I do love the celebration of love. The Hallmark-y holiday that has become Valentine’s Day sometimes deviates from that but those that are bitter I think it’s important to remember that love has many different avenues and ways it can be celebrated. Personally, over food is one of my favorites way to express and share love.
I’ve compiled some of my favorite spots around Boulder that are offering something special for Valentine’s Day and you can expect to find more than just dinner on the night of – there are other options here too. Enjoy!
Oak at Fourteenth: Oak is hosting a four course Valentine’s Day prix fixe dinner at $65 per person. With a lobster bisque shooter to start and options like potato and chive gnocchi with steamed clams or oak grilled beef shortribs with basil creamed spinach and port wine braised onions, you’re sure to find a dish that pleases your date’s palette. They close up the evening with a romantic passion fruit and dark chocolate fondue, for dessert. http://oakatfourteenth.com/
L’Atalier: From Chef Radek Cerny, L’Atelier is hosting a Lobster, Steak, Champagne and Chocolate Valentine’s Day menu for $75 per person. Included in the special menu is lobster ravioli, tomato lobster bisque, watercress tomato, butter poached lobster and steak and a special dessert. The surf and turf inspired menu also includes a class of champagne (or wine). Reservations are required. http://www.latelierboulder.com/
Restaurant 4580: 4580 in North Boulder is hosting a Valentine’s Menu deals at just $45 per person or $65 per person with wine pairings for their three course menu. For each course there are three varying options each including the likes of oysters on the half shell with champagne mignonette, rosemary braised lamb shank with creamy chevre polenta or their sugar plum crisp with an oat strudel to top it off. http://www.restaurant4580.com/
Jax Boulder: Jax is hosting a four course Valentine’s Day menu for $55 per person with a $25 optional wine pairing. From the amuse to the third course, you will find the area’s freshest seafood options like seared Ahi arugula gnudi with white asparagus tips and poppy see-uni cream or seared scallops with carrot-ginger puree. Don’t miss dessert whether you choose their beignets or warm chocolate cake. http://www.jaxboulder.com/
Centro Latin Kitchen: Looking for a little extra spice? Centro is hosting El Dia de Amor, a four course Latin-inspired menu for $45 per person with a $16 optional wine pairing. You can find the likes of cachaça & ginger-glazed tuna with a yuca fritter or chimayo dusted beef salpico on the pre fixe menu. The pear tres leches with vanilla cream and brandy sounds to die for! They’ve also created a special “Mi Corzaon” cocktail of corazon reposado barrel aged tequila, damiana, lemon and grapefruit for $8 extra. http://www.centrolatinkitchen.com/
Pasta Vino: Pasta Vino is hosting a San Valentino Romantico four course dinner for $48 per person, which includes a complimentary glass of Presecco. From the antipasti to the dolce courses they each include multiple options, leaving room for flexibility in your dining decisions. With homemade ravioli filled with braised veal, white cabbage and truffle oil to marinated roasted bell peppers with prosciutto di parma and grilled casereccio bread to cuore di panna cotta with chocolate meringue and hazelnut gelato, you will be delighted with the Italian classics. http://pastavino.com
Cafe Aion: Cafe Aion is well known for their tapas, which is why they’re offering a Valentine’s Sharing Menu for $75 per couple. The evening gets you a choice of two tapas such as their creamy cauliflower soup or salutation cove oysters, a large platter to share over dishes like paella or braised lamb shank and two desserts! Aion will be selecting special bottles of wine to pair with the evening. Reservations are strongly encouraged. http://www.cafeaion.com/
Leaf Vegetarian: If you’re looking for a vegan, raw or vegetarian option on your special night out consider Leaf. They’re hosting a four course dinner for just $40 per person, which includes a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. http://leafvegetarianrestaurant.com
Flagstaff House: With the best restaurant view in Boulder and on their 41st year of business, Flagstaff House has put together a special menu for the occasion. The menu isn’t pre fixe but they offer Valentine’s Sampler for Two and Dessert For Two to begin and end your evening, alongside a featured champagne of Veuve Clicquot ($24 a glass, $58 half bottle). There’s also the inclusion of selecting artisan cheese to enjoy alongside your food and drinks. http://www.flagstaffhouse.com
Mountain Sun Brewery: Head Brewer John Fiorilli has collaborated with Jeff Griffith and Mike Lawinski from (the very soon to be opening!) Fate Brewing Co., in Boulder to create the Cherry Chocolate Fate. This beer is a foreign export stout base, with the addition of Fair Trade cocoa, sweet cherries and tart cherries. The beer will be served at all three pubs, and be tapped at 4:20 pm on Valentine’s Day. It’s a great treat on its own, or paired with dessert! http://mountainsunpub.com/
Mateo: Mateo is celebrating “Saint Valentin” with a three-course dinner for $75 per person (wine pairings available at additional cost). They also noted: “We’ll also be seating singles at the bar so if you are short on a partner this year, you can still feel the love.” The sweet carrot cake with slow poached carrot, vanilla-bourbon syrup and cream cheese gelato for dessert sounds incredible! http://www.mateorestaurant.com/
Bacaro: Bacaro is hosting probably the most affordable three course pre-fixe at just $35 per person. You have an option of primi, secondi and dolci for the evening and it’s filled with Italian classics. http://www.bacaro.com/
Lucky’s Market: Lucky’s is offering something fun and different on Sunday, February 10th they’re hosting a Valentine’s Cookie Decorating Open House from 2-4 PM. For just $5 per kid, each kid will receive 4 sugar cookies (gluten-free is available) and Valentine’s decorations. This is a fun way to involve the family for the day! If you love chocolate, on February 9th they’re also hosting a chocolate tasting fair from 3-6 PM. http://luckysmarket.com/
Cured: Cured Market is hosting an open house on Saturday, February 9th. The open house will include local chocolatier, Nathan Miller who is deputing his chocolate and cigar tasting pack, Kim from Kim and Jake’s cakes who will be tasting some of their Valentine’s Day desserts, Fiori Flowers who will be giving you the opportunity to pre-order red roses or a bouquet of peonies for a lucky someone. Cured will be providing guests with empty gift boxes and a variety of love inspiring foods, so you can create your own dream/love box. Everyone who purchases a box will have their name entered into our raffle to win a three month Cured Cheese of the Month Club so you will feel the love from Cured far past February 14th. http://www.curedboulder.com/
The Kitchen [NEXT DOOR]: I love this idea. They’re hosting an anti Valentine’s Day 80’s Dance Party. DJ Jahsonic will spin your favorite songs from the 80’s, 9PM – Close. Plus, you’re invited to start the evening at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) for a complimentary chocolate & champagne reception for the launch of their latest exhibit, the Museum of Broken Relationships, starting at 6:30PM.
The Kitchen Boulder: Enjoy a romantic evening on Pearl Street with a special Valentine’s Day 4-course prix fixe menu highlighting the season’s freshest offerings for $85 per person, $125 with wine pairings. Reservations required, please call (303) 544-5973 to make a reservation.
Sending you lots of love. Mangia and enjoy!