Edmonton Valentine’s Day dinners for lovers who love food

Valentine’s Day may be a tad over-commercialized and over-hyped but it’s still fun to celebrate, especially if you also love food. Edmonton restaurants are whipping up some sensational meals in honour of Cupid, so take advantage of this special day as an excuse to dine out.

Hardware Grill Ltd

1
9698 Jasper Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5H 3V5

Enjoy an elegant three-course meal with your special someone at this lovely downtown restaurant. Everything is made in-house, and there is a strong emphasis on Canadian cuisine. Hardware Grill’s Valentine’s Day dinner is $120 per person, which includes tax and gratuity. Reservations must be made in advance, and tickets must be prepaid. After February 1, refunds will only be given in the form of a gift card for the restaurant.

Vons Steakhouse & Oyster Bar

2
10309 81 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 1X3

Chef Mike Doppler will create an elaborate three-course meal for lovers this Valentine’s Day. The regular menu won’t be available, and the restaurant will only be open to adults on this special day. Each seating will be for two hours, giving diners plenty of time to enjoy a fantastic meal. Von’s is known for their excellent steak and seafood, so guests are guaranteed an exquisite, high-quality meal that they won’t soon forget.

The Alberta Hotel Bar & Kitchen

3
9802 Jasper Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0C5

The restaurant is one of the newest additions to Edmonton’s dining scene but the location is historic, inside the Alberta Hotel – it’s the perfect setting for a romantic meal for two. On Valentine’s Day, this chic establishment will offer a four-course dinner for $75, from 5 p.m. till late. They are making a name for themselves with not only their cuisine but also their cocktails, so plan to indulge in both.

Bistecca Italian Steakhouse Wine Bar

4
2345 111 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6J 5E5

Chef Sonny Sung will prepare a sensational three-course Valentine’s Day meal for lovers. Each course will feature several choices, so even couples with vastly different tastes from each other will be more than satisfied. The restaurant’s name means “steak” in Italian, so there is a strong possibility of some excellent Alberta beef as part of this special meal, in addition to traditional Italian dishes. The usual a la carte menu won’t be available on this occasion.

Sicilian Pasta Kitchen South

5
805 Saddleback Rd NW, Edmonton, AB T6J 5R4

The southside location of this Italian restaurant will host a three-course Valentine’s Day dinner for $48 a person. Prior to 8:30 p.m., each seating will last two hours. Any reservations at 9 p.m. or later will not be limited to two hours. If you’re a fan of pasta and traditional Italian dishes, you’ll go gaga for this restaurant’s tasty cuisine. Also, the regular a la carte menu will not be offered on Valentine’s Day.

Tapavino

6
11011 Jasper Ave Nw, Edmonton, AB T5K 0K6

There are several options for a lovely Valentine’s Day dinner at Tapo Vino, with seatings at 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. The regular menu will be available but there will also be a decadent three-course special for $50 a person. If you and your loved one are fans of tapas and wine, this is a dinner not to be missed.

Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse

7
9929 109 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5K 1H6

If you’re not shy about gorging on good food in front of your significant other, Pampa is the ultimate place for a fantastic Valentine’s Day dinner. This churrasco-style restaurant offers unlimited meat, in 10 different cuts, plus an enormous salad bar. For Valentine’s Day, guests can choose to have the usual Friday or Saturday night menu, or they can go for the Valentine’s Day special, which includes the addition of caramelized grilled pineapple, prawns, T-bone lamb and lobster tails for $79.95 a person.

Violino Ristorante

8
10133 125 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5N 1S7

This cute, quaint Italian restaurant is located in a historic mansion just off of High Street, giving it a lovely atmosphere to indulge in a quiet, dimly lit date for two this Valentine’s Day. The chefs are whipping up a five-course meal for the special occasion, for $99 a person, not including tax or gratuity. Credit card information must be given when making a reservation.

Solstice Seasonal Cuisine

9
10723 124 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5M 0H2

Lovers can indulge in the usual menu, which includes tuna tartare, scallop risotto, chicken supreme, lamb shank, braised venison, beef tenderloin and vegetable arancini, or enjoy the Chef’s tasting menu. The restaurant’s cuisine utilizes fresh, seasonal ingredients from local and regional producers, so diners are guaranteed a delectable meal. Plus, the head chef is a 2011 Gold Medal Plates winner, which certainly doesn’t hurt!

Sorrentino's Bistro-Bar

10
10162 100 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0P5

Sorrentino’s downtown will start Valentine’s Day reservations at 4 p.m. The chef will whip up a table d’hote menu, featuring the decadent Italian cuisine the restaurant is loved for – Italian is one of the most romantic cuisines out there, right? The regular a la carte menu will not be available. Couples will also be able to enjoy entertainment from Italian tenor Andrea Pinna from 6 p.m. till 10 p.m.

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