Valentine's Day falls on a Saturday this year, which means that reservations will be even harder to come by than usual. Restaurants are encouraging diners to celebrate the occasion on Friday or Sunday, and some are extending their special menus and deals over the whole weekend. Here are some of the special menus and promotions that caught our eye.
The restaurant at the Hotel Monaco is offering a special selection of $12 shared plates and $8 desserts on Valentine's Day. Shared plates include veal sweetbread nuggets, octopus tacos and beef carpaccio. Desserts include banana bread pudding and "bete-noire" flourless chocolate cake.
The South Baltimore restaurant is offering a four-course prix-fixe dinner on Valentine's Day. The dinner is $75 and $95 with a wine pairing for each course. Entree items options include surf and turf and a seafood trio.
The Hampden restaurant is celebrating Valentine's Day with a weekend seafood celebration. From Feb. 12 though Feb. 15, Cafe Hon will feature four varieties of oyster, all available for $1 each at a raw oyster and steamer bar. The celebration will be on from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday night and during Sunday brunch, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cindy's Wolf's restaurant will offer a $149 prix-fixe menu on Valentine's Day. The Harbor East restaurant, normally closed on Sunday, will also be open on Feb. 15.
The Harbor East restaurant is offering a multi-course modern Italian prix-fixe menu on Valentine's Day. The dinner is $99 per person and $139 with accompanying wines.
The restaurant in Lake Falls Village is offering a four-course tasting menu on Valentine's Day. The dinner is $75, with payment taken at the time of reservation. Entree options include slow-cooked local lamb chop, roasted jumbo scallops and mini beef Wellington. The dinner is BYOB.
The contemporary Mediterranean restaurant is offering a three-course prix-fixe menu on Valentine's Day. The dinner is $45 per person. Main course options include crispy skin wild rockfish, grilled New York strip and chicken Parmesan.
The restaurant at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court hotel is offering a special three-course dinner menu from Executive Chef Josean Rosado on Feb. 13 and Feb. 14. The dinner is $49 per person, or $95 per couple. Entree items include herb-roasted quail, braised short ribs and quinoa-crusted salmon.
The Brazilian steakhouse is offering patrons who dine Feb. 13 through Feb. 15 a Valentine’s card, good for a complimentary lunch or dinner toward their next visit.
The restaurant at the Lord Baltimore Hotel is offering a special four-course Valentine’s Day menu on Feb. 13 and Feb. 14. The dinner is $49 and includes an amuse bouche, starter, entree and dessert. The hotel is also offering a $199 "Lord and Lady Baltimore Valentine’s Day Package" on Valentine's Day weekend. The package includes overnight accommodations for two, a bottle of champagne and a $50 credit for a meal at The French Kitchen or the hotel's pub, LB Tavern.
The special Valentine's Day dinner menu at Guy Fieri's includes a choice of appetizer, choice of entree and dessert. The cost is $45 per person.
The steakhouse at the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore is offering a three-course prix-fixe menu on Valentine's Day. The dinner is $95 per couple, and the entree selection is a Tomahawk rib eye topped with two 7-ounce cold-water lobster tails and a 4-ounce crab cake.
The contemporary Mexican restaurant at the Horseshoe Casino Baltimore is offering a multi-course prix-fixe menu on Valentine's Day. The dinner is $95 per couple and includes shared appetizers, shared tostadas, shared tacos and a choice of a shared entrees and dessert.
The Roland Park restaurant is offering its a la carte menu all weekend. The restaurant will host a Happy Hearts Happy Hour on Feb. 13 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Red velvet cupcakes and heart-shaped cookies will be available in the cafe on Feb. 14.
The Harbor East restaurant is offering a "romantic southern Italian" multi-course prix-fixe menu on Valentine's Day. The dinner is $79 per person and $119 with accompanying wines. A stuzzichini (snack) menu will be available in the bar and lounge.
The French restaurant is offering a multi-course French menu on Valentine's Day. The dinner is $79 per person and $109 with accompanying wines.
The Harbor East restaurant is offering a special four-course menu on Valentine's Day. Entree options include a duo Misoyaki "Butterfish" and Kobe beef short rib in a red wine curry demi-glace, crispy walnut shrimp and and pomegranate-glazed chicken breast. The cost for the dinner ranges from $50 to $80 depending on the entree selection.
The Ruth's Chris Steak House restaurants at the Pier V Hotel, on Water Street and in Pikesville are offering a special menu on Valentine's Day. Entrees, priced from $52 to $95, will include a choice of soup and salad and side dish.
The Inner Harbor restaurant is offering a Valentine's Day menu from Feb. 13 to Feb. 15. The special seafood-focused menu includes Belgian-style mussels in white wine sauce, a classic jumbo shrimp cocktail, grilled Chesapeake Bay rockfish and Maryland crab cakes in a three-mustard thyme butter.
The Harbor East restaurant is offering a special three-course menu of eclectic American cuisine on Feb. 13 and 14. The dinner is $49 and an additional $25 for wine pairings.
The Fells Point restaurant is offering a three-course prix-fixe menu on Valentine's Day. The dinner is $200 for two, and $250 with optional wine pairings. Entree options include veal osso buco, butter-poached lobster and surf and turf with prime rib.
The Locust Point restaurant is offering a four-course prix-fixe Valentine's Day menu on Feb. 13 and Feb. 14. The dinner is $68 per person with optional wine pairings for an additional $30. Entree items include braised lamb shoulder, pan-seared rockfish and escarole ravioli.
The restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore is offering a three-course dinner on Valentine's Day from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., followed by a Valentine Vendetta Party, from 10 p.m. until close, with a live disc jockey and specialty cocktails in the bar and lounge. The dinner is $95 per person, not including tax and gratuity. On Feb. 15, Wit & Wisdom is offering a four-course dessert tasting and cocktail pairing, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., featuring creations from Pastry Chef Dyan Ng and creative cocktails from Head Bartender Aaron Joseph. The dessert tasting is $45, not including tax and gratuity. Reservations are required.