5 Dining Hot Spots For Valentine's Day

By Molly Rippinger
In Food

There is still time for romantics in search of a dinner option that doesn’t involve a drive-thru on this Valentine’s Day. Though some might call you procrastinators, we at The Dish think you’re perfectionists just waiting for the ideal opportunity to present itself. From fine French dining  to sharing a pizza along with a bottle of vino, these five suggestions offer a wide variety of flavors, atmospheres and price points to keep couples happy throughout St. Louis.

Image courtesy of The Blind Tiger

Image courtesy of The Blind Tiger

The intent of Square One’s Valentine’s Day menu is certainly apparent with plenty of caviar, oysters and chocolate incorporated into each of the dishes. Filled with all of the expected aphrodisiacs, the prix fixe dinner also offers lots of variety with vegetarian and a la carte items available upon request. Each of the dishes is paired with one of Square One’s beers or a cocktail made from their own line of spirits. Dinner is $45 per person for three courses or $50 for four courses. Celebrate with the special menu on Feb. 14 or Feb. 15. 1727 Park Ave., Lafayette Square, 314.231.2537.

Score extra points this Valentine’s Day by enjoying sweeping views of the St. Louis skyline at Three Sixty rooftop bar. A four-course dinner featuring diverse options, such as stuffed Dover sole and sweet potato cannelloni, will be available for those with reservations. Last-minute dates need not worry because walk-ins are also welcomed to enjoy craft cocktails and order from the standard menu. Dinner is $50 per person and reservations are required for the special menu on Feb. 14 or Feb. 15. 1 South Broadway, Downtown, 314.241.8439.

Treat your valentine to a little Latino-inspired loving at Mango Peruvian restaurant this holiday and indulge in a prix fixe, four-course menu filled with exotic flavors. Start off with thin slices of escolar filet served with pepper coulis and continue through the evening with options like asparagus bisque, Peruvian bouillabaisse and chocolate-rum sponge cake with hot fudge and Grand Marnier sauce. Dinner is $48 per person or $68 for each course with wine pairings. The special menu is available from Feb. 14 to Feb. 16. 1101 Lucas Ave., Downtown, 314.621.9993.

Sweethearts not looking to make the trip into city limits can enjoy a wonderful Valentine’s Day meal without leaving the Chesterfield Valley. Balaban’s is serving up a three-course dinner full of classic options, such as New York strip with seasonal vegetables and lobster thermidor with haricot vert. Decadent desserts like triple layer mousse cake or chocolate ganache cheesecake will satisfy the cravings of any chocolate lover. Dinner is $55 per person and is available on Feb. 14 and Feb. 15. 1772 Clarkson Rd., Chesterfield, 636.449.6700.

If dressing up and paying big bucks to crack into a lobster tail just doesn’t seem to fit your definition of romance, consider checking out The Blind Tiger for a more casual take on Valentine’s Day. Their holiday special includes a large two-topping pizza, one bottle of Rapido wine and a slice of red velvet pound cake for two people to enjoy. Only $38, this Valentine’s deal is a delicious option for easy-going couples still wanting to go out this weekend. Blind Tiger will offer the special from Feb. 13 to Feb. 15. 7376 Manchester Rd., Maplewood, 314.646.8822. 

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