Where to Eat on Saint Valentine's Day 2014: FYI, It's on a Friday

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Be great and make reservations at a Houston restaurant for Valentine's Day.
This year, Valentine's Day is on a Friday. In other words, everyone will be vying for a reservation at one of the many Houston restaurants offering a special meal on the day of romance. Don't be that guy or gal who forgets to make a reservation in advance, especially if your special someone is expecting a romantic evening with incredible and decadent food.

Let one of these Houston restaurants help you out on Valentine's Day this year. All you have to do is get the flowers, the chocolates and write something sweet in a card; they'll do the cooking for you.

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Enjoy the Torta Helada, a Peruvian-style cold Red Velvet Cake served with strawberry gelatin, rhubarb rocoto coulis and blood orange sorbet.
Latin Bites
5709 Woodway, 713-229-8369

For $75 per person, Latin Bites will offer a three-course Valentine's dinner featuring pork belly and South American corn dough, duck cannelloni prepared two ways (leg confit and wine demi-glaze breast), and a Venezuelan chocolate mousse served with passion fruit cream and hazelnut gelato. Latin Bites will also serve a complimentary glass of prosecco to each diner.

Brennan's of Houston
3300 Smith, 713-522-9711

Head to Brennan's for a truly romantic evening and enjoy a $75 three-course meal between 5 and 9:45 p.m. on Valentine's Day. Brennan's will offer a Matagorda Bay oyster shooter with pickled vegetables before the meal begins. Choose from a variety of starter options, including the crispy oyster BLT, classic turtle soup au sherry or a strawberry wine-poached foie gras torchon with a foie gras mousse-stuffed fig, duck confit and foie gras rillette peanut butter brioche. Entree selections include dishes such as pecan crusted mahi mahi, lamb chops and Louisiana jumbo lump blue crab cakes. Order the table-side bananas foster, or indulge your sweet tooth in a strawberry shortcake, strawberry white chocolate cobbler, or chocolate Doberge cake plated with mint julep ice cream. You may also order a Mardi Gras Mambo King Cake complete with a Creole cream cheese filling. Add a bottle of sparkling Rosé from Sonoma/Napa for $55, a Russian River Chardonnay for $70, or Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast for $62. Brennan's is also offering a special cocktail made with Godiva chocolate vodka, crème de cacao and dark cherry sirope for $11.

Caracol
2200 Post Oak Blvd, Ste 160, 713-622-9996

Check out the new restaurant from Hugo Ortega this Valentine's Day. Caracol will offer a $79 meal (per person) complete with a complimentary Champagne toast. Starter options range from creamy corn and poblano soup to garlic mushrooms with griddled bollilo. Enjoy spicy hashed fish turnovers with cilantro cream or small herb-marinated crab tostadas for the second course, and butterflied boneless whole fish wood-grilled in a basket, or fire-roasted lobster served with flour tortillas and playa la ropa beans for the entrée. Choose from a variety of sweet treats, such as the chocolate coconut shell with coconut butter cream, coconut ganache, coconut streusel and whipped coconut, or the assortment of Mexican cookies and chocolates.

Caracol will also offer a Valentine's Day Weekend menu for couples. The entire meal for two costs $105 and includes items such as a shareable tuna ceviche made with plantain, lime and cilantro cream, a watercress salad with grapefruit and avocado, mixed shellfish with frog legs and rice, and Ruben's Dessert Platter to share.

Charivari
2521 Bagby, 713-521-7231

Choose from two five-course prix fixe Valentine's Day menus at Charivari, each costing $65 per person. The first menu features an amuse bouche of eggplant with American sturgeon caviar canapes, broiled maple-miso glazed Chilean sea bass with winter greens for the entree and Swiss hazelnut chocolate tart with homemade bourbon vanilla ice cream for dessert. The second menu begins with Berkshire pork rilletes for the amuse bouche, and grilled filet mignon with munster cheese, verjus reduction and roesti potatoes for the entree. End the meal with a blood orange cobbler and homemade bourbon vanilla ice cream.

Rainbow Lodge
2011 Ella Blvd., 713-861-8666

A meal at Rainbow Lodge is unforgettable. Reserve a spot for you and your special someone at this four-course meal for $75 per person on Valentine's Day. Start with southern fried Texas quail with an acorn squash tart, then move on to a second course of smoked duck gumbo with andoille sausage and wild rice pilaf or a roasted beet salad with butter lettuce, Texas goat feta and fig vinaigrette. For the entree, enjoy duck prepared two ways (roasted breast and confit leg) or a duo of venison loin with grilled wild boar chop served with jalapeno and French brie bread pudding with Brussels sprouts and a wild huckleberry sauce. End on a sweet note with warm croissant bread pudding with bourbon caramel, vanilla bean ice cream and an almond tuille, or a dark chocolate pot de crème with mint chocolate truffles and a blood orange chantilly.

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Location Info

Latin Bites

5709 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Brennan's of Houston

3300 Smith, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Caracol

2200 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Charivari Restaurant

2521 Bagby St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Rainbow Lodge

2011 Ella Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen

6401 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Sylvia's Enchilada Kitchen

12637 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Backstreet Cafe

1103 S. Shepherd Dr., Houston, TX

Category: Music

Hugo's

1600 Westheimer Rd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Prego

2520 Amherst, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Mockingbird Bistro Wine Bar

1985 Welch St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Osteria Mazzantini

2200 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Line & Lariat

220 Main St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Eleven:Eleven Restaurant & Bar

607 W. Gray St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Sparrow Bar + Cookshop

3701 Travis St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Triniti

2815 S. Shepherd Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Frank's Americana Revival & White Star Bar

3736 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

2405 W. Alabama St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar

1201 Lake Woodlands Dr. (Suite 305), Spring, TX

Category: Restaurant

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

788 W. Sam Houston Parkway N., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Sale-Sucre - CLOSED

2916 White Oak Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Funky Chicken

181 Height Blvd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tila's

1111 S. Shepherd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Carmelo's Italian Restaurant

14795 Memorial, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Etoile Cuisine et Bar

1101 Uptown Park Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Hermann Park

6001 Fannin St., Houston, TX

Category: General

Kiran's Restaurant and Bar

4100 Westheimer, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Reserve 101

1201 Caroline, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen

4611 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Americas Restaurant

2040 W. Gray St., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Americas

21 Waterway Ave., Spring, TX

Category: Restaurant

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2 comments
DaliaD
DaliaD

Valentine's is kind of a crush rush of mediocrity in restaurants...we always prefer going either the day before or after to get better service and more interesting menus that aren't being assembly line produced.


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