Valentine’s Dinner for Two

February 4, 2020

Whether you stay in for the most romantic day of the year or go out – this is one holiday you don’t want to forget if you have a mate, spouse, partner or significant other! We collected some options for dinner at home and dinner at a four-star eatery, so you have no excuse but to celebrate cupid’s favorite time of year.

Taste of Home used the holiday to gussy up some entrees with a twist here and an enhancement there, so nothing is “traditional” or ordinary. From sweet-and-fruity Orange-Pecan Salmon and Cranberry Short Ribs, to Ricotta Gnocchi with Spinach Gorgonzola, there are enough yummy recipes here to make you momentarily indecisive!

Want more choices for a stay-at-home Valentine’s dinner for two? Country Living pulled 55 (!) of their best dinner date-night recipes together for you to swipe through. From Pork Chops with Bourbon-Molasses Glaze to Roasted Squash with Goat Cheese and Poached Cranberries, Country Living doesn’t miss a course of your holiday meal. You’ll find main dish, side dish and dessert recipes that even if you don’t make this Valentine’s Day, we bet you’ll bookmark them for future sampling!

More Valentine’s Dinners to Make at Home

For the vegans among us, Veg News put together the perfect Valentine’s dinner menu for two, with Artichoke Walnut Pesto Crostini, accompanied by dry Champagne – or Seitan Piccata and Choco-Raspberry Dream. These delicious three-course, home-cooked dinners suit lovers of all tastes, says Veg News, which curated the recipes from three of its favorite chefs. 

Now IF you’re not in the mood to grocery shop and think through making a special dinner but still want to eat in, for $100 you can order a Lobster Dinner for Two from Harry & David. Or if steak is more to your liking, try the Valentine’s Day Surf and Turf (with shrimp and filet mignon) from Omaha Steaks. Both also offer sides you can order, and desserts.

Eating Out on Valentine’s Night in Aurora

If Valentine’s Day night means eating out this year, or every year, here are a few of the top-rated restaurants near Southshore from your friends at Google (we only chose the eateries rated at least 4.6 – out of 5.0 stars!).

Golden Saigon is a Vietnamese grill, one of the oldest in Aurora, at 2658 S. Parker Rd., Unit 2. The atmosphere is casual and for lovers of Pho, this is the place to go!

The Pearl of Siam at 18660 E. Hampden Ave. in Aurora is a family-run Thai restaurant, serving curries and stir-fry dishes in a casual dining room. 

Café Paprika is an informal yet exotic setting for Valentine’s Day – with Greek and North African cuisine in a family-run restaurant.

Athenian Restaurant is another Greek restaurant serving huge-portion standards like gyros and moussaka, and it’s located at 15350 E. Iliff in Aurora. The décor, ambience, staff and food have been called “awesome” by patrons here.

Annette, at 2501 Dallas St #108 in Aurora is a farm-to-fork eatery. Says Zagat: “Snug yet light and airy, this polished New American haunt in Aurora’s Stanley marketplace marks the debut of Acorn sous-chef Caroline Glover who turns out farm-centric menus of wood-fired, globally influenced fare.”

And for more of the “most romantic restaurants in Denver,” beyond more local haunts, check out Zagat’s list of their top 10 picks — from Bar Helix and The Family Jones, to Greenlight Lab and Il Posto.

Don’t Forget the Gifts!

Oh, and don’t come empty-handed to the dinner table – wherever you eat. Country Living found 70 of the best Valentine’s Day gift ideas out there, from a Personalized Bar Necklace via Etsy to microwaveable slippers – one of Oprah’s Favorite Things for 2019. It doesn’t hurt to check out Uncommon Goods for ideas, either. They have, well, uncommon products and creative gift options!

Heartfelt Happiness in Southshore

You know when you’ve walked into your dream home – it’s that inner zing confirming you’re where you’re supposed to be! Residents of the master-planned community of Southshore know that feeling, thanks to the beautiful homes by Century Communities, Richmond American Homes, William Lyon Homes and Toll Brothers. Explore Life at the Lake with a ranch or two-story design, priced between the $400s and the $700s. See why Southshore matters to so many!