Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday this year, making it the perfect opportunity for a date night! Whether you’re a foodie who frequents the area’s best restaurants, or you’re just looking for a special night out, Madison is home to dozens of restaurants perfect for the occasion. Here’s what we suggest:
Eno Vino Wine Bar & Bistro Both Eno Vino on the west side and downtown are offering a Valentine’s Day special which features a 5-Course Prix Fixe Menu on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Valentine’s Day weekend. Check out the west side location for a cozy atmosphere, or the downtown location for unparalleled views of the capitol building.
L’Etoile L’Etoile is a wonderful downtown Madison restaurant which sources its meats, vegetables, fruits and dairy from local farmers and artisan producers. The menu features favorites like Rigatoni, Skuna Bay Salmon, and Chevre Cheesecake…perfect for a Valentine’s Day dinner!
Cento Cento prides itself on combining local ingredients with traditional Italian flavors to create delicious handmade pastas, slow-roasted meats and wood fired pizza. Pair it with a bottle of wine, and you’ve got yourself a date!
Estrellon A Spanish tapas restaurant, Estrellon features dishes like Croquetas, Tempura Delicata Squash, Paella, and Churros! Valentine’s Day would be the perfect opportunity to try the “Chef’s Tasting Menu for Two” option, where the chef’s favorite menu selections are chosen for you!
Fresco Fresco is located on the top floor of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and features some of downtown Madison’s best views. As for the menu, you’ll find modern American fare, such as beef tenderloin, pan-roasted chicken, seared scallops, and butternut squash soup. Finish your V-Day meal with a grapefruit meringue tart or beignets!
The Melting Pot For a truly unique dinner experience, check out The Melting Pot on Madison’s west side! They’ve got a variety of Valentine’s Day events and specials, including Galentine’s Days (February 4-6), Lunch Date with Your Little Cupid (February 8-9) where kids eat free, and, of course, Valentine’s Day (February 14-16)!
Red Red is known as one of Madison’s best sushi restaurants, and features chef-created entrees in a modern environment. Enjoy a special Valentine’s Day menu, which features three courses, such as seared scallop, heart beet roll, and panna cotta for dessert.
Eldorado Grill Enjoy some Southwestern cuisine this Valentine’s Day! Eldorado Grill offers a variety of dishes, such as street tacos, Texas Chili, Blackened Catfish, Baby Back Ribs, Slow-Braised Pork Adobo, and the World Famous Eldorado Margarita!
Louisianne’s This authentic New Orleans restaurant is located right in the heart of Middleton and offers Creole and Cajun favorites, like Pecan Crab Cakes, Jambalaya, Etouffee, and Sweet Pepper Bouillabaisse. This is the perfect place to treat yourself this Valentine’s Day!
Quivey’s Grove Quivey’s Grove is a local favorite no matter the occasion, but this cozy spot really shines on holidays. Choose from the Stone House for an authentic fine dining experience or the Stable Grill for a more casual and rustic atmosphere.
What’s your favorite spot in the Madison area for a dinner date? Share with us in the comments!