Impress your Valentine's date at these Calgary restaurants

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to start planning the perfect date for two. Whether you’re planning on dining out with your sweetheart or some fellow single pals, here are the local restaurants to check out for delicious featured Valentine’s Day menus.

Alloy

1
220 42 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 1Y4

This longstanding upscale fusion restaurant combines Mediterranean, Latin and Asian influence into an inventive gourmet menu. For Valentine’s Day 2017, Chef Rogelio Herrera has created a sumptuous six-course tasting menu for $85 per person. Start things off with hummus and za’atar spiced bread before diving into a savoury tomatoes and goats cheese appetizer, followed by lobster ravioli. The main courses of the meal consist of arctic char and beef tenderloin. For dessert, indulge in a rich dark chocolate brownie served alongside chocolate gelato, marinated strawberries, vanilla anglaise and pistachio merengue. Call 403-287-9255 to make reservations.

Cilantro

2
338 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0A8

On Feb. 14, Cilantro serves up a special four-course Valentine’s Day menu from 5 until 9:30 p.m. The dinner costs $65 per person and features several options to choose from. Start things off with amuse bouche, followed by a choice of either wild mushroom soup or baby spinach salad. For the second course, choose between tortellini en brodo, pear and pecorino triangoli or Prince Edward Island mussels before moving on to a main course of beef tenderloin wellington, pan roasted chicken breast or swordfish al forno. The fourth-course dessert is a surprise, but it’ll be a perfectly sweet ending to the meal. Call 403-229-1177 to make reservations.

Lake House

3
747 Lake Bonavista Dr SE, Calgary, AB T2J 0N2

Overlooking the scenic Lake Bonavista, The Lake House is a cozy, upscale Canadian cuisine restaurant with a wonderfully intimate interior. On Valentine’s Day, the restaurant is offering a special four-course dinner from 5 until 10 p.m. Start the meal off with raw Village Bay oyster, followed by a duo of slow-roasted wild boar belly and foie gras torchon, as well as a white bean manchego puree. For the main course, choose between bison tenderloin, sous-vide chicken breast or seared red snapper. For dessert, enjoy a rich chocolate Mayan mousse cake. Wine pairings courtesy of CRMR wine director Brad Royale are also available for an additional $50 per person. Call 403-225-3939 to make reservations.

Zen 8 Grill

4
421 12 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 1A5

Zen 8 Grill has partnered with Cowboys Casino for the second annual Valentine’s Day Dine and Dance event on Feb. 14. The evening features live entertainment and dancing, along with a hearty buffet featuring salad, beef, chicken, potatoes, mixed vegetables and a sweet assortment of desserts. Tickets are $20 per person. Cocktails are served at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and dancing at 7 p.m. Purchase your tickets online now.

Selkirk Grille

5
1900 Heritage Dr SW, Calgary, AB T2V 2X3

Heritage Park’s Selkirk Grill is an upscale restaurant serving Canadian dishes made with locally grown and organic ingredients. If you want to turn Valentine’s Day 2017 into a longer celebration, kick things off over the weekend with chef Leighton Smyth’s Valentine’s weekend shared menu for two. The dinner is available for $100 per couple on Feb. 10 and 11, and features cream of white asparagus soup, a 16-ounce certified angus beef tenderloin for two, and a sweet duet of chocolate mousse martini with strawberry espuma to end the meal. On Feb. 14, the Selkirk Grill offers a four-course tasting menu for $75 per person. The meal starts with cream of white asparagus soup, followed by a salad of whipped boursin, arugula, toasted almonds, tomato focaccia croutons and strawberries. Choose between pan-seared arctic char and sea scallops, or a duo of lamb rack and beef tenderloin as a main course. End things with a strawberry chocolate bombe for two. Wine parings are also available. Call 403-268-8607 to make reservations.

Yellow Door Bistro

6
119 12 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0G8

This upscale eatery located inside of the Hotel Arts has planned a decadent four-course feast for the day of love. For $60 per person, diners will be treated to a lobster terrine first course followed by an onion and vanilla bean velouté. For the main course, choose between roasted beef loin or seared organic salmon. Finish things off with a chocolate mousse served alongside champagne sorbet, strawberry and cocoa nib brittle. An optional wine pairing is available for $20 per person. Call 403-206-9585 to make reservations.

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