With February quickly approaching, it's officially time to start gearing up for every couples favourite holiday: Valentine's Day! Of course, you should always remember to show love and affection for your significant other every day of the year, but what's wrong with taking a day to show a little extra?
Even if you don't have someone to celebrate with this year, that doesn't mean you need to sit at home alone. Plan a dinner date with your best friend, or someone who means a lot to you! There's no shame in celebrating and taking advantage of this holiday that's full of love.
Admittedly, this can be a difficult holiday for some, especially those of us who have never really celebrated it before. You may be feeling a sort of pressure to plan the perfect date; something over the top and extravagant to impress that special someone in your life. Honestly though, a lot of the time that's not necessary. Some flowers, chocolates, and a romantic dinner date is more than often enough to get the job done.
If planning dinner dates isn't exactly your forte, no worries, we've got you! From Indian to Italian, Edmonton is full of romantic spots that are sure to satisfy you and your date, there's definitely no shortage of great eats in this city. Valentine's Day will be here before you know it, so you'd better act quick and get your reservations in check before it's too late!
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Where: 11011 Jasper Ave // Downtown
Why you should go: If you're looking to enjoy some great wine and small bites this V-Day, make your reservations at Tapa Vino. The menu is smaller, so you and your date won't have to spend forever deciding on what to eat, and the atmosphere is cozy and relaxed.
La Ronde Revolving Restaurant
Where: 10111 Bellamy Hill NW // Downtown
Why you should go: Talk about dinner with a view. La Ronde provides what is easily one of the best views of Downtown Edmonton, perfect for any romantic evening. The service and menu are just as elegant as the restaurant itself, making for an overall great experience.
Where: 10220 103 Street // Downtown
Type: Portugese, Spanish
Why you should go: If Downtown Edmonton is where you plan to be on the 14th, you'll want to check out Sabor. They've got a unique, ethnic menu with tasty items such as Piri Piri Prawns and Lobster Risotto.
Where: 9698 Jasper Ave NW // Downtown
Type: International, Canadian
Why you should go: The name of this spot may seem more casual, but believe us when we say that it is far from that. The inside is very modern and beautifully decorated, and the staff is always polite and helpful to ensure you have a smooth experience.
Where: 9940 106 Street NW // Downtown
Why you should go: The Marc is upscale and elegant, without being too overwhelming. If you and your date aren't looking to go all out and dress to the nine's, but still want to enjoy a delicious meal, this is your spot. Their dining menu is incredible, but be sure to save room for the Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake.
Where: 10542 Jasper Ave // Downtown
Type: Seafood, Wine Bar
Why you should go: This spot may be newer to Downtown Edmonton, but it's not any less popular. Wishbone serves up elegant and tasty renditions of all your favourite seafoods alongside an amazing wine menu.
Where: 11957 Jasper Ave // Oliver
Type: Tapas, Bar Food
Why you should go: Clementine is a super cool, old style bar that will transport you and your date back in time to a very romantic era. We've been told that you should order a Gin Fizz to drink, and the Icelandic Cod is a popular entree choice.
Where: 10132 100 Street // Downtown
Type: French, Bar Food
Why you should go: If you and your date are looking to enjoy some quality cocktails with your dinner, you'll want to head to Bar Clementine. Try your hand at a Mushroom Marmalade Grilled Cheese with your drinks.
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Where: 10065 100 Street // Downtown
Type: Seafood, Steakhouse
Why you should go: Not only do you get an incredible menu at the Confederation Lounge, you also get an amazing view of the River Valley. The ambiance is distinguished while still being cozy, so you and your date will feel relaxed and pampered at the same time.
Von's Steakhouse & Oyster Bar
Where: 10309 81 Ave NW // University & Old Strathcona
Type: Seafood, Steakhouse
Why you should go: Seafood is commonly enjoyed on romantic dates, and nobody does it quite like Von's. The menu is very diverse, including everything to satisfy your tastebuds, from the Goat Cheese Fillet, to the Coconut Shrimp.
Where: 10220 103 Street NW // Downtown
Why you should go: This super beautiful, underground French restaurant is where you want to be this Valentine's Day. There's so much care put into every menu item, you're bound to be satisfied no matter what you order.
The Melting Pot
Where: 2920 Calgary Trail NW // Heritage
Why you should go: How can you pass up fondue on Valentine's Day? The Melting Pot is frequently described as a very unique dining experience, perfect if you and your date are looking to try something new. Choose a savoury cheese fondue, or keep things sweet with some melted chocolate.
LUX Steakhouse and Bar
Where: 10150 101 Street // Downtown
Why you should go: When it comes to Edmonton steakhouses, it seems that LUX is he cream of the crop. If steak isn't your forte, you can enjoy some great seafood, drinks, and dessert. The ambiance is romantic and intimate, so you and your date are bound to have a great time.
Where: 10009 107 Street NW // Downtown
Type: International, Canadian
Why you should go: The Wildflower Grill is located in the Matrix Hotel, and has been described as having one of the most diverse menus in all of Edmonton. The restaurant is very bright and well lit, which is a big contrast to many other dimly lit romantic spots.
Where: 6509 112 Avenue NW // Beverly
Type: Spanish, Tapas
Why you should go: If you're planning a V-Day brunch, but don't want your average brunch menu, you'll have to check out Bodega. The menu consists of a mix of Spanish and Portuguese tapas, perfect for a light and delicious meal.
Revel Bistro & Bar
Where: 9802 Jasper Ave // Downtown
Why you should go: This elegant spot was actually re-constructed from an old-time bar in the Alberta Hotel on Jasper Ave. It's got a great ambiance, and is brightly and beautifully decorated. The menu has a great selection, including Charred Lamb Belly and Double Cooked Potato.
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Where: 10351 82 Ave NW // University & Old Strathcona
Why you should go: If you're looking to kill two birds with one stone and get some live entertainment along with your dinner, check out the Almanac. It's a cozy little spot on Whyte Ave with great cocktails and flavourful dishes.
Where: 11244 104 Ave // Oliver
Type: Italian, Wine Bar
Why you should go: Italian restaurants scream romance, and Cibo Bistro will make you feel as if you've been swept away to a night in Little Italy. Menu favourites include Polenta Fritta and Zeppole.
Red Ox Inn
Where: 9420 91 Street NW // Bonnie Doon
Why you should go: The Red Ox Inn is a laid back, comfortable atmosphere that provides a first-class dining experience. The menu has something to satisfy everyone, and the service you'll receive will ensure that your date runs smoothly.
Where: 10117 101 Street NW // Downtown
Type: Modern European, Czech
Why you should go: Bistro Praha is highly recommended to any Edmontonians who dig Modern European cuisine. They serve traditional dishes, like Czech Fried Breaded Cheese and Austrian Apple Strudel to satisfy all your European cravings.
Where: 6427 112 Ave NW // Beverly
Why you should go: Hope you don't mind having a haunted Valentine's Day. Rumour has it that La Boheme is haunted by an old spirit. You and your date can look for signs while you enjoy a delicious French-style dinner.
Atlas Steak + Fish
Where: 10224 104 Ave NW // Oliver
Type: Steakhouse, Seafood
Why you should go: Atlas is a very classy joint; well decorated, well designed, and amazing food. What more could you want from a date night? It's been said that their dessert is even more delicious than the main course, so be sure to save room.
Where: 11053 86 Ave NW // University & Old Strathcona
Why you should go: LEVA is much more than a cute cafe, it's a relaxed, laid back, beautiful spot for a casual Valentine's Day date. If you're not looking to go all out with a fancy dinner, grab some pizza and coffee at the super affordable LEVA.
The Cask & Barrel
Where: 10041 104 Street // Downtown
Type: Bar Food
Why you should go: If you're not going for the super elegant date night, The Cask & Barrel is a great, laid back option. You and your date can enjoy some live music in a relaxed and casual atmosphere with great, light eats.
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Where: 500 Riverbend Square // Riverbend & Terwillegar
Why you should go: As far as Italian in Edmonton goes, Oliveto is one of the best. They're very affordable, and have a a menu full of amazing, delicious Italian options.
Where: 10240 124 Street // Westmount
Type: Bar Food, Canadian
Why you should go: North 53 is a romantic, cozy little spot, providing the perfect intimate mood and setting for a Valentine's Day Date. Their menu is very affordable, and includes items like Popcorn Chicken and Fried Rice.
Rostizado - by Tres Carnales
Where: 10359 104 Street NW // Downtown
Why you should go: The lights and overall ambiance of this place make it not only very hip, but also super romantic. They don't take reservations, so if you plan on eating here on V-Day, be ready for a wait, or to arrive early.
Kabuki Sushi and Grill
Where: 8724 109 Street // University & Old Strathcona
Type: Japanese, Sushi Bar
Why you should go: Sushi is a popular choice around Edmonton, and there's no reason you can't enjoy some this Valentine's Day. It's beautifully decorated with lights and trees, setting a romantic atmosphere for you and yours to enjoy.
Where: 10220 103 Street NW // Downtown
Why you should go: This spot is the definition of beautifully decorated, with the soft lighting and tall white curtains that create a beautiful glow. Dining at this spot will take you out of Edmonton for the night, and into India.
Where: 10345 106 Street NW // Downtown
Why you should go: In the cellar of Sofra, tables are sat amongst dimly lit mosaic lamps to create an intimate and romantic dining experience. This is another spot that will transport you out of the city for the night with dishes like the Pasa Kebab and the Sultan's Platter.
Where: 6010 104 Street // Downtown
Why you should go: Syphay is a relaxed and casual restaurant in Downtown Edmonton, and if you find yourself craving Thai food, it's definitely where you'll want to be this Valentine's Day. It's all very reasonably priced, and delicious.
Where: 10522 124 Street // Westmount
Why you should go: Canteen is another one of those cozy, laid back spots, perfect for the casual couple. If you can't make a dinner date, why not celebrate Valentine's Day over brunch at Canteen?
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Where: 10162 100 Street // Downtown
Why you should go: Sorrentino's has five locations around Edmonton, so if it's your spot of choice this V-Day, you shouldn't have a problem getting a spot. They're always serving up delicious Italian eats including Seafood Pasta and Prosciutto and Bocconcini Panini.
Where: 17021 100 Ave // Terra Losa
Why you should go: Guru is a very relaxing date spot, which means it will take away any pressure you may be feeling this Valentine's Day. They're known for their fresh ingredients and delicious food, including Butter Chicken Samosas and Delhi Vegetable Masala.
Mayfield Dinner Theatre
Where: 16615 109 Ave // Mayfield & Industrial
Why you should go: If Dinner Theatre is your thing, this spot will make for the perfect Valentine's Day date. Enjoy a live show while you and your loved one enjoy some buffet style cuisine of all varieties.
The Workshop Eatery
Where: 2003 91 Street SW // Ellerslie & Summerside
Why you should go: The Workshop Eatery is a versatile spot, perfect for a ton of occasions, including Valentine's Day. Their menu offers delicious items like Duck Duck Couscous and and Chicken Waffles for either dinner or brunch.
Where: 10133 125 Street NW // Westmount
Why you should go: This restaurant has been tastefully placed in an old mansion, which, if you're not easily creeped out, is very beautiful and elegant. It's a super unique experience, and a great spot to enjoy some tasty Italian food.
Where: 11639 Jasper Ave // Oliver
Type: French, Breakfast & Brunch
Why you should go: If V-Day dinner isn't in your plans, why not try a romantic brunch with your s/o? Normand's on Jasper Ave is a gorgeous spot, perfect for setting that sought after romantic mood. Their classic french brunch is to die for, and will leave you full until dinner time.