53% women dump their boyfriend when he doesn't make an effort on Valentine's Day. Don't be a sad statistic this V Day. Get off the couch and take your lady (or gent!) to one of these smashing, loved up Brisbane venues for Valentine's Day.
Why not spend your Valentine's creating confectionary heaven with your other half at Spring's chocolate masterclass? Learn the art of chocolate making and go home with a goodie bag that will stretch your sugar high for days. If the hands-on approach is not your thing, you can pop next door to the restaurant and enjoy a four-course meal for $85 per guest, including a glass of sparkling wine.
Hatch & Co
Like the perfect relationship, this menu has the perfect combination of sharing and utter selfishness. Choose your own entrée, share your main with your loved one and then guard your strawberry curd served with macerated strawberries and strawberry ripple ice cream. Hatch & Co are offering three courses plus a glass of champagne on arrival for $75 per person.
Watt Restaurant & Bar
You can't get much more romantic than a meal by the waterfront, and Watt have arranged a two-course meal with a glass of French sparkling for $59 per person. Choose from a range of delicious mains including crispy skinned barramundi, fennel & sage pork, lamb with quinoa salad or baked polenta. Finish with a dessert plate built for two while soaking up the sounds of Hazlett in the bar.
We love a dinner with a theme, and what could be more fitting than "every beet of my heart". Only at Gerard's will you see beetroot dressed up like this – tartare with confit yolk and lemon balm. The rest of the set menu, which includes a glass of bubbles on arrival for $85 per person, displays Gerard's usual delicious spin on middle eastern fare.
Site's five course degustation menu features the very best of surf and turf, including wagyu beef, moreton bay bugs, red emperor and scallops. And best of all, it comes with matching wines (up to two glasses per course) for $150, and champagne on arrival.
Clovely Cellar Door
The Clovely Cellar Door gang in Red Hill has a stunning 'Love is Ageless' themed Valentine's Dinner offering for you and your cherie, with each of the 5 set courses paired with a perfectly matched wine, and each course accompanied by iconic love songs from the 1930s to the 2000s. And—how thoughtful is this—men have the option to purchase an 'Essentials Package' with their dinner booking, which includes roses, chocolates, and a bottle of Clovely Estate's Brut Reserve, which the lovely staff will distribute to guests during the final song of the evening.
Plus, if you make a booking for six or more, you'll recieve a complimentary bottle of Left Field to share. Kicking off from 6:30pm, Clovely's 5 course dinner is $190 per couple, the Essentials Package is $45, and you can find tickets here.
Foxy Bean Cafe
If you enjoy a vintage vibe, you can appreciate your three-course dinner while watching a cabaret show with The Eastside Belles. Entrees and main are your own pick, then fight over a dessert tasting platter. Tickets to this Foxy dinner are $90 per person and include a glass of bubbly.
These guys aren't backwards in coming forwards. Aphrodisiacs take centre stage on Depo's menu in what promises to be one of the most sultry V-day venues. And if you're flying solo this year, book a spot on the sexy single table and let cupid work his magic.
Amore is in the air at Cloudland where you can indulge in a rustic feasting-style menu for two without the restrictions of a set menu. Pick anything you like from their great menu, and just by booking you will get a free complimentary gift to set the mood.
Lab Bar + Restaurant
Romance in the city is promised here, and with a menu including natural oysters, crisp skinned pork belly and chocolate fondue, we can see why. Available for lunch or dinner, you can enjoy a glass of sparkling wine before moving on to the main event (lunch at Lab is from $45 per person and dinner from $80 per person).
Our friends at Buzz Gasworks have a great Valentine's offering for loved-up couples looking for a great atmosphere and delicious food. The 3 course set menu - with choices like dukkah spring lamb and roasted chicken on a beetroot (pink like a love heart) and goats cheese risotto - is only $120 per couple and includes champagne on arrival. To book a table call 3252 3333.
The gang at Libertine have had the bright idea of spreading the love this Valentine's Day, offering their French/Vietnamese menu over four lovey dovey evenings (from the 11th to the 14th). The menu includes oysters with yuzu pearls (and you know what they say about oysters. Wink wink) Sichuan squid, their infamous pork belly, peanut butter parfait with salted caramel and chocolate ganache, and a bottle of Blanc de Blanc Brut to share, for $135 per couple. It's on for four days, guys, so no excuses!
Brunswick Street's premier breakfast haunt, Au Cirque, have recently opened their doors of an evening with a moreish French dinner offering, and what a perfect occasion to try it their Cirque By Night menu? The menu itself is always changing, but you can expect such sumptuous options as lamb shoulder ragout, slow cooked ribs, frittes (oooh yeah), and decadent risottos. It's l'amour on a plate.
Psst. Haven't got a date yet? Check out our Guide to Getting a Date this Valentine's Day.
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