It’s just days until Valentine’s and if you haven’t made any plans, well, what are you waiting for? A good plan? Here are two ideas for a memorable Feb. 14.
If a minister or Elvis is not in your plans, you’ll find dozens of deals, menus and ideas below. All prices quoted are per person unless otherwise stated. Also prices do not include tax and gratuity.
Backstreet Cafe: four course Valentine’s evening menu is $72, includes live jazz entertainment. Sample meal: cauliflower risotto, shrimp bisque, rack of lamb with asparagus and scalloped potatoes and strawberry cheesecake. On Feb. 15-16, a “Couple’s Menu” is four courses (two shared) for $95 per couple. Sample meal: shared goat cheese strata, petite lobster pot pie, prosciutto-wrapped scallops over root vegetables and shared dessert platter.
1103 South Shepherd; 713-521-2239
The Bird & The Bear and Ouisie’s Table: these sister restaurants are offering their regular menus on Feb. 14 but are offering to create a custom experience for guests. Table options include two red roses in a glass vase ($20), a half dozen roses ($50), a full dozen ($70) and a bottle of Nicolas Feuillatte Rose Champagne ($70). 48 hours notice required.
Ouisie’s: 3939 San Felipe, 713-528-2264
The Bird & The Bear: 2810 Westheimer, 713-528-2473
BRC: three course mini beer dinner featuring St. Arnold for $65. Sample meal: ahi tuna tartar with pears, pine nutes, mint and habernero-infused sesame oil, petite filet topped with bacon jam and blue cheese crumbles alongside grilled asparagus and sour cream mash and Petite Sweets red velvet cheesecake.
519 Shepherd Dr., 713-861-2233
Brennan’s of Houston: three courses for $75. Sample meal: Louisiana Blue Crab and Caviar Crepe, Lamb Chops Tchoupitoulas and Honey Peanut Butter Cup.
3300 Smith St., 713-522-9711.
Cafe Pita+: four courses for $20, available Feb. 14-17. Sample meal: stuffed mushrooms, Bosnian musaka and Tiramisu.
Galleria: 5506 Richmond, 832-530-4935
Original: 10852 Westheimer, 713-953-7237
The Capitol at St. Germain: four courses for $65, including a glass of champagne, available Feb. 14-16. Sample menu: lobster bisque, crab cakes with avocado and mango, mixed grill (shrimp, snapper, chicken, beef) with lemon butter dipping sauce and wild rice and Chocolate Tower.
705 Main, 713-492-2454
Corner Table: “Sweetheart Tour” includes stops at three venues for $150 per couple. Shared appetizer and cocktail at 1919 Wine & Mixology, entrée with paired beverage at Corner Talbe and dessert with champagne at the Oak Bar and Nightclub. Select a dessert for two served with a glass of champagne as you listen to live music until you are ready to depart.
2736 Virginia, 713-568-9196
Crave Cupcakes: boxes of four cupcakes for $20 available via curbside pick-up 8 a.m.-8 p.m.. The flavors: dark chocolate, vanilla, red velvet and strawberry on chocolate.
1151 Uptown Park Blvd., 713-622-7283
West U: 5600 Kirby Dr., 713-622-7283
Damian’s: three-course for $59.95. Sample menu: Sweet Potato Ravioli, sauted flounder crusted with pecans topped with scallops and lemon buerre and Italian Cream Cake
3011 Smith St., 713-522-0439
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House: classic surf and turf menu (eight ounce filet and eight-ounce lobster tail) for $79 available Feb. 14-15.
5061 Westheimer, 713-355-2600
Étoile: three courses for $68. Sample meal: wild mushroom ravioli, pheasant with braised cabbage and Pot Au Chocolate.
1101 Uptown Park Blvd., 832-668-5808
Frank's Americana Revival: four courses for $59. Sample meal: asparagus soup, baked oyster trio, Short Rib Grillades Dumaine and Sticky Toffee Pudding Cake.
3736 Westheimer, 713-572-8600
Fratelli's Authentic Italian Cuisine Restaurant: five courses for $49 served 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Sample meal: Gamberetti Amore (fried shrimp), Caprese salad, Tortellini al Forno, beef medallions with mashed potatoes, mushrooms and red wine sauce and Tiramisu.
10989 Northwest Freeway, 713-957-1150
Haven: three courses (and amuse bouche) for $60. Sample meal: tuna poke spoon and deviled egg, oyster stew, duo of lamb with tasso-creamed mustard greens and coconut tres leches bread pudding.
2520 Algerian Way, 713-581-6101
Hugo’s: four course Valentine’s evening menu is $72, with live musical entertainment. Sample meal: butternut squash soup, quinoa-stuffed quail, shrimp sautéed in lime garlic oil with arroz blanco and ensalada de nopales and a dessert platter. On Feb. 15-16, a “Couple’s Menu” is four courses (two shared) for $95 per couple. Sample meal: shared appetizer, blue crab soup, grilled Vermillon snapper with arroz a la Mexicana, squash and green beans and shared dessert platter.
1600 Westheimer, 713-524-7744
Hubbell & Hudson Bistro: four courses for $82. Sample meal: braised short rib flambé, carrot ginger bisque, tenderloin with cauliflower puree and mini cupcake trio.
24 Waterway Ave. in the Woodlands, 281-203-5600
Katsuya: four courses for $80. Sample meal: oysters with caviar and ponzu gelee, salmon sashimi, ribeye with truffles, asparagus and shiso hollandaise and chocolate mouss with cream and salted caramel.
2800 Kirby, 713-590-2800
Khun Kay: Hor Mok (steamed fish in a curry paste) is must-have for Thai marriage and anniversary dinners. How sweet is that? Calling it Wedding Bells, Khun Kay’s version of Hor Mok is similar to a seafood soufflé and is cooked with a hot red curry. It comes to the table in a coconut shell bowl. Because it takes several days to prepare, quantities each day will be limited. It sells for $11.95.
1209 Montrose, 713-524-9614
Kiran's: offering a three-course lunch menu for $45 and a four-course dinner for $75. Lunch sample menu: pistachio-crusted goat cheese, tandoor-roasted salmon with mixed berry chutney and handmade sorbets. Dinner sample menu: poached salmon rillettes with crispy oyster and quail’s egg, sweet potato and apple soup, duo of lamb with parmesan/garlic potatoes and Twin Chocolate Hearts (white with mixed berries, dark chocolate with Spiced Rum Milk).
4100 Westheimer, 713-960-8472
La Fisheria: four courses for $95 per couple, includes a glass of sparkling wine. Sample meal: octopus salad tostadas, split pea soup with bacon and chicharro, beef filet with guajillo sauce and wedding cake with cajeta cream.
4705 Inker, 713-802-1712
Landry’s Seafood-Woodlands: Five courses served over 2 hours aboard the Woodlands Waterway Cruisers for $300. Boarding times at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sample meal: bacon-wrapped seafood-stuffed shrimp, lobster bisque, tomato mozzarella salad, crab cake-stuffed lobster tail and chocolate covered strawberries and a champagne toast.
1212 Lake Robbins Dr., 281-363-9750
Las Ventanas: three courses (with shared dessert) for $27, includes a glass of wine. The meal: cream of tomato soup with bacon and basil, bacon-wrapped beef medallion with garlic shrimp and chocolate tres leches cake with chocolate strawberries.
14555 Grisby Road, 281-752-6990
Latin Bites Cafe: three-course menu for $60, includes a glass of sparkling wine, is available Feb. 11-16. Sample menu: Humita de Puerco, Quinoa y Choclo (Peruvian-style tamale served with pork belly), Estofado de Ternera con Polenta en Salsa de Aji de Gallina (veal stew with polenta) and Alfajores de Canela y Lucuma (South American cinnamon cookies with a Lucuma mousse).
5709 Woodway, 713-229-8369
Liberty Kitchen: Three courses for $45 ($75 with wine pairings). Sample meal: citrus salad with honey balsamic vinaigrette, spiced pecans and goat cheese, grilled Texas redfish with red beet risotto, Petite Sweet pot de creme and chocolate covered strawberries.
1050 Studewood, 713-802-0533
L’Olivier’s: a la carte menu with plates for two. Served with two sides, the plates include whole roasted chicken ($36); Chateaubriand ($52) and rack of lamb ($48).
240 Westheimer, 713-360-6313
Los Tios: three courses for $26.95 per couple. The meal: choice of shared appetizer, fajitas for two and a shared dessert.
Find the nearest location at lostiosrestaurant.com
Mockingbird Bistro: three courses for $65 ($95 with wine pairings), available Feb. 14-17. Sample meal: lobster ravioli, Black Angus filet with grilled prawns and roasted cippolini onion risotto and warm wild berry napoleon.
1985 Welch; 713-533-0200; mockingbirdbistro.com
Monarch Bistro: four courses for $75. Sample meal: lamb meatballs, shrimp cocktail, roasted sea trout with Israeli cous cous and Chocolate Raspberry Dome.
5701 Main St., 713-527-1800
Original Ninfa’s on Navigation: three courses for $65 per couple served Feb. 14-16.
The meal: field greens salad with pink peppercorn vinaigrette, filet mignon with jump shrimp and chocolate mouse with Grand Marnier-soaked strawberries.
2704 Navigation Blvd., 713-228-1175
Philippe Restaurant + Lounge: serving a la cart “aphrodisiac” menu on Feb. 14 and Feb. 16. Among the offerings: Frogs Back in the Pond (priced at $16, it’s asparagus soup with frog legs and quail eggs), Muscovy Duck Duo ($36) and Chocolate Creme Brulee ($9).
1800 Post Oak Blvd., 713.439.1000
Piatto Ristorante: Two Valentine’s specials available Feb. 14-17 for $32, including a glass of champagne (Feb. 14 only). Select from red fish topped with lump crab and a lemon butter sauce or a surf and turf ( beef medallions with lobster ravioli).
Galleria: 4925 W. Alabama, 713-871-9722
Royal Oaks: 11693 Westheimer, 281-759-7500
Prego: three courses for $46, available Feb. 14-16. Sample meal: carpaccio, parmesan-crusted Red Snapper with crab fingers and penne pasta and a selection from a dessert tray. Regular menu also available.
2520 Amherst, 713-529-2420
Quattro: six courses for $75 ($115 with wine pairings) per person. Sample meal: Louisiana oyster and “Sutton Sweet” jalapeno pepper jelly, sea bass crudo, red beet ravioli, crispy duck breast in orange and champagne sauce, Chocolate Indulgence and Coco Bebez chocolate and peperoncino mignardises with coffee.
1300 Lamar Street, 713-276-4700
Shula's Steak House: four courses for $65. The menu: lobster bisque, house salad with pomegranate vinaigrette, Shula-cut filet with seared shrimp and scallops, mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus and cheesecake with strawberries and Grand Marnier cream.
1200 Louisiana, 713-375-4777
Sparrow Bar + Cookshop: four-course prix-fixe menu ($75 or $105 with wine pairings) includes a champagne cocktail. Sample menu: Gruyere Beignets, sunchoke bisque, antelope chop with two sides and Meyer Lemon Mousse.
3701 Travis St., 713-524-6922
Straits Asian Bistro: three shareable courses for $72 per couple, available Feb. 14-17. Sample menu: Duck Confit & Butternut Squash Dumplings with orange Chinese mustard sauce, Star Anise Braised Beef Short Rib & Lobster Yi Mein and hazelnut chocolate fondue with pound cake, fruit and house-made cookies.
900 Sorella Court, 713-365-7722
Tila's: a la carte munu available 5 p.m.-11 p.m. On the menu: Swiss cheese souffle with tequila-cured salmon ($11.95), Chile En Nogada ($23.95) and desserts (ancho fudge pie Valentine hears, anyone?) starting at ($6.50).
1111 S. Shepherd, 713-522-7654
Tony Mandola’s Gulf Coast Kitchen: four courses for $75. Sample meal: jumbo shrimp sautéed in a lemon wine butter sauce, Mama’s Gumbo, seafood risotto with porcini mushrooms, green peas, diced carrots, parmesan cheese, seared scallops, sautéed lobster meat and shrimp and chocolate tulip cup with raspberry mousse and chocolate chips.
1212 Waugh, 713-528-3474
Trevisio: three courses for $60, served after 5 p.m. Sample meal: Prince Edward Island mussels with pancetta, anise pomodoro sauce and toasted ciabatta, tortellini stuffed with smoked mozzarella topped with crimini, oyster and shitake mushrooms and bianco sauce and lemon tart with blackberry gelee.
6550 Bertner, 713-749-0400
Triniti: seven courses for $85 ($130 with wine pairings). The meal: Oyster & Asparagus with poached oyster and asparagus cream, Parsnip & Apple with glazed pulled pork, Grapes & Strawberries with local greens, brie, walnuts and mint vinaigrette, Ocean & Eggs with a smoked salmon and crab omelet, caviars and saffron cream, Quail & Bacon with jalapeno creme fraiche stuffing and sour greens, Intermezzo with mango and tarragon sorbet, Filet & Foie with forbidden rice, foie gras crepe and fig demi and Breakfast in Bed ( a petite offerings of cinnamon rolls, beignets, eclairs and cream cheese danishes).
2815 S. Shepherd Dr., 713-527-9090
Up Restaurant: three course meal for $85 ($125 with wine pairings). Sample menu: breadless jumbo crab cake with yuzu aioli, crisp roasted organic chicken with spring vegetables and a dessert sampler that includes chocolate-covered cherries and flourless chocolate cake.
3995 Westheimer, 713-640-5416