It's so irritating when you eat out on a holiday and they charge you for an expensive one size fits all meal (and you don't like half the stuff that's included) - No Prix Fixe Here!
Valentine’s Dayis in the running for the worst night of the year to dine out. One thing is certain though — it's one of the busiest. So if dining out is unavoidable, Eater is here to help with picks for both prix fixe and a la carte dining, bars to booze it up, unique takes on tradition (barbecue), places to score sweets (selfie cookies), and more.
Everything takes place on Tuesday, February 14 unless otherwise noted. The clock is ticking — make those reservations now, because many of these dinners will book up soon. Know of an event or dinner missing below? Send it over via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originally published January 30, 2017. Information may change, so be sure to confirm when making a reservation.
Looking for a place to grab a Valentine’s drink with friends or a loved one? Here are Eater’s picks for drink destinations doing something special.
4th Annual Valentine's Day Beer and Chocolate Flight What:For just $22 enjoy five hand-picked Texas craftbeer samplespaired with five artisanal chocolates from Austin-based Crave Artisan Chocolate while supplies last. Where:Craft Pride,61 Rainey Street When:4 p.m. to 2 a.m.while supplies last.
Isla What:Embrace the Peruvian-take on the holiday with a special cocktail made with Flor de Caña four-year white rum, coconut cream, crème de cacao, and more. Hungry? There will be two specials in addition to the regular menu including foie gras enchifado. Every dinnerreservationreceives a complimentary rose. Where:Isla,208 West Fourth Street When:4 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Rosé All Day at Café No Sé What:Select bottles of rosé are 25% off from sun up to sundown.Reservationsare available 5 to 10 p.m. Where:Café No Sé,1603 South Congress When:7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Stone's Arrogant Valentine's Day What:Banger’s is celebratingStone Brewing’s 21st birthdaywith a tap takeover event — 21 Stone beers on tap to be exact. There will be live music from Boxcar Preachers all night long too. Where:Banger’s Sausage House & Beer Garden,79 Rainey Street When:7 to 11 p.m.
The Hightower What:The East Seventh Street bar is doing its best to foster an atmosphere of love with a complimentary cocktail (made with sparkling wine and strawberry shrub) during dinner. Where:The Hightower,1209 East Seventh Street When:5 to 9:30 p.m.
The Peached Tortilla What:Take a Southern-Asian fusion approach to celebrating the holiday with a trio of Valentine’s Day-themed cocktails including the Stone Rose with Cat Spring Yukon black tea infused vodka, lime juice, and rose honey complex syrup; Sound and Vision with rye whiskey, Pineau de Charentes, Amaro, maple syrup, and orange bitters, and Love and Happiness with cognac, champagne, a sugar cube, and lemon. Where:The Peached Tortilla,5520 Burnet Road When:5 to 10 p.m.
Waller Creek Pub House What:Get in on Waller Creek’s “Relationships are a Mis-Steak” $20 dinner featuring an 18-ounce T-bone steak, a baked potato topped with sour cream, butter and chives and a glass of bourbon on the rocks — possibly the perfect dinner for one. Where:Waller Creek Pub House,603 Sabine Street When: Dinner service
Whisler’s What:Head to theeast side watering hole for live music, peepshow and burlesque performances, champagne cocktail specials and chocolates. Free entrance. Where:Whistler’s, 1816 East Sixth Street When:6 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Opting for a table for two at home or looking for something extra to add to your Valentine’s Day evening? Check out these treats from Austin’s best purveyors of sweets and more and be sure to look over Eater’s picks for the city’sbest candy and chocolate shopsfor more ideas.
Chocolaterie Tessa What:Tessa Halstead, daughter of Dallas chocolate pioneer Rex Morgen, is has put together specialValentine's boxesof her European-styled treats. Opt a 21- or 8-pieces of assorted chocolates enclosed in an edible chocolate heart or heart lollipops made from Belgian chocolate. Where:Chocolaterie Tessa,7425 Burnet Road Price:Starting at $3.25 and up.
Elizabeth Street Cafe What:Stock up on special macaron varieties including a heart-shaped Strawberry Rose, and circular Chocolate Salted Caramel and Champagne Raspberry-Champagne Buttercream with raspberry jam. Where:Elizabeth Street Cafe,1501 South First Street Price:$15 for a 6-pack.
Kellie’s Baking Co What:Three words —selfie photo cookies. Upload your favorite shot of your bestie, lover, kiddo, or furry friend and Kellie’s will print it on a cookie. Where:Kellie’s Baking Co, 5245 Burnet Road Price:$3 per cookie.
Maggie Louise Confections What:This high-end chocolate shop sells intricately designed swoon-worthy chocolates.Valentine’s specialboxes include lip and heart shapes, or opt for one of itsGalentine’sspecials like a Fries Before Guys box. Where:Maggie Louise Confections,1017 East Sixth Street Price:Starting at $12.
Prohibition Creamery What:The destination for frozen boozy treats is throwing a Valentine’s day event with Gem & Bolt Mezcal from 5 to 7 p.m with half-priced Gem & Bolt specialty cocktails, and more. Or stop in anytime from Friday, 2/10 through 2/14 for specials including a red velvet-themed milkshake, waffle dishes, cocktails, among others. Closed on 2/13. Where:Prohibition Creamery,1407 East Seventh Street
Tiny Pies What:Fromheart-shaped piesto Valentine’s Day mason jars to love-letter pies, Tiny Pies has holiday desserts that will make a big impact.Pre-orderby February 8. Where:5035 Burnet Road and 2032 South Lamar Boulevard Price:Starting at $7.50
Franklin Barbecue What:Show them you care—and you plan ahead.Pre-orderFranklin’s nationally acclaimed smoked meats and skip the line on Valentine’s Day. Sides and pies also available. When:Order now while pick-up times are still available Where:Franklin Barbecue,900 East 11th Street Price:Must select at least five pounds of meat to place apreorder.
Make Your Own Chocolate with SRSLY Chocolate What:Celebrate Valentine’s Day a few days early with achocolate-making workshoplead by the owner/chocolate maker behind SRSLY Chocolate,an Austin-based handcrafted bean to bar chocolate producer. Bob Williamson will lead participants on the journey while they make their own custom chocolate bars from cacao beans. When: Friday, February 10, 6 to 8 p.m. Where: Craft, 4704 East Cesar Chavez Price: $45.00
An Antonelli's Cheese Date Night What:Eat. Cheese. Love. Grab a partner and share composed cheese plates, charcuterie boards, and assorted craft chocolates and other sweets. Guides will be on-hand throughout the tasting. When:Monday, February 13 and Tuesday, February 14 at 6 p.m. Where:Antonelli's Cheese House, 500 Park Boulevard (across fromAntonelli’s Cheese Shop) Price:$110 for two people. Reservationshere.
Duchman Family Winery What:Escape to the Texas Hill Country for an evening out on the Duchman property where you can pair wine tasting with a locally-sourced cheese plate. Or pack a picnic.When:Ttasting room is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Where:Duchman Family Winery, 13308 Farm to Market 150, Driftwood Price:Flight of 6 tastes of wine is $12
Sounds of India: A Valentine's Dinner with Sitar & Tabla Concert What:Impress a loved one witha dinner of stuffed cabbage rolls, wild boar consommé, osso buck vindaloo or bruleed Chilean seabags, and Cardamom milk cake, plus the sounds of Maestro Banarjee on sitar and Maestro Gourisankar on tabla. Tickets include a four-course menu, wine pairing, the concert, and roses. When:6 to 10 p.m. Where:Whip In,1950 South I H 35 Price:$100 for two people. Reservationshere.
Galentine’s Day Celebrations
Infinite Monkey Theorem What:Gather your friends and head to Infinite Monkey Theorem for 20% the entire taball night long. Bonus: There will be complimentary chocolates too. Where:Infinite Monkey Theorem,121 Pickle Road When:4 to 10 p.m.
Space 24 Twenty What:Get craftyat Space 24 Twenty's Galentine's Get Together. There will be card-making supplies from Paper + Craft Pantry and on-site calligraphy. Enjoy a complimentary rose, cupcakes from Sugar Mama's, and nail art, plus retail therapy thanks to Sister Coffee ceramics, REALM, and eythink. Hard Luck Hounds will be hosting a meet and greet with dogs up for adoption. Where:Space 24 Twenty, 2420 Guadalupe Street When:Sunday, February 5 from 2 to 5 p.m. No RSVP needed.
Zilker Brewing Company What:Zilker’sAnnual Galentine's Celebrationincludes a special cask tapping with proceeds going to a local charity, White Deer Apothecary’s "Make Your Own Love Potion", a Nashville Neverland "Terrarium Bar", and Blue Dog Rescue will be on-hand. Bonus: The Austin Flea Market will run during the event with more than 25 vendors. Where:Zilker Brewing Company,1701 East Sixth Street When: Saturday, February 11 from noon to 6 p.m. Free admission.
Bird Barbershop on Burnet What:Birds Barbershop’s Galentine’s Night includes complimentary bubbly, prizes, and beats by DJ Girlfriend. Birds will offer a special hydrating mask treatment and blowout for $30 during the party, which includes a complimentary bottle of the mask treatment to take home. Sweet treats will be available for sale through the newPour & Presstrailer and the first 20 guests will receive a special gift bag. Appointments for the mask treatment special are requested and can be made by calling Birds Barbershop on Burnet. Where: Birds Barbershop, 6800 Burnet Road When: Monday, February 13 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Pop-Up at Kitty Cohen's What:Grab your soul sistas and head toEastside Pop Up’sGalentine's Day event to shop for hand-crafted locally made products from female vendors. Where:Kitty Cohen's,2211 Webberville Road When:Monday, February 13 from 5 to 9 p.m.
Mort Subite with Austin Girls Pint Out What:This beer-lovingladies-only eventincluded discounted beers, the Saperlipopette Crepe Truck, and a Galetine's exchange. Guests are encouraged to bring store-bought or homemade goodies to share. Bonus: Mort Subite will be collecting treats and trinkets for kids at the St. David's Children's Hospital too. Free entrance. Where: Mort Subite, 308 Congress Avenue When:Monday, February 13 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Titanic Feast at the Alamo Drafthouse What:Titanic's Jack and Rose are celebrated as one of the most epic romances in cinema. Celebrate your own ill-fated relationship (or simply your love of the film) with the Alamo Drafthouse'sTitanic Feast, featuring dishes inspired by the last dinner served on board the ship. Where:Alamo Drafthouse: Village, Slaughter, and Lakeline When:Various times in the evening Price:$64.95. Ticketshere.
If you're a pizza lover like I am, then you might want to ignore all the stuff previously mentioned and pick up a 6 pack and order a heart shaped pizza from Austin's Mangia Pizza. Now, we're talking, a delicious hot pizza delivered to your door on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2017! Mangia features 2 locations: Mesa Drive (512)349-2126 or Burnet Rd. (512)832-5550. All deep dish pizzas can be ordered as hearts. Pre-order Now!
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