29 Places to Dine Out in Philly on Valentine’s Day
All the tasting menus, dinner specials, and dining deals you need to have a romantic and delicious Valentine’s Day in Philadelphia this year.
Valentine’s Day is this Thursday, February 14th — and if you haven’t figured out your dinner plans yet, you’re not alone. Luckily, a long list of Philadelphia restaurants have romantic tasting menus, extra-special specials, couples’ cocktails, and laid-back, low-maintenance dinner deals for two scheduled for Thursday (and some through the weekend) to make your Valentine’s celebration both romantic and delicious. Here are some of the best Valentine’s Day menus, specials, and deals in Philadelphia.
Manatawny Still Works, East Passyunk
On Wednesday the 13th and on Thursday the 14th, they’re serving cocktail duos developed and named in homage to couples in films set in Philly — think Rocky and Adrian from Rocky, Pat and Tiffany from Silver Linings Playbook, and dedicated shi tzu parents Scott and Stefan from Best in Show — for $18 a pair.
Barbuzzo, Midtown Village
The Mediterranean kitchen from Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran is serving a special $75, four-course prix fixe menu for Valentine’s Day with dishes like beef carpaccio, pan-seared gnocchi with braised duck, and (of course) salted caramel budino for dessert.
Vintage Wine Bar, Midtown Village
Special additions to Vintage’s regular menu for Thursday, February 14th include lobster pasta, filet mignon, pan-seared duck breast, and chocolate-covered strawberries.
Okay, this one isn’t actually edible, but it dovetails really nicely with wherever you end up for dinner: GoPuff, the delivery service that started out spiriting rolling papers to stoners, is offering to bring your date a half-dozen roses for $16.99 wherever they are — and within minutes of placing your order through their app.
Pumpkin, Graduate Hospital
The farm-to-table OG is offering a cash-only BYOB tasting menu for $75, with four courses including options like grilled quail, striped bass with braised kale, and a chocolate cake with hazelnut ganache.
Jezabel’s, University City
Head to Jezabel’s new location on 45th Street for Valentine’s Day afternoon tea with special pastries like blood orange cake, pastelitos de pera (filled with egg custard), and scones with ham and cheese, served any time after 2 p.m. this Thursday. Jezabel is also selling four-packs of Argentinian alfajores (dulce de leche sandwich cookies) in a cute gift box for you to bring to your sweetie.
Russet, Center City
Andrew and Kristin Wood opened their farm-to-table BYO on February 12th in 2012, so Valentine’s is always an extra-special time for Russet. Celebrate with them on Thursday with a five-course tasting menu for $85 per person.
Bud & Marilyn’s, Midtown Village
For a midcentury Midwestern vibe on V-Day, hit up Bud & Marylin’s for a $65 tasting menu featuring items like Vermont burrata, steak tartare toast, and beet ravioli with hazelnut brown butter.
The Common, University City
Patrick Feury’s spacious new Mediterranean spot on the Penn campus has a special menu going for Valentine’s Day: ceviche mixto with tuna, shrimp and bay scallops, crab spaghetti, bone-in duck for two, and salted chocolate pot de creme with pistachio biscotti.
Rose Petals Cafe, Elkins Park
The couple behind the newly-relocated Rose Petals Cafe are making it extra east for folks with little ones at home to go out for Valentine’s Day. They’re not only offering free wine and roses with the three-course, $34.99 dinner menu featuring dishes like chicken and waffles, ribeye steak, and jerk salmon with mango salsa. They’ll have qualified childcare for kids aged four to 12 set up in the restaurant’s community room between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. so that parents can relax and enjoy each others’ company without having to pay for a babysitter. Call 215-690-4706 to reserve a spot for you, your partner, and your little ones.
Good King Tavern, Bella Vista
Good King’s four-course, $75 Saint-Valentin prix fixe menu is “inspired by a long time ago, doused in black truffle and cheese, blood orange and raspberry,” says owner Chloe Grigri — and frankly, that sounds like the ideal Valentine’s Day dinner. Add aperitif and cocktail pairings for another $35.
Distrito, University City
The Mexico City-inspired spot is serving a three-course tasting menu of dishes like queso fundido, tuna ceviche, and chocolate enchiladas for just $30 per person on Thursday.
Noord, East Passyunk
The Northern European BYO is serving a special five-course tasting menu of dishes like smoorebrod with house-smoked whitefish, mustard-braised pork loin choucroute, and sambal shellfish stew for Valentine’s Day.
Makhani, Old City
The new Indian spot on North 3rd Street is serving a three-course prix fixe menu of dishes like tandoori chicken wings, shrimp Malabar with coconut, mustard seeds, and curry leaf, and mango pomegranate cheesecake for $35. Each couple will receive a flower and a real peacock feather to take home, too (it’s a symbol of good luck and prosperity).
Looking for a meat-free V-Day? a.kitchen has you covered with a seven-course vegetarian prix fixe menu built around veggies like Brussels sprouts, carrots, trendy rutabaga, and broccolini for $50 per person. Add on an optional vegan wine pairing for another $20 per person.
West Avenue Grill, Jenkintown
Indulge on Thursday with a once-a-year special at West Avenue Grill: vivid red velvet pancakes and red fried Oreos, only available on Valentine’s Day.
Volver, Center City
Jose Garces’s high-end restaurant in the Kimmel Center is offering two tasting menus for Valentine’s Day: a pre-theater three-course menu including dishes like crispy lamb chops for $55 and a recreation of eight-course chef’s tasting menu for $85, featuring king crab risotto. Add on a wine pairing to go with it for $65 per person.
Heritage, Northern Liberties
The restaurant-slash-jazz-spot will serve a slew of V-Day specials on Thursday — think Lyonnaise salad with crispy confit duck leg, fresh oysters, and Wagyu beef-foie gras sliders — in addition to its regular menu.
Chris’s Jazz Cafe, Center City
Chris’s is really doing the most to help guests have a romantic evening this Valentine’s Day: in addition to sultry sets from singer Joanna Pascale at 6 p.m., 8 p.m., and 10 p.m., their V-Day specials include romantic or aphrodisiac treats like oysters, heart-shaped ravioli, and chilled lobster salad. And at the bar, they’re offering a new slate of CBD-infused cocktails to help you and your date relax. Tickets for the show are $20 per person.
Tuna Bar, Old City
Get six courses including sushi, braised short rib, a whole fish for two, and a mochi dessert sampler for $85 at Tuna Bar on Valentine’s Day. And guests making reservations there on Thursday between 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. will receive a complimentary glass of champagne, too.
Dim Sum House, University City
If a dim sum feast is your idea of the perfect romantic meal, hit up Jane Guo’s western outpost for one of two couples’ menus being served between Thursday, February 14th and Sunday, February 17th. One option for $60 per couple includes options like dan dan noodles, truffle edamame dumplings, Sichuan string beans, and ginger scallion lobster, while the vegetarian option for $50 per couple includes only meatless dishes. Both menus come with dessert, one cocktail, and a complimentary glass of champagne.
P’unk Burger, East Passyunk
Feeling like a low-key V-Day dinner this year? Hit up P’unk Burger for a pretty sweet deal: two of any burgers on their menu, two shakes, and a basket of fries to share for just $25.
The Bercy, Ardmore
The luxe French spot on Lancaster Avenue is serving a four-course tasting menu for $65 per person on Valentine’s Day, with dishes like oysters and caviar, lobster salad, almond-crusted halibut, and white chocolate souffle. Add on a wine pairing for another $25 per person.
Little Nonna’s, Midtown Village
For a romantic, old-school Italian-American dinner, head to Little Nonna’s for their $75 tasting menu, with four courses of dishes like roast winter squash, pork chop parmigiana, and Nonna’s tiramisu.
Royal Boucherie, Old City
Nick Elmi’s newest spot is serving a slate of romantic specials on Thursday, like lobster poutine, baked oysters, monkfish osso bucco, and a locally sourced ribeye steak for two. Plus, they’ll have special bottles of bubbly, like Malvira Rive Gauche and Meinklang Frizzante Rosé, behind the bar.
Fiore, Queen Village
With their liquor license still in limbo, the folks at this new Italian spot have packed their calendar with special dinners and classes, including BYO prix fixe menus on Feburary 14th and 15th — the latter of which is perfect if other obligations are keeping you and your sweetie apart on V-Day.
Amada, Old City
The tapas spot is offering two different four-course prix fixe menus on Thursday: the Barcelona Tasting is $75 per person for dishes like scallops a la plancha and Wagyu tiradito, while the $65 vegetarian-friendly menu features options like Manchego cheese, empanadas, and veggie paella. Add on a wine pairing for $40 more per person.