The No. 1 and most traditional choice for celebrating Valentine's Day 2018 with your sweetie is presenting her with a dozen (or two) of long-stemmed American Beauty red roses and a box of some of the best chocolates money can buy. After that, splurging on a world-class dinner is nearly always on the agenda. Phoenix and Scottsdale have an abundance of worthy restaurants. Here's a list of the top 9 picks for this holiday that is all about romance.
Address6710 E Cave Creek Rd, Cave Creek, AZ 85331, USA
Cartwright's is serving up an upscale and unusual offering for Valentine's Day in a four-course plus dessert prix-fixe menu. It includes such offerings as king crab and lobster salad, sashimi, foie gras, and lamb or New York prime steak, with equally upscale accompaniments. For dessert, you'll feast on pink Champagne cake, strawberry caviar, and chocolate-dipped strawberries.
Address5736 E Rancho Manana Blvd, Cave Creek, AZ 85331, USA
At Tonto's you can order off the regular menu or choose from special Valentine's Day selections that include ricotta agnolotti with butter-poached lobster, grilled beef tenderloin with bacon-wrapped shrimp, and red velvet cheesecake with chocolate crust. You can order these specials from 4 to 9:30 p.m. on Valentine's Day.
Address2534 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85257, USA
If you're more of a laid-back kind of couple, Los Sombreros might be the best choice for a romantic evening. Its authentic Central Mexico menu is hard to beat for tastiness, and the prices here won't put much of a dent in your wallet. What's more romantic than Old Mexico and toasts with margaritas?
Address3603 E Indian School Rd, Ste A, Phoenix, AZ 85018, USA
The Market Restaurant is putting on the dog for Valentine's Day with seatings at 5, 6:30, and 8:30 p.m. only. It's pricey, but you'll get a full-on fancy dinner to celebrate your love. You'll be served an amuse bouche, and a long list of first course and entree choices, along with your choice of three spectacular desserts.
Address20469 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85255-3874, USA
For a good time in a low-key, casual atmosphere, check out Tavern Americana in Scottsdale. Toast the day with a craft beer, your favorite glass of red or white, or one of Tavern America's specialty cocktails. Choose from a long list of wood-fired pizzas, burgers and sandwiches, and entrees like Scottish salmon, pasta primavera, baby back ribs, or roasted chicken. The Ryan Sims Band entertains every Wednesday, and in 2018, that means on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14.
Address20825 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255, USA
Valentine's Day dinner at Market Street Kitchen means a special a la carte menu that includes shrimp cocktail, crab cakes, halibut or surf and turf (filet mignon and crab cakes) with sides, and triple chocolate cake. Or you can order off the regular menu, which includes sandwiches, wood-fired entrees, and seafood, along with a wide choice of sides and sweets.
Address2401 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016-4201, USA
Valentine's Day might be a good time to try Artizen, named one of the Phoenix area's top new restaurants by the Arizona Republic. It is serving a four-course prix-fixe menu for Valentine's Day 2018. Choose from bay scallops, roasted acorn squash or burrata for an appetizer, followed by a second course of cauliflower salad. Choose from an entree list of pan-seared skate, beef cheek Wellington, maple soy black cod, or herb ricotta ravioli, all with sides. For dessert, your choices are chocolate chili fudge cake or Meyer lemon cake.
Address10050 N Scottsdale Rd #127, Scottsdale, AZ 85253, USA
Sonata's is serving up a four-course prix-fixe menu in its renowned European-inspired restaurant for Valentine's Day from 5 to 10 p.m. You'll start off with cream of asparagus soup, followed by your choice of foie gras or Maine lobster roll. For an entree, you can choose from Wagyu beef strip loin or Chilean sea bass, both with sides. For dessert, it's Chocolate Decadence, and that's not an exaggeration: You'll be served warm chocolate cake, a chocolate pencil, and chocolate ice cream with espresso-chocolate sauce.
Address5532 N Palo Cristi Rd, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253, USA
For a super-special celebration, go to Lon's at Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley. If you can manage it, spring for an all-night stay at this historic and deluxe inn, founded in the 1930s. Have a spectacular dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. at Lon's, a AAA Four-Diamond restaurant, on its patio near the fireplace. It's offering a special menu for Valentine's Day with appetizer choices that include grilled asparagus salad, Kauai shrimp salad, confit pork belly, or porcini mushroom soup. Follow that with Waygu beef striploin, Norwegian halibut, duck breast, or dry-aged pork chop, all with sides. For dessert choose from vanilla bean panna cotta or five-layer chocolate cake.