Austin, TX Best Restaurants To Take Your Special Someone To

    If you haven’t made Valentine’s Day reservations for dinner with your sweetie, there’s still time, but you might have to call around to find the seating time and menu that you want. Here is a sampling of what is on the menu at area restaurants.

    34th Street Café (1005 W. 34th St., 323-2200, 34thstreetcafe.com): Three-course prix fixe menu from chef Jason Tallent will be available Thursday through Saturday. $49 a person.

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    Chez Zee (5406 Balcones Drive, 454-2666, chez-zee.com): Four-course prix fixe featuring dishes including crab cakes, chicken adrano, lemon rosemary trout and fudge torte. Music from Dianne Donovan. Valentine’s dinner special ($41.95, including a glass of sparkling wine) is available Thursday through Saturday, and the restaurant is hosting a Valentin’s brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

    Contigo (2027 Anchor Lane, 614-2260, contigotexas.com): Valentine’s Day family-style dinner party featuring six dishes served in three courses. $35 per person. Reservations required by calling 614-2260.

    El Alma (1025 Barton Springs Road, 609-8923, elalmacafe.com): Three-course dinner for two, including two different entrees — sea scallops and chorizo-stuffed pork tenderloin — from chef Alma Alcocer-Thomas, for $48.95. Special will be available Thursday through Sunday.

    El Chile (1809 Manor Road, 457-9900, elchilecafe.com): Three-course dinner of beet tartare, oven-roasted salmon and white chocolate rose tart from chef Jeff Martinez. $29.95 per person.

    corazon-austin-topimageCorazon at Castle Hill (1101 W. Fifth. St., 476-0728, corazonatcastlehill.com): Three-course prix fixe from chef Michael Taddeo including dishes such as wild mushroom risotto cakes, roasted red bell pepper bisque, gumbo, grilled beef tenderloin roasted duck breast and white chocolate cheesecake. Available from 5 to 9:30 p.m. $37.95 to $41.95 based on entrée selected.

    Fabi & Rosi (509 Hearn St., 236-0642, fabiandrosi.com): Eight-course dinner, including a table-side carving of whole Richardson’s in-house dry-aged ribeye. $100 a person. Reservations for tables are full, but community seating begins at 7 p.m.

    Foreign & Domestic (306 E. 53rd St., 459-1010, fndaustin.com): Four-course menu including roasted scallop with sunchoke veloute and mustard-ham relish, beef loin with potato marmalade and Cacio e Pepe Resitto with herbs. $50 a person. Seatings will be begin at 6:45 and 8:15 p.m.

    Gusto Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar (4800 Burnet Road, 458-1100, gustoitaliankitchen.com): Three-course dinner including oysters on the half shell, arugula and tomato salad with goat cheese, and a choice of either grilled lamb chops with a red wine reduction and risotto or whole grilled branzino with a chickpea and fennel salad. $49 a person. 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

    Hopfields (3110 Guadalupe St., 537-0467, hopfieldsaustin.com): Three-course prix fixe ($50 per person, wine pairing for an additional $22) featuring dishes including ratatouille, ooling tea-smoked duck breast, chowder, mushroom risotto and flourless chocolate cake.

    Hillside Farmacy (1209 E. 11th St., 628-0168, hillsidefarmacy.com): Three-course dinner that features dishes including roasted gulf oysters and shrimp, beef tenderloin, ricotta ravioli, seared grouper and creme brulee. $55 per person, including a glass of cava and chocolate truffles. Two seatings: One at 7 p.m. and the other at 9:30 p.m.

    hyattHyatt Regency Austin (208 Barton Springs Road, 477-1234, austin.hyatt.com): Multi-course menu using locally sourced ingredients for entrees including Richardson Farms chicken, steamed sea trout and mussels or fire roasted vegetable enchiladas. $49 a person. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

    Manuel’s (310 Congress Ave., 472-7555; 10201 Jollyville Road, 345-1042; manuels.com): Three-course prix-fixe with shrimp tostadas, mushroom quesadillas, grilled beef tenderloin, blue crab enchiladas, charbroiled yellow fin tuna and chocolate mousse. $35 per person. Valentine’s menu will be served Wednesday through Sunday.

    Max’s Wine Dive (207 San Jacinto Blvd., 904-0111, maxswinedive.com): Max’s will serve a variety of options for those seeking a quiet dinner for two, or a romantic escape to the streets of Paris, complete with street music and burlesque dancers. $65 a person, or $120 for couples. 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.

    Satay (3202 W. Anderson Lane, 467-6731, satayusa.com): Three course dinner for two prepared by chef/owner Foo Swasdee featuing dishing including handmade dumplings, Thai entrees and desserts. $85 for two, including two glasses of Champagne.

    Stories (575 Hyatt Lost Pines Road, 308-4860, lostpines.hyatt.com): Three-course prix fixe menu including frisee salad and young potato bisque, filet mignon and Texas quail for the main course and Lost Pines triple chocolate cake and strawberry shortcake for dessert. $65 a person.

    Sullivan’s Steakhouse (300 Colorado St., 495-6504, sullivanssteakhouse.com): Three-course prix fixe menu including your choice among filet mignon, a New York strip, ribeye and triple-cut lamb chops. $89 for two. 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

    TenOak Burbon House + Lounge (409 Colorado St., 512-472-2822, tenoakaustin.com): No date necessary at TenOaks’s Elixer Lounge Singles Mingle Party. Cocktails, appetizers and dancing to music from Austin DJ’s. Doors open at 4 p.m. for happy hour and dinner, with festivities beginning at 9 p.m.

    The Carillon (1900 University Ave., 404-3655, thecarillonrestaurant.com): Seven-course menu served Thursday through Sunday featuring dishes including barely poached oysters, Nantucket Bay scallops, slightly warm lobster, fennel-dusted duck breast, bacon-poached lamb, New York strip and dark chocolate terrine with raspberry from chef Josh Watkins and Plinio Sandalio. Dinner starts at $85 per person.

    The Russian House (307 E. Fifth St. 428-5442, russianhouseofaustin.com): Six-course prix-fixe dinner, including a glass of Champagne. $60 a person.

    Trace at the W Austin (200 Lavaca St., 542-3660, traceaustin.com): Three-course menu starting with a seafood sampler for two, followed with your choice of scallops a la plancha with red beef nage or beef duo with a fig balsamic reduction and topped off with red velvet ice cream. $75 a person. 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

    Trio at the Four Seasons (685-8300, 98 San Jacinto Blvd., triorestaurantaustin.com): Five-course prix fixe featuring a number of choices for several of the courses, including the option of lobster boil or prime beef for the entree. $95 a person. On Friday and Saturday, the restaurant will offer a three-course version of this menu for $55 a person.

    Verde Supper Club (verdesupperclub.com): Five-course dinner from chef John Cain inside the main gallery at Mexic-Arte, 419 Congress Ave. $85 a person. Cocktails and passed appetizers start at 7 p.m. BYOB.

    By: Wesley Gardner with additional material contributed by Addie Broyles.

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