Impress your date at one of these elegant, romantic Philadelphia restaurants.
What to Order: “Saint Valentin” (aka Pierre Calmels) is theming his five courses on the $69 special menu after the letters in the word “amour.” A is for amuse-bouche, of course, M is for mango (with ahi tuna), O is for olive oil (used to poach arctic char), U brings you “une” stuffed quail and R finishes with rosé poured over raspberry sorbet.
Insider Tip: There’s not much to do in the immediate area, so be sure to arrange transport ahead of time, especially if you follow the tradition of popping your best bottles in the petite dining room.
What to Order: “If a special menu is all that special, why not serve it every night?” asks chef Rich Landau, who will be offering his regular slate of vegetable-driven cuisine. If you haven’t yet tried the famous fancy radishes, this is the perfect opportunity.
Insider Tip: Don’t forget to leave room for pastry chef Kate Jacoby’s desserts; her ability to make creamy, decadent dishes without any dairy is one of Philadelphia’s modern wonders.
What to Order: Chef Lee Styer is preparing a special five-course menu, which runs $95 per person. The V-Day menu will be offered both Friday and Saturday, February 13-14.
Insider Tip: An optional wine pairing is available for $35, which is bound to be filled with good gets, thanks to manager Tory Keomanivong’s wine prowess, or you’re welcome to BYO for a $25 corkage fee.
What to Order: The regular $155 prix fixe menu will be in effect here, and it’s always a special occasion, with customized dishes and variety sprinkled throughout the whole table.
Insider Tip: Although February 14 is booked solid (reservations open two months in advance), there are still a few spots left for Friday, February 13, and Sunday, February 15.
What to Order: Romantic choices off the à la carte menu of rustic Italian plates include the steaks big enough to share — either the Creekstone Farm dry-aged rib-eye ($50 per person) or the “fiorentina,” which covers house-aged rib-eye with grilled cauliflower and truffled potatoes ($35 per person).
Insider Tip: Look for a special dessert on offer from talented pastry chef Danielle Seipp. “Something to share, probably chocolatey,” is the advance tease.
What to Order: Five courses of French delicacies will fill the $75 menu Townsend Wentz is offering on Saturday, February 14. There won’t be any à la carte service, but there will be several specials on offer, in case you want to elevate the experience even more.
Insider Tip: Do ask your server about the best wine pairings; general manager Lauren Harris’ vino game is one of the strongest in town, and she’ll direct you to delicious vintages both storied and new.