Happy Valentines Day At Restaurants
With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, restaurants everywhere must prepare for one of the busiest days in the foodservice industry. Valentine’s Day dinner is the second most popular meal in the restaurant industry behind Mother’s Day brunch. Because of this, the holiday presents a great opportunity for your restaurant to provide unique services to new and existing customers. Below, we’ve included a variety of Valentine’s day restaurant ideas to make the most of this important holiday.
Advertise Your Valentine’s Day Specials Online
As the New Year rolls around, couples begin to make plans for the next big holiday. Whether you’re marketing to your usual customers or trying to attract new faces, the internet is a valuable tool to improve your reach.
If you’re planning a prix fixe menu, holiday desserts, or discounted meals, be sure to effectively advertise your specials on social media and your restaurant’s website. Because Valentine’s Day is such a popular night for dining out, it’s a good idea to provide potential customers with easily accessible information about your offerings ahead of time. This allows them to weigh their options as they choose where to have their special night out. When it comes to busy holidays, developing a strong online presence is essential for staying one step ahead of your competition.
Plan a Valentine’s Day Menu
To attract customers who are looking for a special Valentine’s Day experience, try creating a new menu just for the occasion. Your menu should be centered around exclusive Valentine’s day dinner specials including a starter, main course, dessert, and a signature cocktail or bottle of wine. Not only does this cut down on your customers’ waiting time, it also makes purchasing ingredients ahead of time a simpler task. Additionally, consider developing Valentine’s day promotions for your menu, such as discounts and combo meals, to generate interest.
If you don’t know where to start when planning your Valentine’s Day menu, try bringing some of the holiday’s colors into your food options. Consider serving foods that feature a bright pink or red color. For your dessert menu, try romantic heart-shaped cakes or chocolate-covered strawberries. Below, we’ve provided a list of Valentine’s Day menu ideas to get you inspired:
- Pasta in a pink vodka sauce
- Crabcakes with a beet risotto
- Beef medallions with red potatoes
- Oysters and champagne
- Heart-shaped margherita pizza
Alter Your Beverage Service for Valentine’s Day
Whether you offer a complimentary bottle of wine to every couple or have assembled a specialized cocktail menu, alcoholic drinks don’t just create a romantic atmosphere for your customers, they also help to boost your sales and profits. Consider training your servers to make sure that everyone is prepared to suggest a bottle of wine that complements the guests’ meals.
If you decide to serve Valentine’s Day cocktails, consider creating drinks that match the theme of the holiday. Fruit flavors like cherry and raspberry give your drinks romantic hues, and your guests may appreciate playful cocktail names like “Cupid’s Cosmo” to add a little fun to the occasion.
Create a Romantic Atmosphere
To make the evening special, encourage your staff to show extra care towards your guests. If your hosts and servers make them feel especially welcome during their romantic dinner, guests will have more to remember than just their food at the end of their visit. A calm music selection and intimate lighting create a romantic mood in the dining area. Consider providing a memento for the couple, like a single rose or a customized wine glass with the date and your restaurant’s name.
Due to being the second busiest holiday of the year for restaurants, it’s crucial to encourage customers to make reservations well in advance of Valentine’s Day. Nothing ruins the romantic mood more than a long wait before being seated. By offering discounts or other promotions to guests who book ahead, you can reduce the number of people anxiously waiting for a table. Plus, knowing how busy your restaurant will be helps your staff to prepare beforehand.
Offer a Valentine’s Day Cooking Class
An easy way to offer something a little extra to your customers, as well as draw more business, is to host Valentine’s Day cooking classes. For couples looking to stray from tradition, attending a cooking class on Valentine’s Day allows them to get creative, work together, and enjoy eating something made with their own hands.
If you expect your restaurant to be busy, offer cooking classes in the weeks leading up to the 14th. This creates less competition with other restaurants and gives more customers the chance to partake in your classes. Many potential customers opt-out of celebrating on the day because of how busy it is, so earlier cooking classes could be enticing to them.
As Valentine’s Day approaches, bring out the red ribbon, romantic music, and heart-shaped everything. Don’t forget to promote your offerings online before the holiday, and consider taking reservations to help the night go smoothly for both your staff and customers. As you begin your planning, refer to our Valentine’s Day ideas for restaurants to make the most of this busy holiday.
Happy Valentines Day At Restaurants
Valentine’s Day is centered around love, but it’s also very much about food. If you really want to celebrate all that the holiday has to offer, then start your day off with breakfast-in-bed with your sweetheart, power through the afternoon with homemade treats and round out the evening with a romantic dinner for two. But if you don’t love the idea of spending all day in the kitchen preparing something for your valentines, then consider these restaurants with Valentine’s Day specials.
Whether you’re spending the day with your better half, your friends, your kids or flying solo, you’ll want to know where to go to score the best deals on Valentine’s Day dinners, heart-shaped pizzas and delicious desserts. Even if you’re planning on spending February 14 at home to adhere to social distancing guidelines, you can still support local restaurants by opting for carryout or delivery. Some of these deals are so incredible that you may be tempted to celebrate all week — albeit, month — long. We don’t blame you, these specials are too sweet to pass up!
As a reminder, please call your local restaurant beforehand to confirm that they are participating in the deals below. Make sure to get their most up-to-date hours and policies too.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
During Valentine’s Day weekend, treat your valentine to one of two holiday specials at Ruth’s Chris Steak House: Celebration Surf & Turf, available in 6 oz., 8 oz. and 11 oz, and Tomahawk Ribeye. Click here to pre-order your carryout meal in advance.
Although their 2021 specials haven’t been confirmed yet, Pizza Hut normally offers heart-shaped pizza pies at $11.99 with the option of adding a Hershey’s Triple Chocolate Brownie or an Ultimate Hershey’s Chocolate Chip Cookie to your order at $16.99. Check their website a few days before Valentine’s Day to place your order.
Get a Filet & Lobster Tail — a 7 oz. filet with a seasoned and steamed cold water lobster tail — from February 4 through February 15 at all Bonefish Grill restaurants or via carryout. To make it a meal fit for the occasion, pair this dish with 20th Anniversary Weedon Island Wine Blend, a limited-edition white exclusive to Bonefish Grill.
Enter promo code “LOVE” in the Firehouse Subs app to claim a free dessert (like the heart-shaped chocolate chip cookie shown here) on Valentine’s Day weekend. You must be a Firehouse Subs reward member to claim the offer, so make sure you sign up if you haven’t already.
From February 9 through Feb 15, get a four-course dinner for you and your sweetheart for only $50. The meal, which is available for dine-in or carryout, includes two salads, two main courses and an appetizer and dessert for the lovebirds to share.
Make your holiday even sweeter with Dunkin’s Valentine’s Day menu, which includes a Pink Velvet Macchiato, Mocha Macchiato, Brownie Batter Donut and Cupid’s Choice Donut (all pictured here).
Maggiano’s Little Italy
Pick between two different Valentine’s Day meals, depending on how many valentines you have at home: a carryout meal for two or four, priced at $55 and $85 respectively. Both meals include a meatball starter, salad, classic pasta dish(es), entree and mini desserts. Meals are also available for dine-in at select locations.
California Pizza Kitchen
Dine in person at any California Pizza Kitchen from February 10 through February 14 to score a three-course meal for $35. The prix fixe menu is perfect for two with one appetizer, two entrees and one dessert. If you’re in the mood for pizza, make sure to send in a request to have ’em shape it like a heart.
Russo’s New York Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen
Starting February 1, get a heart-shaped pepperoni pizza and your choice of Pinot Grigio or Chianti wine for $34.95. But the most impressive deal is happening the week of Valentine’s Day: Pick up a 12″ burrata pizza for just $10 from February 8 through February 14. All of these deals are available for in-store orders, carryout or delivery.
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Enjoy a three-course dinner at your local Fleming’s or in the comfort of your home. Available from February 12 through February 15, pick between the 3-course Prime Surf & Turf menu for two or the Filet Mignon 3-course meal. If you really want to pull out all the stops, add a Celebration Wine Box for $75, complete with two bottles of wine, two Riedel wine glasses, truffles and tasting cards.
Head to any of Metro Diner’s 58 locations nationwide for a hearty breakfast, lunch or dinner on Valentine’s Day. Although there aren’t any specials on food, get mimosas and Bloody Mary’s for $2.99 all day long!
For a romantic night at home, order the Seafood Lovers Box from FultonFishMarket.com. This bundle comes packed with Kvarøy Arctic salmon, dry sea scallops, fresh shrimp Blue Point oysters, Littleneck clams and cooked cocktail shrimp. There’s plenty of food for the whole family, which is perfect since your little valentines may be crashing your dinner date this year…
Spicy Sushi Rolls DIY Kit
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This dinner doubles as a bonding activity: Assemble four to five sushi rolls with the ingredients included in this for two, like tuna, shrimp, salmon and yellowtail. Follow the instructions in the package to roll and cut them correctly. Note: Boxes are only shipped Monday – Thursday, and all of the food items should be eaten within three days of their delivery.
Valentine’s Day Steamer Pot Dinner
Take the seaside flavors home with this steam boil dinner for up to three people, complete with sweet corn, potatoes, large shrimp, snow crab, sea scallops, lobster tails, cornbread and a heart-shaped cheesecake. Score free shipping on all orders, but keep in mind that Topsail Steamer only ships Monday – Friday.