607 W. Gray St.
Houston, TX 77019
Eleven XI has recently been named by Zagat as one of Houston’s most innovative restaurants. This Valentine’s Day, enjoy the romantic atmosphere by the fireplace at Eleven XI or have some fun in the bar area with friends. It’s no coincidence that Valentine’s Day is also called the Feast of Saint Valentine. Join Eleven XI for a feast of your own and indulge in either a three- or four-course prix fixe menu. The three-course menu for two is priced at $190 per couple with optional, tiered beverage pairings – including wine, beer or cocktails – for $50 or $100. A soup or salad starter segues into a decadent trio of two prime six-ounce filet mignons and a 16-ounce broiled lobster tail to share. The third course completes the meal with an assortment of Chef Kevin Bryant’s house-made confections. The four-course addition raises the tariff to $225 per couple and includes options such as Gulf shrimp cocktail, jumbo lump crab cake or buffalo carpaccio. Either way, this fabulous three- or four-course prix fixe menu is sure to please. Reservations are required.
Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston
2222 W. Loop S.
Houston, TX 77027
At the newly renovated Royal Sonesta Hotel, Chef Peter Laufer will be featuring a menu inspired by boutique supplier 44 Farms. Royal Sonesta recently underwent a $25 million renovation and now features beautiful and romantic dining, a fun and comfortable bar area and luxurious hotel accommodations. This Valentine’s Day prix fixe menu is priced at $88 per couple and guests will enjoy a salad, soup, intermezzo, 44 Farms entrée and dessert with glass of sparkling wine. Reservations are required and may be made online.
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Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE
800 Sorella Court
Houston, TX 77024
Treat your special someone to a five-course Valentine’s Day dinner at The Bistro. Priced at $79 per person, the menu highlights offerings such as the oyster “play” gratinée featuring melted leeks and bacon in a half shell with finger lime cells, fresh grated horseradish and champagne sorbet; grape must lacquered quail incorporating chorizo and date hash with a pickled grape salad; pan-seared duck breast with orange-hibiscus bigarade, sunchoke mousseline and an apple and pea salad; plus fried gala apple pie with salted caramel ice cream and pecan brittle.
220 Main St.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 224- 4266
LINE & LARIAT Executive Chef Tyler Malson is spicing up Valentine’s Day with a three-course menu priced at $65 per person. Options from the “Hot & Spicy” first course include grilled bacon-wrapped quail “wings style” with cucumber, celery and blue cheese salad; pan-seared blackened scallops with chili oil, Texmati rice and sautéed mushrooms; and mustard-spiced crab cake with scallion remoulade and local field pea salad. The “It’s on Fire” second course features choices such as sage braised rabbit with roasted hen of the wood mushroom, Serrano peppers and carrot puree; blackened yellowfin tuna niçoise with wax beans, egg, oil-cured olives, fennel salad and brioche croutons; plus chile marinated grilled pork tenderloin with red rice, crispy Brussels sprouts and black bean demi. For dessert, “Cool Down or Heat Up” with Texas gingerbread pig, roasted cranberry pear tart or pumpkin panna cotta.
5709 Woodway Drive
Houston, TX 77057
Food is the universal language of love. Say amore to your special someone and partake in Latin Bite’s three-course Valentine’s Day menu, which is priced at $75 per person. Options from the first course include pork arepa, an Asian-style pork belly dish with South American corn dough, or purple causita, a cold purple mashed potato patty accompanied by crab salad. The second course features choices such as two ways duck cannelloni – duck confit cannelloni and duck breast on wine demi glaze with mole sauce and sautéed baby veggies – and the green risotto, which incorporates asparagus and spinach risotto with miso glaze Chilean sea bass and sautéed baby bok choy. For dessert, choose between mil hojas, a Venezuelan chocolate mousse with passion fruit cream and hazelnut gelato, or torta helada, a Peruivian-style cold red velvet cake with strawberry gelatin, rhubarb rocoto coulis and blood orange sorbet. Diners will also enjoy a complimentary glass of Col de’Salici Docg Valdobbiadene Prosecco.
Full menus are not yet available for these locations, however, they deserve an “honorable mention” for some of the best cuisine that Houston will have to offer on Valentine’s Day.
3701 Travis St.
Houston, TX 77002
Sparrow’s Monica Pope is creating a four-course, prix fixe menu, which will be priced at $150 per couple with wine pairings available for $30 per person. Reservations are required.
2815 S. Shepherd Drive
Houston, TX 77098
Triniti Restaurant will be offering a six-course sharing menu on Valentine’s Day, priced at $100 per person with optional wine pairing for $50 per person.
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Mother of four college to Kindergarten, Lisa Carey is a National and Local writer for Examiner. She brings with her 20 years experience in education, working with families and her enthusiasm for the Houston area. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.