Cheers to the weekend! Valentine’s Day is next Sunday, so we are taking a break from our regular weekend post to round up some date-worthy spots in the Twin Cities! It’s not difficult to find someplace cozy and romantic to take your date in the Twin Cities, the hard part is narrowing it down. There are several places with specials and events just for Valentine’s Day, here are some of the favorites we’ve found. Be sure to reserve your table early!
Cafe Lurcat is known for its cool but classic atmosphere and extensive wine list. (They have 200 wines!) This Valentine’s Day they are featuring a prix fixe 3 course meal for $75 per person, complete with a special menu, and several options to choose from.
Borough is a welcoming restaurant that has been locally recognized for both food and design, and sits above their cocktail bar, Parlour. Perfect for a low-key romantic date, their special Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu is $55 a person, plus wine pairings for $25 a person. Reservations here.
The Sample Room is known for its small passable plates, and is offering a special menu for Valentines Day Weekend in addition to their normal menu. For $50/person or $90/couple, plus $20/person wine pairing, the menu sounds delicious. NO reservations.
The Nicollet Island Inn claims they have the most romantic Valentine’s Day dinner in the city. This may be true, as the restaurant is right on the Mississippi. This Sunday they are serving a 5-course tasting menu. Make a weekend of it by renting a room in the end and taking a horse-drawn carriage ride! Call 612-331-1800 for prices and reservations.
The Republic may be a beer bar, but it’s also cozy and charming, perfect for date night. On Valentine’s Day they are having their 4th Annual Beer Dinner with Fulton. For $35 per person, you get a three course meal paired with four Fulton beers. 6-10pm, 612.338.6146 or firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations
Create Caterers in NE is planning a group-style Valentines Dinner in their dining studio as the first in their series of Sunday Pop-up dinners. For $70 a person, you receive a champagne welcome with passed appetizers, followed up by a five course dinner menu. Purchase tickets here.
There is always something interesting to take in at Hell’s Kitchen, and Valentine’s weekend is no exception. This year they are lighting up the place with hundreds of candles for an unusual but very romantic setting. Serving their full menu complete with live music, they have also created Valentines brunch, dinner and dessert specials. Reservations here.
The Dakota Jazz Club has two great Valentine’s events featuring artist Badi Assad. Go early at 6pm for a prix fixe Valentine’s Day Dinner for $102/person. Or cap off your evening with the Valentine’s Day Cocktail Show at 9pm. Purchase tickets here.
On Saturday, Be My Valentine Family Day at the Minnesota History Center is a great event to take the little ones to celebrate. Learn Valentine’s history with displays of vintage cards and love letters, participate in love song karaoke, make pop-up cards, and decorate cookies ($2 supply fee). $12 adults, $6 ages 5-17, kids 4 and under free.
The Minnesota Arboretum is planning a unique event as always, with a Valentine’s Day Brunch! Eat brunch inside and then take a stroll through the grounds. $35.99 for non-members, $32.99 for members, $14.99 for children 6-16, children under 5 free. Note: price does not include Arboretum gate admission. Reservations here.
The Como Park Valentine’s Day dinner in the Conservatory is selling out quickly, but you still can make a reservation for Friday evening! String musicians play while you eat in the garden. $170 per couple, reservations here.
There are several romantic restaurants in the cities that are not necessarily having Valentine’s specials, but we recommend them for a lovely date nevertheless: Bar La Grassa, Sanctuary, Northeast Social or it’s sister Eat Street Social, and W.A. Frost and Company.
Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out the City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival, the Frozen Film Festival (recommended by a reader!) the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, and of course, the Super Bowl. Coming up next week is Chinese New Year and Mardi Gras!
(Valentine’s Image via The Graphics Fairy)