Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest nights of the year in the restaurant industry. So now is the time to make a reservation for two if you plan on taking your sweetheart out to dinner.
Valentine’s Day falls on Sunday this year, and some restaurants are closed that night. No worries. Here’s a look at a few eateries that are open Feb. 14, with some even offering special menus throughout the weekend.
▪ Berryhill, 121 N. 9th St., recently reopened after a design, menu and concept overhaul. Bacon and Berryhill (the name Berryhill & Co. is no longer being used) are now in one spot.
On Feb. 13-14, Berryhill is offering an a la carte Valentine’s menu from 5 to 10 p.m.
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“It’s for lovers only,” chef and owner John Berryhill says.
Expect to find a choice of five select entrées (served with soup and salad), including maple-soy salmon, pan-fried catfish, herbed chicken with cheesy broken rice grits and a Snake River Farms Kobe beef zabuton steak.
Don’t be surprised to find appetizers such as bacon-wrapped scallops and baked Brie with smoky bacon jam. Dessert options include assorted pies and a chile-spiked chocolate soufflé.
For the early birds, Bacon is open for brunch from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 14.
For reservations, call (208) 387-3553 or visit johnberryhillrestaurants.com.
▪ Chandlers, 981 W. Grove St. at Hotel 43, is serving a special sweetheart’s menu that’s offered over Valentine’s weekend. The restaurant is open Feb. 12-13 from 5:30 to 11 p.m., Feb. 14 from 5:30 to 10 p.m.
In addition to the regular menu, a three-course Valentine’s menu ($50 per person) gives diners a choice of a wedge salad, Caesar salad or lobster bisque, followed by a main course and dessert.
The entrée selection includes your pick of filet mignon, pan-seared day boat scallops, lamb chops with apple-mint chutney, sea bass or a rock lobster tail.
For reservations, call (208) 383-4300.
▪ On Feb. 14, Cottonwood Grille, 913 W. River St., is supplementing its regular Northwest-inspired menu with a breakout menu that speaks to sweethearts.
From 4 to 9 p.m., expect to find special entrées (served with soup and salad) and desserts. How does a heart-shaped French silk pie sound?
For reservations, call (208) 333-9800.
▪ Rotary Sushi, 10506 W. Fairview Ave., is great place to celebrate your modern love while plucking fusion rolls, nigiri and other freshly made sushi treats off the automated conveyor belt system that circumnavigates the sushi bar. Make sure to try the delicious crispy salmon skin salad.
Rotary Sushi is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. No reservation required.
▪ In Meridian, Grant’s Neighborhood Grill, 1835 W. Cherry Lane, is offering a four-course dinner ($100 per couple) on Feb. 14. Reservations are being accepted from 5 to 9 p.m., but the spots are filling quickly.
The first course is shared, and it includes a choice of a deviled crab cake with apple slaw or a grilled artichoke with aioli.
Next up, diners will need to choose between a house salad or Caesar salad, followed by a choice of entrées: Beef Wellington or pan-seared scallops with orange beurre blanc.
The sweet finale, which like the first course also is shared, will be your pick of crème brulee or velvety chocolate mousse.
For reservations, call (208) 884-4278.
▪ Want to keep it casual? On Feb. 14, it’s business as usual at Casa del Matador, 3690 E. Monarch Sky Lane, at The Village at Meridian. Brunch is offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., or wait until later in the day and slip into a big booth for some nighttime noshing (you can get food till 1 a.m., no reservation required).
▪ In Eagle, Le Coq d’Or at Chateau des Fleurs, 176 S. Rosebud Lane, has come up with a special Valentine’s menu — offered Feb. 12-14 from 5 to 10 p.m. — that boasts romantically named dishes.
The three-course menu ($55 per person) includes Aphrodite’s Shell (Tahitian seafood salad), Romeo & Juliet (filet mignon with lobster tail) and a strawberry cream mousse cake with chocolate-dipped strawberries.
Live music from Kevin Kirk and Sally Tibbs (Feb. 12) and Cadmiel Botac (Feb. 13-14) will add to the romantic setting of the French-inspired chateau.
For reservations, call (208) 947-2844.
▪ On Feb. 14, Rice Contemporary Asian Cuisine, 228 E. Plaza St., is serving a special menu (from noon to 9 p.m., reservations taken until 8 p.m.) that features steak and lobster and plenty of drink and dessert specials designed with sweethearts in mind.
For reservations, call (208) 939-2595.
▪ Crooked Fence Brewing Company, 3705 Highway 16, is offering a four-course Valentine’s dinner on Feb. 13 (5 to 8:30 p.m.) and Feb. 14 (5 to 7 p.m.).
The prix fixe menu ($49.95 per couple) includes two brews (or any drink of your choice), an appetizer, soup or salad, an entrée and dessert. Entrée choices include herb-roasted pork shank or grilled salmon.
Live music will be provided by Emily Tipton and Kayleigh Jack.
For reservations, call (208) 286-9463.
▪ Angell’s Bar and Grill Renato, 999 W. Main St., Boise, will serve a Valentine’s Day brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a special three-course dinner (plus limited regular menu) from 5 to 9 p.m. Reservations are required for the dinner: (208) 342-4900. The first course at dinner is chocolate-covered strawberries with a glass of champagne. Angell’s will also serve special Valentine’s dinners on Feb. 12 and 13. More menu details at angellsbarandgrill.com/menus/valentines.
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