While Seattle is soaked in blue and green to root for the Seahawks’ second Super Bowl title, come Valentine's Day, the Emerald City will be seeing red. In this culinary capital, food is an essential ingredient to ring in this romantic holiday, so here’s where to dine with your Seattle sweetheart:
Prefer to choose your own Valentine’s supper? Say no to prix fixe at Bar Cotto, Ethan Stowell’s convivial salumi bar and pizzeria. Start off with Italy’s beloved red bubbles, Lambrusco, for just $6 all night. Bar Cotto’s charcuterie and pizza are perfect for sharing with your sweetheart, as is the pork shoulder pappardelle special. Desserts include blood orange sorbet or chocolate mint ice cream sandwiches. February 14 is also Bar Cotto’s birthday — just another reason to pop in! Reservations encouraged.
With winter still upon us, why not gift your sweetie a warm treat? Ballard confectioner Hot Cakes has plenty of their signature molten chocolate cakes in a jar. Also on the menu are Bling Blings (their homemade version of Ding Dongs), as well as oodles of other goodies. Why not start your celebration early? With every dessert purchase, Hot Cakes is offering a glass of wine, Valentine’s Day punch, or non-alcoholic butter beer (apple juice, butterscotch, and ginger) for just $3.
As Johnny Cash croons, “love is a burning thing;” ring in Valentine’s with fire at Miller’s Guild. This downtown hotspot will be serving a sumptuous, flame-kissed dinner cooked on their famous wood-fire grill. Chef Jason Wilson’s prix fixe includes chilled lobster and endive salad, Surf n’ Turf (seared foie gras and grilled Ahi), and their signature dry-aged ribeye served smoked with bone marrow beet sauce. Lover’s potions include the Forever: a bourbon, Aperol, and amaro quaff; $115 per person for five-course prix fixe with optional $75 sparkling wine pairing. Reservations strongly encouraged.
Celebrate your love with some ooh-la-la at this Parisian-style bistro. Chef Thom Koschwanez’s menu will whisk you away to the world’s most romantic city. Enjoy oysters, red wine-soaked pears, and the stupendous steak frites for which Red Cow is renowned. Finish with a Nutella-inspired hazelnut chocolate mousse, and don’t miss the fabulous French wine list; $75 per person. Reservations highly recommended.
If you’ve been hit by Cupid’s arrow, head to Single Shot. The Capitol Hill newcomer oozes with cosmopolitan charm — the perfect setting for this seductive night. Chef James Sherrill’s four-course prix fixe menu brims with beautiful dishes so that diners can choose their own Valentine’s adventure. Delight in lobster and burrata, foie gras, and pomegranate-glazed pork loin. End on a luscious note with the toasted honey pot de crème. Jump on reservations — this cozy spot will fill up fast; $60 per person.
Seattle’s beloved organic chocolatier, Theo Chocolate, has lovingly crafted Valentine specials. Try the Cinnamon Love Crunch: a dark chocolate bar spiced with cayenne and cinnamon brittle, or the eight-piece ganache Aphrodisiac Collection. Terra Bella Floral will have a pop-up at the shop from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the holiday. Theo’s “Share The Love” contest is offering a Valentine’s night like no other. Win a wedding in their chocolate factory, dinner at Westward, and a night at Hotel 1000.
Volunteer Park Café
Craving an intimate Valentine’s Day? Tuck into a meal at quaint Capitol Hill gem Volunteer Park Café for a mouthwatering evening. On chef Ericka Burke’s thoughtful menu is Hamachi crudo, shrimp bisque, roast duck, and a decadent chocolate and orange torte. Dinner is $95 per person, or $130 per person with wine pairings. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. and seating is limited; reservations are required and can be made by calling the café or online.