By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Feb 12, 2021 at 9:01 AM Photography: Donut Monster

If there’s anything we should be celebrating right now, it’s love. Whether it’s love between good friends, romantic partners or family members, it’s definitely something to cherish. 

Valentine’s Day in 2021 seems like as good a time as any to be grateful, hold the folks in our pods close and rejoice that we’ve made it this far. Incidentally, it’s also an excellent time to support locally owned restaurants, many of whom are cooking up something special with the hope of earning your business... because that's a form of love too.

It's why we’ve compiled a list of specials from area restaurants that we hope will assist you in deciding how to spend your upcoming Day of Love.

In this alphabetical list, you’ll find both carry-out and dine-in options from a wide variety of restaurants; so you can choose an option that meets your level of comfort. Even better, whether you’re looking for brunch, sweet treats or a full-blown indulgent meal, it appears there’s something for everyone.

Please note that pre-orders and reservations are almost always required and deadlines approach quickly. So, check out your options and plan ahead!

Alioto’s Restaurant
3041 N Mayfair Rd., (414) 476-6900
aliotos.net
Alioto’s will offer a carry-out only Valentine’s Day dinner for two on Feb. 13 from 4 to 8 p.m. ($60, includes gratuity). Dinner includes one shrimp cocktail (six shrimp with cocktail sauce and lemon); two 6-ounce petite filet mignon with button mushrooms and au jus; two double baked potatoes; two soups or salads and italian bread and butter; and one tiramisu. Substitute two 12-ounce filet mignons for an extra $25 or add one five to six ounce cold water lobster tail for $15.

Alioto’s will also offer a variety of specials for dine-in or carry-out on Feb. 13 from 4 to 8 p.m., including steak & scallops (6-ounce prime tenderloin and three sauteed scallops served with button mushrooms, and potato, pasta or vegetable and choice of soup or salad) for $27; Surf & Turf (6-ounce prime tenderloin and one five to six ounce cold water lobster tail served with drawn butter, button mushrooms, potato, pasta or vegetable, and choice of soup or salad) for $32; cold water lobster tails (two five to six ounce cold water lobster tails served with drawn butter and potato, pasta or vegetable, and choice of soup or salad) for $38; a seafood platter (one five to six ounce cold water lobster tail, four grilled shrimp, two sauteed scallops and one piece of broiled Icelandic cod served with drawn butter, cocktail sauce, tartar sauce and lemon; plus your choice of potato, pasta or vegetable and soup or salad) for $32; or roasted prime rib (USDA choice beef plus choice of potato, pasta or vegetable and soup or salad; $21 for 8-ounce or $29 for 12 ounce).

Allie Boy's Bagelry & Luncheonette
135 E. National Ave., (414) 988-0388

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Allie Boy’s will be offering a to-go bagel box for two featuring four bagels (plain, pumpernickel, everything and honey wheat); tangy goat cream cheese; avocado schmear with sesame seed and seasonal pickles; bacon and leek scones; cultured yogurt with fruit and granola; chocolate covered strawberries; seasonal jam; everything bagel butter; and a small bouquet from Flowers for Dreams ($45). Add-ons include half bottles of prosecco; mimosa kits with freshly squeezed orange juice; herbed creme fraiche with smoked trout roe and herbs; smoked salmon rillettes with pickled mustard and fennel; bags of custom Anodyne bagel brew coffee to brew at home; and a flower bouquet upgrade. Pre-order your bagel box online (starting Jan. 26) before Feb. 9 at noon for pick-up on Feb. 14. 

Amilinda
315 E. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 369-3683
amilinda.com
Amilinda will be offering a take-away dinner kit available for pick-up on Feb. 13. The kit will feature tapas for two (six dishes) to prepare at home (with instructions for each) along with a bottle of Cava and a bottle of wine to enjoy alongside ($120). Pre-orders can be placed online Feb. 8-11 with pick-up on Feb. 13.

Bacchus
925 E. Wells St., (414) 765-1166
bartolottas.com/bacchus

Bacchus will be offering both a dine-in option and a prepare-at-home meal kit for Valentine’s Day weekend. For dine-in, guests can enjoy a special pre fixe, three-course menu designed by Executive Chef Nick Wirth featuring dishes like seared foie gras, dry-aged NY strip steak, roasted guinea hen, and triple chocolate raspberry mousse cake ($95 per person, plus tax and gratuity; optional wine pairings are available for $65 per person). Guests can view the full menu and make reservations online. Dining hours are extended to 5 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 12-14.

For guests celebrating Valentine’s Day at home, Bacchus is offering a special Valentine’s Day prepare-at-home meal kit available for curbside pick-up ($65 per person, plus tax and gratuity). The three-course meal features shellfish bisque, filet mignon with twice baked potato and broccolini, and triple chocolate raspberry mousse cake. A Bacchus cheese plate can be added for $17. Orders can be placed online for pick-up Feb. 12-14.

Balistreri's Bluemound Inn
6501 W. Bluemound Rd., (414)258-9881
balistreris.com
Balistreri’s will be offering both dine-in and carry-out for Valentine’s Day, offering service on Feb. 14 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The full menu will be available, along with specials including oysters Rockefeller ($2 each); a 16-ounce New York strip crusted with coarse grain honey mustard glaze and cooked to order, served with vegetables and a choice of starch ($34); heart shaped cheese ravioli seasoned with bread crumbs and fried, served with angel hair pasta tossed in garlic butter sauce and a side marinara sauce ($22); a seafood duet featuring two Maryland crab cakes and five deep fried sea scallops served with cocktail sauce and spring greens with limoncello vinaigrette ($28); a 16-ounce Linz Heritage Reserve Prime Rib ($32) or 12-ounce Queen ($26); and triple layer raspberry mousse cake ($8). Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling the restaurant.

Balzac
1716 N Arlington Pl., (414) 755-0099

balzacwinebar.com
Balzac will be hosting an Occhipinti wine dinner on Saturday, February 13th at 7 p.m. (available for dine-in or carry-out) Coming out of Vittoria, Sicily, Occhipinti is one of the icons in natural winemaking, led by rockstar wine maker Arianna Occhipinti. The dinner includes five courses and five pairings, including four of her fantastic wines: "SP68 Rosso", "SP68 Bianco", "Siccagno", and "Frappato". Multiple options are available for each course, including vegan options. The entire experience is also available for carry-out on Feb. 12, 13 and 14. Tickets can be purchased at exploretock.com/balzac beginning Jan. 23, until sold out. 

Bass Bay Brewhouse
S79W15851 Aud Mar Dr., Muskego, (414) 377-9449
bassbaybrewhouse.com
Bass Bay Brewhouse will offer multiple dine-in options for Valentine’s Day, including a variety of specials Feb. 12-14. Offerings include a whipped gorgonzola, bourbon pork belly and berries appetizer ($14); Surf & Turf ($55), lobster tails ($35/$45), and pan-seared skate wing ($28). The restaurant will also feature private dining in their “Bubbles on the Bay,” with special Valentine’s Day dinner packages for four ($200) or eight people ($350). Each Bubble comes with a choice of two drink packages and an hors d'oeuvres spread featuring white gazpacho, grilled grape tomato basil canapes, skate croustades, lobster tail and filet medallions. A “Bubbles and Brunch” menu will also be available Saturday and Sunday to celebrate Valentine’s or Galentine’s weekend. Restaurant reservations can be made online or by calling (414) 377-9449. Bubbles on the Bay reservations are also available online

Bavette La Boucherie
330 E. Menomonee St., (414) 273-3375
bavettelaboucherie.com
Bavette will be offering both their regular menu or a special tasting menu for dine-in heat-and-eat three course Valentine’s Day meal for carry-out ($56 per person with optional wine pairings for $36 per person). The menu includes shrimp escabeche with grilled citrus, olives, beets and avocado; cider braised pork cheeks with sweet potato and apple pave, red cabbage, rye and horseradish gremolata; and chocolate almond torte. Meals can be ordered online through Feb. 8 with pick-up on Feb. 12 or 13. A coursed dinner (menu TBA) will also be available for dine-in on Friday, Feb. 12 and Saturday, Feb. 13 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. with limited seating available. Call for reservation.

Buckatabon
7700 W Harwood Ave., Wauwatosa, (414) 271-7700
thebuckatabon.com
Buckatabon is rolling out special offerings for Valentine’s Day weekend, including a snackuterie box for two featuring white and dark chocolate covered strawberries, chocolate shortbread cookies, fresh fruit, candied lemon, oranges, cranberries, chocolate caramel turtles, chocolate covered mini pretzel rods, cranberry mousse, apple and banana chips, spiced nut brittle, whiskey caramel sauce, flourless chocolate torte. They will also be offering a special prime rib "Turf and Surf featuring a 10-ounce portion of prime rib topped with a cheese stuffed-bacon wrapped jumbo shrimp, served with horseradish mashed potatoes, au jus, horseradish cream. View the full menu and place orders for delivery (via DoorDash), and pickup online. All Lowlands Restaurant locations are also taking reservations for dine-in at the restaurants, as well as their Outdoor Winter Experiences.

Café Benelux
346 N. Broadway, (414) 501-2500
cafebenelux.com
Cafe Benelux is rolling out special offerings for Valentine’s Day weekend, including an appetizer featuring roasted heirloom tomatoes, pickled fennel and shallots, fresh basil, ricotta, pesto, herb focaccia; and an entree featuring housemade sweet potato gnocchi, herbed brown butter, crab meat, spanish olives, roasted cherry tomatoes, sweet pepper focaccia toast. View the full menu and place orders for delivery (via DoorDash), and pickup online. All Lowlands Restaurant locations are also taking reservations for dine-in at the restaurants, as well as their Outdoor Winter Experiences.

Cafe Corazon
3129 N Bremen St., (414) 810-3941
2394 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 544-2774
Mequon Public Market, 6300 W. Mequon Rd., (262) 643-4256
corazonmilwaukee.com

Cafe Corazon will be offering Valentine’s Day brunch at all locations from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., as well as their full dinner menu from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Special offerings include French Kiss Tacos (lengua tacos). Dine-in is available at both the Bay View and Mequon locations. Carry-out is available at all three locations (carry-out orders can be placed online for pick-up). 

Cafe Hollander
2608 N. Downer Ave., 414-963-6366
7677 W State St., Wauwatosa, (414) 475-6771
20150 Union St., Brookfield, (262) 785-4490
5900 W. Mequon Rd., (262) 236-0107 
cafehollander.com
Cafe Hollander locations are rolling out special offerings for Valentine’s Day weekend, including a snackuterie box for two featuring salami, whipped goat cheese, crostini, brownie bites, berries, balsamic syrup, caramel sauce, chocolate salami, candied walnuts, beignets, peanut brittle, white cheddar cheese curds; along with specials like beef and broccoli flatbread and paella fried rice featuring Prince Edward Island Mussels, haddock, shrimp, herbed tomatoes, roasted peppers, onions, saffron rice, lime, focaccia toast. View the full menu and place orders for delivery (via DoorDash), and pickup online. All Lowlands Restaurant locations are also taking reservations for dine-in at the restaurants, as well as their Outdoor Winter Experiences.

Ca'Lucchenzo
6030 W. North Ave., (414) 312-8968
calucchenzo.com

Ca'Lucchenzo will be offering curbside pickup of their regular, rotating menu Feb. 11-13; but guests can look forward to festive additions including black truffles and succulent Hawaiian blue prawns.  Meals can be ordered online, with daily menus available beginning at 3 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with pick-up available between 5:15 and 7:00 p.m.

Cavas
401 E. Erie St., (414) 930-9088
cavasmke.com
Cavas will be offering three Valentine’s Day offerings for carry-out on Feb. 14. Brunch & Bubbles for two features a menu of lobster salad; potato torte; strawberry waffles; chocolate covered strawberries; black forest cake; heart shaped sandwich cookies; hot cocoa for two and a bottle of sparkling rose ($110, plus tax and gratuity). Dinner & Bubbles for two features a menu of lobster salad; butternut squash shrimp cream soup; chicken fricassee with wild mushrooms; black forest cake; heart shaped sandwich cookies; hot cocoa for two and a bottle of sparkling rose ($135, plus tax and gratuity). A third option, a Valentine Sweets Basket, features a basket filled with black forest cake; heart shaped sandwich cookies; fancy chocolate covered strawberries, macarons and a bottle of sparkling rose ($71, plus tax and gratuity). Orders for all three packages must be placed online by Feb. 12 for pick-up on Feb. 14.

Celesta Restaurant
1978 N Farwell Ave., (414) 231-3030
celesta.restaurant
Celesta is offering special Valentine's Day tapas pack for two ($50) featuring vegan and gluten-free items including papas bravas with chipotle remoulade for dipping; garlicky mushrooms; braised tempeh meatballs; roasted asparagus; gluten free pita points; marinated orange fennel olives; Dates stuffed with ricotta and coconut bacon; and hearts of palm lobster salad.
Guests can also order a custom mini chocolate cake with strawberry buttercream, strawberry compote filling, gold leaf accented drip and dried flowers (choice of regular or gluten-free). Cost is $45 (serves two). Pre-orders can be placed by email at celestacatering@gmail.com by Feb. 8 (or until sold out).

Centraal Grand Café and Tappery
2306 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 755-0378
cafecentraal.com
Centraal is rolling out specials for Valentine’s Day weekend including an appetizer of mini shrimp tostadas featuring herbed shrimp, avocado mousse, sweet pepper slaw, lemon vinaigrette, jalapeno cream, pickled onions, radish, served on crispy corn tortillas; as well as an entree featuring medallions of beef filet with marsala demi, roasted yukon gold potatoes, roasted wild mushrooms, sauteed swiss chard. View the full menu and place orders for delivery (via DoorDash), and pickup online. All Lowlands Restaurant locations are also taking reservations for dine-in at the restaurants, as well as their Outdoor Winter Experiences.

Centro Cafe
808 E. Center St., (414) 455-3751
centrocaferiverwest.com
Centro Cafe will be offering a variety of carry-out specials, beverage pairings and a take-and-bake meal for two during Valentine’s Day week, with all available Feb. 10-14. The take-and-bake special (for two) features insalata san valentino with arugula, crispy prosciutto, pecorino cheese and creamy champagne vinaigrette; white seafood lasagna with scallops, crab, and shrimp cooked in garlic butter, fresh herbs, bechamel and parmesan; and almond cake with caramel sauce and two chocolate covered strawberries. Additional carry-out specials include beef and truffle carpaccio; caprese arancia, a salad with blood oranges, heirloom tomatoes, burrata, balsamic reduction and microgreens (paired with a blood orange French 75); lobster fettuccine with alfredo sauce (paired with Legeder Chardonnay); and almond cake with caramel sauce and chocolate covered strawberries (paired with an Averna cold-brew cocktail. Orders can be placed online for pick-up.

Club Charlie's
320 E. Menomonee St., (414) 763-8548
clubcharlies.com
Club Charlie’s will be offering both dine-in and carry-out options for Valentine’s day between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.. In addition to options from their regular menu, they will be offering a complimentary cheese plate for two with every bottle of champagne ordered. Options include Segura Vuidas ($28), Gruet ($40) or Gruet Rose ($44). Reservations can be made by phone at (414) 763-8548

 Coco's Seafood & Steakhouse
151 St. Paul St., Oconomowoc, (262) 465-6878
cocossteakhouse.com
CoCo’s will be offering both dine-in and limited carry-out (from 4 to 6 p.m.) throughout Valentine’s Day weekend. Ther full menu will be available, plus a special for two ($300 per couple) featuring a bottle of Veuve Clicquot; a shared appetizer; an 8-ounce A5 Kobe beef New York Strip; a one-pound Maine lobster tail; guests’ choice of two sides and two sauces; and a shared dessert. Both reservations and carry-out orders can be placed online.

C-Viche
2165 S Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 800-7329
www.c-viche.com

C-Viche will be offering a special three-course Valentine’s Day menu available both inside and on their heated patio all weekend. The menu features courses created by Executive Chef Marco Vera including a choice of fricassee of scallops and calamari dashi with nero sauce OR eggplant involtini with goat cheese, queso fresco, arugula, toasted walnuts and basil; seven hour braised lamb with black truffle mashed potatoes; and a dessert of lucuma souffle and passion fruit sorbet. Reservations can be made online.

Donut Monster
5169 N Elkhart Ave., Whitefish Bay
donutmonstermke.com
Doughnuts for Valentine’s Day? Why not? Donut Monster will be heart shaped filled donuts (in their core flavors), plus two special heart-shaped offerings: strawberry buttercream with chocolate glaze dusted with strawberry powder; and cherry jam filled doughnuts coated in sugar. Doughnuts are first-come, first-served. Pull your car up, place your order and staff will deliver it directly to your car.

Egg & Flour Pasta Bar
2273 S. Howell Ave., Bay View
Crossroads Collective, 2238 N. Farwell Ave.

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Both Egg & Flour locations will offer special Sunday hours on Valentine’s Day from 3 to 9 p.m. Guests can look forward to their full menu of indulgent pasta dishes, plus a very special (surprise) pasta special that’s sure to impress.

Eldr+Rime
2300 N. Mayfair Rd., Wauwatosa, (414) 867-9200
eldrandrime.com
Eldr+Rime will be offering a variety of specials for the family-focused Swedish version of Valentine’s Day. Named “Alla Hjartans Dag,” which translates to “All Hearts Day,” a day on which all love is celebrated, from that of couples to love for friends and family. Specials will be featured for dine-in guests on both Feb. 12-13, including crab bisque ($12); chilean seabass with veuve beurre blanc, smoked caviar ($44); steak frites (16-ounce Creekstone New York strip, bone marrow bordelaise, black truffle butter, house cut fries) for $48; and Vahrhona dark chocolate mousse with chocolate dipped strawberries and whipped cream ($14). Make your reservations online or by calling the restaurant. Brunch specials for Feb. 14 are expected to be listed on their website soon.

EsterEv
360 E Erie St., (414) 488-8036
exploretock.com/esterev

EsterEv will offer a Valentine’s Day menu for both dine-in and carry-out. For dine-in, guests can enjoy an eight-course menu for $100 per person with optional pairings. Reservations are required. They will also offer a three course menu for two for carry-out ($120) with optional beverage pairings as an add-on. The menu includes Manhattan clam chowder with cheddar bay biscuits; herb and mustard crusted Pinn-Oak Farms lamb loin, potato gratin, grilled broccolini, red wine sauce; dark chocolate truffle cake (chocolate cake, dark chocolate ganache, strawberry crunch). Caviar service will also be available for $75 and will include an ounce of EE Kaluga Caviar, tater tots, egg salad, creme fraiche, and shallots. Cocktail kits will also be available for purchase. Order your meal online for pick-up on Feb. 14.

EsterEv will also offer a dine-in dinner Feb. 12-14 featuring seven courses for $100 per person (beverage pairings for +$50 per person). Seatings are available at 5:30 and 8 p.m. Make your reservation online before they sell out.

Explorium Brewpub
5300 S 76th St., (414) 423-1365
143 W. St. Paul Ave., (414) 423-1365

exploriumbrew.com
Both Explorium locations will be offering a dine-in Valentine’s Day special for two which includes an 8-ounce center-cut grilled tenderloin with jumbo pan sauteed shrimp, fingerling potatoes, sauteed mushrooms, and dressed arugula salad ($35 per person). Complimentary champagne will be served upon arrival. Reservations are available from 5pm to 9pm at both Greendale and Third Ward locations and can be made online.

Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea
916 E. State St., (414) 395-3003
fairgrounds.cafe
Treat yourself (and a friend or loved one) on Valentine's Day.  Stop by Fairgrounds during regular operating hours on Feb. 14 and purchase an indulgent Vosges Chocolate Truffle Mocha; you'll receive a second drink of your choice for half-off. Redeemable one time, in store only, only on Feb. 14.

Firefly
7754 Harwood Ave., (414) 431-1444
fireflytosa.com
Firefly will be offering their regular menu, plus a variety of Valentine’s Day specials for dine-in or carry-out on Feb. 13 and 14 from 4 to 9 p.m. Specials include lobster ravioli with burrata, asparagus and saffron lemon beurre blanc ($42); bacon wrapped 8-ounce tenderloin with sauteed greens, red wine caramelized onions, wild mushroom demi-glace, garlic mashed potatoes and crumbled gorgonzola ($44, GF) and a dessert of blood orange pavlova with grapefruit curd, campari soaked blood orange, chantilly cream ($8, GF). Wine and cocktail kits will also be available for both dine-in and carry-out. Reservations are limited and can be made online or by phone. Orders for curbside pick-up and carry-out can be made online.

The Fire Pit Sports Bar
Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
1721 W. Canal St., (414) 847-7993

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The Fire Pit is offering a four-course Valentine’s Day meal for $40 per person or $79 per couple. The menu includes fire roasted tomato basil bisque; strawberry salad with strawberry citrus vinaigrette; a six-ounce center cut filet with Fire Pit demi and a six-ounce cold water lobster tail (served with sides of Delmonico roasted potatoes, balsamic glazed vegetables and dinner rolls); and raspberry chocolate mousse parfait. Meals will be available Feb. 12-14 for carry-out only.

Five O'Clock Steakhouse
2416 W. State St., (414) 342-3553
fiveoclocksteakhouse.com
Make your Valentine's Day special by grilling Five O'Clock steaks at home. The steakhouse will be offering their DIY Butcher Block home grilling kits, which include your choice of award winning reserve Angus steaks, plus basting sauce, spices and step-by-step instructions. Call their dedicated steak hotline at (414) 559-8948  for more information and pricing. Prefer to let someone else do the work? The full Five O'Clock menu will be available for both dine-in and carry-out throughout the Valentine's Day weekend.

Flour Girl & Flame
6735 W. Lincoln Ave., (414) 777-0770

flourgirlandflame.com
Flour Girl & Flame will be offering a "Perfectly Imperfect" Valentine's Day special for pickup on Feb. 13.  The package includes a 14" wood-fired heart-shaped take-and-bake pizza; a bud vase bouquet from Unordinary Omen Floristry; two fudge-covered Oreos; two red velvet cupcakes from Delicious Bites; and a choice of two handmade cards from Cracked Designs.  The package is $45 and can be ordered at cashdrop.biz/flourgirl, with pick-up on Feb. 13 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.  

Foxtown Brewing
6411 W. Mequon Rd., (262) 292-5700
foxtownbrewing.com
Foxtown will be offering a Retro Valentine's Day dinner for two for carry-out. The menu includes Steak Diane with braised kale, roasted potatoes and complementary wine and dessert.  Call the brewery to place your order or pre-order online.

Harbor House
550 N. Harbor Dr., (414) 395-4900
bartolottas.com/harbor-house
Harbor House will be offering both a dine-in and curbside pick-up option for Valentine’s Day weekend. Dine-in customers can enjoy a three-course menu by Executive Chef John Korycki including items like lobster ravioli, raw oysters on the half shell and Alaskan king crab legs, along with a bevy of sides and desserts. The three-course menu will cost $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity. View the full menu and make reservations online. Harbor House will have extended hours from 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 12-14.

For guests who’d prefer an intimate evening at home, Harbor House will be offering a special three-course Valentine’s Day menu (plus select a la carte specials) that can be ordered online for curbside pick-up. Menu offerings include lobster bisque, sea scallops, and warm apple cranberry crumble ($65 per person, plus tax and gratuity). View the full menu and place your order online for pick-up Feb. 12-14.

Joey Gerard's
5601 Broad St, Greendale, (414) 858-1900
bartolottas.com/joey-gerards

Joey Gerard’s will offer both a dine-in and curbside pick-up option for Valentine’s Day weekend. Dine-in guests can enjoy a variety of specials created by Executive Chef David Wolfe. Options include mushroom bisque, beet salad, chardonnay steamed Bangs Island mussels, Maine lobster lasagna, and butterscotch budino. Guests can view the full menu and make reservations online.

The same dishes are also available for curbside pick-up throughout the weekend, Feb. 12-14. Guests can place their orders online for pick-up Feb. 12-14. Holiday hours will be Feb. 12-13 from 5 to 9 p.m.; and Feb. 14 from 4 to 9 p.m.

Kawa Japanese Restaurant
325 W. Silver Spring Dr., Whitefish Bay, (414) 249-5750
kawamke.com
Kawa will be offering a take-out and delivery special on Feb. 12-14 featuring guests’ choice off any four rolls and an order of sashimi or sushi for just $68 (includes a split of sparkling rose and a chocolate treat). Specials are available while supplies last.

Kawa Ramen & Sushi
2321 N. Murray Ave., (414)-800-7979
kawaramensushi.com
Kawa will be open for dine-in service Feb. 12-14 from noon to 8:30 p.m. with take-out available until 9 p.m. Features include a special craft cocktail, the Kentucky Kiss (bourbon, club soda, strawberry puree, maple syrup) for $8, as well as a take-out and delivery special featuring guests’ choice off any four rolls (including the Valentine’s Day appropriate Eternal Love, a heart shaped roll featuring tuna and tempura sweet potato, $15) and an order of sashimi or sushi for just $68 (includes a split of sparkling rose and a chocolate treat). Guests who dine in and spend at least $50 (pre-tax) will also receive two complimentary glasses of sparkling rose and a chocolate treat. All specials are available while supplies last.

Kin by Rice N Roll
7484 W. State St., (414) 524-9056
kinbyricenroll.com
This will be the first year that Kin won't be offering dine-in service for Valentine’s day. So, in the spirit of the holiday, they will instead be hosting a special Valentine’s Day “Pic of my Valentines 2021” Instagram contest. Guests are invited to order their Valentine’s Day meal and post a photo of themselves with their dinner and tag Kin. One photo will be chosen from all submissions on Feb.15 to receive a $50 gift card for future redemption. 

Lake Park Bistro
3133 E. Newberry Blvd., (414) 962-6300
bartolottas.com/lake-park-bistro

Lake Park Bistro will be offering both a dine-in option and a prepare-at-home meal kit for Valentine’s Day weekend. Dine-in customers can enjoy a curated four-course meal from Executive Chef Adam Siegel featuring crème de gruyere (gruyere cheese flan), soleaux buerre noissette (poached dover with brown butter), braise de bouef a la bourguignon (red wine braised beef short rib), and decadent desserts like crème brulee and gateau au chocolat (warm chocolate cake). The four-course menu is $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Guests can view the full menu and make reservations online. Holiday hours will be 5 to 9 p.m. Feb. 12-14.

For guests who are planning a special night at home, Lake Park will offer a prepare-at-home meal kit that is available for curbside pick-up package designed for two ($120 plus tax and gratuity). The kit includes offerings such potage de champignons (creamy mushroom soup), filet mignon au poivre (pan seared beef tenderloin medallion), and crème cuit (vanilla and custard with raspberry sauce). Guests can also add select bottles of wine for $40 each. Guests can view the offerings and place their orders online for pick-up on Feb. 12-14.

Lazy Susan
2378 S Howell Ave., (414) 988-7086
lazysusanmke.com
Looking for an experiential dinner for two? Lazy Susan will be offering a Valentine’s Day date night featuring a Zoom cooking class that will walk you and your significant other through the process of cooking up an indulgent dinner for two ($90). The menu includes butternut squash crostini with caramelized shallot jam; kale salad with buttermilk honey dressing, celery and candied walnuts; seared sea scallops with blood orange salsa and white chocolate parsnip puree; and flourless chocolate cake. Pick up everything you need for your dinner date on Saturday, Feb. 13 between 3 and 5 p.m. and then log in for the class on Sunday, Feb. 14 from 3 to 5 p.m. Gluten-free meals are available upon request. Email lazyreservations@gmail.com to place your order.

Meat on the Street
Eleven25 at the Pabst, 1125 N. 9th St., (414) 477-6717
motscatering.com
Meat on the Street is offering three different options for your Valentine's Day weekend feast. The first is a Valentine's Day  deluxe package thhat feeds two (plus meals for a few days) or four with leftovers for $115; it includess a bit of  just about everything at a discount (regular price would be $160). A second option is a build-your-own Valentine's Day meal with a heart shaped garlic rice heart to which you can add your choice of additions (pricing starts at just $10). The third option is their popular meat bouquets, an option they launched for Father's Day last year.  Small bouquets include five meat kebabs for $17.50; medium  bouquets include 10 kebbabs for $37.50; and extra large bouquets include 25 kebabs for $81.50. Pre-orders are encouraged and can be placed online for  pick-up on Feb. 11, 12 or 13 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. All offerings are available while supplies last.

Miss Molly’s Cafe & Pastry Shop
9201 W. Center St., (414) 249-5665
missmollyscafe.com
Treat your Val/Pal/Gal-entine to a fancy dinner for two, a relaxed brunch in bed, or simply dessert this Valentine’s weekend. Miss Molly’s is offering all of those options for carry-out. Valentine’s Day dinner for two (available for pick-up on Feb. 13 from 4-6 p.m.) includes seafood and roasted red pepper bisque with dinner rolls; grapefruit and pistachio salad (mixed greens, fennel, toasted pistachios, grapefruit segments, shaved parmesan and white balsamic vinaigrette); red wine braised short ribs with goat cheese polenta; plus two desserts (chocolate pot de creme with fresh berries and citrus shortbread; and carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and spiced pecans). Dinner is $120. Orders must be placed online by Feb. 7 at noon for pick-up on Feb. 13.

Brunch in Bed for Two (available for pick-up on Feb. 14 from 8-10 a.m.) includes two individual 6” quiche (bacon, leek, and swiss OR roasted tomato, chevre and fresh herbs); mixed greens with housemade lemon vinaigrette; fresh fruit (pineapple, melon, berries); one slice creme fraiche & berries coffee cake; and one slice cinnamon swirl coffee cake ($40). Add two mimosas for an extra $15. Orders must be placed online by Feb. 7 at noon for pick-up on Feb. 14.

Dessert duos include one chocolate pot de creme with fresh berries and citrus shortbread; and one slice of carrot cake with cream cheese frosting and spiced pecans ($15). Duos are packaged in a handled bag with ribbon are available for pick-up anytime Feb. 13 or 14 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Orders must be placed online by Feb. 7 at noon.

Moxie
501 E. Silver Spring Dr., (414) 204-8980
eatatmoxie.com
Moxie will be offering a pasta special for Valentine's Day weekend, available via curbside pick-up: Crab-stuffed shrimp and pasta with white wine casino butter sauce and a pairing of Angel & Cowboys rose. Grab a drink at the MOXIE patio speakeasy while you wait for your food!

Mr. B's –A Bartolotta Steakhouse
18380 W. Capitol Dr., Brookfield, (262) 790-7005
bartolottas.com/mr-b-s-steakhouse/brookfield

Mr. B’s Brookfield will be offering both a dine-in and curbside pick-up option for Valentine’s Day weekend. Dine-in specials from Executive Chef Amanda Langler include baked oysters, bacon wrapped ribeye with shrimp oscar, and Surf & Turf for two. Guests can view the full menu and make reservations online. Holiday weekend hours are 5-9 p.m. Feb. 12-14.

A special valentine's day curbside pick-up menu is also available featuring items like crab cakes; shrimp cocktail; crab and artichoke salad; shellfish bisque; prime cowgirl ribeye; Wagyu flat iron; salmon; lobster tails and more. View the full menu and place your order online for pick-up Feb. 12-14.

Mr. B's – A Bartolotta Steakhouse
11120 N. Cedarburg Rd., (262) 518-5500
bartolottas.com/mr-b-s-steakhouse/mequon

Mr. B's Mequon (which reopens Feb. 4) will be offering dine-in specials for Valentine’s Day weekend. Created by Executive Chef Amber Dorszynski, offerings include Maine lobster salad, 14-ounce Wagyu New York strip steak, and lemon pots de crème, available Feb. 12-14. Guests can view the full menu and make reservations online. Curbside pick-up will also be available. View the menu and place your order online.

North Shore Boulangerie
4401 N. Oakland Ave., (414) 963-2153
11120 Weston Dr., Mequon
(opened Jan. 27)
northshoreboulangerie.com
Both North Shore Boulangerie locations will be offering a hot carry-out meal for Valentine’s Day. The four-course meal  ($85 per person) includes bacon wrapped filet mignon, lobster thermador, a vegetable tart, flourless chocolate cake and a rose. Pre-order online by Feb. 11 for pick-up on Feb. 14.

Odd Duck
2352 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 763-5881
oddduckrestaurant.com
Odd Duck is offering a very special heat-and-eat three course meal with paired beverages for each course (dinner serves two for $130). The menu includes salad laitue (Lone Duck lettuce, apple, blue cheese, hazelnut, pickled onion, crouton, sherry vinaigrette) paired with a blood orange French 75 or blood orange tonic (NA); lobster thermidor (baked lobster with mushrooms in sherry truffle cream sauce, topped with toasty breadcrumbs and served with potato galette) paired with L'Ecole Chardonnay or sparkling apple cider (NA); and dark chocolate orange truffles paired with a choice of rye whiskey, raspberry and coffee cocktail or raspberry mocha cold brew (NA). Pre-order your meal online (quantities are limited) for pick-up on Feb. 14 between 2 and 5 p.m. 

Ono Kine Grindz
7215 W. North Ave., (414) 778-0727
okgrindz.com
Ono Kine Grindz will be offering a special Valentine’s Day dinner box (serves two to three for $75; or four to six for $150) for pick-up Feb. 12-14. Boxes include ahi poke limu inamona; shrimp and salmon bisque; shrimp shumai; pork potstickers; Redondo Portuguese sausage; three dipping sauces; a salad of palm hearts, artichoke hearts, star fruit, li hing pineapple, berries and passion fruit dressing; char siu chicken; kalua pig; shaved prime rib bulgogi beef; and sides of Chinese gai-lan (broccoli) with oyster sauce; li hing carrot-pineapple slaw; and purple sticky rice. Desserts include Liliha bakery coco puff and passion fruit cake. Boxes must be pre-ordered by phone for pick-up on Feb. 12 from 4 to 8 p.m.;  Feb. 13 from noon to 8 p.m. or Feb. 14 from 4 to 7 p.m.

The Pasta Tree
1503 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 276-8867
pastatreemilwaukee.com
The Pasta Tree will be offering dine-in service (reservation only) Feb. 12-14, plus a special Valentine's Day weekend romantic take-and-bake dinner for two ($150) featuring chocolate raspberry martinis; a lobster ravioli kit; two pancetta-wrapped beef tenderloins; arugla fennel salad with crispy prosciutto and truffle vinaigrette; housemade tiramisu; Valentine's Day biscotti; a  package of the Pasta Tree's Lovers Special blend coffee; and a bottle of prosecco.  Orders must be placed online by Feb. 11 for pick-up Feb. 12-14.

Dine-in reservations can also be made online or by phone; a $20 deposit per person is required; the deposit will be applied directly toward your dinner bill on the evening of service. The Pasta Tree's full menu will be available, plus numerous aphrodisiacal specials. The restaurant will also be decked out in roses and balloons for the perfect "Sex in the City" vibe. Valentine's Day weekend hours are Friday and Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Rice N Roll Bistro
1952 N. Farwell Ave., (414) 220-9944
rice-n-roll-bistro.business.site
This will be the first year that Rice n Roll won't be offering dine-in service for Valentine’s day. So, in the spirit of the holiday, they will instead be hosting a special Valentine’s Day “Pic of my Valentines 2021” Instagram contest. Guests are invited to order their Valentine’s Day meal and post a photo of themselves with their dinner and tag Rice n Roll. One photo will be chosen from all submissions on Feb.15 to receive a $50 gift card for future redemption. 

Ristorante Bartolotta
7616 W. State St., Wauwatosa, (414) 771-7910
bartolottas.com/ristorante-bartolotta
Ristorante will be offering both a dine-in option and a prepare-at-home meal kit for Valentine’s Day weekend. Executive Chef Juan Urbieta will transport dine-in guests to Italy’s Südtirol (South Tyrol) region in the latest chapter in the “Un Viaggio in Italia” (Tour of Italy) series. Inspired by the unique culture of the Italian Alps, the traditional South Tyrolean four-course menu is $75 per person, plus service charge and tax. Guests can view the full menu and make reservations online. Holiday hours are Feb. 12 and 13 from 4 to 8 p.m. and Feb. 14 from 4 to 9 p.m.

Those who would prefer a meal for two at home can pick up an indulgent multi-course prepare-at-home meal including salad of field greens, pappardelle pasta with duck ragu, Venetian-style spiced braised beef, and classic tiramisu ($120 for two, plus tax and gratuity). View the full menu and place your order online for pick-up Feb. 12-14.

Rupena’s Catering
7641 Beloit Rd., West Allis, (414) 543-7447
rupenas.com

Rupena's is offering a ready-to-eat Valentine's Day dinner for two featuring two grilled porterhouse steaks; double baked potato souffle; fresh vegetable medley; dinner rolls and a choice of carrot cake or tiramisu for dessert. Each dinner includes a rose. Pre-order by  phone before Feb. 10.

Sabrosa Cafe & Gallery
3216 S. Howell Ave., (312) 834-1929
sabrosa.cafe
Sabrosa will be offering a special brunch menu on Valentine’s Day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for dine-in, carry-out, curbside pick-up and local delivery. Options will include signature cinnamon rolls, cowboy cookies and chocolate scones along with featured dishes like a crab cake benedict ($15.95); breakfast chorizo pastry with country sausage gravy ($13.95); corned beef hash and eggs ($15.95); chocolate and Door County cherry waffles with chocolate sauuce, cherry compote, almonds and whipped cream ($12.95); and chocolate and strawberry pancakes with strawberry compote, milk chocolate sauce and whipped cream ($12.95). Drink specials will include $5 strawberry and mango bellinis and bloody marys.

Sala Modern Sicilian
2613 E. Hampshire St., (414) 964-2611
saladining.com
Sala will be offering a variety of Valentine’s Day specials for dine-in, carry-out, curbside pick-up and delivery Friday through Sunday, Feb. 12-14. Specials include lobster ravioli with basil cream sauce ($32.95); halibut with roasted pepper puree ($32.95); veal piccata with caper white wine sauce ($32.95) and a six-ounce tenderloin with rosemary butter, sauteed mushrooms and Yukon hasselback potato ($32.95). They will also offer a three-course dinner for two (includes house salad, a choice of two special entrees, tiramisu and a bottle of wine) for $150.  Pre-order your carry-out meal by Feb. 12 at 2 p.m. for pick-up on Valentine’s Day; or call the restaurant directly for dine-in reservations.

Sanford
1547 N. Jackson St., (414) 276-9608
sanfordrestaurant.com
Sanford will be offering a four-course heat-and-eat dinner for two ($120) for curbside pick-up Valentine’s Day weekend (choice of Feb. 12 or Feb. 13). The menu includes seared scallops “Rockefeller” with roasted potatoes, scalded spinach and herb lemon cream; curried pumpkin bisque garnished with sweet potato, apple and raisin; mushroom dusted beef striploin with grilled romaine and mushrooms, maple mascarpone polenta and red wine mushroom reduction; and chocolate dried cherry espresso cake with cherry preserves and hot fudge. Orders can be placed online now for pick-up on Feb. 12 between 4 and 8 p.m. or Feb. 13 between 2 and 8 p.m. Important to note: When ordering, choosing “one guest” will get you one Valentine’s Day dinner for two people.

Saz's State House
5539 W. State St., (414) 453-2410
sazs.com
Saz’s will be offering both a carry-out special through Saz's catering or dine-in service at Saz’s State House for Valentine’s Day weekend. Their carry-out dinner for two  ($125) features duck confit crostini; heirloom beet salad; steak bordelaise and lemon scallops with confit fingerling potatoes and asparagus; and chocolate cake with Kahlua white chocolate mousse, berries and whipped cream. Add-ons include a special cheese and charcuterie plate and a selection of wines. View the full menu online and place your order online for pick-up at Saz’s Catering, 201 W. Walker St. Feb. 12-14.

The dine-in menu at Saz’s State House includes specials like creamy crab bisque ($5/$7) cheese and sausage platter with accoutrements ($14); colossal lump crab stuffed baby portabella mushrooms ($11); 8 oz filet mignon, risotto and  fire roasted vegetables ($25);  parmesan crusted salmon with basil pesto, risotto and fire roasted vegetables ($25); beet risotto with fire roasted vegetables ($18, add chicken for +$3 or shrimp +$4). Desserts will include white chocolate raspberry pie or Reese's peanut butter cup pie ($6.50 each). Reservations are required; make yours by calling (414) 453-2410 or emailing events@sazs.com.

Screaming Tuna
106 W. Seeboth St., (414) 763-1637
Mequon Public Market, 6300 W. Mequon Rd., (262) 643-4385

screamingtuna.com
Screaming Tuna will be offering their popular sushi rolling kits for Valentine’s Day. Kits are $50-$55 and include everything needed to make four delicious sushi rolls at home, complete with a video tutorial (you’ll just need to supply a sharp knife). Rolls include wasabi tua, spicy salmon, mango and Cali (or King Crab for gluten-free diners), Add-ons (like appetizers, sparkling wine and desserts) are also available to enhance your date night sushi-rolling experience. Kits are available to order online (until sold out); schedule your pick-up time when you order. Order from Milwaukee location. Order from Mequon Public Market.

Strange Town
2101 N. Prospect Ave., (414) 885-0404
strangetownmke.com
Strange Town will be hosting their fourth annual music themed Valentine’s Day pre fixe dinner featuring five special courses and drink pairings ($75 per person). This year, each course and drink is inspired by a favorite 60’s soul love song. To maintain guest safety and observe proper social distancing, seating is very limited and reservations are required. Guests have a choice off two seatings (5:30 p.m. or 8 p.m.) Reservations can be made by phone or in person. 

Triciclo Peru
3801 W. Vliet St., (414) 239-8388
tricicloperumke.com
Triciclo Peru on Vliet will be offering a Wine & Dine (In or Out!) special featuring half-price wines on both Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 13-14). Reservations for dine-in can be made by phone at (414) 239-8388. Curbside orders can be made by phone or online. 

Trouble & Sons Pizzeria
133 E. Silver Spring Dr., Whitefish Bay, (414) 800-5015
troubleandsonspizzeria.com
Trouble & Sons will be offering both dine-in and curbside pick-up for Valentine's Day weekend with hours Feb. 12-14 frromm 4:30 to 8 p.m. To celebrate the holiday and the re-opening of their dining room, they will be rolling out a dessert special of red velvet cake. Reservations are recommended for dine-in.

The White House
2900 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., (414) 897-0495
whitehousebayview.com
The White House will be offering a special Valentine’s Day menu for dine-in. The menu will feature options including first courses of White House salad, mushroom ragu, sea scallops and a cheese board as well as entrees of beef tenderloin, duck breast, veal osso bucco and Dover sole. Desserts will include white chocolate and raspberry tart, creme brulee or chocolate covered strawberries. Reservations can be made by calling (414) 897-0495.

Village Cheese Shop
1430 Underwood Ave., (414) 488-53213

villagecheesetosa.com
Village Cheese Shop will be offering two special packages for Valentine's Day: a special cheese board with  a selection of five cheeses, three meats, accompaniments, chocolate treats, and a bottle of rosé ($65); or a fondue kit for two featuring a fondue recipe, ingredients, house dippers and an instructional video to walk you through making it ($40, serves two or three as an appetizer). Wines for pairing are also available. Call to place your order for pick-up on Feb. 12 or Feb. 13 between 3 and 6 p.m.

Wy'east Pizza 
5601 W. Vliet St., (414) 943-3278
wyeastpizza.com
Wy’East will be offering Valentine’s Day pizza specials for curbside pick-up on Feb. 14. Pre-orders can be placed online beginning Wednesday, Feb. 10 until sold out. 

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.