1/24/2012 06:29:00 PM

Where to Book for Valentine's Day in Philadelphia

Square 1682
You don’t need an excuse to take your date out to dinner, but the options for Valentine’s Day in Philadelphia certainly sweeten the deal. Below find choices ranging from a special prix fixe tasting menu, or check out choices for romantic options that include à la carte bites for two.

Prix Fixe
Bistro St. Tropez: French is the language of love, and chef Patrice Rames is well-versed in that discourse. His “Menu Amoureux” features three courses of decadent Gallic cuisine, with more than half a dozen choices for the appetizer and entree. For dessert, dig into the duet of Grand Marnier soufflé and chocolate mousse cake (February 11 and 14; $55 per person; 215-569-9269).

In Riva: With terrace lights twinkling in reflections off the Schuylkill River, this new East Falls Italian offers some of the most romantic views in the region. Chef Arthur Cavaliere has prepared a four-course menu highlighting creations from his brick oven, which goes for just $35 per person, or $55 with beverage pairings (215-438-4848).

Isabella: The top 10 aphrodisiac foods comprise chef Michael Cappon’s special tasting menu at this Conshohocken Mediterranean, each featured in a dish of its own. Find out what a 10-course meal of oysters, avocado, honey, almonds, figs and more will do for your day of love, and add even more flair with free tango lessons, kicking off at 8 or 9 PM each night (February 10-14; $40 per person; 484-532-7470).

Square 1682: Euro-style swankiness will envelop your dining partner at this Rittenhouse New American, where the menu from chef Guillermo Tellez goes for $65 per person, or $100 with champagne and wine pairings. Expect plenty of decadence, but a fair dose of veggies too - Tellez recently lost 40 lbs. and has been showcasing how eating well doesn't mean sacrificing taste (215-563-5008).

À La Carte
Beau Monde: For a special meal that won’t leave you overly full (so you can continue to enjoy the after-dinner part of the date!), head to this Bella Vista crêpe house. It’s located just far enough away from South Street that you won't have to worry about weekend crowds ruining the romantic mood (215-592-0656).

Nineteen (XIX): Strings of pearls hang from the ceiling and drapes frame the goings on of the Avenue of the Arts theater crowd below at this lounge on the top floor of the Hyatt at the Bellevue. Choose from the impressive wine or champagne selections as you and your loved one nibble on assorted New American apps (215-790-1919).

Tinto: Stepping into Jose Garces’ petite Rittenhouse wine bar is like a mini trip to the Basque region of Spain. Sip on Iberian wine and order a parade of tiny tapas bites, many of which come in couplets, perfect for two people to share (215-665-9150).

Tryst: The intimate bar beneath Georges Perrier’s French stalwart Le Bec-Fin holds plenty of ways to impress your date, from silver-platter caviar service to truffles made on-site in the third-floor “chocolate room.” To drink, choose from the extensive wine list, showcasing the restaurant’s 1,500-bottle cellar collection (215-567-1000).


  1. Can't decide between Tinto or Tryst....thoughts?

  2. Tough choice. Both have great wine selections. Probably Tinto wins for food, but Tryst is tops for cocktails, so choose according to whichever you (or your date) wants to focus on that night.