Where to Go for Dinner on Valentine's Day in Calgary
These restaurants all have special menus for the day of romance. Make reservations soon.
Enjoy pan seared sea bass and white chocolate and rosewater mousse at Yellow Door Bistro this Valentine's Day.
Photograph by Jared Sych
[This article has been updated to reflect Valentine's Day menus offered in 2018. It was last updated on February 8, 2018]
It may not have dawned on you to get your Valentine's Day plans in order yet, 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 great Calgary restaurants offering special menus on that night.
You have four days to celebrate Valentine's Day at Alforno Cafe and Bakery. From February 14 to 17, you can enjoy Prosecco, share plates and dessert for only $35 each. Try to snag some of the eatery's heart-shaped macarons for home on your way out.
222 7 St. S.W., 403-454-0308, alforno.ca
Named one of the top 10 best restaurants in Calgary by Avenue last year, Alloy is always a reliable, trustworthy option. This year, treat yourself and your significant other to chef Rogelio Herrera's four-course menu on February 14. For $70 each, you'll enjoy albacore tuna tartare, candied tomato salad, wild prawns, pacific king salmon or Alberta striploin, and strawberries and cream. To make your night extra special, Alloy also offers $65 floral arrangements — prepared by How Sweet floral designer Catherina Blaker — that can be ready for you when you arrive at the restaurant.
220 42 Ave. S.E., 403-287-9255, alloydining.com
Located in Fish Creek Provincial Park, Bow Valley Ranche Restaurants offers a romantic dining experience away from the downtown crowds. On Valentine's Day, the five-course tasting menu includes dishes like albacore tuna crudo, poached pear salad, crispy braised pork belly, pan seared scallops and orange panna cotta. The menu is $84 each.
15979 Bow Bottom Tr. S.E., 403-476-1310, bvrrestaurant.com
This Roman trattoria-inspired restaurant is offering a special Valentine's Day menu for not one, not two, but three days. Bread & Circus will be serving a special six-course menu from February 13 to 15, which is perfect for those who can't meet up with their loved one on the 14th itself. It costs $75 each.
616 17 Ave. S.W., 403-476-3615, breadandcircusyyc.com
For an Italian meal that puts the power in your hands, make a reservation at Cardinale. The Victoria Park restaurant is offering a four-course menu for Valentine's Day, and each of the courses has two or three dish options to choose from such as caprese, linguine, chicken cacciatore, eggplant parmesan, gelato and red velvet cheesecake. The menu is $60 each.
401 12 Ave. S.E., 403-264-6046, cardinale.ca
For an intimate Italian dinner on Valentine’s Day, make a reservation at La Brezza Ristorante. The Bridgeland restaurant is offering a special four-course menu for $55 each. After starting with bruschetta, focaccia bread and calamari, guests can choose from three entrees of roasted chicken roulade, a vegetarian melanzane parmigiana or a grilled beef tenderloin fillet. An Italian mousse finishes off the meal nicely.
990 1 Ave. N.E., 403-262-6230, labrezza.ca
This is the first year you can experience Valentine's Day at Oxbow, which opened last April. Located inside of the Kensington Riverside Inn, the restaurant will be serving a five-course menu featuring dishes like side stripe prawn risotto for $65 per guest. For an additional $40 each, you can add optional wine pairings.
1126 Memorial Dr. N.W., 403-670-7387, kensingtonriversideinn.com
Raw Bar's modern Vietnamese cuisine will make for a memorable Valentine's Day night. For only $50 each, you and your loved one can treat yourselves to a three-course meal that will be served family-style. Raw Bar is also known for its cocktails, so be sure to try the love-inspired drink that Raw Bar will be serving on February 14.
119 12 Ave. S.W., 403-206-9565, rawbaryc.ca
If there was ever a night to dine at Rodney’s Oyster House, it would be Valentine’s Day. After all, oysters are known for being aphrodisiacs. On Valentine’s Day, the Beltline restaurant is offering a three-course menu for $55 and a five-course menu for $80. While neither multi-course menu actually includes oysters, you can add as many as you want to your meal for market price. You can also pre-order a takeaway Valentine’s Day lobster dinner for $100.
355 10 Ave. S.W., 403-460-0026, rodneysoysterhouse.com
The Selkirk Grille at Heritage Park evokes the atmosphere of a bygone era through its vintage decor, providing a classic setting for any Valentine’s Day dinner. Reserve your table today to make sure you don't miss out on the special four course menu, available for $74.95 each. Seatings are available between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.
1900 Heritage Dr. S.W., 403-268-8607, heritagepark.ca
This Valentine's Day, head downtown to The Guild for a meal created with Alberta ingredients in mind. The restaurant's special pre-fixe, four-course menu is a great option for couples and friends alike. Enjoy dishes like baked brie, Beretta Farms beef Wellington, wood-grilled East Coast oysters, smoky deviled eggs, bread and butter pudding and more. The menu is $65 per person.
200 8 Ave. S.W., 403-770-2313, theguildrestaurant.com
Views of Lake Bonavista and a candle lit space are sure to make The Lake House one of the most romantic restaurants in Calgary this Valentine's Day. The special four-course dinner menu they'll be offering that night includes dishes like confit duck ravioli, Dungeness crab cakes and entree options like AAA beef Wellington, rack of Alberta lamb or herb and lemon crusted pickerel. The multi-course menu is $75 each and you can add wine pairings for an additional $50 each.
747 Lake Bonavista Dr. S.E., 403-225-3939, lakehousecalgary.com
If you're looking cozy, casual spot for your Valentine's Day meal, Vendome Cafe is just the thing. Treat yourself and your significant other to a three-course dinner for only $45 each. The meal also comes with wine pairings. Perfect for those with busy schedules, this special menu will be offered from February 14 to 16.
940 2 Ave. N.W., 403-453-1140, vendomecafe.com
At Yellow Door Bistro in Hotel Arts, a special five-course Valentine’s Day menu will be available for $65 per person on this one day. Created by Yellow Door’s chef de cuisine Kat Edwards, the special menu will offer everything from pan seared sea bass to white chocolate and rosewater mousse. For $40 each, you can also get wine pairings added to your dinner experience.
119 12 Ave. S.W., 403-206-9585, yellowdoorbistro.ca