Updated: Feb 22
Do you want the full, swanked-out Valentine's Day experience in Dallas for 2022? We got you. Are you just happy to be getting out of the house for once this V-Day? We got you covered on the more affordable angle as well, friends. Keep reading for 18 great options for spending your Valentine's Day dollar, however far you need or want that dollar to stretch.
For a more art-filled, modern aesthetic of Napa-inspired dishes, get in. We're going to Ellie's. Snag a reservation on the terrace for one of the best views in Dallas dining. Your dinner will be a front row seat to not only some of the best food in town, but also to the Texas Sculpture Walk and an incredible James Welling mural.
They've got some great special Valentine's Day features this year designed by Executive Chef Dan Lansburg, which include four courses. Reserve your spot for either Saturday, Feb. 12 or Monday, the real deal, here.
Photo by: @homewooddallas
That special someone is going to love Homewood on Oak Lawn, where the vibe is warm atmosphere and genuine food. It's all about letting great ingredients shine here, folks. It's a cozy spot that retains a chic feel at the same time, and the menu is packed with locally focused, chef-driven comfort-food delights like the vialone nano risotto all’onda ($32), pictured here. It features cardoons, summer artichokes and perigord truffle.
Check their menu before you get your heart set on any one of their stunning dishes from their Instagram, though. The menu, which also features a handful of great seafood choices, changes to reflect the seasons and may be somewhat different visit to visit.
Everything is beautiful at Boulevardier, including but not limited to those luscious Texas Wagyu Steak Frites ($39) pictured here. It's a joy to eat at the venerated Boulevardier, which is probably why it has become one of the signature spots in Bishop Arts since it opened in 2012.
"Boulevardier still steals my French heart," wrote one D Magazine correspondent in 2017, and five years after that, we are happy to report that it's still stealing ours every time we step in the door. So if you're trying to steal someone's heart this Valentine's Day, all we're saying is you could do a lot worse than a meal at Boulevardier. Pro tip: their selection of Petit Plats, like their crawfish beignets or grilled bone marrow, go perfectly with a little mushroom risotto on the side.
4. Rye + apothecary
Looking to dive into unique seasonal dishes with your plus one this Valentine’s Day? Rye is the cozy and intimate spot to share a variety of plates during the season of love. Their ever changing menu paired with hand crafted cocktails makes for the perfect duo to enjoy an evening of romance in Lower Greenville. Don’t be scared to try something new and branch out from your usual dishes. Each one is concocted with the freshest seasonal ingredients! Their 7-course Valentine’s meal includes caviar, wild boar terrine, sott’olio veggies and more like steak and a chocolate dessert!
Apothecary is the avant-garde cocktail lounge next-door, brought to you by the team at Rye. Our favorites include the short ribs ($30), the Chicken 65 ($14) and the torched Wagyu nigiri ($18). But the cocktails are full co-headliners here. We love their gin drinks, but you truly cannot go wrong with closing your eyes and blindly pointing at something. Try a 20th Century (gin, creme de cacao, cocchi americano and lemon) or a Martinez (Old Tom gin, sweet vermouth, cherry brandy, luxardo and orange bitters)
If you haven't been to Nobu in in Uptown, well there is no time like the present. And if you're a seasoned Nobu veteran, you already know about the jewel of Japanese food just off the lobby of the Hotel Crescent Court. But you will also be happy to learn that this is another fine dining option in Dallas that will feature a special Valentine's Day menu this year.
At $220 per person, the Valentine's Day Omakase Menu includes six courses, plus desert, and a glass of Nobu Grand Cru champagne for toasting to the one who is worth all this and more. Check it out here.
6. town hearth
"Town Hearth has got all the pomp and circumstance Dallas is known for, witih unmissable steakhouse classics," Conde Nast's "Traveler" once wrote about the shiny experience of eating here. How can they list a 1974 Ducati Sport on the sides menu (for $75,000), park an actual MG Roadster in front of the kitchen and suspend a yellow submarine from the ceiling, yet still manage such a warm and cozy ambiance? It's the mystery (and the Demonico, a perfect 16oz boneless ribeye) that keep us coming back for more.
Not up for a steak? The seafood options are always a hit as well at Town Hearth.
For something truly unique this V-Day, try Âme in the Bishop Arts district. (It's actually pronounced Ah-mmh, according to the restaurant's website). This Indian-French inspired spot gives you a chance to enjoy a blend of traditional Indian flavors using French technique.
We fell in love with the Raspberry Lassi cocktail ($16) on our last visit and always love what might just be the best Lamb Vindaloo in town. And either before or after dinner, be sure to stop by their amazing Elephant Bar for a drink or two. They describe it as their hidden "cozy emerald enclave," and we think that fits perfectly.
2. ebb & Flow
Whether you're visiting the original location in Deep Ellum or the newer Ebb & Flow at Plano's Shops at Legacy, you'll have a blast. It's a trendy place with an eclectic menu that features some of our favorites like the toasted ravioli or the Cubano egg rolls as apps, or the brilliant samon picatta ($17.99) or pork chop ($15.99) for a main.
They've got plenty of vegetarian and vegan options as well, so all tastes can be enjoyed. Their Design Director Kay Curtis describes the place as "your tattooed girlfriend going home to meet your parents." And we get what she means — the massive plant feature above the entrance says "come as you are," while the cocktails and dinner menu are certainly something to write home about.
3. la mina
This place is so much fun! For a laid back dinner-and-drinks type Valentine's Day, look no further than this perfect little hideaway tucked into the lower level of The Drey Hotel. It's modern Mexican fare with a terrific hibiscus mojito ($13) among other highlights.
The cochinita pibil tacos ($10) are always a fave, and all their tacos start with their signature corn tortillas, which are made and ground in-house. After dinner and drinks, stick around for their tres leches parfait or chocoflan (each $9).
Whether you're visiting their Deep Ellum location or Stirr in Addison, take comfort in knowing you're going to have a nice relaxed night out at one of the most approachable neighborhood bars in town. But just because the vibe is friendly doesn't mean they're not going all out for Valentine's Day. Because they are.
Stirr's four-course Valentine's Day menu includes dessert and features two or three choices per course. We want some of that seafood fondue, y'all.
5. smoky rose
Who says barbecue isn't conducive to a great date night? Not us, we never said that. In fact we are, right now, saying the opposite of that. White Rock's Smoky Rose has all the ambiance, all the atmosphere you need, and it's right across Garland Road from the Arboretum and Botanical Garden!
They've combined their serious meat-forward philosophy with a classic vibe that says, "y'all come back now." And you will, after a helping of the smoked chicken flautas ($9), some of that house-made sausage ($7 per link), or a meat board ($60) that serves 2 (with leftovers) and a la carte sides that start at classic barbecue fixins and meander toward Tex-Mex at times.
Terreli's was named Best Italian spot and Best Celebratory Dinner in East Dallas last year by the Lakewood Advocate, and what is Valentine's Day but a celebration of love, no? For the record, the family-owned East Dallas mainstay pulled in three Readers Choice Awards from the Dallas Observer last year as well, so what do we really need to add at this point?
The Italian Nachos, shortened first by the Dallas masses, then on the menu as "Italchos," (starting at $9 and up with toppings) are just one of the delicacies Terreli's is known for. Don't load up on them, either, because the stunning dinner menu awaits. Every visit is a special one, even if you don't have to get all gussied up just to walk through the door on Greenville Avenue. Your date will appreciate a night out at Terreli's.
1. greenville avenue pizza co
Staying on Greenville Avenue, why not spend Valentine's Day with the Pizza Slayers over at GAPCo.? We can't think of any comfort food we love more than a great pizza, and if you and your lover feel the same way, is there really a need to play dress-up on Feb. 14?
It's true scratch pizza at Greenville Avenue, with a variety of house-made sauces and a thin-crust backbone to their pies. We love the Pesto Sciutto or the 5-cheese ($20 each) or just popping by for some toasted ravs ($11) from time to time.
Deep Ellum's funkiest wine bar may just strike the right note this Valentine's Day. Roll-away garage-style doors give way to an indoor-outdoor bar in one of the most vibrant of Dallas foodie neighborhoods. But within, there are also plenty of nooks for you and your sweetie to get lost in intimate conversation over a nice glass of pinot.
The bruschetta spreads ($15.50 - choose 4 varieties) are amazing — probably one of Postino's biggest features. They are beautiful to look at on the board and it only gets better at first bite. If a chill, small-plates-and-wine type night is in the cards for you this Valentine's Day, you'll also love their skewers ($14) or sweet potato wedges ($9.50) to go along with some great conversation.
If your date has a great sense of humor, or maybe if you're making a group night of Feb. 14 (SOLIDARITY!), head on over to Cheapsteaks, which is also in Deep Ellum. With live music nearly every night of the week on one of two stages, a filet mignon under $25, and Brussel Sprouts of the fried variety on the menu, this place is a true hang.
Yes, the steaks are affordable, but you can't shake a stick at them. It's a good steak. If it sounds like everything Dallas is not, then you just haven't been hanging out in Deep Ellum enough.
4. la reunion
For a more casual Valentine's day outing, why not try La Reunion in Bishop Arts? They're primarily known for their coffee and cocktails, but snack boards and sandwiches are available as well. We love to build our own boards and throw back one or two casual elderflower G&T's ($13) from time to time.
This is another great spot if you're just trying to avoid "the usual" or if you're trying avoid Valentine's Day altogether this Feb. 14. Have an espresso martini ($13) or a strawberry bullshit ($15) if that is how your day turned out.
Hawkers' Asian street food menu is as vibrant as the street art in the surrounding Deep Ellum neighborhood. It doesn't HAVE to be a special occasion to go grab some of their delicious grub, but if you wanted to on this particular occasion, no one's going to argue with you.
The Roti Canai, a Malaysian flatbread starter, is a must every time we're in the neighborhood. Then it becomes a debate: what's better, the Seoul hot chicken baos? Or the pork belly baos? If you're aimlessly wandering the streets of Deep Ellum this Valentine's Day, grabbing some Hawkers is going to be the best decision you make all night. Guaranteed.
6. taco y vino
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Seriously though, no place blurs the line between fancy and super casual like Taco Y Vino in the Bishop Arts district. There are fine boutique labels available, but somehow they don't leave your wallet on empty. There are unique creations happening between these four walls, for both meat-eaters and those who abstain, that imitate art both on the plate and in your mouth hole. Before you take the plunge on your six (6) tacos and a bottle of wine for $35, be sure to also try the spicy tamale bites ($6.25).