Enjoy Valentine's dining at Utah eateries
Valentine's Day may be Thursday, Feb. 14, but many Utah restaurants are offering romantic dining specials all week long. It's welcome news for those who want to avoid the crowds on one of the busiest dining days of the year.
If you want to celebrate early, make reservations for the "Deadly Sins" wine event on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Meditrina, 1394 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City. For its monthly wine social, chef and owner Jennifer Gilroy will create four different culinary creations, each one pays homage to one of her favorite deadline sins: gluttony, wrath, envy and lust. The social runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Food is $20. Wine is an additional $20. Call 801-503-0362 for a reservation.
"It's kind of the "anti-Valentine's" day," Gilroy explained. "I thought about doing the seven virtues, but that was kind of boring. So we ended up with deady sins, which goes so well with food and wine."
Tin Angel Cafe, at 365 W. 400 South, Salt Lake City, will offer its popular four-course Black Out dinner Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 14-16. Guests who order the dinner are blindfolded for the second course. For the special offering, chef/owner Jerry Liedtke usually creates something with unique textures and tastes to test your senses. Cost for the Black Out dinner is $40. Wine pairings are an additional $25. The restaurant's regular menu will also be available. Call 801-328-4155 for a reservation.
MacCool's Public House, which has locations in Salt Lake City, Layton and Ogden, is offering a "Three Days of Love" menu. It's available Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 14-16 until 11 p.m., and includes soup, choice of entrÃ©e and dessert for $27. Choices include lobster bisque soup with a floating sausage, seared sea bass encrusted with coriander and cumin, and Snake River Farms flank steak with a chocolate-espresso rub.
The America West Heritage Center in Logan has scheduled a dinner and a show in the opera house on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 14 and 15. Dinner begins at 6 p.m., with a show beginning at 7:30 p.m. Guests can enjoy a wagon ride to and from the venue, escorted by staff in period attire. Tickets are $55 per couple. To attend the show only, it's $25 per couple. Make reservations by Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 435-245-6050.
There are many more restaurants celebrating Valentine's day on Feb. 14 and throughout the weekend. No matter what day you go, don't wait to make your reservations.
SALT LAKE VALLEY
Alta Lodge • 10230 E. Little Cottonwood Canyon Road, Alta; 801-742-3500. Serving a four-course dinner from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is $40-$45 per person, and includes soup, salad, choice of entrÃ©e and dessert.
Bambara • 202 South Main St., Salt Lake City: 801-363-5454. Regular menu, plus specials available Feb. 14-16. Dinner served starting at 5:30 p.m.
CafÃ© Trio • Downtown, 680 S. 900 East and Cottonwood, 6405 S. 3000 East, Salt Lake City; 801-533-8746. Both locations open from 4 to 10 p.m., serving from the restaurant's regular menu, plus holiday specials. Prices from $15-$30.
Caffe Niche • 779 E. 300 South, Salt Lake City; 801-433-3380. Serving a $50 set-price dinner, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
California Pizza Kitchen • 156 S. 400 West, The Gateway, Salt Lake City; 801-456-0075. Dinner for two, includes one appetizer, two entrees and dessert for $30. Available Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 14-17.
Cannella's • 204 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City; 801-355-8518. Serving a special menu with two-, three- and four-course options, priced from $25-$40 per person from 5 to 10 p.m. Reservations accepted.
Cedars of Lebanon • 152 E. 200 South, Salt Lake City; 801-364-4096. Serving 3-course dinner that includes soup or salad, entree dessert for $30 a person. Vegan and vegetarian option available. Entertainment includes live band and bellydancers
Elevations • 75 S. West Temple, inside the Marriott Hotel at City Creek, 801-537-6023. Serving a three-course dinner for two that includes soup or salad, Gorgonzola rib-eye steak and shrimp and dessert. Cost is $50 per couple.
Faustina • 454 E. 300 South, Salt Lake City; 801-746-4441. Serving a five-course dinner for $50. Open for dinner at 5:30 p.m. Specials available Feb. 15-17.
Dojo Restaurant and Sushi Bar • 423 W. 300 South, Salt Lake City; 801-328-3333. Serving a three-course, set-price meal for $50 a couple. Open from 5:30 to 10 p.m.
Finca • 1291 S. 1100 East, Salt Lake City; 801-487-0699. Serving a four-course tasting menu with three to four options per course. Vegetarian options available. Dinner is $45, optional wine pairings $35. Seatings from 5 to 10 p.m.
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse • 20 S. 400 West, Salt Lake City; 801-355-3704. The restaurant's Valentine's Day celebration menu is available for four nights, Feb. 14-17, for $69.96 per person. Includes appetizer, amuse and choice of lobster with macaroni and cheese, or beef tenderloin and asparagus.
Fratelli Ristorante • 9236 S. Village Shop Dr., Sandy; 801-495-4550. Five-course wine dinner available; $40 for food, with optional wine pairings an additional $40.
Fresco Italian Cafe • 1513 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City; 801-486-1300. Open 5 to 10 p.m. Serving regular menu plus specials.
Frida Bistro • 545 W. 700 South, Salt Lake City; 801-983-6692. Serving a four-course menu with gluten-free and vegan options for $50. Optional wine pairings available for $20. Seatings available at 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Grand America's Garden Cafe • 555 S. Main, Salt Lake City; 801-258-6708. Serving a five-course dinner for $49 per person.
La Caille • 9565 S. Wasatch Blvd., Sandy; 801-942-1751. Open from 4 to 9 p.m., with a special edition of the regular menu. Prices are a la carte.
Left Fork Grill • 68 W. 3900 South, Salt Lake City; 801-266-4322. Open 4 to 8 p.m. Serving regular menu plus specials.
The Little America Hotel Steakhouse • 500 South Main, Salt Lake City, 801-596-5704. Four-course dinner available Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 14-16. Cost is $45 per person or $85 per couple.
Log Haven • 6451 E. Millcreek Canyon Road, Salt Lake City; 801-272-8255. Regular dinner menu plus holiday specials available from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, Feb. 13-16. Live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.
Lugano • 3364 S. 2300 East, Salt Lake City; 801-412-9994. A five-course Venetian-inspired tasting menu will be available Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 13-14. Includes several options for each course. Cost is $59 per person.
Market Street Broiler • 260 S. 1300 East, Salt Lake City; 801-583-8808. Serving regular menu, plus half-price oysters Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 14-16.
Market Street Grill and Oyster Bars • 48 W. Market St. (340 South), Salt Lake City; 2985 East Cottonwood Pkwy., Cottonwood Heights; and 10702 South River Front Pkwy., South Jordan. Serving regular menu plus half-price oysters Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 14-16.
Martine Cafe • 22 E. 100 South, Salt Lake City; 801-363-9328. Serving a four-course set-price dinner beginning at 5 p.m. Cost is $50 per person. Last seating at 10 p.m.
New Yorker • 56 W. Market St., (340 South), Salt Lake City; 801-363-0166. Open from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Serving regular menu plus spicy lobster fra diavolo, made with two whole Maine lobsters, with a portion size for sharing. Cost is $44.
Oasis Cafe • 151 S. 500 East, Salt Lake City; 801-322-0404. Serving a four-course dinner for $40. Seating begins at 5 p.m. Specials available Feb. 15-17.
Pago • 878 S. 900 East, Salt Lake City; 801-532-0777. Serving a four-course menu of classics for $60 per person. Seatings from 5 to 10 p.m.
Paris Bistro • 1500 S. Emerson (1500 East), Salt Lake City; 801-486-5585. Serving a five-course Parisian dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Cost is $74.95 per person plus tax and 20 percent service charge.
Roots Cafe • 3474 S. 2300 East, Salt Lake City; 801-277-6499. Serving a four-course dinner for $52-$58 on Thursday Feb. 14 and Saturday, Feb. 16. Seatings from 5 to 9 p.m.
Ruth's Diner • 4160 Emigration Canyon Road, Salt Lake City; 801 582-5807. Regular menu, plus specials available from 4 to 9 p.m.
Silver Fork Lodge • 11332 E. Big Cottonwood Canyon Road, Salt Lake City; 801-533-9977. Serving regular menu plus specials. Prices from $11 to $34.
Snowbird Ski Resort • Little Cottonwood Canyon, Salt Lake City; 801-933-2181. The Aerie in the Cliff Lodge will be offering a five-course set price dinner for $70. Reservations available from 5 to 9 p.m. The Lodge Bistro, in the The Lodge at Snowbird, will be serving dinner from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Starters from $9-$12, entrees $23-$60. The Wildflower restaurant in the Iron Blosam Lodge, is offering a three-course dinner for $45. Served from 5 to 10 p.m.
Tucanos Brazilian Grill • 162 S. 400 West, The Gateway, Salt Lake City; 801-456-2550. Regular menu plus additional holiday specials. Lunch, $18.95, dinner $26.95.
Wild Grape Bistro • 481 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City; 801-746-5565. Enjoy a four-course dinner for two for $40 per person Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 14-17. Regular menu also available. Opens at 5 p.m.
Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill • 191 S. Rio Grade, The Gateway, Salt Lake City; 801-456-0450. Three-course dinner for $33-$42 available Thursday-Sunday, Feb. 14-17.
PARK CITY / HEBER
APEX at Montage Deer Valley • 9100 Marsac Ave., Park City; 435-604-1300. Serving a five-course set price dinner for $95 per person.
Escala Provisions Co. • 3551 N. Escala Court, at the Hyatt Escala Lodge, Park City; 435-940-1234. Serving a four-course dinner for $69.
Grub Steak • 2093 Sidewinder Drive, Prospector Square, Park City; 435-649-8060. Serving a three-course dinner from 5 to 9:30 p.m. for $47.75 per person.
Park City Pizza Co. • 1612 Ute Blvd., Park City; 435-649-1591. Enjoy a heart-shaped pizza with a two-liter soda for $14.99.
Red Rock at Kimball Junction • 1640 W. Redstone Center Drive, Park City; 435-575-0295. Serving regular menu with specials.
Reef's • 710 Main St., Park City; 435-658-0323. Chef's tasting menu available for $55 per person for parties of two or more. Opens at 5:30 p.m.
Shabu • 442 Main St., Park City; 435-645-7253. Serving a four-course dinner for $120 per couple. Reservations available starting at 5 p.m.
Slopes at Waldorf Astoria • 2100 Frostwood Drive, Park City; 435-647-5566. Serving a five-course dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. Cost is $119 per person.
Spin Cafe • 220 North Main St., Heber City; 435-654-0251. A 1970s dinner with a "Love Boat" theme. Specials priced from $11.95 to $18.95. Regular dinner menu also available. Seatings from 5 to 8:30 p.m.
Table One • 201 Heber Ave., inside the Sky Lodge, Park City; 435-658-9427. Offering the restaurant's regular menu as well as a five-course couples for $90.
Yama Sushi at Montage Deer Valley • 9100 Marsac Ave., Park City; 435-604-1300. Offering a five-course dinner for $75. Children's portion available for $35.
OGDEN / DAVIS COUNTY
Jasoh! Prime & Pub • 195 Historic 25th St., second floor, Ogden; 801-399-0088. Offering a six-course set-price dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Cost is $75 per person.
Mandarin • 348 E. 900 North, Bountiful; 801-298-2406. One night only: reservations for two people. Specials include appetizer sampler for two for $8.99; and dessert sampler for two, $9.99.
Two Bit Street Cafe • 125 Historic 25th St., Ogden; 801-393-1225. Offering a four-course dinner for two for $49.95 per couple. Available 5 to 9 p.m.
Zucca Tratoria • 1479 E. 5600 South, South Ogden; 801-475-7077. Offering a special Valentine's day menu on Friday and Saturday Feb. 8-9 and Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 14-16.
Thanksgiving Point • 3003 Thanksgiving Way, Lehi; 801-768-4900. Dinner and dancing to live music in the show barn. Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets $50 in advance, $55 day of. Members get $5 discount.
Tree Room at Sundance • 8841 N. Alpine Loop Road, Sundance Resort; 866-627-8313. Serving a five-course tasting menu for $87 per person. Seating beginning at 5 p.m.