From take-home treats to romantic menus, these local Valentine's offers are perfectly sweet
1. Locus Restaurant & Lounge
2. Sequoia Company of Restaurants
Coal Harbour favourite Cardero's offers a special menu on Valentine's Day, with items available a la carte and live music all evening. Available that evening only are the Cupid's Platter—boasting crab cake, jumbo prawn and Oyster Rockefellers—as well as entree options of both 10-ounce strip loin or Macadamia nut crusted mahi mahi and a molten chocolate cake with vanilla gelato for dessert.
1583 Coal Harbour Quay, Vancouver; Reservations online
Granville Island's popular spot also offers live music all evening, coupled with a special romantic menu featuring a la carte items. Starter options include the oyster platter for two or Hoshi Sushi's ebi aburi roll. Steak Oscar and Lobster Thermidor are up as entrees, with pavlova or chocolate lava cake rounding out the meal.
102 - 1535 Johnston Street, Vancouver; Reservations online
Tucked in Stanley Park, the Teahouse showcases a three-course menu, with enhancements available, available February 14th, 15th and 16th. For $75 per person, the base menu is highlighted by an entree choice of Filet Mignon & Lobster, Sablefish or Red Beet Risotto.
Ferguson Point, Stanley Park, Vancouver; Reservations online
Seasons in The Park
Perched atop Queen Elizabeth Park, Seasons in the Park also features a three-course menu from February 14th to the 16th at $65 per person. Filet Mignon, Duck Confit or Lobster Ravioli are the three options for mains, with add-ons of a half-lobster or grilled prawns available for an additional charge.
Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver; Reservations online
3. Thierry Café
4. Joe Fortes Seafood and Chop House
777 Thurlow Street, Vancouver; Reservations online
646 Kingsway, Vancouver; $200 for two, plus taxes and gratuity; Reservations at email@example.com or online
6. Miku & Minami
Miku serves a multi-course dinner for $98 per person—with a optional sake pairing for an additional $45—billed as a "full seafood experience." Evening exclusives include oysters prepared two ways, Alaskan king crab, a salmon entrée and two new Aburi nigiri: sablefish and Selva tiger prawn.
70 - 200 Granville Street, Vancouver; Reservations online
At sister spot, Minami, Valentine's Day offers a few special dishes: Maguro sashimi trio—with three cuts of red tuna, a surf and turf entree with halibut and beef tenderloin and, for dessert, a Manjari chocolate cherry tart.
1118 Mainland Street, Vancouver; Reservations online
7. Ladurée Boutique and Tea Salon
LaduréeSophisticated French confectionery and café Ladurée showcases a gorgeous macaron gift set—designed by French stylist and illustrator Marie-Victoire de Bascher—and special themed pastries. The seven-piece macaron gift box is pink, topped with a paper rose, and features selections from 14 available flavours, running $38. At the Ladurée boutique and tea salon, a special romance menu serves guests tea, coffee or hot chocolate, along with two macarons, a Valentine’s Day pastry, two mini viennoiseries, finger sandwiches and a fruit salad. Available February 14th to 17th, the experience costs $50 per person or $60 with a signature Ladurée cocktail. Prefer a romantic dessert at home? Two take-home options—each priced at $11—include pastries with either a poppy and cherry twist or a ginger-raspberry confit.
1141 Robson Street and 737 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver; Details online
8. Yuwa Japanese Cuisine
2775 West 16th Avenue, Vancouver; Reservations online
9. Temper Chocolate & Pastry
TemperAs always, the sweet treats continue to roll out at West Vancouver's Temper. Individual chocolate hearts—strawberry and cream, milk chocolate with Bailey's or and caramel and dark chocolate—run $2.25 each, with boxes available at varying price points. Larger confections, like a heart-shaped chocolate caramel cake, are also a great take-home option.
2409 Marine Drive, West Vancouver; Details online
10. Fable Kitchen & Fable Diner
Farm-to-table dining excellence takes a romantic turn at Fable Kitchen. On February 14th, special four-course menus are available for $50 per person, with additional wine pairings available at $32.50 per person. Features include ling cod and elk options.
1944 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver; Reservations online
At Fable's East Van outpost, the holiday is commemorated by two unique milkshakes: the red velvet option or the lover's boozy milkshake.
151 East Broadway, Vancouver; Reservations online
11. Jules Bistro
12. Origo Club
110 - 6888 River Road, Richmond; Reservations online
13. Cibo Trattoria
900 Seymour Street, Vancouver; Reservations online
14. Uva Wine & Cocktail Bar
900 Seymour Street, Vancouver; Details online
15. Tiki Bar at the Waldorf
1489 East Hastings Street, Vancouver; Details online
16. Burdock & Co.
Facebook/Burdock and Co.Chef Andrea Carlson brings a farm-to-table feast to dishes in Mount Pleasant on February 14th. With a focus on farm-fresh veggies, sustainable seafood and ethically-raised meats, two seatings (5:30/6 p.m. and 8/8:30 p.m.) will amaze diners with a multi-course meal for $80 per person, with the option to add on features from their naturalist wine menu for a charge.
2702 Main Street, Vancouver; Reservations online
17. Tableau Bar Bistro
Facebook/Tableau Bar BistroTableau puts aside its regular menu for one night on February 14th in order to bring diners a set menu of French-influenced fare for $90 per diner. Options include a winter truffle salad or mushroom tart to start, followed by ling cod and lobster or a rack of lamb. A raspberry and vanilla macaron tops off the meal, and wine pairings are available for an additional $50.
1181 Melville Street, Vancouver; Reservations online
18. Homer Street Cafe & Bar
Tracey Ayton PhotographyIn addition to their popular menu, Homer Street Cafe and Bar's executive chef Jonathan Chovancek and chef de cuisine Tristen Katcher have planned a four-course menu, which runs $70 per person and presents diners with a fried chicken heart amuse bouche, followed by a choice of tuna or whipped chicken liver, and then either duck breast or steak Oscar for two. A chocolate ganache tarte or baked brie (for two) rounds out the Valentine's Day experience.
898 Homer Street, Vancouver; Reservations online
VerreThe recent Coal Harbour addition, Verre, celebrates its first Valentine's Day with a set menu for $75 per diner, plus the option to add wine pairings for $85 per couple. The five-course menu, created by owner and chef Liam Breen, includes a truffled duck rillette as an amuse bouche, followed by seared scallop and pork cheek, either black cod or tournedoa rossini and a chocolate and salted caramel crème brûlée for dessert.
550 Denman Street, Vancouver; Reservations online
20. Havana Vancouver
Sweet Pea PhotographyDinner and a show are on the menu at the Drive's Havana. Cuban-meets-Pacific Northwest flavours for a four-course dinner menu, which is followed up a special improv show in the venue's theatre. Two seatings are available at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., each running $55 per guest and including a complimentary glass of sparkling wine, the shared set menu for two and theatre seats.
1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver; Tickets online
21. Yew Seafood & Bar
Yew Seafood & BarThe Four Seasons favourite Yew has partnered with fine champagne-maker Veuve Cliquot for a truly unique pairing. A sumptuous five-course meal is paired with wine thoughtfully selected by a Veuve ambassador on-site. For $99 per person, guests can enjoy dishes including sablefish with dungeness crab and dill emulsion and a duo of duck with beet relish. A vegan menu is also available, as are hand-crafted "love locks" as a take-home treat ($40 each, with pick-up on February 13th or 14th.)
791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver; Reservations online
22. The Pie Hole
Here’s a sweet date night idea for you and your boo. Vancouver’s The Pie Hole is offering two-for-one slices on Valentine’s Day from 4 p.m. to close at both their Vancouver and Burnaby locations (3497 Fraser Street and 7832 6th Street).
Cooking Valentine’s Day dinner yourself? Let The Pie Hole take care of dessert. Pies are available for pre-order and can be picked up from either location. On offer are:
Black Forest Pie: a dark chocolate creamy filling in a chocolate crumb crust, topped with B.C. cherry and Kirsch liqueur reduction, finished with whipped cream and chocolate ganache drizzle.
Custom Sweetie Apple: a blend of tart Granny Smith and sweet Gala apples gently tossed in brown sugar with a hint of cinnamon, nutmeg and real vanilla enveloped in a double butter crust. Customize it with a sweet saying from one of The Pie Hole’s listed phrases or create your own.
Eat Your Feelings Pie: a double-butter pie crust, a layer of fudgy rich brownie, edible chocolate oatmeal cookie dough topped with dark chocolate and Callebaut white chocolate ganache.
Triple Chocolate Cream: a rich dark chocolate base, followed by a light and airy chocolate layer, topped with a whipped white chocolate ganache and dark chocolate curls dusted with gold.
Red Velvet Pie: A classic dessert in a double-butter pie crust. The filling for this pie is so creamy and chocolatey (and not too sweet)—topped with a delicate cream cheese whipped top.