We know you’ve missed celebrating your love. Well, now is the chance. We’ve gathered the best places for a romantic meal in the restaurant this Valentine’s Weekend in Chicago. Yes, yes. We’re talking about music, dark lights, candles, and flowers — everything you could ask for.
And don’t forget to check out our articles on Valentine’s Day date ideas and the V-Day gift guide.
302 N Green St 3rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60607
Aba is adding an extra day of brunch on Friday, February 11 from 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM. Additionally, special for Valentine‘s Day dinner try the Dine-In Valentine‘s Day Four-Course Mezze Feast for Two that includes a bottle of Giuliana Prosecco, Halloumi with Spicy Turmeric Cream & Grapes, Grilled Shawarma Spiced Shrimp Kebab with Fennel & Herb Salad, Crème Brûlée Pie and more for $139.95, plus tax (gratuity not included).
The mezze-style feast will be available in addition to the normal dinner menu Saturday, February 12 – Monday, February 14 beginning at 4:00 PM. Reservations are available on Tock.
118 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook, IL 60523
Join Antico Posto for Valentine‘s Day specials including Branzino Peperonata with Toasted Fregula ($27.95, plus tax), Truffle Crusted Beef Risotto with Cremini Mushrooms ($27.95, plus tax), Strawberry Cheesecake with Oreo Crust and Strawberry Coulis ($8.95, plus tax), or the Chocolate Budino Gelato! These specials will be available for dine-in, carryout, and delivery in addition to the regular menu. Make a reservation now.
632 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60654
Love is love and celebrators of Valentine’s Day won’t be confined to a prix fixe menu set for two people at TAO Chicago. Instead, TAO Chicago presents an a la carte dinner featuring luxe specialty dishes for friends, lovers, and everyone to enjoy.
Specials include A5 Wagyu Beef Dumplings with truffle aioli, Hon shimeji mushroom, black truffle ($36); Thai Basil Surf & Turf with filet mignon, lobster, shiitake mushroom, asparagus, peppers ($64); Truffled Chirashi and Caviar with tuna, salmon, Hamachi, hijiki salad ($28); Aphrodite Roll with king crab, blue fin tuna, shrimp tempura, caviar ($42); and—of course—a red and slightly adapted version of the restaurant’s famed Giant Fortune Cookie ($18).
TAO will also feature signature cocktail Love to Love (scalable for a larger group!), made with botanist gin, rose liqueur, dry vermouth, lemon, and sparkling wine. Available from February 11 to March 1. The Valentine’s Day specials are available from Friday, February 11 to Monday, February 14. The Valentine’s Day specials are available from Friday, February 11 to Monday, February 14. Reservations are available here!
2024 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60614
On Monday, February 14, Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! is partnering with local organization Southside Blooms to bring you beautiful bouquets for $20 (plus tax) and single-stem roses for $3 (plus tax) this Valentine‘s Day.
Stop by the pop-up shop located inside Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! Every Southside Blooms purchase directly contributes to job creation for at-risk youth and young adults in some of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods. You can also sip on the Rosé Sangria special for dine-in only available by the glass ($11, plus tax), half pitcher ($22, plus tax) or full pitcher ($31, plus tax). The regular menu will be available for dine-in, carryout and delivery.
2124 Northbrook Ct, Northbrook, IL 60062
Di Pescara is celebrating with dine-in dinner specials on Friday, February 11 – Monday, February 14, including Crunchy Crab & Shrimp Roll, Zucchini Wrapped Sea Scallops with corn, roasted red pepper risotto, Surf & Turf, and Chocolate Lava Cake.
Di Pescara will also offer a Valentine‘s Day carryout package for two featuring Ciabatta Bread, Maine Lobster Bisque, Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Chocolate Covered strawberries, and more for $100, plus tax (gratuity not included). The package is only available on Monday, February 14, and must be ordered by Thursday, February 10 at 12:00 PM by calling the restaurant. The regular menu will also be available for dine-in and to-go.
74 W Illinois St, Chicago, IL 60654
Order Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two to-go including Whipped Feta with pistachios and Aleppo pepper, Filet with truffled garlic yogurt, Crispy Potatoes, Chocolate Chip Halva Cookie Dough (with baking instructions), and more, plus your choice of still or sparkling rosé for $139.95, plus tax (gratuity not included).
Place your order for pick-up or delivery on Friday, February 11 – Monday, February 14 between 3:00 PM – 6:30 PM. Orders must be placed by 5:00 PM on Thursday, February 10. Along with the regular menu, Ema will also have dinner specials for dine-in all Valentine’s Day weekend. Reservations are available on OpenTable.
400 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60654
The iconic steakhouse will celebrate the holiday with a fantastic 5-course prix fixe menu ($120 per person). Their classic steakhouse style is blended with a touch of Mediterranean sensibility. From the showstopping start of Fruit de Mer for two, to the artful passion fruit dessert that punctuates the meal, the elegant prix fixe menu is a no-brainer for anyone looking for a great evening out this Valentine’s Day.
Featured menu items include:
- Butternut squash Velute with ginger & cardamom aromas, served with goat cheese bruschetta (1st course)
Duck & quinoa cake, beetroot textures, Port/blackberry jus (2nd course)
Tenderloin broiled with Xinomavro red wine glaze/beef cheek braised in Xinomavro red wine served with smoked eggplant puree, onion jam and cumin baby carrots (main course option)
- Passion fruit mousse, dark chocolate cake, chocolate ganache, biscuit crumble, and kirsch liquor (dessert)
Reservations are now available.
59 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654
Celebrate Valentine‘s Day three ways with il Porcellino. The special Valentine‘s Day a la carte menu features Prosciutto Involtini with aged balsamic and arugula, Lobster Tortellini with smoked ricotta and tomato cream sauce, Barolo Braised Short Rib with garlic whipped potatoes, and Strawberry Cheesecake, available for dine-in only. There is also a to-go option for Valentine’s Dinner For Two. Reserve your spot here.
7110 Lincoln Ave, Lincolnwood, IL 60712
Special for Valentine‘s Day, enjoy Baked Superior Whitefish with Door County Cherry Sauce & Wild Rice Pilaf, Filet Medallions with white cheddar crust, mashed potatoes and sautéed spinach and Sticky Toffee Date Cake. These specials will be available for dine-in, carryout, and delivery in addition to the normal lunch and dinner menus. Make a reservation here.
620 N State St, Chicago, IL 60654
Head to Osteria Via Stato for a multi-course dinner featuring Italian speck with pecorino Toscano and bosc pears, hand-rolled gnocchi with sage and brown butter, Butterscotch budino, and more for $74.95 per person, plus tax (gratuity not included). The full a la carte menu will also be available Saturday, February 12, and Sunday, February 13. A to-go version of the multi-course dinner will also be available for $74.95 per person, plus tax (gratuity not included). Place your order by 5:00 PM on Thursday, February 10, to be picked up or delivered on Monday, February 14, between 2:30 PM and 5:00 PM.
601 N Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling, IL 60090
Chef Bonner has created a romantic menu to enjoy at home, including a Little Gem Salad, Lobster Tortellini, Filet Medallions, and more. Available for carryout only, orders must be placed by Thursday, February 10 at 12:00 PM. The package costs $54.95 per person, plus tax (gratuity not included). Items are prepared cold and include heating instructions. Saranello’s will also be offering the regular menu for dine-in, carryout, and delivery. Make a reservation now.
180 N Field Blvd, Chicago, IL 60601
Typically closed on Mondays, Avli on The Park in Lakeshore East, will open on Monday, February 14th at 5 p.m. for a special Valentine’s Day 3-course dinner ($48 per person) by Executive Chef Nikos Kapernaros featuring:
Mixed Green Salad with pumpkin, beets, celery root, pomegranate, fennel, sunflower seeds, cucumber wrap, blond raisins & champagne vinaigrette
Filet Mignon on a seafood ragu with black truffle potato puree, grilled asparagus, and sun-dried tomatoes bisque.
Chocolate Mousse Heart with strawberry gel on a cookie.
The menu items will also be available a la carte Friday, February 11 – Sunday, February 13 for dine-in and to-go. Reservations and pick-up can be booked on Tock.
1100 W Thorndale Ave, Chicago, IL 60660
Rewired Pizza Pizza Cafe & Bar in Edgewater will feature romantic offerings for Valentine’s Day like a $49 Date Night three-course dinner menu for two and a $17 heart-shaped pizza (one topping, additional toppings +$1.60 each).
Heart-Shaped Pizzas and Date Night Menu at Rewired
Saturday, February 12 through Friday, February 18
$49 date night menu; $17 heart-shaped pizzas
Both specials are available from Saturday, February 12 through Friday, February 18. The Date Night menu features three courses with a choice of appetizer, specialty pizza or pasta, dessert, and a bottle of wine. All date night menu pizzas will be heart-shaped. As an extra treat, on Monday, February 14, diners will enjoy live piano entertainment from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Reserve now on Tock.
5553 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640
Uvae Kitchen & Wine Bar in Andersonville invites guests to celebrate the one they love with a five-course Wine Pairing Dinner for Valentine’s Day. For $165 per couple, guests will enjoy a menu of items like Oysters on the Half Shell with pomegranate mignonette granita paired with La Maison du Cremant Sparkling Rosé, Butter Poached Lobster Salad with bibb lettuce, kumquats and tarragon citrus vinaigrette paired with Gustave Lorentz Pinot Blanc, an Artichoke Bisque with white truffle oil paired with Muga Rioja Blanco, and Surf & Turf with tenderloin medallions, seared sea scallops, sunflower seed risotto, sunchokes, beef fat aioli and pink peppercorn rosé reduction paired with Luca Reserve Malbec.
- Valentine’s Day Wine Pairing Menu at Uvae
Friday, February 11 through Monday, February 14
$165 per couple
2700 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Join Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar for a special tasting for two – created just for Valentine’s Day! The menu features scallop and hamachi ceviche, kopytka, surf and turf, and more. Valentine’s Day tasting is available from February 10th through February 15th for dine-in. Available beverage pairing is $65/per person and all regular menus, reserve list, and raw bar will be available.
This pairing menu is gluten free and can accommodate Pescatarian dietary needs. Reservations are available via Tock.
534 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
Chef Carrie and Pastry Chef Craig present a stunning afternoon tea service, featuring a selection of exotic teas, scones, crumpets and jam, pastries, finger sandwiches, and much more. Valentine’s Day Tea is available on Saturday, February 12, 2022, only. Seatings are at 1pm, 1:30pm and 2:00pm. The tickets are $90 per person excluding tax and tip. Additional beverages are also available for purchase. Make your reservation here!
456 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
Enjoy a Romantic Omakase consisting of four courses plus dessert. Menu highlights include Toro Tartare with Osetra Caviar, quail egg, and taro chips; Prime Beef Tataki with fresh shaved truffles, truffle jus, and pickled daikon; Chef’s Selection 5 Kind Sashimi Platter; Lobster Tempura with wasabi aioli, pink peppercorn, and tentsuyu; Snake River Farms American Wagyu Filet with chili Ginger Sauce, grilled fingerling potatoes, and yuzu chimichurri sauce. For dessert, enjoy Chocolate Lava Cake with strawberries, white chocolate, and vanilla-rose ice cream.
Accendo Wine Flight is available for $69 per person along with Decadent Wine Pairing $85 per person. Upgrades and a la carte menu items are available. The special will be available on Sunday, February 13 and Monday, February 14 from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm and is $124/person. Reservations are required and can be made here.
1709 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
At Funkenhausen, the hand-selected menu specials will leave your taste buds in love with delicious dinner and dessert entrees that every couple will enjoy. Enjoy Parisian Gnocchi with King Crab, Lemon Butter, Tart Apple, and Pickled Fresno Peppers for a comfort meal with beautiful flavors through every bite. Finish off the night with a Chocolate Meringue Pie made with Hazelnut Anglaise and Winter Citrus. Couples can also choose from Funkenhausen’s extensive and unique wine menu, tasting delicious reds and whites from all German-speaking countries.
616 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611
As Valentine’s Day approaches, Lure Fishbar (616 N Rush St.), the downtown restaurant and bar serving the freshest fish selections, a complete raw bar with rotating oyster selection, and best-of-class sushi, is featuring two prix fixe menus for lovers to indulge in:
- Valentine’s Day Menu: $85 per person (additional $35 per person for wine pairings), featuring Salmon Tartar, Heirloom Beets, choice of Pan Seared Dover Sole or Grilled Filet Mignon, with Chocolate Mousse Tart. Lure is also offering enhancements of raw oysters, shrimp cocktail, and crab claws ($21pp), as well as sushi and sashimi combinations ($31pp).
Classic Tasting Menu: $70 per person (additional $30pp for wine pairings) which includes Lure Deviled Eggs, Choice of Lure Crudo Tasting or Sea Urchin Bucatini Pasta, Pan Seared Diver Scallops or Whole Grilled Daurade, and ice cream sandwiches for dessert.
Reservations may be made via the website.
740 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661
5600 S Pulaski Rd, Chicago, IL 60629
La Josie (740 W Randolph St) and the newly reopened Solazo (5600 S Pulaski Rd) are celebrating Valentine’s Day this year with a specialty shared dish for two. Parrillada features grilled skirt steak, chicken, veggies, chorizo, cebollitas and chiles toreados, served with homemade tortillas and chile de arbol salsa ($55 at La Josie, add $10 for shrimp/$39 at Solazo, add $8 for shrimp).
Solazo will feature specialty cocktails including Con Amor de Mexico made with Sol Tarasco (Aged Charanda), Abasolo (Mexican Whiskey), and La Gritona reposado (Tequila Reposado), $19; and Eso y Mas cocktail made with tequila reposado, horchata, egg white, Negra Modelo syrup, and orange, $12.
The special offerings will be available from Thursday, February 10 through Monday, February 14 for dine-in and carry-out. Reservation may be made via the websites.
2770 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Chiya Chai in Logan Square will offer a special Valentine’s Day prix fixe dinner menu available for carryout from Friday, February 11 through Monday, February 14. For $70 per couple, each person has the choice of the Bourbon Ginger Masala or Maharaja cocktail; choice of Chili Chicken or Chili Tofu appetizer; choice of Cauliflower Peas and Potatoes, Creamy Masala Chicken or Paneer Curry; and choice of aphrodisiac Masala Chai or Pink Kashmiri Chai for dessert.
Additionally, the specialty aphrodisiac pink kashmiri chai will be available at their newly opened cafe in the Loop during the entire month of February.
712 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
Storyville, the new River North bar and restaurant inspired by early 20th-century New Orleans’s red-light district, is the perfect atmosphere for a lively, romantic date. Executive Chef Louie Yu will offer specials from Friday, February 11 to Monday, February 14 including Oysters Rockefeller, with Capital Oysters, spinach, garlic, panko, and grilled lemon (four/$24); Squid Ink Linguine, with mussels, garlic, cajun marinara, garlic French bread and scallions ($36); and Molten Chocolate Cake, with ice cream, powdered sugar, and strawberries ($10).
500 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
Perfect for Valentine’s Day and an intimate setting for date night with your significant other, Pigtail—the first speakeasy-style concept from José Andrés and ThinkFoodGroup—offers a curated tasting experience, with five courses, four cocktails and three wines. The menu takes guests on a tour of Pigtail, featuring a selection of cocktails and wines paired perfectly with an array of creative dishes. The tasting experience is a pre-paid ticket with bookings available now on Tock, available Thursday through Sunday.
932 W Fulton St, Chicago, IL 60607
Chicago Chef Joe Flamm won Top Chef Season 15 and his Valentine’s Day offerings at his first-ever restaurant, Rose Mary, will make hearts swoon this February. Valentine’s Day 2022 at Rose Mary features specials not found on Chef Joe’s already incredible Adriatic menu. The four-course offerings come in at $75 per person and will be offered alongside Rose Mary’s regular a la carte menu. The four-courses for Valentine’s Day dishes like Chef Joe’s Tuna Crudo with crispy capers, shallot-beef fat vinaigrette and veal aioli, or his Wild Striped Bass with braised cannellini beans, charred escarole, bagna cauda duck, plum glaze, cabbage and caraway. Apple Crostata closes out the meal and it comes served with salted caramel gelato. Reservations for Valentine’s with Rose Mary are available via OpenTable.
123 N Jefferson St, Chicago, IL 60661
Chef Andrew Zimmerman and Chef Kyle Cottle at Sepia offer four courses for $115 per person this Valentine’s Day. Attention to detail runs throughout Sepia and diners will discover this through dishes like Foie Gras É Clair with pickled huckleberry, Kanpachi Crudo with winter citrus and baby turnip, Truffled Fried Chicken with dumplings and sauce perigord or the Smokey Dry Aged Squab with black vinegar, chestnut and salsify. Sepia offers Crėme Fraiche Ice Cream with huckleberry and white chocolate for dessert. For reservations, visit www.sepiachicago.com.
565 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661
PROXI offers a three-course family-style menu this year for Valentine’s Day for $85 per person. Boundary-blurring decorate Chef Andrew Zimmerman’s menu with dishes like Crispy Onion Bhaji Chaat with tamarind, mint and sweet yogurt, Grilled Lamb Satay or his Vegetable and Paneer Kofta with mahkni sauce, cashew and paratha. PROXI offer’s two desserts with the Mazamorra Morado Sorbet served with pineapple jam and coconut, or a Chocolate Roll Cake with chocolate-matcha mousse and passion fruit. For reservations, visit www.proxichicago.com.
1816 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614
The perfect spot for Valentine‘s Day, or any date-night, Sushi Suite 202 offers a Date Night Package which includes two seats for the famous 75-minute, 17-Course Omakase, plus a craft cocktail flight ($170 – $180). The experience features an intimate 6-seat sushi counter with your own private chef. The omakase menu consists of 17 delectable pieces of nigiri sushi ranging from bluefin to prized Hokkaido uni all made from sustainable fish sourced from all over the world. With a focus on craft cocktails and spirits, Sushi Suite 202 is able to create drinks suited to guests’ tastes.
The intimate space offers a warm and elegant space, complete with warm wood millwork and jewel-toned velvet furniture and features a touch of Japanese flair that elevates the ambiance. The six-seat cocktail bar is cast in stone and finished with a solid wood top. The main lounge seating area at this restaurant in the Lincoln Hotel is set up like a cozy living room with cushioned ottomans for relaxed seating and intimate side tables to hold your cocktails.
Reservations can be made on OpenTable, here.
350 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60614
Celebrate this year’s day of love with a unique dining experience at Evette’s After Dark. The Evette’s After Dark Valentine‘s Dinner is a prix fixe 5-course meal with an optional wine pairing add-on. Highlighting upscale Lebanese cuisine and playful representations of traditional Mediterranean dishes, Evette’s After Dark will be the perfect way to celebrate this Valentine’s weekend in Chicago.
While the courses change for every event — and are kept as a secret until the day of — every dinner will always include a mezze board, halloumi dish, a creative hummus, main course, and a play on the traditional baklava dessert. The wines are sourced from Bottles Up in Lakeview and the pairings primarily feature Mediterranean wines.
The dinner takes place on Monday, February 14 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $60 per person. Seatings are limited. Reservations are available here.
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