Valentine’s Day is swiftly approaching and I know there are some of you out there who haven’t made plans yet, but there’s no need to panic! Whether you’re looking to find a nice deal or splurge on your sweetheart, one of these dining options is sure to please.
Carnivale is a lively restaurant in the Warehouse District that features cuisine from Brazil, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and Colombia. This exciting environment boasts a jewel-colored skylight, seven-foot high light fixtures, and a second story wine wall. Specials like fried oysters and prime rib for two augment the regular menu for Valentine’s Day. On Sunday, a stilt-walker will hand out complimentary flowers and Los Guitarristas will set the mood with wonderful live music.
Some say that Paris is the most romantic city in the world, and they certainly have excellent food. You can sample delicious French dishes without leacing River North, though, at Brasserie Jo. This acclaimed restaurant is one of my personal favorites, and features a beautiful dining room and attentive staff. Their Valentine’s Day menu is a four course dinner that includes foie gra and oxtail terrine, winter greens sals, Atlantic salmon, and almond chocolate cake for only $49!
If you’re someone who doesn’t want to go somewhere super fancy for dinner, DMK Burger Bar is the place for you. This upscale burger joint caters to the kid in all of us. Their Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menu features deviled eggs, lobster “love” soup, your choice of burger, truffle fries, and Three Floyds Gumballhead drafts. For dessert, you and your beau can get cozy over a shared strawberry milkshake and two cupcakes. This classic date spot is in bustling Lakeview, which is only minutes from beautiful homes, easy transportation, and endless entertainment.
Salute in River North offers a three-course dinner with optional wine pairings ($20 extra) that is only $40 if you dine beweetn 4 and 6 p.m. This wine bar and Italian restaurant exudes romanic Victorian-era charm that is sure to please. Intimate seating, Italian charm, and an impressive wine list are all staples of this River North restaurant. Salute is located in the heart of the River North community, which boasts great eating, shopping, and entertainment.
L2o is an elegant, haute-cuisine restaurant in Lincoln Park. This Valentine’s Day you can break the bank by taking your honey to a 10-course luxury dinner for $245, with wine for an additional $110. For those looking to spend a bit less, there is a 12-course dinner menu available for $165 (wine pairings $90 extra). Celebrated chef Laurent Gras, who earned fame in France and top restaurants in America provides guests with a unique and extravagant dining opportunity only minutes from their homes in popular Lincoln Park.