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The Luxe Weekend:

January 28, 2013

Heartlanta! Your V-Day Strategy

Where To Get Your Swoon On This Valentine’s Day & Valentine’s Weekend

We may be a little suspicious of the idea of enforced romance (an oxymoron if there ever was one) but….you don’t really want to mess up Valentines Day DO YOU? Avoid the doghouse by lining up something sweet, sexy, saucy (as in that Madeira sauce on your Ritz-Carlton Buckhead Beef Rossini for example) or, well, saucy (see W Midtown’s Extreme Wow suite), with these fool-proof, special menu picks for your paramour. And throw in some haute hotel packages or culture to sweeten the deal with special offerings from Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, The High Museum, the Atlanta Botanical Garden and more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatere at the Fox

The legendary Alvin Ailey dance troupe performs at Fabulous Fox, Feb. 14-17, just in time for Valentine’s weekend. www.foxtheatre.org

 

Atlanta Ballet Performs “Dracula”

Treat your love to a night of culture with A sexy, sensuous and heart-racing performance of “Dracula” by the Atlanta Ballet, Feb. 8-16, with live music by the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. The show has been described as “lush” and “cinematic.” Tickets start at $20. www.atlantaballet.com/tickets-performances/dracula

 

Atlanta Botanical Garden: Valentines in the Garden

Romance blooms at Atlanta Botanical Garden on Feb. 14 from 7-11PM. Enjoy an elegant evening of cocktails, dancing, desserts and live entertainment. Stroll the  “Orchid Daze” exhibit in the orchid house, enjoy a cash bar, a live DJ, a show-stopping ice bar, playful photo booth, personal perfume-making and more, for couples and singles alike. End the night with a complimentary long-stemmed rose. $30 per person or $25 for members. www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org

 

"Viva Italia!" Super Pops at the ASO

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra hosts “Viva Italia” from the SuperPOPS! Series Feb. 15-16 at 8PM. The vocal trio Poperazzi will perform great romantic songs of Italy, ranging from opera arias to “The Godfather” and Frank Sinatra. For tickets and info: www.atlantasymphony.org

 

Ice Skating at the Park Tavern at PIedmont Park

Ice skate through Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, at the rink at Park Tavern. The outdoor rink is enclosed in a heated tent with state-of-art sound system, and fireside drinks and dining. The rink is open Monday-Friday from 4:30 to midnight and 10:30AM to midnight on Saturday and Sundays (with Adult Skate from 9PM on, every night). Ice skating sessions are $15 per person and include skate rental. Sessions are an hour and a half long with 30min breaks to clean ice. Individual and Family season passes are also available. For tickets, hours and info: www.xorbia.com/pt/southwestrink/

 

Aqua Blue 

Guests will enjoy a three-course pre-fixe menu with items such as New England style clam chowder, “stuffed” twin lobster tails and classic crème brulee for dessert. The meal is $50 per person, not including tax or gratuity. For reservations, call 770-643-8886 or www.aquablueatl.com

 

Aria

This Valentine's Day, Aria is offering a 4-course menu for $90 per person. Beverage, tax, gratuity not included. For reservations: 404.233.7673

 

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

On Valentine’s evening enjoy Grammy-nominated pianist Jim Brickman for “An Evening of Romance” at 8PM on Feb. 14. Brickman and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will perform chart-toppers like “Valentine” and “Simple Things.” Then return to the ASO this weekend for the Viva Italia SuperPOPS! Series Feb. 15-16 at 8PM. The vocal trio Poperazzi will perform great romantic songs of Italy, ranging from opera arias to “The Godfather” and Frank Sinatra.  For tickets and info: www.atlantasymphony.org

 

Bistro Niko

This popular French spot will offer a special 4-course menu for Valentine’s Day for $65 per person, with an additional $30 per person for wine pairings. To reserve: 404.261.6456 or www.buckheadrestaurants.com

 

BLT Steak

BLT Steak Atlanta’s chef Cyrille Holota has crafted a unique blackboard menu for guests to enjoy this Valentine’s Day. Menu highlights include: Sautéed Nantucket Scallops; Eggplant Terrine; Roasted Atlantic Cod (Carrot Ginger Cake, Carrot Mustard Broth, Red Pepper Chutney and Micro Cilantro); Wagyu Flat Iron Steak and Poached Lobster Tail (Grilled Asparagus and Verjus Sauce); Potato Bacon Ravioli; Valrhona Chocolate & Pistachio Dariole. For reservations, call 404-577-7601 or visit www.bltsteak.com/atlanta

 

 

Canoe

Enjoy the a la carte menu or some decadent Valentine’s Day specials at Canoe, while overlooking a romantic view of the Chattahoochee River. For reservations: www.canoeatl.com

 

Center for Puppetry Arts: “Tales of Edgar Allan Poe”

Valentine’s Day looking dreary? Bittersweet break-up? Is your love life “nevermore?” Or just looking for a different way to observe the holiday? Celebrate an unconventional Valentine’s Day at the Center for Puppetry Arts during their “Oh, Poe is Me!” Valentine’s Weekend, Feb. 14–17. Gothic designs, haunting music, and shadowy figures breathe life into Poe’s classic tales of terror like The RavenThe Tell-Tale Heart and The Cask of Amontillado. Tales of Edgar Allan Poe runs February 12 – March 3. Tickets are $25. For reservations: 404.873.3391 or www.puppet.org

 

Cook Hall at W Atlanta Buckhead

Want a more creative experience this Valentine’s Day?  Bring your sweetie to Cook Hall, and shake up something special together with the Liqueurs of Love Cocktail Kits. Choose from The Champagne Cocktail Kit or the Whiskey Cocktail Kit. If you can’t decide, they also have The Couples Cocktail Kit, so you can have the best of both ! And of course, dinner will be served with several romantic Blackboard Specials. To make a reservation: 404.523.3600 or www.cookhallatlanta.com
 

 

Cucina Asellina

This sophisticated, Midtown Italian eatery is offering a romantic “dinner and a movie” for Valentine’s Day, with a 3-course meal and a screening of “Roman Holiday” starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. The first screening starts at 7PM. Menu highlights include: butternut sqaush soup with sauteed crab and amaretto crumble; crispy soft shell crab; veal ossobuco; fresh herb risotto with braised duck; chocolate panna cotta. $60 per person. For reservations: 404.793.0141

 

Cupid's Pajama Party Burlesque Show at Paris on Ponce

Minette Magnifique presents "Cupid's Pajama Party" burlesque show at the Le Maison Rouge within Paris on Ponce, Feb. 15-16, with two showt imes both nights, 8PM and 10:30PM. General admission is $35 per persona and includes one free drink. The VIP tables for four are $175 and include 3 savory plates of hor d'ouvres, a bottle of champagne, 4 drink tickets, table service, and a surprise gift from Pin  Up Girl Cosmetics. For tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/318370

 

Ecco

In addition to the regular menu, the restaurant is offering decadent specials like calamari ala plancha; roasted quail; crispy black cod with brown butter; and milk chocolate torte with blood orange coulis and spiced pecans. For more information or to make a reservation, call 404-347-9555 or www.ecco-atlanta.com

 

Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant

Fado in Buckhead is hosting a Nuts and Bolts Valentine’s Day Party on Saturday, Feb. 9, beginning at 10PM. Depending on gender, each person will receive a nut or a bolt with hopes to find his or her match by the end of the night. Guests can enjoy meeting people while sipping from the pub’s wide selection of beers. A DJ will spin tunes and giveaways and drink specials will be available all night. Return Valentine’s night, Feb. 14, when Fado will offer a 3-course menu and glass of Prosecco, perfect for couples or singles, for $35 per person. At 10PM the bar is throwing a singles party with bites, pints and a live DJ. For reservations, call 404-841-0066

 

The Family Dog

No date? Join The Family Dog for Valentine's Night with plenty of drinks, a neighborhood bar vibe, and live music by the Ruby Velle Trio from 9PM to midnight. For more info: 404249.0180 or thefamilydogatlanta.com 

 

The Farmhouse at Serenbe

Marie Nygren will offer a special 3-course menu for $55. Menu highlights include: parsnip soup with lobster; seared Gulf Coast fish with white bean ragu, baby carrots, mustard greens; beef filet with paremsan fingerling potatoes, kale, roasted oyster mushtrooms, red wine jus; fruit chocolate pot de creme. Following dinner, spend the night or a romantic weekend at the Inn at Serenbe. For more info : www.serenbeinn.com

 

Four Seasons Hotel Package

In addition to the Valentines Day special menu at the hotel’s restaurant, Park 75, Four Seasons Atlanta has “A Night to Remember” package for uber romantic couples from Feb. 14-16. Enjoy hotel pick-up and arrival by a Jaguar XL, the luxury of the newly-renovated Presidential Suite; panoramic views of Midtown; a couple’s massage in the Couples Suite; a private chef-prepared dinner in your suite’s elegant dining room; and for dessert, roast marshmallows over a fire-pit on the Fifth Floor Terrace with more views. Next morning enjoy breakfast in bed or at Park 75. Rates begin at $5,750. For reservations: 404.881.9898

 

4th and Swift

Chef Jay Swift will prepare a seasonal, 5-course dinner for $85 per person, with optional $40 wine pairing. For info and reservations: 4thandswift.com

 

Haven

Enjoy items from Chef Stephen Herman’s regular dinner menu along withchef specials such as Lobster Chowder (Smoked Bacon, Pernod Cream), Braised Colorado Lamb Shank (Späetzle, Cauliflower, Golden Raisin & Pumpkin Gremolata) or Roasted Georges Bank Scallops (Smoked Bacon Grits, Cider Braised Collards).For reservations 404.969.0700 or visit: havenrestaurant.com

 

High Museum’s Party with Passion for the Opening of “Frida and Diego”

Enjoy an artful Valentine’s evening by celebrating the opening of the “Frida and Diego” exhibit, based on the celebrated arts couple Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, at the High Museum of Art, Feb. 14, 6-10PM. There will also be live Mexican music, salsa dancing, a couple’s photo booth, Frida impersonators and a free glass of Champagne to spice things up. Mexican food and desserts will also be available for purchase. Tickets are $25 per person or $40 per couple, just $10 for members. www.high.org

 

JCT. Kitchen & Bar

On Valentine’s Day, enjoy a four-course prix fixe menu. Menu highlights include house-cured lox; roasted local golden and red ace beets with crispy poached farm egg; pan seared diver scallops; wood grilled Muscovy Duck breast; “chicken stand” fried chicken; butter poached Maine lobster and chocolate “PB” pie, white chocolate ice cream or champagne truffles to share for dessert.  The dinner is $60 per person and a 20% gratuity is applied to parties of six or more and a $15 corkage fee per bottle. For reservations: 404.355.2252 or www.jctkitchen.com

 

Kyma

For Valentine’s Day take a trip to Greece and enjoy a 5-course prix fixe menu at Kyma. Menu highlights included fresh Iceland caviars; wood-grilled octopus; Greek-style bouillabaisse; braised lamb shank and roasted rack of lamb; pan roasted Maine lobster with Greek pasta; wood-grilled fish for two; flourless chocolate cake or almond cake. The dinner is $72 per person, additional $30 per person with wine pairings. For reservations:  404.262.0702 or www.buckheadrestaurants.com 

 

La Tavola

The Italian Trattoria is offering a special three-course prix fixe Valentine’s Day dinner. Menu highlights include braised rabbit crespelle, grilled calamari; beet and farro salad; chestnut gnocchi; grilled swordfish; saltimbocca alla romana.;Meyer lemon-olive oil cake; honey mascarpone cheesecake. The dinner is $49 per person, tax and gratuity not included. For reservations: 404.873.5430 or http://www.latavolatrattoria.com. 

 

Livingston

Chef Zeb Stevenson is offering a special 3-course meal with Champagne pairing to compliment each dessert selection in the glamorus dining room of  Livingston at Georgian Terrace Hotel. The dinner is $55 per person.  The regular dinner menu will also be available. For reservations: 404.897.5000 or www.livingstonatlanta.com

 

Local Three

Local Three will offer a three-course, Valentine's Day prix-fixe menu, plus an amuse bouche. Menu highlights include: jumbo lump crab "salad" with asparagus, La Quercia prosciutto, honey-dijon ice cream; terrine of Hudson Valley foie gras; warm local oyster mushroom salad with black truffle; grilled heart of ribeye with "Potato butter, " thin beans, Maine lobster hollandaise; "melted" Arctic Char; Berkshire pork cheek suog with tortelloni di quattro formaggi; chocolate fondant with rum banana cream and chocolate crumble. The dinner is $60 per person, with an additional $30 per person for wine pairings. To reserve: 404.968.2700 or www.localthree.com

 

LPC

For Valentines Day Chef Russell Kook will prepare several off-the-menu specials, in addition to the daily menu. Each guest will leave with a complimentary sweet treat. To make your reservations today, visit lapietracucina.com or  404.888.8709.

 

Mandarin Oriental Café & Bar and Spa

Enjoy a 5-course, candlelit, Valentine’s dinner at Mandarin Oriental’s Café, Feb. 14-16. Menu highlights include cast iron seared scallops; Riesling poached pear and wild arugula salad with roasted strawberry vinaigrette; butter poached Maine lobster with saffron risotto; espresso crusted filet of beef tenderloin; dark chocolate fondue scented with orange and hazelnut and take home gift of passion fruit macaroons. $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity. For reservations: 404.995.7500. Extend your romantic day or evening by booking a romantic experience at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Atlanta, available Feb. 12-19. Options include treatments in the VIP Couple’s suites or the “Romantic Evenings Suite Experience”  with red rose petal foot ritual, orchid petal couples bath, full body exfoliation and custom massage. For spa reservations call 404.995.7526.

 

Mandarin Oriental Atlanta Hotel Package

Book the "Be My Valentine" package Feb. 1-28 with rates from $325 per night and enjoy a full American breakfast in bed for two, daily, of at the Cafe & Bar; a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Champagne; romantic rose petal turn-down; chocolate "love note" treats. To reserve: 404.995.7500 or www.mandarinoriental.com/atlanta/

 

 

Murphy’s

Enjoy Chef Ian Winslade's three-course special menu or choose from Murphy's daily menu selections. Highlights of the Valentine’s menu include Asparagus Salad, Goat Cheese Beignets, Toasted Pecan Dressing; Panko Crusted Rib Eye Steak with Tempura Fried Mushrooms and Potatoes, Pistachio Jus; Mesquite Grilled Maine Lobster with Local Baby Vegetables; Trio of Chocolate, Dark, White and Milk Chocolate. The dinner is $50 per person, with an additional $15 per person for wine pairings. Call 404.872-0904 to make a reservation, or visit www.murphys-atlanta-restaurant.com 

 

Muss and Turner's

Muss and Turner's will have three seatings for Valentine's evening at 5:30, 7:30 and 9PM,  and will also be available for booking in Eleanor's. Menu highlights of the 4-course, prixe fixe menu include: roasted beef soup with whipped goat cheese ad crispy proscuitto; wine poached pears with asher blue cheese, local greens, hazelnuts, champagne vinaigrette; oysters foie gras with bacon, vanilla; chicken cordon bleu with sunchoke puree and truffle jus; hangar steak with crispy sweet potatoes, apples, garlic, sage, violet mustard crema; wild striped bass with heirloom rice; caramel flan with candied orange; almond white chocolate bark with espresso chocolate mousse. The dinner is $55 per person, with an additional $30 per person for wine pairings. For reservations: 770.434.1114 or www.mussandturners.com

 

Nikolai’s Roof

Enjoy a multi-course, prix fixe dinner with an amazing view of downtown for $105 per person. Add four wine pairings for an added $50. The first course will consist of Poached Maine Lobster and Jumbo Lump Crab, Espresso and Cocoa Crusted Pan Seared Foie Gras and Caramelized Pineapple Sorbet. With entrée options such as Pan Seared Diver Scallops or Pan Seared Beef Tenderloin. For reservations: 404.221.6362 or www.opentable.com

 

No. 246

This Italian restaurant in Decatur is offering a four-course prix fixe menu for Valentine’s Day. Entrée highlights include wood-oven baked red snapper in cartuccio, butter poached Maine lobster and braised Wagyu beef cheeks. The dinner is $55 per person, tax and gratuity not included. A credit card is required to hold a reservation. To reserve a table call 678-399-8246 or www.no246.com

 

One. Midtown Kitchen

Enjoy special, a la carte menu offerings, courtesy of Chef Nick Oltarsh, for Valentine’s Day from 5:30-11PM. Reservations are required: 404.892.4111 or www.onemidtownkitchen.com

 

The Optimist

This new seafood eateryis offering a four-course prix fixe menu for Valentine’s Day.  Menu highlights include she-crab soup; east and west coast oysters; hearts of palm and beet salad; Georges Bank scallops; grilled duck breast; and dessert. The dinner is $65 per person, not including tax or gratuity. A credit card is required to hold a reservation: 404-477-6260 or www.theoptimistrestaurant.com

 

Parish Food & Goods

This Valentine’s Day, Chef Edward Russell is offering a handful of off-the-menu specials, including an amuse bouche of Medjool dates stuffed-shaved celery, bleu di bufala with balsamico;  Lobster Salad with Frisée; Baked Oysters Rockefeller; Braised Short Ribs with potato pavé, wilted radicchio, lemon marmalade; Halibut with caramelized sweet potato & red onion, melted leeks, green olive tapenade. To make your reservations today, call 404-681-4434 or visit www.parishatl.com 

 

 

Park 75 at Four Seasons

Chef Gerstenecker at Park 75 is offering a special prix fixe menu for Valentine’s Day that includes seared rare tuna with Asian pear or lobster ravioli; smoked beef short rib with truffle spaetzle; Miso baked black cod with artichoke, mushroom, scallion broth; and for dessert the melting chocolate sphere for two with brandied cherries. $55 per person. For more info: www.fourseasons.com/atlanta/dining/

 

P'Cheen

This international bistro and pub is serving a 3-course, prix-fixe dinner for $35 per person of $50 per person if you add on wine flights or beer pairings. Menu highlights include: Oysters Aphrodisiac with champagne/passion fruit migonette; love-drunken 'shrooms; pan roasted quail with Vidalia onion stuffing and fried kale; hangar steak with spaghetti squash, roasted potatoes, brandied demi-glace; pan seared crab cakes; chocolate buttermilk cake with pink chamgane butter cream. For reservations: 404.529.8800 or www.pcheen.com

 

The Pinewood

The Pinewood Tippling Room in Decatur has a 4-course prix fixe for Valentine's Day. Featured menu items include: lobster agnolotti; black truffle parpadelle; crispy braised pork belly with baby frisee, grits, farm egg; NY strip woth oxtail marmalade, crispy Brussels sprouts, bordelaise. pan-seared scallops; chocolate tare with amaretto anglaise and spiced brittle; apple tarte tatin with caramel and chantilly cream.  The dinner is $55 per person, or $70 per person  with wine or cocktails parings added. For reservations: 404.373.5507 or www.pinewoodtr.com

 

Pricci

Celebrate amore with a four-course prix fixe menu at Pricci. Menu highlights include:  braised beef short rib ravioli; wild Georgia shrimp cannelloni; Prosecco butter poached King Crab legs; marinated char-grill lamb chops with wild mushroom glace; winter vegetable lasagna; pumpkin mousse cake; Valrhona chocolate ganache. Dinner is $65 per person, additional $30 per person for wine pairings. For reservations:  404.237.2941 or www.buckheadrestaurants.com

 

Rathbun’s

For Valentine’s Day, Rathbun’s will offer a 4-course, prix fixe menu for $85 per person, plus tax and gratuity. See a sample menu on the website. Kevin Rathbun Steak and Krog Bar will be serving their regular menus for Valentine's Day.  For reservations: 404.524.8280 or www.kevinrathbun.com/restaurants.html

 

Restaurant Eugene

On Valentine’s night, Chef Hopkins will prepare an exquisite tasting menu. For reservations call 404.355.0321.

 

The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead Hotel Package

Book the Valentine’s Overnight Package from Feb. 14-16 and enjoy deluxe accommodations for one evening, bottle of chilled Champagne and chocolate amenity, romantic rose petal turndown, valet parking and breakfast for two in The Café for $299 (exclusive of tax and gratuities). Or up the romance ante and add on gourmet dinner by the Ritz’s French chef in The Dining Room Feb. 14-16 (see details directly below);  a chocolate-laden afternoon tea in the lobby lounge; or book a romantic, 50-min. couple’s massage, The Love Potion No. 5, featuring cranberry, Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang, Patchouli and orange essential oils for $290. For room reservations call 800.241.3333. For spa bookings call: 404.240.7041. For reservations to afternoon tea or Valentines Dinner in The Dining Room call 404.240.7035 or www.opentable.com

 

The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead The Dining Room Pop-Up

For only three days from Feb. 14-16, The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead will open up its exclusive, Mobile Five Star-winning The Dining Room for a 4-course Valentine’s feast prepared by French (Bordeaux-born) executive chef Franck Steigerwald. The meal will include expert pairings by wine sommelier Linda Torres Alarcon. Menu highlights include warm Maine lobster salad with beurre blanc; marbré of foie gras with port wine jelly;  wild mushroom risotto with Robiola cheese and white truffle oil; hand-cut tagliatelle with sea urchin; crispy Mediterranean sea bass with tomato compote, fresh herbs, preserved lemon sauce; Beef Rossini with potato mousseline and a Madeira sauce; and a selection of gourmet desserts for $99 per person (excluding tax/gratity), add $65 per person for paired wines. The dinner can be reserved Feb. 14-16 from 5:30 – 9PM. For reservations call 404.240.7035 or visit www.opentable.com

 

 

Serpas

Celebrate with the Serpas “Valentine’s Day and S’more” weekend Feb. 14-17. Enjoy a three-course prix fixe dinner ($50 per person, $80 per couple) featuring favorites such as pan-roasted redfish; slow-roasted boneless beef short ribs; seasonal sides, dessert and an optional add-on sweet experience to include a gourmet s’mores kit and a gift blanket for couples to cuddle up and enjoy roasting and toasting by fire on the patio ( the S’mores Kit experience is $10 per couple with the prix fixe dinner, $15 per couple a la carte). Serpas’ regular menu will also be available in addition to the prix fixe option. For reservations, please call 404.688.0040 or visit www.SerpasRestaurant.com/Reservations 

 

The Shed at Glenwood

Enjoy a prix fixe dinner by Chef Todd Richards with menu highlights such as beef tartare; smoked trout risotto balls; NY Strip with blue cheese tater-tots and black currant “A-1” sauce; eggplant ravioli; and signature desserts like the house-made Ding Dong. The dinner is $45 per person. Add a caviar tasting for an additional $25. http://www.theshedatglenwood.com

  

South City Kitchen Midtown and Vinings

SCK is preparing a Southern-style, three-course prix fixe Valentine’s Day dinner for $42 per person. Guests can nosh on appetizers of pimento cheese, fried green tomatoes or fried gulf oysters. Entrée picks range from buttermilk fried chicken, braised short rib or vegetable plate. Dessert options of velvet Elvis cake, caramel apple toffee pudding and buttermilk chess pie round out the meal. Tax and gratuity are not included. For reservations at the Midtown location, call 404-873-7358 and for the Vinings location, call 770-435-0700. www.southcitykitchen.com

 

The Spence

The Spence will be open for Valentine's Day lunch from 11:30AM – 2PM and for dinner from 5 -11PM. Chef Richard Blais changes his menu daily and Valentine’s Day will boast a special a la carte menu that is sure to wow. Each table will leave with a complimentary sweet surprise, courtesy of Pastry Chef Andrea Litvin. To make your reservation today, visit spenceatl.com or call 404.892.9111.

 

STK

On Wed. Feb. 13  STK will host a monthly couple's cocktail session with STK's resident mixologist delivering hands-on cocktail demos and delicious bites by Chef Jeremy Miller. The cocktail class is $30 per person or $50 per couple, with the session starting at 6:30PM. Advance reservations required: 404.793.0144 Then on Feb. 14 The Midtown steak house will offer a prix fixe 3-course dinner with a free glass of Prosecco. Menu highlights include: gnocchi with truffle, bacon, chive, parmesan; 6 oz. filet with potato puree, roasted mushrooms, red wine sauce; Chilean spice rubbed flounder with clams, fennel, saffron broth; flourless chocolate cake with hazelnut ice cream; passion fruit cheescake with blood orange mousse.  The dinner is $90 per person. Enjoy a pop-up boutique next door for a pre/post Valentine’s shopping spree. Make reservations at www.opentable.com

 

St. Regis Atlanta

The St. Regis Atlanta is giving a little love to the gents with “A Gentleman’s Valentine’s Day Experience.” Spoil the gentleman in your life with an enchanting evening featuring luxury overnight accommodations; Aphrodisiac Tasting Experience for two and choice of cigar to enjoy in The St. Regis Bar; and private breakfast for two the next morning, available Feb.14 – 17. Rates from $399. For reservations: 404.563.7900.  Or skip the room and just indulge in the “Aphrodisiac Oysters and Caviar Pearls special at The St. Regis Bar--a seductive dish crafted by Executive Chef Joseph Trevino and paired with Heidseck Champagne. The Oysters and Caviar Pearls special is $98 for two and is available through the month of Feb. Take home a souvenir box of heart-shaped macarons inscribed with sweet sayings or a personalized message, in Chambord, dark chocolate, and passion fruit flavors. 24hr-advance order required: 404.563.7910. Macarons available Feb. 10-17. www.stregisatlanta.com/

 

10 Degrees South

Go exotic this Valentine’s with a 4-course prix-fixe dinner of South African specialties. Menu highlights include calamari grilled and tossed in lemon butter caper sauce; rack of lamb lollipop chops marinated and char-grilled with mint sauce; grilled Kingklip (South African white fish) with lemon butter sauce; raspberry white chocolate brulee cheesecake. $60 per person, not including tax and gratuity. For reservations: 404.705.8870 or www.10degreessouth.com

 

Two. Urban Licks

Dine at TWO urban licks this Valentine’s Day; enjoy the ambience from a live band, a great view of the city, and menu specials highlighting fiery American cooking. Complimentary roses will be given to each couple. To make a reservation call 404.522.4622 or visit www.twourbanlicks.com 

 

Valenza

Chef Matt Swickerath will craft Valentine’s specials in addition to the regular dinner menu. Enjoy items pastas such as penne (carbonara, guanciale, pecorino, black pepper, egg) or an entrée like the Pesce Spada (grilled Block Island swordfish, cannellini beans, escarole, salsa verde).  For reservations or additional information, call 404-969-3233 or visit www.valenzarestaurant.com

 

Ven Vidi Vici

Celebrate love Italian-style with a four-course prix-fixe menu. Menu highlights include: beef tenderloin carpaccio; butternut squash tortelli with brown butter sage; risotto frutti di mare; pork Milanese with apples and arugula; Maine lobster Florentine; crème brulee; ricotta beignets with honey raspberry cream. The dinner is $65 per person, additional $30 per person for wine pairings. For reservations: 404.875.8424 or  www.buckheadrestaurants.com

 

W Atlanta Buckhead

Ignite the flame of romance with “The Spark Valentine’s Day Package” at W Atlanta – Buckhead. The package includes a Wonderful Room filled with more than 20 glowing tea lights to set the mood, chilled bottle of Domaine Chandon Brut Rosé champagne, Red rose petal turndown service (more than one-pound of petals!), complimentary in-room movie, complimentary valet, 4pm late checkout. To book your SPARK Valentine’s Day Package call 678.500.3100 and mention rate code “SPARK.”  To book online, visit http://www.watlantabuckhead.com/spark.  Offer valid for Thursday–Sunday stays, February 1–24.  Rates from $235 /night.  Package must be booked a minimum of 24 hours in advance.

 

 

W Atlanta Midtown

The Midtown W is offering a one-of-a-kind “Capture Your Enrapture” package in the hotel’s Extreme Wow suite for Valentines Day. In addition to the extravagant suite with views of Midtown, you and your love will enjoy a private styling and photo session by photo/hair/makeup expert Richie Arpino, private dinner in your suite with wine pairings, dessert and Veuve Cliquot. Enjoy breakfast the next day in your suite and a massage at Bliss spa before your late check-out. The package is $5,000. To reserve: 404.892.6000

 

W Atlanta Downtown

Book the Celebrate Romance package this Valentine's Day and enjoy a sleek room starting at $239 weekdays and from $349 weekends, or upgrade to a cool corner room with endless views of downtown; plus bottle of bubbly, chocolate-covered stawberries and late checkout. Add to your indulgence by booking a massage or blowout at Bliss Spa, cocktails in Drinkshop, dinner at BLT Steak. And for singles, ask about the special Girl's Night Out Package from $239 per night. For reservations: 877.822.0000 or www.watlantadowntown.com/

 

Watershed

Enjoy a 4-course prix fixe menu with Champagne at the newly-relocated hotspot for $75 per person. Menu highlights include oysters with Champagne mignonette and smoked trout roe; duck confit agnolotti; wild escargot tart with black olive puree; redfish imperial with asparagus and crawfish hollandaise; ribeye medallion with lobster agnolotti, wild mushrooms, sherry-buerre-blanc; sweet potato crème brulee; chocolate terrine with pistachio, olive oil. Reservations: 404.809.3561 or www.watershedrestaurant.com

 

White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails

New executive chef Joshua Hopkins (STG, Abattoir) will prepare a 4-course Valentine's menu for $55 or $75 per person with French red wine pairings. For reservations: 404.524.7200 or whiteoakkitchen.com

 

Woodfire Grill.

Woodfire Grill and Georgia Shakespeare are celebrating cupid’s day early on Monday, Feb. 11 by hosting a “Fools for Love” wine dinner. Beginning at 7 p.m., the restaurant is offering a four-course dinner with premium wine pairings selected by owner and sommelier Nicolas Quinones. Georgia Shakespeare artists will provide the entertainment, performing jazz standards and love songs like "I've Got You Under My Skin," throughout the evening. Tickets are $150 per person ($90 is tax deductible) and can be purchased by calling Georgia Shakespeare at 404-504-3405. This event sells out every year.  For those who want to celebrate on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, Woodfire Grill and it's new chef Tyler Williams (formerly of Abattoir) is offering five-course vegetarian and pescatarian menus in addition to the five-course chef’s tasting menu.  The chef’s tasting and pescatarian menus are priced at $100 per person, and the vegetarian menu is priced at $85. Wine pairings are also available for $12 per glass or $20 per glass for premium wines. Reservations are required: 404-347-9055 or www.woodfiregrill.com   

 

Yebo Restaurant and Bar

The new Phipps Plaza resto, from the folks behind 10 Degrees South, is hosting a Red Hot Party on Feb. 14. Guests can feast on a menu of South African dishes and enjoy free admission and drink specials beginning at 7:30PM. For reservations: 404.467.4988 or yeborestaurant.com