We’re all about a bit of excess when dining out on February 14th (and every other day of the year, too, if we’re being honest). We’ve rounded up more than three dozen deliciously decadent Valentine’s Day desserts that await you and your date at restaurants this Tuesday.
Jema, Huntington, New York
At Jema, Long Island’s new-ish Michelin-caliber restaurant, chef Franco Sampogna, who has been behind the burners at the storied Guy Savoy and Alain Ducasses’s restaurant at the Hôtel Plaza Athénée, is putting out a special $90 three-course (plus amuse bouche) menu with dishes including quinoa risotto and smoked Black Angus short ribs, but you’ll want to save room for the Valrhona chocolate creation. Because chocolate. This balanced and beautiful dessert that is served with smoked vanilla ice cream and a snap of salt will make you fall in love. If not with your date, at least with Jema and chef Sampogna. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at Jema.
L’Etoile, Madison, Wisconsin
Have dinner for dessert, sort of, at James Beard Award winner Tory Miller’s L’Etoile. they spare no expense at dinner on most days, let alone on Valentine’s Day. Pastry chef Phil Rodriguez ideated a sweet and savory dessert that showcases that classic combination of apple and pork. He makes an ice cream with local apples and then crowns it with candied hickory nuts, spiced pork rind from Uplands Farm, and a delicate pork powder for an extra dose of salty, umami flavor. The end result is a rich and nutty dessert with pops of crunch and spice. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at L’Etoile.
The Bazaar by José Andrés, Beverly Hills, California
Seeking over-the-top awesomeness in a single bite? Right this way. Having studied the art of chocolate under some of the world’s top pastry chefs, pastry chef Kriss Harvey reveals years of precise dessert-making experience with this decadent, heart-shaped treat – filled from surface to core with layers of heavenly chocolate – and made with fleur de sel ganache and a chocolate biscuit get enrobed in silky chocolate mousse before coated in vibrant red cocoa. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at The Bazaar by José Andrés.
Kamuela Provision Co. at Hilton Waikoloa Village, Waikoloa, Hawaii
Spectacular views of the Kohala Coast — and local humpback whales — will make excellent dining companions while you celebrate your love with chef Eddie Enojardo’s Lover’s Heart. A flourless cake with white and dark creamy chocolate velvet and raspberry coulis, you’ll be swept away. Make a reservation at Kamuela Provision Co.
One Market Restaurant, San Francisco, California
Do you have a name – or can I just call you mine? You won’t need a pick-up line to stake your claim to this looker from pastry chef Patti Dellamonica-Bauler – just a table on Valentine’s Day. Part of the four-course menu, the Valrhona chocolate Napoleon is made with with Manjari chocolate cremeux, hazelnut-chocolate shortbread, and salted caramel ice cream. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at One Market Restaurant.
Spencer’s by the Sea at The Reach, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Key West, Florida
Let a wave of chocolate crash over you this Valentine’s Day while you sup by the sea. Okay, it’s the ocean, but still. Executive chef Jose Gomez has created the Chocolate Trio, featuring chocolate terrine, crumbles, and sorbet, blackberry gel, and peanut powder, as part of his three-course menu for February 14th. It’s sure to be the PB to your J. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at Spencer’s by the Sea.
Indian Accent, New York, New York
This is basically beauty on a plate – so even if your date doesn’t catch your eye, this dish will. Typically eaten in the colder months, the Northern Indian specialty makhan malai from chef Manish Mehrotra is made with saffron milk, rose petal jaggery brittle, and almonds. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at Indian Accent.
The Dutch at the W South Beach, Miami, Florida
Go Dutch on Valentine’s Day. This is the 21st century, after all. But even if you’re not splitting the check, split the Gripper’s Grail for Two. A decadent offering from award-winning pastry chef Josh Gripper, it’s got homemade chocolate and caramel ice cream, passion-fruit sorbet, brownie, housemade marshmallow fluff, hazelnut cream, caramelized banana, chocolate mousse, crunchy meringue, crunchy fuielletine, passion-fruit syrup, and shards of tempered dark chocolate, and chocolate sauce drizzled tableside. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at The Dutch.
TRACE, Austin, Texas
Nestled in Austin’s tony W Hotel, TRACE is all about love this Valentine’s Day. Each course has a cute name – Crush, Flirt, Love Sick, and Be Mine. And, let’s face it, the 14th is all about the Be Mine, a classic pavlova featuring blackout cake, housemade raspberry jam, and raspberry mousse. Yah, we’re yours. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at TRACE.
E&O Kitchen and Bar, San Francisco, California
Chef Sharon Nahm isn’t monkeying around with this dessert that we’re kinda bananas for. The Bananamisu adds a tropical twist to an Italian favorite by combining espresso ladyfingers, banana mascarpone mousse, and a plantain chip. Chomp! Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at E&O Kitchen.
Boulton & Watt, New York, New York
Def Leppard’s 80’s metal ballad has nothing on the Love Bites from executive chef David Rotter. Rose gelato mini cones are filled with dark chocolate and orange zest and topped with pistachio brittle for a shareable, finger-foody dessert on this romantic day. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at Boulton & Watt.
Fixe, Austin, Texas
Every day is Sunday at Fixe – even Valentine’s Day. Chef James Roberts evokes the spirit of Sunday supper seven days a week – and that supper should always end with a proper dessert. A can’t-miss on the progressive southern menu is the chocolate truffle cake featuring wheatberry, hazelnut, and salted pretzel ice cream. Did you read that? Salted. Pretzel. Ice. Cream. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at Fixe.
Del Frisco’s Grille, Nashville, Tennessee (and national locations)
Whatever DFG you spend Valentine’s Day at, you’re guaranteed a happy ending (no, not that kind!) with chef Shawn Quinn’s raspberry chocolate ganache tart. Topped with fresh raspberries, sea salt, and whipped cream, it’s made to share. Just let bae have the last bite, ‘k? Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at Del Frisco’s Grille.
Juniper, Austin, Texas
The fine folks at Juniper tell us that the idea behind their homey-yet-elegant Milk + Honey dessert was to create and serve simple flavors with good technique. In the end, the result is a honeycomb pattern on top of a white chocolate semifreddo, featuring little honey pockets in the comb. Served alongside some chamomile toasted oats and a small scoop of Milk Ice cream, it’s a great pick for your honey. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at Juniper.
Mastro’s, New York, New York (and national locations)
Ending a meal with a meal with Frangelico is a tradition for many folks. And when that Frangelico comes on your dessert? Even better. Executive chef Dusmane Abdoulaye Tandia offers a chocolate five-layer cake with rich chocolate mousse that’s brushed with citron vodka and – you guessed it — Frangelico. The edges are encrusted with cake drums and it is served with chocolate and caramel sauces, fresh raspberries, and fresh mint. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at Mastro’s.
Searsucker, Austin, Texas
We’re not puddin’ you on when we say you’re going to love the smoked banana pudding at celeb chef Brian Malarkey’s ATX restaurant. With housemade nillas, chantilly cream, and a banana doubloon, it’s creamy and uber dreamy. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at Searsucker.
Harding’s, New York, New York
We can’t hardly wait (a great date-night 90’s movie you should totally watch after your dinner on the 14th, btw) for the chocolate lava cake from executive chef Joel Zaragoza. With a melty dark chocolate center, it comes a la mode and is christened with a generous topping of chocolate sauce. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at Harding’s.
The Grill at The St. Regis, San Francisco, California
This heart-shaped box is nirvana. Chef Franck Desplechin is serving a red velvet chocolate box as part of The Grill’s seven-course Valentine’s Day menu. The dessert is as functional as it is stunning – each box will have a special surprise inside. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at The Grill at The St. Regis San Francisco.
Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café, Washington, D.C.
It’s been said that you get what you pay for, but let’s be honest – three dreamy courses for just $29 a person is a bit more, especially when dinner ends with the nom-y Death By Chocolate Cake from baker Ricardo Herrera. Rich and creamy chocolate cake dressed with raspberry puree and whipped cream. Bonus: You can take advantage of this special menu February 10-19. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café.
Le Petit Paris, Los Angeles, California
Dessert is twice as nice at the luxe brasserie Le Petit Paris this year. The Raspberry Sweetheart and Chocolate Sweetheart are great for when you and yours can’t make up your minds. Choose from raspberry mousse with vanilla cream or dark chocolate mousse with chocolate filling – both in the shape of a heart. No coin toss necessary. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at Le Petit Paris.
STK-NYC Midtown, New York, New York
The flirts at STK know that their desserts complete us. Case in point: their red velvet love cake with chocolate-dipped long stem strawberries will have you at hello. Make a Valentine’s Day reservation at STK-NYC Midtown.