Photo courtesy of Faustina Restaurant
Valentine’s Day is almost here and for those of you who don’t yet have your plans in place, we know where to go. But reservations go quickly, so call right now.
Faustina Restaurant, 454 East 300 South, SLC
Enjoy four courses of American bistro cuisine for $50, starting with appetizers like sauteed shrimp or butternut squash ravioli and ending with desserts like chocolate lava cake or blueberry souffle. For the main course you’ll have your choice of braised lamb steaks, pan seared arctic char, horseradish crusted beef tenderloin, or coq au vin. For the complete experience, pair your choices with the perfect wine for $20.
Salt Lake Culinary Center, 2233 South 300 East, SLC
Take a break from the ordinary and invite your sweetheart to a cooking class this Valentine’s Day. You’ll learn to make grilled pork tenderloin with a mushroom and garlic sauce on the 13th or steak Diane flambe on the 14th. Each class includes at least four courses and pre-made recipes to sample. The classes are priced $99 and $109, respectively.
This restaurant is serving their regular menu for Valentine’s Day, complete with Hawaiian ahi tuna, Atlantic salmon, South African cold-water lobster, and their famous clam chowder. But for those of you who aren’t seafood lovers, don’t forget their steak and chicken.
If a night out doesn't suit this Valentine's Day, grab some seafood classics for a night in or an old-fashioned picnic. $19.99 get you two Atlantic filets, potatoes, veggies, a lemon-dill sauce, and red velvet cupcakes. Or for something a little more hands on, try two filets, crab clusters, potoatoes, vegetables, drawn butter, a lemon, and red velvet cupcakes for $39.99.
For a more relaxed vibe, try this restaurant's contemporary Italian cuisine. Entrées like acorn squash agnolotti with shaved brussel sprouts, white cheddar, and hazelnuts start at $17 and desserts like chocolate bombe or strawberry coulis are $9.
Bambara, 15 West 200 South, SLC
Chef Nathan Powers, Best Chef of Utah 2010, has created new winter entrées for the occasion and Pastry Chef Rebecca Moore will unveil her milk chocolate charlotte with burnt caramel, bitter cocoa nib, and white chocolate candy heart for $12. Appetizers range from $5 to $12 and entrées $18 to $32.
Oasis Cafe, 151 South 500 East, SLC
Treat your special someone to four courses for $38 with dishes like ahi tuna tartar, caprese salad, red beet risotto, and strawberry panacotta. Diners can to choose from a variety of options for each course and add on the perfect wines to complement their choices.
Caffe Niche, 779 East and 300 South, SLC
Indulge in five courses of local flavors for $50. The meal starts with fig and blue cheese tart with sherry vinaigrette reduction and finishes with crème brûlée, chocolate torte, or dessert fondue. In between there is of course short ribs, scarlet scallops, or butternut squash lasagna.
Finca, 1291 South 1100 East, SLC
Tempt your palate with a tasting menu full of Spanish tradition for $45. The night will start off with seared beef heart and grapefruit salad before it introduces Israeli couscous, poached lobster, pork belly, and root vegetables. Of course a Valentine's Day meal would not be complete without dessert; this restaurant has that covered with a spiced chocolate mousse with candied kumquat, orange gel, and chocolate crumble.
Pago, 878 South 900 East, SLC
Enjoy a $70 five course meal of beef tartar, scallop crudo, country pate, or a vegetable tasting, and that's just the starter. After the appetizer, you will clear your palate with citrus sorbetto before enjoying roast chicken, beef bourguignon, potato gnocchi, or butternut cannelloni.
Texas de Brazil, 50 South Main Street, SLC
Traditional Brazilian fare is served, ranging from $24.99 to $42.99. This restaurant offers a gourmet salad bar and savory skewered meats like pincanha, filet mignon wrapped in bacon, beef ribs, garlic marinated sirloin, and leg of lamb. You can end your meal with Brazilian cheesecake, flan carrot cake, and papaya crème or toast your sweetheart with Brazilian cocktails for $7 to $9.
This steak house and grill will be serving their regular menu for Valentine's Day, complete with three and four-course menus. Selections range from lobster crowned filet mignon to steak tournadoes with jumbo shrimp, ending with New Orleans bread pudding or vanilla bean crème brulee.
Franck's Restaurant, 6263 S. Holladay Boulevard, Holladay
For a departure from the ordinary, try Chef Perkin's ever-changing menu for the special day. You'll encounter a variety of dishes, like wild mushroom tart, three cheese fondue, pan seared duck breast, and sous vide waygu sirloin.
Frida Bistro, 545 West 700 South, SLC
Experience Mexican cuisine as never before. This restaurant expands your food repitoire with main dishes like pollo cojita (bacon-wrapped chicken stuffed with cojita cheese) and chile en nogada (poblano peppper stuffed with shredded beef, sundried fruit, and nuts).
Log Haven Restaurant, 6451 East Millcreek Canyon Road, SLC
Enjoy the romantic scenery in the Wasatch National Forest while trying entrées like maple smoked duck, crispy skinned koosharem trout, or grilled bison teres major steak. And to finish out the night, try their almond panna cotta, butterscotch pot de cream, or dark chocolate mint cheesecake.
J&G Grill, 2300 Deer Valley Drive East, Park City
Try an inventive, locally sourced, five-course tasting menu for $115. The menu includes tuna ribbons, celery root soup, Maine lobster, petite filet, and white chocolate pavalova. Before heading to dinner, guests can participate in the St. Regis sunset and champagne ritual at the Garden of Fire at 5:30.
The Aerie, The Cliff Lodge, Snowbird
Visit the mountains for a romantic five-course dinner for $75. Enjoy their American gastropub vibe while savoring their sweet potato gnocchi, wild mushroom ravioli, beef tenderloin, or lobster risotto. And for dessert, chocolate mousse, salted caramel brownies, or, of course, chocolate-covered strawberries.