Valentine's Day is the ultimate excuse to treat your sweetie to a romantic night out. It’s a time when chefs are eager to show off so tables are filling up fast—be sure to book early at these romantic restos to guarantee a corner table where you can stay close together all night.
There will certainly be a lot of "I love you’s" directed toward the biscuits at this intimate standby with classic, polished decor. The five-course menu will feature sumptuous Southern-inspired fare like blood orange butter-poached carrots and fish fry with Carolina gold rice and hickory smoked roe. $100 prix fixe with $75 wine pairings. 1610 San Antonio St., 512-474-2796
A corner table may not be an option here, but for a romantic night under the stars, head over to Eden East for their Love on the Farm menu. Offered the weekend before and on Valentine’s Day, the evening starts with a glass of Champagne before moving to fresh dishes like scallop crudo with grapefruit, honey, and mint, and tenderloin and barbecued shrimp with pecan sage cream. To top off the romance, the dessert course is an imaginative take on chocolate and roses. $90 prix fixe. 755 Springdale Road, 512-428-6500
Although reservations are quickly filling up for the seven-course omakase of the restaurant’s most popular dishes, the wine bar and sushi bar of Uchiko always accept walk-ins, where the a la carte menu will be available. The madai and uni are sure bets, but if you and your valentine don’t see eye-to-eye on sushi, opt for the jar jar duck—and don’t miss the fried milk dessert. $150 omakase per couple, a la carte menu available. 4200 N. Lamar Blvd., 512-916-4808
L’Oca d’Oro’s Valentine’s Day menu takes inspiration from Stevie Wonder and Public Enemy, allowing guests to choose items from a "Love" or "Hate" menu. With dishes like "Yo!Bum Rush the Show" (caviar on crespelle) and "Hotter than July" (short ribs with an exotic pepper), we’re sure only positive words will be said during the whole meal. $55 prix fixe with $30 cocktail and wine pairings. 1900 Simond Ave., 737-212–1876
Apis definitely does the holidays right, and your beau is sure to be wowed by their apiary-influenced cuisine. Available on February 13, 14, and 15, their prix fixe menu features favorites like portlandia chicken (served with red squash "gnocchi" and a layer of chicken thigh, squash, and mango ghee) as well as special offerings like popcorn ravioli topped with black truffles. There are also a limited number of five-course chef’s menus, which will definitely be worth the drive. $95 prix fixe on Feb. 14, and $75 on Feb. 13 and 15, with $65 wine pairings. 23526 Hwy 71 West, Spicewood, 512-436-8918
If you’re looking to go all-out, the solution is Jeffrey’s. With impeccable service and cozy seating (we suggest enjoying a cocktail by the fireplace before dinner), you and your date will finish the evening with stars in your eyes. The four-course menu features stunners like king crab canapes, Beeman Ranch côte de boeuf for two, and a Meyer lemon tart with Texas citrus and Chantilly cream, and upgrades of caviar or black truffle tortellini for utmost decadence. $100 prix fixe. 1204 West Lynn, 512-477-5584
VOX Table is a great option that’s a bit more casual, but with inventive dishes and desserts that still wow. The four-course menu has two options for each, with dishes like charred sunchokes with poached pears, blue cheese, and spiced honey. Pro tip: Pick up confections from star dessert chef Annabelle Turner to surprise your valentine (think: lavender salted caramels and honeycomb coffee crunch) the week before. $85 per person, $125 with wine pairings. 1100 S. Lamar Blvd. Ste. 2140, 512-375-4869