Where to Splurge on a Gourmet Valentine’s Day Dinner
Love is in the air, and just because you can’t celebrate your better half in a crowded restaurant this Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate with a gourmet meal! Many high-end restaurants throughout the greater Sacramento area are offering special Valentine’s Day menus either for takeout or patio dining (pending Covid-19 guidelines, of course). Many are fixed-price menus that include multiple courses, from starters to dessert, and some even throw in a bottle of bubbly for the occasion!
Not only will you be showing your partner some love by planning a romantic meal come Feb. 14, you’ll also be showing some love to area restaurants, who can use all the support they can get right now. Following are some of the top spots offering gourmet Valentine’s Day menus this year. Please note: many require you order in advance, so act fast!
Allora | East Sacramento
Refined Italian-inspired restaurant Allora, located in East Sacramento, is pulling out all the stops this Valentine’s Day. They have two menus available on both Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 13–14: one for in-person dining on their lovely outdoor patio, which includes branzino, duck confit ravioli and truffle bistecca; and one for takeout, which includes your choice of take-and-bake dinners such as lobster cannelloni or duck-porcini lasagna, plus dessert.
C. Knight’s Steakhouse | El Dorado Hills
This traditional steakhouse in El Dorado Hills is going all out for Valentine’s Day, offering a special five-course menu on Saturday night and Sunday. Offerings include your choice of filet mignon au poivre or seared mahi mahi with blood orange Pernod chive beurre blanc, along with whipped potatoes, truffle cream soup and salad. Oh, and lest we forget dessert, it also comes with a triple chocolate Bundt cake with chocolate hazelnut ganache. Make a reservation now to dine on their cozy outdoor patio!
Tablevine | Downtown
Tucked away on a quiet corner in downtown Sacramento, TableVine is a relaxed eatery specializing in seasonal, wine country fare. For Valentine’s Day, they are offering gourmet delicacies like beef Wellington and seared scallops, plus a chocolate mousse cake or lemon pudding cake for dessert. Plus, all meals come with a bottle of sparkling wine!
Fabian’s Italian Bistro | Fair Oaks
This romantic Italian bistro in Fair Oaks is a solid choice for an upscale Valentine’s Day meal. The special menu includes poached main lobster, ahi tuna tartare, pink peppercorn filet mignon or seared day boat scallops plus a salted caramel chocolate tart for dessert. An optional wine flight pairing is available as well, as are artisan cocktails and sparkling wines.
Aji Japanese Bistro | El Dorado Hills
If you’re craving a Valentine’s Day meal with a Japanese flair, head to El Dorado Hills to take advantage of the special menu offered by Aji Japanese Bistro. Offerings include filet & scampi, salt & pepper lobster and a sashimi platter, along with chocolate mousse cake or green tea cheesecake for dessert. You can also add on an artisan cocktail, glass of wine or beer, or a bottle of sake for the special night.
Park Winters | Winters
With its Victorian farmhouse inn and expansive gardens, Park Winters in Yolo County is renowned as an exquisite venue for weddings and other special events. They also offer gourmet farm-to-table dinners (temporarily on hold due to Covid-19). But this Valentine’s Day, the country-chic estate in Winters is hosting a romantic experience, where visitors will receive admission to the gardens & farm, a selection of gourmet cheeses from Winters Cheese Co., a bottle of wine from Turkovich Family Wines and fresh-cut flowers straight from the farm. Stop by anytime between 11 a.m.–sunset and grab your own private table overlooking the grounds.
Hawks | Granite Bay
Hawks is a refined restaurant in Granite Bay that has an impressive tasting menu available for Valentine’s Day. Dishes include cauliflower soup with truffle custard, potato gnocchi with buttered lobster and mushrooms, almond wood grilled filet mignon, and dark chocolate crémeux with vanilla meringue. There’s even an optional wine pairing featuring selections from France, Italy and California.
Camden Spit & Larder | Downtown
This modern London-inspired eatery in downtown Sacramento is known for its upscale take on comfort food. Its special Valentine’s Day takeout menu is no exception, offering smoked cheddar popovers, gin & beet cured salmon, porter-braised short ribs with horseradish whipped potatoes, and malted chocolate cake to top it all off. Dinner also comes with a bottle of bubbly.
Zinfandel Grille | Arden Arcade
Zinfandel Grille is a longstanding Italian-inspired eatery in the Arden Arcade area that doesn’t disappoint. Their Valentine’s Day takeout menu includes gourmet treats like lobster bisque, filet mignon, prime rib and salmon with Meyer lemon beurre blanc — plus desserts like vanilla pomegranate cheesecake and tiramisu.
OBO’ | East Sacramento
OBO’ is known for its casual, family-friendly vibe and hearty comfort food. But for Valentine’s Day, this East Sacramento spot has kicked it up a notch, offering high-end dishes like Sterling caviar, chilled whole lobster, and shrimp cocktail. You can also order a ready-to-heat dinner package with mac & cheese (choose duck confit, lobster or truffle), green beans, salad and dessert. Best of all, you get 15 percent off a bottle of champagne or wine with any order.