Where to Go for Dinner on Valentine's Day
These restaurants all have special menus for the day of romance. Make reservations soon.
Enjoy lobster terrine, roasted beef loin and chocolate mousse at Yellow Door Bistro this Valentine's Day.
Photograph by Jared Sych
The realization may not have dawned on you yet to get your Valentine's Day plans in order, but the clock is quickly ticking down towards Cupid's big party, and some of the city’s best restaurants are already filling their bookings in anticipation. Whether you’re looking for just the right spot for a romantic evening with your significant other, pre-planning a Singles Awareness Day friend date, or getting a group together for dinner on February 14 for any other reason, here are some excellent Calgary restaurants still taking reservations with some special plans for that night.
Named one of the top 10 best tried and true restaurants by Avenue last year, Alloy is always a reliable, trustworthy option. Chef Rogelio Herrera has prepared a six-course menu for Valentine's Day, costing $85 per person, with dishes ranging from lobster ravioli to beef tenderloin. To get your night off on the right foot, Alloy also gives you the opportunity to have a romantic floral arrangement — prepared by local floral designer Catherina Blaker of How Sweet — waiting for you and your special someone upon arrival, for $65.
As a longtime staple of 17 Avenue S.W., Cilantro is a classic choice for Calgary couples. Their offering for this year’s Valentine’s Day includes a four-course chef’s menu priced at $65 per person. It includes Cilantro’s classic menu items right alongside specific creations for this particular night, such as their swordfish al forno dish. Canadian Rocky Mountain Resorts Wine Director Brad Royale will have wine pairings to pair with each course of the meal, to provide a full dining experience.
To bring a different kind of setting for your romantic Valentine's dinner for two, Deane House is inviting its customers to reserve a limited number of seats in its library. The room has its own premium scotch bar, a view of passing railcars, and offers a different vibe and atmosphere for its attendants. Calling their event Rosé in the Library, Deane House has teamed up with Bricks Wine Company to pair a special five-course menu with matching rosé wines. The cost for the whole experience is $150 per person.
The Guild was a work in progress for more than half a decade before it was finally opened to the public in Calgary's historic downtown Hudson's Bay building last summer. Now open for its first Valentine's Day, The Guild is ready to entice Calgarians to try something new for their Valentine's Day date plans, with a special prix fixe menu, that includes a four-course meal, bubbly and petit fours for dessert, along with their a la carte menu.
Whether you plan on celebrating Valentine's Day on February 14, or a few days earlier to go for dinner on the weekend, Ki Modern Japanese is offering its Valentine's Day menu both on the special day and on Saturday, February 11. The menu includes dishes like truffle sansho maguro tuna and miso braised pork belly, with a special sake flight designed to be paired with the menu. The full menu is offered for $72 per person with sake flights added at $35 per person.
For a scenic, romantic locale in Calgary spend your Valentine's Day dinner at The Lake House. The beautiful view of Lake Bonavista from your table inside The Lake House provides a backdrop for the four-course menu chefs Thomas Neukom and Gareth Colville have prepared. At a cost of $75 per person, the holiday meal includes options like wild boar belly, seared red snapper and Mayan chocolate mousse cake, with optional wine pairings at $50 per person.
Offering their usual variety with 10 different cuts of meat to choose from, Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse might leave you and your significant other sweating like it was your first date. As exclusive Valentine's Day features, Pampa is also offering grilled caramelized pineapple, beef carpaccio and seafood risotto. For the seemingly unending supply of meat that will be offered to you, Pampa will charge $59 per guest.
With Valentine's Day falling on a Tuesday this year, making time on a weekday evening may be difficult for some working couples. Luckily, the Selkirk Grille is planning ahead to cater to the needs of a variety of their customers' schedules. The Selkirk offers a special $75 four-course Valentine's Day meal from its home at Heritage Park on February 14, as well as a separate three course menu the weekend prior on February 10 and 11 at $100 per couple. Regardless of whether you come by this classic-looking restaurant on the weekend or the big day itself, you'll be able to treat your dinner companion to a spot that truly evokes an atmosphere of a bygone era in its vintage decor and music, providing a classic setting for any Valentine’s Day dinner.
A focal point of dining in the southeast of the city, Starbelly caters to Calgarians looking for a dining option with sustainability in mind. Starbelly's dishes made with ingredients from local suppliers. The setting is relaxed while romantic, and more affordable than other options, offering a Valentine's Day menu priced at $45 per person, $75 per person with wine pairings for your meal included. Starbelly's menu features the likes of lemon butter poached branzino and lamb loin.
At Yellow Door Bistro a special four-course Valentine’s Day menu will be available for $60 per person on this one day, created by Yellow Door’s Executive Chef Jan Hansen. The special menu will offer everything from lobster terrine to chocolate mousse. Optional wine pairings are $20 per person.