Valentine's Day Dining Round-Up By Katie Brown

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This Valentine's Day, a romantic dinner doesn't have to mean doilies and cherubs and heart-shaped boxes. Below are three Austin eateries offering a memorable prix-fixe menus, sans ubiquitous pink palette. 

310 Congress Avenue
(512) 345-1042
10201 Jollyville Road
(512) 345-1042

Manuel’s Mexican Restaurant presents a special three-course “Amor Menu” from Friday, February 10 to Tuesday, February 14. And the best part? This menu is both mouthwatering and wallet-friendly. Guests have a choice between two appetizers, three entrees and two desserts for only $35 a person, excluding tax and gratuity. Guest can look forward to decadent dishes such as jumbo blue crab leg enchiladas and a grilled premium angus beef tenderloin. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made on the restaurant’s website or by phone. 

Vivo Lakecreek Tex/Mex
12233 Ranch Road 620 N #105
(512) 331-4660

At Vivo Lakecreek Restaurant, acclaimed Chef Paul Petersen serves up a special Valentine’s Day menu that puts a sophisticated spin on southwestern cuisine. The five-course menu stars elegant dishes such as lobster sopapillas and petit tenderloin with spicy chipotle mashed potatoes and rich cabernet butter. Top the meal off with Chef Petersen’s decadent red velvet cake dressed with house-made chocolate icing. Also available is the special selected wine pairings chosen from Vivo’s unique and exceptional 42-bottle wine list. Not feeling wine? No problem. Diners can also choose from any of Vivo’s specially concocted Valentine’s Day cocktails. Diners are encouraged to make reservations by calling or by visiting Vivo's website

200 Lavaca St.
(512) 542-3660

This year, TRACE at the W Austin offers not one, but two Valentine’s Day menus for couples to enjoy. The first is a three-course menu featuring delectable dishes like roasted chicken soup or roast rib eye and braised short rib. And for all you vegetarians out there, TRACE is also offering a second, vegetarian menu option. This menu includes three courses as well, bursting with flavorful dishes, such as fennel apple soup or butternut squash ravioli. For dessert, both menus offer a butterscotch budino, a rich chocolate nutella torte or a champagne float. Dinner will be offered for $65 a person- $90 a person when paired with wine. Guests also receive complimentary petit fours with their meal. Please call for reservations. Both menus are available for viewing on their website

Lakeway Resort and Spa
Sleepless in Seattle
101 Lakeway Dr.
(512) 261 6600

If you’re looking to get away from the bustle of the city, Lakeway Resort and Spa offers the perfect option. Overlooking the shores of Lake Travis, the resort will be hosting a special “Sleepless in Seattle” movie and dinner overnight stay on Saturday, February 11th. Executive Chef Jeff Axline has crafted a menu featuring the best of both surf and turf and inspired by the classic film. Kick off the evening with Dungeness Crab Cakes and Smoked Pacific Salmon, before sampling the Pan-Roasted Duck Breast and—the star of the show—a Grilled Filet of Beef, Lobster and Butternut Squash Risotto. Finish off the meal with a chocolate mousse cake, spread with a decadent chocolate ganache. Be sure to book your “Sleepless in Seattle” package before February 11, using the code 2012VDAY.

Travaasa is for Lovers
1300 FM Rd.. 2769
(512) 248 7243

True to the resort’s commitment to one-of-a-kind experiential getaways, Travaasa Austin offers a romantic journey for two this Valentine’s Day. Foodies won’t want to miss the series of culinary demonstrations, including the Aphrodisiac, Breakfast in Bed, and Romantic Dinner for Two. Enjoy a selection of wine and cheese upon check-in and be ready to don your chef’s whites! Other classes include Partner Yoga, Romantic Dance, and Relationship Strentgth Challenge. This is one weekend of delectable and romantic adventures, set in the beautiful Hill Country, that you won’t want to miss. Be sure to book your two-night package online; rates begin at just $379.50 per person.



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