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Where to Have a Truly Decadent Valentine’s Day in Seattle

Seafood towers, elaborate cupcakes, cocktails with caviar, and heart-shaped pizza

A glass tray with a cocktail, potato chips, and caviar on it.
The caviar captain’s cocktail at El Gaucho Seattle
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Harry Cheadle is the editor of Eater Seattle.

For some people, Valentine’s Day is a chance to flex their natural abilities as caring, sensitive lovers. These people keep lists of perfect gifts they can give and gestures they can perform; they see planning a romantic night out as an opportunity to surprise and delight their lucky partners.

If you are one of those people, get out of here! This article is for the rest of us, the ones who know we have to do something for Valentine’s Day but... what? Flowers? Do they like flowers? Which flowers did they tell us they were allergic to? One of those shirts that gets advertised on Instagram? Dinner? Okay, dinner on Valentine’s Day is a good idea, but where?

At these Seattle restaurants, that’s where:

Delancey

This cozy hidey-hole in Ballard is on our list of most romantic restaurants in Seattle for its intimate vibe and wood-fired pizzas, but on Monday, February 12, it’s abandoning its usual menu for its “Lovers and Friends” event. This is a five-course menu featuring wood-fired oysters, pork tenderloin or cauliflower steak, and more. There’s only one seating, at 6 p.m., and the meal comes with a wine pairing (in which case everything costs $135) or an NA pairing ($120). Go here for more details and to book.

Dark Room

One of Seattle’s top cocktail bars (and a recent Eater Award winner) is throwing an “anti-Valentine’s” party on February 12 from 5 to 10 p.m. There will be movie-themed cocktails, a TV dinner–inspired food menu, and an amusing lineup of films on the projector — Valentine, Promising Young Woman, and Heathers. No reservations for this one, just show up at the bar (address 8505 Greenwood Avenue).

Stateside

This Capitol Hill restaurant — lauded for years for its PNW mashup of Asian and French cuisines — has an intriguing Valentine’s Day menu that includes the words “chili crisp beef short rib stroganoff.” Is that an aphrodisiac? It is to us. The four-course meal, available only on February 14, is $120, and you can add a beverage pairing for $50. Gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian menus are also available. For the full menu and to book, go here.

A heart-shaped deep dish pizza.
The Heartbreaker Pizza from SPIN.
SPIN

SPIN

Downtown’s “ping pong social club and restaurant” is doing something called “Love Pong,” on February 10, starting at 8 p.m. This will feature a DJ, a “ping pong show,” tarot readings, and a lot of Valentine’s food and drink specials, including a heart-shaped pizza. Packages cost $65 and include ping pong plus food — more info can be found here.

Seabird

If you want to take things up a notch, head out to this Bainbridge destination restaurant, which is offering luxurious seafood towers for Valentine’s Day. For $230 for two guests, you can gaze into each other’s eyes while eating stuff like oysters, clams, urchin, cured albacore, and smoked salmon. If you want to take things up another notch by adding a whole roast duck, you can get the “Seabird experience” for $430 for two people. For more info and to book, go here.

El Gaucho

Seafood towers not luxurious enough for you? Okay, the Seattle location of the El Gaucho steakhouse is offering three “Captain’s Cocktails” that come with an ounce of Osetra caviar for $100. (These cocktails naturally feature top-shelf liquor like Nolets Reserve Gin.) You can split one of these cocktails into two glasses if you’re not prepared to spend $200 on two drinks.

The Greater Good

Is cheese romantic? It is at this new Ballard cocktail bar, which is holding a “sexy cheese and cocktail tasting” on February 14, hosted by the Cheese Lady and the bar’s beverage director, Nick Hartigan. “This is a guided, educational tasting that will ignite your senses and pique your organoleptic curiosities,” says the description — we don’t know what “organoleptic” means but it sounds hot. Tickets are $50 and can be found here.

Cafe Flora

If the love of your life hates eating meat, Madison Valley’s plant-filled vegetarian restaurant has you covered. On Valentine’s Day from 5 p.m. onward Cafe Flora will be serving a reservations-only four-course menu with things like arancini filled with peas, leeks, herbs, and mozzarella. It’s $85 per person and you have to call (206) 325-9100 to get a reservation. (This will presumably weed out the zoomers.) Go here to see the full menu.

A stylish restaurant dining room.
The interior of Oola.
Oola

Oola

The restaurant inside this Captiol Hill distillery has a four-course menu with unique joints like miso-glazed pheasant and fried frog legs with Thai basil. perfect if you and your date want to reenact the eating scene from Tom Jones. It’s $115 per person, with a beverage pairing available for $60. Go here to see the full menu and to book.

Deep sea sugar and salt

If extravagant dining isn’t your thing, how about extravagant cupcakes? Georgetown bakery Deep Sea Sugar and Salt is offering a six-pack of cupcakes for $42 (order here) with flavors including caramel pretzel crunch and cherry cordial. If six cupcakes doesn’t sound like enough for you, Deep Sea’s February cake menu includes a pink Champagne cake — though pre-orders are booked until February 17, so this would be a post-Valentine’s splurge.

The Fairmont Olympic

Are you a bit bummed by this Valentine’s shit? Here’s a classy option for the singles out there: a “Galentine’s Brunch” in the Fairmont Olympic Hotel, hosted by dating expert Bre Walker at 1 p.m. on February 25. You’ll “embark on a journey to master your dating skills” says the event description, plus drink some bubbles and eat a three-course brunch. It’s $98, and more info can be found here.

OOLA Capitol Hill (Restaurant, Bar & Bottle Shop)

1412 East Union Street, , WA 98122 (206) 512-6772 Visit Website

El Gaucho

2200 Western Avenue, , WA 98121 (206) 728-1337 Visit Website

Seabird

133 Winslow Way East, , WA 98110 (206) 201-3789 Visit Website

Delancey

1415 Northwest 70th Street, , WA 98117 (206) 838-1960 Visit Website

Stateside

300 East Pike Street, , WA 98122 (206) 557-7273 Visit Website

Cafe Flora

2901 East Madison Street, , WA 98112 (206) 325-9100 Visit Website