For the First Valentine's:
In this case, cupid's bow has only recently struck. You don't want to be overeager, but you don't want to blow it either. The Peached Tortilla is cozy, with an interesting menu and great cocktails. If you're not sure Asian fusion is their thing, then try a straightforward menu from Texas French Bread. They take a farm-to-table approach with their food and everything is fresh and delicious. Remember to save room for desert.
For the Adventurer:
If your significant other enjoys the thrill of trying new dishes and flavor combinations, head to Barley Swine. Always inventive and creative, their menu is sure to impress. Barley Swine's little sister, Odd Duck is just up the road and is truly one of a kind. They have Valentine’s Day small plate specials in addition to their regular menu (which changes often). Another option is Foreign & Domestic. Intimate, candlelit with an ever changing, seasonal menu that is never boring.
For the True Romantic:
Wine, dine and prepared to be wowed. Lenoir is offering a four course prix fixe menu with a choice for each course and an optional wine pairing. Weather permitting, they will have drinks and small plates out in the wine garden. And their ethereal atmosphere will make your date giddy. la V is the ultimate in romance. The gorgeous, plush interior will make your sweetie swoon. The menu offerings are first rate and the wine list is one of the most extensive in town. For a fairy tale European experience, try Fabi + Rosi located in the little cottage off of Lake Austin Blvd. They have reservations available for a special chef dinner in their back room. If you prefer to wing it and go without a reservation, they are offering the front portion of the restaurant first come, first serve.
For the Long-Time Lover:
You two have been together for a while, but you still want to show you care. The Carillon, on the University of Texas campus, has a five-course menu which they are offering on both the 13th and 14th. Olamaie is showcasing a special five course tasting menu; a southern menu with loads of southern hospitality.
For the Casual Lover:
Dressing up day in and day out for work can be a drag. Sometimes all you want to do is get comfortably casual, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't make some effort. Noble Sandwich Co. has a new dinner menu and it is a sure fire hit, plus the relaxed atmosphere will put everyone at ease. Jacoby Restaurant & Mercantile serves hearty fare in a casually elegant setting. The darling of the new dining scene, Dai Due has a special four course menu featuring their Butcher Shop meat or seafood, including a choice of desert. épicerie Café & Grocery in Rosedale has a four-course meal available that offers the best of French-Louisiana cuisine.
For the Happily Ever After:
Married for over 20 years? You know each other pretty well, so you don't have to work too hard to make each other happy, but it pays to keep things spicy. El Naranjo's interior Mexican food is just the thing to add a little zest to the evening. Margaritas, mole, and moonlight. G'Raj Mahjal Café has a special five course menu with choices for each course. The delightful Indian fare will keep your love karma in check.
Was your first date a spot with a special view? Then go to breakfast at Trio in the Four Seasons overlooking Lady Bird Lake. Was your first kiss at the drive-in? Head to BlueStarlite Drive-In (they have great romantic movies playing) and pack a special picnic from Henri's CheeseShop. Does your sweetie have a soft spot for Lady and the Tramp? Slurp some noodles together at Ramen Tatsu-ya (the new location on S. Lamar has a full bar and now serves lunch). Think about the times and places that have added a special element to your relationship and incorporate that into your evening (or afternoon) out. Have fun!