February 10, 2014

Best Austin restaurants to check out this Valentine's DayAustin culinary arts school can help you whip up a professional and flavorful meal for your significant other. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t dine out every once in awhile. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so don’t wait till the day of to make reservations for yourself and your sweetheart. Not all restaurants in Austin are created equal when it comes to this holiday of love, so if you’re searching for the perfect establishment that offers both delicious food and a romantic ambiance, we’ve picked out a few places for you:

Chez Nous Restaurant
There’s nothing more romantic than French cuisine. At this restaurant, you and your date will feel as though you’re dining in Paris. This casual establishment was voted Best Romantic Restaurant by AOL in 2010. Chez Nous offers a prix fixe menu where you can enjoy an appetizer, entree and dessert all for an affordable, fixed price. Start off with a pate maison and make your way to the grilled Atlantic salmon complemented with smoked paprika beurre blanc and a crab remoulade. The ambiance is just as inviting as the food, with lacy curtains, fresh flowers and French posters to take you and your significant other to a different part of the world.

Bread & Circus Supper Club
This restaurant is dedicated to serving customers a seasonal and locally sourced menu of tasty creations. This Valentine’s Day, you can take advantage of their Love Bites Dinner. Upon arrival, you and your date get a complimentary glass of champagne. You can also take advantage of the cash bar, which serves signature cocktails, beer and wine. There is a four-course menu served you can choose from a bevy of unique dishes. Warm up your palette with a croque monsieur panzanella salad accompanied by a warm bacon vinaigrette, and then enjoy a petite filet lobster brochette in a champagne tarragon cream sauce with roasted cauliflower and duchess potatoes. There’s also a vegan, gluten-free menu if you follow a special diet.

This Tex-Mex establishment has been carrying on the tradition of serving food that’s both delicious and healthy since its inception. Couples looking to wine and dine on Valentine’s Day will appreciate Vivo’s special prix fixe menu complete with wine pairings. You can also choose from the regular menu, with tasty entrees such as shrimp enchiladas, fajita taco plate and pollo vivo, which is a grilled chicken breast smothered with tomatillo sauce, Monterey Jack cheese and freshly sliced avocado. The atmosphere is complete with romantic, low-lit lights to set the mood.

Valentine’s Day at Finos means plenty of tasty food specials as well as your choice of dishes from the full menu. This Mediterranean-style restaurant offers plenty of a la carte options, such as prosciutto-wrapped diver scallops en saffron brodo and a duo of ribeye and short ribs complete with a red wine gastrique. Whatever you and your significant other order, you’ll be getting fresh, seasonal items inspired by the unique flavors and spices of the Mediterranean infused with Spanish and Greek accents. You won’t want to leave without getting dessert. Try the chocolate marquise, a layer cake accompanied by blood-orange yogurt and candied orange. You could also finish off your meal with a signature after-dinner cocktail, like the mint chocolate chip – balcones baby blue whiskey, creme de cacao, peppermint oil and cream.