Valentine’s Day is a tricky holiday. On the one hand, I like to pretend that it’s not a big deal because we should say “I love you” every day, right? On the other hand, I must admit, when February 14th rolls around every year, I don’t say “no” to a little extra attention. In fact, if I’m honest, it’s kind of nice to have a day set aside when we all make a little extra effort to show the special people in our lives just how much they mean to us.
However, most of us have done just about all we can do to get through the big holidays in November and December, so Valentine’s Day can sneak up on us rather quickly. All too often, we think about things like Valentine’s Day dining reservations with only days to spare. By then, we run the risk of our go-to restaurants being booked and we might find ourselves without a back-up.
With that in mind, we have collected a list of fantastic spots all throughout the Greater Richmond area that are offering special Valentine’s Day dinners. From upscale to casual dining, you’ll find great food and just the right amount of romance to make your day special.
Check out our list of top picks for Valentine’s Day dining in Richmond and remember, while we should say “I love you” every day, there’s nothing wrong with celebrating your special someone with a little extra attention on Valentine’s Day!
Located at Stony Point Fashion Park, BRIO Tuscan Grill offers authentic Italian cuisine in a classy, but relaxed environment. Join them for a special Valentine’s Day event from this February 9th through the 18th, and enjoy romantic specials like the Sweetheart Martini, Antipasti Bruschetta, savory soups of the day, Lobster and Shrimp Scampi, and Molten Chocolate Cake. Reservations are recommended.
Casa del Barco will add some spice to your Valentine’s Day dinner with authentic Mexican cuisine served in a vibrant setting. With locations at the Canal Walk in downtown Richmond and an all-new spot in Short Pump featuring a rooftop bar, Casa del Barco is the perfect place to find a little romance this Valentine’s Day. Choose from their special Valentine’s Day menu, available from February 14th through the 18th, or select favorites from their regular menu, as well.
11800 W Broad St
Richmond, VA 23233
(804) 729-5088 ext. 1
Featuring an all-star menu of seafood, steak, and classic American dishes, Firebird’s offers an upscale, but casual environment for Valentine’s Day…or any day. However, to help make your Valentine’s Day just a little more romantic, in addition to their regular menu, they will be offering an exclusive seasonal menu on February 14th for both lunch and dinner.
Located in an authentic mid-1700s tavern, Hanover Tavern has been part of the area’s history for more than three hundred years. And this Valentine’s Day, there’s no better way to celebrate the history of your own love than with a special Valentine’s Day Dinner on February 14th or a Valentine Dinner and Wine Pairing on February 16th. Reservations are strongly recommended.
This Korean hot spot in the VCU district serves up favorites like Kim Bap Rolls, Udon, Ramen, and Bi Bim Bap, along with many other Korean delicacies. For Valentine’s Day, they will be offering a special menu and will be accepting reservations. Call (804) 355-0055 for reservations or see their regular menu here.
K-Town Kitchen and Bar
9 N. 4th Street
Richmond, VA 23219
With a focus on creative farm-to-table meals that are constantly changing and evolving, Kitchen on Cary is a Richmond treasure. Join them this Valentine’s Day from 5pm – 9:30pm for a special three-course prix fix meal from award-winning executive chef, Michael Macknight, and his culinary team. Each course offers a wide array of choices including gluten-free and vegetarian options, as well as traditional favorites such as Chesapeake Crabcake and Boneless Short Rib. Valentine’s Day dinner will be served with a complimentary glass of champagne, as well as a selection of love-inspired desserts. Valentine’s Day dinner is $45 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). See the full menu here.
Featuring local, organic, and sustainable foods, Little Saint serves up traditional Southern meals with a modern twist. Choose from their regular menu of seafood, steaks, salads, and more, including vegan and gluten-free options, or take advantage of their exclusive three-course prix fix “Lover’s Menu,” available from the weekend before Valentine’s Day until the weekend after. Space is limited, so reservations are recommended.
Located in the Quirk Hotel in downtown Richmond, Maple and Pine is an upscale dining experience that focuses on artisanal flavors crafted from local, seasonal foods. Join them this Valentine’s Day for a special four-course prix fix menu that highlights their signature flavors. Prix fix meals are $65 per person and reservations begin at 5pm.
It may not be possible to get away for a romantic European vacation this Valentine’s Day, so Max’s on Broad brings the flavors of Europe to you. This popular Belgian eatery offers a wide array of European-inspired cuisine, including meats, cheeses, soups, sandwiches, waffles, and savory entrees. Join them from the weekend before Valentine’s Day until the weekend after and celebrate your love with their optional three-course prix fix “Lover’s Menu.” Space is limited, so reservations are recommended.
For more than two decades, Mosaic has been setting the bar for fine dining in the Richmond area. But on Valentine’s Day, they kick it up a notch with an exclusive Valentine’s Day menu. This elegant four-course meal-for-two is offered for $89 per couple with an additional wine pairing offered for only $30 more. Reservations are recommended.
For elegance and flair, head to Rowland this Valentine’s Day. Located in The Fan, Rowland combines Southern, Asian, Mediterranean & Provence influences with fresh seasonal ingredients to create signature dishes that are served in an upscale, yet comfortable environment. Join them this Valentine’s Day for their exclusive three-course Valentine’s Day Menu. The prix fix menu is available for $60 per person, but space is limited so be sure to make your reservations soon.
Known for their premier steaks, Ruth’s Chris is one of Midlothian’s most popular fine dining establishments. And, of course, Valentine’s Day is no exception. This Valentine’s Day, they will be offering a special of Ruth’s Surf and Turf (a 6 oz. filet and two 5 oz. cold water lobster tails) for only $56. Reservations are recommended.
Another Richmond favorite for fine steaks and upscale dining, Shula’s at the Hilton Richmond Hotel and Spa will add just the right amount of elegance to your Valentine’s Day. Join them on February 14th and choose from their wide selection of premium appetizers, soups, salads, steaks, seafood, and desserts. See the full menu here. Reservations are recommended.
Shula’s Steak House – Hilton Richmond Hotel and Spa
12042 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23233
Make online reservations here.
While Strawberry Street Café might be best known for their famous “Bathtub Salad Bar,” they are also one of The Fan’s most popular dining establishments. Featuring fresh ingredients and a wide selection of all-American fare, Strawberry Street Café offers a casual dining experience that is perfect for a laid-back Valentine’s Day. Choose from their regular menu, or take advantage of their special Valentine’s Day four-course dinner for two. This dinner features their soup and salad bar, along with two entrees and a dessert to share all for only $49. Reservations are recommended.
With a menu that ranges from elegant seafood dishes to comfort foods like pasta and pizza, Tarrant’s truly has something for everyone. This Valentine’s Day, treat you and your someone special to a meal from Tarrant’s regular menu, or choose from their Valentine’s Day-inspired three-course “Lover’s Menu.” The Lover’s Menu will be offered from the weekend before Valentine’s Day until the weekend after. Reservations are recommended.
As the West End sister establishment of Tarrant’s Café, you can count on the same delicious food, casual, but elegant dining, and exceptional service at Tarrant’s West. This Valentine’s Day, they will be offering their regular menu along with an optional a three-course “Lover’s Menu.” The Lover’s Menu will be offered from the weekend before Valentine’s Day until the weekend after. Reservations are recommended.
If you love fondue, then chances are you’ve already discovered The Melting Pot in Richmond. This casual fondue-focused restaurant is perfect for a family outing, a night out with friends, or a romantic dinner for two. This February, they are celebrating Valentine’s Day with a special “14 Days of Romance” event. From February 7th through February 21st, you can enjoy special menus and pricing designed to celebrate your love, including set menus on February 10th and 13th for $59 per person. On February 14th, enjoy a set five-course menu complete with a sparkling wine toast and Valentine’s Day keepsakes for $79 per person. For an additional cost, add flower packages, rose petals, or balloons. Call (804) 741-3120 for details.
For the little ones in your life, be sure to take advantage of The Melting Pot’s “Little Cupids” lunch special available on Saturday, February 3rd and Sunday, February 4th. From 11am – 4pm, kids 12 and under will receive a complimentary “Fun-due for the Kids” entree with each adult entree purchased. Reservations are recommended, so be sure to call (804) 741-3120 and mention “Cupid’s Lunch.”
With three stunning waterfront locations throughout the greater Richmond area and a fourth location at Short Pump, The Boathouse offers beautiful views and incredible food all year long. But there’s no better time to visit your favorite Boathouse location than this Valentine’s Day. They will be serving their regular menu complete with their signature seafood favorites, as well as a special love-inspired Valentine’s Day menu. Valentine’s Day specials will be available from February 14th through the 18th. Reservations are recommended.