Whether you choose to order takeout and stay in or don your finest attire and hit the town for a high-end 16-course meal this Valentine’s Day, Scottsdale’s restaurants offer it all.
Reserve, one of Old Town’s newest restaurants, intends to make guests feel like royalty this Valentine’s Day.
“We strive to make our guests feel as if they have left Scottsdale and have entered a different world,” said Benjamin Wald, Reserve’s Chef de Cuisine.
Their dining room, for instance, will be illuminated by more than 300 candles.
“Our music playlist will be specially curated for the holiday. The dining room will have plenty of fresh roses and flowers,” Wald added. “What’s more romantic than candles, music, flowers, and the finest food and wine?”
To top off the experience, Reserve’s serving the ultimate Valentine’s Day meal: a 16-course meal for a staggering $500 per guest.
“The inspiration is to create the most romantic setting and menu possible,” Wald said, adding that the menu will feature the world’s finest ingredients, including foie gras, oysters, Wagyu beef, truffles, Royal Osetra caviar, venison and, of course, chocolate.
“These items are then created into stunning dishes created by my team and me. For example, the caviar is paired with champagne, orange, mint and yogurt,” Wald said.
The menu also features lots of red and pink and Valentine’s Day favorites, including strawberries and Chantilly cream.
Reserve is already sold out the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of Valentine’s week, but they do have a couple openings on Wednesday and Thursday.
“Our guest capacity is 22 guests per night. We don’t turn our tables, so each guest gets their table for the whole evening,” Wald explained.
Reserve’s sister restaurant, Café Monarch, is also offering a special Valentine’s Day menu, but they’re already sold out with a waiting list to get in, said owner Christian Lewkowicz.
Those in search of a Valentine’s Day serenade can make reservations at Marcellino Ristorante, also located in Old Town.
Marcellino Ristorante will offer a special menu for Valentine’s Day that will feature a diverse selection of unique and patron-favorite dishes, like Scallops con Pesto and the Zuppa di Pesce Royale.
The Italian restaurant will also feature the “Velvet Voice” of Monte Procopio, who will be crooning love tunes throughout the evening.
“The entire weekend will be filled with romance, and while our special Valentine’s Day menu is only available on Sunday, Chef will make his special Panna Cotta dessert Friday through Sunday,” co-owner Sima Verzino said.
“Valentine’s Day will look different this year, but while we must still stay diligent with masks and social distancing, Chef has an exceptional menu planned, and we will decorate the restaurant to create an elegant, warm ambiance,” Verzino continued.
Take a look at what Scottsdale’s restaurants have to offer this Valentine’s Day.
CIELO at ADERO Scottsdale
What: Four-course, prix-fixe dinner includes jumbo lump crab cake, lobster tail stuffed tenderloin of beef, and more; also live music.
When: Feb. 12-14, 4-9 p.m.
Where: 13225 N. Eagle Ridge Drive
Elements at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa
What: Four-course prix fixe menu featuring Whipped Brie Crostini, Thai Spiced Lobster & Coconut Soup, Barolo Braised Short Rib and more.
When: Feb. 13-14, 5-9 p.m.
Where: 5700 E. McDonald Drive
Gabriella’s Contemporary American Cuisine
What: Prix-fixe dinner featuring guest’s choice of stuffed dover sole with dungeness crab and lemon beurre blanc or the Surf & Turf.
When: Until 10 p.m.
Where: 10155 E. Via Linda Road, #H134
The Grill Kitchen & Bar at the Boulders Resort
What: Special V-Day menu featuring Truffled Filet Beef Tenderloin, Roasted Sweet Corn Bisque with Crème Fraiche, and more.
When: 5-9 p.m.
Where: 34631 N. Tom Darlington Drive
Hearth ‘61 at Mountain Shadows Resort
What: Three-course, prix-fixe dinner featuring Warm Shiitake Mushroom & Goat Cheese Tart, a choice of Butternut Squash Ravioli or Surf & Turf, and more.
When: Feb. 13-14, 5-9 p.m.
Where: 5445 E. Lincoln Drive
Kasai Japanese Steakhouse
What: Chateaubriand for two
When: 4-9 p.m.
Where: 14344 N. Scottsdale Road
LON’s at The Hermosa
What: Four-course, prix-fixe menu featuring Meyer Lemon Ricotta Tortelloni, Hudson Valley Crispy Duck Breast, and more.
When: 5:30-10 p.m.
Where: 5532 N. Palo Cristi Road
What: V-Day meal for two, including one starter, two house specialties, and a heart-shaped churro dessert.
When: Until 9 p.m.
Where: 2534 N. Scottsdale Road
Maple & Ash
What: Carryout specials that feed two, including the IDGAF ($175) and the Baked and Loaded Experience ($150); both include a complimentary 8 oz. bottle of Maple & Ash Fired Up Steak Sauce.
When: Must pre-order by Feb. 11
Where: 7135 E. Camelback Road, #130
What: Special menu, including bufala mozzarella and prosciutto, Santa Lucia, and filet mignon; and live music by Monte Procopio.
When: 4-9 p.m.
Where: 7114 E. Stetson Drive
What: Three to-go packages, including Flirty ($250) with Chateaubriand 24oz served with Peppercorn Sauce, bottle of Domaine Chandon Rosé NV, and more; Seduction ($330) with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rosé NV, Chateaubriand, lobster mashed potatoes and more; and Passion ($80) with a half-dozen of long stem roses, hand-dipped chocolate-covered strawberries and a bottle of Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial Champagne NV.
When: Pick up Feb.12-14 between 1-4 p.m.
Where: City Hall Scottsdale on Camelback, north Scottsdale on Pinnacle Peak Rd., and Ocean Club on Kierland
Nonna Urban Eatery
What: Prix-fixe menu featuring Cured Beef Carpaccio, Beet Campanelle, Pan-Seared Branzino, and more.
When: 5-9 p.m.
Where: 7240 E. Main Street
What: 16-course, ultra-high end tasting menu
When: 6:30-10:30 p.m.
Where: 6934 E. 1st Avenue, #102
What: Four-course tasting menu with a complimentary surprise aperitif; meal includes Smoked Tamarind BBQ Octopus, Lobster Tail, Prime Filet Mignon, and more.
When: Feb. 12-14, 5-9 p.m.
Where: 7044 E. Main Street
What: Valentine’s Day specials, like the Seafood Platter For 2 and the 28 oz. Porterhouse Surf & Turf; and takeout/delivery specials such as the Surf, Turf & Vine and Cook At Home Kits For 2.
When: Feb. 12-14, 11 a.m.-12 a.m.
Where: 7134 E. Stetson Drive
T. Cook’s at Royal Palms Resort & Spa
What: Five-course menu featuring Bacon-Wrapped Dates, Chicken Veloute, Scottish Salmon, and more.
When: Feb. 13-14, 5–10 p.m.
Where: 5200 E. Camelback Road
ZuZu at Hotel Valley Ho
What: Three-course dinner featuring Roasted Parsnip and Hazelnut Soup, Truffle and Chive Agnolotti with hazelnuts, and Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cake.
When: 5-10 p.m.
Where: 6850 E. Main Street