Valentine’s Day dining: Aphrodisiacs abound in dining specials around the Vail Valley
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Valentine’s Day falls during Presidents Day weekend this year, which means restaurants up and down the valley will already have their hands full with vacation crowds. But a few brave restaurateurs are still showing Cupid’s holiday some love. We’ve rounded up a few options in case dining out factors into your plans.
• Agave (1060 W. Beaver Creek Blvd., 970-748-8666) is for tequila lovers this Valentine’s Day, offering 2-for-1 specials on all tequilas from the restaurant’s selection of more than 120 varieties.
• Boxcar Restaurant (182 Avon Road, 970-470-4121) will have a special a la carte menu for Valentine’s Day, in addition to its regular menu. Holiday items include butter-poached lobster tail with house-made cavatelli pasta, fennel and pernod or foie gras torchon with toasted brioche and grapefruit and a selection of house-made chocolates. Reservations recommended.
• Loaded Joe’s (82 E. Beaver Creek Blvd., No. 104, 970-748-1480) is hosting an “anti-V-day zombie party” on Saturday. Anyone in a zombie costume gets dollar beers until it’s gone, and DJ HAFDEF will be spinning house music all night starting at 10 p.m.
• Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen & Tequileria in The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa (126 Riverfront Lane, 970-790-5500) is serving a special Seduction & Spice Valentine’s Day Dinner on Sunday, from 5 to 10 p.m. Priced at $69 for two people, each couple can enjoy two Siren cocktails and a set three-course dinner menu, with entree options including chipotle-rubbed salmon, slow-roasted pork carnitas and carne asada. Reservations recommended.
• Take a sleigh ride up Beaver Creek Mountain to Allie’s Cabin (Beaver Creek Village, 970-754-5550) for a five-course Valentine’s Day meal paired with four champagne courses for $175 per person. The sleigh departs the village at 6 p.m. for the single seating and returns around 9 p.m. Reservations required.
• Beaver Creek Chophouse (15 W. Thomas Place, 970-845-0555) is serving its regular menu with a few a la carte specials for Valentine’s Day, including Amorous Oysters, panko-crisp West Coast oysters over avocado tapenade and limon noir buerre blanc, for $12; Poutine Bisque, cream of foie gras and potato with caramelized onion gremolada, for $11; Spicy Shrimp and Scallop Menage, with golden raisin crab and pine nut risotto, mole and bacon jam, for $39; Chocolate Reverse Cowgirl, chocolate duo, with candied nuts and espresso creme, for $12 and a bottle of Veuve Rose for $95. The restaurant will host a live magician during dinner, or head to C-Bar, where there’s no cover for live music with Piper James. Reservations required for dinner.
• As Phoebe said on “Friends,” it’s a known fact that lobsters fall in love and mate for life, so Hooked (122 Beaver Creek Plaza, 970-949-4321) is celebrating Valentine’s Day by offering $25 whole, live Maine lobsters. Reservations are required to secure your lobsters and must be made by Friday.
• Mirabelle (55 Village Road, 970-949-7728) will be serving a four-course chef’s dinner menu with a few love-inspired details for $80 on Valentine’s Day, as well as its regular a la carte dinner offerings. Reservations recommended.
• Spago in The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch (130 Daybreak Ridge Road, 970-343-1555) will be serving a special pre-fixe menu for Valentine’s Day. The meal starts with an amuse bouche, followed by choice of starter, including such items as wild mushroom soup and Japanese Hamachi sashimi, choice of entree, such as Maple Leaf Farms duck breast or Maine diver scallops, and white chocolate cheesecake for dessert. The four-course meal is $125 per person. Reservations recommended.
• Balata in the Sonnenalp Club in Singletree (1265 Berry Creek Road, 970-477-5353) is serving a special three-course, prix fixe Valentine’s Day menu for $55. To start, choose from a poached pear salad or roasted parsnip and apple soup; one of three entrees including seared sea scallops, grilled tenderloin or pan-roasted duck breast; and wrap up the meal with choice of dessert: chocolate-peanut butter tart or rhum baba cake. Reservations recommended.
• Cafe Milano (429 Edwards Access Road, 970-926-4455) will be serving a Valentine’s Day four-course dinner with complementary Champagne for $89 per couple. The restaurant’s regular menu also will be available. Reservations recommended.
• Restaurant Mirador at The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera (2205 Cordillera Way, 970-926-2200) will feature a couple of special dishes, in addition to its regular menu, for Valentine’s Day. The details haven’t yet been finalized, but diners can also expect something sweet and pink on the cocktail side. Reservations recommended.
• At the Minturn Saloon (146 Main St., 970-827-5954), buy two entrees and get two free glasses of Prosecco sparkling wine on Valentine’s Day. Reservations recommended.
• Atwater on Gore Creek in the Vail Cascade Resort & Spa (1300 Westhaven Drive, 970-479-7014) is serving oysters on the half shell, $18 for half dozen, with house Mignonette and cocktail sauce; and a 16-ounce 7X Kobe rib eye steak for $120, with house potato puree, asparagus and house-made C1 steak sauce and chimichurri, along with the restaurant’s full regular menu. Reservations recommended.
• On Valentine’s Day, Big Bear Bistro (297 Hanson Ranch Road, Vail Village, 970-445-1007) will offer two glasses of Prosecco and a strawberry and chocolate crepe or Nutella and banana crepe for $15.
• The Fitz Bar & Restaurant at Manor Vail Lodge (595 Vail Valley Drive, 970-476-5000) is offering a special three-course, prix fixe dinner for Valentine’s Day for $45 per person. Reservations recommended.
• At La Tour Restaurant (122 E. Meadow Drive, Vail Village, 970-476-4403), experience three courses — foreplay, fantasy and desire — with an a la carte aphrodisiac menu, served Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Valentine’s Day weekend. Start with spicy tuna tartare ($18), followed by surf and turf, with grilled filet mignon and seared sea scallops ($49), capped with 10th Mountain bourbon chocolate mousse cake ($11). The restaurant’s regular menu also will be available. Reservations recommended.
• The Left Bank Restaurant (183 Gore Creek Drive, No. 4, 970-476-3696) is serving up a trio of a la carte specials for Valentine’s Day, with a royal red shrimp carpaccio appetizer, entrees including lobster gratin with saffron sauce and wild mushrooms and a dessert trio of beignet, chocolate-dipped strawberry and lemon sabayon, as well as the restaurant’s regular menu. Reservations recommended.
• Ludwig’s in the Sonnenalp Hotel (20 Vail Road, Vail Village, 970-479-5429) is offering a four-course dinner for $89, or $129 with wine pairings, for Valentine’s Day. First-course selections include poached lobster or rhubarb salad; second-course is a choice of seared rabbit or sautéed octopus; third course is braised short rib or poached salmon; and round out the meal with unique confectionery creations. Seatings from 6 to 9 p.m.; reservations required.
• Matsuhisa Vail (141 E. Meadow Drive, 970-476-6628) is ordering special fish specifically for the holiday weekend. Call for specifics. Reservations recommended.
• Vail Chophouse (675 W. Lionshead Circle, Lionshead Village, 970-477-0555) is serving its regular menu with a few a la carte specials for Valentine’s Day (see listing above for Beaver Creek Chophouse for details). The restaurant will host a live magician during dinner, and reservations are required.