Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching, and reservations at romantic restaurants are sure to fill up quickly. Book now at any one of these fine Evanston venues, or risk spending February 14 in the doghouse.
Oceanique: Flickering candlelight will add a romantic glow at this eclectic seafood restaurant. Chef Mark Grosz will offer guests a five course menu with choices such as a Maine lobster dish steamed with red onion seasonal beets and greens or a tantalizing eggplant creation. The restaurant boasts an extensive wine list featuring over 800 carefully selected fine wines. $95 per person (wine not included), 847-864-3435, 505 Main Street.
Quince: Sweethearts can wine and dine at this quaint space offering contemporary American cuisine. This year, an extra special touch can be added by having a dozen roses delivered to the table from Evanston’s FlowersFlowers. Patrons who book their Valentine’s Day reservations early will receive 20% off a dozen roses and free delivery to the restaurant. The restaurant will be offering two menus: traditional and vegetarian. $65 per guest, 847-570-8400, 1625 Hinman Avenue.
Jacky’s on Prairie: What could be more romantic than a Casablanca-themed dinner? Executive Chef Jonadab Silva and proprietor David Lipshutz have cleverly named each of the five courses after a famous line from the classic film such as “We Always Have Paris” (purse of crèmeux de Bourgogne, vanilla scented rose petals, sparkling strawberries) and “Right Now the Wind Blows from Vichy” (warm vichyssoise, cod brik, leek haystack). The creative menu is being served both Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14. $70 per person/ $25 additional with wine pairing, 847-733-0899, 2545 Prairie Avenue.
Va Pensiero: Couples can step back in time to 1920’s Italy at this elegant Italian restaurant. The four course menu created by Chef/Owner Jeff Muldrow will offer guests a wide selection such as gorgonzola-crusted beef tenderloin with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and, for vegetarians, parmesan-crusted Portobello, cherry tomato relish and grilled Mediterranean vegetables in a balsamic glaze. $65 per person, 847-475-7779, 1566 Oak Avenue.
Blind Faith Café: Think green, not red, this Valentine’s Day at Evanston’s innovative vegetarian restaurant. The five course menu of local and organic foods includes roasted beets with goat cheese covered in passion fruit dressing to start and an entrée of velvet stem mushrooms with black barley pilaf. Couples will satisfy their sweet tooth with a dessert trio of champagne Granita, chocolate truffle and glazed rose petals. $45 per person/$60 with wine pairing, 847-328-6875, 525 Dempster Street.
The Stained Glass: Couples looking for a relaxed, urban atmosphere this Valentine’s Day will enjoy the traditional American cuisine at the Stained Glass. In addition to its regular menu, the restaurant will feature a Chef Tasting menu. $55 per person, 847-864-8600, 1735 Benson Avenue.
Chef’s Station: Owner Peter Mills and Chef Romero will once again cook up a six course meal for lovebirds. Seatings at 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. $70 per person, 847-570-9821, 915 Davis Street.