Last-minute Valentine's Day restaurant ideas for all of the procrastinators out there who haven't made reservations yet

Here's a guide to 22 Vancouver spots that are offering special menus on February 14

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      If food is the language of love and you don’t have reservations for Valentine’s Day dinner yet, now is the time to get busy. Here, in alphabetical order, are a few options; most restaurants offer wine pairings as well. Be sure to check availability before making your date any promises.

      - Au Comptoir (2278 West 4th Avenue) Say Je t’aime with a four-course La Saint-Valentin dinner; options include tarte fine aux endives (with celeriac crème caramel, roasted beets, truffle, and walnut vinaigrette), foie gras torchon with preserved-cherry gel, Pineau des Charentes, fennel, and brioche; roasted sablefish with turnip, lettuce ravioli, and bouillabaisse sauce; honey-glazed duck breast with Savoy cabbage, burnt orange purée, sunchoke-and-potato gratin; and more. $80 per person; aucomptoir.ca/.

      - Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar (845 Burrard Street) A sumptuous five-course dinner features poached Joyce Point oyster with Northern Divine caviar; kanpachi with sea-urchin emulsion, ikura, quail “ramen” egg, fresh wasabi, and shiso; choice of roasted sablefish or prime New York striploin; and more. Then there are “enhancements” (at an additional cost) such as shaved black Périgord truffles, seared foie gras, and a caviar course. There’s dessert course and a take-home box of petits fours courtesy of pastry chef Kenta Takahashi. $110 per person; boulevardvancouver.ca/.

      - Burdock & Co (2702 Main Street) Vegetable-forward share plates, sustainable seafood, and ethically raised meats will make up a relaxed multicourse dinner by candlelight. $99 per person; www.eventbrite.ca/.

      - Cardero’s (1583 Coal Harbour Quay) Live music accompanies an à la carte Valentine’s Day menu that ranges from Cupid’s Chilled Seafood for Two (with poached prawns, Kusshi oysters, mussels, crab legs, and albacore tuna tataki, $55) to filet and lobster, $65).  www.vancouverdine.com/carderos/.

      - Cibo Trattoria (900 Seymour Street) An Italian-inspired four-course menu features a choice of appetizer, main course, and dessert as well as heart-shaped ravioli pasta course to share. $68 per person; https://www.cibotrattoria.com/.

      - Fable Kitchen (1944 W 4th Avenue) The Kitsilano spot presents a four-course Valentine’s Day menu; among the choices are oysters with fermented fennel; crispy quail with grilled-cabbage slaw and seaweed; and seared sablefish in a mushroom broth and served with Thai salad. $50 per person; www.fablekitchen.ca/.

      - Flying Pig (various locations) will be serving its regular menu but will also offer a feature platter for two ($34 per person) that includes AAA sirloin steak, bay-scallop risotto, and pan-seared Arctic char. www.theflyingpigvan.com/.

      - H2 Rotisserie & Bar’s (Fig, pomegranate, passionfruit, prawns, scallops, beef, asparagus, and chocolate all show up in a three-course (plus inter-mezzo) Valentine’s Day Fresh Sheet sharing menu at the Westin Bayshore Hotel. Bonus: dinner guests get free valet parking. $90 per couple; www.westinbayshore.com/.

      - Italian Kitchen (860 Burrard Street) Share crostini with pesto and burrata then choose a primo (such as bison carpaccio or truffle sunchoke soup), a secondo (truffle spaghetti and meatballs, perhaps, or lobster pansotti), and a dolce (should you have the tiramisu, the lemon crostata, or the salted-caramel budino?) $65 per person; www.glowbalgroup.com/italiankitchen/.

      - Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House (777 Thurlow Street) Check out the Lovers’ Platter: it has a 1.5-pound lobster, snow crab, jumbo scallops, jumbo prawns, wild sockeye salmon, oyster Rockefeller, and steamed mussels. $165.95 per platter; www.joefortes.ca/.

      - Jules Bistro (216 Abbott Street) The casual French bistro in Gastown goes classic with a three-course prix-fixe meal. Choose from a bistro salad or soupe du jour to start then decide between ribeye steak, salmon, or moules frites; finish with chocolate terrine. $33 per person; www.julesbistro.ca/.

      - Maenam (1938 West 4th Avenue) Intense Thai flavours appear in a four-course dinner that includes ma hor (caramelized chicken and prawns served with pineapples and oranges); a choice of hot-and-sour sablefish soup or a creamy coconut soup with chicken and banana blossom; one of several selections for a main course, including a whole eight-spice sea bream served on the bone with tamarind sauce; and dessert. $80 per person; maenam.ca/

      - Mission Kitsilano (2042 West Fourth Avenue) is offering two four-course tasting menus: one for vegetarians (with dishes including beet tarte and sweet-potato agnolotti) and one for omnivores (featuring torched mackerel and crispy short rib). $49 per person; missionkits.ca/.

      - Pinnacle Hotel at the Pier (138 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver) will be serving an upscale five-course feast, with P.E.I. lobster bisque, Okanagan-cherry sorbet, and choices that include filet Oscar (beef tenderloin with fresh local Dungeness crab) and pan-seared sablefish. $69 per person; www.pinnaclepierhotel.com/.  

      - Provence Marinaside (1177 Marinaside Crescent)  It’s a seven-course Tour D’Amour dinner that includes fresh oysters topped with smoked herring caviar and fresh lemon; Argentinian prawn consommé; Dungeness crab and bay scallop cannelloni; choice of double cut Australian lamb chop pôele or truffle-infused Mediterranean seabream; and more. Dessert is a Grand Marnier-and-orange-zest custard with candied blood orange served with house-made macarons and Thomas Haas chocolates. $92 per person; http://www.provencemarinaside.ca/.

      - Rocky Mountain Flatbread (1876 West 1st Avenue; 4186 Main Street) In collaboration with Koko Monk Chocolates, which specializes in raw chocolate, the pizza place offers a three-course meal with vegan and gluten-free options as well as a kids’ menu so the whole family can celebrate Valentine’s Day together. $30 per adult, $12.95 per child; rockymountainflatbread.ca/.

      - SandBar (1535 Johnston Street, Creekhouse #102) The Granville Island seafood restaurant presents a three-course dinner; choices include ponzu-marinated sablefish, 10-ounce New York lobster Neptune, and butternut-squash ravioli. $65 per person; www.vancouverdine.com/sandbar.

      - Seasons in The Park (Queen Elizabeth Park) It’s considered one of the most romantic restaurants in the city, and it’s offering a three-course meal with options such as rack of lamb or crab-crusted ling cod. $65 per person; https://www.vancouverdine.com/seasons/).

      - Tableau Bar Bistro (1181 Melville Street) Dedicated to French-meets-West Coast cuisine, the restaurant offers a three-course menu with items ranging from tartare de coeur de boeuf to agnolotti made with roasted beets, almond crumble, capers, brown butter, and lemon ricotta. La Sauvagine cheese with grapes, apple, crostini, and truffle honey will be served following the main course; for dessert, guests choose between tarte au citron and pâté de chocolat. $75 per person; http://tableaubarbistro.com/

      - Wildebeest (120 West Hastings Street) Look for locally sourced fare such as duck carpaccio, porcini risotto, seared ling cod, game lasagna and, to finish, Earl Grey panna cotta for two. $69 per person; wildebeest.ca/. 

      - WildTale (1079 Mainland Street; 165 West 2nd Avenue) The regular menu will be available; so will a Valentine’s Day platter menu with dishes such as Dungeness crab cakes, organic-beet-and-burrata salad, halibut cheeks, and red-wine-braised short rib ($45 per person). wildtale.ca/.

      - YEW Seafood and Bar (791 West Georgia Street) Start off with an amuse bouche of seafood and coconut soup then choose from smoked salmon ravioli with watercress cream and Northern Divine caviar or albacore-tuna tart with leeks, chestnuts, and black truffle. Choices for mains include beef tenderloin, sablefish, or a West Coast seafood pot for two with lobster, scallops, prawns, mussels, clams, roasted sunchokes, Swiss chard, and baby potatoes. Dessert?  "Flat White Opera" with coffee crunch, raspberry gelée, macarons, and sorbet. $99 per person; www.yewseafood.com/.

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