Where to enjoy a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner in Vancouver

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      Valentine’s Day (February 14) happens to land on a Friday and a long weekend this year, so it’s no surprise that restaurant reservations are filling up quickly.

      But even if it means braving the masses for a coveted dinner booking, there’s no better way to win someone’s heart than with good food and drink.

      Here are a few places in the city to take your sweetheart for a romantic meal out this year.

      Minami

      Minami (1118 Mainland Street)

      This Yaletown spot is known for its dim lighting and moody atmosphere, making it a great space to enjoy a romantic dinner. It will be offering a Valentine’s Day Shokai menu for one-night only, which features six courses of Japanese-inspired dishes that are plated beautifully. Indulge in premium sashimi, aburi (flame-seared) sushi, aburi beef-carpaccio cannoli, A5 Japanese wagyu, and finish off with a decadent white-chocolate chamomile mousse dessert. The theme of love is sprinkled throughout a few of the creations, and premium sake pairings are available for an additional cost.

      Price: $125 per person, plus taxes and gratuity.

      When: Various seating times on February 14.

       

      Gotham's

      Gotham Steakhouse & Bar (615 Seymour Street)

      Step into this art-deco style building and transport to another era. This dining establishment boasts high ceilings, plush upholstery, and luxe décor, perfect for a romance-filled meal. Gotham’s will be serving a selection of Valentine’s Day dinner features, which includes seared prawns and scallops with kumquat relish, tournedos of prime tenderloin for two (bacon-wrapped beef and vanilla-butter poached king crab legs), pistachio-crusted sea bass, and mango crème brûlée & chocolate pot de crème.

      Price: $20 to $160 per dish.

      When: Various seating times from February 14 to 16.

       

      Tracey Ayton

      Tableau Bar Bistro (1181 Melville Street)

      They often say Paris is the most romantic city to be in. But instead of flying across the Atlantic, lovers can enjoy a Valentine’s Day menu right here in the city at this local French eatery. Tableau’s three-course pre-fixe meal features plates like duck à l’orange salad, ahi tuna cru with champagne dressing, wagyu beef striploin, roasted sablefish, and a millefeuille dessert with Chantilly cream for the sweettooths. Add-ons like wine pairings, seafood towers, oysters, and cheese platters are available for an additional cost.

      Price: $90 per person, plus taxes and gratuity.

      When: Various seating times on February 14 and 15.

       

      Eva McMillan

      Livia (1399 Commercial Drive)

      Commercial Drive’s newcomer has established a legion of admirers for its bread and pastries, but its Italian food shouldn’t be overlooked. A special four-course tasting menu will be served on February 14, which will highlight Roman-inspired dishes. Guests will get to indulge in prosciutto di parma, ravioli with four cheeses and hints of truffle, braised veal cheeks and polenta, and a decadent chocolate-cherry tart to finish. Wine pairings, West Coast oysters, and cheese and preservers are available for an additional cost.

      Price: $50 per person, plus taxes and gratuity.

      When: Various seating times on February 14.

       

      Hawksworth

      Hawksworth Restaurant (801 West Georgia Street)

      Rosewood Hotel Georgia’s award-winning restaurant is setting the tone for Valentine’s Day with a selection of delicious food and drink in a candle-lit dining room. A romantic multicourse meal will be served, which includes dishes like Dungeness crab, scallop with cod tortellini, veal tenderloin, and sablefish. Indulge in dessert like black-truffle ice cream with dark chocolate, and a chocolate box with assorted flavours. A special love-themed cocktail, A Moment I Treasure (strawberry-infused Grey Goose, crème de cacao, rose water, and egg white), and wine pairings are available for an additional cost.

      Price: $110 per person, plus taxes and gratuity.

      When: Various seating times on February 14.

       

      The Teahouse

      The Teahouse (7501 Stanley Park Drive)

      Tucked away in the heart of Stanley Park, this iconic restaurant has beautiful views of the water and mountains. There’s no shortage of a romantic setting inside its dining rooms, which feature cozy corners and a warm fireplace. The Teahouse will be serving a special three-course Valentine’s Day menu, which also includes an amuse bouche and palate cleanser. Enjoy creations like stuffed mushrooms, beet salad, meatballs, swordfish steak, lobster tagliatelle, prime rib, and vegetarian lasagna. Choose from two of its popular desserts: flourless chocolate cake or crème brûlée.

      Price: $75 per person, plus taxes and gratuity.

      When: Various seating times on February 14.

       

      Cibo Trattoria

      Cibo Trattoria (900 Seymour Street)

      It’s not a secret that Italians know how to show their affections. This local trattoria will be celebrating the most romantic day of the year with an amore-filled meal. Guests can enjoy a three-course Valentine’s Day menu, showcasing tasty items like crispy Taleggio cheese with arugula and fresh pear, chicken breast with Marsala wine and confit-garlic roast potato, and a housemade truffles with meringue and fresh berries. Pair your meal with some wine, or try the special “French Kiss” cocktail from UVA Wine & Cocktail Bar next door, made with Empress gin, Martini Bianco vermouth, St. Germaine elderflower liqueur, and fresh lemon juice.

      Price: $49 per person, plus taxes and gratuity.

      When: Seatings begin at 5 p.m. on February 14 and 15.

       

      Leila Kwok

      Tojo’s Restaurant (1133 West Broadway)

      Serving up Japanese fine dining for more than 30 years, Tojo’s is an iconic establishment in Vancouver. Its expansive space offers plenty of room for couples looking to enjoy a great meal out, but be prepared to spend a pretty penny. For the Valentine’s weekend, Tojo’s will be creating two special omakase (chef’s choice) menus. Some of the dishes include fresh sashimi, bonito broth with lotus root and nameko mushrooms, seafood salad with imported seafood from Japan’s Toyosu Market, signature rolls and nigiri, and cheesecake with red bean and fruit to finish. The pricier menu also features shiitake and morel mushroom tempura, as well as wagyu from Gifu, Japan.

      Price: $150 to $250 per person, plus taxes and gratuity.

      When: Various seating times on February 14 and 15.

       

      Au Comptoir

      Au Comptoir (2278 West 4th Avenue)

      This unassuming French café in Kitsilano doesn’t fail to impress with its tasty creations. The chefs and restaurant team put a lot of love in their work, and its interior is cozy and charming. A multicourse Valentine’s Day menu is being served this year, which starts off with gougère (baked savoury choux pastry). Choose from a variety of dishes like cured foie gras terrine, Dungeness crab salad, pan-roasted scallops, honey-glazed duck breast, and grilled veal chop with portobello mushroom gratin. Finish off with a chocolate and cherry dessert, and maybe one more glass of wine.

      Price: $95 per person, plus taxes and gratuity.

      When: Seatings are fully booked at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m., but a waitlist is available.

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