Believe it or not Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. That means February 14 is less than a month away. If you are still settling into the New Year like me and working hard on those resolutions, now’s the time to start planning! After all, you don’t want to be emptied handed. Unless of course, you are cooking your sweetheart a romantic dinner! I’m all for Netflix and Chill, but I’d like to think of Valentine’s as an excuse to dine out and do something fun! So, Where To Eat On Valentine’s Day?
Valentine’s can also be a major drag. I can totally think of 10 Reasons why Valentine’s Day sucks to some of you. Don’t think of it as National Single Awareness Day! Go do something fun with your friends! Just because Cupid’s bow and arrow is plastered everywhere, doesn’t mean it’s all sappy!
We’ve curated a list of fun and romantic restaurants on Valentine’s Day just for you! This list will be updated up to the V-day! Check back regularly to see what’s up!
Where To Eat On Valentine’s Day
Celebrate Anti-Valentine’s Day with Special Sunday Dinner Service. Flip the script on all the hearts, flowers and unmet expectations and join Café Medina to celebrate “Anti-Valentine’s Day” with a communal, all-inclusive feast for singles, couples, friends, family and groups alike.
Beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14, the eponymous daytime restaurant will mark the occasion with a special dinner service that includes a five-course gourmet menu by Medina Chefs Deniz Tarakcioglu and Adam Perrier, a glass of sparkling wine upon arrival and live music courtesy of “TV Show Band” jazz trio.
A limited number of seats for Café Medina’s Anti-Valentine’s Day event are available for $69 per person plus tax and gratuity, and may be purchased via Eventbrite: http://medinaanti-vday.eventbrite.ca.
ANTI-VALENTINE’S DAY MENU
Freshly Shucked Oysters
Smoked Salmon Roe, Champagne Mignonette
Torchon of Foie Gras
Poached Figs, Flatbread
Marinated Beets and Baby Carrots
Granny Smith Crisps, Pomegranate Chèvre, Toasted Marcona Almonds, Sherry Vinaigrette
Spiced Duck Breast
Crispy Shallots, Pomme Fondant, Watercress, Currant Jus
Ras el Hanout Black Cod
Burnt Orange Caramel, Israeli Couscous, Roasted Eggplant, Cured Tomato
Vanilla Cardamom Gâteau
Pistachio Rosewater Ice Cream, Sponge Toffee
L’Abattoir| 217 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2J2 | (604) 568-1701
L’Abattoir will dish up a four-course dinner with wine pairings in its sleek private dining room – tucked into a cobblestoned square just behind the main restaurant – featuring Executive Chef Lee Cooper’s French-inspired classics along with brand-new additions that are sure to surprise and delight.
Vancouver Brewery Tours | 425 – 2008 Pine St., Vancouver, BC, V6J 0B8 | 604-318-2280
This Valentine’s Day, Vancouver Brewery Tours will again connect local and visiting couples alike to the heart of the city’s booming craft-beer community for its exclusive second annual ‘For the Love of the Craft’ Valentine’s-themed tour on Sunday, Feb. 14 from 2:00 to 5:30 p.m.
The romantic, beer-fuelled excursion will begin with a stop at Big Rock Urban Brewery, where guests can set the mood with beer samples and appetizers before continuing on to Storm Brewing, where the brewmasters will serve up a variety of Valentine’s-themed beer made especially for the day. The tour wraps up on a sweet note as guests are treated to a unique tasting that combines chocolates from renowned chocolatier Thomas Haas with select brews from Strange Fellows Brewing.
As with all of Vancouver Brewery Tours’ public and private tours, its ‘For the Love of the Craft’ tour includes transportation to and from each of the breweries in its comfortable 14-passenger van, as well as pick-up and drop-off from Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver.
Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar | 845 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2K7 | (604) 642-2900
Love is in the air at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar on Sunday, Feb. 14 as the restaurant trades in their regular à la carte dinner service to play host to an exclusive four-course ‘Yours & Mine’ Valentine’s Menu prepared by award-winning Executive Chef Alex Chen and his team.
Throughout the evening, guests will enjoy the warm glow of candlelight, long, lingering glances and a luxurious multi-course dinner with their special someone for $99 per person plus tax and gratuity, with optional wine pairings available for an additional $59 per person. To cap off the evening on a sweet note, each table will receive a complimentary box of Valentine petits fours handcrafted by Boulevard Pastry Chef Jason Pitschke.
‘YOURS & MINE’ VALENTINE’S MENU FOR TWO
– choice of –
YOURS: chilled shellfish parfait
dungeness crab, sidestripe shrimp, clams, oysters, “chowder” emulsion,
northern divine caviar
MINE: pork jowl, foie gras and celeriac terrine
glazed chestnut, apple butter, truffle brioche
– choice of –
YOURS: sunchoke risotto
roasted squash, shaved black truffles, parmesan, tarragon
MINE: hen’s egg pasta
bc honey mussels, chorizo sofrito, piquillo pepper, parsley, olive oil
– choice of –
YOURS: pan crisp loup de mer
saffron potato, young leeks, sidestripe shrimp poached in butter
MINE: prime new york steak
pommes aligot, roasted shallots, spinach and almond purée,
creamed chanterelles, bone marrow jus
(6 oz japanese wagyu supplement $80)
seared foie gras $19
shaved black perigord truffles $35
shaved white alba truffles $75
– choice of –
YOURS: passion love bombe
coconut mousse, passion fruit gel, caramelia milk chocolate
MINE: red fruit chocolate affection
manjari dark chocolate, raspberry, warm jasmine ganache
(cheese supplement $18)
Reservations are highly recommended for Boulevard’s Valentine’s Day dinner service and can be made online at boulevardvancouver.ca/reservations or by calling (604) 642-2900.
Pidgin | 350 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2J3 | (604) 620-9400
Warm your loved one’s heart at Gastown’s Pidgin, with Chef Shin Suzuki’s multi-course Valentine’s Day tasting menu. Intended to be shared by two, Pidgin’s special eight-course menu is available for the entire weekend, from Friday, February 12th through Sunday, February 14th. Pidgin’s regular a la carte and prix fixe menus and daily specials are also available.
Guests will start with snacks of Smoked Almonds and an Oyster Shot with Passionfruit and Horseradish. A parade of dishes follow: Beet Tartare with Olive Tapenade, and Sprouted Amaranth; Confit Salmon with Blood Orange Salad and Yuzu Crème Fraiche; Duck Rillette with Caper Raisin Purée and Ginger Carrots; Pan Seared Trout with Bonito Butter Sauce and Swiss Chard; and Kuroge Wagyu Striploin with Potato Cake, Wasabi and Garlic Chips. End the meal on a sweet note with rich Chocolate Cake or Lychee Ice Cream.
Pidgin’s Valentine’s Day Tasting Menu is $100 per guest, plus tax and gratuity. Guests are encouraged to reserve their seat in advance. Please call 604-620-9400 or visit
Valentine’s Day Tasting Menu
$100 per person / serves 2
oyster shot, passionfruit, horseradish
beet tartare, olive tapenade, sprouted amaranth
confit salmon, blood orange salad, yuzu crème fraiche
duck rillette, caper raisin purée, ginger carrots
pan seared trout, bonito butter sauce, swiss chard
kuroge wagyu striploin, potato cake, wasabi, garlic chips
chocolate cake / lychee ice cream