Dining out on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, 2011


Valentine’s Day is on a Monday this year, which makes dining out feel a bit less romantic to us. First, because it’s the start of the work week and it will probably be necessary for most people to get up and go to work the next day, so champagne and wine flights don’t sound like such a great idea. Secondly, many restaurants are traditionally closed on Mondays and this may limit choices.

However, while compiling this list, we’ve discovered that many local restaurants have expanded their definition of Valentine’s Day this year. To cope with the Monday problem, some are serving special menus on the weekend prior to Valentines Day; others are opening specially on Monday.

To help you with your decision making, Madison on the Cheap has compiled a list of Madison-area restaurants serving special Valentine’s Day menus on or near February 14th**. You’ll find a range of options, from restaurants with entrees priced at less than $20 per person to more restaurants with prix fixe menus priced at more than $50 per person.

LESS THAN $20 PER PERSON
BETWEEN $20-$30 PER PERSON
BETWEEN $30-$50 PER PERSON
MORE THAN $50 PER PERSON

LESS THAN $20 PER PERSON

Daisy Café and Cupcakery
2827 Atwood Avenue, Madison
Telephone: (608) 241 2200
“We will open specially for Valentine’s Day dinner, Monday, February 14th.”
Most entrées under $15
Serving 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on February 14th

Essen House
508 East Wilson Street, Madison
Telephone: (608) 258-8632
“Be our Valentine all weekend long.”
Dinner specials start at $16.95
Serving February 11th, 12th, and 13th, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Closed February 14th.
Reservations Recommended

HuHot Mongolian Grill
610 Junction Road, Madison
Telephone: (608) 827-7110
$29 per couple
Khan’s Khupid Feast promotion includes 2 grill meals, 1 appetizer or dessert, 2 glasses of house wine or domestic drafts (where applicable. soda, juice, tea or coffee may be substituted) all for just $29.
Serving: Dinner: 4 p.m. until close. Offer is good Sunday through Thursday during February.

BETWEEN $20-$30 PER PERSON

Granite City Food & Brewery
72 West Towne Mall, Madison
Telephone: (608) 829-0700
“A special Valentine’s Day Menu for 2″
$49.99 per couple
Serving: 11 a.m. to close on February 12th to 14th

jacs Dining and Taphouse
2611 Monroe Street, Madison
Telephone: (608) 441-5444
“Serving our Full Menu, as well as seductive specials”
Specials $19 to $32
Serving Valentines’s Day specials February 11th through 14th; Hours vary by day

BETWEEN $30-$50 PER PERSON

Liliana’s Restaurant
2951 Triverton Pike, Fitchburg
Telephone: (608) 442-4444
Special six-course Valentine’s Day menu
$50 per person (includes a gift certificate for three dance lessons for each of you at Arthur Murray Dance Studio)
Serving: Seating available at 5, 6, 7, and 8 p.m. on February 14th
Reservations recommended

Restaurant Muramoto
125 King Street, Madison
Telephone: (608) 259-1040
Valentine’s Day special 4-course tasting menu prepared by Brett Olstadt and Matt Morris
$45 per person or $60 with pairing
Serving: February 11th through 14th at 5 p.m. (regular menu also available)
Reservations suggested

The Admiralty Room
The Edgewater Hotel
666 Wisconsin Avenue, Madison
Telephone: (608) 661-6582
Special menu items for “Romantic Dinners”
Serving: 5:30 p.m to 9 p.m. on February 12th and 14th
Reservations highly recommended

The Icon
206 State Street
Telephone: (608) 256-3000
Special Valentine’s Day Menu
$32 to $49 per person(depending on choice of entrée); includes complimentary champagne and coffee
Serving: Seating at 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on February 14th
Reservations recommended

MORE THAN $50 PER PERSON

En Vino Wine Bar and Bistro
601 Junction Road, Madison
Telephone: (608) 664-9565
Five Course Valentine’s Menu
$65 per person
Serving: 4 p.m. to midnight on February 11th through 13th, both regular full menu and special Valentine’s Day menu available; On February 14th, only two seatings are available for five-course Valentine’s Day menu: 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Reservations required for February 14th, recommended for other days

The Melting Pot
6816 Odana Road
Telephone: (608) 833-5676
Valentine’s Day special five-course menu
2 to 3 person party $70 per person; 4 to 5 person party $60 per person; 6 or more people $55 per person
Serving 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m on February 14th
Reservations required

**Please note, this is a work in progress. We will be updating this list and adding additional restaurants as soon as information becomes available (i.e., when people return our telephone calls and e-mails). If you know a restaurant that should be on this list because it is serving a special menu on Valentine’s Day, please use our contact form to let us know about it and/or have the restaurant’s owner/manager contact us.

List last updated 2/08/2011