Each year, couples look for something special to do for Valentine’s Day, something different from their usual routine. Unless one of the pair is a chef, the night tends to start with dinner at a romantic restaurant, no matter what the plan is after eating. This may be a new restaurant or an old favorite. Whatever it is, it needs to be special. These DFW restaurants are taking the night seriously and offering special Valentine menus, instead of their usual.
The Grape Restaurant
2808 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206
The Grape is known for being romantic, and has made several “best of” lists that agree. Its candle-lit atmosphere makes it a favorite date spot all year long, but Valentine’s Day is especially popular. The blackboard menu means you can always find something new and seasonal to try. The Grape earns its name by paying special attention to the wine list as well. This Valentine’s Day, The Grape is offering a prix fixe three-course menu for $65 per person, and of course a wine pairing option is available.
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille
2000 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75201
This Texas steakhouse started in Houston but its San Antonio, Austin and Dallas locations mean that people around the state are praising its delicious food and fun vibe. The Valentine’s Day menu will include one soup or salad, one entrée and one dessert for $59.95 per person for reservations 5:30 p.m. and earlier and $74.95 for later reservations. If Perry’s live music and atmosphere are too good to leave, its bar, Bar 79, offers a place to relax together with a drink after dinner. Later, a short walk to the new Klyde Warren Park would complete the evening.
14654 Montfort Drive
Dallas, TX 75254
Italy always symbolizes romance, so an Italian dinner on Valentine’s Day is only natural. Mi Piaci boasts imported cheeses and house-made pasta and offers a little extra to make the night distinctive. The Valentine’s Day menu gives each person the chance to choose his or her courses and is replete with a rose and a glass of Prosecco. Luna Lounge, located in the restaurant, is a cozy place for a drink before dinner. Bonus: the restaurant offers frequent deals on its mailing list, so if you like what you get, you won’t have to wait until next year to come back for more.
4005 Preston Road
Plano, TX 75093
Mignon is a steakhouse with a French twist, all under the guise of a 1960s Paris atmosphere, replete with a lovely lake-front location. It’s a classic restaurant that has been in Plano for over 10 years and customers agree that the service is impeccable. For Valentine’s Day the menu will include three courses: choose a soup or salad for the first course, then the famous filet “Mignon” or another entrée. For dessert, a wise person would not miss the molten chocolate cake.
Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine
4259 Bryant Irvin Road
Fort Worth, TX 76109
Bonnell’s cuisine is truly Texan, with Southwestern, Mexican, and Creole flavors. Even dishes like bruschetta come out with avocado and pecans for a Texas twist. For $85-90 each person enjoys a three-course prix fixe menu for their Valentine’s dinner that lets each guest have a taste of the whole menu with several parts to each course. Lastly, everyone will get to sip a glass of sparkling wine with their dessert.
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Emilie DesJardins currently works in Dallas television and worked with KRLD Restaurant Week for several years before that. She is always trying new places around the Metroplex to find the best food and unique things to do. See her work at Examiner.com.