As cheesy as it can be, there is something to be said for Valentine’s Day. Sure, it’s considered a bit of a Hallmark holiday, designed to sell cards, flowers, teddy bears and the like, but it is also a nice opportunity to spread a bit of love to those around you.
Love is definitely in the air in Perth, with a whole heap of heart-shaped dinners and events happening around town. So we say get dressed up, take the hand of someone you love (whether that's you SO or your best mate), and get out there among all the red-rosey goodness the city has to offer.
Here’s our pick of Valentine’s Day dinners and events in Perth.
While Miss Chow's main Valentine's dinner has sold out, they've brought in a sweet last-minute offer for those still seeking a special night. For $100 per person, you can enjoy bottomless bubbles and oysters—yes, even the oysters are bottomless— while taking in the views over the Swan River. Seats are very limited, so get in quick before they sell out again.
Heritage Wine Bar
European-inspired eatery Heritage Wine Bar is bound to impress your date just by its stunning Italian marble floors, black leather lounges and endless wine list, but why not take it one step further and book in for their set menu? You'll be treated to oysters, wagyu rump and a glorious raspberry and pistachio red velvet cake. Bookings are essential, so secure your table asap here.
Naber + ||||
If you'd rather celebrate V-Day with cocktails and yummy dessert, book into Naber + |||| in Leederville. There'll be three specialty cocktails made just for the night in partnership with Stomp coffee, plus a three-course dessert menu. Tickets are just $50, but are quite limited, so grab yours now.
Strange Company is arguably one of the best bars in Freo, so we're pretty stoked they're hosting a dinner this Valentine's Day, as we just know the food and drinks are going to be top-notch. There'll be a chef's selection of amazing Mediterranean dishes, such as sous vide octopus and house-made pasta, plus cocktails, wine and bubbles. Book your table online here.
Old Young's Kitchen
Chef Rohan Park's putting on a decadent six-course feast for all the love birds at the new Swan Valley stunner, Old Young's Kitchen. With a special Old Young's cocktail on arrival and some sweet petit fours to take home for later included in your ticket, it's bound to impress your date.
fleur At The Royal
The fine-dining experts at fleur reckon a Monday night just won't cut it for the most romantic night of the year, so they're pulling the Valentine's celebrations forward with two special nights of swoon-worthy dining on offer Friday 11 and Saturday 12 February. Just picture a glass of champagne, caviar tartlets and three courses of sophisticated French fair within one of Perth's prettiest dining haunts.
Tiny's is firing up the romance this Saturday 12 February with a lip-smacking five course Valentine's feast, all kicking off with bubbles and oysters no less. This one will set you back $75 a head, but we reckon it's worth it.
If you ask us, a few rounds of ice cold mango margaritas and a table full of tacos sounds like the ideal way to celebrate your special someone. If you do too, book your table at La Cholita's Valentine's fiesta while you still can.
The Flour Factory
When your love language is gin, you can't go past The Flour Factory's Valentine's Weekend Ginner. The four course share style meal will see you dipping into sexy bites like stracciatella with apricot and sage, citrus cured salmon, pork belly and more, all washed down with a rose prosecco on arrival and three perfectly paired Wild Road gin and tonics throughout the evening.
Set the mood with a magical five course Moroccan feast in Hadiqa's lush rooftop restaurant. Focaccia and beetroot hummus, market fish ceviche, jewelled saffron rice—trust us, it'll be pretty tough not to feel the feels with all the tasty nosh on offer. Wanna make a night of it? Chuck on the drinks option.
Get set to swoon over exceptional WA produce (and each other) at TOMA, the moody restaurant set within the new Pirate Life Brewpub in West Perth. The chef's menu is perfect for sharing, with dishes like wagyu scotch fillet, line caught fish, shark bay scallops and an indulgent chocolate tart for you to tuck into.
Varnish On King
Varnish is pulling out all the delicious stops this Valentine's Day weekend. The intimate underground whiskey haunt is putting up a three course share style menu packed with drool-worthy bangers, but we're most excited for the She's My Cherry Pie cocktail you'll get on arrival.
Tonic + Ginger
Tonic + Ginger Head Chef Leigh Power has put together a special four-course menu of Asian fusion delicacies such as crispy duck wontons, fragrant yellow curry, satay beef brisket and more for you and your special someone to feast on this Valentine’s Day. Bookings are only $74 per person (or $110 if you add a bottle of Veuve champagne), so go ahead and reserve a table here.
The Ritz-Carlton’s luxe restaurant Hearth is a pretty romantic spot to enjoy Valentine’s Day, and this year they’re going all out. On arrival, you’ll be treated to canapes and a glass of Moët & Chandon, before enjoying an intimate five-course menu created with WA’s finest produce. The menu’s highlights include dry-aged Wagin duck and Margaret River wagyu beef, but you could go for the vegetarian menu, loaded with veggie delights such as gnocchi with smoked cream and fire-roasted carrot. Not to mention, you can choose to pair this culinary journey with wines from Margaret River’s Leeuwin Estate. Why not book a room at the Ritz too?
Book into The Reveley’s upscale restaurant (known as the Dining Room) for an indulgent five-course share style dinner with dazzling views over Elizabeth Quay and the city. On arrival, sip on a glass of rosé Veuve Clicquot, and afterwards, carry on the night at the rooftop bar, where they’ll be slinging Valentine’s specials all night. These include a giant cocktail made with pavlova vodka, rose and vanilla, plus chocolate-covered strawberries if you’re feeling extra romantic.
This Valentine’s Day, admire the sunset over the Indian Ocean with a glass of bubbles at City Beach’s Odyssea. On arrival nibble on olives and artisan bread as you sip on your champagne, and then dine on chicken liver parfait, tenderloin and a peanut caramel tart, to name just a few dishes on offer. Book it in here.
Sitting right by the river’s edge inside The Old Swan Brewery site is Cooee, and this Valentine’s Day they’re playing host to a memorable four-course dinner. The menu includes smoked hiramasa kingfish belly, steak tartare and perfectly cooked spatchcock chicken with preserved lemon, to name just a few dishes. You can even have resident sommelier Sofia Giros pair your meal with different wines. Book online here.
Ten Acre Block
If you or your special someone is vegan, or just prefer veggies over meat, look no further than Ten Acre Block. This high-end restaurant is all plant-based, and trust us, they don’t skip out on any flavours. This Valentine’s Day, book in for four courses of mouthwatering West Australian produce, plus a drink on arrival. You can go one step further and opt for the wine pairing too.
One of our favourite multi-venue precincts, the State Buildings, will have a few Valentine’s treats happening this February 14. The decadent rooftop restaurant Wildflower will have the choice of a four or six-course tasting menu paired with drinks (depending on whether you’d rather the early or late seating), Petition will start your night with share-style entrees before whipping up mains and desserts, and Post will prepare an indulgent multi-course Italian feast. If you really want to stretch the celebrations out, book a suite at the State Building’s COMO The Treasury hotel.
Nothing says indulgence like a night out wining and dining at the Crown. There are plenty of Valentine’s dinners happening here this year, including a Parisian lunch or dinner at Bistro Guillaume, a luxe Italian meal at Modo Mio, a flavoursome banquet at Silks, an array of delicate bites at Atrium Buffet and a feast of flavours from around the world—from Indian to Japanese— at Epicurean. Find out more about the Crown’s offerings here.
Why not celebrate love with an authentic Greek feast at Brika? This mouthwatering set menu includes delish dishes such as BBQ Fremantle octopus, slow-roasted lamb, chicken souvla and roasted peach with halloumi, plus you’ll be treated to a glass of bubbles. Book online here.
Take your tastebuds on a trip to South America at UMA, the Peruvian restaurant tucked inside the Pan Pacific hotel in the city. If you haven’t tried Peruvian food yet, this is a fantastic opportunity, ‘cause if you like Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese cuisine, chances are you’ll love UMA’s offerings. Book in for a four-course set menu, and for just $35 extra, you can enjoy it with paired wines too. Book your table asap.
Swanbourne’s beachside restaurant The Shorehouse will treat its lucky patrons to four courses of deluxe meat and seafood dishes this Valentine’s Day. Think kingfish ceviche, spiced lamb chops and a decadent dessert of chocolate mango and passionfruit cheesecake. Book your spot online here.
Market Grounds are inviting you to rally up a group of mates and spend Saturday 12 February with them downing bottomless gin cocktails and dining on a tasty long lunch. There’ll be three courses of share plates, wines, beers, ciders if you need a break from cocktails, and DJs spinning tunes in their open-air garden. Book it in here.
Scarborough Beach Bar
Scarborough Beach Bar has joined forces with Aperol to deliver you a long lunch with, naturally, bottomless Aperol spritzes. To soak up the spritzes will be three courses of share plates, including lobster rolls, arancini and Aperol sorbet. A DJ will fire up at 1pm when you’re keen on a boogie. If you don’t fancy Aperol spritzes, you can opt for free-flowing wine, cider or beer too. Tickets are only $65, so grab yours now for Saturday 12 February.
Fraser's in Kings Park is a pretty romantic spot any night of the week, but they've dialled that right up for Valentine's Day, with a mouth-watering three-course set menu and some acoustic live music to really set the mood. Just add some bubbles and cap your night off with a stroll around Kings Park as you take in the sparkling city views.
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