Dated: 02/01/2017

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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 Day is 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 [email protected].

Originally published January 30, 2017. Information may change, so be sure to confirm when making a reservation.

A La Carte Meals

RestaurantAddressNeighborhoodMenu InfoReservations
Blue Dahlia Bistro1115 E. 11th StreetEast AustinSpecials including heart-shaped ravioli pastaWalk-ins for parties under 6 people
Café Blue12800 Hill Country Blvd. and 340 E. 2nd St.Hill Country Galleria and DowntownClick here for Valentine's Day specialsReserve online
Central Standard1603 South Congress Ave.South CongressRegular menu offeredReserve online
Fixe500 W 5th St.DowntownRegular menu offeredReserve online
Geraldine’s605 Davis St.Rainey StreetRegular menu and specialsReserve online
Grizzelda’s105 Tillery StEast AustinRegular menu and specialsReserve online
Justine's Brasserie4710 E 5th St.East AustinRegular menu and seafood-centric specialsCall for reservations; walk-in welcome
La Condesa400A W. 2nd St.DowntownRegular menu offeredReserve online
Launderette2115 Holly St.East AustinClick here for Valentine's Day specialsReserve online
Odd Duck1201 S. LamarSouth AustinRegular menu and specialsReserve online

RestaurantAddressNeighborhoodMenu InfoReservations
Sway1417 S. 1st StreetSouth AustinRegular menu offeredDoes not accept reservations
TNT / Tacos and Tequila507 Pressler St.ClarksvilleHot Rocks Fajitas and Big Boy pitcher of margaritas for $45 for 2Walk-ins welcome
Vince Young Steakhouse301 San Jacinto Blvd.DowntownRegular menuReserve online



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 craft beer samples paired 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.

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 dinner reservationreceives 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. Reservations are 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 celebrating Stone Brewing’s 21st birthday with 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

What: Head to the east 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.


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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’s best candy and chocolate shops for more ideas.

Chocolaterie Tessa
What: Tessa Halstead, daughter of Dallas chocolate pioneer Rex Morgen, is has put together special Valentine's boxes of 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 special boxes include lip and heart shapes, or opt for one of its Galentine’s specials 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: From heart-shaped pies to Valentine’s Day mason jars to love-letter pies, Tiny Pies has holiday desserts that will make a big impact. Pre-order by February 8. 
Where: 5035 Burnet Road and 2032 South Lamar Boulevard 
Price: Starting at $7.50

Something Different

Franklin Barbecue
Franklin Barbecue
 Franklin Barbecue/Official

Franklin Barbecue
What: Show them you care—and you plan ahead. Pre-order Franklin’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 a preorder.

Make Your Own Chocolate with SRSLY Chocolate
What: Celebrate Valentine’s Day a few days early with a chocolate-making workshop lead 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 from Antonelli’s Cheese Shop)
Price: $110 for two people. Reservations here.

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 with a 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. Reservations here.

Galentine’s Day Celebrations

Infinite Monkey Theorem Urban Winery
Infinite Monkey Theorem Urban Winery
 Infinite Monkey Theorem Urban Winery/Official

Infinite Monkey Theorem
What: Gather your friends and head to Infinite Monkey Theorem for 20% the entire tab all 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 crafty at 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’s Annual Galentine's Celebration includes 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 new Pour & Press trailer 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 to Eastside Pop Up’s Galentine'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-loving ladies-only event included 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's Titanic 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. Tickets here.

More Ideas


Mix and match to create the ultimate date night or friends’ night out. Find more Valentine’s inspiration by checking out Eater’s picks for Austin’s best wine and cheese spots, happy hours, raw oysters, charcuterie destinations, and boozy desserts

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The Cheesiest Way To Say "I Love You"

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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