunch

When: February 16
Where: Province in Downtown Poenix
Details: Keep the romance going and enjoy a decadent Lover’s Lunch for only $20 per person, which includes a starter to share, entrée, cinnamon churros and a split of bubbles
Cost: $20 per person
More Info: Visit Province

  • Province | Valentine’s Day Dinner

When: February 14 & 15
Where: Province in Downtown Phoenix
Details: Enjoy a Latin infused romantic dinner, complete with fireplace views and live entertainment. Spice things up with a four course dinner sure to dazzle your dining companion. You have the option to add on wine pairing. In case things get really ‘caliente’ the Westin Downtown Phoenix is offering up Sweetheart Special rates.
Cost: $59 per person with an additional $20 for a wine pairing. The dinner on the 15th will be $49 per person.
More Info: Visit phoenix.provincerestaurant.com.

  • Verona Chophouse | Valentine’s Day Dinner

When: February 14, 5-10pm
Where: Verona Chophouse at Lone Butte Casino
Details: Enjoy the following: Choice of one of the following appetizers; bibb lettuce with goat cheese and apple-cider vinaigrette or poached shrimp with horseradish-lemon sauce or lobster bisque; Choice of one of the following entrees; shaved beef tenderloin with port wine reduction and celery-parsnip puree or seared scallop with sundried tomato butter and spinach or roast leg of lamb with artichokes and cippolini (add 4 oz. lobster tail to any dish for $21.00); Choice of one of the following desserts; chocolate truffle napoleon with blood orange sauce or crème brule
Cost: $42.00 per person.
More Info: Visit wingilariver.com.

  • Wright’s at The Biltmore | Valentine’s Dinner

When: February 14, 5-10pm
Where: Wright’s at The Biltmore
Details: A four-course gourmet menu is being prepared at the Arizona Biltmore’s signature restaurant, with an optional wine pairing by the Sommelier.Enjoy the following courses: Roasted Chestnut Soup with crispy prosciutto, celery root, Granny Smith apples, and nutmeg. Wine pairing: Terra D’oro Pinot Grigio, Santa Barbara; Sweet Lobster Salad with Biltmore citrus, bronze fennel, petite arugula, and purple Peruvian potatoes.  Wine pairing:  Cakebread Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley; Kobe Beef Tenderloin with foie gras, wild mushrooms, risotto, heirloom carrots, and demi-glace.  Wine pairing:  Heitz Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley; Chocolate “Espresso” Spiked White Chocolate Mousse with cinnamon-sugared jaconde cake, white chocolate dust and freeze-dried raspberries. Wine pairing:  Robert Mondavi Moscato D’oro, Napa Valley.
Cost: $95++ per person, additional $45 for wine pairing.
More Info: Visit arizonabiltmore.com.

  • Zinburger | Valentine’s Day Specials

When: February 14
Where: Zinburger in Phoenix
Details: Zinburger fans can share a night of fun while sinking their teeth into a juicy burger in a more casual atmosphere. Dinner for two includes an entrée, a shared side and choice of beer, glass of wine, non-alcoholic beverage or creamy hand-dipped milkshake or float. The prix fixe menu is available 4 p.m. – close, and is priced at $40 for two people. Zinburger is located at Biltmore Fashion Park in Phoenix.
Cost: $40 for two people.
More Info: Visit foxrc.com.

  • Zuzu | Valentine’s Dinner

When: February 14, 5:30-10pm
Where: Zuzu at Hotel Valley Ho
Details: Enjoy specials like Tempura Shrimp + Lobster and Braised Halibut, or order off the regular menu. Call 480-421-7997 for reservations.
Cost: Varies.
More Info: Visit cafe-zuzu.com.


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