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Love is in the air... and so is inspiration for the Valentine's Day dinner of your dreams.
If the way to your lover’s heart is through their stomach, then these Vancouver restaurants are offering a sure-fire route to l’amour. We’ve scoured menu options all across the city to find the very best Valentine’s Day dinner specials (and, OK, one very delicious-sounding cake) to make sure your sweetheart is well fed this February.
Cost: $95 + optional wine pairing ($59)
Love is in the air at Farmhouse this Valentine’s day with their four-course tasting menu. Enjoy dishes likes grass-fed beef tenderloin and semolina gnocchi. Don’t forget to leave room for dessert: a chocolate and rose semifreddo with a side of bubbles. You can make a reservation here
For Anh and Chi’s Valentine’s day menu, can choose between a main of lobster or mushroom curry and then end the evening with the perfect palate cleanser: strawberry champagne sorbet. Book a reservation here.
Chef Lyle will be serving up a signature four-course menu for love day, with lots of options to choose from, including salmon gravlax as a starter and butternut squash ravioli for the main. Finish the night off with a rich and creamy tiramisu. You can check out their full menu for the special day and make a reservation here.
Cost: $135 + option for wine pairing ($65)
Enjoy dinner by the waterfront this Valentine’s day and make all your seafood dreams come true. This restaurant is offering a six-course menu featuring an amuse bouche of octopus en escabeche and seared Mediterranean sea bream. Check out their full menu to see all of their tasty options and book a table here.
Cost: $145 -$270 with optional wine pairings ($350).
The always excellent L’Abattoir is serving romance for Valentine’s day. Enjoy an intimate atmosphere and a five-course menu, featuring a lobster cappuccino (we’re curious too!) and two options for mains: a tournedos of beef rossini or tandoori style sablefish. See the full menu here and make a reservation here.
Cost: $157.44 per person (price includes tax and gratuity)
The panoramic views here are undeniably romantic, but equally distracting are the Valentine’s dining options: sablefish, lobster and gnocchi. You can check out more of their menu options and make a reservation here.
Cost: $175 per person
Located in the convention centre at Canada Place, Five Sails is offering a six-course menu for the week of Valentine’s Day (February 11-14). The menu features oysters, caviar and Nova Scotian lobster. Make a reservation for dinner with a view.
Cost: $115 per person
Sharing is caring, right? This fondue dinner for two is the ideal meal if you’re wanting to try something a bit different from the tasting menus most restaurants are offering on Valentine’s day (or if you just love cheese). The dinner features a Swiss cheese fondue with an assortment of tasty sides (like nugget potatoes) for dipping and dessert is a pavlova with Grand Marnier-marinated strawberries. The dinner also includes two complementary glasses of bubbles. You can check out the full menu and make a reservation here.
Cost: $79 per person + wine pairing option ($59 per person)
Arc is offering a three-course meal featuring an oyster amuse-bouche and a luscious chocolate dessert. There will be live music all evening from a local Vancouver artist, for some added entertainment throughout your romantic meal. See the full menu options here and make a reservation for the special day.
Notch8 is also a great choice for your romantic evening. From February 11-14, enjoy a three course meal which includes beef tartare, roasted duck breast and bitter chocolate and griotte cherries bar. Look at more of their options here. Reservations are available from 5:30 to 10pm, plan ahead to make sure you get a table.
Europeans just do romance better, and Bacchus Restaurant and Lounge don’t disappoint when it comes to European cuisine. Relish in the four-course gourmet menu including butternut squash and mascarpone ravioli, lightly roasted sablefish, burrata (of course), a chocolate torte and more. Wine pairings are also available to add to your meal, and they have live entertainment from 5-10pm… so you may want to make a reservation at those times to get a but more of a romantic ambiance. Their full menu is available here.
Feeling bubbly? Fizz up your night with a Valentine’s Day Champagne Dinner at H Tasting Lounge’s Winterlust. Reserve one of their private domes, which have their own independent sound systems and heaters. Champagne pairings are offered with all six courses, which include agedashi tofu, five spiced duck breast, oysters, salmon and red velvet cake for dessert. Read more about the menu here.
Ciao bella! You might not be able to fly to Florence this Valentine’s, but Bacaro brings Italy to you, (as long as you make a reservation beforehand) with a five-course menu, featuring scallops, squash formato, sbocciare pasta, meat, fish and crostata al cioccolato for dessert. Find out more here.
Looking for something low-key for a cuddly night-in? Heart-shaped Margherita pizzas are making a comeback at this main street pizzeria for Valentine’s Day. It’s only available on February 14 during dinner time, and only while quantities last. Who are you sharing this heart with?
Flowers are so 2022. Time to get creative and send a fried chicken bouquet instead. Juke is launching a total of 120 bouquets for Valentine’s day– each comes with eight pieces of chicken, a card, and special packaging. These crispy bouquets are available to reserve online and will be ready for pick up at specific time slots throughout the day on February 14.
Price: $180 per person
Michelin-recommended Bar Susu is releasing a Valentines Day set menu curated by Chef Marc. It features three courses (plus a dessert!) with wine pairings available to spice things up. Reservations need to be fully prepaid with a 2.5 hour dining time limit. Make reservations on their website.
Price: $30 – $70
The local bakery is offering two limited edition cakes and a nine-piece chocolate box for this year’s season of love. Perfect for gifting to your lover, family, or friends, you can choose from a chocolate sponge cake or a mousse-y strawberry shortcake. Their Valentine’s special chocolate box features three intricate hues and flavors, with sweets are available for pre-ordering from now until February 11. For more details on their menu and to pre-order, check out Buttermere’s website.
Price: $175 per person
For another wine and dine option, Boulevard is offering a four-course set menu, available only on Valentine’s Day. This set features options like the A5 miyazaki wagyu tartare, hokkaido scallops, and a shellfish platter for two. Vegetarian and vegan options are available, so everyone at the table will be satisfied. Check out their full menu and make reservations on their website.
Price: $75 per person
As a Vancouver favourite for seafood, the Boathouse is offering a set three-course menu for Valentine’s Day. Options include a 7oz. cab sirloin and roasted lobster tail dish, oysters rockefeller, and mixed seafood grill. This menu is available at all their locations. Check out their website to make reservations for a dinner date… or galentines night out.
Price: $195 per person
The Michelin Guide-recommended Aquafarina is an Italian fine dining restaurant in the heart of downtown. They are offering a six-course tasting menu for Valentine’s Day, with features like the carrots and burrata, scallop in the shell, and duck tortellini. Reservations need to be prepaid and there is a business casual dress code—book a table here.
Price: $65 per person
Nightshade is also offering a delicious selection of courses for you and your other half this Valentine’s. Four courses are sometimes not enough: especially when truffle gyozas, king oyster mushroom sate, stuffed delicata squash and a passionfruit and kalamansi cheesecake are on the menu. You can make a reservation from February 10-14.
Price: $95-$120 per person for dine-in, $160-$190 per person for takeout
Michelin recommended Thai restaurant Maenam will be launching Valentine’s Day special menus, available both for dine-in and takeout! There will be vegetarian, omnivore, and pescatarian options for the special menus, so there are definitely options for everyone. Some features include the banana blossom salad, venison gola curry, and chocolate & hazelnut Mor Kaeng. Reserve a table online through Resy or call the restaurant at 604-730-5579. Pre-orders for the takeout menu must be made over the phone.