Valentine’s Day restaurant menu roundup: Eat, drink, and be merry with your loved one!

Forget the snow storm, the cold and the impossible commute, and think positive thoughts about the week ahead: Valentine’s Day is coming up, and that’s a great reason for celebration! In a city that’s home to some of the world’s best restaurants, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to spending Valentine’s Day in high culinary style. DH and I will have to work late next Wednesday, which means we will postpone the celebration until Saturday. We don’t know where we’ll be going, but the good thing is there are plenty of choices, all mentioned below. Read on – and plan your magical moments with your loved one 🙂

A famous romantic spot on the Chicago dining scene, Geja’s Cafe is planning the most elaborate Valentine’s celebration in its 53-year history.

Beginning Sunday, February 11th through Saturday, February 17th, the restaurant will be decorated for the holiday and will feature rosé sparkling wines and champagnes, live flamenco and classical guitarists, photo keepsakes, and sizzling hot fondue cuisine. The week-long party will kick off with the popular Celebration of Marriage Night on Monday February 12th, when couples receive an added discount based on the years they have been married, and will continue on Valentine’s Day with a Lunch of Romance and a special a dinner option (fondue of beef tenderloin and lobster tail, anyone? 🙂 )
Photo credit: Geja’s Café

Raised Bar will host a special Valentine’s Day: No Date Required event on Wednesday, February 14 from 4pm to 12am. During the event, Raised will offer a champagne cocktail menu (featuring special cocktails such as Stupid Cupid, Tall Tale Heart and The Secret Admirer) paired with shareable dessert items such as Chocolate Strawberry Fondue Box and Raspberry Lychee Coconut Terrine with rose crystal sugar, champagne gelée, and a pink macaroon.

For special cocktails, signature pork chops and decadent desserts, look no further than Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille in Oak Brook, which offers a special menu full of signature favorites. Start your evening with a soup or salad, then go for a main course such as the Filet Perry (wrapped with Nueske applewood smoked bacon and topped with jumbo crab meat), the Prime New York Strip Steak, or Perry’s famous Pork Chop, which is roasted for up to six hours, glazed, caramelized and topped with a signature herb-garlic butter. Complete the romantic feast with one of three decadent dessert options: White Chocolate Cheesecake, Chocolate Crunch or Dessert Trio.

This Valentine’s Day, Prairie Grass Café in Northbrook has teamed up with Dan Sviland at Hot Shop Glass in Racine, WI to give away a hand-blown glass heart. Dine-in guests will be given a form to enter their name and e-mail address, and the drawing will take place at the end of service on Valentine’s Day. Prairie Grass Café’s main course specials include Day Boat Sea Scallops with celery root purée, roasted carrot & cauliflower in a brown butter and caper sauce, and Prime Aged New York Strip Steak with mushroom sauce and a twice baked potato. For dessert, I wholeheartedly recommend their vanilla bean crème brûlée (check out my full review here). What a luscious finale!

To mark Valentine’s Day, El Tapeo Modern Spanish Kitchen in Oak Brook will feature live entertainment, an exclusive à la carte menu, a romantic takeaway, and a chef curated dinner for two. The chef dinner will be available on Saturday, February 10 and Wednesday, February 14, and will include a choice of three tapas, two entrees, and a shareable dessert. Main entrée options include Paella de Diablo (spicy chorizo, shrimp, chicken, peas, peppers, onions, saffron rice, and spicy aioli), Pollo al Alijillo (pan roasted boneless half amish chicken, garlic, white wine, tomatoes, and arugula), and Surf y Pasto for Two.
This weekend, spy-bar and restaurant SafeHouse Chicago is releasing its exclusive Lethal Love specials, which are available through Saturday, February 17 from 11 a.m. until 3 a.m. Guests are welcome to explore a wide selection of shareable cocktails and can indulge in a special Valentine’s Day menu that includes a shared appetizer, a choice of entrée (pick among Mata Hari’s Meatloaf, License to Kill Mac+Cheese, The Station Chief’s Salmon, MOAB Chicago’s #1 Burger or any burger), and a choice of dessert.
Roof on theWit is providing couples with a three course dinner for two which features a selection of small plates (Seared Scallops, Espelette Seasoned Brussels Sprouts, and Duck Empanadas), 10-inch paellas (Lobster Paella, Osso Bucco Paella, and Italian Black Truffle Black Paella), and dessert (Chocolate Cherry Olive Oil Cake). Having tried Chef Nathan Sears’s exquisite paellas in the past, I would definitely go back for seconds this Valentine’s Day!

The recently opened Stock and Ledger restaurant offers a special four-course Valentine’s Day menu featuring Oysters with mignonette sauce, Beet and Goat Cheese Terrine, Duck Breast with lentils, carrots and beets, and Fondue with pound cake, strawberries and homemade marshmallow. The restaurant’s Valentine’s Day inspired cocktails have names which definitely fit the occasion: Blushing Bourbon, French Kiss and Love Potion! 😉

Photo credit: Stock and Ledger

From February 14 through February 17, the Albert also offers an exclusive four course menu featuring East Coast oysters, Risotto with shaved black truffle and romanesco, Veal Strip Loin, and Chocolate Tart for two.

Last but not least, in Albany Park, one of my favorite restaurants is putting up a feast this Valentine’s Day. Angelo’s Wine Bar is offering a prix fixe menu that includes an amuse of shishito pepper, appetizer, main course and dessert. Main dishes include sous vide New York Strip Steak with fois gras butter and fingerling potatoes, Seared Scallops with a soft herb salad, and Grilled Lamb Lollipops with a white bean puree, caperberry and crispy leek hay. Good to know there are also vegetarian options on this special menu – just your server for more details.

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! 🙂

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