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Our Top 10 Picks for Valentine’s Day in Boulder

If you’re over the trite stuffed animals and rotting roses, we feel your pain. The only way to our hearts is through our stomachs anyway, so here’s our list of top Valentine’s Day dining events in Boulder. Because what’s sexier than delicious local bites, full glasses, flowing conversation, and coming home to a perfectly clean kitchen? (The answer here is obviously “nothing.”) Let’s dig in.

Jill’s Restaurant {Saint Julien Hotel & Spa, 900 Walnut Street, Boulder; 720.406.7399} is bringing the love from February 10-14 with a three-course menu that’s $54.95 per person. Enjoy options like their irresistible Baby Beet and Citrus Salad, Beef Fillet with butter poached lobster tail, and Valrhona Chocolate and Red Velvet Layer Cake. Wine pairing is also available. Call to reserve your spot.

Celebrate the love of a full belly with refined Northern Italian fare at Frasca Food and Wine {1738 Pearl Street, Boulder; 303.442.6966}. On Tuesday, February 14, this upscale eatery is offering a four-course menu with two options per course for $125 per person. Optional wine flights are also available for $98 per person. Visit their website or call to make a reservation.

Root your night in rich Boulder history at the Roadhouse Boulder Depot {2366 Junction Place, Boulder; 303.443.2167}. This casual yet cozy favorite is offering several special Valentine’s entrées, like the Grilled Fillet in red wine syrup, served with mushroom gnocchi and sautéed spinach ($34) or Seared Scallops in a carrot-lobster reduction over roasted spaghetti squash with a side of dressed arugula ($35). Add a few glasses of wine—and an order of Chocolate Mousse with sea salt and fresh whipped cream—for a date you won’t soon forget.

Wild Standard {1043 Pearl Street, Boulder; 720.638.4800} is serving up an irresistible three-course Valentine’s feast. To warm up, start with an order of oysters for only $2.50-$3.75 each. Then dive into the prix fixe menu for two ($55 per person), which pairs perfectly with their signature cocktail menu. On the dinner menu, you’ll find inventive dishes like Wild Alaskan King Salmon Tartare, Espresso-Rubbed Grass-Finished Retise Filet with Beef Cheek Bourguignon, Curry Red Rock Snapper with prawns and muscles, and the Mi Amere—a chef-inspired chocolate tasting.

Enjoy delicacies of the land and sea at Jax Fish House and Oyster Bar {928 Pearl Street, Boulder; 303.441.1811} for $75 per person. This special five-course menu from Chef de Cuisine Sam Parrett features sustainably-sourced meat and fish including French Kiss Oysters, Gin-cured Salmon and Red Velvet Joconde. And it wouldn’t be V-Day without libations—wine pairings are available for an additional $35 per person. The prix fixe dinner starts at 4pm, and for those looking to sample, an abbreviated à la carte menu will be available at the bar.

Head to Centro Mexican Kitchen & Refreshment Palace {950 Boulder Street, Boulder; 303.442.7771} for a romantic Dia de Amore dinner for you and your sweetheart. For only $55 per couple, you’ll get to choose from Mexican favorites like Carne Asada, Butterfish, Poc Chuc, Plantanos Helado, and Tres Leches Cake. A signature cocktail pairing is also available upon request. While reservations aren’t required, it’d be a shame to miss this one. Call ahead to snag your spot.

Looking for something a little more non-traditional? The West End Tavern {926 Pearl Street, Boulder; 303.444.3535} is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a romantic BBQ special affectionately called ‘Share the Love! Butcher Block for Two’. Here hungry couples can enjoy pulled pork, sliced brisket, St. Louis cut ribs, classic homemade sides, and more, served family-style for sharing. This flat out feast is only $35 for two or $69 for four. The bar will also be serving several special drinks, including Lefthand Bittersweet On Nitro and Chocolate Martinis.

Zolo Grill {2525 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder; 303.449.0444} is offering a romantic five-course fixed menu of Southwestern specialties. Here you’ll find favorites such as Kumamoto Oysters, Shrimp Pasilla Bisque, Avocado Fundito, Seared Scallops, Strawberry Tamales, and Mezcal Kumquat Tarts. Dinner is $55 per person, and additional drink pairings are also available to compliment the meal. Call ahead to reserve your spot.

The ornately beautiful Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse {1770 13th Street, Boulder; 303.442.4993} is an ideal place to enjoy an elevated Valentine’s Day dinner. Their four-course Valentine’s Day menu includes mouthwatering options like Wagyu Beef Tataki, Roasted Carrot Soup, Ginger Garlic Lobster, and Chocolate Ravioli with cannoli filling, vanilla bean sauce, raspberry powder, and chocolate shavings. Call to reserve your spot.

A locally-sourced favorite, Cork {3295 30th Street, Boulder; 303.443.9505} is offering a three-course Valentine’s Day dinner for $57 per person. Casual, fresh, and modern, this is an ideal place for your sweetie. Choose from entrées like All Natural Prime Rib, New Zealand King Salmon, and Rack of Lamb, and desserts like Crème Brulee, Affogato, and New York Cheesecake.

By Alexis Methven, Contributor