Dining and drinking options you’ll love for Valentine’s Day

by Tallahassee Table

Check your favorite spots for last-minute plans

This article by Tallahassee Table first appeared in Here’s Brunch from Florida Politics.

We’ve been writing about places to get last-minute treats for Valentine’s Day, but you can also grab a seat at some of your favorite places. While a few places are booked, some are holding a few tables for walk-ins and there are even a few events. A few are offering pre-fixe dinners while others are offering their usual, special menus. Whatever you decide, make a reservation pronto or call before you go.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Here are some ideas for the big day.

HIstoric Bar 1903 is reserving two-hour blocks on Valentine’s Day. Photo Tallahassee Table

Bar 1903: Set in a historic building, this intimate space, owned by Seven Hills Hospitality Group, will be open for Valentine’s Day by reservation only for two-hour blocks. 209 E. Park Ave.; 850-354-9739.

Savor Peruvian cuisine on Valentine’s Day at cozy Cafe de Martin. Photo via Cafe de Martin

Cafe de Martin:  Chef Martin Araujo Bohorquez is serving a Valentine’s dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 14. The cozy cafe, Tallahassee’s only Peruvian restaurant, has indoor and outdoor seating. 2743 Capital Circle NE; 850-900-5969. Reservations accepted.

The sushi menu is one of the highlights at Chuck’s Fish in downtown Tallahassee. Photo via Chuck’s Fish

Chuck’s Fish: The downtown seafood restaurant is no longer accepting reservations for Valentine’s Day but walk-ins will be accepted. Call first. Food and drink specials will be available. The restaurant will be open for its usual lunch hour on Monday. 224 E. College Ave.; 850-597-7506. C

Essence of India specializes in the vibrant dishes and sauces of Northern Indian cuisine. Photo via Essence of India

Essence of India: The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner on Valentine’s Day, specializing in Northern Indian cuisine. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 14. 1105 Apalachee Pkwy.;  850-656-7200.

Call for reservations for the Valentine’s Day prix fixe dinner at chic Food Glorious Food. Photo via Food Glorious Food

Food Glorious Food: The restaurant will be opening on Valentine’s Day for prix fixe dinner options from 5 to 9 p.m. Phone reservations only. 1950 Thomasville Rd.; 850-224-9974. 

The eclectic menu from owner Keith Baxter and specialty desserts like this Baked Alaska are among the many draws at Kool Beanz Cafe. Photo Tallahassee Table

Kool Beanz: Have lunch or dinner at this iconic local restaurant and don’t miss dessert by pastry chef Sylvia Gould. Lunch hours are 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner is 5:30 to 10 p.m. Reservations needed for 8 or more. 921 Thomasville Rd.; 850-224-2466.

Don’t expect the usual bar grub at Liberty Bar & Restaurant, which serves rave worthy dishes such as this salad. Photo via Liberty

Liberty Bar & Restaurant: The lively venue will be open Monday night and you don’t need reservations. Liberty will be featuring a special creation from Ology Brewing Company.1307 N. Monroe St.; 850-354-8277.

It’s French so of course it’s romantic. Look for an elegant three-course Valentine’s Day meal at Little Paris offered for dining in or takeout.

Little Paris:  French chef Herve Alcesilas and his brother Loic  will be presenting a three-course meal for dining in or takeout from 4 to 9 p.m. Feb. 14 for $59 per person. Entrees are either veal tenderloin or red snapper. 1355 Market St.; 850-765-7457.

Pimento cheese fritters are one of the appetizer options on the Valentine’s Day four-course dinner from charming Lucilla. Photo Tallahassee Table

Lucilla:  Owners chef Joe Richardson and partner Lara Hooper are offering a four-course menu on Feb. 14 for $69. Entree options are either blackened mahi mahi, surf & turf (filet mignon and grilled Gulf shrimp) or andouille-crusted chicken. The regular menu will be available on Sunday evening. Both nights, hours are 5:30 to 9;15 p.m. 1241 E. Lafayette St.; 850-900-5117. 

Island-inspired Pineappetit is hosting its 4th annual Lovers and Friends and Paint and Vibes event, located at FAMU Grand Ballroom. Photo via Pineappetit

Pineappetit: Sam Burgess, owner of the island-themed restaurant, Pineappetit, is hosting the 4th annual Lovers and Friends and Paint and Vibes at the Grand Ballroom at Florida A&M University on Valentine’s Day. The event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. and feature dinner by Burgess, a DJ and artist, Vardyce Gaines, who will present a follow-along lesson painting on canvas. Grand Ballroom at Florida A&M University, 1628 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.; 850-559-6911. Tickets $70 single, $125 couple. Get tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/…/4th-annual-lovers-and… 

Whether celebrating with your pals or sweetheart, the Valentine’s Chocolate and Wine Tasting at Poco Vino looks pretty sweet. Photo Tallahassee Table

Poco Vino: You can stop by the Valentine’s Chocolate and Wine Tasting at the downtown wine shop and event space between 5 and 8 p.m. Feb. 14. The event: a tasting flight of four artisan chocolate bars paired with wine. 225 S. Adams St.; 850-320-4552; $35.

Find a romantic nook at Table 23, which has a sprawling outdoor setting. Photo Tallahassee Table

Table 23: Set in a historic house in the heart of Midtown, the restaurant is a naturally romantic setting. Reservations are full for Valentine’s Day dinner but walk-ins are accepted. 1215 Thomasville Rd.; 850-329-2261

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