Monday, February 1, 2010

Sweetheart Specials for Valentine's 2010

 ~Climb Aboard the Love Train~
Austin is a great place to be on Valentine's Day. The weather is mild, your choices are varied and with V-day falling on a Sunday this year you can enjoy an entire weekend of romance. In typical Austin fashion, the city's best restaurants are offering great specials to make your Valentine's celebration extra sweet. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Wining & Dining

Perry's Steakhouse & Grille - February 14, 2010 Offering a prix-fixe menu which will include 3 courses for $54.95 for reservations 5:30pm & earlier & $69.95 for reservations after 5:30pm. 114 W 7th St. (512) 474-6300

Trio - February 14, 2010 This swanky restaurant/lounge located in the Four Seasons Hotel on Lady Bird Lake is offering a  4-course prix-fixe Valentine's menu. ($95/person) 98 San Jacinto Boulevard 512-478-4500

Driskill Hotel
  • February 12 & 13 Cupid's Menu. Austin's historic Driskill Hotel Grill is offering a special Cupid's menu the 2 nights leading up to Valentine's Day. The dinner includes a romantic 5 course Cupid's menu. Many courses tickle the pallet with "aphrodisiacs".
  • February 14, 2010 take your sweetheart to the Driskill for the His and Her 5 course dinner. The Driskill will provide roses, champagne, and truffles for each table. Each course leads you down a romantic road of flavorful combinations and subtle "aphrodisiacs". Reservations Limited: 391-7162
Finn & Porter - All weekend
Enjoy a 4-course prix-fixe menu ($65/person). Expect a variety of champagne offerings by the glass & complementary parking. 500 E. 4th St. 493-4900

Hudson's On the Bend - February 14, 2010 Enjoy inspired hill country cuisine in a romantic setting with an extravagant 6-course romantic dinner with selections to choose from. Seating is limited. $200/couple 3509 Ranch Rd 620 N 512-266-1369

Andiamo Ristorante - February 14, 2010 Have an Italian Love Affair. Valentine's fixed priced menu featuring entree choices with such romantic descriptions as...Dal Porofondo Del Cuore (From Deep in the Heart) Cupid's arrow piercing through roasted large prawns stuffed with crab meat a wrapped with potatoes intertwined in a hypnotic potion of tarragon lemonsauce...2521 Rutland Dr. 512-719-3377

Melting Pot Northwest 
  • February 13, 2010 Dancing and Dinner with Arthur Murray Dance Studi One hour dance lesson followed by 4 course dinner. 12 pm dance lessons 1pm lunch - $110 per couple4 pm dance with 5pm dinner - $120 per couple (Dinner will be a group event in the party rooms with your new dancing friends.)
  • Sunday, February 14th - Noon - 11pm Noon - 4pm - Choose from any of our Four-Course Big Night Out Menus (start at $82 per couple) 4pm- 11pm - SET MENU: Cupids Combination - Choice of Cheese Fondue, Salad,Surf & Turf Entree Fondue (Lobster Tail, Filet Mignon, Marinated Shrimp, Chicken, Ravioli and Vegetables with your choice of cooking style) and choice of chocolate fondue. $130 per couple plus tax and gratuity. 13343 Research Blvd. Austin - Northwest, TX 78750 (512) 401-2424.

Austin Steam Train
  • February 13, Sweetheart Special Dinner Train 
  • February 14 - Sweetheart Special Lunch Train 2/14 
Celebrate Valentine's Day with dinner on board the Sweetheart Special and you'll have a date to remember! Lounge passengers enjoy a full service meal, while excursion passengers enjoy our fun buffet. Complimentary beer, wine, entertainment and a special gift for each passenger are all included in the ticket price. Price range $50-$75 (512) 477-8468.

Fall Creek Vineyard 
  • February 13, 2010 Wine Lovers Pique Nique Luncheon with 11:30 and 1:30 seatings. French menu with Fall Creek wine pairings. $30 per person. 
  • February 14, 2010- Wine Chocolate Pairing class with Miss Jane. 1:00 and 3:00 pm $18 per person. 1820 County Rd. 222 Tow, Texas 78672 (512) 476-4477
Central Market Cooking School - February 12, 2010 6:30 pm. $60 Sensuous Valentine Dinner with Chef Gina Burchenal. Couples prepare a romantic dinner. Menu includes:
  • Oysters in Champagne
  • Lush & Creamy Asparagus Soup
  • Fig, Prosciutto & Arugula Salad with Parmesan Shavings
  • Swiss Chard, Date & Pine Nut Stuffed Quail with Red Wine Demi-Glace & Fregula Risotto
  • Sumptuous Chocolate Banana Tart with Toasted Almond

Amy's Ice Creams - Choco-Berries Chocolate Covered Strawberries. Fresh strawberries hand-dipped in dark, Belgian Callebaut chocolate, then drizzled in white chocolate. Packaged in whimsical pink cartons. $16/dozen. Pre-order or take purchase in Amy's store locations Feb. 12, 13th & 14th. 

Austin Cake Ball - Valentine's gift boxes. See online ordering page for pricing.  

Viva Chocolato - Chocolate Truffles & gourmet wine pairing gift such as the Malbec and European Dark Truffle collection for $80.95.  

Okay, that's all I can take of that. Truth is, I can't stand Valentine's Day. But, hey, all you romantic types, enjoy!

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  1. Excellent ideas, Jane! Also, the Carillon at the AT&T Executive Education Center at UT-Austin is hosting a couples cooking class for Valentine's Day taught by Executive Chef Josh Watkins himself and his wife! I would encourage those interested to call the Carillon for more info: 512-404-3655 or 512-404-3689.

  2. Thanks for the rebeccammendation! That sounds like a great event.