Beautiful, blessed Valentine’s Day. Amidst ups and downs with this annual holiday, I have always secretly loved Valentine’s Day. My mom always went out of her way to make it special- she’d thoughtfully give me and my siblings a special gift, accompanied by a sweet note and a handful of token Dove chocolates. My dad never failed to bring home something romantic for her- a bouquet of roses, or delicious hand dipped raspberries from a local chocolatier.
And when I was single for (what seemed to be) forever, I planned date nights with my best girlfriends. We’d make a reservation and eat delicious food, together. Because I’m a big believer in celebrating love and finding any excuse to go out to eat.
Valentine’s Day now is, admittedly, a lot more fun with Cody. Our first Valentine’s Day together we literally spent the entire day together. There was a lot of chocolate, flowers, and we ended things with an Italian dinner and gelato. Last year for Valentine’s Day Cody and I drove over an hour to choose a puppy from a litter of black labs, and celebrated late that night at a small restaurant in Millcreek.
I’m not sure what our plans are this year, but I’m hoping that as you and I share a meal with friends or loved ones, it’s over something delicious. I’ve taken the liberty to include V Day details for each restaurant listed on this post, so that you’ll know exactly what to expect- especially if you’re on top of it and making reservations *hint hint*. Enjoy.
If you haven’t tried this new-comer to the SLC area, now is your chance. Manoli’s is an intimate neighborhood restaurant that serves incredible small plates of homemade Greek food. We absolutely love their seared scallops and grilled lamb riblets. They’ll be serving their regular menu for Valentine’s Day. Make sure to read our full review on Manoli’s for all of the delicious details! Manoli’s (402 East Harvey Milk Blvd, Salt Lake City, UT // 801.532.3760)
If you’re a regular reader of Female Foodie, you know my undying love for Valter’s Osteria. We recommend going straight for the chef’s recommendations, but make sure to look over their gorgeous menu to see what pops out at first glance. Their regular menu in addition to specials just for Valentine’s day will be available for you and your significant other to swoon over. Read our full review and be sure to make reservations! Valter’s Osteria (173 West Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT // 801.521.4563)
Several Salt Lake City foodies feel as if Pago was one of the original local pioneers in the upscale farm-to-table scene. We are including them on our list of Valentine’s Day restaurants knowing that they never compromise quality of ingredients and serve some of the most sophisticated and flavorful plates in all of SLC. Pago will serve a tasting menu for the evening of Valentine’s Day in place of their regular menu, priced at $75 per person for five courses, three options for each course. Pago (878 South 900 East, Salt Lake City, UT // 801.532.0777)
Possibly one of the restaurants I’m most excited about on this list is Ikigai! Formerly known as Naked Fish Bistro, Ikigai is a new and renovated establishment in the Salt Lake City dining scene! Their Michelin-star worthy take on small Japanese plates is nothing like you’ve experienced in all of Salt Lake City. The pork belly (pictured) and sukiyaki are our top recommendations, but you’ll have to reserve and taste for yourself! Ikigai will be serving their new and regular menu for dinner only on Valentine’s Day. Ikigai (67 West 100th South, Salt Lake City, UT // 801.595.8888)
We love the upscale and vibrant tastes that HSL has brought to Salt Lake City and couldn’t leave them off of our Valentine’s Day dining choices. Although we’re smitten by their General Tso’s cauliflower and noteworthy pork shank, HSL will be serving a prix fixe menu for the price of $65 for four courses with optional wine pairings. We literally cannot wait to see this V Day menu! HSL (418 East 200 South, Salt Lake City, UT // 801.539.9999)
Ironically, one of my favorite restaurants in the entire great state of Utah is in Utah County! I love Communal and have enjoyed celebrating special occasions at this Provo farm-to-table eatery for years. It’s one of my favorite places to splurge and expect a truly phenomenal meal. For Valentine’s Day they’ll be serving a prix fixe menu for $68 including an amuse bouche to start off and four courses. Utah County foodies- make sure to call in this reservation before it gets too late. Communal (102 North University Ave, Provo, UT // 801.373.8000)
So often in Salt Lake City we forget the splendor and delicacy of the dishes served at Aristo’s. Located just below the University of Utah on 13th east, Aristo’s serves an upscale menu of Greek dishes sourced locally and internationally, reassuring every last menu item truly represents the flavors and culture of Greece. For Valentine’s Day Aristo’s will be serving five special entrees in addition to their regular menu. Aristo’s (224 South 1300 East, Salt Lake City, UT // 801.581.0888)
Log Haven is an upscale Salt Lake City restaurant with a magical and unparalleled location. Tucked in the woods of Millcreek canyon, Log Haven boasts a delectable fine dining menu with classic options including filet mignon, seared king salmon, and grilled elk triploin. They’ll be serving course specials in addition to their regular menu for Valentine’s Day. Log Haven (6451 East Millcreek Canyon Road, Salt Lake City, UT // 801.272.8255)
Of all the dining options for Valentine’s Day, Tin Angel serves up the most unique twist for adventurous Salt Lake City diners to enjoy. Similar to other holiday menus, The Tin Angel Cafe will serve a blackout menu. This consists of a 1st course with the option of a side salad or cup of soup. The second course is a blind folded course, a fun and relatively quick “finger food” course typically. Next is the main course, traditionally a seafood or steak option. And for the fourth course, of course, is dessert. This four course dinner is $40, but if you’d like to stick with their regular menu, they’ll be serving up those items as well. Be sure to read our full review on the Tin Angel Cafe, featuring some of their regular menu items! Tin Angel (365 W 400 S, Salt Lake City, UT // 801.328.4155)
If you’re looking for a “no fail” option to please your Valentine’s date this year, look no further. Bambara will be serving specials by course in addition to their full dinner menu for the big day. They have everything from lobster ravioli to filet of beef to roasted Main scallops. Make sure to read our full review on this downtown restaurant for more details. Bambara (202 South Main Street, Salt Lake City, UT // 801.363.5454)
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