From Heartfelt To Fun: Valentine’s Day Plans For Everyone

By: Carolyn Hall | January 26, 2024
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Valentine’s Day, a day synonymous with love and affection, offers the perfect opportunity to indulge in special experiences with your significant other. Metro Detroit, with its rich array of dining and entertainment options, presents a myriad of ways to celebrate this romantic occasion. From classic pubs to elegant fine dining, let’s explore some of the best venues and activities to make your Valentine’s Day dinner unforgettable.

CAFÉ CORTINA

30715 West 10 Mile Road, Farmington Hills 

Now in its second generation of ownership, Café Cortina offers an exquisite dining experience no matter the day you visit. “Café Cortina has been more than just a restaurant since 1976,” states founder Rina Tonon. Known as one of America’s most romantic restaurants, it’s offering a special Prix Fixe menu for Valentine’s Day, ensuring an evening of elegance. On the Valentine’s Day menu, attendees can expect delicious options ranging from risotto with grilled asparagus, spinach, roasted carrots, zucchini, and more, to ippoglosso, which is pan-seared halibut, mussels, and an aromatic herb velouté.  Reservations for this ‘farm to table’ foodie destination can be made over the phone or on their website.

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table with glasses, place settings, and menus in low lighting at cafe cortina
Photo courtesy of Café Cortina

CAUCUS CLUB

150 West Congress Street, Detroit

The Caucus Club, the renowned establishment with as much history as its sister restaurant The London Chop House, offers a sophisticated dining experience. It’s an ideal place for those looking to enjoy an intimate dinner in a classic setting, making it a top choice for Valentine’s Day. On the 14th, the Caucus Club is offering a special prix fare menu priced at $135 per person. Throughout the meal, enjoy a live jazz performance and a rose for the ladies. Make your reservations online with a $50 per person deposit that will go toward your bill. Remember that business casual is the minimum dress code for dining at the Caucus Club. If you’d like to read more about other historic restaurants, including The London Chop House, check out this list

EVELYN’S MIDTOWN KITCHEN

2934 Russell Street, Detroit

For couples that want a hands-on approach to a romantic dinner, Evelyn’s Midtown Kitchen is offering a Valentine’s dinner cooking class. The menu includes pan-seared scallops with a creamy avocado basil sauce, rosemary garlic ribeye with a light shitake cream sauce, truffle mashed potatoes, and chocolate ganache cake and strawberry hearts for dessert. This is a great chance for couples to cook together, learn new skills, and bond over their delicious meal. Bring along some wine and get ready to roll up your sleeves!

IMPERIAL

22828 Woodward Avenue, Ferndale

Imperial is a local Ferndale spot that I’m convinced everyone needs to try. Social Media Manager Johanna Medranda tells us, “On February 14th, we’re hosting our ‘Everyone LOVES Tacos’ event.” From 12 p.m. to 11 p.m., guests can enjoy a specialty food and cocktail menu. Some of the specialty tacos you can expect are a braised beef short rib option, a fried avocado choice, and even a fried cheese curd taco. This unique celebration is perfect for those looking to enjoy a more laid-back yet festive Valentine’s Day with a twist.

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Photo courtesy of Imperial

CUCINA LAB

3960 Crooks Road, Troy

Cucina Lab offers an innovative approach to cuisine and provides a unique culinary adventure. Their special Valentine’s Day menu is sure to delight food enthusiasts looking for something beyond the traditional dinner date. Noted as ‘An Eternal Elegance Valentine’s Dinner,’ attendees can expect a feast crafted for the evening, all accompanied by wine pairings to elevate each course. This family-owned Italian restaurant offers a truly upscale experience with exceptional service and impeccable menu items, all of which can be experienced on Valentine’s Day with the $120 tickets. 

JOHN CROWLEY AND SONS

33338 Grand River Avenue, Farmington

Greg Cowley shares, “John Cowley and Sons is a second-generation Irish Pub, a local staple since 1972.” This Valentine’s Day, they invite you to experience their rich history and delightful atmosphere. With two floors, each offering a unique setting and live entertainment on the weekend, this pub combines fine food and casual ambiance. Celebrate your evening with a special wine-tasting dinner at 7 p.m., and enjoy the charm of this venue.

OAK & REEL

2921 East Grand Boulevard, Detroit

Celebrate your love at Oak & Reel, where Chef Jared Gadbaw is preparing a 4-course meal for Valentine’s Day. This beautiful Milwaukee Junction restaurant will be offering a mix of Oak & Reel’s staple dishes and special selections for the occasion. The Prix Fixe menu, priced at $115 per person, is a testament to culinary excellence and a perfect choice for a romantic evening. Reservations for the Valentine’s Day dinner are available on their website, which requires a $30 deposit per person. 

plated fish and a glass of white wine from oak & reel
Photo courtesy of Oak & Reel

THE VAULT ON FIRST

3058 1st Street, Wyandotte

The Vault on First is an excellent choice for those seeking a night of elegance and charm. Here, only wild-caught fish, prime meats, locally raised chickens, and fresh produce are used throughout the menu. For Valentine’s Day, the menu is only slightly smaller than the regular menu, offering favorites and lots of choices for everyone. Enjoy a featured cocktail, share an appetizer or two, and select an entree that stands out. Its sophisticated ambiance makes it an ideal spot for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner.

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