Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner Menu

It can be hard to get dinner reservations for Valentine’s Day. Why stress about it? Make dinner at home, open a nice bottle of wine. And don’t forget dessert. Make your beau a romantic special Valentine’s Day dinner at home! Better yet, cook it together!

Guinness Braised Short Ribs with Smashed Potatoes
These short ribs are nothing less than succulent. Meaty, juicy, fall-off-the-bone goodness!

Valentine’s Day tops the list for being the most last-minute holiday on the calendar. (Mother’s Day is a close second.)

Valentine’s is the day that people tend to grab a little something for their sweetie the day before – or worse, on the way home from work on the 14th!

We’ve got you covered! We’d suggest:

Guinness Braised Short Ribs with Roasted or Mashed Potatoes

These ribs make a perfect centerpiece for your special dinner. They are quick to prep and slow to cook. While they come together quickly, you will need to plan to account for the 4 hour cooking time.

Two of my other favorite fancy restaurant-style recipes are:

Pork Ragu with Cheesy Polenta

The BEST Pork Ragu Recipe
You haven't had true comfort food until you've tried Pork Ragu, a luxurious Italian sauce made with rich tomato and tender braised pork shoulder. Or switch it up by making the classic dish with beef, lamb, or duck – There's no wrong choice!
Italian Meat Ragu Sauce

Pan-Seared Halibut with Citrus Cream Sauce

Pan Seared Halibut with Citrus Cream Sauce
Super easy and delicious fresh halibut with a decadent citrus cream sauce. So fancy! But so easy!
Pan Seared Halibut with Citrus Cream Sauce served with juleinned fennel, carrots, zucchini, and red peppers. Recipe by foodology geek.

Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Figs

You need a vegetable side dish to go with your meat and starch!

Pan-seared brussels sprouts are perfect for a special meal. This recipe calls for fresh figs, which can be hard to find this time of year. Don’t worry about it. You can always omit them or use dried figs in their place.

Alternatively, if it feels like too much to make, parboil some french green beans, dress them with a bit of butter and salt – and you are ready to go!

Want more veggies? Throw together a green salad. My favorite is to contrast peppery arugula with some salty pepitas, fruit (like strawberries), and a sweet vinaigrette.

A few of my favorite Salad Recipes Are:

Watermelon and Tomato Salad with Ricotta Salata

Savory Watermelon Salad With Pecorino Cheese
This watermelon salad recipe is a beautiful tomato and watermelon salad with spicy arugula and salty pecorino cheese. A little bit different than the all-too-common watermelon and feta salad.
savory watermelon salad recipe with fresh tomatoes, herbs, and pecorino romano

Carrot and Apple Matchstick Salad

Carrot & Apple Matchstick Salad
Crisp and refreshing, this salad make the perfect addition to a lettuce wrap. 
Carrot and apple matchstick salad.
Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta and Figs

These Brussels sprouts are a favorite in our house. I could make them every night.

Chocolate Pots de Crème 

Every special meal needs a dessert! In our minds, Chocolate Pots de Creme makes the perfect Valentine’s Day dessert.

If chocolate is not your thing, here is a fruit-based alternative: Cherries with Almond Cream. If you can’t find cherries, blackberries also work well in this dish.

If neither of these recipes strikes your fancy, check out my post on our best desserts.

And A Few Special Valentines Suggestions

Rum Truffles

Chocolate Rum Truffles
Delicious, rich chocolate rum truffles. Make them with rum or another one of your favorite spirits. 
bowl of rum truffles

Butter Toffee

Classic Butter Toffee
Nothing says “I love you!” more than homemade crunchy butter toffee. This recipe is WAY easier than you think. Butter toffee makes the perfect gift for the holiday season, valentine's, birthdays, or just because!!
a stack of homemade butter toffee with a layer of dark chocolate and roasted almonds.

25 Homemade Valentines Candy Recipes

Chocolate Pots de Creme White Ramekin Large
Elegant, easy to prepare – and DELICIOUS!

We hope that this gives you some ideas. Prefer something different? Use the search function on the site to explore other options! There are a wide variety of recipes available! Cooking is a creative process. Explore and enjoy!

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