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Valentine's Day Reservations For Last Minute Lovers

Where to eat out on Black Sunday.

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Valentine's Day generally seems to be another one of those holidays for which the sincere meaning has really gotten away from the ritual. As such, Eater has dubbed it Black Sunday. That's not to say that there aren't plenty of fine options lined up for any of you procrastinators. So fret not and if you're braving into one of the most packed nights of the year, check out some of these favorites.

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Enjoy the “Be My Valentine” fajitas for two, which includes sharing portions of Queso Fondue or Guacamole, fajitas, and Impossible Cake. Tequila flights for two round out the special available Friday-Sunday Valentine’s weekend. 3-10pm $100 per couple + tax & tip

Backstreet Cafe

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Snag a kiss on the patio if the weather’s nice or get cozy by an indoor fireplace if the climate is cool and fall in love over Chef Hugo Ortega’s exquisite fare either way. Friday and Saturday offers a 3-course Couple’s Menu of highlights like cremini mushrooms “escargot-style”, French onion soup, Mexican shrimp cocktail, lamb chops, and NY strip. End the meal on a high note with Ruben’s dessert platter to share. The 3-course Sunday option on Valentine’s Day includes selections of stuffed quail, roasted oysters, butternut squash ravioli, lamb chops, NY strip, ‘Old School’ coconut cream pie, and chocolate sorbet. Couple’s Menu offered evenings, February 12 & 13 $95 per couple plus beverage, tax and gratuity Valentine’s Day Menu offering Sunday evening, February 14 $75 per person plus beverage, tax & gratuity

Big Eyed Fish

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Reel in the “Feast for Lovers” menu with three seating options to complement the evening’s festivities on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Salmon smoked at the table, spicy mussels, seared snapper, and flourless chocolate cake are a sampling of offerings plus each couple will receive a special gift. Seating options: 5:30 pm, 7 pm and at 8:30 pm $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity

Brennan's of Houston

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Channel the charm of New Orleans and treat your date to a 3-course pre fixe menu from Executive Chef Danny Trace and you might garder some personal lagniappe of your own. Who knows? Start the evening with southern O'Rock oysters or citrus salt roasted Hudson Valley foie gras, then choose from three mains including crawfish stuffed Texas flounder, Creole mustard lamb chops, and pecan-crusted speckled trout before culminating the meal with sweets white chocolate bread pudding or strawberry shortcake with Froberg Farm fruits. Additional highlights include Bar Chef Richard Middleton’s “his and hers” cocktails aka “The Privilege of Love” ($24 for the pair). Sunday, February 14 $75 per person + tax and gratuity

Caracol

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The cuisine here will take your love to the 6 coastal regions of Mexico and beyond with a 3- course Couple’s Menu ranging from starters of scallop ceviche with mango, papaya, cucumber, & jalapeño, watercress salad with blood orange, baby beets, & blue cheese, mains such as grilled tuna with brick layers salsa & papas martajadas, pork shank with guajillo sauce, black rice, & Brussels sprouts, or the 32 oz. bone-in ribeye to share with black mole, Brussels sprouts, & sesame seed black bean tamales (add $20). A stunning dessert platter ensures a sweet end to the meal. Come on Sunday for the 4-course Valentine’s Day Menu with additional choices like octopus salad, trio of wood-roasted Gulf oysters, fire-roasted lobster, grilled beef tenderloin, and clay pot cinnamon coffee-orange custard, and apple empanadas. Couple’s Menu offered evenings, February 12 & 13 $110 per couple plus beverage, tax and gratuity Valentine’s Day Menu offering Sunday evening, February 14 $79 per person plus beverage, tax & gratuity

Etoile Cuisine et Bar

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Romance the morning away at a special Valentine’s Day 3-course brunch featuring selections like wild mushroom ravioli, Maine lobster bisque, beef tenderoloin, and winter vegetable risotto capped off with dark chocolate pastille or pistachio Napoleon. A 3-course dinner menu is available Saturday and Sunday with options including cold duck foie gras terrine with toasted homemade brioche, tuna tartare with blood orange snow and yuzu vinaigrette, Chilean sea bass, sous vide tenderloin with braised short ribs, and two chocolate-inspired desserts. Brunch $45 per person Dinner $74 per person

Helen Greek Food and Wine

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A special menu will be offered in addition to the usual Friday, Saturday, and Sunday dinner options. Look for Lobster Macaronia (roasted lobster tail, slow cooked ragu) and Winter Squash Soup (Greek yogurt and toasted pine nuts) and Confit Rabbit Legs among other unique dishes. Don’t forget the wine! With the second largest Greek wine list in the nation you’re sure to find a perfect match.
Reservations Required Choose from a special 4-course Couple’s Menu or splurge for the Valentine’s Day dinner – either one would make Cupid swoon. The former features crispy potato tacos, a red lettuce/pomegranate/candied walnut salad, duck in mole poblano, fire-roasted lobster, or catch of the day + dessert. The latter ranges from shrimp and chorizo masa turnovers, watercress salad, tenderloin with mole negro, grilled rack of lamb, and choice of four desserts. Live music by Viento on February 14th. Couple’s Menu offered evenings, February 12 & 13 $95 per couple plus beverage, tax and gratuity Valentine’s Day Menu offering Sunday evening, February 14 $75 per person plus beverage, tax & gratuity

Kata Robata

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Sushi + Sake = pure love. Take advantage of extended hours for the Sunday holiday and indulge to your hearts’ content.

Kiran's Restaurant & Bar

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Enjoy a romantic candlelight 3-course meal beginning with a strawberry soup starter and ending with coconut hearts and spiced chocolate truffles. Heavier interludes include choices of tandoor-roasted Colorado lamb rack with rosemary demi-glace, stuffed fillet of cod, or eggplant papillote with goat cheese, paneer, thyme & olives. Friday through Sunday, February 12, 13 & 14 $95/per person plus beverage, tax, & gratuity
Wow your sweetheart with a 7-course dinner menu with Champagne or choose a 7-course tasting menu for a remarkable and memorable meal either way. You’ll be in good hands with Chef Addison Lee’s exquisite presentations of modern Japanese cuisine. Dinner menu $150 per couple Tasting menu $90 per person

La Fisheria

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Celebrate the Long Love Weekend Feb 12-14 with special lunch and dinner offerings including sweet corn tamale with sautéed shrimp and bacon in a creamy garlic sauce and braised short rib slowly cooked au jus with rice mole poblano sauce. The same menu is available by day and by night with the exception of wine included with dinner. Lunch = $39.99 Dinner = $49.99

La Table

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If a family celebration strikes your fancy, don’t miss this Sunday brunch brimming with signature orange brioche French toast, buttermilk pancakes, eggs, and favorites like chicken apple sausage and applewood smoked bacon, an extensive salad table plus “raw bar” seafood stations with offerings like smoked salmon & mini bagels and shrimp ceviche. Included is a pastry corner with chocolate fountain, mini crème brûlée, and more. A more formal pre fixe dinner option is also available with signature dishes like the colossal lump crab salad, poached lobster, and Hudson Valley duck breast. Brunch: 10am-2:30pm; $59 per adult; $29 per child + tax and gratuity Dinner: $95 per person + tax and gratuity

Mark's American Cuisine Restaurant

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Five days of love-inspired dining awaits guests in this 1920’s-era reclaimed church starting on Thursday encompassing a rare Sunday brunch that’s sure to get hearts racing. See the web site for specifics on the day you wish to dine as options and prices vary.

Mockingbird Bistro

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Selections like mushroom fettuccini, lobster bisque, and a trio of signature desserts make for a delightful Valentine to keep or share at this favorite neighborhood restaurant. The 3-course prix fixe menu from Chef John Sheely will be served in addition to the regular menu on Friday and Saturday (full table participation required) and exclusively on Sunday.

Paul's Kitchen

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The City of Love gets more than a nod: A 4-course pre fixe menu inspired by a Parisian bistro. Decadent starters embody an asparagus and frisee salad with caviar & black truffle-laced brie, salads of quail & lobster or gingerbread crusted foie gras, and mains showcasing beef, shrimp, and duck. Chocolate or strawberry based desserts seal the deal, especially when paired with optional Moet & Chandon Imperial Champagne, served with champagne infused chocolate covered strawberries for $65. A Sunday brunch buffet extends the festivities with omelets, waffles, Fried Chicken, Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pudding, and a full table of desserts. Dinner: Feb12-14 $65 per person, $100 with wine pairings Bottle of Moet & Chandon Imperial Champagne, served with champagne infused chocolate covered strawberries: $65
 Brunch with live music: Sunday, February 14 from 10am - 2:30pm; $29 per person
Order favorites or choose a special off-menu holiday offering such as lamb osso buco, ½-lb Maine lobster, or buffalo filet mignon. Combine the latter two for a swoon-worthy surf-and-turf experience for $88 per person. Toast the evening with Strawberry Vacherin with Champagne sorbet and blackberry sorbet.

Quattro

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Celebrate with two seating times for dinner Saturday the 13th and Sunday the 14th with a special 3-course pre fixe menu of Italian delights with optional wine pairings and a special His & Hers cocktail featuring Quattro’s own whiskey (add $15 per person). An extended brunch on Sunday is perfect for lingering lovers with 50+ buffet choices complete with complimentary mimosas and bloody Mary’s for guests 21+. Twice-nightly seating options: 5:30 – 6 p.m. and 8-9 p.m.; $65 per person, additional $35 for wine pairing + additional beverage, tax, and gratuity. Sunday brunch: 11am-2:30pm; $59 per person, $26 for children 6-12 and free for children five and under (plus tax and gratuity)

Rainbow Lodge

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What’s not to love about dinner inside a historic 100-year-old log cabin? Enjoy a 4-course Valentine’s Day menu complete with complimentary glass of bubbly or non-alcoholic festive drink. $89 per person plus tax & gratuity

RDG + Bar Annie

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Choose from a selection of special Valentine’s Day offerings to share and to savor with 4 a la carte courses from which to choose. Starters include bacon wrapped quail with sweet potato cakes & red chile duck and 6 half shell oysters (6) + heritage ham & apple fritters. Heavier options include steak tartar, mushroom soup, and kale endive salad or Gulf red snapper with BBQ crab meat & avocado and prime rib with winter black truffle sauce. Seven sinful desserts offer a perfect sweet ending.

Reserve 101

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For those in need of minimal sustenance come Valentine’s Day, this hot whiskey bar delivers with chocolate and Scotch pairings featuring Glenfiddich and gourmet chocolates by Cacao & Cardamom. There will be an 8 p.m. seating and a 10 p.m. seating on Saturday, Feb. 13 and a 7 p.m. seating on Sunday, Feb. 14. $65 per couple

State of Grace

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Chef Bobby Matos shows the love with a 4-course dinner menu available featuring Gulf Coast Seafood Campechana, Bobwhite Quail (stuffed with Chinese sausage, kimchee braised greens and a scallion pancake), and Chocolate Layer Cake (with chocolate frosting, vanilla ice cream, Oreo crunch and salted caramel). $85/person not including optional wine pairings

Tony Mandola's

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Phyllis and Tony Mandola know a thing about lasting love so take a hint and spend Valentine’s Day at this local favorite. A 4-course menu of classic dishes includes a ‘Lady and The Tramp’ amuse bouche meatball and spaghetti, Mama’s Gumbo, grilled lobster stuffed with savory seafood bread pudding, ended with long-stemmed Godiva-dipped dark and white chocolate strawberries or molten chocolate cake. 5pm-11pm Friday and Saturday, Feb 12 and 13 5pm-10pm Sunday, Feb 14

Trevisio Restaurant

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Share a romantic lunch or dinner with loved ones in this beautiful space. Order from the award-winning wine list to complement everything from the Berkshire pork chop to pastas, pizzas, and seafood. Dinner on Friday and Saturday, February 12 and 13 Lunch and dinner on February 14 from 11am to 10pm

Triniti

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A three-day bonanza offers guests two dinner options: a 6-course tasting menu including an amuse bouche of oysters and pearls, foie gras foster, Moroccan lamb t-bone, and chocolate + strawberries or dinner portions a la carte. Celebrating or commiserating solo? Ease the pain or heighten the reveling as relevant at the “singles” brunch on Sunday the 14th with cocktails from Sanctuari like “Always a Bridesmaid” and “Walk of Shame.” Friday through Sunday, February 12, 13 & 14 Tasting menu: $110 per person + $55 with optional wine pairing Tax, gratuity, and additional beverage not included in price

Bernadine's

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Put the romantic reputation of this aphrodisiacal bivalve to the test with a Champagne & oyster flight which marries clear crisp sparkling wine and three fresh Gulf oysters. Pearls not provided but highly encouraged. $16 per person

Down House

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Brunch is famous for large tables of raucous fun but keep this Sunday intimate with "Brunch for Two" featuring new menu items sure to make you swoon. Check out the Pork Hash with spicy braised pork, home fries, feta, and two eggs sunny-side up or the new rendition of Shrimp and Grits punctuated with pho broth, bacon, Sriracha, and green onions. Toast your love with the special Helderberg Sour, a new cocktail featuring Cabernet Sauvignon, Bourbon, Fresh Lemon, Turbinado Sugar, and Jerry Thomas Bitters Prices a la

Hunky Dory Tavern

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A lovely meal in a lovely room served by gracious hosts and prepared by a thoughtful chef? Love can't help but flourish in such surroundings, especially when fueled by nourishment like Hare Pie, a rich dish of herbed root vegetables, bacon, and Dijon mustard in a flaky crust, "Chateaubriand for two" served with bone marrow and bone marrow Bordelaise, or the incredible Silver Salver loaded with a terrine, mousse, bread, assorted cheeses, relishes, and pickles. Prices a la carte Celebrate good taste with a half bottle of Billecart-Salmon Sparkling Rose: $80

Añejo

Enjoy the “Be My Valentine” fajitas for two, which includes sharing portions of Queso Fondue or Guacamole, fajitas, and Impossible Cake. Tequila flights for two round out the special available Friday-Sunday Valentine’s weekend. 3-10pm $100 per couple + tax & tip

Backstreet Cafe

Snag a kiss on the patio if the weather’s nice or get cozy by an indoor fireplace if the climate is cool and fall in love over Chef Hugo Ortega’s exquisite fare either way. Friday and Saturday offers a 3-course Couple’s Menu of highlights like cremini mushrooms “escargot-style”, French onion soup, Mexican shrimp cocktail, lamb chops, and NY strip. End the meal on a high note with Ruben’s dessert platter to share. The 3-course Sunday option on Valentine’s Day includes selections of stuffed quail, roasted oysters, butternut squash ravioli, lamb chops, NY strip, ‘Old School’ coconut cream pie, and chocolate sorbet. Couple’s Menu offered evenings, February 12 & 13 $95 per couple plus beverage, tax and gratuity Valentine’s Day Menu offering Sunday evening, February 14 $75 per person plus beverage, tax & gratuity

Big Eyed Fish

Reel in the “Feast for Lovers” menu with three seating options to complement the evening’s festivities on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Salmon smoked at the table, spicy mussels, seared snapper, and flourless chocolate cake are a sampling of offerings plus each couple will receive a special gift. Seating options: 5:30 pm, 7 pm and at 8:30 pm $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity

Brennan's of Houston

Channel the charm of New Orleans and treat your date to a 3-course pre fixe menu from Executive Chef Danny Trace and you might garder some personal lagniappe of your own. Who knows? Start the evening with southern O'Rock oysters or citrus salt roasted Hudson Valley foie gras, then choose from three mains including crawfish stuffed Texas flounder, Creole mustard lamb chops, and pecan-crusted speckled trout before culminating the meal with sweets white chocolate bread pudding or strawberry shortcake with Froberg Farm fruits. Additional highlights include Bar Chef Richard Middleton’s “his and hers” cocktails aka “The Privilege of Love” ($24 for the pair). Sunday, February 14 $75 per person + tax and gratuity

Caracol

The cuisine here will take your love to the 6 coastal regions of Mexico and beyond with a 3- course Couple’s Menu ranging from starters of scallop ceviche with mango, papaya, cucumber, & jalapeño, watercress salad with blood orange, baby beets, & blue cheese, mains such as grilled tuna with brick layers salsa & papas martajadas, pork shank with guajillo sauce, black rice, & Brussels sprouts, or the 32 oz. bone-in ribeye to share with black mole, Brussels sprouts, & sesame seed black bean tamales (add $20). A stunning dessert platter ensures a sweet end to the meal. Come on Sunday for the 4-course Valentine’s Day Menu with additional choices like octopus salad, trio of wood-roasted Gulf oysters, fire-roasted lobster, grilled beef tenderloin, and clay pot cinnamon coffee-orange custard, and apple empanadas. Couple’s Menu offered evenings, February 12 & 13 $110 per couple plus beverage, tax and gratuity Valentine’s Day Menu offering Sunday evening, February 14 $79 per person plus beverage, tax & gratuity

Etoile Cuisine et Bar

Romance the morning away at a special Valentine’s Day 3-course brunch featuring selections like wild mushroom ravioli, Maine lobster bisque, beef tenderoloin, and winter vegetable risotto capped off with dark chocolate pastille or pistachio Napoleon. A 3-course dinner menu is available Saturday and Sunday with options including cold duck foie gras terrine with toasted homemade brioche, tuna tartare with blood orange snow and yuzu vinaigrette, Chilean sea bass, sous vide tenderloin with braised short ribs, and two chocolate-inspired desserts. Brunch $45 per person Dinner $74 per person

Helen Greek Food and Wine

A special menu will be offered in addition to the usual Friday, Saturday, and Sunday dinner options. Look for Lobster Macaronia (roasted lobster tail, slow cooked ragu) and Winter Squash Soup (Greek yogurt and toasted pine nuts) and Confit Rabbit Legs among other unique dishes. Don’t forget the wine! With the second largest Greek wine list in the nation you’re sure to find a perfect match.

Hugo's

Reservations Required Choose from a special 4-course Couple’s Menu or splurge for the Valentine’s Day dinner – either one would make Cupid swoon. The former features crispy potato tacos, a red lettuce/pomegranate/candied walnut salad, duck in mole poblano, fire-roasted lobster, or catch of the day + dessert. The latter ranges from shrimp and chorizo masa turnovers, watercress salad, tenderloin with mole negro, grilled rack of lamb, and choice of four desserts. Live music by Viento on February 14th. Couple’s Menu offered evenings, February 12 & 13 $95 per couple plus beverage, tax and gratuity Valentine’s Day Menu offering Sunday evening, February 14 $75 per person plus beverage, tax & gratuity

Kata Robata

Sushi + Sake = pure love. Take advantage of extended hours for the Sunday holiday and indulge to your hearts’ content.

Kiran's Restaurant & Bar

Enjoy a romantic candlelight 3-course meal beginning with a strawberry soup starter and ending with coconut hearts and spiced chocolate truffles. Heavier interludes include choices of tandoor-roasted Colorado lamb rack with rosemary demi-glace, stuffed fillet of cod, or eggplant papillote with goat cheese, paneer, thyme & olives. Friday through Sunday, February 12, 13 & 14 $95/per person plus beverage, tax, & gratuity