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10 best San Antonio restaurants for a romantic Valentine's Day feast

10 best San Antonio restaurants for a romantic Valentine's Day feast

Bakery Lorraine heart moonpies
Win over your SO's heart with treats from Bakery Lorraine. Photo by Christina Coker

Consider this a warning — if you wake up on February 14 without a Valentine’s Day reservation, don’t be surprised if you end the day sleeping on the couch. Luckily, it’s not too late to step up your game by making plans at some of the most romantic restaurants in San Antonio. Your sweetie (and lower back) will thank you.

Bakery Lorraine
After putting up with you all year, your sweetheart deserves a lot more than Whitman’s Sampler. Why not instead spoil them with decadent treats from local favorite Bakery Lorraine? This year the February menu includes strawberry pop hearts, grapefruit tiramisu, chocolate caramel tarts, and tuxedo macarons.

Boiler House
Skip the bubbles this year, and get your warm fuzzies from Boiler House’s themed whiskey flights. Each tasting gets you three pours from the bar’s stellar selection, which pair beautifully with dishes like crispy buttermilk pork belly, charred 44 Farms Cowboy ribeye, and warm chocolate pecan pie.

Clementine
Pay homage to St. Valentine with a feast at San Antonio’s newest date night destination. The $48 meal includes plates like delicate ricotta cavatelli with broccoli top pesto, roasted tri-tip on warm red lentils, and a dark chocolate mousse with passion fruit sherbet. Add some diver sea scallops if you really want to have hearts in your eyes.

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Whether you are celebrating budding love or fierce independence, this upscale sports bar has something for you. The $79 couple’s prix fixe features dishes like a blackened filet mignon served with grilled romaine hearts, heirloom tomatoes, red onion, and bleu cheese crumbles. The $40 single's menu features the same dishes with the added benefit of not having to fight for the last spoonful of chocolate cinnamon mousse.

Firenza Pizza
This Valentine’s Day, you could put the $500 that has been burning a hole in your pocket towards bills or a long-earned vacation. Or you could blow it all on a 10-inch pizza. The franchise’s outrageous Golden Surf and Turf pie, available February 9 -18, comes loaded with lobster bisque, lobster, filet mignon medallions, caviar, edible gold leaf, and probably a good amount of buyer’s remorse.

General Public
Pop your cork on February 14 with a free Champagne flight to pair with comfort food favorites like tamale pie, shrimp and grits, and crispy quail and hot cakes. Dinner guests between 7-10 pm will get an extra treat: a live set from soulful San Antonio singer Michael Alanis.

Hotel Contessa
Woo your boo with the River Walk hotel’s menu featuring lump crab cakes with lemon tarragon beurre blanc, pan seared cobia, coffee rubbed beef tenderloin, and more. The mini dessert platter with chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate lava cake, and vanilla bean cheesecake will make sure the evening has a sweet ending.

Ocho
The hip restaurant’s día de los enamorados supper club ($150 per couple or $125 for Hotel Havana guests) celebrates amor with a contemporary twist on traditional Mexican cookery. Enjoy chermoula marinated beef tenderloin served with duck fat refried beans, pan seared scallops in agauchile with a cabbage and cilantro slaw, or shrimp and mussel ciopino served with a chipotle aioli.

Little Italy Restaurant & Pizzeria
Be a budget baller with Little Italy’s $21.99 V-Day special of flounder stuffed with crab and shrimp and drizzled with a bright lemon caper sauce. Each dish is served with asparagus, the choice of soup or salad, and the great feeling that you didn’t have to take out a second mortgage to enjoy a romantic meal.

Rosella at the Rand
The downtown hot spot is taking a break from its everyday fare with a deluxe $75 prix fixe that is sure to make your Valentine swoon. Start off with smoked salmon or hearty braised beef cheek before moving on to mains like short ribs and scallops with rainbow carrots and a pomegranate demi-glace or a Cornish game hen with purple potato gratin, wilted spinach, and a chicken glace.