I've been doing extra research this year on what to do for Valentine's Day since it's my turn to plan our date. Every year we switch turns for who has to plan Valentine's Day which has always been really fun for us. Valentine's Day is to celebrate the both of us right? I'm still narrowing my search down to where we will go, but I wanted to share some places that we've really enjoyed over the years and some new places! So here are my top places to dine on Valentine's Day.
There's one restaurant we've been to multiple times for Valentine's Day and we both swear by it. It's Caffe Boa in Tempe tucked away on Mill. I usually stick to the Ravioli Zucca and they have really interesting cocktails to choose from. You can't go wrong sitting inside or outside, both are wonderful atmospheres.
House of Tricks is actually where Chris and I went on one of our first dates. I remember that day vividly since I decided to order ribs and soon realized there's no cute way to eat ribs. I was sure he was going to ask for the check early. This place has the cutest outside seating area amongst lots of overgrown greenery. Check out their Valentine's Day special here.
La Bocca has the best salad I've ever had. The goat cheese and pear salad is to die for paired with their specially made sangria. Ask for it mixed, (red and white), you won't be disappointed.
Clever Koi is a place to try if you're wanting something a little less traditional. They serve Chinese-American comfort food that doesn't disappoint. They also make specially crafted cocktails including the Temperance Trap.
Hanny's is right in the middle of downtown. The building once stood as a department store in 1947 being the best place to go for men's fashion until 1986. The atmosphere still tries true to the department store feel offering American fare. Don't forget to check out where the elevator once was to test your fear of heights, the bathrooms to feel like you've stepped back in time, and of course the famous spooky setting downstairs.
Cibo is the place to go for a pizza! Request a seat outside to sit under the string lights and overgrown trees. Inside is just as unique though set in a 1913 bungalow with all the old charm.
Morning Glory Cafe is placed part of The Farm at South Mountain where I recommend going for breakfast! Maybe you aren't a night owl and would prefer some fresh squeezed orange juice on a beautiful farm? You won't believe you're still in Phoenix enjoying the quiet morning outside. Bring your pet along too for some fun!
If you're looking for a place that's vegan, vegetarian, or gluten free, True Food is the spot. There are multiple locations but this particular one I think offers the best atmosphere. Im none of the things listed for food specifications and I love this place. Their unique drinks are so refreshing and tasty. Stop by iPic theaters next door after your meal and have drinks served with your movie for an even fancier night on the town.
I have yet to actually go to El Chorro, but it's a place that's on the list. It's vibrant flare and beautiful location tucked in next to Camelback mountain makes it even more enticing. Enjoy locally grown and natural ingredients in your dinner menu classics.
The Living Room is a good place to lounge and enjoy some wine. We hardly venture south of the 202 but this place is a great place to go for a night out when we don't feel like driving too far.
You wouldn't believe a bar like this exists in downtown Chandler. The Ostrich is placed underneath Crust. You'll find the unmarked doors down the stairs on the left side of the restaurant. They are open Wednesday thru Saturday at 8pm. Go here for the best cocktails around.