Love bugs, loaded chips and lust-worthy libations – where to wine and dine this Valentine’s Day in Brisbane
Whether you’re set to cozy up as one half of a couple or you have plans to scour Netflix for 90s rom-coms (bar of chocolate in hand), February 14 is a day that is either greatly anticipated or met with general indifference. We can all agree that with V-Day just around the corner, now is the prime time for potential suitors to strike with cupid’s arrow. We have put together a list of the most romantic events happening across Brisbane this Valentine’s Day, from passionate pasta-filled dinners to seductive seafood feasts, so you can sip and snack on whatever your heart desires.
Yoko, Brisbane City: Leave your sweetheart speechless this Valentine’s Day with heavenly Japanese chews from Yoko at Howard Smith Wharves. Tuck in to oysters with ponzu and finger lime caviar, tempura-style Moreton Bay bugs, ocean trout sashimi and teriyaki wagyu steak – and that’s just a taste! To make a booking, make haste here.
Siffredi’s Spaghetti Bar, Teneriffe: Carb-loaded mouthfuls is the way to one’s heart if you ask us, and Siffredi’s Spaghetti Bar is dishing up just that this V-Day. Start off with sizzling dishes like Ōra King salmon, beetroot and rose tartlet, dry-aged wagu and XO toasties and radish with macadamia cream before choosing a seafood, meat-based or vegetarian spaghetti for your main. Boozy soft serve is on the cards for dessert so make sure to wear your stretchy pants. Make a booking here.
Three Blue Ducks, Brisbane City: River views, elegant eats and an evening that guarantees you some brownie points with your partner – Three Blue Ducks at W Brisbane is ticking all of the boxes this Valentine’s Day with its intimate dinner. Diners can savour flavoursome fare including wood-roasted Moreton Bay bugs with fermented chilli butter, dry-aged pork cutlet with charred onion soubise, roasted apple, fennel granola and mustard leaf, and chocolate mousse with raspberry curd and hazelnut crumb. Tickets are $135 per person or $195 per person with matching wines for each course. Make a reservation here.
Gerard’s Bistro, Fortitude Valley: Indulge your partner this Valentine’s Day with a Middle Eastern-inspired banquet at Gerard’s Bistro. Diners can expect flavourful favourites like wood-fired bagels with buffalo curd, scallops served with brown butter and Aleppo pepper, short-rib shawarma with toum, currants and buckwheat, followed by a saffron-caramel booza with hazelnuts and Turkish chocolate for dessert. Forks at the ready – secure your seat at the table here.
Hôntô, Fortitude Valley: Looking for an intimate restaurant to take your lover? Japanese restaurant Hôntô is the perfect place to dine in style. This V-Day dinner is $100 per person and can be booked from 5:30–8:00 pm or the later seating at 8:30 pm. You’ll be greeted with a cocktail or beer on arrival so you won’t be left hungry or thirsty. Book here.
Greca, Brisbane City: Up the romance factor with a snog-worthy spread at Greca at Howard Smith Wharves this Valentine’s Day. For $95 per person, hungry folk can enjoy a dinner featuring fanciful fare like baked ocean trout served with herbs and lemon yoghurt, oven-baked lamb shoulder, potatoes with garlic and parsley and some chocolate treats to satisfy your sweet tooth. Make a reservation here.
Portside Wharf, Hamilton: Whether you want to treat your lover to a flavoursome feast, charm them over cocktails or have a good old-fashioned dinner-and-movie date, Portside Wharf will help you win some brownie points. For a truly memorable Valentine’s Day, make tracks to restaurants like Belvedere Bar n Grill, Byblos Bar, Gusto da Gianni, Sono, @Mr & Mrs Jones and many more. For more information on what’s on this February 14, head here.
SK Steak & Oyster, Fortitude Valley: This Valentine’s Day, let your heart lead you to SK Steak & Oyster. Enjoy an intimate four-course meal of meaty morsels and seafood delights for $130 per person or choose to add a classic wine pairing for $70 or premium drops for $100. To make a reservation at one of the sittings (6:00 pm and 8:00 pm), phone the team on 07 3252 1857.
One Fish Two Fish, Kangaroo Point: Love Bug Weekend is back at One Fish Two Fish! This Valentine’s Day (or Galentine’s Day, for the uncoupled folk) enjoy a six-course tasting menu featuring all things bug (think creamy bug chowder, bug risotto and charcoal bao bug buns) with a glass of prosecco or Balter XPA on arrival for just $89 per person. It’s all happening from Friday February 12 to Sunday February 14. Swim over here to book your ticket.
Donna Chang, Brisbane City: Let Donna Chang spoil you and your special someone this V-Day with a romantic three-course banquet brought to you by head chef Lyndon Tyers. Tuck in to salivation-inducing eats like spicy pork xiao long bao, steamed prawn wontons, red braised beef rib with pickled mandarin and cucumber relish, and much more. Tickets are $88 per person (with optional matching wines for an additional $50) and can be secured here.
The Boom Boom Room, Brisbane City: Schmooze your special someone with sumptuous sips and snacks at hip Japanese-inspired bar The Boom Boom Room this February 14. For $89 per person, experience a candle-lit Omakase feast designed by head chef Zac Sykes, complete with a cheeky cocktail on arrival. Seatings are available at 5:30 pm and 7:45 pm and can be secured here.
Signature, South Bank: Forget the corner-store roses and choccy and treat your significant other to an indulgent Valentine’s Day dinner at Signature. Scintillate your loved one’s senses with a five-course dining experience (Fraser Island spanner crab, Brisbane Valley quail and roast loin of lamb will all make an appearance on the table) including paired wines hand-picked by Signature’s sommelier. Lunch and dinner reservations are available and can be booked here.
Naga, Brisbane City: Declare your love for your partner by treating them to a merry meal at Eagle Street Pier’s fresh-faced Thai restaurant and bar Naga. The team at Naga believe love comes in all shapes and sizes, so whether your party is for two or ten, Naga will fill your table with delectable dishes like Massaman beef milk buns, jasmine-tea-smoked duck red curry, and pork-and-tiger-prawn egg nets. Book your spot here.
City Winery, Fortitude Valley: Enjoy a relaxed evening nestled amongst City Winery’s wine barrels with your loved one this February 14. Guests will be treated to a three-course shared dining experience, with a choice of mains and a glass of bubbly each upon arrival. There’s both lunch and dinner sessions available. To book in, head here.
Ciao Papi, Brisbane City: Treat your significant other, dearest friends or bring along the whole famiglia for an evening of Italian eats and treats at Ciao Papi this Valentine’s Day. Savour mouth-watering dishes like crispy zucchini flowers stuffed with herbed ricotta, prosciutto pizza, creamy mushroom gnocchi plus much more! Secure your table here.
The Matriarch, Newstead: Secluded cocktail garden and restaurant The Matriarch is pulling out all of the stops this Valentine’s Day to treat you and your sweetheart to a good time. Enjoy a romantic three-course dinner along with some special love potions and live entertainment all night long. To secure your $90 ticket, head here.
Pawpaw, Wolloongabba: This Valentine’s day, indulge in a delicious Thai banquet for two at Pawpaw in Wooloongabba. For only $60 per person, you will enjoy a tasty banquet of vegan spring rolls, chicken-and-chive dumplings, scallop ceviche, cashew-nut stir-fry chicken, Malaysian curry and a decadent dessert to share. Head here to learn more.
Covent Garden, West End: What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than to treat your better half to a delightful night of flavourful eats and excellent tipples courtesy of Covent Garden. For just $69 (a lucky number, indeed) you’ll be treated to a fanciful three-course feast served with a bottle of wine. Book yourself and your sweetie in here.
La Costa Bar, Fortitude Valley: Nothing says ti amore like a trip to the Italian Riviera! La Costa Bar is delivering the charm of Italian cuisine to the heart of Fortitude Valley, and is helping you impress your Valentine with a passion-inducing three-course meal for only $49 per person on February 14. Indulge in coastal eats like fresh oysters, roasted chicken and lemon-curd cannoli. For more information or to make a reservation, head here.
ZA ZA TA, Fortitude Valley: Set your heart and tastebuds alight with a awe-inspiring Valentine’s Day experience at ZA ZA TA! Tuck into a meal of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavours whilst sipping on a glass of Taittinger Champagne for $99 per person. To make a booking or to learn more, pop over here.
Spicers Balfour Hotel, New Farm: Celebrate your love this Valentine’s Day in the romantic setting of Spicers Balfour Hotel in New Farm. The evening will see diners be greeted with a glass of French sparkling on arrival, followed by a delectable four-course dinner for $125 per person. Be quick to snap up some tickets here.
Greaser, Fortitude Valley: Got no plans for the big day yet? Head over to Greaser this Valentine’s Day to listen to some spellbinding tunes all night long. You’ll be able to groove to bands such as Bronze Age, Rinser, Plateau and Pandemic from 7:00 pm until 9:15 pm. Grab your partner or pal, a drink (or a few) and enjoy a good ol’ Sunday sesh. Learn more here.
Pepe’s Mexican, Newmarket: Spend this Valentine’s Day with your significant other at Pepe’s Mexican Newmarket and indulge in a mammoth Tex-Mex feast. Devour mouth-watering bites like burritos, tacos and nachos as well as some tantalising drink specials. Plus, there will be a live Mariachi band playing some recognisable romantic melodies. Learn more here.
Ehden Bar & Kitchen, West End: Searching for somewhere to delight your lady or man friend with delicious dishes? Dress to impress and dig in to a two-course feast at Ehden Bar & Kitchen this Valentine’s Day. Menu heroes include a tastebud-tempting seafood tasting plate, a charcuterie board that’s sure to charm, Lebanese chicken and a trio of chocolate desserts for a sweet finish. For more information, head here.
The Walrus Club, Toowong: Prefer to spend February 14 with your gal pals and avoid the cheesiness the day is renowned for? The Walrus Club in Toowong is celebrating anti-Valentine’s Day with its annual Fries Before Guys event. Kick off the night by smashing a bowl of tasty loaded fries – you can pick from chilli-cheese fries or sweet potato fries topped with chickpeas, tomatoes, onions, fetta cheese, guacamole and herbs. Pair your carb-loaded meal with a cheeky cocktail and have yourself a very merry anti-Valentine’s day. Learn more here.
Hotel West End, West End: If you’re a fan of seafood delights (they do say they are an aphrodisiac, after all) then the Hotel West End is the right pick for you and your Valentine. Enjoy a fresh seafood platter and a bottle of house wine to share for just $99 for both you and your squeeze! Phone 07 3840 9888 to book a table or learn more here.
Oche, Fortitude Valley: Single and ready to mingle this V-Day? Sounds like Oche in Fortitude Valley is where you should spend your February 14. The fun kicks off at 8:00 pm, with tickets scoring event-goers 85 minutes of dart throwing and a cocktail of choice on arrival for just $35. Make sure you book in your spot by emailing [email protected] or calling 07 3556 1446. For more info, make tracks here.
Newmarket Hotel, Newmarket: Head on down to the Newy Hotel with your special someone this Valentine’s Day and fill up on a huge pub feed to celebrate all things love. A three-course dinner will set you back just $59 per person and you’ll also receive a couple’s gift on the night. Nothing says romance like a huge chicken schnitty. Book online here.
The Boundary Hotel, West End: Forget the cliché chocolate and red roses and treat your loved one to a seafood feast at The Boundary Hotel in West End this V-Day. This mouth-watering menu for two is $99 per couple and includes a Veuve Clicquot, Stone & Wood or Aperol Spritz on arrival, followed by half a dozen oysters with pomelo and caviar and an heirloom tomato bruschetta for starters. Mains include the choice of a whole baby barramundi with charred cos, lemon and capers or chargrilled chicken with wild mushrooms, dukkah and jus gras. Make a booking here to secure your romantic night out.
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