Make Valentine’s Day extra special this year with delicious cuisine and cocktails created by these locally-owned restaurants and pubs.
Black Heron - A special three-course Valentine’s dinner will be offered each evening, February 12 through the 14th. Select from cured salmon, beet and strawberry salad, sea bass, and chocolate cheesecake. Gluten free and vegan options are available.
Downtown Market - The Market has an entire weekend of events planned including couples’ cooking classes, a classic macaroon making workshop, and cocktails created at the custom 30-foot bar carved from ice.
Long Road - The West Side distillery will feature a five-course meal featuring oysters, smoked salmon and short ribs, paired with hand-crafted cocktails. Seating is limited to 50 people and reservations are required.
Love’s Ice Cream - The Day of Love’s is back February 14. From 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. all single scoops are buy one, get one free and all to-go pints of ice cream are 2 for $14.
Olive’s - The East Grand Rapids eatery will host its first-ever Valentine’s Day brunch with a full spread, cocktail specials, mimosas and a bloody mary bar. Seating is limited and reservations are required.
One Trick Pony - The Valentine’s Day brunch running from 11 a.m. to 4 p. will have a special menu created by Chef Mike. Reservations recommended.
Pietro’s - The Italian restaurant will host Chef Tim’s Valentine’s Wine Dinner on Wednesday, February 10, starting at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $50 per person. Pietro’s also has a Fall in Love menu planned for February 10-28.
Railside Bar & Grille - Now open to the public at Railside Golf Club in Byron Center, the classic restaurant with modern cuisine will have a special 3-course Valentine’s Day Dinner. $35 per couple.
Reserve Wine & Food - Over Valentine’s weekend, choose from a 3-course or 5-course menu that will highlight tagliolini pasta, wagyu beef zabuton, date cake more. Prices are $45 and $65 per person.
Rockwell Republic - Celebrate Valentine’s at the gastropub on South Division. Contact Becca at 616.551.3563 for reservations.
Salt & Pepper - The savory grill and pub on Lakewood in Holland will feature a Valentine’s sharing menu that will include an appetizer, wine, two entrees, dessert and a keepsake photo. $32 per person.
Twisted Rooster & Crooked Goose - Both restaurants are kicking off their Valentine’s themed menus February 8th with a week-long Red Velvet Waffle giveaway. Specialty cocktails include Cherub’s Punch, the Chocolate Covered Strawberry and the Going Stag.
The Winchester - Available February 12-14, the special Valentine’s dinner features antipasti for two, a frisee chop salad, wagyu beef tartare, bouillabaisse and red velvet cake. A few bottles of Brewery Vivant’s 5-Year Anniversary Ale will also be available.
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