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2017 Valentine’s Day Dining Round Up By The Numbers

Posted on: January 20th, 2017 by Taryn Jeffries 2 Comments

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and we want to make sure that you have a whole slew of options to wine and dine your sweetheart this year. From dinners featuring opulent ingredients to wine dinners, from breakfasts to family affairs we’ve got you covered. I’ve separated this years Valentine’s Day Dining Round Up based on cost, so all you have to do is find the event perfect for you and make a call!

2017 Valentine’s Day Dining Round Up

2017 Valentine's Day Dining Round Up By The Numbers2017 Valentine’s Day Dining A la Carte Options

Crudo
3603 E. Indian School Road | Phoenix | 85018 | 602.358.8666
February 14th, 2017
The Basics | Crudo will feature one night only specials to their regular menu of Italian inspired favorites including swordfish crudo with grapes and radish, oysters on the half shell and trout “Piemontese style”.
The Bites | Indulge in specials like a swordfish crudo, oysters on the half shell, C Jalson, trout and duck with fagotini.
The Bucks | Special prices are a la carte and range from $16 to $24

Miracle Mile Deli
4433 N. 16th St. | Phoenix | 85016 | 602.776.0992
February 14th, 2017 from 10:30am until 8pm
The Basics |  For more than six decades, Miracle Mile has served its customers with the freshest and finest quality food and this Valentine’s Day they are inviting the whole family to enjoy a meal together.
The Bites | On Tuesday, February 14th, kids 12 and under get a free kids meal with an adult purchase of an entrée/sandwich.
The Bucks | One free kids meal per sandwich/entrée purchase.

Original Breakfast House
13623 N. 32nd St. | Phoenix | 85032 | 602.482.2328
February 14th, 2017 from 6:30am until 2pm
The Basics | Start the day off with a little delicious romance and two special dishes just for Valentine’s Day.
The Bites | How does a Mexican eggs Benedict sound? If you’re looking for a sweet start to the day, dig into the red velvet pancakes with cream cheese glaze.
The Bucks | $12.50 and $9.95 respectively

Rusconi’s American Kitchen
10637 N. Tatum Blvd. | Phoenix | 85028 | 480.483.0009
February 14th, 2017 after 5pm
The Basics | No significant sweetheart this year? Rusconi’s has a special Lonely Hearts Menu made just for you in their bar.
The Bites | There are an array of options available from a special menu.
The Bucks | Prices are à la carte and range from $8 to $34

Scramble – A Breakfast & Lunch Joint
9832 N. 7th St. | Phoenix | 85020 | 602.374.2294
6590 N. Scottsdale Road | Scottsdale | 85253 | 480.404.7264
February 14th, 2017 from 6am until 2pm
The Basics | Who says that Valentine’s Day has to be limited to swanky romantic dinners? Breakfast can be equally romantic and Scramble is setting out to prove that!
The Bites | Valentine’s Day specials include Scramble’s Double Chocolate Strawberry Pancakes features sweet cream buttermilk pancakes topped with fresh strawberries, a white and milk chocolate syrup drizzle, and powdered sugar served with Schreiner’s sausage patties for $8.99. Scramble’s featured side that day (while supplies last) is two strips of mouthwatering, salty-sweet, chocolate covered applewood smoked bacon for $3.89.
Also featured that day is Scramble’s Cupid’s Arrow Café Latte featuring Ghirardelli dark and white chocolate syrup for $4.89.
The Bucks | Prices vary based on selections

Tavern Americana
20469 N. Hayden Road | Scottsdale | 85255 | 480.502.6740
February 14th, 2017 beginning at 11am
The Basics | In honor of Arizona’s 105th birthday + Valentine’s Day, Tavern Americana is offering several AZ Love specials all day.
The Bites | Stop by to enjoy a Sonoran hot dog, Navajo tacos, green chile burgers and chimichangas all day.
The Bucks | Varies based on selection and ranges from $7 to $11 per special

TEXAZ Grill
6003 N. 16th St. | Phoenix | 85016 | 602.248.7827
February 14th, 2017 from 4pm until 10pm
The Basics | TEXAZ Grill is the perfect destination for romantic couples this Valentine’s Day thanks to its special menu featuring food & drink specials and complimentary piece of Texas sheet cake.
The Bites | Diners can enjoy a pleasantly pink Prickly Pear Margarita for only $3.50 and a deliciously decadent dinner, including the Valentine’s supper special, Steak Lin Sue. Available after 4 pm, enjoy a 10 oz. NY Strip, grilled to order, topped with sautéed artichoke hearts and jumbo Gulf shrimp, covered with house-made béarnaise sauce, and served with dinner salad and choice of potatoes for just $28. Plus, Texaz will offer their regular Tuesday supper special of BBQ Beef Back Ribs Special for only $18.
The Bucks | Varies based on special selected.

The Henry
4455 E. Camelback Road | Phoenix | 85018 | 602.429.8020
February 14th, 2017 from 10:30am until 8pm
The Basics | Dine in style with your partner this Valentine’s Day at The Henry in Arcadia. This year the popular neighborhood restaurant will feature a special al la carte menu that’s sure to win anyone over.
The Bites | start your dinner with delectable appetizers like King Crab & Caviar or Smoked Norwegian Salmon with crème fraîche and potato hash brown. Main course entrees include dishes that impress such as the Korean Style Skirt Steak and the Mushroom Paella with black kale, piquillo pepper, Calabrian chile and a farm egg. To top of the meal, share a dessert with your loved one such as the Honey Panna Cotta topped with grapefruit sorbet or the Dark Chocolate Marquis with banana, coconut, black sesame and cashew toffee.
The Bucks | The special Valentine’s Day menu is a la carte, so the cost will depend on your selections.

Uptown Alley
13525 N. Litchfield Road | Surprise | 85379 | 623.975.7529
February 14th, 2017
The Basics | Who said Valentine’s Day was just for adults? Uptown Alley is going to be the ultimate Valentines place for couples and families who want to share love and fun this Valentine’s Day.
The Bites | With the purchase of two or more entrees at Uptown Alley’s Restaurant, Red Embers Bar and Grill, each entrée, including kids entrees, will receive a $5 game card and a chocolate-covered strawberry.
The Bucks | Entrée options vary based on selection and range from $8 to $15

Zookz Sandwiches
100 E. Camelback Road | Phoenix | 85012 | 602.279.0906
February 14th, 2017 from 7am until 4pm
The Basics | Can’t get away for an extravagant dinner? Zookz is offering a special breakfast or lunch special just for you.
The Bites | Sneak away with your sweetheart for thinly sliced turkey, parmesan and goat cheeses topped with a roasted almond, green onion and sun-dried tomato marmalade Includes a side salad and a passion fruit mimosa.
The Bucks | $12.50 per person

2017 Valentine’s Day Dining $50 and Below

El Palacio Restaurant & Cantina
2950 E. Germann Road | Chandler | 85286 | 480.802.5770
February 14th, 2017
The Basics | This popular Mexican restaurant in Chandler is offering up a sweet deal for you and your sweetheart.
The Bites | The three course meal includes a choice of one appetizer to share, two entrees as well as one deep fried ice cream to share.
The Bucks | $40 per couple, not including tax or gratuity

Los Sombreros
2534 N. Scottsdale Road | Scottsdale | 85257 | 480.994.1799
February 14th, 2017
The Basics | Los Sombreros is ready to help Valentine’s lovers and friends with a special dinner for two.
The Bites | The special Valentine’s day menu will include two huitacoche crepes, two pico de gallo salads, two cups of pork pozole, salmon with pipian verde, chicken with creamy rajas and zucchini and a chocolate tamale with homemade vanilla ice cream to share. (You can opt for a vanilla flan or tequila pecan pie is you’d like.)
The Bucks | This special meal will cost $39.95 per couple or pair. (Price listed does not include tax or gratuity.)

Sauce Pizza & Wine
25 E. Camelback Road | Phoenix | 85012 | 602.845.7007
742 E. Glendale Ave. | Phoenix | 85020 | 602.216.2400
7135 E. Camelback Road | Scottsdale | 85251 | 480.321.8844
14418 N. Scottsdale Road | Scottsdale | 85254 | 480.321.8800
2551 W. Queen Cfreek Road | Chandler | 85248 | 480.388.8640
3426 E. Baseline Road | Mesa | 85204 | 480.497.3500
2470 W. Happy Valley Road | Phoenix | 85085 | 623.414.4866
75 E .Rivulon Blvd. | Gilbert | 85297 | 480.550.4000
February 10th through February 14th, 2017
The Basics | Grab a date or bring in a friend and savor one of Sauce’s many salads, a 12-inch pizza, and two glasses of wine for just $22!
The Bites | Choose from a variety of salads ($9 and under), like the Roasted Vegetable Salad–made with dried cranberries, cauliflower, butternut squash, Brussels sprouts and candied walnuts–and indulge in any gourmet pizza ($11 and under), such as the Spicy Chicken Sausage or the Pepperoni and Crimini Mushrooms. Top off the experience by choosing two glasses of any wine ($6 and under), including the Barone Fini Merlot, or the Canyon Road Chardonnay. Not in the mood for pizza or wine? Not to worry. Guests can substitute for an entrée ($9 and under) or beverage ($6 and under).
The Bucks | $22, not including tax or gratuity.

Ticoz Latin Kitchen
5114 N. 7th St. | Phoenix | 85014 | 602.200.0160
February 14th, 2017
The Basics | Ticoz special prix fixe menu is sure to infuse a little Latin heat into your evening!
The Bites | Start your meal with a choice of grilled elote, chorizo and potato empanadas, chile-lime Caesar or Latin passion salad. Entrée options include a sherry chipotle chicken, pan seared tilapia, chipotle BBQ pork tenderloin or Ticoz paella. Vegetarian options are also available upon request. Stunning dessert options include flan, a chocolate macadamia nut brownie or some sweet, crunchy churros. This special menu also includes a complimentary glass of house champagne, house wine, a signature cocktail or the fresh agua fresca of the day.
The Bucks | $30 per person, not including tax or gratuity

Zen Culinary
15544 N. Pima Road | Scottsdale | 85260 | 480.296.0030
February 14th, 2017
The Basics | Zen Culinary is the perfect spot to enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day celebration.
The Bites | Zen Culinary will feature a special Valentine’s Day menu. Guests can enjoy a romantic three-course meal of a small house salad, followed by your choice of entree including organic lemongrass chicken, duck breast, Pad Thai, or Baby Back Ribs. Finally, finish your meal with a sweet treat of your choice of chocolate cake, pineapple cheesecake, or mango sticky rice. Plus, enjoy a specialty cocktail of a Flute of Brut Champagne with strawberry puree and finished with Chambord.
The Bucks |$40 per person, not including tax or gratuity

2017 Valentine’s Day Dining  $50 to $100

Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails
2 E. Jefferson St. | Phoenix | 85004 | 602.258.0231
February 14th, 2017 from 5pm until 10pm
The Basics | How about a romantic dinner and Downtown Phoenix skyline views this Valentine’s Day? Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails’s Executive Chef Chef Sean Currid will be preparing an exceptional five-course, prix-fixe menu to celebrate the romantic day.
The Bites | Your dinner will start off with an amuse and sparkling cocktail. Second course options are lobster ravioli, big eye tuna crudo and a mushroom and brie tart. Third course selections include potato and leek soup and a beet salad. Entrée options include a filet mignon, braised short rib and scallop as well as a halibut. Complete your meal with a chocolate cheesecake or champagne cake trifle.
The Bucks | $80 per person, not including tax or gratuity

Coup Des Tartes
1725 E. Osborn Road | Phoenix | 85016 | 602.212.1082
February 14th, 2017 with seating beginning at 5pm
The Basics | The special four course menu at Coup Des Tartes has incorporated rumored aphrodisiacs into their dishes, in the hopes that all of those rumors are true.
The Bites | Start off with your choice of cherry topped brie, a wild mushroom and caramelized onion tarte, Coup escargot or Moules au Roquefort. Your second course can equate to a roasted beet soup or a kale pomegranate salad. Entrée options include filet mignon, Canadian lobster tail, lamb shank or a Chilean sea bass. Wrap everything up with a vodka cherry tarte or vanilla bean crème brulee.
The Bucks | $99 per person, not including tax or gratuity

Cuisine & Wine Bistro
1422 W. Warner Road | Gilbert | 85233 | 480.497.1422
4991 S. Alma School Road | Chandler | 85248 | 480.275.6700
February 14th, 2017
The Basics | For the second year, Cuisine & Wine Bistro will be offering a special Valentine’s Day menu with wine pairings, meals designed for couples whose love of exquisite French food matches their quest for romance.  “When you have lovely French food, excellent wine pairings and the perfect date, it’s a recipe for romance,” says Mairead Buschtetz, who owns and operates the two bistros with her husband and chef, Fabrice. “We are already receiving reservation requests for this year.” Last year, their Gilbert restaurant sold out for Valentine’s Day, and they predict the same for 2017 with reservations already being made. The opening of the second location in Chandler gives more couples an opportunity to bask in French ambiance for the holiday of amour.
The Bites | Chef Fabrice Buschtetz has crafted a menu featuring duck, beef and lobster and wines that will complement the dishes and bring out the scrumptious flavors in the meat and the unique sauces. Diners can choose from a lobster risotto and duck breast with foie gras as a starter. Entree options include a roasted cod or Angus beef filet mignon. Complete your dinner with a chocolate souffle or apple tart minute. Guests will also receive a complimentary Cupidon champagne cocktail.
The Bucks | The fixed menu is $65 per person or $105 per person with wine pairing. The listed price does not include tax or gratuity.

deseo
6902 E. Greenway Pkwy. | Scottsdale | 85254 | 480.624.1000
February 14th, 2017
The Basics | With its name derived from the language of love, deseo invites couples to enjoy an evening of romance while indulging in a sumptuous four-course, prix fixe dinner specially created by Chef de Cuisine, Derek Biazo. With sweeping dining room and patio views of the McDowell Mountains, deseo offers a lively and passionate dining experience, perfect for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day dinner.
The Bites | Start your meal off with a bocadillo and your first course options include a spiced carrot bisque, endive salad and opah ceviche. Entrée choices include a duo de pato, mishima reserve ultra New York steak and Maine lobster tail. Dessert options include Mayan chocolate pots de crème and Oasis en el sol.
The Bucks | The four-course menu, priced at $75 per person (excluding tax and gratuity), will be the only dining option at deseo on February 14. Wine pairings will be available for an additional $25 per person.

Flourish
13225 N. Eagle Ridge Drive | Fountain Hills | 85268 | 480.333.1880
February 14th, 2017 from 5pm until 9pm
The Basics | Enjoy breathtaking views, on and off your plate, during a very special dinner at Flourish.
The Bites | Indulge in a special three course prix fixe menu, specially crafted by the Flourish culinary team. There will also be special holiday champagne specials, ensuring there are multiple reasons to toast to your sweetheart.
The Bucks | $85 per person, not including tax or gratuity (wine pairings are available for an additional cost)

J&G Steakhouse
6800 E. Camelback Road | Scottsdale | 85251 | 480.214.8000
February 14th, 2017
The Basics | Looking to enjoy a decadent Valentine’s Day meal, with a little something extra special? This year, take the one you love to J&G Steakhouse at The Phoenician Resort for not only the most exceptional dining experience, but the absolute best view of the Valley.
The Bites | Your four course meal will begin with smoked salmon blini. You’ll also be able to choose between a chopped salad and rice cracker crusted tuna for your first course. Follow that up with your choice between seared diver scallops or a grilled beef tenderloin. Dessert will end your meal on a sweet note with your choice of wither a rose macaron or a warm chocolate cake.
The Bucks | $66 per person, not including tax or gratuity

Kitchen West Restaurant
7700 E. McCormick Pkwy. | Scottsdale | 85258 | 480.596.7522
February 14th, 2017
The Basics | This Valentine’s Day, romance your loved one with a mouth-watering three-course dinner and glass of vintage Dom Perignon at Kitchen West Restaurant at The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, A Destination Hotel.
The Bites | Celebrate cupid’s holiday by starting the memorable meal with a choice of Golden Tomato Crab Bisque or Roasted Beet Salad. For the main course, choose from Charred Spring Lamb Chops, Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass, or Mesquite Grilled Beef Tenderloin. To top off this romantic evening, savor a shared Chocolate Crème Brûlée and a glass of Dom Perignon.
The Bucks | $75 per person, not including tax or gratuity

Little Cleo’s at The Yard in Phoenix
5632 N. 7th St. | Phoenix | 85014 | 602.680.4044
February 14th, 2017 from 10:30am until 8pm
The Basics | Trying to charm a first date? Join Little Cleo’s Seafood Legend this Valentine’s Day for a four-course prix fixe menu.
The Bites | Guests will start their dining adventure with oysters–a known aphrodisiac–and choose from first course options such as the Big Eye Tuna Tataki or Parsnip Soup with butter poached lobster, celery root, black truffle and crispy country bread. Main courses include options like Seared Diver Scallops, Grilled Swordfish or Red Wine Braised Short Rib.
The Bucks | $55 per person, not including tax or gratuity.

LON’s at The Hermosa Inn
5532 N. Palo Cristi Road | Paradise Valley | 85253 | 602.955.7878
February 10th through February 14th, 2017
The Basics | LON’s and the Hermosa Inn speak the language of love 365 days a year. Not surprisingly, Executive Chef Jeremy Pacheco adds some extra fire power for Valentine’s and has created a four-course, Sweethearts Tasting Menu.
The Bites | The special Sweethearts Tasting Menu that begins with a sensual Shellfish for Two, featuring Pacific Oyster Shooters with Meyer Lemon & American Caviar, Kauai Shrimp Ceviche and Hamachi Tartar with Coconut-Yuzu Dressing & Jalapeño Relish. Rich in aphrodisiacs with swoon-worthy presentations. The regular a la carte menu will also be available.
The Bucks | $75 per person, not including tax or gratuity

MATCH Cuisine & Cocktails
1100 N. Central Ave. | Phoenix | 85003 | 602.875.8080
February 14th, 2017 with seatings beginning at 5pm
The Basics | Fine food and art lovers alike will appreciate the intermingling of beauty, from the walls to the plates. Their special four course menu will delight all the senses.
The Bites | All diners will start with an amuse of arancini followed up with a choice of seafood agnolotti, Kumomoto oysters or wood oven baked Brie de Meux. Entrée option include steelhead salmon and Top Knot Farm chicken pillard. Finish up your exquisite meal with milk chocolate dipped strawberries, Guatemalan rellenitos or red velvet lava cake.
The Bucks | $75 per person or $115 per person with wine pairings, not including tax or gratuity

North Italia
4925 N. 40th St. | Phoenix | 85018 | 602.324.5600
15024 N. Scottsdale Road | Scottsdale | 85254 | 480.948.2055
February 14th, 2017
The Basics | Impress your significant other this Valentine’s Day with a special three-course prix fixe menu at North Italia in Arcadia and North Scottsdale.
The Bites | Guests will begin by choosing from a variety of starters such as Arancini; crispy mushroom risotto stuffed with scamorza cheese and served with red sauce. Main courses include eat-your-heart out options like the Bolognese and the Red Wine Glazed Short Rib with heirloom carrot, swiss chard, and creamy mascarpone polenta. To end the meal on a sweet note, enjoy desserts like a Salted Caramel Budino or Dark Chocolate Tart with Nutella mousse and pecan toffee.
The Bucks | $55 per person, not including tax or gratuity

Palo Verde Restaurant
34631 N. Tom Darlington Drive | Scottsdale | 85262 | 480.488.9009
February 14th, 2017 from 5pm until 10pm
The Basics | The Palo Verde Restaurant at the Boulders Resort celebrates the Valentine’s Day holiday on Tuesday, February 14th with a specialty menu featuring a champagne toast starter.
The Bites | The special holiday menu will include offerings like beet cured branzino crudo, seared foie gras, bacon wrapped bison, passion fruit bon bons, almond milk panna cotta and much more.
The Bucks | $95 per person, not including tax or gratuity

Pomelo
7100 N. 12th St. | Phoenix | 85020 | 602.633.2600
February 10th, 11th and 14th
The Basics | Searching for the perfect place to spend Valentine’s Day with your special someone? Look no further than Pomelo for your romantic evening! At Pomelo you and your loved one will enjoy fine food and drinks on the beautiful patio or in the restaurant. The locally owned restaurant will be offering Chef Javi Perez’s special prix fixe menu on Friday and Saturday from 4 to 10pm as well as Tuesday (Valentine’s Day) from 4 to 9pm. Bringing the whole family? Pomelo’s regular menu will be available as well! Seating is limited so please call 602-633-2600 or visit PomeloPhx.com to reserve a table.
The Bites | The preset menu will include a farm fresh or wedge salad to share. Entree options include eggplant parmesan, pan seared wild salmon or short ribs. You and your sweetie can share red velvet cake or cheesecake for dessert.
The Bucks | The prix fixe menu is $70 per couple, and a la carte items will vary based on your selection.

Roaring Fork
4800 N. Scottsdale Road | Scottsdale | 85251 | 480.947.0795
February 14th, 2017 from 4pm until 10pm
The Basics | Roaring Fork will be hosting a romantic evening for couples on Tuesday, February 14th in honor of Valentine’s Day beginning at 4:00pm.
The Bites | The restaurant’s talented culinary team will be offering a specialty Lobster and Steak combination in addition to their regular menu featuring signature Wood Fired Steaks, Cedar Planked Salmon, Blacked Redfish, and Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin.
The Bucks | $62 per person, not including tax or gratuity

SaltRock Southwest Kitchen
100 Amara Lane | Sedona | 86336 | 928.282.4828
February 10th through 13th (Prix Fixe menu) and February 14th (Tasting Menu)
The Basics | Every Valentine’s Day should be spent gazing amongst the majestic red rocks of Sedona with a loved one. That’s why SaltRock Southwest Kitchen at Kimpton Amara Resort and Spa, is offering a romantic, four-course, prix-fixe dinner throughout the holiday weekend (in addition to a tasting menu on Valentine’s Day) so everyone has a chance to ignite the passion in a beautiful setting.
The Bites | Prix-fixe menu with your choice of four courses including Venison Tartare, Scallop Carpaccio, Lobster Bisque, Roasted Cod-Grilled Octopus, Pork Pipian Rojo, Chocolate Pot de Crème and more.
The Bucks | $85 per person, not including tax or gratuity

Sorso Wine Room
15323 N. Scottsdale Road | Scottsdale | 85254 | 480.951.4344
February 14th, 2017 with seating beginning at 6pm
The Basics | Sorso Wine Room is offering up a decadent four course prix fixe mean with wine pairings.
The Bites | The four course menu will consist of a Fragola salad, bruschetta, Paige’s famous beef stew in a bread bowl and then their #MintHappens dessert.
The Bucks | $60 per person, not including tax or gratuity

The Farm Kitchen at The Farm at South Mountain
6106 S. 32nd St. | Phoenix | 85042 | 602.276.6545
February 10th through February 19th from 10am until 2pm
The Basics | Named one of the most romantic spots in Phoenix, The Farm at South Mountain presents its annual Valentine Picnic in The Grove. Grab a blanket and your Valentine for a simple and sweet picnic in the pecan grove. After lunch, rent a yard game, visit the on-site garden and chicken coop or find a local treasure at Botanica, the on-site gift shop.
The Bites | The Farm Kitchen will pack up your farm fresh “Love Bird” picnic basket which includes two gourmet sandwiches (one pecan chicken salad and one Tuscan sandwich), two Farm fresh sides, two bottles of water, one Cupid’s Cupcake and a special Farm gift. Wine, beer and mimosas will be available for purchase as well.
The Bucks | Each reservation is good for one picnic basket for two people to share. A “Love Bird” basket is $48, plus ticketing fee and tax.  Reservations can be made from Friday, Feb. 10 through Sunday, Feb. 19 starting at 10:00 a.m. with hour increments until 2:00 p.m.  Reservations are required and a credit card is required to reserve.

The Gladly
2201 E. Camelback Road | Phoenix | 85016 | 602.759.8132
February 14th, 2017
The Basics |  Coupled up this Valentine’s Day and craving a cozy table for two to share a multi-course meal? Single and in search of a bar stool next to a potential future Mr. or Mrs. somebody special? Whether you’re in the company of others or flying solo this Valentine’s Day, stop by to feel the love and enjoy the eatery’s one-day-only offerings.
The Bites The three-course tasting menu prepared by The Gladly’s own award-winning Chef Bernie Kantak, which includes an appetizer, main course and delectable dessert. Diners can choose from the likes of The Original Chopped Salad and seared spicy tuna, among other first-course offerings, and follow it up with their choice of six special entrees, like the five-spice short rib, duck meatloaf and chimichurri chicken. Dessert options include a blueberry maple bread pudding boasting vanilla bean ice cream, Vermont maple syrup and bacon crunch, and chocolate stout cheesecake, made with a pretzel crust, salted caramel and streusel.  
The Bucks | $65 per person (not including tax or gratuity) for the tasting menu. Diners in the bar area will find special options as well that range from $7 to $42.

The Market Restaurant + Bar by Jennifer’s
3603 E. Indian School Road | Phoenix | 85018 | 602.579.5327
February 10th, 11th and 14th with seating beginning at 5pm
The Basics | The Market holds a great deal of charm and the love infused into all the dishes here by Chef Jennifer Russo matched with the intimate seating sets the stage for a night of romance. You and your date can indulge in 5 decadent courses, each one more luxurious than the last.
The Bites | Begin your dining experience with an Ahi tartare crostini and then move into your choice of lobster bisque, jumbo shrimp cocktail or a frisee salad. You’ll then share a bread board with your date, which are pretty famous around these parts. Your entrée options are a classic beef wellington, arrabbiata, Cornish hen and seared salmon. There will also be vegetarian options available upon request. Your toughest decision of the night will be between a flourless chocolate cake or the crème brulee with berries.
The Bucks | $95 per couple, not including tax or gratuity (Wine pairings available for an additional $30)

The Melting Pot
Various Locations
February 14th, 2017
The Basics | Hearts will melt this Valentine’s Day at The Melting Pot. Bring your loved one to enjoy their special five-course menu.
The Bites | The meal will consist of a champagne toast and appetizer, a cheese fondue, salad, an entrée and of course a chocolate fondue for dessert. Make sure you try some of the specialty items such as the White Truffle Cheddar Fondue or the White Chocolate Crème Brulee Dessert Fondues.
The Bucks | The dinner is $79.95 per person, make sure you call your local Melting Pot to make a reservation and to find out about the private booths!

2017 Valentine’s Day Dining Over $100

Drexyl Modern American
8877 N Scottsdale Road | Scottsdale | 85258 | 480.840.1861
February 14th, 2017 from 4pm until 9pm
The Basics | This modern American hot spot in Scottsdale is offering a special four course dinner for those in love with each other and with food.
The Bites | Lovebirds can choose from a house salad or smoke tomato bisque to start. You’ll get to share a smoked salmon platter, caprese or ahi tuna taco trio next. Follow that up with your choice of an 8 ounce filet, pan seared halibut or pan roasted chicken mole and prawns. Finish up with a chocolate chip brownie or raspberry napoleon to share.
The Bucks | $125 per couple, not including tax or gratuity

LDV Winery
6951 E. 1st St. | Scottsdale | 85251 | 480.664.4822 | A special location will be selected for this event and will be shared upon your reservation
February 14th, 2017 beginning at 5:30pm
The Basics | Indulge in a very special winemaker dinner at a secret location, which is sure to be conducive to a feast for all the senses.
The Bites | Linger over a feast of herb roasted wild salmon, mixed seafood fettuccini, herb crusted whole New York strip and a chocolate flourless ganache torte.
The Bucks | $115 per person

Marcellino Ristorante
7114 E. Stetson Drive | Scottsdale | 85251 | 480.990.9500
February 14th, 2017
The Basics | This Valentine’s Day, Marcellino Ristorante and Black, Starr & Frost, America’s first jeweler, present “Dinner and Diamonds.” The delectable five-course dinner is specially created by Chef Marcellino himself and is paired with his Reserve wines. This is a customized menu for two. Black, Starr & Frost will provide 18K white gold Diamond Hoop Earrings with .5 carats of round brilliant cut diamonds set outside and inside. This special gift will be presented during dessert. The cost for dinner and diamonds is $2000.
The Bites | Guests interested in this dinner package can request specialty items and can work with Chef Marcellino for a truly one of a kind dining experience.
The Bucks | The special Dinner and Diamonds menu will cost $2,000. For those who choose to dine at Marcellino’s and order off the menu, prices will vary based on selections.

Sonatas Restaurant
10050 N. Scottsdale Road | Scottsdale | 85253 | 480.477.1390
February 14th, 2017 from 8pm until 1am
The Basics | Guests are invited to Sonatas Restaurant in Scottsdale this Valentine’s Day for a romantic dining experience featuring a specialty three course chocolate tasting menu and a bottle of wine per couple.
The Bites | You and your sweetheart will be able to enjoy dishes like coco nib and togorashi crusted Ahi served with cabbage slaw, Dutch cocoa and coffee crusted venison with peppered greens and a blood orange vin, thyme dusted scallops served with white chocolate foam along with vanilla glazed baby carrots and roasted sweet corn risotto coco nib oil, cacao smoked duck breast with honey glazed black pepper parsnips along with herb roasted potatoes and a red wine chocolate demi-glace. Finish everything up with a warm chocolate cake served with salted honey caramel, white chocolate Chantilly, coco nib and tuille.
The Bucks | $149.97 per couple, not including tax or gratuity

T. Cook’s
5200 E. Camelback Road | Phoenix | 85018 | 602.808.0766
February 14th, 2017 from 5pm until 10pm
The Basics | One of the most romantic restaurants in the Valley is hosting a special four course menu that is sure to stun your dinner date.
The Bites | Your stunning dinner will start out with an amuse of Blue Point oysters and caviar. Move into the first course with your choice of a black burgundy truffle soup or a sautéed blue prawn cassoulet. Next you can opt between burrata cheese and heirloom cherry tomatoes or a salad of grilled calamari and wild arugula. Entrée options include Snake River Farms black label New York strip, pan roasted glacier 51 sea bass or a Crows Dairy goat cheese ravioli. Desert choices include a strawberry short cake and a chocolate flourless torte.
The Bucks | $150 per person, not including tax or gratuity

No matter if your Valentine’s Day is spent at a swanky local restaurant, local favorite or at home in your pj’s, I hope that every day in your life is filled with love!


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About the Author - Taryn Jeffries

Editor and Chief Eating Officer of PhoenixBites, 2017 Food Writer of the Year (Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame) Taryn grew up in a small town in Illinois with a doting Grandmother who taught her the way around a kitchen and that food is representative of love. Her current quest is to find the love in local dishes and the chefs behind them. In addition to running all things PhoenixBites, Taryn is also a freelance wirter, sharing her insight on the best dishes and where to get them each and every month.

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