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This year, Valentine’s Day is on a Wednesday. Book one of these restaurants on the actual day, or later that weekend for a truly romantic experience in Pittsburgh. From seafood to steaks and everything in between, there’s a choice on this list for everyone.
1. Monterey Bay Fish Grotto
Seafood can be quite romantic, and the Monterey Bay Fish Grotto on Mt. Washington doesn’t disappoint. A savory lobster risotto is served with tomatoes, white wine and parmesan. The filet mignon can come bacon wrapped in a port wine reduction. For dessert try the seductive pot de creme, served with malted vanilla bean custard, Chantilly créme, Scottish shortbread and fresh berries. Book a reservation here.
2. Hyeholde Restaurant
This Moon Twp. restaurant is quite romantic. The food doesn’t disappoint either. Scallops are divine, as are the braised beef short ribs. Start your meal with some wild mushroom toast and a glass of red wine. Desserts are to die for, including a decadent chocolate torte, made with devil’s food cake. Book a reservation here.
3. The Carlton
This elegant downtown Pittsburgh restaurant is the perfect place to go if you want to impress your date. Enjoy items like an amazing prime rib flatbread or Cajun seared barramundi. Even their crab cakes and burgers are incredible. Best of all, The Carlton has been around for over 30 years, so they have plenty of experience in pleasing Pittsburgh diners. Book a reservation here.
The traditional steakhouse chain has a place in Pittsburgh. Serving typical fare that goes with steaks (think shrimp cocktail, baked potatoes, etc.) there is also a gluten sensitive menu perfect for those with allergies. If you want to save money or celebrate with dinner at home, Morton’s beer, cocktails and spirits menu has some wonderful choices (bourbon old-fashioned anyone?). Book a reservation here.
5. Butcher & the Rye
This trendy spot has some fun choices for a Valentine’s dinner. Salads are to die for—try the caesar with kale, compressed tomatoes, parmesan, anchovy garlic bread and caesar dressing (just don’t do any kissing immediately after!). Make like Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and order the roast chicken, as it’s the meal they got engaged over. For dessert, the apple fritters are it—they’re made with an apple cider reduction and maple ice cream and served with some walnut granola to make you feel just a little bit healthier with your choices! Book a reservation here.
6. Back Porch Restaurant
This absolutely charming Belle Vernon restaurant is a romantic spot to choose for dinner. Serving all-American food in a lovely setting, their rack of lamb is mouthwatering. If you’re looking for something more unique, the duck chambord is it. For appetizers, there’s baked brie cheese and an amazing lobster bisque, just to name a few. Book a reservation here.
If you want glitz and a little industrial glamour, head to Eleven. This eatery located close to the Strip District serves up some incredible seafood. The swordfish dish is served with forbidden rice (how perfect for Valentine’s Day!) and rock shrimp risotto. Cocktails are equally amazing. Try the “Starry Night,” in honor of the romance of the evening. It’s served with Boyd & Blair vodka, plum, St. Germain, lemon, lime and cava. Book a reservation here.
Serving up Mediterranean food, Casbah, in Shadyside, has plenty of delicious options. There’s a lobster gnocchi, Norwegian halibut and an exquisite rigatoni dish. Start off your meal with a hummus Zatar, made with Israeli spiced lamb, rapini, Brussels sprouts and chili flakes. Have a glass of Casbah’s rosé to round out your meal. Book a reservation here.
9. Paris 66 Bistro
Voted best French restaurant in Pittsburgh, Paris 66 in East Liberty or the East Side is a cozy and inviting bistro with an enchanting menu. Transport yourself to France with items like coq au vin, filet mignon with frites and a filet de saumon. Dessert is very French (read: absolutely amazing). They also serve Sunday brunch if you’re interested in changing things up a bit this Valentine’s Day. Don’t forget a glass of wine for a truly Parisian dining adventure. If you come actually on Valentine’s Day, the restaurant is serving a prix fixe menu priced at $89/person. Book a reservation here.
*All restaurant photos from Yelp.