We're entering last-minute reservation territory for Valentine's Day dining, but fear not. We partnered with the experts at Reserve, a dining concierge service that helps you find great restaurants, request a reservation and split the bill. Download, click, behold: your V-Day plans are in the book. Here are some restaurants using Reserve that still have seats available.
This Rittenhouse tapas spot is celebrating día de San Valentín all day long with a prix fixe brunch ($35) and two tiers of tasting menus come dinnertime. Brunch here offers Spanish takes on breakfast classics like cured salmon with queso de cabra, sangria pancakes with red wine syrup and sides like asparagus grilled on a plancha. The Bilbao tasting ($75) offers young (and not so young) lovers a chance to sample Tinto menu mainstays including shrimp and chorizo brochettes and Wagyu beef tiradito with piquillo peppers and oyster mushrooms. But if you’re looking to impress the Biarritz ($95) is the way to go. Riffing on Spanish flavors this four-course menu is full of special-occasion-only items like foie gras, lobster and truffles.
114 S. 20th St.; 215-665-9150
This warmly lit Passyunk Avenue favorite (pictured above) is hosting Valentine’s Day with a $95 menu that showcases elegant courses from chef Lee Styer (think warm scallop mousse with beurre rouge and escargot with hazelnuts and Chartreuse) along with sharable entrees for two including an over-the-top veal chop with truffles served over lobster risotto. Multiple upgrade options are available in the form of extra oysters, wine pairings and a choice of white or black truffles to add to an already indulgent experience.
1537 S. 11th St.; 215-551-5000
Jose Garces’ cozy Midtown Village gourmet shop and restaurant is doing two tasting menus ($55/$65) for the holiday with an optional $25 wine pairing that includes four pours of French and Spanish wines to accompany each course. Charcuterie and cheeses like Delice de Bourgogne with poached figs kick off the meal that continues on to good-looking plates like a Wagyu steak frites with bordelaise sauce and poached turbot with fennel and a preserved lemon beurre blanc.
1111 Locust St.; 215-574-1099
Retro themes and romance are in the air at this Old City cocktail lounge and raw bar (pictured above). Two tasting menus ($65/$85) feature a selection of fresh seafood offerings (think oysters on the half shell, Jonah crab claws and shrimp cocktail) along with timeless dishes like surf 'n' turf, asparagus with béarnaise sauce and baked Alaska. A bottle of bubbles might be the go-to for wine pairing but the cocktail program here is too good to resist.
125 Walnut St.; 215-253-3777
This Bella Vista bistro is one of the most romantic places in town making it something of a Valentine’s Day no-brainer. The kitchen is offering a four-course menu with amour-inspiring plates like a duo of tartares (beef and tuna), oysters baked in a foie gras cream and duck à l’orange. And since the holiday falls on a Sunday this year, the Good King is going to be dusting off a few special (and specially discounted) bottles from their cellar as part of their weekly Cellar Sunday program.
614 S. Seventh St.; 215-625-3700
For those who would prefer to spend quality time with that special someone instead of pouring over menu choices, this warm Old City destination (pictured at top) is making things easy with a $75 multicourse menu that they’re dubbing “Leave It To Us.” With an everyday menu that includes locally sourced stunners like cauliflower caramelle (little candy-shaped stuffed pasta) and octopus with peanut mole, the kitchen is certainly going to be flexing their creative muscles with this special-occasion meal.
308 Market St.; 215-625-0988
Chef George Sabatino’s always ambitious Rittenhouse walk-up is pulling out all of the stops for Valentine’s Day with a five-course menu ($75), plus an option to add on two additional courses of oysters en gelée with tarragon ice and a foie gras terrine with butternut and blood orange. Two especially holiday appropriate dishes are a beet tartare with housemade yogurt and a red-velvet cake with pistachio and white chocolate buttercream.
1901 Chestnut St.; 215-454-6529