The Foodie’s Guide to Valentine’s Day

1. Ecco is celebrating international love with this year’s Valentine’s Day menu, featuring entrees such as wood-fired baked oysters with leek cream and roasted quail. Guests can top off the evening with a Grand Marnier soufflé topped with Earl Gray crème anglaise. 

2. Nosh on items like lobster ravioli, strawberry mousse, lamb skewers or soy-glazed short ribs at Murphy’s Restaurant, Bakery and Wine Shop. Guests are invited to enjoy complementary wine pairings with their three-course meal, priced at $50 per person.

3. Enjoy a three-course meal Italian-style at La Tavola Trattoria. The prix-fixe menu, priced at $55 per person, will feature favorites such as the chestnut gnocchi with braised wild boar, house-cured coppa and ginger mascarpone cheesecake with a dark chocolate crust.

4. Toast your love with Southern Art and Bourbon Bar’s exclusive Valentine’s Day cocktail, “New Love, Old Love,” a combination of Old Forester Signature bourbon, Jules Theuriet Crème de Cassis, champagne and Grand Marnier marinated cherries, crafted by head mixologist Clay Livingston.

5. JCT. Kitchen & Bar is celebrating a classic love story with “The Lady” and “The Tramp” cocktails, available all Valentine’s Day weekend.  Guests are invited to clink their glasses over a four-course prix fixe meal on Friday, priced at $65 per person with additional supplemental items available.

6. West Midtown’s The Optimist is cooking up a four-course prix fixe meal for $65 per person with an optional wine pairing for an additional $30. Can’t make it for Valentine’s Day, but still interested in the meal? Diners who are unable to celebrate on Friday have the option of making their reservations on Thursday, Feb.13, Saturday, Feb. 15 and Sunday, Feb. 16.

7. What’s more romantic than authentic French cuisine? F&B Atlanta’s chef Philippe Haddad and his team are dishing up an aphrodisiac inspired four-course dinner for guests. Couples can cozy up and enjoy menu items such as butter poached lobster, smoked salmon profiterole puffs topped with caviar and goat cheese and French crepes suzettes drizzled with Grand Marnier. Dinner is $59 per person.

8. Spend a romantic evening in Old Fourth Ward enjoying a multi-course, prix fixe dinner at 4th & Swift. Watch chef Jay Swift and his team craft your meal with floor to ceiling views into the exhibition kitchen. Dinner is $85 per person with an optional wine pairing for $40.

*Looking to avoid the crowds this Valentine’s Day? For $150, Star Provisions is whipping up a four-course dinner for two, prepared and ready for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home. Featuring items like gulf crab fritter, thyme cured tenderloin of beef, Savannah bee honey with a demi baguette and Valrhona chocolate, a quiet dinner at home might not be so bad after all.