There's everything from a chocolate train ride to comedy shows to help you celebrate Valentine's Day in the Phoenix, Arizona, area, but most couples will opt for the traditional romantic dinner. There are plenty of places to wine and dine your date in this Southwestern city. It may even be warm enough to request an outdoor table at one of its most romantic restaurants.
Located at Rancho Manana in Vace Creek, Tonto Bar & Grill serves up dishes inspired by Native American and Southwestern cuisine. The menu features things like an ancho chili-rubbed filet, vegan Puerto Nuevo tacos, and a paloma to wash it down. Typically, this eatery (located on a spacious green space with a sprawling outdoor seating area) rolls out Valentine's Day specials as the holiday nears—red velvet cheesecake is a given.
If you're more of a laidback kind of couple, Los Sombreros is a good choice. Its authentic Central Mexico-inspired menu is hard to beat for tastiness, and the prices here won't put too much of a dent in your wallet. Toast your special evening with margaritas instead of wine and enjoy a decadent dinner of tamales and tacos instead of the usual upscale dishes you'll find at other romantic restaurants in the area. The vibe of this Scottsdale haunt is vibrant, colorful, and fun.
The Market can be pricey, but you'll be treated to multiple courses of New American fare to celebrate your love. Located in the Monte Vista Terrace neighborhood of Phoenix, this locally-sourced and organic restaurant has been called one of the best in the city for an exclusive, romantic meal. The impressive cocktail menu and chocolate ricotta cake makes up for what it lacks in intimate interior decor (think: industrial).
Located north of Camelback East Village, Artizen is a stylish Southwestern-inspired restaurant featuring a variety of specialty cocktails alongside a menu of small plates and rich desserts. Valentine's Day might be the perfect opportunity to try it, seeing as it was named one of the Phoenix area's top new restaurants by the Arizona Republic.
Artizen will be serving a multi-course, prix-fixe menu complete with wine pairings for Valentine's Day. Tickets cost between $75 and $100 and you must make reservations in advance.
For something extra special, spring for an all-night stay at the Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley. And while you're at the historic and deluxe inn, founded in the 1930s, be sure to stop by for a spectacular dinner at Lon's, its AAA Four-Diamond restaurant (pro tip: sit on the patio, near the fireplace). Lon's offers rustic-yet-upscale dishes and 700 varieties of wine in a charming, candle-lit setting.
Located at The Farm at South Mountain in Phoenix, the Quissence Restaurant serves organic farm-to-table dishes that vary by season. This place is its own little getaway, sourcing ingredients from its own backyard garden and turning them into plates that are as beautiful as they are delicious. Your date will be impressed, especially if he or she has any dietary restrictions. This is one of the best vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options in town.
Located on 7th Street in midtown, Stock and Stable is a stylish New American eatery offering simple-yet-delicious seasonal dishes. It puts a high-end spin on local favorites like Mexican street corn and Cubano burgers and you'll be delighted by its vast offering of outdoor seating. Stock and Stable's lengthy wraparound bar gives it a sort of brewery feel, in case you're looking for something a little more casual on Valentine's Day.