With Valentine’s Day falling on a Friday this year, many restaurants are gearing up for big crowds. Make reservations now and save from scrambling later. Here’s a list of Fort Worth establishments hosting special dinner events to celebrate the evening of love. Check back often, as the list will grow as the day gets closer.
B&B Butchers & Restaurant
Staying in? The prime steakhouse is offering a smorgasbord in a box that comes with two appetizers, an entrée, three sides, two desserts, and chocolate covered strawberries. (Entrees will need to be prepped at home, but easy-to-follow cooking instructions are included.) The feast is available February 13 through 16 and is $130 plus tax. Orders must be placed 24 hours in advance, and flowers can be added if desired. If dining in, pre-ordering flowers for the table is also an option with reservations.
In addition to the full menu, chef Brian Olenjack will add sumptuous specials for the evening, including lobster mac and cheese, jumbo lump crab cakes, lobster bisque, and surf and turf for two with black angus filet and King crab legs. Classic tiramisu and chocolate Dutch babies served with Mexican vanilla ice cream round out dessert. Reservations begin at 5 pm.
Blue Mesa Grill
Valentine's tequila dinner in the 5th & Carroll Events' space features Azunia Organic Tequila in a four-course meal created by chefs Becky Foulk and Manny Huerta. It includes mini crab & shrimp cakes, corn & poblano soup topped with rojo shrimp, citrus salad with arugula & avocado, red chile roasted beef tenderloin on a bed of rajas with chimichurri sauce, served with asparagus, loaded mashed potatoes, coriander crusted tomato, and dessert for two with warm chocolate cake. Cocktails start at 6 pm, followed by dinner and music. $75, or $100 for two. The restaurant will serve a free flourless chocolate cake with warm Mexican chocolate, strawberry-poblano, and coconut rum cajeta sauces with vanilla ice cream and chile pecans with the purchase of two entrees. 817-332-6372.
Now through February 16, the Southlake seafood destination is serving an off-menu special of filet mignon topped with lobster chunks and lump crab in a creamy thermidor sauce. Other limited time items include seafood cioppino and salmon caprese. The dishes pair with Bonefish’s new Le Fleur cocktail — a floral twist on the classic French 75 with lavender simple syrup and elderflower liqueur. A hot chocolate lava cake with fresh berries is also new for Valentine’s Day.
Available for dine-in or to-go, the Tex-Mex restaurant’s three-course Valentine ’s Day special menu comes with lots of choices. Start with salmon tapas or vegetable soup, crab enchiladas, redfish or filet for the entrée, and churros or chocolate-covered strawberries for dessert. The meal is $35 per person. If dining in, cocktail pairings may be added for $15 more.
Cork & Pig Tavern
The restaurant with locations in Crockett Row and Las Colinas will serve a special Valentine's menu from Friday through Sunday. It includes starters of steamed garlic mussels or crab hushpuppies; entree choices of bone-in New York strip or grilled cold water lobster tails; and for dessert, chocolate beignets tossed in powdered sugar and served with a warm strawberry Grand Marnier sauce. Price is $30-$50 per person. Reservations can be made at www.corkandpig.com or by calling the restaurant at 817-759-9280.
Cowtown Brewing Company
The popular downtown brewery (which serves some pretty darn good barbecue smoked on-site) is charging $150 per couple for a four-course dinner paired with beer. Start with bacon-wrapped quail before moving to a Caesar salad with pork belly croutons. Choose from smoked Cornish game hen with cherry chipotle barbecue sauce or stout and honey-braised short ribs for the entrée, and there’ll be triple berry shortcake for dessert. Dinner starts at 7 pm.
Ellerbe Fine Foods
Reservations begin at 5:30 pm (both Friday and Saturday) for chef Molly McCook’s three-course menu. Choose from cauliflower soup or pecan and gorgonzola salad, Sicilian swordfish or chef’s choice steak, and for dessert, salted dark chocolate tart or champagne cake. The fine meal is $85 per person, or $35 more for added wine pairings, plus tax and gratuity.
Lonesome Dove Western Bistro
Tim Love’s special five-course menu will be served one night only at the Stockyards steakhouse. Start with diver scallops and move to choice of habanero honey-glazed shrimp or rabbit confit, choice of heirloom kale salad or rattlesnake sausage soup, and for the entrée, choice of garlic-stuffed beef tenderloin, duck mole, or pan-seared redfish. End with Tuaca-spiked French silk pie with berries. The dinner is $110 per person plus tax and gratuity.
Messina Hof Winery
The Grapevine winery will host a Valentine’s dinner and dance featuring a five-course meal paired with wines and live music. Tickets are $89.99 plus tax and gratuity, and the festivities start at 7 pm.
Mi Dia From Scratch
The popular Grapevine restaurant will feature an off-menu special entrée all weekend long, starting Friday, February 14. Chef Gabriel DeLeon’s Lobster Two Ways will include wood-grilled skirt steak and Dos Equis-fried lobster tail topped with sautéed lobster, sweet corn, and chipotle and roasted jalapeño lime reduction. The entrée is $44 and pairs perfectly with Mi Dia’s margarita of the month — a strawberry agave-kissed concoction called Mi Corazon.
An option for those with littles, the Grapevine restaurant will have a kids' buffet with games, crafts, activities, Valentine’s Day cupcakes, and goodie bags. It takes place 5-10 pm; $10 per person.
Visit the North Fort Worth seafood mecca for a special date-night platter for two. Couples won’t go hungry with one pound each of snow crab, King crab, spicy shrimp boil, fries, hushpuppies, and two sides. The platter is $88.99 and includes a bottle of bubbly, too.
The new-ish restaurant and bar in Crockett Row at West 7th will offer a special four-course Valentine's menu at dinner. The $40 per-person price includes choices like blue crab spinach and artichoke dip, classic house salad, chicken portobello, Kung Pao fried lobster, and for dessert, white chocolate bread pudding and chocolate-covered strawberries served with champagne. Their regular menu also will be available upon request.
The nonprofit community restaurant (which usually lets patrons choose what they wish to pay for a meal but sets the price for this one) will host its third annual Taste the Love Valentine’s fundraising dinner. The multicourse meal is $300 per couple and BYOB. The 2020 menu is yet to be announced, but last year’s highlights included cioppino, crab salad, and porterhouse steak for two. Seating times start at 6:30 pm
The Table Market & Culinary Studio
The Near Southside artisan market will host a five-course “Aphrodisiacs Dinner” featuring wine pairings by Cadillac Wines. Expect roasted oysters, garlic soup, chocolate and chili-braised beef with avocado and pine nuts, and saffron and honey-poached pear with fig and pistachios. The dinner is $145 per person and begins at 7 pm.
Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill
The Oregon-based gastropub, which has a location in Euless, will offer Valentine’s Day specials including pepper bacon-wrapped filet mignon ($32.95), Korean baby back ribs ($22.95), and whiskey bing cherry bread pudding ($8.95). Toast with specials on bubbly and sparkling rosé, too.
The recently-opened Toro Toro Pan Latin Steakhouse in the Renaissance Worthington Hotel has created a special four-course, prix-fixe Valentine's menu. A wine pairing is available with each course, and the The Pepe Valdez Trio will play live jazz music throughout the evening. Main courses on the menu include pan-seared halibut, roasted duck breast, tenderloin with toston de papas and chimichurri, and zucchini and portobello mushroom al a brasa with wild mushroom quinoa. A limited a la carte dinner menu will also be available. The special dinner is $75 per person, plus $35 for the addition of wine pairings. The hotel also has a special Valentine's overnight package for $389. For more information and reservations, visit the website.
This Southlake restaurant's regular menu is enhanced by a cocktail created just for Valentine's Day: The TruLuv, with dry ice smoke, Vodka, cava, Chambord, pineapple juice, and raspberries. A roaming photographer can provide a complimentary Polaroid. Truffles are complimentary.
Two Brothers Winery
The new Keller winery will partner with neighbor restaurant DeVivo Bros. to offer a four-course dinner paired with wines. Enjoy stuffed mushrooms, salad, steak or chicken, and white chocolate cheesecake. Patrons can indicate their wine varietal preferences upon making reservations. The cost is $225 per couple, including tax and gratuity.
Visit downtown Fort Worth’s newest restaurant — located inside the snazzy new Sinclair hotel — for a three-course prix-fixe dinner. Menu choices include prime beef tartare, cauliflower soup, petite filet and King crab, dry-aged ribeye, bourbon caramel cake, and black cherry crème brulee. The feast is $85 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and wine pairings may be added for $35 more.