Hearts, cupids, flowers, chocolate, giant strawberries, Champagne, cards, weekend getaways… These are all things associated with the most romantic day of the year – Valentine’s Day. With the holiday just around the corner, many people have already made special plans to spend time with the ones they love. A romantic Valentine’s Day dinner with flowers is a traditional way to show someone you love them, as is a fun weekend away together. If you are still on the lookout for a romantic place to eat, here are some suggestions throughout Utah that will make this Valentine’s Day one to remember.
La Caille is an elegant and romantic restaurant located on 20 beautiful acres of gardens at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon. The restaurant’s special Valentine’s Day menu offers delicacies such as oysters, Jerusalem artichoke soup, seared rare tuna, and strawberry and Champagne acaron for $95 a person with a wine pairing for $65. To secure reservations at this popular restaurant, call (801) 942-1751. And, if your Valentine’s Day celebration involves plans for the weekend, their brunch menu features multiple egg dishes and seasonal fruit that use ingredients like roasted salmon, bacon, wild mushrooms, avocados and asparagus.
Salt Lake City
If you prefer a lighter meal, perhaps before enjoying a romantic night at the theatre or evening of dancing, Meditrina has moved to its new location in the Central 9th Neighborhood. They focus on moderately priced small plates using fresh, local ingredients. Offerings include oyster mushroom ceviche, farro and herbs, albacore tartare, mushrooms and brie, Utah trout and scallops.
For a heartier meal before heading out for more evening fun, The Copper Onion, a casual dining eatery that’s also located in the Central City, still has limited bar seating available on Valentine’s Day, and table seating during the weekend when many people will be celebrating the holiday early. Dinner entrees range from $14 for The Copper Onion burger to $27 for Snake River Farms pub steak frites, and a selection in between that includes grilled pork chop, lamb riblets, trout and duck. In addition to the regular menu, their Valentine’s Day specials include ribeye for two with caramelized sunchokes, blood orange, charred radicchio and cilantro.
Bona Vita Italian Bistro offers fine Italian dining in a casual setting at less than $20 a plate. They are located at the Outlets at Traverse Mountain with a limited number of cozy booths, a wine list and unique art on the wall. Last December they acquired a mirror from Mountain West Timber created from 100-year-old flooring that was salvaged from an old water tower in Salt Lake. They have received good food and service reviews, including a special mention by Doug Fox in the Daily Herald of the strawberry lemonade with a vanilla add-on. According to their Facebook page, this is a popular place to pop the question – so you might want to consider checking this bistro out if that’s what is on your mind this Valentine’s Day.
If beef is what you and your Valentine are craving, Braza Grill, Brazilian Steakhouse is offering a special Valentine’s Day meal that includes dinner, dessert, a rose and live entertainment for only $49 per couple. Shrimp and filet mignon are on the menu, and because the place is expected to attract a large crowd, reservations are recommended. For the Lehi location call (801) 901-6636. For Murray, call (801) 506-7788.
Riverhorse on Main bills itself as “one of the oldest and most distinguished restaurants on Park City’s historic Main Street.” It has four stars from Forbes Travel Guide, a great view, a tasteful interior and the promise of an intimate and relaxing dining experience. Their dinner menu includes items like local rainbow trout, pan roasted pork tomahawk, and a trio of wild game.
Does your Valentine’s celebration include a romantic ski weekend? The Mariposa restaurant at Deer Valley Resort features an intimate seating with crackling fireplaces and elegant dinners. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available, and they suggest complimenting your meal with a wine from their award-winning list. Another restaurant at Deer Valley Resort is Fireside Dining in the Empire Canyon Lodge – upper mountain area. Reservations are recommended during the busy ski season. For $65 per person, they offer four courses with warm Swiss raclette cheese, a process where a semi-hard cheese is melted in front of the fireplace for serving, as well as cured meats, roasted lamb and hearty sides. Horse-drawn sleigh rides are available for hire.
If you’re looking to end the holiday with some Mexican fare, consider trying out the tastings of Maria Bonita. Reviews note that the restaurant serves generous portions of flavorful dishes that are prepared from scratch. Some popular picks include nachos and tacos, along with a decent selection of omelets.
Craving Indian food? Take your date to Bombay House, Cuisine of India where you’ll enjoy huge, comfy booths, great service and beautiful murals. Their menu selection is long, with entrees priced at $16 or less, featuring many chicken, seafood and lamb specialties. The restaurant has locations in Provo, Salt Lake City and West Jordan.
The Heber Valley Railroad offers a Valentine’s special two-hour train ride departing on Tuesday, February 14 at 7 p.m. For $50 per person, you and your significant other can enjoy a romantic evening with cozy seating, light food, specialty cheeses, fruit, chocolate and sparkling cider.
Although efforts were made to ensure the accuracy of the information provided, it is a good idea to contact a restaurant directly for updates on their Valentine’s Day specials and reservation policies.
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