Cartwright's Modern Cuisine is located in Cave Creek, Arizona, and has been serving up New American dishes in a rustic, ranch-themed setting since it first opened in 2001.
For Valentine's Day, Cartwright's is serving up an upscale and unusual 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.
Located at Rancho Manana in Vace Creek, the dishes at Tonto Bar & Grill are inspired by local cuisines and feature an infusion of Native American and Southwestern-inspired dishes.
At Tonto's, you can order off the regular menu or choose from special Valentine's Day options from 4 to 9:30 p.m. Selections from the holiday menu include ricotta agnolotti with butter-poached lobster, grilled beef tenderloin with bacon-wrapped shrimp, and red velvet cheesecake with a chocolate crust.
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. Toast your special evening with margaritas instead of wine and enjoy a decadent dinner of Mexican cuisine instead of the usual upscale dishes you'll find at other romantic restaurants on this list. Los Sombreros is located in Scottsdale and also offers patio seating—if the weather allows it.
The Market Restaurant is going all out for Valentine's Day this year with seatings at 5, 6:30, and 8:30 p.m. only. Although The Market Restaurant can be pricey, 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, and your choice of three spectacular desserts.
Located in the Monte Vista Terrace neighborhood of Phoenix, this locally-sourced and organic restaurant is rated as one of the best in the city for an exclusive, romantic meal.
Formerly the home of Market Street Kitchen, a communal restaurant that served Scottsdale for over 10 years, Liberty Station Tavern is a great destination for your Valentine's date. This American tavern is a creation of the Keeler Hospitality Group, which also owns a steak house in Omaha, Nebraska, and features a variety of American comfort food with regional touches. For Valentine's Day this year, Liberty Station's executive chef Anthony Apolinar and Executive Sous Chefs Andrew Cornelius and Dominic Lunetta will be preparing a special prix fixe menu complete with seasonal and regional favorites including steak.
Located just north of Camelback East Village, Artizen is a stylish Southwestern-inspired New American restaurant features a variety of specialty cocktails alongside a menu of small plates and rich desserts. Valentine's Day might be the perfect opportunity 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. Choose from bay scallops, roasted acorn squash or burrata for an appetizer, followed by a second course of cauliflower salad. Then, select 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.
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. While you're there, be sure to stop by for 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 chops—all with sides. For dessert, choose from vanilla bean pannacotta or five-layer chocolate cake.
Located at The Farm at South Mountain in Phoenix, the Quissence Restaurant serves organic farm-to-table dishes that vary by season. For Valentine's Day, you can enjoy a special meal daily from February 12 to 16 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. which features four delicious, locally-sourced courses. Menu highlights this year include smoked apple soup, gargenelli pasta with prosciutto cotto, Meat Shop pork chop, and semifreddo accompanied by almond tuile and grapefruit sorbet for dessert. Although this special meal can be quite pricey—especially with a wine pairing for two—it's sure to impress your date this Valentine's Day.
Located on 7th Street in midtown Phoenix, Stock and Stable is a stylish New American restaurant offering simple yet delicious seasonal dishes year-round. For Valentine's Day, Stock and Stable will offer a three-course menu for just $40 from 5 to 10 p.m.
Unlike other restaurants on this list, Stock and Stable is a bit more community-oriented and the holiday menu includes a variety of shared plates like kung pao cauliflower and roasted beats in addition to individual servings of entrees like sea bass with potato leek cake, chicken and dumplings with gnocchi and red wine, and a filet of beef with fingerling potatoes. For dessert, you and your loved one can indulge in an assortment of chocolates.