Sure, flowers are nice, but if your valentine is anything like us, they’ll really appreciate something delicious when February 14 rolls around. From heart-shaped pizzas to romantic tasting menus, read on for some of the sweetest Valentine’s Day specials across Canada that foodies will adore.
Jenna Rae Cakes Vintage Frills Heart Cake
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
This delightfully on-trend confection from Jenna Rae Cakes (if the name sounds familiar, it’s probably because chef founders Jenna Hutchinson and Ashley Kosowan appeared on Wall of Chefs) features dreamy shades of pink vintage piping and a gold-edges red heart stamped with the word ‘LOVE’ over a decadent chocolate cake filled with creamy vanilla bean buttercream. It serves 4-6 if you feel like sharing, but also makes for a wonderfully romantic dessert for two (plus, you’ll have more leftover for breakfast the next morning!).
IKEA Valentine’s Dinner
Price: $40 for two people
Hear us out: this three-course meal at IKEA is perfect for the DIY-lover in your life. Plus, it’s seriously affordable, because who says you need to spend big bucks to make your valentine feel special? You’ll enjoy soup and salad to start, followed by your choice of signature IKEA meatballs, plant balls or salmon, and your choice of berry cheesecake or chocolate caramel cake for dessert. To drink, you can enjoy Nordic Fruit water and non-alcoholic beverages. Plus, if you want to bring the kiddos along, a children’s meal ticket is just $5.
Eataly x SOMA Chocolatemaker Valentine’s Day Collaboration
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Price: $5-15 per confection
Step aside, sad grocery store chocolates. Eataly Toronto‘s first-ever collaboration is not one to miss: they’ve teamed up with beloved local chocolatemaker SOMA for the ultimate chocolate collaboration, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Eataly Toronto will be offering specialty cannoli, sweet focaccia, gelato, cookies and a very special mousse cake that all incorporate SOMA’s award-winning chocolates, including SOMA’s fan favourite Dream Machine dark chocolate, white chocolate and Majoun hazelnut chocolate spread. While you can’t go wrong with any of the confections, be sure not to miss the cannolis filled with SOMA chocolate hazelnut and cow’s milk ricotta. Delizioso!
Related: Our Top Picks from Eataly Canada
Ladurée Mon Chou Valentine’s Day Macaron Gift Boxes
Locations: Toronto, Ontario and Vancouver, British Columbia
Price: $57 for 12 macarons
If your valentine appreciates the finer things in life, they’ll be over the moon for this special-edition Mon Chou macaron gift box from iconic Parisian bakery Ladurée. With locations in Toronto’s Yorkdale Mall and Vancouver’s Robson street, you can customize your macaron selection to your valentine’s taste and pick it up in store or have it delivered directly to them. If you really want to go the extra mile, Ladurée is also offering exclusive Valentine’s Day menus at their salons, and special cakes at their Vancouver locations.
Bar George Valentine’s Day Prix Fixe Menu
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Price: $149 per person
This intimate, charming spot has date night written all over it. Set in the grand heritage mansion that once belonged to to Sir George Stephen and is now home to the luxurious Le Mount Stephen hotel, the menu is a blend of U.K. cooking and modern Québécois flavours. Their five-course Valentine’s Day menu features foie gras mousse to start, followed by scallop ceviche, black cod with gold caviar, glazed short ribs and beef tenderloin as the main, and a chocolate raspberry surprise for dessert. C’est magnifique!
Primal Valentine’s Day 5-Course Menu
Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Price: $80 per person
Ranked as one of the most romantic restaurants across the country by OpenTable, this intimate Saskatoon restaurant is offering a seriously drool-worthy Valentine’s Day 5-course menu featuring seared albacore tuna, tagliatelle alla Norma, beef filet with truffled potatoes and more. At just $80 per person, you’re getting major bang for your buck with this menu.
Farm Boy Indulgence Dinner for Two
Price: $120 for two people
If your valentine loves Farm Boy as much as we do, they’ll fall head over heels for this delightful four-course meal. All you need to do is heat it up at home! It features a creamy seafood chowder paired with in-house egg bread to start, then a luxurious mushroom tarte tatin alongside a bed of lemon garlic arugula greens as a second course. That’s followed by herb-crusted beef tenderloin atop green bean amandine and beet barley risotto with bearnaise sauce. Last but not least, dessert is a decadent double chocolate cake with white chocolate mousse.
Morris East Love Week Prix Fixe Menu
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Price: $40 per person
When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, head to Morris East. With three locations across Halifax, this upscale artisanal pizza shop is sure to satisfy your valentine. Their prix fixe three-course menu includes your choice of Caesar salad, kale salad or arancini, following by your choice of artisanal pizza, spicy Hawaiian pizza, or main du jour. For dessert, you’ll enjoy a pecan tart topped with whipped cream. Yes, please!
Atelier Tony Valentine’s Day 7-Course Dinner
Location: Moncton, New Brunswick
Price: $125 per person
The 7-course Valentine’s Day dinner menu at Atelier Tony is not one to miss! This romantic restaurant is known for its intimate atmosphere, locally sourced ingredients and signature French dishes. While their Valentine’s Menu has yet to be announced, their signature dishes like New Brunswick oysters, foie gras and venison tartare indicate that you’re in for a seriously lavish evening.
Acquafarina Valentines Tasting Menu
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Price: $195 per person
Looking for the ultimate luxe Valentine’s Day meal? This sumptuous seven-course Valentines Day Tasting Menu meal from Acquafarina features oysters, caviar, burrata, scallops, lobster, duck, veal and truffles. Need we say more?
Pizzeria Libretto Heart-Shaped Pizzas
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Fancy a night in? Pizzeria Libretto is offering their most popular pie in heart-shaped form just for Valentine’s Day. You can order their classic Margherita for $18 in a very special Valentine’s Day heart-shaped pizza. If you feel like playing chef for the night, you can also order their Valentine’s Day Pizza Kits to make at home which includes two Margherita pizzas for $25.
Riverside Bistro Valentine’s Day 4-Course Dinner
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Price: $125 per person, $50 dome fee
Have you always wanted to dine in a dome? Say hello to Riverside Bistro’s romantic Valentine’s Dinner special, which offers champagne upon arrival and live music. To start, you’ll enjoy ham hock croquettes and lobster bisque, followed by your choice of surf and turf or Arctic char, and for dessert a chocolate delice with rum crème fraîche. The Valentine’s Day special will be offered in the restaurant, but you can also take advantage of their intimate outdoor domes and book a dome to enjoy your meal in for an additional $50.
Fuwa Fuwa Raspberry Pancake
Location: Locations across Ontario and Alberta
Well known for their signature fluffy soufflé pancakes, Fuwa Fuwa is offering a special new pancake just in time for Valentine’s Day. Their Raspberry Pancake features a delicious raspberry cream, fresh berries, raspberry sauce and white chocolate spread atop two of their signature soufflé pancakes. Whether your valentine enjoys it for brunch or a late-night dessert, this confection is seriously swoon-worthy.
The Culinary Institute of Canada Valentine’s Day Dinner
Location: Charlottetown, PEI
Price: $50 per person
Looking for a gourmet meal on a budget? Head to The Culinary Institute of Canada to try an upscale meal from Canada’s next generation of rising chefs. Prepared by talented culinary students, you’ll start with your choice of steamed mussels or a mixed green salad with goat cheese and candied pecans. Next, you’ll have a palate cleanser of grapefruit and prosecco sorbet. For your main, you can choose from pan roasted beef tenderloin, prosciutto-wrapped halibut or roasted vegetable and black bean strudel. Finish it all off with a raspberry vanilla mousse for dessert.