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10 Dallas Valentine’s Day Dining Options That Aren’t Terrible

Skip the boring prix-fixe this year and get creative

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Most of the time, Valentine’s Day dining is the epitome of boring. Instead of spending too much cash on pricey prix-fixe menus with tiny portions of steak and stingy portions of wine, get creative in 2018.

From sweet pastries to geeky cocktails and heart-shaped pizzas, let this map of interesting, outside-the-box Dallas Valentine’s Day destinations be a guide to a date that won’t break the budget — or bore your date to death.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Libertine Bar

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2101 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 824-7900
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Nothing says “I love you” like cheap happy hour drinks. Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday this year, which means that drinkers can sip $4 cocktails made with Katy Trail Vodka, $3 Texas beers, and half-price bottles of wine.

2. Lakewood Landing

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5818 Live Oak St
Dallas, TX 75214
(214) 823-2410
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Skip the swanky scene on Valentine’s Day and enjoy one of the city’s best dive bar atmospheres. Cozy together in one of these ripped pleather booths for cheap beer, late-night corn dogs, and the best jukebox in town.

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3. CBD Provisions

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1530 Main St
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 261-4500
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It’s technically a prix-fixe, but the three-course dinner at this Downtown restaurant is the closest thing to a fancy Valentine’s Day bargain at $55 per person. Feast on Gulf crudo and duck confit cassoulet, then finish dinner with toasted pecan chocolate torte. Afterward, slip down to dimly-lit downstairs bar Midnight Rambler for a nightcap.

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4. Shell Shack

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2916 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204
(844) 588-2722
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Get messy with your Valentine at Shell Shack, which will present a bottle of (probably cheap) champagne to each table. For $45, score the VIP combo, which includes enough snow crab, shrimp, potatoes, sausage, fries, and hushpuppies for two people (or one very hungry single).

5. Mudhen Meat and Greens

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900 S Harwood St
Dallas, TX 75201
(214) 698-7000
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On Valentine’s Day, Mudhen will host an entirely vegan feast for plant enthusiasts. Treat your meat-free significant other to chickpea bruschetta, mushroom bolognese, and a chocolate-avocado mousse topped with salted almonds and honeycomb, all paired with beers from Real Ale Brewing Company.

6. HIDE

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2816 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 396-8050
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Cocktail geeks can dork out over the rotovaporizers, centrifuges, and other science-y equipment used to create the cocktails here. Ignore the silly holiday-themed drinks and go straight for the category that’s only for the brave. There, the savory Winner Winner, mixed with gin, stock, clarified lemon, and thyme, awaits.

7. City Hall Bistro

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1321 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75202
(214) 651-3686
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Can’t afford The French Room? No worries — the chic midcentury vibe at City Hall Bistro is decidedly more updated. For $150 per couple (decidedly cheaper than the usual prix-fixe dinner), beverage manager Anna Pereda will teach 10 lucky duos how to mix fancy cocktails. Afterward, Chef Jeramie Robison will serve a menu of fancy dishes like linguini & clams and short ribs cooked sous vide for 48 hours.

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8. Greenville Avenue Pizza Company

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1923 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206
(214) 826-5404
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Skip the hassle of actually dining out and pick up heart-shaped pies at GAPCo, where $30 will score lovebirds (or overachieving singles) the aforementioned pizza and two mini-bottles of Champagne.

9. Sweet Daze Dessert Bar

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581 W Campbell Rd #127
Richardson, TX 75080
(972) 707-7295
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Pastries are a perfect Valentine’s Day gift, especially when they’re as ridiculously over the top as Sweet Daze’s Instagram-worthy treats. Doughnuts frosted with Beyonce lyrics, galaxy cheesecake, brownie ice cream cones and chocolate covered strawberries await.

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10. Cidercade

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2777 Irving Blvd #200
Dallas, TX 75207
(214) 364-7728
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$10 per person provides access to more than 150 arcade games, plus the option to sip 24 different ciders on tap. Which means that after you beat your date in Mortal Kombat, a Bishop Cider Vanilla Cream Soder or Shacksburry Arlo awaits.

1. The Libertine Bar

2101 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

Nothing says “I love you” like cheap happy hour drinks. Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday this year, which means that drinkers can sip $4 cocktails made with Katy Trail Vodka, $3 Texas beers, and half-price bottles of wine.

2101 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

2. Lakewood Landing

5818 Live Oak St, Dallas, TX 75214
Lakewood Landing

Skip the swanky scene on Valentine’s Day and enjoy one of the city’s best dive bar atmospheres. Cozy together in one of these ripped pleather booths for cheap beer, late-night corn dogs, and the best jukebox in town.

5818 Live Oak St
Dallas, TX 75214

3. CBD Provisions

1530 Main St, Dallas, TX 75201
CBD Provisions

It’s technically a prix-fixe, but the three-course dinner at this Downtown restaurant is the closest thing to a fancy Valentine’s Day bargain at $55 per person. Feast on Gulf crudo and duck confit cassoulet, then finish dinner with toasted pecan chocolate torte. Afterward, slip down to dimly-lit downstairs bar Midnight Rambler for a nightcap.

1530 Main St
Dallas, TX 75201

4. Shell Shack

2916 McKinney Ave, Dallas, TX 75204

Get messy with your Valentine at Shell Shack, which will present a bottle of (probably cheap) champagne to each table. For $45, score the VIP combo, which includes enough snow crab, shrimp, potatoes, sausage, fries, and hushpuppies for two people (or one very hungry single).

2916 McKinney Ave
Dallas, TX 75204

5. Mudhen Meat and Greens

900 S Harwood St, Dallas, TX 75201

On Valentine’s Day, Mudhen will host an entirely vegan feast for plant enthusiasts. Treat your meat-free significant other to chickpea bruschetta, mushroom bolognese, and a chocolate-avocado mousse topped with salted almonds and honeycomb, all paired with beers from Real Ale Brewing Company.

900 S Harwood St
Dallas, TX 75201

6. HIDE

2816 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226

Cocktail geeks can dork out over the rotovaporizers, centrifuges, and other science-y equipment used to create the cocktails here. Ignore the silly holiday-themed drinks and go straight for the category that’s only for the brave. There, the savory Winner Winner, mixed with gin, stock, clarified lemon, and thyme, awaits.

2816 Elm St
Dallas, TX 75226

7. City Hall Bistro

1321 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75202
Kathy Tran

Can’t afford The French Room? No worries — the chic midcentury vibe at City Hall Bistro is decidedly more updated. For $150 per couple (decidedly cheaper than the usual prix-fixe dinner), beverage manager Anna Pereda will teach 10 lucky duos how to mix fancy cocktails. Afterward, Chef Jeramie Robison will serve a menu of fancy dishes like linguini & clams and short ribs cooked sous vide for 48 hours.

1321 Commerce St
Dallas, TX 75202

8. Greenville Avenue Pizza Company

1923 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206

Skip the hassle of actually dining out and pick up heart-shaped pies at GAPCo, where $30 will score lovebirds (or overachieving singles) the aforementioned pizza and two mini-bottles of Champagne.

1923 Greenville Ave
Dallas, TX 75206

9. Sweet Daze Dessert Bar

581 W Campbell Rd #127, Richardson, TX 75080
Sweet Daze/Official Photo

Pastries are a perfect Valentine’s Day gift, especially when they’re as ridiculously over the top as Sweet Daze’s Instagram-worthy treats. Doughnuts frosted with Beyonce lyrics, galaxy cheesecake, brownie ice cream cones and chocolate covered strawberries await.

581 W Campbell Rd #127
Richardson, TX 75080

10. Cidercade

2777 Irving Blvd #200, Dallas, TX 75207

$10 per person provides access to more than 150 arcade games, plus the option to sip 24 different ciders on tap. Which means that after you beat your date in Mortal Kombat, a Bishop Cider Vanilla Cream Soder or Shacksburry Arlo awaits.

2777 Irving Blvd #200
Dallas, TX 75207

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