Will you be my Valentine
7 spots to spark the romance in San Antonio this Valentine's Day
It's a tale as old as time: You have a special someone you want to impress, but you're not the best chef (it's okay, no judgement here!) Thankfully, these Alamo City restaurants are here help you focus on the romance — without the stress. If you're looking for a fancy Valentine's Day meal, we've curated the best spots to bring the person you love.
Venturing into Carriqui feels like diving straight into an Ernest Hemingway novel. Treat your date to a three-course meal at one of the Pearl's hottest (relatively new) restaurants with courses like Gulf shrimp bisque, smoked grilled ribeye (our personal favorite), braised cauliflower with fennel-spiced corn crumble (for the vegetarians out there), and chocolate cake for dessert, among other options. Additional add-ons (house-made chocolate truffles, chocolate strawberries; flowers, etc) are available to purchase ahead of time or can be requested upon arrival. Reserve your spot for Carriqui here.
Cibolo Creek Vineyards
A Valentine's Day dinner at a vineyard seems positively mandatory for every relationship. For $55 per person, guests will enjoy a three-course meal paired with wine and a complimentary rose, including dishes like beef tenderloin in a rich mushroom sauce. First and second courses come with a glass of wine, while a glass of bubbly will follow dessert. To top off the romantic experience, there will also be live jazz music to make your date feel even more special (the only thing better would be a tiramisu cup dessert, but good news! That's included in the dinner, too). Reserve your spot for Cibolo Creek Vineyardshere.
Magnolia Pancake Haus
You know it's a special day when the Magnolia Pancake Haus opens up for dinner. For $60 per person, guests will enjoy four decadent courses, including dish options like red beet tartare, beef short rib ravioli, herb airline chicken saltimbocca, and desserts like a cherries jubilee panna cotta. Each guest also gets one glass of champagne or one bottle of beer, for all you wine haters out there. Reserve your spots for the Magnolia at Night dinner here.
Pharm Table is spicing things up a with a multi-course Kama Sutra-inspired meal, which just happens to be completely dairy- and gluten-free. For $125 per guest, you can enjoy tantalizing brûlée oysters, Dal Makhani with lemon cashew rice, fig curry with lamb or oyster mushroom masala, and chocolate date flourless cake for dessert with maca and tonka beans. Wine pairings are also available for an $45 extra per guest. Reserve your spot at thePharm Table Kama Sutra dinner here.
The Moon's Daughters
For a romantic rooftop dinner, The Moon's Daughters is just what the doctor ordered. For $140 per person, guests can enjoy a sumptuous three-course meal that starts off with an oyster and caviar amuse bouche, and features dishes like campanelle, confit salmon with apple glaze and fennel mousse, and more. Want to avoid the overcrowded vibes this Valentine's Day? This spot rewards those who plan ahead, with reservations open from February 10 to February 14. Reserve your rooftop spot at the Moon's Daughters here.
Meanwhile, just downstairs at the Thompson, Landrace's Chef Steve McHugh has curated his own romantic three-course menu with options like soup de poisson, chili-rubbed rib roast, and more. For $150 per person. Dinner at Landrace is always romantic, but this special menu ends with a bang, featuring a chocolate brownie with mocha-avocado buttercream. Reserve your spot at Landrace here.
The Westin Riverwalk
Dying to take your date for a fancy night out on the town in downtown San Antonio? Look no further than the three-course meal at the Westin Riverwalk. For $100-132 per person, guests can enjoy course options like peach and burrata bites to start, lamb shank with smoked Gouda polenta, with a double cream pannacotta for dessert. It's not mandatory, but definitely fun to order a drink from the Westin's love libations cocktail menu, which includes specialty drinks like the rum-centric Be Mai Valentine or the bourbon-based Stand By Your Man for starters. Reserve your downtown dinner date here (Valentine's Day dinner reservations start from 5 pm onwards).
Costa Pacifica is giving away a romantic, candle-lit dinner for two to one lucky couple. Set to take place on Valentine's Day from 7 to 9 pm, the dinner will include champagne, flowers, and chocolate-covered strawberries. Head to Costa Pacifica's Instagram page for a chance to win (Hint: Even if you don't, you can still order a Valentino or two, their gin-based specialty Valentine's Day drink).
Your chances of winning triple atBar-B-Cutie, where three lucky couples could win a luxury picnic dinner provided by Zerenitas Piqueniques, with food from Bar-B-Cutie. Winning couples will enjoy a movie under the stars with free margaritas and beer. Head over to the Bar-B-Cutie Instagram to enter.
If you want to treat your significant other to something sweet but can't quite swing a multi-course meal this year, never fear! Treat your loved one to a delicious Sweetheart Bar from Lick's Honest Ice Creams: These colorful ice cream sandwiches come in two different flavors (chocolate chocolate and chocolate strawberry), both of which are sure to impress for less. Grab a bouquet of flowers and you're good to go.