Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day on Friday or an adjacent weekend, there are all kinds of things you can do in Dallas to have a dreamy and memorable date with your sweetie. I’m literally out here googling “sexy restaurants Dallas” so you don’t have to. And this may go without saying, but it’s Valentine’s Day – make reservations!
S P E C I A L M E N U S
February 12-15 :: Table 13 in Addison will do a vintage-inspired 4-course meal, showroom style entertainment, and a complimentary wine glass for $85 per person. See the link for the special menu and details on performers. Note: the regular menu will also be available except on Valentine’s Day proper, when it’s prix fixe only. Reservations required on Fridays & Saturdays. Closed Sundays.
February 14 :: Have an authentic yakiniku experience at Niwa Japanese BBQ with their special Valentine’s Day menu. They’ll be serving a variety of items ending with the highest quality Japanese beef – A4 & A5 grade – for the grill at your table.
February 14 :: Casual-chic bistro vibes abound at the popular TJ’s Seafood Market. Enjoy a special 4-course dinner menu from 5-10pm at the Preston/Royal location for $65 per person, with optional add-ons and wine pairing.
February 14 & 15 :: If you feel like throwing your budget in the trash, how about dinner at Bullion? For $145 per person you can get a 5-course prix fixe menu (modern French) in very well-designed surroundings. Note: February 14th Reservations are currently on a waitlist, but times are still available for Saturday, February 15th.
February 14 :: Ok, I’m not aware of a special menu for this one, but I’m including it purely for the atmosphere. Town Hearth steakhouse has crystal chandeliers hanging everywhere; that’s really what you’re looking for on Valentine’s Day, isn’t it? The decor is perfect for a date and the food gets great reviews. Closed Sunday.
February 14 :: If you’re looking to try something new in the Design District, make a reservation at Asador. Their four-course “farm to fire” menu ($79/person) will provide a dining experience unlike anything else in Dallas and the modern, comfortable atmosphere helps set the tone for a romantic evening without kids.
February 14 & 15 :: Who said Valentine’s can’t be shared over a little Tex-Mex? Mi Dia from Scratch has created a special meal featuring wood grilled skirt steak, Dos Equis fried lobster tail topped with sautéed lobster, onion, sweet corn, sun-dried tomatoes, cilantro, and a chipotle and roasted jalapeño-lime reduction. ($44).
S H A R E D E X P E R I E N C E S
February 13-16, select dates :: Taste Buds Kitchen in Plano and Southlake offers BYOB adult cooking classes for homemade pasta, Italian cuisine, romantic brunches, and more. Check their Facebook schedule for a variety of different class options. $130 (+/-) per couple.
February 13-15 :: Hot Date Night at Vetro Glassblowing Studio. Create keepsake hearts and flowers of glass while you enjoy sweet treats and flaming cocktails (like, on fire??). Each couple needs 1 reservation and you should plan to stay for about an hour. See the link for other details including what to wear for safety and such!
February 14 :: Do you trust your partner? Now’s the time to find out! Spend your Valentine’s Day wielding an axe at Class Axe Throwing in Richardson. No reservations are needed, so just come anytime after 1pm. $32/person.
February 15 :: Share a potter’s wheel at Quiggly’s Clayhouse in Richardson for the Down & Dirty Couples Pottery Wheel Event. First, a beginners lesson; then, you put on a blindfold while your partner helps you throw a piece; and then you switch. Ghost references will abound, I’m sure. Two different sessions to choose from, 6-7:30 or 8-9:30. $75.78 per couple, reserve your spot in advance. And BYOB, if you’d like.
February 14-15 :: Dark Hour Haunted House presents Lov3 Nvr Dies in Plano. Hear me out. One way to strengthen romantic connections is to do something that ups your adrenaline! Grab onto each other and try not to freak out as you make your way through Broadway-quality sets and a theatrical haunt experience. They give you a glow stick to light your way, which probably only makes it scarier. Tickets $30.
E V E N I N G E V E N T S
February 11 :: Did you know “burlesque” basically means variety show? Dancers, poets, live music, fashion, and comedy mix with today’s Top 40 hits in the traveling show The Sweet Spot (Valentine Edition). “High energy, heart-pounding, fist pumping, laugh-out-loud “Pop Erotica” burlesque.” Tickets from $20-$50.
February 14 :: Backdoor Comedy Club has as special Valentine’s Comedy Celebration that includes champagne, chocolate, and tickets to future events. Multiple evening showtimes to choose from, tickets are $35.
February 14-15 :: Embrace low-key Texas dance hall vibes at Sons of Hermann Hall for Max Stalling’s 17th Annual Valentine’s Day Dance & Show. Doors at 7, showtime 8:30. $20 advanced general admission,
$25-$40 reserved seats (update: reserved seats SOLD OUT for both nights).
V A L E N T I N E W I T H A V I E W
February 14 :: Klyde Warren Park has such a magical view of downtown at night. Head to Savor for dinner or even just drinks and desserts (apple cake fritters, Nutella fried pies, sundaes…). A date that’s literally a walk in the park.
February 14 :: Vetted Well, the restaurant/bar upstairs at the Cedars Alamo Drafthouse, has a laid back atmosphere and lovely downtown views. After dinner, relieve the early 90’s with a True Romance watching party at 7pm. They also have karaoke rooms if you want to mix things up and do a group Valentine’s date.
February 14 :: Pool bar by day, rooftop lounge by night. WaterProof is on the 19th floor of the historic Statler with panoramic views of downtown. It’s not the “hotel pool area” you’re imagining – the pool is a 3ft-deep rectangle and looks more like a water feature. They’ll have champagne and chocolate covered strawberries tonight at their Valentine’s Day Under the Stars.
C O C K T A I L S & K I S S I N G
The Library bar at the Warwick Melrose Hotel gives great date night ambiance with all their leather and wood and dim lighting. It’s elegant enough to be special and cozy enough to be relaxing. Bonus points for the piano!
Cuddle up and get tipsy at Atwater, the secret speakeasy in the alley behind Henry’s Majestic on McKinney. It’s one of those places where you can tell the mixologist what you like, and they’ll craft up the perfect cocktail for you.
Midnight Rambler is the craft cocktail salon in the basement of The Joule. The decor is swanky, the lights are dim, and the drinks are creative. I have a high tolerance for hipsters (it’s called a craft cocktail salon), but I know some of you are anti, so be advised.
I’m clearly drawn to dark, moody joints when it comes to flirting and cocktails. Bowen House is another one! It’s an uptown hidden gem of a bar. Very pretty. They also have a limited menu if you want to temper your buzz a bit.