Where to Dine Out on Valentine’s Day 2015 in Chicago

Woo your Valentine with a reservation at one of these romantic Windy City restaurants
Staff Writer

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There are plenty of restaurants around Chicago offering delicious and beautiful menu items to enjoy with your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day.

They say the way to the heart is through the stomach, right? That’s definitely the case if you treat your Valentine to one of these romantic and decadent meals from some of Chicago’s dreamiest restaurants.

Get cozy at The Bristol this Valentine’s Day with a special prix fixe menu. Diners will enjoy dishes such as goat cheese ravolini and pork basquaise. Pastry chef Sarah Koechling will make sure you leave on a sweet note with her special desserts, like a vanilla and preserved cherry trifle. Tickets are $65 per person, and beverage pairings are available for $35; call the restaurant to make your reservation.

If you’d rather be less exclusive and more social for the holiday, Little Goat is throwing a party that will make the day memorable. With delicious food from Stephanie Izard and plenty of dancing, it’s a fun alternative to the typical candlelit dinner. Tickets are $65 each and include three drink tickets. You can get yours here.

If you went straight for the best part of the night and didn’t quite make it to dinner on Valentine’s Day, Mercat a la Planxa’s “Walk of Shame” brunch is for you! On February 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can enjoy a Catalan-inspired tasting menu and Bloody Mary that’s sure to do the trick. Come in your clothes from the night before and get 20-percent off the meal; now that’s incentive to get out of bed. Call to make your reservations.

For something truly unique, make plans for Moto’s eight-course Valentine’s Day menu. With the theme of “modern nature,” the dishes will be carefully paired with fine wines from around the world. The entire package is $250 per person, and you can make reservations by calling the restaurant.

Want to get the heat started early? Nacional 27 will be offering free tango lessons on February 11 at 7:30 p.m. Follow it up with a special Valentine’s Day prix fixe dinner three days later featuring tapas, entrées, and desserts for $75 per person. Make reservations on their website.

Take a trip to the most romantic city in the world without ever leaving Chicago. Paris Club Bistro & Bar will offer a four-course prix fixe menu with optional add-ons. Go for a classic whole duck a l’orange or try the Dover sole menuniere with lemon-brown butter sauce. The prix fixe menu is $65 per person, and reservations can be made by calling the eatery.

If you really want to get in the mood, try the Aphrodisiac Menu at Randolph Tavern. The three-course, $45-per-person meal highlights some of the best known culinary aphrodisiacs; indulge in oysters Rockefeller, filet mignon, and a dark chocolate cake. Call them to make reservations.

Enjoy the exotic with Roka Akor’s five-course Valentine’s Day menu. Your pulse is sure to start racing with exciting dishes like Kusshi oyster with lime and shiso, grilled lobster with baby bok choy and lemon soy butter, and chocolate ganache cake. The dinner is available for $98 per person with optional wine or sake pairings. Make reservations by visiting their website.

Nothing is more romantic than a dinner with a view, provided you can tear your eyes away from your date. Sixteen will serve up a luxurious seven-course meal to complement the skyline views. Maine diver scallop crudo with uni butter and blood orange, and langoustine and buckwheat pasta with seaweed vin jaune nage are highlights of the special menu. The dinner is $225 per person with wine pairings available. Reservations can be made here or by calling the restaurant.

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