These romantic restaurants in metro Phoenix are pulling out the stops for Valentine’s Day

These romantic restaurants in metro Phoenix are pulling out the stops for Valentine’s Day

A home-cooked meal has its charm, but when it comes to Cupid’s most active day, there’s something about donning dressy shoes that makes the heart pitter patter a bit faster.

And when it comes to romance, restaurants around the Valley know how to lay it on pretty thick with fine dining feasts, stellar views and champagne toasts. The most romantic part about these meals might be the fact that they require no prep or cleanup. It will be a Monday night, after all.

From lux prix-fixe menus to tantalizing specials, head to these swanky spots around metro Phoenix for an idyllic dinner for two.

All menus will be offered exclusively on Feb. 14, except where noted. Reservations are highly recommended.

Santé

A Kumiai oyster with triple vinegar mignonette and horseradish cocktail sauce is the entrée to a four-course menu that includes a glass of sparkling wine ($90). Pecan-crusted squash blossoms with chevre cheese and plum gastrique is followed by a choice of: Joyce Farms New York strip steak with heirloom fingerling potato, tomato and fig berry reduction or poached lobster with edamame, red beets, lobster hollandaise and fresh mint. A vegetarian pan-seared polenta cake with baby spinach, wild mushroom and roasted tomato vinaigrette is also available. The feast culminates with a pecan tart topped with avocado mousse.

Details: 15507 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. 480-687-3189, lovesante.com.

Christopher’s at Wrigley Mansion

At the historic Wrigley Mansion, the culinary talents of award-winning chef Christopher Gross are on full display. Splurge on an eight-course feast ($300, $230 additional for wine pairings) that will include the likes of house smoked salmon, lobster, Liberty duck, Wagyu beef and Hudson Valley foie gras soup with truffles along with treats like Black River Farm caviar, housemade fromage blanc and berries. Expect passion fruit Domori chocolate hearts and other surprises throughout the night. Seatings available at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m

Details: 2501 E. Telawa Trail, Phoenix. 602-522-2344, wrigleymansion.com.

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Campo Italian Bistro & Bar

At this buzzy new Italian restaurant, a three course dinner for two ($150) features a shared starter of wild Mexican shrimp scampi, roasted beets with goat cheese and roasted apples or wild mushroom risotto with parmigiano, mascarpone and roasted chicken jus. Share a main entree of crispy salmon with Tuscan beans, roasted peppers, kale and tomato butter or  chicken al Matone with ricotta gnocchi, wild mushroom and onion jus or red wine braised short rib accompanied by butter whipped potatoes and balsamic onions. A collection of dark chocolate truffles, chocolate dipped strawberries, chocolate chip cookies and a champagne toast will be served for dessert.

Details: 8260 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale. 480-597-9195, campoitalian.com.

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Elements, Sanctuary On Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa

In the picturesque dining room of Elements, a four-course menu ($145) will feature an amuse of crispy rice topped with spicy tuna followed by shrimp and scallop dumplings with Thai basil, radish, snap peas and ginger lemongrass consommé; crispy pork belly with a gochujang and lime glaze served with purple potato puree and spicy green papaya slaw; filet of beef with truffle pomme puree, asparagus and crab hollandaise; beet ricotta gnocchi with pistachio romesco, pecorino romano, roasted golden beets and romanesco; and miso glazed sea bass with avocado yuzu mousse, poached lobster, bok choy and maitake mushrooms. Dessert options will include vanilla bean cheesecake in a brown butter graham cracker crust, red velvet sponge cake and strawberry sorbet and chocolate molten cake made with dark chocolate ganache, milk crumb and vanilla gelato. 

Details: 5700 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley. 480-948-2100, sanctuaryaz.com.

Different Pointe of View, Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort

Known for the stunning views of the twinkling downtown lights, Different Pointe of View  will be offering a four-course menu ($110) featuring duck confit lollipops; grilled filet mignon with truffle brie whipped potatoes, wild mushroom fricassee, asparagus tips and périgord truffle red wine reduction; seared diver scallops with saffron mascarpone risotto; cherry wood smoked venison with bliss maple pecan brioche spoon bread, seared sunchokes and dried cherry madeira reduction; seared Chilean sea bass with crispy basil parmesan polenta and sautéed baby carrots and turnips and a love potion chocolate heart for dessert.

Details: 11111 N. Seventh St., Phoenix. 602- 866-6350, tapatiocliffshilton.com.

Lon’s, Hermosa Inn

At the historic Hermosa Inn, Lon’s restaurant will be serving a three-course menu ($105) begins with a glass of Campo Viejo rosé and an amuse oyster, caviar crispy potato and lemon crème fraiche. Choose from a special menu that includes lobster bisque, Baja stone crab with smoked trout roe, pork belly confit, grilled Wagyu and foie gras, scallops and Patagonian shrimp and a roasted Grimaud duck breast. Lemon curd and berry tart and chocolate budino will be served for dessert.

Details: 5532 N. Palo Cristi Road, Paradise Valley. 602-955-7878, lons.com.

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Bourbon Steak, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

The glittering north Scottsdale resort is known for going all out for holidays. On Valentine’s Day, the Bourbon Steak restaurants will offer a three-course menu ($125) that begins with choices of short rib ravioli, lobster coconut soup and truffle caesar salad. Main course options include steak, Arctic char and optional Wagyu upgrades ($20-$60). For dessert, share a signature bourbon bar made with dark chocolate, peanut butter and gold peanuts or a coconut roulade of raspberry ganache, mascarpone and Caramelia chocolate pearls.

Details: 7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale. 480-585-4848, scottsdaleprincess.com.

Mora Italian

Celebrity chef Scott Conant will be celebrating the romantic holiday all weekend long with a five-course, family-style menu ($150 per couple) that features a whole stuffed lobster, pork and veal meatballs, the chef’s famous pasta al pomodoro, house-made truffle gnocchi with parmesan, crudo with herb purée and chateaubriand.

Details: 5651 N. Seventh St., Phoenix. 602-795-9943, moraitalian.com.

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Maple & Ash

Dinner at this Scottsdale hot spot kills a few birds with one stone. Guests will be welcomed with complimentary white roses and assorted Valentine’s Day truffles. Dinner specials include luxury options like a saffron frutti di mare risotto with Maine lobster, Alaskan king crab and sea scallops ($54) and Wagyu black truffle carpaccio  with Alaskan king crab, Kaluga caviar and brown butter brioche ($44).

Details: 7135 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale. 480-400-8888, mapleandash.com.

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Kasai Japanese Steakhouse 

This restaurant is usually closed on Mondays, but is making an exception this year for the romantic day. Book the Teppanyaki Table Special ($95 per couple), which includes an appetizer of scallops and shrimp, an entree of a filet mignon with lobster tails, sides and a pineapple whipped dessert. Upgrade to Wagyu beef ($115 per couple) or go for the non-teppanyaki option of Wagyu filet and lobster with the options of crab cakes or lamb chops as an appetizer ($125 per couple). An ala carte menu is also available, with a sushi special that comes with a tropical strawberry crunch roll and romantic sashimi rose ($25).

Details: 14344 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. 480- 607-1114, kasaiscottsdale.com.

Litchfield’s, The Wigwam

Another historic gem, The Wigwam’s signature restaurant, Litchfield’s will be offering a four-course Sweetheart Menu ($85) that starts with an amuse of watermelon with Shaft’s blue cheese, mint and strawberry balsamic. After that, choose from options that include a prawn chowder, diver scallops with sweet pea risotto, pappardelle with baby spinach, snow peas in a wild mushroom cream sauce, American Kobe New York Strip with new potatoes and enjoy chocolate pots au creme for dessert. 

Details: 300 E. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park. 623-935-3811, wigwamarizona.com.

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Cuisine & Wine Bistro

This family-owned French restaurant in Chandler is offering a five-course menu ($120, $55 additional for wine pairings) that commences with an amuse of caviar and followed by a choice of  St. Jacques New Bedford scallops with watercress veloute and prosciutto crisps or duck confit with black truffle whipped potatoes. Move on to a frisee salad before the main course of herb crusted lamb, beef wellington or halibut. Choose between chocolates or espresso creme brulee for dessert. 

Details: 4991 S. Alma School Road, Chandler. 480-275-6700, cuisineandwinebistro.com.

Pomodoro Italian Grill & Seafood

At this longtime special occasion spot in Cave Creek, you can celebrate your love with one of two menus, both of which come with a glass of complimentary Italian bubbles. The four-course Valentine’s Menu ($65) features choices such as fritto misto with calamari and shrimps, sautéed mussels and clams, ravioli lobster, fettuccine with Wagyu Bolognese and veal scaloppine.  The indulgent Truffle Menu ($120) features the mushroom delicacy in a cheese fondue, burrata, Carpaccio di Bresaola, ravioli and beef filet. A classic tiramisu is dessert.

Details: 6710 E Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek. 480-524-0989, pomodorousa.com.

The Italian Daughter 

Enjoy live piano music at this intimate Italian restaurant while feasting on specials like grilled prawn and fried goat cheese cakes ($22), heart shaped lobster ravioli ($26), pan seared filet mignon ($55), grilled swordfish and beet risotto ($38), stuffed veal chop valdostana ($48), ménade a trois diavola ($45) and braised pork shank with aged cheddar polenta ($36). End your meal with fresh strawberries stuffed with cannoli cream and chocolate pearls ($10) or a chocolate lava cake ($13).

Details: 23655 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. 480-404-6085, theitaliandaughter.com.

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