Austin Valentine's Day Preview

By Megan Giller  |  January 15, 2014

The big day is a month away, but reservations at places like Restaurant Jezebel have already come and gone. Lesson learned: if you want to impress your lady or gent, make your plans early. Lucky for you, here are some impressive options with a few spots to spare.

Uchi and Uchiko
What: The Japanese fusion restaurants will offer a special six-course omakase menu designed by Uchi chef de cuisine Jeramie Robison and Uchiko chef de cuisine Page Pressley 
Price: $125 for two people, though you may need more entrees to fill you up
Good for: Adventurous eaters
Details: Reserve online or call 512-916-4808

What: Special top-secret prix fixe menus are available Thursday through Saturday
Price: Three courses run $65 per person, $100 with wine pairings; 5 courses run $95 per person, $150 with wine pairings
Good for: High-end New American dining to remember
Details: Call 512-404-3655

What: The restaurant known for its absinthe cocktails is featuring an entire menu just for the night, with entrees like butter-poached lobster salad and pan-roasted rack of lamb with white-bean cassoulet
Price: Since it’s not prix fixe, the price will vary. Think $50 per person for the food, plus more for the drinks.
Good for: An intimate dinner with cocktails; the setting will make you feel like you’re in 1920s Paris
Details: Call 512-494-4011

Chez Nous  
What: The downtown French restaurant will serve a special menu
Price: Most entrees are in the $30 range
Good for: A romantic dinner and drinks downtown
Details: Call 512-473-2413

What: The Italian restaurant is going all-out with a holiday-inspired menu. Each dish is named after a Valentine’s day phrase, translated into Italian, and the plating will reflect the phrase in some way.
Price: $65 per person, $80 with wine pairings
Good for: Wooing your beloved. Italian is a romance language, after all.
Details: Reserve online or call 512-719-3377