Love Bites: A Valentine’s Day Dining Guide

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The Lazy Goat // Getz Creative

January has come and gone, and now we’re less than two weeks away from Valentine’s Day. If you and your partner haven’t talked about where you’ll be celebrating (or you’re still in the early stages of planning a surprise), it’s time to start now. For those who didn’t book a reservation last month and are now considering an array of options, the Greenville Journal has put together a comprehensive dining guide for Valentine’s Day.

The Anchorage

586 Perry Ave. | 864-219-3082 | Cuisine: American (New), Wine Bar | Price: $$

Reservations: Reservations will be taken via the restaurant’s reservation system here. A $50 deposit is required to hold a table, which will be applied to the final bill. Customers can cancel their reservations up to 48 hours prior and receive a full refund.

The Anchorage will serve its regular menu, with small plates including Bahamian Salted Fish Fritters ($8, aged ham, fennel salad, preserved lemon), Fermented Vegetable Dumplings ($10, herb puree, kimchi sauce), and Dry Aged Muscovy Duck ($16, crisp mushroom, castelfranco radicchio, spicy sweet potato, smoke madeira glace). Vegetable selections include Brown Butter Cauliflower Grits ($6, poached egg) and Wood Roasted Carrots ($6, asher blue cheese, mint/dill gemolata). The restaurant also has “For Two” and “For The Table” offerings.

The Anchorage // Will Crooks

 

American Grocery

732 S. Main St. | 864-232-7665 | Cuisine: American (New) | Price: $$$ | Reservations: bit.ly/AGR-reservations

American Grocery will serve a four-course prix fixe menu that is yet to be determined. Each course will have four options.

American Grocery // Will Crooks

 

Brazwell’s Premium Pub

631 S. Main St. | Cuisine: Pub, American (Traditional) | Price: $$ | Reservations: Email mikel@brazwellspub.com or call 864-568-5053

Brazwell’s is offering a prix fixe menu for $30 per person. The appetizer is spinach and artichoke dip served with toasted pita points. For the entree, choose between a 10-ounce prime rib, baked potato, and asparagus or salmon grilled with a citrus glaze, also served with a baked potato and asparagus. Dessert will be a New York cheesecake with strawberries. Guests can add a bottle of champagne for $18 or a bottle of house chardonnay or cabernet for $22.

Chophouse ’47

36 Beacon Drive | 864-286-8700 | Cuisine: Steakhouse, Seafood, Wine Bar | Price: $$$ | Reservations: chophouse47.com

Chophouse ’47 will offer its regular menu. The 40-ounce Prime Porterhouse For Two ($97.50) would be a fitting entree for couples.

Da Vinci’s Ristorante

27 S. Pleasantburg Drive, Ste. 160 | 864-241-8044 | Cuisine: Italian | Price: $$$ | Reservations: Call restaurant. A $25/person deposit required.

Da Vinci’s will serve a four-course dinner priced at $80 per person. The dinner includes an appetizer (choice of lobster ravioli, stuffed artichokes, portabella Milanese, shrimp cocktail); salad; entree (choice of duck, salmon fornaio, lobster and shrimp arrabbiata, filet Medici, and half rack of lamb); and dessert (choice of tiramisu, chocolate mousse, and chocolate soufflé).

Dive ’n’ Boar

2541 N. Pleasantburg Drive | 864-509-0388 | Cuisine: American (New), Gastropub | Price: $$ | Reservations: bit.ly/diveboar-reservations

Dive ‘n’ Boar will serve its regular menu with a few special additions. Standard large-plate options include Mountain Trout (radish, cauliflower, marcona almond romesco); Double Dank Burger (grass-fed beef patties, American cheese, hand-cut fries, awesome sauce); and Bistro Steak (fingerling potatoes, charred red onion, chimichurri).

The Green Room

116 N. Main St. | 864-335-8222 | Cuisine: American (Traditional) | Price: $$ | Reservations: bit.ly/TGR-reservations

The Green Room will have a four-course “Love at First Bite” prix fixe menu, priced at $75 per person or $145 per couple, not including tax and gratuity.

First course: cream of asparagus soup (white truffle oil, crispy leeks), lobster bisque (sweet vermouth cream); Caesar salad (romaine, red onion, herb croutons), or a local mixed green salad (English cucumber, heirloom cherry tomatoes, strawberry vinaigrette).

Second course: New Bedford scallop ceviche (avocado, balsamic glaze, cilantro), grilled marinated portabella cap (balsamic glaze, basil oil, orzo-mushroom duxelle), or sautéed beef tips (local mixed greens, shaved parmesan, rosemary demi-glacé)

Third course: Brasstown filet mignon (jumbo asparagus, whipped potatoes, sauce chasseur); grilled Alaskan halibut (wild mushroom risotto, sauce américaine); or pan-roasted airline chicken breast (whipped potatoes, haricot verts, jerb chicken jus).

Choose between a chocolate mosaic cake (bourbon pecan cream) and crème louisa (strawberry coulis, fresh mind) for dessert.

Halls Chophouse

550 S. Main St. | 864-335-4200 | Cuisine: Steakhouse, Seafood, Wine Bar | Price: $$$$ | Reservations: hallschophousegreenville.com

Halls Chophouse will serve its regular menu of seafood, steaks, and chops, with some special options yet to be determined. Entrees include Sunburst Farms trout ($28, pan-roasted and served with wild rice, pecans, dried cherries, jumbo lump crabmeat, beans, lemon butter), wild salmon ($32, pan-roasted and served with fingerling potatoes, melted leeks, forest mushrooms, grained mustard aioli), and Red’s porterhouse 26-ounce. ($79, sirloin strip and tenderloin filet).

Halls Chophouse // Hall Management Group

 

Larkin’s on the River

318 S. Main St. | 864-467-9777 | Cuisine: American (Traditional), Steakhouse | Price: $$$ | Reservations: larkinsontheriver.com

From Friday, Feb. 10, through Tuesday, Feb. 14, Larkin’s is offering a special menu. The soup choice is an oyster stew ($10), and starter options include an octopus cocktail ($14, Spanish octopus, fresh tomato sauce with avocado) and a Wagyu beef skewer ($20, roasted Brussels sprouts, tobacco onions, balsamic reduction).

Entree choices are the Surf and Turf for Two ($95, 14-ounce New York Strip and two 4-ounce lobster tails, mashed potatoes, baby carrots, mushroom and mustard creole sauce) and the coq au vin ($35, served over mushrooms, haricot verts, marbled potatoes, pork belly in a natural jus). For dessert, choose either a triple-layer chocolate cake or chocolate-covered strawberries ($15).

The Lazy Goat

170 Riverplace | 864-679-5299 | Cuisine: Greek and Mediterranean | Price: $$ | Reservations: bit.ly/lazygoat-reservations

The Lazy Goat will serve its seasonal menu as well as some special features from the chef. These include small plates of salmon croquette (fennel, pickled peppers, cucumber, butter lettuce, lemon dressing, sauce gribiche) and lobster bisque. Featured entrees are Mer Rouge (shrimp, mussels, clams, squid, pearl pasta, today’s fish, kale, Pernod-tomato broth, toast) and beef tenderloin au poivre (red potato and horseradish casserole, crispy onions, savoy spinach, white truffle butter). Dessert is Chocolate and Roses (dark chocolate crémeux, rose pistachio macaroons, champagne sugar).

Nose Dive

116 S. Main St. | 864-373-7300 | Cuisine: Gastropub, American (New), Southern | Price: $$ | Reservations: bit.ly/nosedive-reservations

The restaurant will serve its seasonal menu as well as some special features from the chef. These include shrimp cocktail (lemon, Old Bay cocktail sauce); Cheerwine lacquered beef short ribs (five-grain polenta, Brussels sprouts, carrots, jus); triple-chocolate raspberry mousse cake for two (conversation hearts, chocolate macaroons); and chocolate-dipped strawberries.

Nose Dive // Getz Creative

 

Passerelle Bistro

601 S. Main St. | 864-509-0142 | Cuisine: French/European | Price: $$ | Reservations: passerelleinthepark.com

Passerelle Bistro will serve its seasonal menu with some special features from the chef that are yet to be determined. Dinner entrees include grilled Greenbrier porkchop ($27, Carolina plantation rice gratin, seasonal squash and broth, apple confiture), roasted roots ($18, root vegetables, kale, freekeh pilaf, mushroom gravy), and cassoulet ($23, duck confit and sausage, flageolets, pepper coulis, bread crumbs, greens).

Passerelle Bistro // Getz Creative

 

Restaurant 17

10 Road of Vines, Travelers Rest | 864-516-1254 | Cuisine: American (New) | Price: $$$ | Reservations: restaurant17.com/reservations

Restaurant 17 is offering a three-course meal at $50 per person, with options for each course. The menu includes champagne for a toast and chocolate-covered strawberries for dessert.

Rick Erwin’s West End Grille

648 S. Main St. | 864-232-8999 | Cuisine: Steakhouse, Seafood, Wine Bar | Price: $$$ |Reservations: rickerwins.com/west-end-grille

Rick Erwin’s will have a special menu priced at $62 per person. Appetizer options include jumbo shrimp cocktail and wild mushroom bisque parmesan crisp. Salad options include a roasted golden and red beet salad (watercress, hazelnuts, crumbled fennel, dill and horseradish vinaigrette), Caesar salad, and mixed green salad (cranberries, crumbled Clemson blue cheese, toasted almonds, balsamic vinaigrette). Choices for entrée are surf and turf (7-ounce filet, lobster tail, potato au gratin, green beans), coffee-rubbed short ribs (parsnip puree, Brussels sprouts, baby carrots, currant port demi), and half-roasted chicken (seasonal vegetables, mustard demi). For dessert, choose between a champagne vanilla cake, chocolate layered cake, or a pâte à choux.

Ristorante Bergamo

100 N. Main St. | 864-271-8667 | Cuisine: Italian, Wine Bar | Price: $$$ | Reservations: Call restaurant

The restaurant offers pasta dishes, including Fettuccine con Porcini ($20, egg fettuccine, porcini mushrooms, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese) and Linguine al Pomodoro & Basilico ($12, linguine, tomato sauce, garlic, basil, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese), and veal entrees, including Piccata alla Romana ($27, veal sautéed in olive oil and dry white wine, Parma prosciutto, sage).

Roost Restaurant

220 N. Main St. | 864-298-2424 | Cuisine: American (New) | Price: $$$ | Reservations: roostrestaurant.com

For Valentine’s Day — as well as on Feb. 11 and 12 — Roost will have a feature menu instead of a regular menu. Choices for starters include a smoked trout endive salad ($9, Belgian endive, spiced peanuts, blistered tomatoes, red onion, chévre, whole grain vinaigrette) and Oysters Three Ways ($11, naked, fried, Rockefeller).

There are four options for the main course, including heart of the rib-eye ($50, 8-ounce angus, Clemson blue cheese potato galette, candied Brussels sprouts, garlic truffle demi) and house mushroom lasagna ($19, mushroom medley, truffle béchamel, fresh pasta, trio of cheeses).

There is also a Mains for Two options, which includes surf and turf ($70, 8-ounce heart of rib-eye, three jumbo shrimp, Clemson blue cheese potato galette, candied Brussels sprouts) and herb-crusted rack of lamb ($54, eggplant ragout, pickled peppers, sage butter fondue). Dessert will be a pastry’s chef selection.

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

250 Riverplace, 864-242-2000 | 851-A Congaree Road, Crowne Plaza, 864-248-1700 | Cuisine: Steakhouse | Price: $$$ | Reservations: ruthschris.com/reservation

Ruth’s Chris will offer their regular menu, in addition to two specials: petite filet and stuffed lobster tail ($55.95, 8-ounce petite filet with crabmeat-stuffed coldwater lobster tail) and rib-eye and stuffed lobster tail ($67.05, 60-ounce USDA prime well-marbled rib-eye with crabmeat-stuffed coldwater lobster tail).

Smoke on the Water

1 Augusta St. #202 | 864-232-9091 | Cuisine: Barbecue, Southern | Price: $$ | Reservations: Call-ahead seating only

The restaurant will serve its regular menu. Entrees include pulled pork ($11.95), beef brisket ($13.95), barbecue chicken breast ($13.95), West End Burger ($9.95, applewood bacon, Swiss cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato), and West End Dip ($10.95, prime rib, Monterey Jack cheese, caramelized onions, mushrooms, lettuce, tomato, horseradish sauce).

Soby’s New South Cuisine

207 S. Main St. | 864-232-7007 | Cuisine: American (New), Southern | Price: $$ | Reservations: sobys.com

Soby’s will serve its seasonal menu with some special features from the chef that are yet to be determined. Dinner entrees include seared mountain trout ($24, Carolina Gold rice, snap peas, baby carrots, orange fennel emulsion), braised beef short rib (herb polenta, collard greens, roasted shallots, bourbon bacon jus), and grilled filet mignon (mashed potatoes, asparagus, mushrooms, natural jus).

Soby’s // Stephen Stinson

 

Stella’s Southern Bistro

684 C Fairview Road, Simpsonville | 864-757-1212 | Cuisine: American (New), Southern | Price: $$ | Reservations: Call restaurant.

On Monday, Feb. 13, Stella’s is hosting a four-course wine dinner that will introduce Jeff Kelly, who will be the executive chef at the upcoming Stella’s Southern Brasserie at Verdae. Kelly will collaborate with Chef Jason Scholz to give guests a preview of some of the tastes and flavors of the new location. The dinner is $75 per person and begins at 6:30 p.m. For reservations, call 864-757-1212. (Price doesn’t include tax or gratuity.)

Stella’s Southern Bistro // Paul Mehaffey

 

The Strip Club 104 – A Steak House

104 E. Poinsett St., Greer | 864-877-9104 | Cuisine: Steakhouse; Wine, Whiskey and Cocktail Bar | Price: $$$ | Reservations: thestripclub104.com

The restaurant will serve its standard menu with a special menu that is yet to be determined. Regular menu items include the Red Eye ($32, Black Angus USDA Long Island strip, garlic mashed potatoes, smoked bacon collard greens, red eye gravy, whipped bacon butter), Steak ’n’ Egg ($25, Black Angus filet mignon, smoked bacon collard greens, rice pilaf, jalapeño bacon, red eye gravy, fried egg), and Choice Cuts (various prices) served with two sides and one sauce or rub.

Trappe Door

23 W. Washington St. | 864-451-7490 | Cuisine: Belgian, American (New) | Price: $$ | Reservations: trappedoor.com

Trappe Door will offer its regular menu. Entrees include Moules Frites (mussel pots, prices vary), Carbonades Flamandes ($18, Flemish beef strew cooked in Belgian beer), Seafood Waterzooi ($21, traditional Belgian stew of seafood poached in a creamy broth), and Steak Frites ($26, 7-ounce filet or 11-ounce ribeye and choice of sauce).

Trattoria Giorgio

121 S. Main St. | 864-271-9166 | Cuisine: Italian | Price: $$$ | Reservations: Call restaurant.

The restaurant serves pasta dishes, including Pappardelle Bolognese (pappardelle pasta with meat sauce), Ravioli Di Spinaci E Noci (ravioli filled with spinach and walnuts, cream sauce), and Spaghetti Ai Gamberi (spaghetti, shrimp, tomato sauce), as well as entrees featuring duck and veal.

BONUS

If you’re feeling cynical about Valentine’s Day, Hub City Tap House (197 E. St. John St., Spartanburg) has you covered. On Feb. 9 from 7­–11 p.m., they are hosting a Bad Romance evening, where attendees can eat a non-fancy, greasy meal; enjoy a dance floor and live DJ; and commiserate with others. There will also be a costume contest and, of course, beer. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.

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